Real Good Food: The Way to a Man’s Heart?

Beef short Ribs
Braised Short Ribs with Yellow Rice, French Cut Green Beans and Sliced Tomatoes

 

The trademark orange bowl!

LadyG is cooking again!

YAAASSSS!

Anyway…

Today, let us consider the old adage:

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

Hmm….

Well… I don’t know if it’s true in every case, but it sure did work for me and Mama.

Just kidding!

But not really…

No, seriously folks, while the quote points to the way to a man’s heart, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee arrival–not to mention–a permanent stay.

Am I rambling?

Probably.

 

Maybe this whole thing is a non-issue…

An old wives tale…

Low level philosophical nonsense!

Pseudo-intellectual fodder…

But…maybe there’s some truth to it…

Or…maybe not.

Alas…

The debate continues 🙂

Have a wonderful week my friends!

Love and light to you all!

LadyG😘

What do you think ladies and gentlemen? Feel free to comment below!

retro-1326258_1920

 

Real Good Food: Sunday Comfort!

July 2 Dinner
Homemade Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes/gravy, English Peas and Vegetable medley

 

Yep! Lady G’s been up since 7:00am EST!

Cooking in the kitchen!

Oh yeah, Daddy is here to help Lady J and I with the garden project that I blogged about last week!

Meatloaf and mashed potatoes are his favorite…sooo…

Voilà!

But ya know what?

It’s raining cats and dogs here in Georgia and Lady J says it’s not supposed to stop until next Sunday!

Curses!

That’s not what I wanted to hear!

Let’s just pray that she’s giving me 11-year-old hyperbole!

LOL!

Stay tuned!

By the way, here’s a picture of Daddy during his days in the United States Air Force-circa 1965.

Daddy US AirForce

 

Daddy spent a whole bunch of time in Germany!

Hence the word “Germany” tacked up on his Military Police Beret.

If you’ve been following this blog, you probably already know that I’ve always wanted to go there.

My son says that when I’m about 90 years old he plans to sit me on his future back-porch, point to a bunch of trees and say, “Hey mama! Look at all that Germany back there! ”

He swears I won’t know the difference! LOL!!

Kids!

Anywhats….Have a great week my friends.  I promise to keep you posted about the garden:)

Love and light to you!

LadyG

😘💋

PS:  Ron Brown! I’m saving yet another plate for you Cuz! 💞

Real Good Food: “Melted Mozzarella Clumps…”

IMG_4236
Stuffed Green Peppers topped with Mozzarella Cheese

Right after I posted this picture on Instagram, my brother, Tack, commented, “Looks like melted mozzarella clumps on top of whatever is underneath, LOL!”

Like that’s a bad thing.

I say bring on the cheese-albeit with a touch of hesitancy.

You see, milk products don’t seem to like me very much anymore.

But I’m taking my time with the break-up 😔

As for the stuffed green peppers, or “bell peppers” as we call them down South, I simply browned up some ground beef, added tomato sauce, seasonings, a smidgen of sugar then double-crammed that beefy goodness into four verdant par-boiled vegetable containers.

As you can see, I topped each pepper with a rather thin slice of mozzarella (I added a bit of grated parmesan prior to that).

So there little bro!

Clumps of mozzarella?

The nerve of that dude!

Anyway, here is a before and after:

 

Oh yeah, I had two extra slices of “mozz” so it turns out that I used 6 slices but who are you to judge me?

Whatevs!

This little “Fun with Mozzarella” endeavor started with the crab stuffed mushrooms from last week, and continued on with the peppers before concluding with the Portabella Mushroom Pizzas pictured below.

IMG_4198

Ah…but all cheesy things must eventually come to an end so I decided to go to an old standby–Baked Chicken Florentine.

YAAASSS!

This sistah ain’t NEVER been to Florence, or any other part of Italy for that matter, but that didn’t stop me from piling spinach on top of some chicken and calling it Florentine!

LOL!

Florence, Georgia!  Wherever that is!

Much respect and love to my Italian followers 💋

😎

Behold

 

 

What do you think about the peppers and pizza?  Too much cheese?  No pun intended! LOL!

Much love and light to you all

Lady G😘💋

Follow me on Instagram or simply check out my pictures- just click on the Instagram icon on the right panel 🙂  Let me know what you think!

Real Good Food: Pan Seared Chops

ladygpchops
Pan Seared Pork Chops

 

Yessir!

Can you get with these?

Pan seared pork chops seasoned with oregano, crushed red peppers and salt.

No words spoken!

Just a whole lot of lip smacking and finger licking!

All pretense aside!

At my house, when something tastes good, you’ll know it because we all become completely silent—well, with the exception of the aforementioned lip smacking and finger licking.

So, here’s how it went down:

So that was that!

Oh, by the way, one of my dear followers had the audacity to send Lady G this mess as a submission for “Real Good Food”:

darrylnoodles
The culprit’s first name starts with ‘D’ and rhymes with ‘arryl’

Say what??????

But, Lady G shall disregard it!  LOL 😂

Which meal looks better?

You tell me!

Holler at me in comments.

 

Have a fantastic week 🙂

Love and light Lady G 😘💋

 

Real Good Food: BREAKFAST!

omelet4

It’s what’s for dinner!

Yep!

Sometimes dinner needs to be super simple.

And there’s nothing more simple than a couple of eggs, slices of bacon and some toast.

Of course, if you live in one of the Southern states like I do then grits are a must.

If you have never heard of grits, all I can tell you is they come from God’s magical corn machine.

Other than that, I got nothing.

Anyway, today, I am featuring a basic, run of the ‘meal’ omelet.

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that the one I made here  is not really that amazing but BAYBEE there are people who can turn omelets into masterpieces.

I’m serious!

I can’t tell you how many crawfish, cheese and green onion omelets I ate whilst I was in The Big Easy.

There are also some awesome makers of great omelets happening up in St. Louis too!

YAAASSSS!

Sadly, my omelet eating days are pretty much over.

I have found that egg and milk products don’t really like me very much 😦

Lady J, however, has no problem with them so the omelet pictured above was her breakfast.

Now…

Before I go, let me step back to grits.

Grits give me LIFE!

They are a fine canvas for all kinds of merriment!

My granddaddy taught me that!

You see, to him, everything was just a base for his favorite additions like sliced tomatoes and peppers.

But that had more to do with his giving nature than anything else.

Friends, this might not make much sense to you now, don’t worry, Ron or I will elaborate one day on The Flowering Vine.

Until then…

Enjoy watching this omelet mature before your very eyes!

Oh yeah, notice the fact that it looks like a frowning yellow crescent moon!

LOL!!!

I guess I would be frowning too if it were me!

 

Have a blessed day, sweets!

LadyG 😘💋

 

 

Real Good Food: A KISS from Lady G

finallobpasta

 

Ignore my promise NOT to post anymore pics!

Lady G’s creativity cannot be bound by words like “promise” or “agree” or “commit!”

LOL!!

At least not when it comes to blogging.

And with that, I decided to KISS!

You know, Keep it Simple Stupid.

YAAASSSS!

The pasta dish pictured above adheres to the KISS format because it has no more than FIVE ingredients:

Linguine

Lobster

Red Pepper Flakes

Olive oil

Salt

That’s it and that’s all.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t typically keep lobster lying about the house, but Kroger had a really good sale…

Need I say more?

But seriously, this dish could have easily been prepared with cocktail shrimp–even the little popcorn thingy ones.

In fact, you could use just about any form of meat, seafood or vegetable that captures your fancy.

Hmmm, some chopped tomatoes would have freshened this pasta up quite nicely.

I started to add some canned clams but Lady J doth protest too much!

LOL!!!

At any rate, I served this with some buttered garlic toast (Did I mention that we love carbs?) and a nice green salad.

Friends, I hope you enjoy these ‘real good food’ entries as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.

What do you think?

Meet me in comments!

 

Have a wonderful week!  Love and light to you!

Lady G

😘💋

Lady G’s Christmas Pasta

img_3388

YAAASSSS!  Lady G is feeling a little bit better today so you know I had to hit the kitchen hard!

And so…

I decided to cook one of my holiday favorites.

I call it ‘Christmas Pasta’ because it includes red peppers, green baby spinach and white alfredo sauce!

Of course there’s the bowtie pasta and crab meat!

Think I didn’t when I did?

YAAASSSSS!

Ah…. now I hear you guys saying, “Lady G, what choo know about Italian cuisine?”

Well, all I gotta say is that it might not be authentic but it’s Italian enough for the folks in my house!

Alright!

To all of my friends in Italy, please forgive me! You know I love y’all!

Okay, on a serious note, I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of you who wished me well during my battle with this cold!

WordPress is best!

Anyway…

I am including pictures of the ingredients that I used.

See if you can spot the run-a-way piece of crab meat :).

Mama would have been horrified!

“Wipe that counter girl!”

Anywhats, if you choose to recreate this dish, be sure to double check your crab meat for shells.

Otherwise, you might experience a dental problem mid meal.

By the way, if you are intimidated by homemade alfredo sauce you can buy some already made from your local grocer.

Of course, if you choose to purchase a jar, the end result might not be the highest quality.

But that said, I’m sure it will be just fine!

It just won’t be Lady G’s!

YAAASSSS!

Enjoy and have a great week!

Love and light to you!

Lady G😘💋

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

PS:  The brown mixing bowl that I used here belonged to my mother so we affectionately refer to it as ‘Ms. Eva.”

 

 

Sunday Dinner with Lady G’s Son 10-16-2016

sun-son-meal-3
Steak tips with mushrooms, spinach, apricot glazed butternut squash and basmati rice

So last Sunday, I shared a shot of my Sunday dinner.

In that post I talked about how much I love to cook and eat.  I also shared that I learned to cook by watching Mama.

Well…

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one watching Mama; it seems that my dear son, Sir R, was taking a couple of notes of his own.

Ever since he was about 10 years old, Sir R, has been very interested in cooking. And, with that being the case, he would watch me, Mama and Daddy whenever we went into the kitchen to prepare a meal.

In addition, he watched episode after episode of “Good Eats” with Alton Brown.

Before I knew anything, this kid was preparing full course meals by age 11.

When I say full course, I mean FULL COURSE!

Did I tell you about the time he cooked the most delectable and succulent standing rib roast you could ever imagine when he was only about 15 years old?

YAAASSSSS!

No frozen pizzas and ramen noodles for this dude 🙂

My baby can throw down in the kitchen–as evidenced by the meal pictured above 😉

To be honest, I’m glad too.

I used to tell him, “You need to learn how to cook whatever you like to eat, I don’t want you marrying somebody just because she can cook your favorite dish!”

LOL!

Forgive me guys, I crack my own self up sometimes 🙂

Anyway, a couple of years after graduating high school and going off to college, Sir R decided to become a certified personal trainer.

He had already established and maintained a healthy lifestyle so I encouraged him to go ahead and make it official.

And so…

As a health nut  health enthusiast, and lover of good food, my baby boy digs creating nutritious versions of most any traditional dish.

To that end, he enjoys experimenting with unconventional ingredients in order to prepare balanced meals that are both cost effective and tasty.

Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a whole lot of money to eat healthfully!

Anyway…

I really wish you guys were here to partake of this meal with us 😉

Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them!  Meet me in comments 🙂

 

Enjoy the rest of your day and I pray that you have a blessed week !

Love Lady G and Sir R!

😘💋

 

 

 

 

Sunday Dinner with Lady G: 10-9-16

sunday-dinner-with-lady-g
Cube Steak and Cornbread Dressing with Fresh Collard Greens and Tomatoes

 

YAAASSS!

Lady G threw down today!

Uh huh!

😉

So if you’ve been following me then you already know that I love to cook and eat all sorts of food.

Name a continent and I can guarantee you that I have cooked and eaten a dish from that locale.

I love ’em ALL!

But…

Around here, if it’s Sunday, it’s all about soul food BABY!

You better get into it!

Seriously, I learned to cook by watching Mama.

Mama NEVER used recipes; the ingredients and directions were all in her head.

Everything was by heart.

Or, better yet, soul!

And now, here I am, many years later, cooking the same meals that I remember–straight from Mama’s kitchen.

Come on over y’all!

I got a plate waiting just for YOU!

So tell me, do you love to cook?

If so, who taught you?

What are some of your favorites?

Let’s discuss in comments 🙂

 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week 🙂

Foodie or Downright Greedy?

Linguine for 1-15-2016 post
Pasta and Clams  from Carrabba’s

I am obsessed with eating good food!  This is not news to anyone who knows me personally.  In essence, one might say that I possess a significant gastronomic appreciation for every morsel of food that I gulp down.  Some folks might take offense at the thought of watching me gulp down a plate of food.  If you fall into that category, you probably should avoid inviting me to breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Now, if you do choose to invite me for a meal please know that I am just as comfortable at a roadside rib shack, a working class diner (I see you Waffle House!), casual restaurant (I see you too Carrabbas!) or a fine dining establishment that specializes in haute cuisine.  You should also know that I take the multicultural approach when it comes to my eating proclivities.  In other words, I am equally happy eating good ole Southern cooking or Italian cooking or Asian cooking or French cooking and so on and so forth.  In short, I can find something to enjoy on just about any menu.

Bearing this in mind, I must ask you:  Am I a foodie or just downright greedy?  Please note that the word ‘greedy,’ for the purposes of this post, is exclusively applicable to a person’s behaviors relative to food.  Black families often refer to anyone who is overly interested in eating as ‘greedy’.  For example, you might hear us say something like: “Don’t forget to buy extra chickens because Gwin is coming… with her greedy self.” If this example doesn’t make grammatical sense to you, please grab a couple of Black folks and listen to them talk for a while; trust me, you’ll soon grow accustomed to the particulars of our vernacular.  I apologize for the digression!  Let’s get back to the story!  I would submit that our dearest Gwin might not describe herself as being greedy.  In fact, she might refer to herself as a foodie simply because she revels at the idea of savoring good food in a visually appealing environment.

Secretly, I can’t help wondering if both of these descriptions are possibly opposite sides of the same gluttonous coin. By the way, in case you haven’t read the ‘about’ page of this blog, Gwin and I are one and the same!

Okay, by now it should be abundantly clear that I have a great affection for good food.  So if I were to ask you something like “Whatcha got good to eat?” Please believe that this is NOT a rhetorical question!  I really expect you to answer me by following up with something good to eat!  In fact, if anyone from my family asks you this question, he or she is looking for a similar response.

All jokes aside, the question of foodie or greedy remains unanswered.  No worries, I’ll just sit back and let you answer the question.  Am I a foodie or just downright greedy?

Hell for that matter, are you a foodie or just downright greedy? Do tell.