Tuesday, February 23, 2021

African American Month with Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook

Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook.

February is African American month, and this month I am so excited about diverse dishes.

There is a restaurant at the the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The name of restaurant is Sweet Home Cafe, but the restaurant is temporarily closed due to Covid-19.

Naming after the restaurant, this a cookbook with the recipes of dishes that served in the Sweet Home Cafe. This book a collection of African American dishes and cooking from entire this county that turn into national cuisines.

In addition to over 100 recipes and photos, the book also passes brief histories of foods, cultivates, recipes, traditions, and traditional cookwares, including their photos from the museum collection.

Inside the book, we can find the African American salads and sides, soups and stews, main dishes, pickles, snacks, sweets, and drinks. Basically, the recipes in this book are very familiar here, such as gumbo, pies, red bean and rice, red velvet cake, po'boy, or stew tomatoes and okra.

Tomato-watermelon salad (a quick shot from page 21)

If you like Creole cuisines, this book has Creole spiced boiled peanut, spicy pickle okra, rice pilaf, duck and crawfish gumbo, fried croakers, corn hush puppies, and praline.

Photos of salads are very inviting.

They look fresh and healthy, such as field green salad, baby kale salad, and mixed green with baby turnips. I took a quick shot from the book at page 21,

After all, the most dazzling from salad section is tomato-watermelon salad. This summer salad is very easy, simple, and attractive.

I would give it a try: heirloom tomatoes, seedless watermelon, onion, tossed in the hot vinegar (extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar, sea salt, ground black pepper, and cayenne), and coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Great combination of crisp, sweet, juicy watermelon and luscious tomatoes.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Louisiana Style Canned Sardines in the Market

Sardine in hot sauce

I, actually not consume fish or their relate products very much, eat them very rare. I just consume beef and chicken, but not every day.

There are a kind of “new product” by “great value” brand, sold in Walmart groceries across Louisiana state in recent days that are small canned sardines in the:

- hot sauce

- oil

- water

The price is quite cheap, the single canned sardines with size 3.75 oz (106 gram) cost 0.88 cents.

Spicy hot sauce is Louisiana style flavor. In my opinion, the sardines are fresh even compared to other well known brands. Very good to add to:

- pasta

- salads

- sandwiches

Sardines look fresh in the can

From label, the ingredients are following:

- Maltodextrin

- Acetic acid

- Salt

- paprika

- modified cornstarch

- spices

- Xanthan gum

- Polysorbate 80

- Caramel color

- Tricalcium phosphate

It is said that sardines are wild caught, and highly “sources of omega-3 fatty acids.” Hence good for:

- lower blood pressure

- healthy health

Do you like sardines? What brands of your favorite?

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

What is in the Valentine's conversation KISSES?


Fig 01- A single 12 ounces (340 gram) Kisses

Who can refuse KISSES, especially in the Valentine's Day?

This heavenly milk chocolate with teardrop-shaped is available in many sizes with a romantic fashion for the Valentine's Day.

Valentine KISSES offers a single candy in a beautiful pink box. The above picture is a giant milk chocolate single KISSES 12 ounces (340 gram) candy, wrapped in red Valentine's day foil in a pretty box.

The smallest one is a milk chocolate single candy, 12 ounces (340 gram), wrapped in red Valentine's day foil in a pink box.

Beside a single candy in the box, Hersey KISSES has the Valentine's conversation.

What is that?

Kisses's milk chocolate candies with a sweet message in each one of candies.

These teardrop-shaped milk chocolate candies were wrapped with pink, purple, and blue shiny foils. The message is in the bottom of the candy's wrapper.

What are the messages?

Fig 02- A single 1.45 ounces (41 gram) Kisses in a pink box

LUV U, UR Sweet, Me + You, Wanna KISS, Sweet KISS, Let's KISS, HUG Me, BFF, Hey You, LOVE & KISSES, A KISS 4 You, etc. 

Fig 03- Valentines conversation

KISSES Valentine's conversation has a sweet message in the bottom of each one candy.

Fig 04- Miniature Hersey's

Hersey also has Valentine Miniature candies which are mr.Goodbar, Krackel, milk chocolate, and special dark. Their wrappers are cute with pink and red with sweet heart-shaped flush.

Fig 05- A Valentine card

If you do not like any chocolate candy, here a piece of pizza in the giant card.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

“It's a Love Thing” in Victoria's Secret

Pink to red nuance is around the corners.

We are in February and the weather getting warm. Some houses in my neighborhood are dressed up with pink and heart wreathes on their front doors.

Welcoming Valentine's Day.

Pink to red nuance is around the corners, especially in the particular spot in the stores or malls.

Back to many many years ago when a new mall just opened, we're hanging out and shopping in the mall with friends.

We had never forgotten to stop by in Victoria's Secret. This store was always offering special edition and promotion for the Valentine's Day.

Then, it has been a while I did not access Victoria's Secret. I heard the store in this town about to close due to pandemic.

I goggled it, the store is still there and open. It is still a nice place to shop.

The store still offers the sexiest panties and lingerie, awesome bras and sleep wear, and alluring scents.

The scents are light and last

Now, I prefer to look and shop from my couch through online. This occasion, Victoria's Secret offers discount prices and online exclusive.

I am looking for body mist and lotions with the new scent, I am whipping up to try something new, especially with half prices or BOGO (buy one get one).

If you are looking for the idea for the gifts, “It's a love thing” to explore at www.victoriassecret.com

This site is also offering the nice, sweet, and sugary scent for the mists and the body lotions. The scents are light and last.

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