Tasty Tuesday – NBA Playoffs and Food Prep – My Kind of Night

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Thanks to Sugar and Kol for initiating Tasty Tuesdays, today is our fourth participating post!

Oh wow, last night was tasty indeed.  Normally, Mom and I would prefer to watch the NBA Playoffs while cuddling on our favorite part of the couch, however, as you know, Mom is in the midst of a super busy stretch.  When Mom clicked on the family room TV, I assumed the couch position, except Mom walked over to the kitchen.

She began pulling out bags of stuff from the fridge, her favorite chopping cleaver, and her favorite cutting board, making quite a ruckus.  My body felt conflicted; my nose wanted to go to the kitchen while my ears and eyes wanted to stay on the couch.

My nose won and off I trotted into the kitchen to sit politely beside Mom as she prepared for her University of Miami Med School diabetic support class.  She mentioned to JJ and I that her class would celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Uno de Mayo!  Mom prepped the veggies for: Fresh Homemade Guacamole, Veggie Salsa and Baja Fish Tacos while the Miami Heat played the NY Knicks.  Now Mom grew up with the Knicks and always feels a tad conflicted when the two teams play.  Bottom line: We’re a Miami Heat family!

First quarter: Uh, we missed this one because of our evening constitutional.

Second Quarter:

Green peppers... yum...

Red peppers - always makes us think of Koko...

Cilantro and garlic...

Halftime Report:

lots of tomatoes...

Third Quarter:

onions and zucchini...

more tomatoes and leeks...

Fourth Quarter:

ciilantro and scallions...

red jalapenos and more garlic...

Here’s the Veggie Salsa recipe. (You can feed tidbits of everything EXCEPT: the onions, scallions and leeks to your K9s as you prepare, like Mom did.)

Another great, Heat up 2-0, day.

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We Love When Mom Teaches

Hey, it’s Jet Here.

On the day before Mom has a scheduled Kitchen Counselor class, lots of food enters the house through the garage/kitchen door.  As Mom’s Kitchen K9s, we must inspect the merchandise!  Oh, the scents, we struggle with our patience button for Mom to unpack.

Today, she will teach a diabetic support group cooking ideas for Valentine’s Day.  Plus, she accepted a dare from the group last quarter that she could cook collard greens in 5 minutes.  I’m betting on Mom!  Then, in the afternoon, she teaches this thing called an interactive cooking class at the University of Miami.  Mom loves working with IEP, the Intensive English Program, because the students come from all over the globe.  Today’s theme – How Americans Celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Anyway, Mom often does this “prep” stuff to make her classes run smoothly.  Koko and I LOVED prep time.  After all, as her Kitchen K9s, we had jobs to do like quality control!  Yesterday, JJ experienced Prep initiation.  At one point, Mom had beets (for chocolate beet cake?) and broccoli roasting in the oven (separately), turkey bacon in two skillets on the stovetop (oh the aroma!), collards rinsing in the sink while she cut pineapple on the cutting board.

Little Miss Helpful had two paws on the counter repeatedly to see:

  • How to drain turkey bacon.
  • How much rinsing is necessary per collard leaf.
  • How much tin foil must you cut to properly wrap three beets.
  • What size floret works best when roasting broccoli.
  • How close should you get to Mom when she chops three onions.

When Mom dropped the first tidbit of collard leaf, JJ snapped it up before Mom even knew what happened.  All we heard was crunch, crunch, crunch.  Knowing how much I LOVE collards, Mom immediately invited me to sit for a stem.  JJ then scurried over for her first stem.  Mom tried to capture us chewing collard stems like stogies without success, we chomped too fast.  After three or four attempts, she worried our tummies would get upset.  So, no pictures this time.

Another great Kitchen Counselor Prep day.