Simple Supper

Tonight was a toss-up between ordering out for delivery pizza, or fixing something simple for myself.   Simple won.  So did Frugal!

Into a 3 quart sauce pan over medium heat, deposit 3 slices thick-cut bacon, diced or sliced into tiny pieces, and let them get frying themselves up, stirring frequently.  When good and crispy (or however you like your bacon), drain off about half the accumulated grease (to save for tomorrow’s fried potatoes or something).

This is a slow process on medium heat; about 8-10 minutes, so you can be preparing the rest of the ingredients, which are added one at a time, then mixed before adding the next thing. This allows flavors to start mingling AND prevents the pan from going cold from adding everything at once.

Deposit about 1/2 cup Creole style mirepoix (equal parts chopped onion, celery, bell pepper — a staple in my house) into the bacon, stir around to get the mirepoix sweating good and proper.   When the onion bits are turning clear…

take 1 medium zucchini and 1 medium yellow crookneck squash, cut off the ends (discard to the compost bin if you have one), cut lengthwise, and then cross-cut about 1/4-1/2 inch thick slices.  Add them to the pot, stir around to mix well with the  bacon and mirepoix.

Rinse 1 can of black beans (another staple here), and add these to the pot, stirring again.

Open 1 can Mexican style stewed tomatoes (or Italian style or plain or whatever you like — canned tomatoes of all sorts are another staple here), dump them and their juice into the pan.   Fill the tomato can with water (chicken stock or beer would be better, but I used water today) and add that to the pan.

Bring to a light boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer at just under a boil for 20 minutes.   The squash will be done but not smooshie-gross.   (I grew up with home-grown squash of all types, most of which were eaten raw or cooked, either way is fine for me.)

You could add a dash of ground cinnamon, or ground cumin, or any other spices.   I didn’t add ANYthing but what I’ve listed here.  Not even salt and pepper; the beans were unsalted in the can, and I figure there was enough salt on/in the bacon I didn’t need any more.   There was enough liquid to warrant serving over a shredded heel of my homemade bread.  A good distribution of vegetables (tomatoes & squash), protein (bacon and beans), and a bit of carbs (the bread).


I eat plain and simple.   I like tasting what the actual foods taste like, most of the time.  Nothing fancy.  When I make a ground beef pot of this or that, however, I always add garlic, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, a bit of Tony Chacheré’s cajun seasoning, and a splash of Worcestershire (L&P, of course — the real stuff).  Most of the time I prefer to eat for content, rather than flavor.


Debating whether to watch the Debate

Nope.    I can’t imagine there is anything that could be said tonight that would change my mind.  Trump is a mother-fucking lying son-of-a-bitch and is not qualified to be President.

And I am confident that tomorrow Facebook will be filled with links to all sorts of post-debate commentary.


How many more?

How many more unarmed black men have to be killed by out-of-control white police officers before the rest of the country understands what Kaepernick was protesting?

Have no friends who are not your equals

“Have no friends who are not your equals” – Confucius

I ran into this quote yesterday on Facebook and I’ve been mulling it over, trying to figure out what it means, or at least what it might mean to me.

On the one hand it can mean don’t be friends with people who are above you or beneath you as far as social station or other factors. Or it can also mean not to treat your friends as if you are superior or inferior to them.

As a mere mortal such as I am I find myself sometimes distinguishing among the people that I know. Some of the people that I know are acquaintances but not friends in the true sense of the word. I can be friendly with acquaintances without divulging all of my secrets.

I’m still not entire sure as to take the quote, but I’m going to let it simmer some more.

Sunday Scrubbing

Today, in a rush of domesticity, I decided to clean the oven. Not a big deal in itself.  Spray the cleaning stuff, close the door, let it set 2 hours, wipe it off.   It wasn’t “quite”  that easy, but … Continue reading →

7 Days?

Okay so I was thinking that if I am way to get back into the practice of writing something every day the only way I’m going to do it is to just go ahead and do it.  So for the … Continue reading →

No, no… I’m still here!

I realize only a handful of people check in here, but I thought I’d drop a note anyway.  And then I thought I’d drop a visual note instead.   🙂

Please forgive the eyes — I seem to be having some issues with dry-eye or something.  This was meant to be just a quick-and-dirty clip, nothing fancy.

If there is anything (ANYthing) you want to know about my story, leave comments below or send me an email.   I don’t promise I will “tell all” but I hope to tell enough that my life today makes sense as the end result of everything that came before.

And when I say ‘five or six months’, I mean for my story.  I’ll try to remember to post regular stuff here more often than that!  LOL