It's a blustery Presidents' Day in Palouse, which, if you're like me, can make you hungry. And so, on this the day in which we honor our presidents, and in light of the fact that McLeod's Palouse Market is--as our masthead above indicates--a grocery thing, I thought it only appropriate to do a little research into what the esteemed leaders of our country enjoyed indulging in when their stomachs were rumbling. Now, most folks know of Ronald Reagan's fondness for jelly beans, or Bill Clinton's affinity for cheeseburgers, but Food & Wine put out a fun little slideshow of Presidential Food Obsessionsthat included some I'd never heard of before. Here are some of my favorites (click HERE to see the full list): Richard Nixon found cottage cheese and ketchup delightful. Apparently, George H.W. Bush loved fried pork rinds with Tabasco sauce. Andrew Jackson had a penchant for cheddar cheese, while Abraham Lincoln loved his mother's gingerbread. Theodore Roosevelt is said to have loved fried chicken covered in white gravy (no worries about cholesterol back then). And, John Adams is purported to have indulged in hard cider before breakfast. Wow. So, if you want to celebrate Presidents' Day in style, a little cottage cheese, pork rinds, and gingerbread might just be the ticket (or not)… Happy Presidents' Day! -The Grocer's WIfe
This year marked the convergence of Super Bowl Sunday and
Groundhog Day, which may have stolen a bit of the limelight from Phil and his
annual prediction. With the sighting of his chubby, round shadow, ‘six more
weeks of winter’ got his nod this year. Even so, I feel optimistic.
As a four-season-climate gal, something about February always marks
a turning point for me in terms of winter at least feeling like it’s fading
away, while spring is inching closer. Finally, the long, dark, seemingly-endless days of January
slip into history once again.
Whether it’s an early spring or a bit of a longer winter, Phil gets
us looking forward. And, therein, I believe, lies the magic.
It's such a common phrase: “I’m looking forward
to that.” We say it all the time, and hear it said by others. ‘Looking
forward’ is a universal human action, its very essence synonymous with hope.
We look forward to small things: getting to sleep in after a
long week, going out to a favorite restaurant, watching the big game, or
indulging in a little retail therapy. We look forward to big things, too:
getting a driver’s license, graduating high school, getting married, or a baby's birth.
Looking forward reminds us that time marches on, with us or
without us. It keeps us going when the chips are down, and, in an ironic way, reminds us to appreciate the moments we’re in, because they can never exist
Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today,
hope for tomorrow.”
clockwise: Mini Taco Bowls, Jalapeño Poppers, and Loaded Baked Potato Rounds
Looking for something to make for the BIG GAME? The beauty of these appetizers is they're quick and easy! The following aren't really recipes as much as they are loose guidelines (variations of these are all over Pinterest). You can add more filling/less filling, etc. etc. It's like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - some people like it light; some people like it loaded!
Mini Taco Bowls
soft taco shells (you can get two bowls from one shell)
(optional: cooked hamburger, guacamole, sour cream, green onions)
Use a bisquit-cutter or large-mouth cup to cut two circles out of each taco
shell. Press the rounds into a greased muffin pan to form mini bowls. Mix refried beans with salsa (add cooked
hamburger, if desired), then fill each taco shell mini bowl with a heaping tablespoon of the
mixture. Top with shredded cheese. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 10-15 minutes (or
until cheese is melted and inside is hot). Serve as is or with guacamole, sour cream, and chopped green onions.
Loaded Baked Potato Rounds
bacon (cooked and crumbled)
(optional: sour cream)
Cut potatoes into thin slices. Lay across a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper, and your choice of seasoning. Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the
potato rounds, and bake for 15 minutes more (until rounds are soft). Remove
from the oven and add shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, and green onions. Return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream.
Jalapeño Poppers Ingredients:
a few jalapeños (seeded and diced)
bacon (cooked and crumbled)
a tube of crescent rolls
Mix the diced jalapeños with the cream cheese. Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate at perforations.
Cut each triangle in half (width-wise) and spread it out a bit (shape doesn't have to be perfect). Add a heaping teaspoon of the cream cheese
mixture, sprinkle with bacon crumbles and shredded cheese. Pull the
bottom of the crescent roll dough up all around and pinch shut to keep the filling in.
Set pressed side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.
And, If cooking isn't your thing at all, pick up one of our football veggie trays! The work is all done! Don't forget - Super Bowl SUPER SAVINGS are in effect through SUNDAY! Click HERE for details!