Sunday, April 24, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Cake or bread?
I ate some cornbread so rich and sweet that people at the table debated if it was cornbread or pound cake. It came from Anna’s Mexican Bakery, where you walk in and grab a tray and tongs and pick your fill of colorful breads, cookies and other sugary delights.
It is at 2570 Calder Avenue in Beaumont.
I went back the next day and snapped a photo to prove that beautiful bread was cornbread. When I say beautiful, I mean that literally. Some breads are decorated with floral designs.
Beat sweet poison one meal at a time
Juice Lady advises you to go cold turkey and cut out the sweets. After some detox time, she say’s you’ll feel better and get all kinds of more healthy. Don’t worry. You can still have fruity desserts that satisfy, and she includes recipes.
The book is “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout: Detox to Lose Weight, Kill Cravings, and Prevent Disease.”
I like her style, even though she presents some hard challenges for most of us. But you know author Cherie Calbom is right. Can you do it? I don’t even have a juicer, but I’d be up for something with a name like this:
You are Loved Cocktail
From the Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet
3 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
2 ribs of celery with leaves
1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
1 handful of spinach
1 lemon, peeled if not organic
1 half beet, scrubbed well, with stems an leaves
Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice all ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible. Serves 1-2.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Pineapple sage was one of my favorite finds at the Jefferson County Master Gardeners plant sale at the airport. My friend picked me up and we went as a trio with her daughter. They went nuts with the hanging baskets while I headed toward the herbs.
They were first timers and then we hit the test gardens at the airpor.
Then we had some more fun at the Beaumont Botanical Gardens, where I again, headed for the herbs. As usual, the grounds were full of photographers and fresh-faced graduates.
Those with green thumbs are out there spreading their seeds of knowledge and anyone willing to learn will be beside them, digging in the dirt.
I got a little misty listing to the Pantano red onion cooking wine pitch. It’s for cooking, not drinking, and there’s no salt, a woman in the family of this Sulphur, La.-based company told me.
There’s a bayou scene on the label. That’ got me, too.
Then I saw a painting in their booth at a merchant show. The bayou sene, painted by a relative, had a pirouge boat with a tiny scripture verse painted on it. This story was like they where fishers of men, or fishers of cooking fans, like me. I took the bottle home and am using it with a variety of meats. Get their story at pantanocookingwine.net
Monday, March 28, 2016
“Dennis Bevers, whose wife died just days after being diagnosed with cancer, knows all too well the words: “It’s just too late.” Now he wants to ensure that others never hear them.
Doctors diagnosed ovarian cancer in Bevers’ wife, Sandy, in September. Four days later she was gone.
“I just want to warn women everywhere,” Bevers said. “My focus will be warning women about the dangers of ovarian cancer for the rest of my life.”
He said he has so far warned about 1,000 women about ovarian cancer, passing along information about symptoms.
To reach Bevers about speaking to your group, call him at 337-527-8717.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Simply Delicious, name says it all
The party began an auto parts store and gravitated toward the back, where Mavis R. Rodgers was dishing up shrimp and grits and good advice on Creole cooking.
“Everybody used to cook and get together as a family,” said Rodgers, of Simply Delicious Creole Kitchen, Main Ave., Groves.
She grew up grinding and prepping food for her grandmother’s table, then joined the U.S. Navy.
“I just happened to go in the kitchen and I was sold,” she said.
From Navy to restaurant runner, Rodgers offers a menu including fried catfish Maurice, jambalaya and red beans. She’s got a big smile and open personality that draws you into her stories.
Rodgers catered a Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce morning business connection at NAPA Auto Parts-Mid County Auto Supply on Nederland Avenue. Those who hadn’t already tried her dishes said they were headed there soon. Look for photos of her family influencers on the wall, she said.
Touch Coffee, taste coffee. Fast
Makers are calling the Touch® T526S coffee system “ground-breaking,” no pun intended. My favorite part is that in addition to brewing up your favorite K-Cup, you can use the mesh cup included to make a cup, or larger carafe, or travel mug, of you own loose grind. That’s good for the environment and your smooth, tasty morning.
You’ll be making your own coffee memes for Facebook about how much you love it.
It’s a handsome machine, compatible with “any cup at all—from existing Keurig K-Cups® to generic cups, in addition to Touch's ground-breaking XBold Cups™, XLarge Cups™ and reusable Refill Jumbo Cup.”
Got 20 seconds? Here’s what the makers say:
“According to the National Coffee Association USA, the brewing water temperature for a good cup of coffee is "between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction." The Touch® T526S brewer reaches this ideal temperature by using its Flash Heating system and starts brewing in under 20 seconds after being off all night. Plus, Touch heats just enough water for the selected cup size as opposed to the entire tank of water, and the machine turns itself off after using, making it more energy efficient than its competitors.”
I’m trying this with Touch L.A. Coffee, in Sunset Strip roast. These cups allow up to 30 percent more coffee from each capsule. All this coffee talk has its own language. I’m just speaking the delicious-convenient-efficient dialect.
Look it all up at www.TouchBeverages.com.