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I love cooking, as you know, and I love to find, or come up with new recipes! Over this last weekend I tried two recipes. One that I wanted to try for some time now is a potato recipe that I found from the site Walking on Sunshine. Her recipe: Bacon Cheese Potatoes. I thought that this would pair perfectly with another recipe that I got from my friend Conor Bofin over at One Man’s Meat. His recipe: Steak Frites. Then I added to this my simple recipe: Simple Sauteed Mushrooms!

I prepared the potatoes first as they were to be cooked in the crockpot. This simple recipe consisted of bacon, cheese and potatoes. Slice four red potatoes thinly, grate plenty of cheddar, and dice some bacon. Lois indicates that you can pre-cook the bacon, or not. I did not, but next time I make this I will because of the amount of fat. I used non-stick spray in my crock pot then layered potatoes, then bacon, then cheese. Lois likes to add salt and pepper on top of each layer. Forget the salt as the cheese and bacon add plenty! I was able to knock out three layers, dotted it with butter, and after 6 hours on low here is the finished recipe!

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Now Conor’s steak recipe was a perfect pairing with these potatoes! And, it is a simple recipe too! I purchased two rib eye steaks that were about 3/4″ thick. Taking a big bunch of fresh thyme, I stripped the leaves off the stems and chopped up the thyme and then pressed the steaks into the thyme. The recipe says to get a cast iron pan very hot and then add 1 teaspoon of salt. I forgot this step. After adding the salt you are to place the steaks in the pan. It was at this point that I added the salt. The important thing with this recipe is not to disturb the steaks. I cooked them for 5 minutes then turned them over and cooked another 4 minutes. And, they came out beautiful. Check these out!

The Steaks

The Steaks

I cooked the mushrooms while the steaks were sizzling in the pan. Another easy recipe. Add butter and garlic to a hot pan, and when the aroma of the garlic comes up add the mushrooms and saute. Here they are!

The Mushrooms

The Mushrooms

And here is the finished dinner!

One easy dinner!

One easy dinner!

The flavors of this dinner: Amazing! Worth the time and one that will make your family and friends think you spent hours in the kitchen!

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for stopping in for a bite! Be well! ^..^

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Get a little bit of rain, mix it with a bit of leaf litter, and the mushrooms begin to pop! You can find them everywhere, even in the grass and mossy areas of the yard! Today I wanted to share some of these lovelies with you that I took after our recent rain!

Coming up from leaf litter

Coming up from leaf litter

I discovered this mushroom which reminds me of…well tell me if you agree from the photo description!

The booby mushroom

The booby mushroom

Here is a newie! You can gauge the size of it by the blades of grass that surround it!

Teeny tiny

Teeny tiny

Here is one that has already shed its spores and is fading…

Curling

Curling

Wandering about, I discovered these flat tops!

Flat tops

Flat tops

And, one final shot of a lovely mix of mushrooms…

A lovely mix

A lovely mix

I hope that you enjoyed these mushrooms! Thank you for taking the time to drop on by! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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Let me start with saying that today has been a trying day. We have had issues with a router that has kept me from using the internet today until it was fixed. Then, I have been having issues commenting on other peoples blogs that I am trying to work out with WP. To top it all off this annoying little popup box keeps coming up asking for me to enter my network password! This will be fixed shortly.

Now, for today, sorry for the late post! I was recently in an area with birch trees and was amazed to find a huge “mushroom” growing out the side of a dead birch. I had never seen anything like this! It is very different than what we have here locally. Looking it up I discovered that this mushroom, or fungus, is called a Birch Polypore. Check it out!

Birch Polypore

Birch Polypore

They have a smooth brown cap on top and the underside is white. The underside is loaded with spores! And, to give you an idea of how big they are, if you splay your fingers, they are as big as that with your palm included!

Typical brown curved cap

Typical brown curved cap

Interestingly, these are annuals in the world of plants and fungus! Looking up the dead tree, you will see how they cover the tree! The black ones are from a previous season and are dead.

Looking up a tree fully loaded

Looking up a tree fully loaded

They remind me of steps going up the tree.

Steps on a tree

Steps on a tree

I thought they were very pretty!

Pretty!

Pretty!

I hope that you enjoyed these amazing fungi! Have a great day! Be well! ^..^

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Well that title says it all, eh? Have you guessed what this post is about? :) There are so many different ways to cook and eat eggs. They become a component in a lot of recipes. Today I wanted to share with you some of the many different recipes that I have previously posted on eggs!

Slop is one of my favorite egg recipes. Take whatever you have leftover in the kitchen, toss it with scrambled eggs and you have slop! Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This is good too when you go camping! Check it out!

Slop is served!

Slop is served!

I love bagels. Having come from the east coast, I find that good bagels are hard to find. I discovered that our local grocery, Raley’s, has authentic bagels cooked in water. Bagels go really great with eggs as a sandwich. Here is what I created in my recipe Fried Eggs on Bagels.

Fried eggs, sausage and bagel is served!

Fried eggs, sausage and bagel is served!

Then there is Joe’s Special! Eggs with spinach, burger and mushrooms: To die for! What do you think?

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

I grew up eating Matzo Brei. There is just something comforting about a breakfast or dinner made with matzo…Add a little jelly and you have a sweet meal!

Serve it up with jelly!

Serve it up with jelly!

Have I made you hungry? I know that I am!

Have an amazing day and thank you for taking the time to visit with me! Be well! ^..^

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I love fish! The delicate flavors are amazing as are the different textures that you can find in fish. Let’s take a moment to check out some different ways to cook fish. Ready to head into the kitchen?

When we were in Arizona, we stopped by this restaurant and had amazing fish and chips with the fish being Mahi Mahi! It was delish! So, I made this for us here at home! The recipe: Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Tilapia is a very mild fish, and I love to make Oven Fried Fish with this delicate gem. Check this out!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t this look good?

Salmon can be cooked a number of different ways. I like to oven bake it and featured this recipe, which I dubbed The Salmon Fishing Queen Cooks Salmon! This fish is flaky and tender!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

If you would like something a bit different, my friend Steve from college days, would make what I call Steve’s Baked Fish. I use tilapia in this dish, but you can also use snapper or cod! The yellow peppers kick the heat up a notch on this dish!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Yummy!

Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your day! Have fish for dinner tonight! Be well! ^..^

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Comfort food! It makes you feel warm and cozy on a cold day. The amazing flavors of comfort foods helps you to sleep at night. Cooking comfort foods can bring a family together in the kitchen when it comes to putting it all together! Let’s check out some comfort foods from past posts. See what you think!

Let’s begin with a hearty beef stew. Here is a recipe for one made with a hearty Cabernet! The wine makes this dish as done the addition of a bit of bacon! Just enough bacon to make this rich! The recipe: Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew.

Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew

Hearty Cabernet Beef Stew

There is something about a hearty sauce over pork that just makes my mouth water thinking about it! Check out this recipe for Sierra Foothills Chops!

Sierra Foothills Chops

Sierra Foothills Chops

I love a good soup that warms the bones. To do this I love a Cream of Broccoli with Mushroom Soup! Doesn’t this look yummy?

Cream of Broccoli with Mushrooms

Cream of Broccoli with Mushrooms

Chicken Paprikash with Spaetzle is another comfort food that comes to mind. The flavors on this recipe sure does pop! Yummm…

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Please let me know if you try any of these! They are all very tasty dishes!

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for taking the time to check out today’s post!

Be well! ^..^

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The Lava Lamp - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Lava Lamp – Photo by Alastair Forbes

They sat in the living room with a plate of little blue meanies in front of them. He ate one; she ate one. There were not many, but there were enough. On the turntable was a Yes album; the song playing was “Starship Trooper.” The mushrooms were now gone.

After about a half hour, they both found themselves sitting there with silly grins on their faces. The cat sauntered into the room looking first at him, then at her. As she turned to make eye contact with the cat it jumped straight up in the air and then shot off to parts unknown.

He turned down the lights in the room, and sat back down. She began to giggle. He looked over at her. “Your legs have disappeared,” she said breathlessly.

A wide smile broke his face and he said to her, “Your hair? Snakes!”

They both began to laugh hysterically. As the laughter died down, he got up and went into the back of the house returning with a lava lamp in his hand. He plugged it in. As it warmed the goo inside began to move. A column lifted. As if one they both shouted, “Dead baby!”
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Thank you goes out to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction! Thank you for the inspiring photo Al! I have not seen one of these lamps in ages!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by to look at my bit of flash! Have an amazing Sunday and be well! ^..^

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