I LIKE potatoes. I am not in LOVE with them. Yukon Gold & Red potatoes are the one’s I really like preparing. When I travel South I always eat at the Cracker Barrel and they have a great hashbrown casserole. Today I decided to make my version. The internet is like Disney World for Chef’s, Cook Enthusiasts & Foodies alike.
Only eating Fish & Seafood has caused me peruse the internet for meal ideas. I had some Sweet Potatoes for pie and red potatoes. The recipe called for pre-made hashbrowns but I opted out ans just combined the red & sweet potatoes. I LOVE sweet potatoes and add them to recipes suggesting potatoes.
I made eggs with mushrooms since I had them and did not want them to go bad. As I stated before most recipes I create or recreate are measured by eye.
Shredded Red Potatoes
Shredded Sweet Potatoes
Cream of Celery Soup
Combine all ingredients and place in a greased dish. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. If you want it a bit more CRISP on the top then turn it to broil and broil for 3-5 minutes.
I’ve been meaning to make these for quite some time. Never got around to it. I used to order these from my local Chinese restaurant but I currently try not to eat out. My local restaurant make theirs with imitation crab meat.
I used shrimp instead with cream cheese. I used 2 Won Ton wrappers for each one.I used a store brought Sweet & Sour Sauce. I think I ate about 6 of these….DELISH
I am Day 10 on this no chicken or turkey kick. Today wasn’t a struggle as was day 8. I had to talk myself through this. Again meal planning is CHALLENGING. Thank goodness I have fish & other seafood in my freezer. This is one of things thats making this not so hard
As of late I’ve been having a craving for mushrooms so I went out and purchased some organic mushrooms & green onion. I had baby corn & spinach. I sauteed all the ingredients and added some leftover sauce from making Lo Mein.
I loved this dish. The fresh green onion made this dish even more DELISH. Not sure how many more days I can STAY STRONG but I am staying the course and keeping my end of the bargain.
My daughter FORCED me to go MEATLESS. I say FORCED. As a Chef how can I go MEATLESS and not feel guilty & angry, HOW? I am a person who will try to keep their word. The one thing I noticed is I am ANGRY. Not sure if its a mental thing from going meatless or I’m just having a bad/challenging week. I haven’t sworn off seafood so I try to incorporate that along with fish.
With so many fish thats not good for you WHAT DO YOU EAT? So tonight I went with a Salmon. The other day I made a Brown Sugar Ginger Glazed Salmon but tonight I decided to go FRIED…..YUP FRIED…..
So while on this NO MEAT craze I decided to cut down the carbs. So I decided to make veggies. What better veggies to make than OKRA? So I sauteed Okra & Tomatoes a southern dish. I had to tap into my South Carolina roots.
Now just because I am not eating meat doesn’t mean I should deprive others. So I made him Fried Chicken, Mash Potatoes & Okra….
My Slamon was Fried to perfection. Crispy on the outside. Seasoned juicy goodness on the inside. When you love food its extremely important that it comes out hust how you want it otherwise you will not be satisfied.
Today my Fried Salmon was amazing and caused me to make a decision to continue my NO MEAT MEALS. Eliminating Meat has made meal planning rather challenging. My fush guy is giving me a great deal on lobsters in the morning. This coupled with this great meal has reaffirmed my dedication to NO MEAT…So Until We MEAT Again….
So I let my daughter “BULLY” me into NO MEAT only fish & seafood. Although I am a Chef I do not eat red meat or pork. I feel like this is elder abuse of sorts. I am looking into laws surrounding this matter…..But Anywho….
I woke up with meal planning in my mind. When I ran across this RECIPE by Damn Delicious. I love their blog. They have great recipes.
I created my ingredient list and only had to get 3 items. I had the remaining ingredients. I stopped in my local market only to find they have no Lo Mein Egg Noodles
After perusing the aisle with oriental ingredients I decided to go down the aisle with the pasta and found a LO MEIN LIKE pasta. This pasta was much more fun. Swirly and seemed more interesting than a normal Lo Mein Egg Pasta.
The ingredient list included:
My FAVES….This recipe had me at MUSHROOMS…The sauce was DEAD ON. I have grown accustomed to making my own food. The internet is a playground for Chef’s. You can get lost looking at recipes. I Love Food & Food Loves Me Too
As a child I hated cole slaw. If it was put on my plate I viewed it as a form of punishment. You couldn’t pay me to eat it. Growing up with a Mom who was always experimenting with some recipe or another, I learned to appreciate certain dishes she prepared. As I began to delve into the culinary world I took a different approach to some dishes. I want to ALWAYS stay true to my southern roots.
My Grandmother Annie Mae took pride in being “GEECHIE”. One who is from the South Carolina Coast. I loved her stories about her childhood & the foods she ate. My Grandmother made certain dishes so frequently that I vowed to never eat them again. EVER.
Like Black Eyed Peas. She usually infused these with some kind of smoked pork. I despised them until I made a salad with them to include Tomatoes, Garlic, Red Onion, Jalapeños & Cilantro. AMAZING
Getting back to my Southern Slaw…..
I decided to change it up…Instead of just Green Cabbage I added Purple Cabbage, Collard Greens & I spiralized Sweet Potatoes. I wanted as much color as possible yet breaking away from the traditional ingredients
Last year I came across a salsa recipe. I looked over the recipe and its ingredients I decided to incorporate other ingredients. As I stated in a previous post I don’t measure when I am creating SOME dishes. This is one of them
After researching many recipes I devided to just GO WITH THE FLOW.I wanted this to cpntain all the things I love to eat alone, with Tortilla Chips or on Tacos
- Red Onion
- Red Pepper
- Yellow Pepper
- Lime Juice
I made Shrimp Tacos and added sour cream and a my SUMMA SALSA. This season I will sell my salsas at different markets……
Pastelón is a sweet-and-salty Caribbean dish of sweet plantains, meat, cheese, and sauce. The meat varies by location but traditionally pastelón is made with ground meat. Since I don’t eat red meat I used ground Turkey.
I sauteed onion, garlic, red & orange peppers in advocado oil rhen added the ground turkey that I seasoned with Sazón and other seasonings.
I beat 2 eggs and layered the bottom of the pan with half of egg mixture, then fried plantains, added meat, mozzarella cheese, meat then more mozzarella and topped with more plantains and remainder of egg mixture.
I LOVE Sweet Plantains so this was one of those must try recipes for me.
I L-O-V-E trying new recipes…LOVE. I love food. Not sure why I didn’t pursue being a chef earlier. Growing up there weren’t many Black Chef’s. My Mom & Grandmother certainly inspired me. They were AMAZING cooks & knew their way around the kitchen. They used what was available to them and it didn’t consist of a lot of fresh ingredients. As I began delving into food I found more & more fresh ingredients and incorporated them into my foods. Anywho….I ran across this recipe for Sheet Pan Nachos. What better food is there to eat on a chilly Friday?
THIS RECIPE by Damn Delicious used ground beef. I don’t eat red meat so I found a more befitting substitute SHRIMP…..
Easy Peasy recipe. Very flavorful, filling & fantabulous.
You may look at this picture and your focal point may be on the shrimp or crabcake. The real PRIZE here are the CHEESE GRITS. Yes you heard me correctly. I L-O-V-E Grits. I have been eating them before I had teeth. My Grandmother Annie Mae who was born in South Carolina was the Queen Of Grits. She didn’t cook the 5 minute grits. She despised those. She made the one’s that took 20 minutes to cook.
I was taught all about Grits by my Grandmother. I remember her sending me to the market as a teen and 1 of the items on the list was Grits. Not knowing I purchased the QUICK GRITS…Why did I do that? She made me go back but not before lecturing me on the importance of why slow cook grits were better and never to be brought into her home again.
She used to make Chicken & Grits, Fish & Grits as well as Sardines & Grits. I remember looking at Sardines and screwing up my face. 1 day I decided to try it and let me say I requested this on many occasions thereafter.
Grits is a food made from corn that is ground into a coarse meal and then boiled. Grits are usually served with other flavorings as a breakfast dish, usually savory. It is popular in the Southern United States. It may also be found as an evening entrée when made with shrimp.
Three-quarters of grits sold in the U.S. are bought in the South, in an area stretching from Texas to Virginia that is sometimes called the “grits belt”. The state of Georgia declared grits its official prepared food in 2002.
Although I’m a chef I adore eating put and discovering new & exciting places to eat. Breakfast is my meal of choice.
When entering a restaurant or diner after my greeting I ALWAYS ask “Do you have grits?”. I adapted this habit after walking into a restaurant sitting down and ordering tea. The waiter then came back to take my order and I was told WE HAVE NO GRITS…In my mind I turned over 3 tables and several chairs. In reality I paid for my tea and went to a restaurant that did have Grits. This was the last time this happened. I vowed never to be seated before finding out is grits were being served.
I have have become a connoisseur on Grits. I can eat them and tell if they are Quaker or a generic brand. There’s a big difference in taste. Some won’t notice but if you’ve been eating for as long as I have YOU NOTICE.
My love for Grits may be seen as an obsession I jokingly call it OCGD. Obsessive Compulsive Grit Disorder….I LOVE GRITS…..