The Free Spirit Award

I have been nominated for another award by Diana of Toast and Tea Together! Thanks to Diana for recognizing that I am not tied down by the troubles of everyday life.  I am proud and humbled to accept this nomination by someone who puts so much dedication into her blog and most importantly her followers!

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Here are the rules for this award:

  • You are given a topic from the authors who nominated you to write your award post about!
  • Include the image in your post!

Diana wants her nominees to write about – Food!. Are you surprised? 🙂

She wants her nominees to write about the five or ten foods they love the most, and include pictures as well.

food #1

chicken

Chicken is always number one when it comes to the meat portion of the dinner meal. I only occasionally have pork and even less so do I eat red meats. I make chicken in so many ways. Chicken cutlets, chicken parmesan, baked and broiled chicken legs, etc…

Now that the weather is getting cooler in the Northeast of the USA, I just made the first batch of Chicken Soup in a long time!

I used potatoes, onions, carrots, noodles, and chicken broth. I added extra water to cut down on the sodium the broth has in it.

Recently, someone told me horror stories of the major chicken processors. Indeed, I noticed that the brand I choose changed the way the chicken was cut and the color always seems to be off. So, today I selected a product from a processor that claims to use no injected antibiotics as well as some other claims. It tasted great!

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Above is the result. I made enough for the next two days!

food #2

rice

Yes. Chicken and Rice. Rice and Chicken. I can eat the two together for days on end. Then, I eventually get a little tired of the two and I have to mix it up. My two favorite rice mixes are the Goya Red Beans and Rice with Green Chiles and the Uncle Ben’s Chicken Flavor. Below, is a picture of my delicious Baked Chicken Legs. I bake them and then at the end broil them at low heat for five minutes or so. I get them close to the flame so they are seared.  The chicken was marinaded in GrillMates Tomato, Basil, and Garlic mix.

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food #3

broccoli

Love it! There are two ways I make broccoli. Steamed and Roasted. It takes patience at the stove to steam the broccoli just right. Not under cooked and not over steamed so it is mushy. I usually only roast broccoli in the winter months. It takes a lot of heat so I don’t do it in the summer. It’s hot enough!  I think I learned to roast broccoli from watching a Lidia Bastianich episode. Garlic, Broccoli, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil at 450 degrees until that broccoli gets soft. That’s it. Simple and flippin’ delicious! Add some Penne Pasta and Pecorino Romano. A little closer to heaven. 🙂

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food #4

peaches

peaches peaches peaches peaches.Peach Iced Tea, too. My home state, New Jersey, is well known for its peaches. Every year, I can’t wait for them to hit the stores. Most of the other varieties do not match up, especially the foreign ones because they are always too small.

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food #5

crab cakes

This is new to me for 2015. I am not a seafood lover at all. I have tried many different types of seafood. I try again and again over the years because I know tastes change. I have always liked lobster, crab, and shrimp. That’s about it. Last year, I went to a restaurant and had the most delicious crab cakes, ever. They were flippin, flippy, flipperlicious! I can’t tell you where I went. It was on company time, company paid, and I actually ate dinner with a famous retired baseball player.

So, I gave up trying to find a substitute.  I decided to make them myself. After a couple of tries, I am finally satisfied with my result. I use the Old Bay crab cake seasoning but it is still missing something. If anyone has a good seasoning idea for them, let me know. It is a a more expensive meal to make so I only make them once in a while.

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food #6

pickles

pickles. pickles. pick me up pickles!!!!!!!  Diana and I have a love affair with pickles. That is Diana has a love affair with pickles. And, I have a love affair with pickles. Just to be clear. In case anyone was trying to spin that in another direction. haha 🙂

Today’s selection was the Zesty Dill Spears. Wow! They brought tears to my eyes. Whew!

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It is not just the pickles. I love vinegar. Anything saturated with vinegar is fine with me.

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