Archive | January 2019

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

Garrett’s Bangers and Mash

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Bangers and mash, is a common British dish consisting of sausages (“bangers”) and mashed potatoes (“mash”). And is traditionally served with onion gravy.

Bangers and mash is a staple of the country’s overall cuisine and is a popular pub dish. The term bangers supposedly originated during World War I, when meat shortages resulted in sausages’ being made with a number of fillers, notably water, that caused them to explode when cooked.

The sausages may be pork, beef, or lamb, but one of the most traditional meat sticks is Cumberland sausage, a coiled pork sausage from northwestern England.

This is a traditional recipe that we’ve tweaked just a little to our own Americanized taste. Continue reading

Virginia Beach Creamy She Crab Soup

Virginia Beach She Crab Soup

Vickie’s Virginia Beach Creamy She Crab Soup

Let’s be clear up front, I LOVE She crab soup and have a bowl any time I can get it when we eat out. I’ve had this soup all over the east coast and a few places in Texas and California. I’m sorry folks, but no one makes this like the east coast does.

In 2004, Gary and I went to Waterman’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach, where we had the most delightfully tasty she crab soup. It is by far the best version I have ever had! So if you ever go to Virginia Beach, head south on Atlantic Avenue and visit Waterman’s! Everything they have is wonderful.

Unfortunately we’re not able to get the recipe from the restaurant. Can’t blame them. So we’re trying to recreate it on our own the best we can. It’s been under going some tweaking, but we’re getting pretty close.

Here’s our current very tasty version so far. Continue reading

Tuna Salad

Papaw’s Tuna Salad Sandwich

Papaw’s Easy Tuna Salad

My dad loved meat salads. Tuna, chicken and ham salads were his favorites. And he made each one from scratch and usually during the spring and summer months.

This is how I remember his tuna salad dish. He usually had these with crackers. But he’d make them into a sandwich for lunch now and then too.

Preparation time: 15 to 45 minutes
It depends on what you put into the salad mix. If you’re going to add boiled eggs, it’s going to take a little longer. Continue reading

Irish Potato Soup

Vickie’s Easy Irish Potato Soup

Gary and I have been delving into our Celtic roots and trying some of Scotland and Ireland’s dishes.

This is a recipe I stumbled on one day from a BBC cooking show. We’ve tweaked the ingredients a little, just to update it for our own taste. And that allowed us to modify the original preparation and cooking process to make fixing this soup a little easier and less time consuming.

I guess you’ll have to call this an Americanized version of Irish potato soup, for busy families.

Preparation time: About 1 hour
Serves: 6

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Garden Salad with Chicken

Garden Salad with Grilled Chicken

Vickie’s Garden Salad with Seasoned Chicken

Everyone in my extended family had a vegetable garden. It wasn’t unusual to sit at my grandmother’s dinner table and see a plate of freshly cut tomatoes, or cucumbers next to the main meal.

There was always room for a salad on my Maw Stoots’ table for lunch. She loved garden salads and always fixed one for me when we were in Tennessee for a visit.

As you grow older, your taste buds change. You learn to enjoy the variety of flavors in foods of all kind. And that’s how my Garden Salad with Chicken came about. They’re scrumptious for dinner or lunch.

Preparation time: 45 minutes  Continue reading

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

Vickie’s Cucumber Sandwiches

What’s high tea if you don’t have some traditional English treats. I’ve always been fascinated with Queen Victoria, not sure why, just one of those very odd interests people sometimes have in life.

In 1840 the originator of afternoon tea, Anna Maria Stanhope, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. She created Afternoon tea to ease the grumbling tummies of polite society in the mid-afternoon. With lunch at noon and dinner at 8pm, mid-afternoon was a perfect time for a mid-day tea with light sandwiches.

One of the most common or traditional tea time sandwiches has always been the cucumber sandwich. Because these are designed to be small, they’re created more for flavor than nutrition.

This is my recipe, it’s plain and simple and nothing like the long involved preparation of a traditional cucumber sandwich. So if you’re looking for a traditional cucumber sandwich, this is not it.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes Continue reading

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Vickie’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken soup has long been touted as a form of folk medicine to treat symptoms of the common cold and related conditions for centuries. And you’ll find a huge variety of recipes from around the world as well.

In 2000, scientists at Nebraska’s Medical Center studied the effects of chicken soup on the immune system. One thing their study found was that chicken soup contains the Amino acid cysteine, which is very similar to acetylcysteine. Acetylcysteine is used by doctors for patients with bronchitis and other respiratory infections to help clear them. So there maybe something to those old fashion cold remedies after all.

Preparation time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours  Continue reading

The “Cold” Sandwich

Tomato, Onion and Cheddar Sandwich

The “Cold” Sandwich

When my paternal grandmother passed, my sisters and I were given the task of going through her things. I discovered a box with recipes, something none of us thought she had. She was a great cook, but she never used a recipe, at least from what we could see.

Inside I found a little note written on a recipe card:
A Tennessee wives tale predicts if you have this 3 times a week, you can prevent the common cold. And beneath the recipe, was a note: “It works” and “From Fall to end of Winter“.

Preparation time: 5 minutes  Continue reading

Don’t Make a Federal Case of It

Why they say “Don’t make a Federal Case of It”?

The resources of the Federal Government are absolutely vast and include the unlimited resources and technology of the FBI. When you have the might and the weight of the federal government coming down on You, it’s extraordinarily overwhelming. When it’s the United States of America versus YOU, the odds of you winning a Federal Case are astoundingly against you. Individuals don’t often win a federal case, period! And that’s why they say “Don’t make a Federal Case of it”.

But it’s important to remember that those scales of Justice really do run both ways. Thankfully we have this thing called the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to protect individuals within the United States.

The Government can’t just declare they have the power to do something and then do it.  Take the case of eminent domain. In order to take someone’s property, the government must prove it has a vital need for your property and there’s no other alternative. Even then, they must pay you a fair price for your land. They can’t simply seize it. And the outcome of such cases is not always a given in the favor of the Government. Owners have the opportunity to prove their need of the land is greater than the government’s. After all the Federal Government has unlimited resources, they can go anywhere and find land.

By the same token, when the Government does have a criminal case in their claws, they can use those vast resources to dig deep into an individual’s life and transactions. The breath of that power can be both comforting, that those who really need to be held accountable for their actions, can be and will be held to justice.  No one is Above the Law in the United States. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

Here in 2019, many Americans are hoping and some are praying that the scales of blind justice really does work that way!

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