Let’s “Talk Turkey”

 November 11, 2019

Let’s “Talk Turkey”

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Thinking ahead to Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving here in just over two weeks, my thoughts, (not unlike yours, I am sure) are occupied with the planning for our Thanksgiving celebration. A major portion of that planning will pertain to the array of delicious foods that will be served at our Thanksgiving Day meal.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I share with you my hubby’s recipe for his succulent Thanksgiving turkey, the star of the meal.  Along with a few other recipes, I’ve added a bit of fun along the way, while wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

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It is that time of year again, time to plan that Thanksgiving day meal.
Photo from our Thanksgiving in 2015

Low-Cal Munster

One of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving-related tv episodes is from The Munsters, the mid-1960’s comedy sitcom.  This family-friendly show is about a family of likable monsters, having been the brainchild of the creators of the previously popular, Leave it to Beaver.is silly and fun.  In Low-Cal Munster (Season 1, Episode 6), Herman finds himself in the unfortunate position if being on a diet on Thanksgiving day. It is all in good fun, and anyone who has ever fought their own “battle of the bulge” can relate.

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 I enjoy watching Low-Cal Munster each Thanksgiving on
The Munsters DVD set.

Find this episode on youtube.com, or dailymotion.com .
In the search bar, type in Low-Cal Munster.

 A fun aside; Beverly Owen, who played the first unmonsterlike Marilyn (and is in Low-Cal Munster), grew up in my hometown of Ames, Iowa, and graduated from the same high school that I did (many years ahead of me, of course)!

Just what is it that Herman Munster craves for his Thanksgiving meal in
Low-Cal Munster,?  See his culinary wishlist, below.

Herman’s Thanksgiving Wishlist

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Turkey
Cranberry Sauce
Dressing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Pickled Beets
Mushrooms
Candied Yams
Olives
Celery stuffed with Roquefort Cheese
Homemade Biscuits oozing with melted butter
Pumpkin Pie

How does Herman’s Thanksgiving wishlist measure up to yours?

My Thanksgiving  Menu

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The Breaking of the Wishbone
Thanksgiving 2018

My Thanksgiving menu remains pretty much the same each year,
filled with family favorites.
You can find my menu here.
I prefer to keep things informal, normally serving everything buffet style.

Annette’s Thanksgiving Menu

The Meal

 Turkey
(Done on the grill, or in the oven)
Recipe is below.

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My hubby is in charge of preparing the turkey each year.
His recipe is moist and flavorful.

Midwestern Dressing
For the recipe for the Midwestern Dressing, click here.

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I make first thing on Thanksgiving morning and put in crockpot on low,
lined with parchment paper, and sprayed with PAM.
My favorite thing on the menu!

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
I make both the potatoes and gravy about an hour ahead of mealtime.

I put the mashed potatoes in a parchment-lined crockpot,
sprayed with PAM, and on low,
and the prepared gravy in a heated gravy boat/crock.

I use any extra turkey drippings (fat skimmed off), plus chicken stock, for my gravy.
For the past couple of years, I have used a couple of McCormick’s Turkey Gravy packets to speed up the process, replacing the water in the packet instructions with
chicken stock.

Green Bean Casserole
Made day before, minus the French Fried Onions.
French Fried Onions are added the final five minutes of baking.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Made day before.

Fresh Candied Cranberries
For the recipe for the cranberries, click here.

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Made two days before.
This also freezes well.

Orange Jello Salad 
(Made day before, if we decide to have this.)

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Place on parchment paper and keep checking while in the oven.
The baking time is usually much less than is indicated on the package.

Baked at the last minute, but I delegate this to someone else,
as I have been known to get these a bit too done!  :o)

Chilled Black/Ripe Olives

Desserts/Sweets

It varies, but I usually prepare one, or two of these “sweet bites” for our
Thanksgiving meal.

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
For the recipe for Pumpkin Pie, click here.

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Baked the day ahead, and kept in the refrigerator.
(If I make pumpkin pie from scratch,
I prepare the fresh pumpkin two days before, and the pie the day before.)
In a time crunch, I have been known to buy a pumpkin pie. Shhhh…..

(For Christmas, I may replace this with Hershey Mint Dessert.)

Chocolate Angel Pie
For the recipe for Chocolate Angel Pie, click here.

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Made the day ahead.
I always double the recipe!

My favorite pie recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
I make one, or two, days ahead.

Goodies

I make all, or some of these each Thanksgiving (and Christmas)

Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters

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Made and frozen two days, or more, ahead.
For the recipe for the Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters, click here.

My favorite goodie recipe!

Thanksgiving/Christmas Trash

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For the recipe for Thanksgiving Trash, click here.

Belly Buttons
Find my recipe for these in next month’s blog post.

Cranberry & Pistachio Snowfall Almond Bark

Louisiana Trash

Beverage

Chilled Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider

Please, share in the comment section what items on your family’s
Thanksgiving menu are a must.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Over the years, quite a few Thanksgiving turkeys have been prepared and served at my house.  And over those years, the cooking of the turkey has become solely my hubby’s domain. I believe that this was determined after my Christmas turkey disaster of 1979.

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My hubby carves our first turkey as a married couple.
Note the written instructions for carving, on the table. :o)
Thanksgiving 1978

 Cook and cook as I may, I could never get that blasted bird done!  You have heard the expression “stick a fork in it, it’s done”?  This was “stick a knife in it, it’s not done”! :o)

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Our infamous Christmas turkey of 1979

I share with you, or, I should say my dear husband shares with you, the turkey recipe that my family has come to look forward to each Thanksgiving day.  This method produces a tender, moist turkey, full of flavor.

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Tony Chachere’s Injectables Creole Style “Butter” Injectable Marinade
for turkey is key.

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Tony’s original seasoning is used for basting.

A side note about Tony’s
Many years ago (In the 1980’s), while living in Houston, I attempted to make my first gumbo, with Tony’s Seasoning in hand, and using a Tony’s cooking pamphlet as my guide.  The pamphlet instructed me to make a roux.  Up until this point, my life had been “rouxless”.  This former Iowa girl, did not having a clue!  I called the toll-free number on the Tony’s pamphlet in a bid for help (this was before computers/google and iPhones).  Relaying my roux frustration to the person answering the phone, they promptly shouted, “Hey, Tony!  Someone is calling about how to make a roux.”.  His cooking instructions were relayed back to me on telephone, and I am happy to say that my gumbo was a hit.  In fact, I still use that recipe today!

Dizzy’s Delectably Delicious Turkey

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Ingredients

1-(12-14) pound fresh/not frozen Turkey

1 bottle Tony Chachere’s Injectables Creole Style “Butter” Injectable Marinade
for Turkey

1 container Tony’s Creole Seasoning

Olive oil

1 aluminum tin foil pan

aluminum foil

Directions

Cook turkey on grill, or in oven.
Preheat grill, or oven to 350 F.

Remove turkey from package.

Remove giblets and neck from the turkey’s cavity,
and save for use in the dressing.

Shake up the bottle of Tony Chachere’s Injectable Marinade for Turkey thoroughly.
Using enclosed injector, inject turkey with the marinade, injecting in all areas,
and coating the outer turkey skin with the marinade, as well.

You may also sprinkle extra Tony’s Creole Seasoning onto the turkey skin.

Place the turkey, breast side up, in the aluminum pan, adding about 1/2-1 cup water to the bottom of the pan. Tent (loosely cover) the turkey with aluminum foil.
Do not allow foil to touch the skin..

Cook the turkey, placing on the grill, or in the oven.
Every 30 minutes-an hour remove the foil tent and baste the turkey,
using olive oil mixed with the Tony’s Creole Seasoning.

It will take 3 hours, or so, to cook.
The turkey package instructs you on the cooking times,
or go here.

On the last hour of cooking, remove the foil cover to allow the skin to brown.

Use the pop-up turkey timer (usually included with the turkey) to know when the turkey is done, and then verify with meat thermometer.
Make sure the proper internal temp is achieved of 165 degrees.

( From the USDA
A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.)

Once done, remove turkey from heat, and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Use the juice, at the bottom of the aluminum pan, skimming off any fat,
to make gravy.

Start carving turkey after having rested for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Enjoy These Thanksgiving/November posts.

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Annette’s Thanksgiving, 2013, here.
(This blog post shares my favorite Thanksgiving-related movies and tv shows.)

Free Thanksgiving Printable, 2013, here.

Jolly Old England, 2013, here.

London, 2013, here.

Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year?!, 2014, here.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2014, here.
(This blog post shares my recipes for Thanksgiving Day breakfast.)

Eating Around Walt Disney World: the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, 2015, here.

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!, 2015, here.

Movies to Vote By, 2016, here.

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!, 2016, here.

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum, 2016, here.

Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year2017, here.

Cookbook love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!, 2017, here.

Key Lime Pie, a New Halloween Tradition, 2019, here.

Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving,

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Key Lime Pie, a New Halloween Tradition

November 1, 2019

Key Lime Pie,
a New Halloween Tradition

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I am ready to devour my slice of Key Lime Pie!

Halloween was a success at my house this year!
The day’s sun was fading, while the entertaining The Canterville Ghost played on my television, winding down the last of this year’s viewings from my Halloween movies/TV list. (You can see that Halloween movie/tv list, here.)  

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                                                          Halloween Treats

Occasionally, a knock summoned me to the front door, where cutely costumed
trick-or-treaters presented their opened bags for my candy contribution.  Appropriately clad in my Samantha/Bewitched tee, I added m & m’s to their bounty, with one eager trick-or-treater ironically dressed as a blue m & m!

It was also on this day that I began a new Halloween tradition at my house; eating
key lime pie!

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My Rae Dunn Pie Plate

Regular followers to I’m Annette have heard me extoll the virtues of clam chowder, stating “I never met a clam chowder that I didn’t like.”  The same can be said of my fondness for key lime pie. “I never met a key lime pie that I didn’t like.”

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Read about my 2017 Cape Cod clam chowder eating “yum-a-thon”, here.

I have enjoyed many key lime pies over the years.  (I believe that I tasted my first ever in a small restaurant in Key West, Florida, in the late 1970’s.)  One of the best key lime pies hails from Publix grocery store, a Southeastern grocery store chain. Living in Maryland,
with no Publix in sight, I am unable to purchase one of these gastronomic gems. So,
I wrote to Publix, requesting the recipe.

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My son and daughter in-law treated me to this pretty Publix Key Lime Pie
for my birthday this year.
Read more about it, here

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This is another Key Lime Pie that won’t disappoint!
Get the recipe for my fluffy version of Hudson’s (Lost?) Key Lime Pie, here.

Unfortunately, Publix does not share the recipe for their prize winning pie, but with a little sleuthing, I believe that I have come up with a close knock-off. (I even found something online by someone claiming to have once worked at a Publix, revealing the ingredients.)

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Publix Key Lime Pie in my shopping cart, ready for eating.

Publix Key Lime Pie won an award from the American Pie Council,
according to the article, here.

I share with you my Publix Knock-off  Key Lime Pie recipe.  Beware!  This recipe is quite simple to put together (no baking required), but one bite can prove quite addicting!  :o)

Making Publix Knock-off Key Lime Pie

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Only a few ingredients are needed for this delicious  Publix Knock-off Key Lime Pie.

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It can be made with, or without, the whipping cream.
See Annette’s notes at the end of the recipe.

Publix Knock-off  Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

6 Tablespoons melted butter

(scant/a little less) 1/4 cup sugar

1+1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
(freshly crushed from graham crackers are best)

Key Lime Pie Filling

2 (14 ounce) cans Sweetened Condensed Milk 
(I used Borden’s Eagle Brand)

1/2 cup + 1-2 Tablespoons Key Lime Juice
(I used Nellie & Joe Famous Key West Lime Juice)

Garnish

Whipped cream-optional, but suggested
(I used aerosol whipped cream, but it does not hold up long.
I found this recipe for stabilized whipped cream here, but have not yet tried it.)

Sliced toasted almonds-optional
(I use this recipe to toast almonds, here.)

1 fresh lime-optional

Directions

Mix together melted butter and sugar,
and then add graham cracker crumbs until well-blended.

Press into pie pan, around the sides and the bottom.

Mix together the two cans of sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice.

Pour filling into pie crust.

Let sit in fridge for at least an hour, or until set.

Add/pipe whipped cream around the edge of the pie, if desired.

Garnish with toasted sliced almonds on top of the whipped cream, if desired.

Garnish with lime slice, if desired.

Keep pie in the refrigerator.

Annette’s notes-If you choose not to decorate the rim of the pie with whipped cream and toasted almonds, I do suggest serving pie slice with a dollop of whipped cream.

Publix states that the toasted almonds are the “standout” ingredient to their
Key Lime Pie.  You can see their article about it, here.
The almonds add a nice contrast to the tart pie filling.

I often make a half of this easy Key Lime”Pie” in a 8 x 6.5 rectangle dish.
(see photo of the dish below).

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I use this 8 x 6.5 dish when making half of the Key Lime Pie recipe.

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I suggest serving pie slices with a dollop of whipped cream.

Other October/Halloween Blog Posts

Happy-Not-So-Very-Scary-Halloween, October 2013, here.

Irish Gold, Part 1, October 2013, here.

Irish Gold, Part 2, October 2013, here.

The Quiet Man‘s Ireland Day 1, October 2013, here.

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or a Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”,
October 2013, here.

Time to Make Some Caramel Corn!, October 2015, here.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

Minnesota nice, October 2015, here.

Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween,
and Pumpkin Cake…
, October 2016, here.

A Halloween Movie/TV Show, October 2016, here.

This Foodies Fun Foto Photo Tour from Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival,
October 2016, here.

Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 2, October 2017, here.

October!, October 2018, here.

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching FunOctober 2019, here.

Oktoberfest/October Feast, October 2019, here.

Thank you for reading,

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Oktoberfest/October Feast

 

October 24, 2019

Oktoberfest/October Feast

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I spied this beautiful maple tree on my daily neighborhood walk.

October brings that unmistakable feeling in the air, with its crisp, cool freshness, as the colors around us transform greens into vivid hues of reds, oranges, and yellows.
It is Autumn, beckoning us to move into a cozier, more comfortable season; a season filled with distinctly fall-like flavors to warm our insides while pleasing our palate.  

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Colorful fall displays are everywhere!

In this post, I share with you a pair of recipes to tickle your fall taste buds, while also
re-sharing a few of my favorite autumn-time recipes. Let me know (in the comments) if you give any of these a try!

Oktoberfest

Octoberfest!  My first thoughts of this fall German folk fair, filled with food and merriment, improbably turn to Peter Sellers.  Blame it on the Pink Panther, or more specifically, the Pink Panther movie, The Pink Panther Strikes Again.  It is in this film that the “all of the great nations (12 total) with all of their assassins” set their sights on Inspector Clouseau at Germany’s Oktoberfest. It’s pretty funny, and if you have never seen this PG-13 film (not for young children, as this film has adult situations), it might
be worth your while.
(I first saw this movie upon its release, at the start of my college/freshman
Christmas break in 1976! )

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View a six minute clip of The Pink Panther Strikes Again‘s Oktoberfest, here.

Read about another Pink Panther film in my earlier post, here.

October Feast
Favorite Autumn-time Recipes
(from previous posts)

Check out these tried and true autumn recipes, below.  They are my family favorites.

Maple Bars
The Flavors of Fall, September 2018, here
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Apple Dumplings
Hello, First Day of Autumn, September 2016, here.

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Pumpkin Cake
Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween,
and Pumpkin Cake…
, October 2016, here.

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Caramel Corn
Time to make some Caramel Corn!, October 2015, here.
 

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Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.

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Autumn/Thanksgiving “Trash”
Autumn is that Mellow Time of Year?!, November 2014, here.

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Hot Apple Cider
Annette’s Thanksgiving, November 2013, here.

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Recipes for the Family

German Sweet and Sour Potatoes

Although, Germany’s Oktoberfest begins in September, ending in early October, around my house, our annual Oktoberfest meal usually takes place in late October. When my kiddos were home/growing up, I often prepared the two recipes (below) as our “Oktoberfest meals”. I still do!

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A photo from my 2015 trip to Germany.

Take a look at my blog about that Germany visit, here.

The German Sweet and Sour Potatoes recipe is one that I begged off of a chef in Fredericksburg, Texas in the late 1980’s. (Fredericksburg was originally settled by German immigrants.)  In the days before email, I snail mailed him a letter requesting his recipe.  A while later, he kindly replied (again via snail mail), and my family has been enjoying this dish ever since!

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Enjoying Enchanted Rock with my two oldest children, near Fredericksburg, Texas.
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It was around  this time that I requested the German Sweet and Sour Potato recipe.

Making German Sweet and Sour Potatoes

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Gather the ingredients that you will need for German Sweet and Sour Potatoes.

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I use a handheld mandoline slicer to quickly slice my potatoes,
using the food holder to keep myself safe.

German Sweet and Sour Potatoes

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Ingredients

1-12 ounce package of raw bacon, cut into small pieces
( I use the no nitrate variety)

1/2 medium yellow onion, with outer layer removed, sliced

1 large carrot, peeled, and sliced

1+1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1+1/2 teaspoons black pepper

Dash of oregano

3/4 cup sugar

1+1/2 teaspoons garlic salt, optional
( I do not add this.)

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1+1/2-2 cups water

 

Approx. 1-2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil

2 quarts red potatoes, washed and sliced
(About half a 5 pound bag-3 pounds.)

salt and pepper, if desired

cooked bratwurst, if desired

Directions

In large soup pot cook bacon pieces on medium heat, until half done.
Stir occasionally.

While the bacon is cooking, heat vegetable oil in an electric skillet to around 325 degrees,
and then add potatoes,
cooking until potatoes are just tender.
Remove from heat.
Drain off oil.

Back to the bacon in the soup pot…
Drain off bacon grease.
Add onions, carrots, apple cider vinegar, and spices
(black pepper, oregano, sugar, and garlic-if wanted) to bacon.
Cook until carrots are almost tender.

Whisk cornstarch with water until smooth.
Whisk into bacon sauce mixture, stirring until thickened.

Gently spoon potatoes into bacon sauce mixture, making sure that the potatoes are coated with the sauce.
Let stand five minutes.

Serve with salt and pepper, and cooked bratwurst, if desired.

Enjoy!

Annette’s notes-This recipe serves about six.

Italian Wedding Soup

Many years ago, I came upon a recipe for Italian Wedding Soup in a cookbook. Over the years, I have made several changes to the original printed recipe, and this tasty soup is now a “must have fall dish” at my house.

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The 1996 cookbook where I found the original Italian Wedding Soup recipe.

 

Preparing Italian Wedding Soup

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Pull together all the ingredients needed for this soup before cooking.

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I use a small scoop to prepare my mini-meatballs for this soup.
Allow enough time to shape the meatballs.

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This recipe makes enough for 6-8 people.

Italian Wedding Soup

Making the meatballs is what takes the time with this recipe, so allow enough time, or enlist extra help. :o)

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Ingredients

1 lb. ground sausage (My package was actually 19 ounces.)
(Your choice: Italian, Bob Evans, Jimmy Dean etc., I have even used maple-flavored!)

1 egg-beaten

1/2 cup fresh/soft bread crumbs, approx. 2 slices of bread

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

olive oil, approx. 2 teaspoons

3-4 cans/boxes of 32-ounce chicken broth,
2 are used for the initial cooking, and 1-2 are for reheating the left-overs*

1 cube chicken boullion

1-12 oz. pkg. pasta,
(I prefer egg noodle flakes, or 
small bow pasta. The trip-color variety works, too!)

½ large onion, peeled and left intact

Parmesan cheese, optional
(fresh grated is the best)

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Remove sausage from casing, if necessary.

In large bowl, combine sausage, beaten egg, fresh bread crumbs, oregano, and rosemary.

Shape into bite-sized meatballs.

Heat up 2 teaspoons of olive oil in electric skillet to 300-325 degrees.

While electric skillet is heating up…
In large saucepan, heat 2 cans/boxes broth, adding one chicken bouillon cube,
and 1/2 onion.

Bring to boil.

When electric skillet is hot, gently and evenly brown meatballs in olive oil
until no longer pink.
Drain off grease, and set aside.

Add pasta to the boiling broth in the large saucepan.
Spoon browned meatballs into boiling broth.
Simmer, uncovered, until noodles are tender, about 8 minutes.

Ladle soup into individual bowls.

Sprinkle individual portions with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Add salt and pepper, if desired.

Enjoy!

Serves 6-8

Refrigerate leftovers.

Annette’s notes
*If there are left-overs, you will need to add additional chicken broth when reheating,
as the noodles soak up the broth while stored in the refrigerator.

Making the meatballs is what takes the time with this recipe, so allow enough time, or enlist extra help. :o)

 Some of my Previous October Blog Posts

Happy-Not-So-Very-Scary-Halloween, October 2013, here.

Irish Gold, Part 2, October 2013, here.

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or a Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”,
October 2013, here.

Time to Make Some Caramel Corn!, October 2015, here.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

Minnesota nice, October 2015, here.

Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween,
and Pumpkin Cake…
, October 2016, here.

A Halloween Movie/TV Show, October 2016, here.

This Foodies Fun Foto Photo Tour from Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival,
October 2016, here.

Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 2, October 2017, here.

October!, October 2018, here.

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching FunOctober 2019, here.

Thank you for reading,

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Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching Fun

October 1, 2013

Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching Fun

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I display my first Halloween blog post from 2013.

In 2013, when this blog was in its infancy, I wrote my first Halloween post,
Happy Not -So- Very- Scary Halloween . You can read it again, here.

With today, being the first day of October, I pulled this post out of “moth balls”, and share with you my annual Halloween-watching picks.  To be honest, I am feeling a bit giddy at the prospect of watching all of these goodies this month.  Enjoy!

Annette’s list of fun Halloween Movies/TV

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My trio of Mickey jack-o-lanterns decorate my dining room.

(This list starts with my “must see” selections at the top, descending to the
“if there is time to watch” toward the bottom.)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
I have been watching this 1966 made for TV special, since its inception.  (Yes, I am THAT old!) I never miss it.

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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
No one looks, or acts, more scared than Don Knotts in a haunted house.  Very funny!

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Tickle Me (1965)
Elvis in a haunted house, need I say more?
(Julie Adams co-stars in this, and is also in Creature from the Black Lagoon, below.)

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Young Margaret O’Brien steals the spotlight from Judy Garland with her Halloween night pranks.

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Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)
A Disney made- for -TV movie that has been a favorite in our family for years.
Charles Shaughnessy, of The Nanny fame, stars as the not overly frightening vampire.
(I found this on iTunes.)

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Young Frankenstein (1974)
(Yes, I AM old enough to have watched this film in the movie theater, when it was first released!)
Gene Wilder stars as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in this comedy classic.

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Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)
Dean Jones, the “face of Disney films” in the 1960’s, stars in this lesser known Disney tale.  All the fun and silliness of Disney films of that era.

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TV and Movies Based off TV Series

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Episodes:

It May Look Like a Walnut- Season 2 (1962)

The Cat Burglar-Season 2 (1962)

The Ghost of A.Chantz – Season 4 (1964)

Long Night’s Journey into Day -Season 5 (1965)

Uhny Uftz-Season 5 (1965)

For episode details go to
http://the-haunted-closet.blogspot.com/2010/10/spooky-dick-van-dyke-show-episodes.html

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The Classic Halloween Episodes DVD of The Dick Van Dyke Show include
It May Look Like a Walnut, The Cat Burglar, The Ghost of A.Chantz , and
Long Night’s Journey into Day. 

The Andy Griffith Show
The Haunted House-Season 4 (1963)

Don Knotts stars in this precursor of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (above).

The Brady Bunch
To Move or Not to Move-Season 1-23 (1970)

The Slumber Caper Season 2-3 (1971)

Fright Night-Season 4 -6 (1972)
For the episode’s details go to
http://the-haunted-closet.blogspot.com/2008/08/fraidy-bunch.html

Out of This World-Season 5-16 (1973)

The Munsters (1964-1966)
Any and all episodes

(Fun Fact for yaThe Munsters was created by the original think tank for the earlier TV classic Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963).
The Munsters is sort of a ”Leave it to Beaver”, but with friendly monsters.

 Munsters Go Home! (1966)
This is the 1966 color movie based on The Munsters TV series.

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 Bewitched (1964-1972)
Any and all episodes

Bewitched (2005)
First, let me say that this movie got a bad rap when it came out.  I like it, and I think
it is cute. Basically, in this film, Will Ferrell‘s character is set to play Darren in a remake of the classic “Bewitched” TV series, with Nicole Kidman starring as his Samantha.  Unbeknown to those working on the new TV show, Kidman’s Samantha really IS a witch! 

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The Addams Family (1964-1966)
Any and all episodes

The Middle (2009-2018)
Starting with the second season, this family series has had an annual Halloween episode filled with laughs.

Halloween (Season 2)

Halloween II (Season 3

Halloween III (Season 4)

Halloween IV (Season 5)

 Halloween V (Season 6)

Halloween VI (Season 7)

Halloween VII (Season 8)

Halloween VIII (Season 9)

For a rundown on all of these episodes, go here.

More Movies

Ghost Breakers (1940) & Scared Stiff (1953)
Ghost Breakers stars comedian Bob Hope;
the second film, Scared Stiff,  is a musical remake
of Ghost Breakers, this time starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Both films are “scary” comedies.

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You’ll Find Out(1940)
Another comedy “horror” movie, this time with big band leader Kay Kyser and his band.
This film also stars horror legends Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi, plus Peter Lorre!
Just fun, with a touch of scary.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and
Hold that Ghost (1941)
The first film is a funny horror spoof with Lon Chaney Jr. joining the comedy team of
Abbott and Costello.
(Lon Chaney Jr. was the star of The Wolf Man, see below)

The second movie mentioned is a haunted house horror comedy, also with Abbott and Costello, along with Richard Carlson.

Check out other Abbott and Costello titles shown in the photo below,
for a hint of silly scariness. :o)

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 Wizard of Oz (1939)
Because I love to watch this one anytime, and the Wicked Witch, Glinda, Scarecrow,
Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy (Judy Garland) have become Halloween costume staples.

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Batman: The Movie (1966)
Because this is MY blog, after all.
I love the campy Adam West as Batman! (The best Batman, ever!)
Besides, he is dressed in a costume, as is his trusty sidekick and his four criminal foils, right?
This is the 1966 movie based on the Batman TV series.

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The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Margaret O’Brien (of Meet Me in St. Louis) stars again, this time with Charles Laughton as the inept and unscary ghost.

Wallace & Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
My family are fans of the British claymation characters Wallace and Gromit (Aardman Animation).  This dog and his master have come up with an animal friendly machine to keep rabbits from eating the community’s vegetables.  All in good fun, keep an ear out for all of the jokes.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
I am a fan of the Wimpy Kid movies.  They make me laugh. This one finds Greg (Zachary Gordon) in trouble, as always, including on Halloween.

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 The Spy Next Door (2010)
Jackie Chan stars as, you got it, the spy next door! I threw this one in, as it occurs around Halloween. Cute family film.

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I Married a Witch (1942)
Veronica Lake
stars as a beautiful witch, who falls in love with the ancestor of the man who persecuted her in the witch trials. A fun comedy.

Beware!

If you do not like anything remotely scary, skip past the suggestions below!

But, if you desire slightly scarier stuff…

My Mildly Scary Picks

Alfred Hitchcock Movies

The master of suspense is a great addition to movie watching this month.
Here are a few:

To Catch a Thief (1955)-They wear costumes in this, so, of course, it is perfect for Halloween (May I remind you that this is MY list), and besides, Cary Grant and
Grace Kelly star.
This one is not scary.

Rebecca (1940)-Joan Fontaine marries a widower, Laurence Olivier, and moves into mysterious Manderley.

Rear Window (1954)-James/Jimmy Stewart is laid up with a broken leg, and, apparently, even the attentions of the beautiful Grace Kelly are not enough to detour him from snooping on his neighbors.

The Birds (1963)-A bunch of birds become hostile in Bodega Bay.

 North by Northwest (1959)-Great movie and Cary Grant stars in this.
(Not scary enough for Halloween? Again, this is MY list.)

Scarier Movies

Them! (1954)
James Arness (of Gunsmoke fame) and really giant ants!

The Blob (1958)
Steve McQueen stars, with a ball of silicone, playing the alien amoeba, that terrorizes his Pennsylvania town.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
A funny- looking beast becomes captivated by beauty, Julie Adams.
A few years later, Elvis seems captivated, too, in the funnier, Tickle Me.

The Wolf man (1941)
A werewolf bites Lon Chaney Jr., and his looks begin to change. Claude Rains also stars.

I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
Val Lewton, known for his horror films, produced this RKO film, and this is the scariest film on my list. A nurse moves to the West Indies to care for a sick woman.
Jane Eyre was the inspiration for this script.

This film can usually be seen on Turner Classic Movies in October.

Zombies on Broadway (1945)
This is a comedy parody of the zombie horror film above, complete with Bela Lugosi.
This film has sort of an Abbott and Costelloish feel, and is not scary.

Cat People (1942)
Another Val Lewton produced RKO film.
A man unwittingly marries a woman who periodically turns into a very grouchy panther, literally.

This film can usually be seen on Turner Classic Movies in October, too.

Other Halloween and October Posts to Enjoy

Happy-Not-So-Very-Scary-Halloween, October 2013, here.

Time to Make Some Carmel Corn!, October 2015, here.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween, and Pumpkin Cake…, October 2016, here.

A Halloween Movie/TV Show, October 2016, here.

October!, October 2018, here.

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

Thank you for reading,

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Hot, Hot, Hot! (Minnesota Hot Dish that is!)

September 26, 2019

Hot, Hot, Hot!
(Minnesota Hotdish that is!)

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Introducing myself to the fashionable Hotdish Girl at the Minnesota State Fair.
This polka dot-clad cook was created by Minneapolis artist, Adam Turman.

A big thank you to Trevor for helping me “stylize” this photo!
To read more about my September 1, 2019 visit to the state fair, click here.

Minnesota Hotdish?!?  

What in the world is Minnesota Hotdish, you ask?  To put it simply, Minnesota Hotdish is a comfort food. Think casserole, but Minnesota-style!

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Hotdish Girl proudly shows off her culinary creation in this unique design,
an
 original screen print by artist Adam Turman.
You can purchase this print, here, or in tea towel form here.
(The tea towel is on my wishlist!),
or go to 
https://adamturman.com/shop/hotdish .

For other Turman merchandise, click here, or go to
/ https://adamturman.com/shop
.

A big thank you to Adam Turman for his permission to use his
Hotdish Girl image here!

Hotdish is a regional culinary treat usually consisting of a some sort of meat (often hamburger), a canned soup (often Cream of Mushroom), a vegetable of choice, (plus any other assortment of ingredients that the cook desires to put into the mix), and is often topped off with a crisp layer of tater (potato) tots.  

In fact, some consider the crispy top layer of crunchy tater tots the real star of this dish.  Me, included!  

Crispy tater tots are often offered as a yummy side at many-a-Minnesota restaurant.
These crunchy golden “barrels” were gobbled up at Psycho Suzi’s, in Minneapolis.
September 2, 2017

It was not until I sampled tater tots in Minnesota (a few years ago), in their preferred crusty, crunchy state, that I fully appreciated the epicurean potential of this cylindrical-shaped potato product! Unlike the lackluster, and soft potato bites that I had eaten in the past, the Minnesota variety is prepared with a solid golden brown exterior, surrounding a soft (grated) potato interior. 

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Some consider the crispy layer of crunchy tater tots the star of Minnesota Hot Dish.
Me, included!

Minnesota Hotdish the “Movie”

While researching Minnesota Hotdish for this blog post post, I happily came upon a
gem of a program called Minnesota Hotdish: A Love Story from Maria Bartholdi.
This program light-heartedly explains all that you ever wanted to know about
Minnesota Hotdish, and then some!

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A “vintage” recipe card

Maria has graciously allowed me to share her program with all of you, below. :o).
Beware!  Watching this program may make you hungry!
With that in mind, I have included a special hotdish recipe (below), to counter any hunger pangs that you may encounter while viewing this program.  :o)

Thank you to Maria Bartholdi for permission to share her fun and informative Minnesota Hotdish: A Love Story video!
To watch,
click on the picture above, and then click on the white arrow
on the bottom left-hand corner,
or
click, here.

So Many Hotdishes to Choose From!

Google “Minnesota Hotdish recipe” and over 400,000 responses pop up! So many recipes
to choose from!  There are Minnesota Congressional Minnesota Hotdish recipes
(
view some of those here), there are church ladies’ hot dish recipes, there area grandmas’ hot dish recipes, and many, many more.

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My first attempt at Minnesota Hotdish was yummy,
although, I did not take the time to neatly line up the tater tots in a straight-line,
as directed. I was hungry, and in a hurry!  :o)

My recipe of choice hails from 2018 and Super Bowl LII /52 in Minneapolis, by way of talk show host Jimmy Fallon. Planning his first trip to the Gopher State, while attending football’s biggest game of the season, Fallon challenged his Minnesota viewers to send in their entries inviting him over for a home cooked meal. After sorting through over 15,000 submissions, Fallon chose to visit the Salzer family in Champlin.  You can read about that smile-inducing visit here, and watch it here

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Super Bowl LII made the hotdish recipe, below, famous.
Wouldn’t this football-shaped ice cream cake be a yummy addition to any
Minnesota Hotdish meal?

The recipe for the Minnesota Hotdish served to Fallon is easy to find on the Internet.
I found it, here, and I share it below, with my comments in parenthesis and clarifications (mostly for myself) in brackets.  This dish is a good one.  It is easy to prepare, uses simple ingredients, tastes yummy, and feeds a group.

Preparing Tater Tot Hotdish

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No fancy ingredients needed to prepare Minnesota Hotdish.

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I recommend using Extra Crispy Tater Tots to top off this recipe.
No, I am not an Ore-Ida paid spokesperson.  :o)

Recipe

Tater Tot Hotdish

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Ingredients

1.5 pounds ground beef
(I used about 1 pound.)

1 small yellow onion, minced
(I diced mine.)

2 cans (10.5 ounce each) cream of mushroom soup, or cream of celery soup
(I used Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, the 98% fat free variety.)

1/2 cup milk
(I used skim milk.)

2 cups frozen corn

1 package (32 ounces) Tater Tots
(I used the “extra crispy” variety.)

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
(I used the 2% fat variety.  Also,
I only had about 3/4 cup of the reduced fat cheddar in my fridge,
so I supplemented it with a few cut-up slices of 2% fat American cheese.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put the diced onion in skillet over medium heat.
Add[ing] ground beef, and sauté until cooked and onions are translucent.
Drain grease.

Grease (I used PAM cooking spray.) a 9-by-13 inch Pyrex (glass) pan.

Pour the cooked meat and onions into prepared pan.

Mix together [in bowl] the soup, [frozen] corn, and milk, and spread evenly over the top [of meat mixture].

Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese.

Place the Tater Tots on top of the mixture in straight lines.
(I did not worry about the straight lines.
I did make sure, however that I had a only single layer of tots on top of the hotdish. )

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until Tater Tots are golden brown and crisp.
(I baked mine about 45 minutes, and think it could have used another 5-10 to crisp up the tots.)

Let cool and enjoy.
(I let mine cool 5 minutes.)

Serves 6-8

Annette’s notes
I used about one half pound less hamburger meat than directed.

I diced, rather than minced, my onion for this recipe.

I used Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, the 98 % fat free variety.

Reaching into my refrigerator, I found that I only had about 3/4 cup of the reduced fat cheddar in my fridge, rather than the cup needed  (I thought that I had another package.), so I supplemented it with a few cut-up slices of 2% fat American cheese.

I used the “extra crispy” Ore-Ida Tater Tots)

I did not take the time to neatly line up the tater tots in a straight-line,
as directed, but I did make sure that I had a only single layer of tots on top of the hotdish.

I baked mine about 45 minutes, and I think it could have used another 5-10 to crisp up the tots, more.

I would make this again!  :O)

Other Fun Minnesota Blog Posts

Family Fun at the Fair, and other Minnesota Stuff, September 2019, here.

Minnesota Nice=a Very Nice Family Reunion, July 2018, here.

Happily Eating My Way through the Minnesota State Fair, September 2017, here.

Minnesota Wild Rice Soup, October 2015, here.

Minnesota Nice, October 2015, here.

Mall of America, Mickey’s Diner, and other Midwestern Sites of Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2013, here.

 

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Family Fun at the Fair, and other Minnesota Stuff

September 9, 2019

Family Fun at the Fair, and other Minnesota Stuff

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My daughter and I pose at Birch’s on the Lake .
Thanks to my son in-law for being the photographer! :o)

It was two weeks before Labor Day weekend, and my daughter called.
“Hey, Mom, why don’t you fly [to Minnesota] to see us over Labor Day weekend?”
It was an offer I could not refuse! After all, I had not been to her home since our Minnesota (4th of July) family reunion, last year.
(You can read about that Minnesota trip, here.)

I invite you, now, to take a moment to leisurely “stroll” through some highlights of my Minnesota Labor Day photos. I had a great four days!  :o)

Friday, August 30

Spiderman

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Our daughter enjoys Spiderman goodies from her dad. :o)

Walking Pongo 

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We enjoyed walking Pongo through the neighborhood, in the delightful fall-like weather.

Birch’s on the Lake

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The front of a Birch’s on the Lake menu

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We were treated to a scenic lake view, as we dined.

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I enjoyed this mouth-watering (broiled) herb-crusted walleye for my dinner.
Walleye is the “Official State Fish of Minnesota“.

Saturday, August 31

Food, Fun, and Games

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Nala “supervises” as we prepare Honey-Old Bay Wings, and Barbecue Wings
to snack on during the first 
Iowa State football game of the season.

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Honey-Old Bay Wings, and Barbecue Wings
 See below for the recipes.

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Iowa State wins against University of Northern Iowa in triple overtime!
Go here for a game summary.

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Playing Scrabble with a whole lot of “E’s”!

Sunday, September 1
Minnesota State Fair

I was excited to be attending the Minnesota State Fair with my daughter and son in-law.
I had done so a couple of years ago, and we had such fun!
Now, if you think that we just go to eat our way through the fair, then you are exactly right! (Although, we did take a look-see at the fair critters, too.) We even planned our eating route, through the fair’s 300 vendors, ahead of time, to make sure we did not miss any festive fair flavors. :o)

See my earlier trip to the Minnesota State Fair, here.

You can check out the list of 2019 fair food, here.

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 Paul Bunyan and his trusty blue ox, Babe,
greet my daughter, son in-law, and his brother to the fair.

According to legend, we have Paul Bunyan to thank for Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes,
created by Bunyan’s footprints.

Interesting Sites at the Fair

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It’s a cute woodsy look for this state fair eatery.

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Speaking of woodsy…an accommodating Smokey Bear “posed” with us for a photo.

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This root beer barrel kiosk caught my eye.

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There was this actual root beer barrel at the fair, too.

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The neon lights of this baseball beckons fair goers.

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Colorful fair rides

The Food!

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Tom Thumb mini donuts

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Fried Oreos

Dole Whip!

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Making our way to the Dole Whip stand, through the morning rain drops.
See the Dole Whip kiosk in the back left corner of photo

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A refreshing raspberry-pineapple Dole Whip swirl in a waffle cone

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Excited about Dole Whip!
Dole Whip is a family favorite here at the fair, and when we go to the Disney parks.

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I loved the moist roasted turkey at Turkey to Go!

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My son in-law enjoys a two-toned shaved ice.

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A stop at the Pickle Dog

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As the morning wore on, and the rain drops decreased, the crowds increased!

 

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The staff is busy making Nordic Waffles.

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The Nordic Waffles were a hit.

Apples, and Cider Freezes, and Apple Sauce, Oh My!

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There were cider freezes, and a new variety of apple named, First Kiss.

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There was fresh apple sauce…

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and The Wizard of Oz, all in the horticulture building.

 

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Fried cheese curds are a popular fair food, here.

 

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Can’t miss the corn on the cob at the fair!

Sweet Martha’s Cookies

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Sweet Martha’s Cookies are a Minnesota State Fair institution.
Selling about one million cookies per day, during the fair.

 

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Cookie dough, waiting for their turn to be transformed into delicious
Sweet Martha cookies.

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Yum!

Monday, Labor Day
September 1

Pancakes

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Labor Day meant a trip to  The Original Pancake House .

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The pancakes were great!

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Juicy Lucy burgers were created in Minneapolis, featuring melted cheese on the inside of a burger. Think of it as an inside-out cheeseburger. :o)

A Twin Cities native, my son in-law prepared his special Juicy Lucy burgers for us for our Labor Day dinner.

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The cheese of choice for the Juicy Lucy center was Laughing Cow Swiss (3 and a half triangles) and grated Pepper Jack (4 ounces), mixed together.

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Each burger (2 pounds, divided into six burgers, with each burger divided in two/top and bottom) was filled with the cheese mixture.

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The (80-20 beef) burger must be tightly sealed around the cheese.

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Grilled to perfection 

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Hot cheese in the center of a burger=a Juicy Lucy

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Good stuff!

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A perfect Labor Day dinner!

Tornado Sirens!

My flight would be at 6:00 am the next morning, so I packed up my last few items before turning into bed around 10:00. Then we heard it, the loud wail of the tornado siren!  Having grown up in the midwest, I knew…  It was quickly down to the basement for all of us, including Pongo and Nala. There were a few tense minutes as we continued to hear the sirens, punctuated by the sounds of hail hitting against the house, but happily, the bad weather passed within the hour, and without incident.

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We heard the loud wail of the tornado siren.

Is it already time to go home?!

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The four days flew by.  It had been a fun visit to Minnesota!  :o)

Recipe

I love wings, but not the grease that they are typically fried in.  Here is my baked wing recipe, with the two varieties that we had on Game Day, above, plus a bonus, two other flavors, that my family enjoys.

Baked (Buffalo) Wings

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Ingredients

Chicken wings with tips cut off
( I prefer to buy wingettes and drummettes/wings cut at the joint, when they are available)

Parchment paper

 

Honey-Old Bay Wings

Honey

Old Bay seasoning

Barbecue Wings

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce,
or the sauce of your choice

 Blue cheese, or Ranch dressing,
if desired for serving

Carrot and Celery sticks,
if desired.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 430 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment.

Place wings on each prepared cookie sheet,
making sure that the wings do not touch.

Place cookie sheet on baking rack for 50-60 minutes,
turning over the wings halfway through cooking.
Bake for about 20-30 more minutes, until wings are crisp.
(If baking two cookie sheets of wings at a time,
also switch/trade cookie sheets to the other’s baking racks, halfway through baking. )

For Honey-Old Bay Wings

In a bowl, mix honey and Old Bay seasoning.

Remove wings from oven. 

Place cooked wings, two-three at a time, in Honey-Old Bay mixture until coated.

Remove wings from bowl, and place on plate.

Lightly sprinkle with more Old Bay seasoning.

For Barbecue Wings

Remove wings from oven, leaving the oven on.

Brush barbecue sauce on front and back of the cooked wings.

Place back into the oven for 5 more minutes.

Remove from oven.

Place wings on plate.

 

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For Ranch Wings

In a bowl, mix 1 stick melted butter and 1 package Ranch dressing (dry) mix.

Remove wings from oven.

Place cooked wings, two-three at a time, in Ranch dressing-butter mixture until coated.

Remove wings from bowl, and place on plate.

For Buffalo Wings

In a bowl, mix 1 stick melted butter and 6 Tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

Remove wings from oven.

Place wings, two-three at a time, in the Franks Red Hot, until all are coated.

Place wings on plate.

Serve with Blue Cheese, or Ranch Dressing, and carrots and celery sticks, if desired.

Make sure that you have plenty of napkins handy.  :o)

Enjoy!

Other  Minnesota and State Fair Blog Posts

Minnesota Nice=a Very Nice Family Reunion, July 2018, here.

Minnesota Nice, October 2015, here.

Mall of America, Mickey’s Diner, and other Midwestern Sites of Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2013, here.

Happily Eating My Way through the Minnesota State Fair, September 2017, here.

Our State Fair is a Great State Fair, August 2014, here.

Thank you!

Thank you to my daughter, son in-law, and his brother for contributing photos for this blog post, and for allowing me to photograph you for this blog post. :o)

Thank you for reading,

Annette 

I’m Annette Stuff

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The blog post mentioned above was added here on September 28, 2019
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A (half) Summer’s Worth of Mishmash

August 25, 2019

A (half) Summer’s Worth of Mishmash

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Enjoying a summer snow cone gelato at The Snowball Stand,
a Maryland landmark since  1974!
August 11, 2019

It has been one of those creative challenges…
this blog post had me STUMPED.  Bits and pieces of my past month, begged me to attempt to cleverly craft them into one cohesive, interesting, spell-binding bit of reading. After much deliberation, I realized that this mishmash, or as Buddy Sorrell (character on the classic TV show, The Dick Van Dyke Show) so creatively put it, “mishmosh”, of the month’s events are colorfully portrayed in the photos that I have so eagerly taken.  So, what better way to pull this hodgepodge of summer frivolity all together than to just share with you, my dear reader, my past month in photos? Done!

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

One of my very favorite places on Earth!

The sea,
once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder
forever.

Jacques Cousteau

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Unable to resist, I take this selfie during a walk on the beach on Hilton Head Island.  :o)
July 7, 2019

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My hubby admiring the colorful South Carolina sunset.
July 8, 2019

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An early evening view of Port Royal Sound.
July 10, 2019

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Santa gets tropical!
A fun item spotted on the Island grocery shelves.
July 12, 2019

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One of the many fun sand creations spotted on the beach. :o)

Did you know that at the end of each beach day,
these, and other any holes made in the sand on Hilton Head Island,
should be filled, allowing baby sea turtles a clear access to the sea ?

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Read more about Hilton Head Island’s turtles in my blog post from last year, here.

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Early morning quiet on the beach
July 21, 2019

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July 20, 2019

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Beautiful morning on the beach.
(The sand is packed hard enough for bike riding.)
July 21, 2019

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I am a big fan of the historic Old Fort Pub‘s she-crab soup!
July 21, 2019

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The color in this photo was NOT edited!
July 21, 2019

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A lone morning fisherman enjoys the solitude.
July 23, 2019

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Visiting Coligny Plaza, including the local Piggly Wiggly,
and checking out The Frosty Frog‘s shrimp tacos.

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A morning beachgoer reading on the shore.
August 1, 2019

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Sea Oats “look” over the beach and morning clouds.
August 1, 2019

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The Skull Creek Boathouse is a favorite spot for us to enjoy lunch on Hilton Head.
August 3, 2019

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I never tire of the sunsets here.
August 3, 2019

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A bird is hoping for a handout from these two fisherman brothers.
August 4, 2019

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Finding a bargain on local shrimp at Fresh Market,
means Dale is grilling for dinner.  :o)
August 4, 2019

(See the Grilled Shrimp recipe below)

To view my blog post from earlier this summer, click here.

Growing Up in Disneyland

A highlight in my blogging “career” was an entertaining and informative phone interview with author Ron DeFore (son of actor Don Defore),
discussing his (then) upcoming book
Growing UP in Disneyland.

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My grilled chicken dinner, slathered in the truly delicious barbecue sauce made from the recipe from Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant in Disneyland.

You can get the recipe, and read about the interview, here

Check out this related blog post from December 2018, here,
where Ron graciously emailed answers to my questions about his father’s film,
It Happened on 5th Avenue

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Returning from Hilton Head, I was happy to see that my copy of
Growing UP in Disneyland was waiting for me!

I was happy to find the book waiting for me upon returning from Hilton Head.  Pacing myself, to make it last a little bit longer, I finished reading this book last week. It was a delight!  

Ron has succeeded in combining the memories of his father, as well as where life’s road has taken him, in this entertaining book. I loved reading about Don’s friendships with Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan, among other prominent figures of the day, along with  his various business and career ventures, and his deep love for his family. Reading about Ron going to Disneyland every weekend with his siblings, paling around with other celebrity kids, like Dick Van Dyke’s offspring, and swimming in Esther Williams pool was like catnip for this classic TV and movie fan!
I could go on, but I don’t want to spoil this read for you. I recommend that you get a copy of this book, and read it for yourself. :o)

Disc Golf

I tried my hand, for the first time, at Disc/Frisbee Golf.  I will not be going on the pro circuit any time soon!

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My hubby and son enjoy playing Disc Golf at a nearby park.
August 11, 2019

My Mid-century Find

I was happy to find this starburst clock at our local senior center white elephant sale the other day!

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I was excited to find this $5 bargain this week.  :o)

Old Ellicott City, Maryland

Yesterday I took a little time out for myself in nearby Old Ellicott City.

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A view looking down Old Ellicott City‘s Main Street

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I stopped for breakfast at Georgia Grace Cafe.

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My omelet was delicious!

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Next, I took a leisurely walk, strolling across the bridge.

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A historical marker

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Time to head back across the bridge to home.

Read more about Old Ellicott City in my previous blog posts, here and here.

Recipe

Grilled Shrimp

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Ingredients

Shrimp, peeled (not farmed)

PAM

Melted butter

Minced garlic (optional)

Lemon juice

Black pepper

Chives-chopped (dried do in a pinch)

Directions

Spray skewers with PAM.

Push peeled shrimp on skewers so that it is stabbed through twice. (See photo)

Do not crowd too many on onto one skewer.

Mix melted butter, garlic (optional), lemon, pepper, and chives to your taste.

Grill and baste with melted butter mixture, until done.

Serve shrimp on bed of Rice Pilaf with lemon wedges.

Enjoy!

 Other Hilton Head Blog Posts

Family Fun in Hilton Head, September 2015, here

Beach Getaway, February 2017, here.

40 years of being married: A Hilton Head of a Celebration, June 2018, here.

Summers Musings, August 2018, here.

Beach Love, September 2018, here.

Asbury Bedenbaugh and the China Hutch, March 2019, here.

Frogmore Stew, Anyone?, June 2019, here.

Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion, July 2019, here.

Thank you for reading,

Annette 

I’m Annette Stuff

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A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion

July 27, 2019

A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion

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4th of July “Flag Fruit Tray” to go along with our
Independence Day breakfast.

Family Reunion Week is one of my favorite times of year!  It is such fun to get together with my kiddies and their families, and enjoying time together!  

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 A family photo from last year’s family reunion.
July 3, 2018

Read about last year’s family fun in Minnesota, here.

This year my crew gathered on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for 4th of July Week, with each family “unit” planning/hosting one day’s-worth of activities and meals.
It was a week filled with family fun and delicious meals.
:o)

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An Evening Family Photo on the Beach
July 4th, 2019

I invite you to relax for a few minutes, grab a glass of iced tea, put your feet up,
and join me in looking through this year’s 4th of July Week photo album.

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Grab a glass of iced tea, and take a few moments to join me
in looking through our 4th of July Week photo album. 

The metal iced tea sign, above, is one of my favorite Marty Mummert pieces.
Read more about sign artist Marty Mummert here, and here, and here.

Photo Album

Friday, June 28

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Everyone, including our grand daughter,
was busy getting ready for our special week. :o)

Saturday, June 29

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The first to arrive (the night before), our grand son entertains his little sister. 

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More of the “troops” arrive.
Enjoying a pleasant lunch near the water at Skull Creek Boathouse.

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Skull Creek even had activities for the children.  :o)

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Skull Creek Boathouse tees for sale.

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Pool time became a favorite daily activity.

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A sleepy grand daughter relaxes by the pool with her gammy/me.

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My hubby happily opens a belated Father’s Day gift;
a photo canvas of our daughter and Dale running on the Hilton Head beach
in November 2018.

Sunday, June 30

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The day begins with an early morning beach stroll.

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My son, his girlfriend, and Kali, had arrived late the night before.
They were also “hosts” for the day.

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Preparing my son’s girlfriend’s family’s Gigi Cream Cheese, her late grandmother’s
recipe, for us to spread on toasted bagels for breakfast.
It was delicious! I plan to make this often!

See the bottom of this post for the recipe for Gigi Cream Cheese.

The pair also prepared yummy buffalo chicken dip for lunch,
and tasty chicken walking tacos for dinner!

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Playing KanJam

You can read about how to play KanJam, here.

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We rounded out the evening by enjoying a sunset view.

Monday, July 1

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Our daughter is ready for a swim!

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We all enjoyed the community pool.

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The youngest of our group was fascinated by the splash pad.

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Cooling off at the splash pad.

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The lazy river was a big hit, too.

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After some time at the community pool,
everyone voted to come back to the private pool and relax.

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My daughter in-law and her crew prepare a delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner.

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Yum!

Tuesday, July 2

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Kayaking was Tuesday’s first activity.

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Paddles ready?

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Row, row, row your boat…

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Our daughter and son-in-law, the “hosting” couple for the day,
treated us to a delicious meal at
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks,
a true Hilton Head Island institution.

Read more about Hudson’s in my previous blog, here and here.

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Seeing Spiderman: Far From Home rounded out our day.

Wednesday, July 3

My husband and I enjoyed hosting on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Hubby, busy making his homemade buttermilk pancakes for breakfast.

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Always delicious!

For the pancake recipe, click here.

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Everyone (some rather creatively) pitched in to help get our gear to the beach. :o)

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Taking a break from the beach,
and enjoying the cooler temperature under the beach canopy.
Living only a couple of hours from Hilton Head, Eric (on the left),
happily joined us that morning, and Eric’s girlfriend would join us later in the day.

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I did a little cookbook reading under the beach canopy.

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A view from the water, back toward the beach

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I prepared Frogmore Stew for dinner.

Find the recipe for Frogmore Stew, here.

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Frogmore Stew was a hit. :o)

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There was none left over!

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4th of July embellished ice cream bars were our dessert.
Kali wishes that she could have one. :o)

Thursday, July 4

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Four of our more ambitious family members decided to begin this
4th of July by running the HHI Firecracker 5K!

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A selfie before the run

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Two fashionable runners

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Running the HHI Firecracker 5K on a hot 4th of July

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A red, white, and blue breakfast tray

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Chillin’ to a little classic Batman.

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Enjoying a little 4th of July outlet mall shopping.

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My husband’s famous grilled burgers and hot dogs for dinner.

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Enjoying some 4th of July Fireworks

Friday, July 5

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Ready for some of that tasty Salty Dog cuisine.

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A meal with a view, out on the deck

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All smiles, having spent their honeymoon on Hilton Head Island in 2013.

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Checking out the alligator teeth at this display.

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My daughter in-law, who does hula hoop as part of her exercise routine, “compares notes” with this Harbour Town statue.

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Enjoying some Dole Whip at the Hilton Head Island Disney Resort.

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A mile marker sign at Hilton Head Island Disney Resort

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Watching scary Jaws from the pool, once all the packing up (for home) is done.

Saturday, July 6

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Saying good-bye to Hilton Head Island, and Family Reunion 2019.

Recipe

Gigi Cream Cheese

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Ingredients

2-8 ounce block, 1/3 less-fat cream cheese

1-10 ounce jar of sliced green olives stuffed with minced pimentos, do not use the juice.
(Do not drain, as you will have some left over to put in the refrigerator for later.)

1-2.25 ounce can black olives, drained

1-bunch of green onions/scallions, cleaned and chopped
(I look for the variety grown in the U.S.) 

bagels, mini-bagels, or crackers

Directions

Mash up cream cheese with a fork.

Add olives and scallions to your liking.

Serve on toasted bagels, or mini-bagels.
Would also be good on crackers.

Other Blog Posts

Hilton Head and Family Reunions

Annette’s Big Family Vacation Scrapbook from the Happiest Place in the World:  Walt Disney World, July 2014, here.

Family Fun in Hilton Head, September 2015, here

Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Points In-between, August 2016, here.

Beach Getaway, February 2017, here.

40 years of being married: A Hilton Head of a Celebration, June 2018, here.

Minnesota nice=a very nice family reunion, July 2018, here.

Summers Musings, August 2018, here.

Beach Love, September 2018, here.

Asbury Bedenbaugh and the China Hutch, March 2019, here.

Frogmore Stew, Anyone?, June 2019, here.

 

A great big thank you to my family members for contributing many of the photos in this blog post, and for graciously allowing me to use your photos images in this post :o)

Thank you for reading,
Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

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Looking back (See what I did there?  :o)) on our 4th of July Week 2019,
filled with wonderful memories!

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Growing Up in Disneyland: a Conversation with Author, Ron DeFore

July 13, 2019

Growing Up in Disneyland:
a Conversation with Author, Ron DeFore

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Okay, so this photo was not actually taken while I was
on the phone with Ron DeFore on June 25, 2019, 

but it was taken that day, shortly after my interesting phone “interview” with him.

Growing up in Iowa, where Hollywood seemed a zillion miles away, I often daydreamed about what it must be like as the child of a famous actor/celebrity.  By contrast,
Ron DeFore spent his childhood years in California, living out life as the son of movie and television actor, Don Defore. (By the way, Don Defore was born, and grew up, in Iowa. :o))

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Author Ron DeFore, whose father was actor Don DeFore.

These days, I no longer have to wonder what the life of a celebrity’s kid,(during my formative years) must have been like. Ron DeFore tells us!  Ron has recently written  Growing Up in Disneyland.  Soon to be released on July 15, this book is described by the author as a hybrid, combining parts of his father, Don DeFore’s (unpublished) autobiography, and Ron’s own autobiography.

!!FINAL COVER

Ron DeFore’s new book Growing Up in Disneyland will be available on July 15.

You can order this book, here,
or for a book autographed by Ron DeFore you can send a request to info@GrowingUpinDisneyland.com,

Recently, Ron DeFore generously agreed to an interview with “yours truly” via phone.
It was an informative, and enjoyable conversation.

Proud Son

One only has to speak a few minutes about Don DeFore, to hear the pride in his son Ron’s voice.  One of five children, Ron grew up basking in his father’s glory, delighting when ever Don was recognized in public. Ron shared that, occasionally, someone would recognize Don, but could not place him. The stranger, thinking that Don was a neighbor, or acquaintance that he should know, but embarrassed to admit that he did not, would engage in conversation with Don. Ron and the other children would enjoy witnessing this tete-a-tete play out in front of them, as Don would play along, asking the stranger how things were going, with him and his family, until the stranger finally came to the realization of who he was really conversing with.

Don Defore was not the only one in the family who was in the entertainment business.  Ron’s mother, Marion, formerly Marion Holmes, was a big band singer prior to marrying Don. Marion was most famous for her recording of I’m a Little Tea Pot with Art Kassel and his Kassels in the Air. She also sang with Henry Busse.  Upon marrying Don, Marion quit her singing career. (According to Ron, his mom made great watermelon pickles!)

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Marion Holmes DeFore was a big band singer when she met Don Defore.

Hear her hit, I’m a Little Teapot, here, 1940.

Among the fringe benefits of being Don DeFore’s offspring, Ron says he counts being part of the parades that the family was invited to participate in, as a highlight. Disneyland parades, including the opening day extravaganza, and the Disney Christmas Parade (where he and his sister sat next to Walt Disney, himself), and the Hollywood Christmas Parade are all wonderful family memories for Ron. As a child, Ron says that it made him feel special to be the son of a celebrity, and take place in all the fun. He loved it.

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The DeFore family in Disneyland’s Opening Day Parade, riding the Autopia cars
on July 18, 1955.
(5 year-old Ron is in the front car, and out of this photo’s view.)
Watch the entire parade broadcast from ABC, here.

Growing up in Brentwood

The world that Ron DeFore grew up in was different from that of today. There was little crime in the area then, and Ron does not remember ever bothering to lock the doors when the family went out for the day.

When Don DeFore set out to build his home on a double lot, in 1947, Brentwood, a suburb of west Los Angeles, California, was considered “out in the country”, and many of his actor friends questioned why he would choose to build so far out.  The DeFore’s house, designed with split rails and a barn & silo look, was equipped with a huge train bell at the top of the house, that could be sounded from inside the house, to call in the children  for dinner from wherever they were playing. (Ron says the bell sounded like the clang of the Mark Twain paddle boat at Disneyland.) Special childhood memories for Ron include, when the DeFore’s had a cow and chickens, and when the house’s beautiful Christmas decorations were up, that had taken two weeks to complete.

See a video of the DeFore home in 1962, here.

Growing Up in Disneyland

It’s every kid’s dream:  Growing up in Disneyland!  Ron DeFore did it!

First, a little background-From 1957-1962 Don Defore owned Disneyland’s Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant, named for the banjo that Don’s father used to play.
Don said that the sounds of the banjo strumming gave one an appetite. It is the only restaurant on Disneyland property to ever have an actual person’s name (other than Walt Disney).   Don Defore was friends with Walt Disney, and when a space opened up at Disneyland’s Frontierland for a restaurant, DeFore already had an idea that he had been mulling around. Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant was born.

Ron DeFore spent a lot of weekends, and summer vacation time, at Disneyland from 1957-1962.  The DeFore’s even had a second house in Anaheim, near Disneyland, that they used to store extra restaurant supplies, and to stay at when working at the Silver Banjo.

Ron says that he is probably the only kid who didn’t want to go to Disneyland all of the time. :o) He did enjoy it, though, when he could bring along a friend, and “show off a little”.  Ron knew a lot about the park, spending a lot of time exploring.

Years, later, while working as associate director on The Steve Allen Show (1971-1972),
Ron met an up and coming comedian named Steve Martin. Yep, THAT Steve Martin.  (As Ron put it, “I enjoyed meeting guests in the Green Room/lounge, and introduced myself as Don DeFore’s son, as many of the guests had nice stories about my dad.”) After chatting a bit, Martin mentioned that he had worked at Disneyland as a teen in the magic shop in the 1950’s. Ron mentioned that he used to go to the magic shop a lot then, when he was “bored”.  After further discussion, Ron said, “I remember you!”, and Steve Martin said, “I remember you!” :o)

Check out this Disneyland documentary from 1956 called Disneyland Dream, about a family who won a trip to Disneyland, here. In this film, around 20:20-20:28 you can spy a very young Steve Martin selling programs in a pink striped, long-sleeved shirt and a top hat in the lower right part of the screen,
or find him at around 1:34 in this restored and shortened version, without audio, here.

Don DeFore

Don DeFore, in addition to being a husband and father, was an actor.  He starred on Broadway, in movies, and on television.  DeFore starred with many classic movie stars, including Doris Day in her first film, in Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis’s first film, with Liz Scott’s first film, and with Charlton Heston in his first film.  DeFore forged life-long friendships with Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney, among others. (Judy Garland was in his wedding.) Ron says that two of his Dad’s movie favorites are, It Happened on Fifth Avenue, and She’s Working Her Way Through College.

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Don Defore as Thorny, with Ozzie Nelson, on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

DeFore was one of the first well-known television characters, playing Thorny on
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1954. In 1961, despite the protests of his agent (thinking DeFore would be overshadowed by Academy Award winning actress Shirley Booth), DeFore took the role of the memorable Mr. B on the classic TV show Hazel (1961-1965).

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Don Defore and Shirley Booth starring on Hazel

Ron DeFore starred in an episode of Hazel, here.

Lesser known, DeFore served from 1954-1956 as president of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and was the powerhouse behind broadcasting the Emmy Awards on television for the first time. (No small feat at the time, considering there was no satellite broadcasting, and the show was live from both New York and California.). Impressed by this major coup, Walt Disney met and became friends with DeFore. DeFore received an Emmy Award for his two-year service as the National Academy of Television Art and Sciences president.

See a short video of  Don DeFore’s Emmy Award replacement, opened by Ron DeFore,
at the bottom of the page, here.

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Don DeFore‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television.
The star is on the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard (on the south side),
according to an article, here.
 DeFore was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960.
Read the Hollywood Walk of Fame write-up on Don 
DeFore, here.

Name Dropping :o)

I asked Ron to name drop a little, and tell me about some famous people that he met, or knew.
Here is a list of some of those names, in no particular order.

Walt Disney
Ronald Reagan
Shirley Booth (Hazel)
Bobby Buntrock (Harold on Hazel)
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson
Jay North (Dennis the Menace)
Rusty Hamer (Rusty on Make Room for Daddy)
Dick Van Dyke and his children
Richard Widmark
Robert Mitchum
Meredith Wilson (Creator of Music Man, and from Iowa)
Anthony Caruso (character actor)
David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat, and Tears)
Steve Allen
Steve Martin
Jonathan Winters
Robin Williams
The Beatles
The Beach Boys

Author, Author!

Ron DeFore had never seen himself as an author, having had nearly 20 careers throughout his lifetime.  In the late 1990’s, he and his brother David, began to do occasional presentations for D23, the Disney Family Museum, and the Disneyana Fan Club.  One comment seemed to always follow those presentations, “You should write a book!”  While taking his daily walk several years ago, Ron decided, all of a sudden, that he would do just that!  He would write a book.! After two years of writing, as well as compiling his father’s writings, Ron has indeed become an author.  Growing Up in Disneyland is sure to be a treasure trove of interesting antidotes and history from Hollywood and beyond.  I can’t wait to read it!

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President Reagan meets with two members of his Presidential Administration,
Don and Ron DeFore while in Los Angeles.
Left to right-President Reagan, Don DeFore, Ron DeFore
Note the look of fatherly pride on Don DeFore’s face.  :o)

A Special Recipe

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Sampling the delicious barbecue sauce recipe from
Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant.
It is good stuff!

Here is the recipe for Disneyland’s Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant, that was based on a California restaurant’s barbecue sauce, at the time. This recipe was derived from UCLA’s ingredient identification of that sauce, and Marion DeFore’s kitchen magic.

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Ingredients needed for this recipe.

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The barbecue sauce cooking on the stove smelled amazing!

Recipe

Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Sauce
Frontierland, Disneyland

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A happy Don and Marion DeFore pose for this 1958 photo,
in front of Disneyland’s Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant sign.

Read more about the restaurant, here.

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Combine all ingredients and simmer 2-3 hours, the longer the better.
Barbecue sauce is best the next day.

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I will be trying this sauce with all of my barbecue and grilling recipes!

Annette’s note–I prepared 1/4 of the original recipe.
I used Grandma’s brand of molasses.
I cooked this two hours with the lid off.

My measurements for 1/4 of a recipe are below.

12 ounces/1+1/2 cup Hunts Tomato Sauce

1/4 cup +2 Tablespoons Heinz Chili Sauce

1/4 cup water

3 Tablespoons Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce

3 Tablespoons (unsulfured) molasses, Grandma’s or Blackstrap Molasses 

1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 teaspoon Coleman’s Mustard Powder

1 teaspoon McCormick Celery Seed (not celery salt)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon dry garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon dry onion powder

1/4 teaspoon Colgin Liquid Smoke

Combine all ingredients and simmer 2-3 hours, the longer the better.
Barbecue sauce is best the next day.

Thank you to Ron for giving of his time (and photos) to this very appreciative “hobby blogger”! :o)

Check these out!

Ron DeFore narrates this introduction to Growing up in Disneyland in this video trailer.
Check out the photo clips, including when Ron was an extra (In a youth football uniform) on Hazel.
https://growingupindisneyland.com

Click here, to read an interesting article by Ron, from several years ago entitled,
Growing up in Disneyland.

Click here to check out the Don DeFore web site.

Click here to find the Don DeFore Fan Club on Facebook.

Click here to see Ron DeFore’s Facebook page.

 Read These Previous Blog Posts About the Don Defore Film,
It Happened on 5th Avenue!

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A lobby card, in color, featuring the Don Defore (Christmas) film
It Happened on 5th Avenue

What’s Slumgullion?!/December 2018, click here.

It’s Christmas Time! Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies/
December 2017, click here.

 

Christmas in Black and White/December 2013, click here.

 

Other Blog Posts of Interest

Be My Guest! (My guest blogger, that is.)/February 2018, click here.

Yippee Ki-Yi, Yippie Kai-Yay, A Tasty way to Celebrate Cowboy Day! (…and a cowboy cookbook give away!)/February 2018, click here.

A Bonanza of a Recipe!/June 2019, click here.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

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I typically post my blog once per month.
Look for my next blog post on, or around,
Thursday, August 22, 2019

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Please post yours positive thoughts in my “comment section” at the end of my
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I recently purchased this fun book recommended by Ron DeFore,
Eat Like
Walt, by  Marcy Carriker Smothers, .
It is filled with Disney history, and many old Disneyland recipes,
including the recipe for the Silver Banjo Barbecue Sauce!

You can order this book, here.

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A Bonanza of a Recipe!

June 28, 2019

A Bonanza of a Recipe!

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I know, this is not exactly a cowgirl hat,
but I am still getting into the spirit of the Cowboy Day Cook-along!

Well, buckaroos, it’s that time of year, once again.  Gather round the chuckwagon for Recipe4Rebel‘s Cowboy Day Cook-along!  This is my second year of participating in this  camaraderie of western-inspired eats, and it is sure to be a rip-snortin’ good time!

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Cowboy Day Cook-along 2019

Find my recipe from last year,
and read my blog about Cook-along 2018,
here.

 

Like Greg, the head wrangler of this cook-along, I am a fan of the epic western,
Giant, starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.
But, I must admit, I’m not much of a fan of the western genre, in general, unless that western is of a comedic nature.  In last year’s blog, I spoke of my fondness
for John Wayne’s more light-hearted fare.

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I stand next to “John Wayne” at the John Wayne Museum.
September 2015
Read about my visit, here.

This year, I tip my (cowboy) hat to Dan Blocker, of the classic TV show Bonanza fame, and two of his most fun performances on that show:  Hoss and the Leprechauns,
Season 5, Episode 12, and Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing, Season 11, Episode 25.
Blocker also starred in the feature film comedy, The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County.
(Click on the links/the colored titles, and they will take you to the episodes on Youtube.)

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Dan Blocker starred as Hoss, in TV’s Bonanza.

In 1963, Blocker used some of his earnings from the Bonanza TV series to begin a restaurant chain.  What did he name it?  You guessed it, Bonanza Steakhouse! On the menu was a popular dish, known as Monterey Chicken. Below is my recipe.

Monterey Chicken

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The ingredients needed for Monterey Chicken.

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Slice up the onion.

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Cook the onion in olive oil.

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Skillet-fry the chicken, or cook it on the grill.
(I recommend removing the onions before cooking the chicken.)

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Top the cooked chicken with Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack cheese,
cooked bacon, and cooked onions.  Add a hint of lime juice.

Recipe

Monterey Jack

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Ingredients

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup honey

1/4-1/2 teaspoon Black pepper

4 boneless, skinless, thin chicken breasts

6-8 ounces Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack cheese, shredded

Bacon (I used the precooked variety, heating it up)

Olive oil

Red onion, thinly sliced

Lime wedges

Directions

Mix with whisk mustard, honey,  and black pepper in bowl.
Place mixture in large zip-lock bag with chicken breasts.
Place in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil, and cook onions until tender.
Remove onions, drain off oil, and set to side, keeping warm.
Cook chicken breasts in skillet, or by grilling them,
and heat bacon.

Assemble-
Chicken Breast
Bacon
Cheese
Onions

Serve with lime wedges.

Accompany with tomatoes, or Pico de Gallo, and your favorite vegetable.

Serves 3-4

Annette’s note–If cooking the chicken breasts in the skillet,
I recommend removing the onions before cooking the chicken.

Enjoy!

Join along!
Interested in cooking along?
Go to Recipe4Rebels, here.

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A very western John Wayne sculpture at the John Wayne Museum
September 2015

Thanks for reading!!!!!
Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

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Look for my next blog post on, or around,
 July 17, 2019

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My friend, Linda, just presented me with these wonderful home-grown tomatoes.
 They will make a yummy compliment to this Monterey Chicken recipe.

 

 

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