RECIPE OF THE DAY-SMOKY POTATO CAKES WITH KALE AND CREAMY RICOTTA

Serves 4 (double for 8); 400 Degree Oven; grease muffin tin

1lb.                Baking Potato,peeled and cut in to chunks

1 Cup            Skimmed Ricotta Cheese

1 Cup            Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

1/2 tsp          Sea Salt Or Himalayan Pink Salt

1/2 tsp          Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Stix         Butter (melted)

2 Tbsp          Olive Oil

4 Cups          Finely Chopped Kale (Ribs Removed)

3/4 Cups       Diced Onion

2 Cloves       Garlic,  Minced

1/4 tsp          Crushed Red Pepper

1/4 tsp          Smoked Paprika

Placed diced potatoes in a pot and cover with water BTB (BRING TO BOIL); simmer for 10 minutes until tender and drain.  Combine potato, cheeses, salt and pepper in large bowl, and toss to combine.

in a large sauce pan add olive oil and 1/2 of the butter.  Sauté Onions until brown, add kale, garlic cook until kale has wilted. Sprinkle with paprika.  Add kale mixture to potato mixture in the bowl and fold in keeping potatoes lumpy for texture.

Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions and gently shape into a ball. Place each in a greased muffin tin press gently to fill the cup. Brush the rest of the melted butter over the top of each patty.  Bake in a 400* oven for about 25 minutes unto golden brown.  Let cool 10 minutes; remove from muffin tin and serve immediately with a side salad.

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IS IT JUST ME! WEATHER

We are in a cold snap here in the South.  Great Fall weather, my favorite time of the year.  But it appears that Mother Nature plays tricks on some of her Juicy Crones.  I woke up this morning at a time when I’m usually at work already.  Rushed to get into what I call ” full drag” and rushed in the office to get coffee made so I could even function.

Does nature ever reek havoc on your system without you getting the memo that its coming?  I fell asleep at 5 P.M. last night after i fed the dogs.  I woke up at 8:30…too late to eat supper, watched Netflix for an hour and must have drifted off again.  Anyway it was like having a sleeping sickness.

Our body rhythms take over even without our permission.  I woke up this morning contorted into some weird pretzel shape and in need of coffee, only to find there was no time to make it.  The Universe had conspired to make me slow down in spite of my efforts to plough through the daily morass at break neck speed.  Take a Crone’s advice, learn to listen to your body rhythms early in life. You won’t be disappointed.  Young or old if you burn the candle at both ends the Universe will put Mother Nature on direct order to slow you down.  Don’t make God throw a brick. I chose to ignore the signs, and twice in my life and He did.  I have a metal plate in my leg, and a crushed skull to prove it.

The cycles of nature are a clue in themselves.  This is the time of year the animals gather and store nut, many animals and insects go into the earth to hibernate, and the plants go dormant to rest until spring.  My point, slow down, but never quit the race.  Follow the rhythms of nature.  Meditate more, keep some healthy soup on the stove top and for goodness sake get sleep.  Your body will thank you, your immune system will thank you and the Power of the Universe will bless you.

Namaste

IS IT JUST ME?

You go to breakfast each morning at the same place because it’s the only place close that is open.  You usually have the most hospitable wait staff.  Then it happens. They bring in a new “Twinkie” who seems to think the world is there to serve her and not her to serve the customer.  She’s too self-possessed to even qualify to ride a broom.  She glares at the two “Crones” who visit each morning and try to be pleasant and cheerful to her.  She refuses to reciprocate. She seems invested in making all around her miserable and to share her mood.  Hellooooooo! You make your living from tips (well maybe not this Twinkie for long).  I use to leave a 25% to 30% tip for her predecessor.  Her predecessor, like most of the staff,  was charming, polite, service oriented, and did not tell you that it was not her job when you asked for something as important as flatware.

What part of common sense do you lack?  Let’s just make everyone uncomfortable, ruin a perfectly good breakfast, and go the extra mile to be rude and lacking in manners.

Not happening! We owe it to the manager to address the training issue immediately. Refuse to sit in that section. I even asked him to make sure she didn’t spit on people’s food.  If she can’t be trained get rid of her…. or be willing to loose the good customers who show up each day, and spends several hundreds a month in dining and other purchases.  Corporations want a huge bottom line to show their shareholders each year. However, they will not address the importance of public contact issues with their employees.   I’m old, I should certainly know by now that you can’t fix stupid.  However, more importantly, If you think training is expensive price incompetence!

RECIPE OF THE DAY: Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin

Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin
INGREDIENTS:
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated gruyere or jack
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 bags frozen hash browns thawed.

Prep
 10 m; Cook 
35 m; Ready In 
45 min
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray or grease with butter. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic in the melted butter until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add flour to garlic mixture; cook and stir until mixture is smooth and thickened, about 2 minutes.

Slowly pour milk into flour-butter mixture while continuously stirring with a whisk until sauce is smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir cheeses into sauce until cheese melts from the heat of the sauce; season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle potatoes with a little salt and pepper then divide the potatoes among the 12 prepared muffin cups; first bake for 15 minutes until potatoes begin to get brown. Remove from oven then spoon cheese sauce over potatoes.

Bake again in the preheated oven until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

WE HAVE ARRIVED-2 Juicy Crones

WE HAVE ARRIVED-2 Juicy Crones
Posted on October 19, 2015 by cronedos
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At last we have arrived! These two juicy old crones are on loan to you from the Universe. We are here to bring our respectfully irreverent natures to everyone. We will blog about life, health, recipes, herbs/spices, gardening and generally anything else that comes to our minds(reverent or irreverent).

We are not discerners of persons. We love people, all of nature, and all of God’s creation. What we do not like are mean-spirited bullies, whiney wimps, overly politically correct individuals, anyone with no sense of humor, and people who wake up invested only on being incensed over everything every day. Go away! Do not visit this blog.

However, if you like food, fun, and enjoy a sense of humor with that delicious, respectful irreverence, that only two juicy old crones can bring to your world; then join us each day.

We will bring wonderful recipes collected from mountain women and grandmothers from everywhere. We will tell old wives tales, and relate mountain remedies passed down through the ages. We expect that if you are wise enough to be on this blog that you will do your own research and only use those suggestions which resonate to your personal instinct. We are not doctors, lawyers, or politically correct in anyway. We are old, we are wise, and we are definitely irreverent. The faint of heart need not sign on. Oh, did we mention we also have a general disregard for stupid! One of our biggest pet peeves!

So, strap on your funny bone, and join us for a good laugh, interesting suggestions, good recipes and whatever else comes to mind each day. We love you all, and we hope you visit us soon and often.