Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

I had fun with this photo. Actually this is a adorable house. It is my granddaughters house in Kansas. I just tipped the photo and gave it a glow!
Hubby is in the hot tub and I have the ouside lights off. There should be no Tricker treaters coming to the door...........however a tribe of them just about rang the doorbell and almost killed it. I am hoping that is all they did out there.

Well we watched the BCS standings on college football ball just a bit ago and our OREGON DUCKS are now # one! Way to go Ducks. It is very exciting for us here in Eugene OR. This has never happened in the history of the University here. Now everyone surely wants to knock us off. We have concern about OREGON STATE our nearby rival. You know the CIVIL WAR game and all. They would love nothing better than to beat our bottoms into the ground and let the feathers fly where they will. So the pressure is really on now for the rest of the season and we MUST win every game. Scarier than a Halloween fright night.

Well our Thanksgiving plans are made. It was difficult this year as there is a lot going with my family.
Always in the past we have had my son and grandson Tyson for Thanksgiving. So Tyson who is now 27 has spent at least 24 Thanksgivings with us. We always have it our home and any other folks that want to come are more than welcome. So over the years we have had a variety of people around our table. From family, to girl friends, boy friends, just friends and one year I really did not know four that sat at our table.
So this year we are off to my brother's in Washington state. He lives alone and holidays sometimes are difficult. He lost his wife several years ago and his daughter last year passed on Thanksgiving day. We have also invited his beloved daughters mother and brother, my son and grandson. So hopefully all will come and partake in a simple catered meal that will ride in the car with hubby and I from Eugene.
I feel happy about the decision as I know my brother will appreciate so much our company. It will be good to be together to share memories and create new ones. So the plans are under way!

Well I just wanted to say HAPPY HALLOWEEN. Hubby just got out of the hot tub and we need to get dinner going and then a scary movie. That is our treat for the evening.

Have a scary Halloween but be safe and sane one.
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Piano and Chicken Paprika's

Aha... it worked this time. Sometimes don't you just want to pull your hair out with the computer shenanigans? These are the photo's I tried to post with yesterday's blog. Why I could not do it yesterday is way beyond me as I did not do a thing different right now.

Well today hubby and I planned what we will eat Saturday for our OREGON game. He wanted shredded beef taco's in soft corn shells with cilantro, lime, sour cream, onion and on and on! Too funny, I am married to TACO MAN!
So this morning I got up early and put a large boneless beef roast in the slow cooker with lots of ancho and green peppers, onions, and garlic. I made my usual rub of kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and allspice. It is a wonderful rub. We use it on steaks also. Any how after applying the rub I placed it in the slow cooker and added just a tad of beef broth. So amazing smells are wafting through the house now. So tonight we will have wonderful slices of tender roast with smashed red potatoes with brown gravy and glazed carrots. Then tomorrow night the beef taco's and there will still be roast left for sammies.

Well I must walk now. I have my to-do's out of the way for the day except for dinner. So I expect that my husband and I will play some games later this afternoon and then take a early hot tub then dinner and a movie. Simple pleasurs for simple folks.

Have a fun Halloween weekend what ever you are doing.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010


I must apologize for this blurry photo. Somehow the setting on my camera got changed. I must have done it accidentally. So here is the chicken paprika's all whirled up!
The second photo at the bottom is a shot of my old dependable piano. Dear old thing I have it for it 28 years and it was ancient even before I bought it.
I love that old 1800's piano. I have had so many hours of pleasure sitting and plunking out a new song or two. I have Halloween lights on it in the photo because the setting on the camera was wrong it slowed the picture down and the lights sort of look like bones..........too perfect.

The recipe for the chicken dish was OK, hubby liked it but I want to make changes next time I make it. Also I did over cook the chicken. It almost fell off the bones so there was not much shape to the pieces. However the sauce was wonderful and the noodles swimming in that sauce was amazing. I served broccoli with butter and Parmesan cheese and crispy sourdough toast to the side. That is a big plate of food you see and I will have you know I took half of it off before eating it and I still was stuffed. Truly comfort food on that plate.

I heard from my daughter today and my sweet niece my younger brothers daughter via the e-mail. My niece is crazy for Halloween. She is going to three parties and is working on her costume. She said it is her favorite holiday.
Well I remember days gone by and many parties and loony costumes. What fun that was. The last party hubby I went to we were American Indians. We were both wearing buckskins but I had on a skirt so you could tell us apart ha. Hubby had on a long black wig and scary war paint. I went along the lines of Pocahontas. Anyhow such a wild nutty time we had. Now we keep the lights off so the hundreds of kids will not be ringing the bell every second. I swear there are hundreds. Just too much. The kids are respectful however if the light is off they do not come to the door. I love decorating the house though that is such fun. I also like having a Halloween costume party though we have not had one for a few years.

I am going to pass along the chicken paprika's recipe to you. I really think next time I will make my friends recipe if I can persuade her to give it to me.
Chicken Paprika's
one tablespoon of canola oil
one onion finely chopped
one clove garlic minced
2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika( I added a little more)
one cut up fryer rinsed
1/2 cup chicken broth
four ripe plum tomatoes(I used the Roma's we grew)
one red bell pepper chopped
1/2 Anaheim pepper chopped(I added this, it was good)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon flour
egg noodles for serving

In your dutch over add the oil, chopped onion and garlic. Cover and on med low heat for about fifteen minutes, steam the onions, do not brown them. Sprinkle is the paprika stir and cook for another minute.
The onions will turn a luscious red. Add the chicken pieces, broth, peppers and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper bring to boil and then reduce heat to med low partially covered and simmer for fifty minutes .
While the chicken is cooking whisk the sour cream and flour together in a small bowl. Set aside.
When the chicken has cooked and is tender remove from the pot to a bowl. Cook the sauce mixture over medium heat uncovered to reduce it slightly. Pour 1/2 cup of sauce into the sour cream mixture and whisk till smooth, then slowly whisk back into the sauce pot. Return the chicken to the pot covering well with sauce and heat through over low heat. Serve over the top of the noodles.

Well that is it. I think if I were to make this recipe again I would use cornstarch instead of flour. Just add some to a little broth mixture mix till smooth and then add back into the sauce. Then right before serving I would add in the sour cream and incorporate it gently into the sauce.
Anyhow it was tasty and hubby loved it. It made enough for the two of us to have again tonight, I will just make more noodles. I am also making my fave biscuits tonight to go with. I absolutely love biscuits not that I need to love biscuits. My Mom made them all of the time. Is there anything better than a hot biscuit with the butter running down through your fingers? Sooooooooooooo good!

Hubby just went to the hot tub. The showers have halted for a bit so he out there soaking away. It does feel so good on ones back after a day of hard work.

I will not write tomorrow as we are having leftovers tonight so there will not be much to chat about. Also I have a day of to-do's that I must accomplish.

Till later. Well I just published this and there are no we go again. So I am going after them now. So they will be on a separate blog right after this.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Well I tried to post this a few days ago(the 23rd) when it was my grandson's 27th birthday.
I have two grandson's both such great young men. I am so proud of them both. And I have the most darling granddaughters. Both so different but so special in their own way. I am such a lucky grandma.
Tyson was my first born grandchild and I was very fortunate to live near him for a few years when he was very young. He loved me so and would get so excited when I stopped by after work to spend a little time with him. He was a happy little guy with a mop of blond curls. He was such a little charmer when he was small. He had this big booming voice that would make you laugh. My hubby and I spent a couple weeks each summer with Ty until he was fifteen. His Mom or Dad would drop him off and then we would go camping or boating or both. He was a avid little fisherman and he liked to eat the fish too. One time we caught so many fish at Elk Lake and I just keep frying them up all crispy and he just kept saying, I can eat one more Grams. Where was this little guy putting them we wanted to know? So Happy 27th Birthday Ty.

I am so happy I figured out the problem with getting my photo's to my blog. Tonight I am making for the very first time Chicken Paprika's. Now I do have an old time friend that makes this dish and I am sure after her years of experience and expertise that her recipe must be incredible. She wrote me some time back and said she and her little grandson Joey were making it. She said the tradition must live on. Too sweet. So we will see tonight if this is a good recipe. I surely smells good as it is simmering away on the stove at this moment. I will take a photo tonight I promise and will share the recipe if it turns out respectable.

The rain is has started now, I hear it beating on the roof as I write. It was a dry but cold and foggy day. I did not think to wear my gloves while walking today and my fingers were so cold as was my nose. Brrrrrr. There was not much breeze either. I chatted away to my brother while walking. We always have so much to say it seems. He was busy cleaning his gutters and doing some outside chores. Well it is certainly that time of year. He said later he would build a fire in the stove in his garage and putter around out there. My
brother and my son putter just like my father did. Just tinkering on this or that or fixing or sorting or whatever. You get the picture. I think it gives one a sense of place, peace and contentment.

Well I am just filling space now. I am tired as I was in the office for most of the day and I am tired of the computer at this point so I will close.

Till tomorrow with a pic and recipe hopefully.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Well now what a nice mess this is! For some reason unbeknown to me I cannot get my photo's from my photo program to my blog. So I am trying to bumble through this and figure out what has happened as I have had no problems until now. I am not the most technical person and that is an understatement.

Well today is Sunday and it is showery out. We had brief wind and rain storm come through early this morning while we were still snuggled in bed. Later in the morning while having breakfast we heard thunder in the distance and the sky was dark slate. It is quite cozy actually and I am enjoying it. Who knows what will happen next.

I have dough chilling in the fridge for rolled lemon cookies. We love lemon anything and these are the best cookies I have ever tasted. I will include the recipe on this blog, sorry no photo, but hey it is only a cookie right?

Well college football is blowing our minds. With Missouri wining over Oklahoma now where does that put OREGON? Maybe still number two in the BCS polls and Auburn number one? Maybe a good thing not to be number one as three #1 teams have fallen on the road. Do not want to be a fallen number four for sure! It is quite an exciting season to say the least.

Right now hubby is vacuuming all of our hardwood floors with his handy dandy floor vac he uses in his business. Our home is all hardwood flooring except for one room. So it a lot of floors to vacuum. I love them but you do have to be on top of the dust issue. But when they are clean they are clean. Not like a carpet that holds everything till death do it part.

Two days ago we deconstructed our summer deck. That always makes me so sad stashing all the patio furniture and summer decor items away for another year. It looks pretty sparse out there now. We have the spa which we enjoy and our fire bowl and a few chairs without cushions and that is it. I surely wish we had a covered patio but it would steal the light from our kitchen and family room. The deck does have some of natures decorations however as it is littered with colorful leaves.

For dinner this evening we are having a veggie meal. I am making potato latkes. We love these crispy morsels. Crispy and golden on the outside and soft potato on the inside. Just smear with a little sour cream and pepper and so so good. To go with I am making a summer salad with the last of our cucumbers and tomatoes that I ripened in a brown bag. We will have many more tomatoes coming on as I have two large bags of them. It just amazes me how they ripen just two or three a day. Just perfect for using. Anyhow I am making the honey mustard dressing once again for the salad. I do have to admit that it is my fave. I enjoy blue cheese also but that honey mustard is so yummy. Lemony, mustardy and such a pretty color on the salad.

Here is the recipe for the cookies. This recipe is a old recipe out of a Pillsbury specialty cookbook. I have been making them for years. If you wanted to make them for the holiday you could frost them but they are so good just plain.

Best Ever Lemon Cookies:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening part softened butter
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract(do not use concentrated lemon juice in the bottle)
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter shortening mixture and sugar add eggs and lemon extract and mix well. Stir in flour with the baking powder and salt. Gather together in bowl and cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least a hour( longer is better.)
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Roll out 1/8 " thick use your fave cookie cutters and bake on ungreased cookie sheet. (I use a silicone sheet those are amazing.)
Bake until light brown approximately 8 minutes. I like mine slightly browned around the edges.
Then pop into your watering mouth and eat!

What I adore about these cookies is by rolling them thin they are crispy around the edges and a tad chewy soft in the inside. They are not to sweet, just right as Goldilocks would say!

I have been lallygagging with this blog as I decided to make the cookies as I write. At the moment the smell of lemon has my mouth watering believe me. I think hubby is snagging a warm cookie right now as I heard him in the kitchen.

I hope you are having a nice Sunday wherever you are and whatever you are doing. You should bake some cookies too.

I hope next time I blog that there will be a photo.
Till later.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


It will not be long and the little goblin's and witches will be out in droves. I did a little decorating on the front steps yesterday. A few pumpkins and some other decor I set out every year. I hung my skeleton man in the front window and the grim reaper inside the house. Of course Ms. Penelope Pumpkin head sits in the entry reading her book while eating her candies.
I strung orange icicle lights in the family room. The glow coming from them makes it so cozy at night. I would like to keep them there all year but folks would think I'm odd.........well?

Tonight we are having chili this is my hubby's fave chili recipe. So I will get that simmering about four or so. I am making cheesy corn muffins for the bottom of our deep chili bowls. That is way we like it served. When you do that you have that nice corny taste at the bottom of the bowl. Chopped onions and cheese cover the top. I will share this simple little recipe with you. However there will be a difference in mine this evening as I am going to blanch a few red tomatoes from our garden and toss in to cook down. By the way the garden is out and all stuffed in the debris cans. The garden space looks sad now, just empty beds awaiting spring. Later this week I will take down the garden decor clean and pack away.

My husband just got home and needs my assistance in getting the hot tub ready to go. So I will post a photo and recipe tomorrow. It is so pretty here I should be outdoors regardless. I do not want to waste a moment of this day.
Till tomorrow.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010


Brothers birthday today.
What a sweet man my brother is.
He has always been such a tender gentle person.
I am so thankful this man is a part of my life. He is the perfect brother for me.
We have created so many wonderful memories sharing our lives together.
My brother is twelve and half years older than I.
My first memories of him were when we were living in Portland. I was about three years old. Yes I can remember certain things that far back, pretty amazing but true?
I remember his bedroom. He had a train set on a good size track. I really was not allowed to be in his room but I did sneak in occasionally, I could not help myself. Once I picked up a train car off the track, held it, examined it and so carefully put it back. I would have been in bad trouble from both my brother and Mother had they caught me. There were other good things in that room. Comic books, marbles, sports things and cigar boxes with who knows what in them. You know boy things I would have loved to get my chubby little hands on.
I always thought my brother was so smart when I was a little girl. I still do actually. He is good at so many things.
When he was young he was always drawing. He had an amazing skill at drawing cartoon characters. He loved reading the comics and he still reads them. He still works crosswords every morning while having his coffee.
He has such mechanical ability also. He can fix anything it seems. He was always tinkering on cars when he was a young man. He was absolutely nuts about cars.
He taught me how to drive, oh my golly what a fiasco that was. I remember being in his splendid little car and stripping every gear as we lurched along our country road. When I would brake I would almost throw us through the windshield and of course the car would die as I would forget to push the clutch in. He had so much patience with me and I did learn how to drive due to his perseverance. He hardly recalls teaching me to drive, I think he has blocked it as it was so traumatic!
So today I celebrate my brother and all he has brought to my life. We talk several times a week and we just chatter about anything and everything. My hubby also adores this man so. When those two are together all you hear laughter and merriment and I can barely get in a word. I get jealous.

I made more ranchero sauce yesterday. That sauce has became a staple in our fridge. So yummy on a huge variety of things. I posted the recipe on a previous blog.
This morning for breakfast I made a fave of mine. I love french toast made with the crusty Tuscan pane bread I buy at Trader Joe's. I use real butter, pure maple syrup and a little sprinkle of powered sugar. There is something about biting a crispy piece of bacon combined with a bite of that sweet french toast that makes my eyes roll back in my head....truly.

Hubby is our chef this evening. He is making his famous Lecho( excuse the spelling please) it is a Hungarian pot of true goodness.
He is using six fresh tomatoes from our garden this time instead of the whole plum canned tomatoes he usually uses. I stemmed blanched and peeled the tomatoes for him earlier. Such a good little wife.
This is what he does. In to a deep pot he puts three huge bell peppers sliced, one small onion sliced, the tomatoes a couple cloves of garlic smashed, a rope of kielbasa sliced salt and pepper and lot of paprika and a tad of water. He lets this concoction slowly cook down for about a hour until all has melded and the veggies are tender. In a separate pot he puts potatoes and boils them until tender. He serves this dish up in wide bottom soup bowls. Covering the bottom of the bowl with the boiled potatoes he then ladles over this rich red peppery sauce.We like sourdough toast for dunking the extra sauce left in the bowl. Sometimes if he wants some heat (which he likes) he will add a cubano pepper or a little chili powder or both.
This is a wonderful meal on a winter night and it also gets your taste buds turning cartwheels while it is cooking.
So a night off for me, yeah! Well let me rethink that one....hmmm I am still cleaning up the kitchen. Well so it goes.

I had a wonderful day today and am so thankful for my life and those who join me in this adventure.
Enjoy what your life offers to you it is always a gift.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Here we are sister and brother many, many years ago.
My brothers birthday is today but he is no longer with us. It saddens my heart this fact but it is the way it is.
This photo was taken in Idaho near an old homestead where our parents lived when they were young.
I suppose I thought I was a young hot thing. Look at that suit it was bright red, good grief!! I also really like my hair, did I comb it?
I do remember the day. Little brother did not want to put his feet in the water it was freezing cold. He did so to please our Mother. My brother was a little imp. I do not know how else to put it. What a tease and he was at me constantly as I was his older sister and so much fun to pester. I could never have a friend over to the house without Jimmy barging into my room making himself a part of whatever we were doing. He was my little shadow always. I would go out of the house to walk in the pasture to be alone or maybe to the barn to swing from the rafters. I was a tomboy no denying that. I was constantly followed and the chatter never stopped. What are you doing, where are you going, can I come too. How come I can't come? Anyhow a lot of funny and heart warming memories with this little character. I wish he were still around so we could reminisce together.

It is chilly here today in the Willamette Valley. There was not a spec of sun until about one pm today. I feel the cold coming on now it is a little after four. I suppose it is about time to start using the furnace.

We are having leftover steak simmered in mushroom gravy tonight, served over potatoes with glazed carrots and fresh tomatoes and cukes in vinaigrette.

Must go now hubby has just pulled in the drive and I need to tell him what the telly repairman did today for us. Our TV is like new again. So happy.
Maybe I will make something inspiring tomorrow as the meals have been quite simple and not at all exciting it seems.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010


Hey, I could not resist showing our jolly old fool from last year. He liked to hit the rum bottle, I had to keep hiding it! Anyhow he was a charactor.

Today is football. Hubby has been in front of the telly since Game Day Show this morning. However he did get up to make his special salsa for our guests that are coming over.

I have the soup prep work done so after the game I just need put it all together and reheat.

It is showery here today and I did not walk. There was no time really as our game is on at two. It is such a mild day though we have the doors open and air is so fresh.
The wet street is littered with colorful leaves looking like a patch work quilt.

Not much to say so will sign off.
Have a great weekend whether watching football or wading through leaves.
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Friday, October 8, 2010


This is my pumpkin head person this year, her name is Penelope. I was not going to make a woman but somehow she wound up with boobies! So hubby said, why not? So here she is enjoying a autumn afternoon reading one of her fave books. She has already polished off a few books these past weeks that are stacked under her foot. She has her favorite little frog friend sitting in her lap, the door is open and the warm afternoon breeze is almost lulling her to sleep. And what is it she smells mexican food? Oh the good life!

OK enough already, right? Anyhow it was a day of decorating for fall.
The day was, oh how can I describe it? Well let me say it was one the best fall days ever. The sky was that intense blue that you only see in autumn. The clouds that there were in the sky were fleeting little wispy nothings that disappeared as soon as they appeared. And for this time of year the sun was hot. My husband and I sat on our deck and so enjoyed the warmth and the beauty of the day. I always feel so melancholy in autumn I do not want to let go of these kind of days but of course I have no choice.

I am simmering left over roasted chicken in seasonings, chicken broth and lime juice. We are having tostado's this evening with refreid beans.
Last nights burgers were especially good, maybe knowing that the grilling time is dwindling down made it more special.

Like I mentioned it is college football again on Saturday. We have company coming to watch the game and partake in food. I am making my take on the famous soup at Olive Garden you know the Italian sausage potato soup( we like ours better). It is to be rainy tomorrow so what could be better than a hot mug of soup and good crusty bread for dunking?

I must close now as hubby is on his way home and we are going to play golf on the Wii before dinner.
I feel so happy today as it has been a day of achievement. I love getting all done that I have planned to do. Also the day that the universe gave us today made my heart soar.
Blessings for you all.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010


I took this photo from a walking bridge yesterday as my hubby and I strolled along the river banks. There are walking/biking trails on both sides of the Willamette river. I often walk here as a diversion from my regular route in my neighborhood.
The day was mild and not a stir of a breeze. There were a few clouds floating casually by.
After our walk we went to our fave mexican place and had a yummy carnitas taco's and a drink. It was a nice little outing.

We are taking out the old now ugly zucchini plants, hubby will put plastic down over the soil to keep winter weeds from sprouting. Last count I had eight half loves of zucchini bread in the freezer. I made more tomato sauce yesterday and put into quart freezer bags. Looks like bright red plasma in the freezer.

I am decorating for fall today after I return from my walk. Every year I make a Mr. Pumpkin Head man. He is a crazy guy and fun to put together every year. I will post a photo of my friend tomorrow. Sometimes I forget he is sitting in a chair and he startles me when I glimpse him. Funny.

Well no more news for the day. We are grilling burgers tonight and having corn on the cob. So nothing to exciting to chat about there. We always store our grill in winter in the garage so we love to use it as much as possible this time of year.

Till tomorrow with Mr. Pumpkin Head. Have a good one.
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Monday, October 4, 2010


This is the sauce I made Saturday morning. I put no seasonings in it, just tomatoes. That way I can use in any manner I choose for whatever dishes. I just use what jars I have on hand as it is goes into the freezer. Tomorrow I will be canning whole tomatoes. The tomato plants are heavy with large weighty tomatoes now. I will not waste a one though we are getting weary of fresh tomatoes. Who would think I would ever say that?

The weather this weekend was amazing after dull morning clouds. Today was to be showery but it is sunny. I just got in from my walk it was a bit chilly but so fresh as the dew was just lifting. The leaf trees along my route have some amazing color now. It is always a little adventure to see changes each day.

Oregon won their football game against Stanford. What a game. We were a little concerned in the beginning but that is Oregon it is a second half ball club. That now puts us at #3 in the nation. We are so loving it!

Tonight for dinner I am making scalloped cheesy potatoes with Italian sausage. Fresh green beans with lemon garlic butter and once again fresh tomatoes and cukes.
When I make my scalloped potatoes I always make a white sauce and precook my potato slices. It makes it easier that way and you know for sure your potatoes are cooked. We like them with lots of onion slices.
Scalloped potatoes are a real comfort food for me. I loved them when I was a small girl living on our farm. My mother made them so yummy with lots of cheese.

I need to get at my house chores. Today is Monday so always a busy day for me it seems. If time allows I will run for a few groceries later.

Have a decent Monday. I know how hard Monday's were for me when I was a working gal. It always seemed hard that first day of the work week.
Till later.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010


My brother at Silver Lake catching pan fish. Oh how he loves it!
Is there anything better than a warm gold autumn day being out in nature?

I wish had taken a photo our breakfast this morning but I was so hungry I could not spare a moment for a photo. That food was on my plate and disappeared way to quickly.
I had made ranchero sauce a few days ago and it has been hanging out in the fridge. I have been anxious to use it.
This sauce is a staple in Arizona at least that is what the little cookbook said.
For our breakfast this morning I used shredded frozen hash brown potatoes, half a cubano pepper, a small amount of Anaheim pepper and about a half cup chopped onion. I fried all together till browned in a little olive oil.
Next I fried two eggs sunny side up in butter, oh yum. I heated a cup of the ranchero sauce in the mic and made sourdough toast and grated some sharp cheddar cheese.
To assemble I put a nice portion of the potatoes in the center of each plate, topped with the egg, sprinkled with the cheese and drizzled on the hot rancho sauce over all. I cut the toast into toast points, buttered them and placed around each plate. It was a pretty dish with the browned crispy potatoes, the soft egg, deep yellow cheese and the red sauce. We absolutely loved this breakfast. I actually think as well as we like hevous rancherous and it is so simple too. You know me, simple and tasty. I guess that should have been the name of my blog, you know, Zo's Simple and Tasty Fare. I like the sound of that.

Here is the recipe for the ranchero sauce.
Makes two cups.
1 jalapeno pepper stemmed and chopped
1 medium onion chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
4 medium tomatoes chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/4 teaspoon pure chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Put all ingredients into a large non reactive skillet and cook stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are soft and the onions are translucent about fifteen minutes.
Cool the sauce down and then divide in half. Puree one half in a food processor or blender. Transfer to a bowl and mix into the other half of the mixture. Cover and refrigerate up to ten days. Serve warm over almost anything. This is wonderful tasting sauce with well balanced flavor. Enjoy!

Our OREGON DUCKS game is on at five. OREGON STATE plays at three thirty. So a day of college ball again. The week has flown just seems we were routing for our DUCKS at last weeks game. This will be hard game as we are playing Stanford. We are counting on our DUCKS to give us another win.

The day here in Eugene started out with our usual morning clouds. But now sky is opening to expose a deep blue abyss. I so love fall.
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