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Chips and Dip

While we were putting in our garden we got hungry for something to eat. Neither one of us wanted to put much effort in to making something, so she whipped this out pretty quick.

It is simply some of the left over Stroganoff dinner, refried beans, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. The meat, beans and cheese were heated in the microwave and then the sour cream and salsa were added. Quick, easy and pretty good. The beer and or tangerine grapefruit margarita are optional, but on the hot day, was enjoyed to the fullest.

Chips and Dip

Garden

We went out got some soil, a few plants and seeds in an attempt to grow some of our own ingredients. It’s kind of exciting to see what comes of it and hopefully we’ll get some return. On the right there is tomato (2 varieties), cilantro and Bell peppers. What you don’t see is the seeds planted for corn along the back, and staggered in front of that is variety of bells, zucchini. and yellow squash.

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Stock photo 😉

OK, I admit that I look at eggs for breakfast as a quick and simple offering, something to provide the devil God that is the hunger within, with the intent that if it pleases, it will stay away until at least around lunch time. With the limited time on normal workday mornings, I’ll fry up 2 or 3 eggs with a mixture of salt, California Pepper and Vulcans Salt.

However, the inspiration behind this all, never seems to be able to churn out just eggs, scrambled or fried (with BUTTER of coarse). It didn’t take too long after being with her that I found myself reacting differently when she asks if I want eggs. I went from looking at eggs as being humdrum and mundane as watching televised bowling, to being a bit enthusiastic in seeing what is delivered.

Some examples of easy to do eggs that she’ll do is to combine them with pieces of leftover meat, especially the well seasoned or marinated meats. Cheese is usually a repeat player in this game as well, but what cheese will it be? Being a creamery employee, that keeps the mystery alive. When asked just a moment ago about the ingredients used when making eggs, she just gave me that beautiful smile, looked at me with those dazzling green eyes and laughed. Translation: depends on what’s in the fridge at the time.

So to try and sum up this mere idea inspiring post, take a quick look in your box of edible tools and maybe gaze on it with a different eye; from a different angle. There are many key players that can change the game in to an exciting one. Leftover meat, cheese, veggies, salsa, etc are all great additions to a foundation that needs no help.

Remember, it’s the most important meal of the day.

Another easy meal

Another easy meal

Came home from work today, it’s Friday, and I’m so ready for the weekend. I’m sure that most of you who are fortunate enough to be employed can follow along with that one. Today as with some others in the past, I came through the front door and I heard an odd scratching noise behind me. Slightly startled as I know I’m the first one home, I turn around but don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. A few more steps towards the kitchen and again there it is. This time when I turn around, I spot something that eluded me prior. There are scrape marks on the floor, like something heavy had been drug on the carpetless flooring. Then it hit me, I’m draggin’ my ass somethin’ fierce!\

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Steak Leftovers

Steak Leftovers

Last night we Q’d some tri-tip (you’ll see that often, very economical from Costco) rubbed with some seasoning from McCormick I believe. Just like many steak dinners where you cook an abundance of it, even though it looks and tastes great,at one point you just got to push the plate away and say enough. Hopefully at this point, there is enough left for another meal. Today I started with 4 pieces from the previous night, and I made sure to save the juices as well.

Tri-tip steak leftovers

Tri-tip steak leftovers

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Sure why not. Breakfast doesn’t have to be the traditional eggs, cereal, waffles, etc. Sometimes something else is a tasty substitute.

Top Ramen made a quick and easy meal, but not by itself. Instead, added some beef and mushrooms from last night’s BBQ to make something a little different.

It hit the spot

Morning Meal

Morning Meal

4th of July Kabobs

4th of July Kabobs

Starting off this page with a holiday meal isn’t indicative of the direction we’re planning on going in, but it’s as good a place to start as any.

Being on a serious budget, and not wanting to totally skimp on a holiday (an unexpected day off for her), we went for the $0.79 oysters, asparagus, a package of garlic pasta and a few other veggies from G&G market. We have tri tip from Costco and that coupled with the other items and went to town.

We kept two of the steaks and cubed the rest in preparation for kabobs. She marinated the meat with pineapple chunks, eel sauce, garlic, teriyaki, and a hint of sesame oil. These went in a bag for a while.

 

Meat marinating

Meat marinating

 

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