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By Gini Raineycookbook_junkie[1]

Well, it’s that time of the year again here in Tyler, Texas.  You know – Rose Festival time!  That’s when our Rose Garden is at its finest, and we honor the long tradition of celebrating our roses that was begun in 1933 with pageants, parades, and all sorts of fun!  Of course, it’s also the time when the temperatures begin to feel more fall-like, and we get a break from the heat of summer.  It’s when the nip in the air brings back a more hearty appetite and cooking once again becomes a pleasure.  It’s not that grilling on the patio and serving up salads isn’t nice; it’s just that those of us who enjoy preparing good meals can up our game a notch and get those good aromas wafting through the house again.

There’s just something about having a pot of stew, soup, or chili simmering on the back burner that says fall and good eating.  I can remember my mom making a big pot of vegetable or chicken noodle soup and how wonderful that smell seemed when we would come in from playing all day out in the neighborhood with our friends.  It just smelled like “home!”  You can have all of your frangipani candles burning around your house, but give me the smell of soup cooking or bread baking, and I’m in heaven!  A close second for me is an apple pie or vanilla candle, but nothing beats the real thing!

If you are in town for the Rose Festival, you might want to take a look at the gift shop at the Rose Garden and pick up a copy of our Junior Leagues’ “And Roses for the Table” cookbook that was first published in 1997.  This would make a lovely souvenir from Tyler, as well as a rosegreat addition to your cookbook collection.  This 160 page cookbook will be at home in either your kitchen or on your coffee table and is filled with not only some wonderful recipes, but also incredible photographs of roses and table settings.

One of the recipes that sounds absolutely yummy, and would fit right in with this season, is the one for “Southwestern White Chili.”  After soaking 1 pound of dry White Northern Beans for 24 hours, combine in a large pot with 5-1/4 cups chicken broth, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 large white chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of ground white pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 tablespoon of ground cumin, and ½ teaspoon of ground cloves.  Simmer this for approximately 5 hours (filling your home with some good ju-ju yumminess) or until the beans are tender, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in 1 7-ounce can of diced green chilies, 3 cups of diced, cooked chicken breast, 1-3/4 cups of chicken broth, and 1 tablespoon diced jalapeño pepper.  Cover and simmer for 1 hour.  To serve you can line a soup bowl with a flour tortilla and ladle in the soup or serve over rice.  Some good garnishes for this is shredded Monterey Jack Cheese, sliced black olives, diced avocados, or salsa and of course, tortilla chips on the side.  I’m talking about some mighty fine eating here!

Books

Day Two of Our Stay At Home Order

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By Gini Rainey

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I’m so glad I have nearly five hundred cookbooks in my arsenal, although most of them won’t do me any good a time like this, which is why I’m so glad that I picked up this little cookbook about a month ago. Yes, Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars might just make a difference in my life (or not) when our food supplies begin to run out.  Fortunately, our household has plenty of toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant, and food (if you think I’m going to tell you my address – think again), but should we run short, it’s good to know that, not only do I have about a week’s supply of ramen to fall back on, but also a cookbook with some fairly awful recipes and in-mates stories to fall back on. 

Written by Clifton Collins Jr. (Capote, Star Trek, and West World, among others) and Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez (inmate extraordinaire) and printed in 2015 by Workman Publishing, this off-beat cookbook attempts to elevate the lowly ramen noodle to a higher level.  I never knew there were so many ways to “cook” ramen, although a lot of times, the recipes mostly call for just soaking in tepid tap water, depending on the availability of water temperature in the chef’s cell. 

Not the least bit tongue-in-cheek, the recipes, along with accompanying stories that have been included, are contributed by various inmates (past and present) of jails/prisons in the California penal system and show a lot of creative imagination on the part of the inmates.  Using whatever commissary items available, they have been able to create everything from a PB&J and a ramen tamale to Hit Man Burritos and Trejo’s Machete Ramen.  You remember Danny Trejo, don’t you? Before he became known for playing the anti-hero in dozens of movies and TV series, he was a drug counselor. Seems he also served a little bit of time. 

Trejo isn’t the only “celebrity” who contributed. Tarryn Manning (Orange is the New Black), Shia Labeouf (Man Down), David Anthony Fausino (Married…with Children), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), and Slash (Guns and Roses) also shared their recipes and stories in this book. 

I can hear all of you now, shouting at your screen “But, what about a recipe?” Let me tell you, right now, we should all be thankful that we aren’t really incarcerated and hopefully these mandated, life-saving orders aren’t life sentences, because I’m pretty sure we really won’t need to fall back on any desperate measures for food. However, if you insist, one of the least stomach challenging recipes is for “Butt-Naked Ramen Soup,” which is pretty much your basic ramen.  If you should choose to be a bit more adventuresome, you could always up your game and make “Frankie’s Soup in the Hole,” which adds one chopped Slim Jim to “Butt-Naked Ramen Soup.” 

So, let me leave you this thought: we’re all in this together and we will survive.  Be thankful for your family, be thankful for the health care professionals and be thankful you live in America. Stay healthy and happy and appreciate the smaller things in life, like sun shining, birds singing and life living. 

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Give the Girl a Sammich!

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By Gini Rainey

Right now, considering all that is going on in our world, the KISS method would seem to be the best way to go with everything.  You know, Keep It Simple Silly!  I bought some new and weird cookbooks recently on ebay and I thought this might be a good time to share one of them with any of you out there that might still check periodically to see if I’m still around. Which, by the way, is probably an excellent thing for all of us to be doing right now. Give a call to some of the folks (or all of the folks) in your life who are important to you today. Our lives have all change dramatically in the past few weeks and it’s never too late to let people you love know you care. 

I was chatting with my sister a little bit ago and I reminded her of the time that I had the Asian Flu.  I checked with Google earlier to determine when that pandemic made its way around and discovered it was in 1957 – when I was nine years old. I was sick with it around Halloween time and what’s the worst possible thing that can happen to a kid when they’re nine and sick around Halloween?  Right! They can’t go Trick or Treating! My sister, who is eight years older than I and was in high school, offered to take a grocery sack around the neighborhood to collect candy for her poor little sister who was stuck at home, bedded down on the couch, with a raging fever. 

My dad, whose creativity knew no bounds, drug a six-foot ladder up out of the basement and dressed it in his overcoat.  He put our jack o lantern on the very top of the ladder, ran a string through the sleeve of the coat, and over to me on the couch.  When the doorbell rang, some poor unsuspecting, candy-hungry kid was greeted by the door slowly being opened by a ghoulish giant of a pumpkin-headed man swinging his arm maniacally at them. 

I’m sure mom made sandwiches that evening, just to keep things simple. (nice segue, huh!?!) It’s too bad she didn’t have had a copy of Scanwiches in her cookbook arsenal. This book, written by Jon Chonda and published by PowerHouse Books in 2011, is definitely one of a kind. It features amazing cross-section scans of sandwiches, along with the ingredients, place of origin, and bits of trivia. The range of sandwiches go from the super simple and humble grilled cheese sandwich all the way to a seven-layer Dagwood. From the strictly home-grown Elvis favorite of peanut butter and banana to the French Pan Bagnat and the Chinese Rou Jia Mo.  We’ve all eaten sandwiches, but the beautifully high definition scanned cross section photos of the sandwiches included in this book puts a whole new spin on the humble sandwich. Speaking of dinner, just looking through this book will give you a king-sized hunger for something yummy to eat! 

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Lindale: Starbucks, Eastern Buffet, Leo’s Asian Bistro, Brisket Love BBQ, Smokey Mike’s BBQ

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