Archive for July, 2011

Recipe: boycotting Pepsi –

|July 25, 2011|read comments (2)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Now who else would you know would boycott Pepsi?

Hey – they have ticked me off this time.

I'm really upset with Pepsi –
I am a "cola" drinker – maybe not the biggest cola drinker in the world – but I enjoy Coca Cola and Pepsi – not any imitation brands.

There has always been friendly competition between the two – various "surveys", etc. and it's something you just take in stride.

Enjoying their commercials, especially at Super Bowl time is nice – who can try to out-do who.

Like I said "friendly competition" –


PEPSI HAS REALLY DONE IT THIS TIME. And I know I will ever buy ANY of their products again after this. And I won't allow my babies to either.  Sad part – they love Lay's and Fritos, as well as Propel and Sobie which we will not be purchasing anymore.

They have an extensive product list – from all Quaker products, Propel, Gatorade, Lipton Iced Tea, (not to mention all the soda pop they make), Captain Crunch, Tropicana, Rold Gold pretzels, Lay's, Fritos, Cheeto's, Pasta Roni, Rice A Roni, Lipton, Near East, Aunt Jemima, Sun chips, Matador meat snacks, Dole juices, Cracker Jacks, Grandma's Cookies, Hostess potato chips, Naked Juice, King Vitamin, Puffed Wheat, Quaker baking mixes, Harvest Crunch cereals, and tons of other products – which I am glad I know how to make so I don't need anything by Pepsi.

Santa and Coke – that is it – period – and ditto with the Coke polar bears. There is no option here.  Pepsi – you disgust me trying to out-do Coke's fabulous commercials with Santa and the Coke bears.

Pepsi – I hope your sales drop down to nothing!  Meanwhile – I will enjoy making my own products instead of putting the money into your pockets.

Recipe: the choice – to buy or make a “steak” sandwich…..

|July 4, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Such a big decision to make!

In the mood for a steak sammie/sub – but I can't eat a whole one – so I would have to order a half – which would cost me close to $7 and it would take me 15 minutes to drive to pick it up, and 15 minutes back for the return trip from the sub shop.

Or I could have it delivered – for an extra fee and a tip.

Or I can do it myself in less than 10 minutes.

Begin by sauteing some Vidalia onion in some olive  oil.

Meanwhile, prepare your roll – or French bread, etc.  I just slathered on some mayo mixed with onion powder.

Added lettuce, tomato, onion and black pepper.  Added some pickle slices.

Once the onions have softened, breakup your Steak-Ums – season with Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, garlic, onion powder, and parsley.

Transfer to prepared roll and enjoy!

Recipe: hot? then join me in a dish of ice cream….

|July 4, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Yes – it's hot.  And it's humid.  And I don't take to this heat very well.  Add a hot flash or two and it's quite unbearable.

So what do you do?  Drink gallons of iced tea, cold refreshing water – and ENJOY SOME ICE CREAM!

Why not? 

It's quite healthy for you too.

Just scoop some all natural cherry vanilla ice cream into a bowl. 

The ice cream is "all natural" so it's good for you.

The cherries have antioxidants, are good for arthritis, etc.

Slice a banana to go around it – bananas are a good source of potassium and are very good for you.

Drizzle with a bit of chocolate syrup – which is also healthy.  (If I said chocolate is healthy – then it's healthy – so don't argue with me!)

Top with some lightly salted nuts – which nuts are good for you too.

And grab a spoon, relax, enjoy and cool off!

Follow with a tall glass of ice water…………

Recipe: July 4th – crockpot BBQ Western Pork Ribs

|July 3, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Well – it's the July 4th weekend and what is better than a nice BBQ?

Since I am spending the holiday alone this year, I've decided to have a little BBQ for myself.

I had wanted to BBQ some beef short ribs, but of course, the meat manager was all out and said they won't be in till Tuesday.  So much for that – I'll have to make them after Tuesday.  So I "settled" for Western Style Pork Ribs.

And with this heat and humidity that came in all at once – the crockpot was my friend today.  And I didn't have to stand over it as it cooked.  Gave me some "personal time" that I appreciated.

After washing and patting my pork dry (I wash everything), I lightly coated with oil, and coated with a bit of a dry rub (both sides):

Kosher salt

cracked black pepper



onion powder


chili powder


As I get older, I don't want a lot of heat and spice so I went light on the chili powder and paprika.  Covered and let sit in the refrigerator for about an hour.

I was in the mood for a baked tater – but no way with this heat was I turning on the oven!  So I settled for a potato fan.

After scrubbing my tater, I sliced 1/4-inch slices about 3/4 of the way through the potato – being careful not to go all the way through and ending up with  slices.  Normally, I like these done in the oven.  I melt butter and swirl the tater in it, and I drizzle melted butter between the slices and season.  Bake in the oven until done.

For today, I buttered the tater, slathering it on top and seasoning with Kosher salt, cracked black pepper, garlic, and parsley.  The butter will melt into the slices.

I made a foil/parchment "boat" to use in the crockpot along side the pork.  This way the butter stayed around the tater.

Making the sauce was easy today – I used a bottled sauce that I cut with ketchup.  Like I said – sometimes you need to tone down the spices.

I set the crockpot on HIGH, and it was done in 4 hours.  During the last hour of cooking, I basted the pork with the BBQ sauce.

Add some corn on the cob – and I had a nice meal.