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On The Road to Anchor Bay, Gualala, CA

By HomeRearedChef, published on Dec 4, 2012

The drive to our bed and breakfast has an eerie tale that put slow fear in our hearts and our minds and we’ll not soon forget. And as I write this account, I shiver remembering!

The day of our trip began with smiles and high spirits. We’d packed light, placed our bags in the car, backed out of the driveway and resolutely pulled away from the comfort of our home, leaving weeding and cleaning and all emotional cares behind. Without a doubt it would all still be there when we got back.

On the road, with a course set to our Inn in Gualala, California, as we followed the explicit directions... (more)

Tags: gualala california, b&b, anchor bay, weekend get-away, a tale

Roaring Camp: Train Rides, Food, Caricatures and Family

By HomeRearedChef, published on Dec 3, 2012

Of The Boardwalk: I crave the taste for yummy hot dog on a tick, slathered with mustard, and the taste of mushrooms and zucchini and artichoke hearts battered and deep fried. With my minds-eye, I see the giant redwoods, and can even now conjure all the wonderful earthy smells: smoke from the steam train and all the fresh, heavenly scents in the woods. I can also hear the birds chirping, see them flying, swooping here and there.

This is how I bask and delight in happiness, in my memories, remembering every detail of every visit to Roaring Camp.

Every year we’ve made it a habit... (more)

Tags: roaring camp, steam trains, family time, caricatures

Ginger Snap Fried Chicken in Ginger Brine

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 30, 2012

Ginger, a root and an herb, is used as a spice in culinary kitchens and many cultures throughout the world. It is also widely used as medicine. Ginger is pleasantly aromatic and pungent to the taste, delicious in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes.

As you will see from this recipe, making fried chicken can be somewhat labor intensive, which is one of the reasons why it is often made for very special gatherings. However fried chicken is very much worth all the effort to put together!

Come; take a comfortable seat at our cozy table. Dinner is served!

Recipe is for... (more)

Tags: fried chicken, ginger brine, buttermilk brine, ginger snaps

Grandpa’s Note to Robby, December 11, 1996

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 29, 2012

My father was a man who only read the sports section of the paper or the comics, and didn’t write unless he had to: a birthday card or Christmas card. He wrote this note on a whim, on paper just lying around the house, and then had my youngest sister fax it to his eleven-year-old grandson.

I copied dad’s note just as he wrote it, and you’ll notice that he spelled “Grampa” just like he heard the kids pronounce his name.

Dear Robbie (12/11/96)

I was glad to read of your improvement in bowling. I am involved in a Christian Fellowship bowling league. The league has played twelve... (more)

Tags: family, love, memories, christmas letters

A Salvadorian Refried Wedding of Beans and Rice

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 28, 2012

FYI: an RSVP is not required because in our home our table is always Open Seating.

Beans and rice has been a major staple in our humble Salvadorian homes, like, well, forever. But when you marry these two together, refried in sizzling rendered bacon grease, grease that has been infused with onions and garlic and bell pepper, what you have, then, is the promise of a happy future, of delicious belly-filled days.

When my mother, a native Salvadoreña, would make her refried wedding of beans and rice, the aroma of sautéing onions and garlic would permeate the entire house and out the... (more)

Tags: salvadorian recipe, beans rice, refried beans, refried wedding

The Reality of Living with Menopause

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 27, 2012

For some (like me), the never-ending up and down experiences have been, to some degree, rather traumatizing. And because there isn’t a manual, per say, I thought I’d brave to share just a little of what my life has been since becoming menopausal, and much of which have become embarrassing moments.

Sure, there is plenty of information out there, in books and on the internet, on what symptoms to expect: hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, mood swings, fatigue, sleep disorder, difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, weight gain, depression, anxiety, irritability, headaches, joint... (more)

Tags: health, life, menopause, menopausal reality

Orange & Root Beer Braised Carnitas

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 26, 2012

Carnitas, crispy on the outside and oh-so tender and juicy on the inside, are often served as a simple meal with rice and beans and flour or corn tortillas. But more often than not they are requested in a Burro (or Burrito): wrapped within a warm flour tortilla with a generous spoonful of rice and beans; and when you ask, the additions of Pico de Gallo, sour cream and avocado. Why, it is enough to get you drooling all over yourself!

This tweaked carnitas recipe is done almost traditional. The meat is brined in orange juice and fresh orange slices, and root beer soda. The carnitas are... (more)

Tags: carnitas, orange brine, lard, pork meat, burritos

Chocolaty Chocolate N’ Stout Cake

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 23, 2012

Life just doesn’t get any better than having a mouthful of chocolate, saturating your taste-buds with chocolaty goodness. See; chocolate makes the heart happy!

And this easy, chocolaty cake is put together with the convenience of a box mix.

Come; take a comfortable seat at our cozy table. Dinner is served!

STEPS 1 (cake):

Generously butter and lightly flour a regular size bundt pan (or tube pan) and set aside.

1 package chocolate cake mix (such as Betty Crocker)

5 extra-large eggs, room temperature

1/2 cup (1-stick) butter, softened at room temperature

... (more)

Tags: chocolate cake, chocolate stout, cake recipe, easy recipe

Life Under the Influence of Menopause

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 21, 2012

This menopausal post is written with a great number of Italicized words and EXCLAMATIONS, both known to be seriously harmful to the eyes!!! You have been warned!!!!

So what annoys me to no-end? Actually, since becoming menopausal, what doesn’t!!! From the moment I get out of bed…NO! From the moment I step outside my house…NO!! From the moment I get in the car and am on the road, mingling with other drivers, I am like a woman on a mission!!! Not that that is what I was thinking I would do when I got up that morning. Stuff happens!!!

Basically; don’t get in my way! Don’t cut in... (more)

Tags: humor, health, life, pet peeves, menopause

Cheesy Muffaletta a la Panini

By HomeRearedChef, published on Nov 20, 2012

Many would say that this “salad in a sandwich,’ also known as Muffuletta, is very similar to a Hero, but let’s not be heard saying this out loud, we wouldn’t want to upset anyone.

The Muffaletta—a giant meat sandwich—was invented about 100 years ago, by Sicilian Immigrants that settled in New Orleans, Louisiana. But for this newly-twisted sandwich recipe, the tapenade has been given a modern taste, with the addition of pickled jalapeños added to the olive spread. And then this homemade sandwich is toasted on a Panini grill, for a fabulously wunderlicious sandwich that will have you humming... (more)

Tags: new orleans, muffaletta sandwich, sicilian sandwich, louisiana

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