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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Salt Lick Potato Salad

August is traditionally the month for picnics, get togethers, family reunions and so many other places to share good food and eat as well. This is a recipe for potato salad that I borrowed from a fellow blogger I hope you enjoy  

  • 2 white onions
  • 1 cup dill pickle juice
  • 15 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 tbsp celery seed
  • 1/2 cup vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup Salt Lick BBQ sauce
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

  1. Chop the onions and add to a bowl. Pour in the pickle juice so that it covers the chopped onion. Marinate in the fridge overnight.

  2. Wash the potatoes and peel. Cut into one inch cubes. Boil in salted water until tender to the fork, about 15-20 minutes.

  3. Drain the water and place the potatoes in a bowl. Sprinkle with celery seed, salt and pepper. Place in the fridge until cooled and ready to serve.

  4. Mix together the vinaigrette and BBQ sauce. Drain the pickled onions. Add both to the potatoes. Toss until everything is incorporated. Taste test and serve.

IS It TIme TO See The Eye Doctor

For our family back to school always meant it was time for our annual eye exam. We would all load in the car and drive to the local eye doctor, only an hour away and see if we needed glasses. The answer for me was yes I would have them just like my dad. But what if you do not have a plan for an annual eye exam??? Well there are a few different ways you will know that you have to go to the eye doctor:

  • if you find that your eyes are red, dry, itchy or you are seeing spots, flashes of light or floaters it is time to go to the eye doctor
  •  If you have diabetes or othr health conditions that can affect your eyes or you have a family member that has a history of a condition like diabetes or glaucoma you should go to the eye doctor
  • If the last time you saw an eye doctor to have an eye exam has been longer than a year or if you can not recall when it was you last went you should see an eye doctor. 
  • IF you have eye strain, headaches, and / or blurred vision you should see the eye doctor. 
  • if you find it hard to following a moveing target or you get motionsickness or dizzy when doing so you should see an eye doctor. 
  • If to read you find yourself holding books further away and squint or close one eye to read then you should see and eye doctor. 

Don't wait until you experience any of these 8 things before you schedule an eye exam. When was  your last visit to the eye doctor. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Elvis Loved To Perform and Eat .... Try this Recipe and Eat Like a King


It would nearly be un-American to have never hard of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. With song hits like "Jailhouse Rock" and "Hound Dog" the sweet sounds coming thru the radio made many swoon. The boy from Tupelo Mississippi known as Elis Presly not ony loved singing and performing his music he also had a great appetite for southern food. Perhaps the one item that he is best known for was the Peanut Butter and Banana fried sandwich. 

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  • 2 cups sliced pickles, drained
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 11/2 tbs cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Peanut or vegetable oil
Spread the pickle slices over paper towels to pat completely dry. Heat 1 to 2 inches of oil to 375 F. While the oil is heating, whisk together the flour and spices. Dip the pickles in the buttermilk, then transfer to the flour mix and toss to coat. Fry them a few at a time, to avoid crowding the pan or lowering the oil temperature too much. Cook until golden brown, should take about 1 to 2 minutes. They often will flip themselves over, but you may need to help them along. Remove to fresh paper towels to drain while cooking the remaining pickles.

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Native American Influenced Soup Recipe

When Christopher Columbus Arrived in the new land there were all ready individua ls living there. These natives had lived on the land since around 1200 B.C. Becaus he thought he had reached the East Indies he named the citizens indians. Since that time many 
Native Americans have influenced the way in which America has developed. 

States such as Arizona, Kentucky, and Missouri all have names that have been derived from the language of Native Americans. Other common words such as chili, chocolate, tomato and potato are all from the Native American language. 

Recipes such as this Hamburger Soup may have been clos eto what the Native Americans may have dined on. 

  •  pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 3 ½ cups beef broth
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables fresh or frozen

Brown onion, ground beef and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Simmer covered 10 minutes.
Stir in vegetables. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Story of An American Artist --- Andy Warhola


One of my favorite American Artist is Andrew Warhola. Not only an American artist but also a film director and producer. Warhola was born August 6, 1928 and would become a leader among American pop artist. WIth influences in artistic expression, advertising and celebrity culture his art work would be in demand by the 1960s. With his painting, silkscreening, photography, film and sculptures Warhola was in demand to be an influence in the art world. Perhaps you have admired some of his art work such as the Campbell's Soup Cans in 1962 and others. 

Andy was born and raised in Pittsburg where he first attempted work as a commercial illustrator. The talent in his work led to much recognition in the 1950s. It was not only his talent but his controersial attitude towards art that drew attention. Much of his work was completed at his studio he called The Factory. At his studio much work of others was completed as well. From drag queens to playwrights many would work from the studio known as the Factory. Much of the days taboos were accepted by the owner and occured at the studio. Eventually the lifestyle would end though as Warhol would pass at a young age in his 50s. 

After his passing Andy Warhol and his strong following moved on. IN the form of exhibitions, books and documentries. In his birth city of Pittsburgh ther is now the Andy Warhol Musum HIs art work has captured large amounts of money with the most money for a single print bringing $105 million dollars. 

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Southern Illinois Peach Season Makes for Delicious Recipes

  • 2/3 – 1 c. sugar
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, optional
  • 1 c. water
  • Ashley’s amazing biscuit dough, using 2 T. sugar
  • 3 heaping cups ripe peaches, peeled or not, cut into bite-sized pieces, including any juice that accumulates when cutting them.
  • Coarse sugar (sometimes labeled Sugar in the Raw or Demarara) for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 400°.

To peel peaches easily, cut an X into the blossom end (opposite the stem) and drop into boiling water for 30 seconds. Plunge into ice water, and peel as soon as they’re cool enough to handle.
Prepare the biscuit dough up to before forming into biscuits, and set aside.

Mix the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon, if using, in a large saucepan. Bring the water to a boil in a microwave, then whisk it into the sugar mixture until smooth. Return to a boil on the stove over medium high heat, then stir in the cut peaches.

Pour the hot peach mixture into an approximately 10-inch x 6-inch baking dish, then, using the drop method, place 6 equal dollops of biscuit dough evenly over the peaches. Brush the biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle them with coarse sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown on top and cooked through, and the peaches are bubbling. Serve warm, either as is, drizzled with a little heavy cream, or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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