Wednesday, August 30, 2023

What to do with the mush??!

Hello, Darlings

We have all done this.

For tonight’s dinner, I made a pot of my Quick Two Serving Gumbo Soup . However, and while using the 5 to 10 microwave method to cook the rice, I became so busy that by the time I remembered to set the second setting of 10 minutes, the rice had absorbed the remaining water. To fix it, I had a great/dumb idea of adding more water. I ended up with a casserole dish of mushy rice.

That sucked. I detest mushy rice and pasta, and normally I would throw it out and cook another batch. However, today I decided to bake the dish of rice pudding pictured below.

I used the old classic Betty Crocker's rice pudding recipe, except I added ¾ cup of raisins instead of the normal ½ a cup, and then 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon stirred into the rice mixture. after pouring the mixture into the casserole dish, I topped it off with the nutmeg. I then covered the casserole dish and baked the pudding for 75 minutes. After that I removed the lid, I baked the pudding for an additional 5 minutes to brown and set the top a little more. 

What began as mushy rice, turned into one of the most delicious rice pudding that I ever baked.

You can find the classic Betty Crocker's rice pudding recipe most of the old recipe books, 


Betty Crocker's Classic Rice Pudding Recipe


2 eggs or 4 egg yolks

½-cup sugar

½ raisins

2 cups milk

½-teaspoon vanilla

¼-teaspoon salt

2 cup hot cooked rice

Ground nutmeg



  • Cook rice per directions. Set aside
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Mix eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together in a large bowl until combined; stir in cooked rice and raisins.
  • Transfer into a 10x6x2 inch baking dish. Stir and sprinkle with nutmeg
  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes
  • Bake until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Serve warm or cold, and if desired with cream
  • Refrigerate any remaining pudding.

Betty Crocker's Classic Rice Pudding Recipe.pdf 

Below is the microwave rice recipe.

Microwave  Rice

This recipe works best with short grain white rice.  It can be found on many rice cooking directions.

  • Combine 1-cup rice and 1-1/2cup water in a 2 quart casserole dish
  • Partially cover the dish to reserve some of the steam
  • Microwave on full power for 5 minutes
  • Then stir rice and microwave again on 50 percent power for 10 minutes. 
  • When done. fluff up the rice with a fork
  • Cover  the casserole dish with a couple of paper towels to absorb the moisture and then top the paper towels with the casserole lid.
  • Set aside until ready to serve

 Microwave Short Grain White Rice.pdf


 Until next time, 

        Chow Darlings

Monday, August 28, 2023

New Selfie

 Me at 72 


Better camera.

My own hair has small patches of  gray in places that look odd to me, and I dislike the slow process it is taking to turn fully gray. So, I purchased this wig to see how I would look fully hair. I think it is an improvement, so a I well keep the look for a while.

Until next time,

    Chow, Darlings

Mother Mary Repair So Far

Hello, Darlings

Here is a quick update on the repair of my Mother Mary statue.  As you know her head and hand were broken some time ago, and I opted to mend her instead of tossing her out. After all, she is a huge part of my faith, and it would seem profane to me to just to toss her away.  Because of the type of paints I am using, I give each coat plenty of time to dry, but below is what is done so far.



Because this is a new century, and I like everything to be a little brighter, I chose more brilliant colors over the more subdued ones she came with as seen in the first photo.

Until next time,

     Chow, Darlings


Hello, Darlings

It has been a long hot-hot summer here in Florida, and it is not over yet. After listening to a couple of our local weathermen this morning, we learned that there are some tornadoes and hurricane Idalia headed our way for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Therefore, shore up those houses, store away the patio furniture, and if you are a container gardener like me, group those container plants together in a circle as much as possible with the smaller ones in the center of the group.

Enough of the weather, and on to the recipe!

You all know how I cannot let a recipe be if I can update it or converse it in some way to make it easier or tastier. Well today’s recipe is one that I posted before, the simple London Broil recipe that I found on the web many years ago has gone through a couple updates since I found it. As you know with the original recipe the sauce seeps out over the foil into the casserole dish, then there is not much to cover the other ingredients and it leaves a sticky mess beneath the foil.

Well I cannot stop the sauce from seeping over the foil but I have solved the problem of the lack of sauce. Below is my roaster oven update for the best London broil recipe ever.



Equipment: Roaster Oven, 4 qt casserole dish, 1 qt glass measuring cup and heavy-duty aluminum foil


1 London Broil, 2 - 3 pounds, cut into vertical sections

2 can of cream mushroom soup or beefy mushroom soup for more sauce

1 package onion soup mix

Four jumbo potatoes cut up into chunks or 1-bag baby red or golden butter potatoes

One eight oz can of sliced mushrooms, or 8 ounces of fresh sliced mushrooms

1 beef bouillon cube

1-cup boiling water

Optional: streamed broccoli


1.      Preheat roaster oven to 400 degrees

2.      In glass measuring cup add water and bouillon cube, microwave for 3 minutes or until bouillon melts, if water has boiled down below the one cup mark, top off with tap water

3.      Mix in mushroom soup and onion soup mix. Set aside

4.      Criss-crossed the aluminum foil in the casserole dish.

5.      Place London Broil sections into add potatoes and top with the sliced mushrooms.

6.      Pour onion soup mixture over meat, mushrooms and potatoes. Seal foil tightly. Using a fork make no than more than nine small vent holes in foil for steam to escape

7.      Place sealed casserole dish in roaster oven, cover and bake for 2-3 hours. Begin testing for meat tenderness at the 2 hour cooking time. We like our meat easy to cut with a fork.

8.      Stream broccoli for 10 to 15 minutes during last 30 minutes that London broil is cooking

9.      Serve meal with the hot mushroom sauce spooned over streamed broccoli on the side of plate

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I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time,

       Chow, Darlings  Download PDF