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Caramel Puff Corn

Posted on October 28, 2014 by in Recipes

Great Treat!

Great Treat!

BY: Christy Jordan

This stuff is absolutely divine, with a capital “D”. It has a delicious honey taste to it (regardless of which ingredient options you use) and none of the pesky hulls or kernels you encounter with traditional caramel corn. Also, since you buy the puff corn in a bag, there is no popping popcorn in preparation for making it. Just walk into your kitchen, put some stuff in a pot, pour the puff corn in a baking dish and proceed as directed!

Personally, I like this better than caramel corn because it is easier on your teeth.

Oh but Christy, have we really gotten to the age where we have to worry about whether or not something is hard on our teeth? I don’t know about you, but I sure have!

You’ll need some Puff Corn. This isn’t popcorn. There are no hulls or anything and it is baked. It sure is good! Sometimes it can be hard to find though. My Wal Mart carries the cheese flavored kind, but not the butter flavored kind you need for this recipe. I got these at Krogers for $2 a bag. Each bag is 3.5 ounces, so you end up with 10.5 ounces, which is what you need for a single recipe of Caramel Puff Corn. However, Mama’s Foodland carries bags twice this size for the same price, so maybe you’ll get lucky and find the bigger, cheaper bags. They’re all good.

By the way, if you’ve never looked for this before, it is usually near the Cheetos and such.


3 Bags Butter Flavored Puff Corn (3.5 ounces each)

2 sticks butter (1 cup)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup or honey

1/4 teaspoon baking soda


    1. Spray a large roasting pan or two 9×13 pans with cooking spray. Divide puff corn up between two dishes.
    2. In medium sauce pot, combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup (or honey). Stir constantly while bringing to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, allow to boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Mixture will foam. Stir until well blended.
    3. Pour over puff corn. Stir really well to coat. Bake at 250 for 45 minutes, stirring well every 15 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
    4. If you eat it all before everyone gets home, just make sure you clean up the kitchen really good so they never knew it existed. Make double next time so you can share :)

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Posted on August 21, 2014 by in Recipes

Hi, my name is Christy Jordan and I like to feed people.

Hi, my name is Christy Jordan and I like to feed people.

If you’ve never heard of or had Angel Chicken, you’re in good company! Until last week we fit into that category. Once we had our first bite though, we were hooked. My husband kept saying “Oh man. Oh man. Oh man. You have GOT to get this recipe.” So I called up Gricelda, who is not a Disney Princess although her name leads you to believe that, and asked if she would share.

She had been kind enough to cook this wonderful supper for my family and she immediately said “Of course I’ll share!”. Maybe she should be a Disney Princess, she definitely has the personality for it! I was thrilled to discover that Gricelda cooks this in a slow cooker AND and it easily makes enough for a hungry family!

Get this recipe and others at www.santafegoodnews.com/Issues/14081 starting on page 8. And as always please support our advertisers and hers whenever you can because they are who keep all this GOOD STUFF coming your way for free! Danas Ad

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Greek Chicken Tacos

Posted on July 2, 2014 by in Home & Hearth, Recipes

A few weeks back I whipped up this recipe with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, taking notes as I went in case it should prove to be good – and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had them since then!

I love the summer fresh taste of these delicious chicken soft tacos. With a wonderful lemon/garlic marinade (that only hints of garlic) and toppings of fresh tomatoes, parsley, and feta cheese, these are sure to fill your tummy with happy flavors but not weigh you down in the summer heat.

As an added bonus, the chicken reheats well so I often double the recipe and have them for lunch for a few days after. Greek Chicken Tacos coming right up! You can get this and other recipes & instructions by Christy Jordan in this issue, just click here – www.santafegoodnews.com/Issues/14062.pdf she starts on page 10.

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GOOD FOOD – Hot Water Cornbread

Posted on April 22, 2014 by in Home & Hearth, Recipes

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This is a basic recipe that can be gussied up any number of ways. I’m gonna go plain and straightforward with you today so you have the basic recipe and can work from there. I wanted to show you the plain version to let you know that you don’t HAVE TO gussy it up. It will still be delicious. I want to encourage you to really have fun with it. The simpler versions are what were most often made in the old days when ingredients were scarce and we had to make do in order to put food in our bellies.

You know these days, a lot of people are too far removed from hunger to be able to appreciate food. I’m not talking about enjoying a meal at a fancy restaurant or being able to sniff a glass of rotted grape juice and tell someone where it came from or what kind it is, I’m talking about appreciating the fact that you have food to eat. Appreciating being able to sit down to a meal and truly feel grateful that your stomach will be full when you get up.

“I’m talking about having an attitude where, if the pot of stew is a little salty, you eat it anyway and be glad to have it regardless.” (Click here for the rest of the story and recipe on page 9 in the magazine – it’s FREE.) www.santafegoodnews.com/Issues/TexasIssue.pdf


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Meet Christy Jordan – Our NEW Food Contributor on video.

Posted on October 26, 2013 by in Home & Hearth, Recipes

She’s not just another Food Blogger, she’s a wife and mother who cares just as much about the people she feeds as she does the food she serves them.

Say hello & welcome to a fresh NEW voice from the south… click below – the link works!


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Hamburger Steaks

Posted on October 25, 2013 by in Home & Hearth, Recipes

Growing up, we always loved Mama’s hamburger steaks. There was nothing like coming home and smelling the onions bubbling in there with the generous hamburger steak patties and knowing we were in for a hearty and delicious supper. I liked mine with extra onions, my sister liked hers without any at all, and Daddy liked whatever Mama put on his plate.

This is a simple recipe and uses the family favorite: ground beef. You know, in the age where we have entire networks devoted to nothing but food, we have surprisingly few tv peeps using ground beef. This is all good and well, of course, but sometimes I think the food channels have greatly overestimated our grocery budgets :) .

See the rest of the story & the recipe on page 11 at www.santafegoodnews.com/Issues/SouthernComfortIssue.pdf  & a link to 30 Recipes for Ground Beef by Christy Jordan.

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Bananas – Great Food Choice

Posted on April 22, 2013 by in Granny Knows, Home & Hearth

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Galloping Foodie Hits the East Coast !

Posted on February 14, 2013 by in Home & Hearth

Where the heck is Bristol, CT?


It’s way up in the northeast section of the country, and it’s where my baby daughter and her husband live. It’s 1803 miles from my front door and it took us about twenty seven hours to drive it straight through. We had to make a delivery in New Jersey, so we made arrangements to go visit her and her husband Mike, after the load was delivered. The first night we were so exhausted we ordered pizza and called it a day. Bless his heart, her husband said that he wanted to take us all out for dinner on the second night to get us a real New England meal. I was game and him buying made it even better. Thanks Mike!


A light marinara sauce served over linguini.



Veal Parmesan, a lightly breaded veal topped with melted Mozzarella cheese and a light marinara sauce served over linguini.



The Boss and my daughter wanted seafood and wanted to go to a place called Aqua Terra because they had great seafood. They called to verify they were open and found out it had changed its name to Tuscany’s Steak and Seafood, but they were open and had fresh lobster. We loaded up and headed out and this trip happened last month, so in case you are wondering yes, it was cold, (13 degrees to be exact). I wouldn’t have gotten out in that type of weather, but Mike being of hardy New England stock explained that it was a dry cold and there wouldn’t be any ice or snow to contend with on this short trip. I nervously said that I would drive, because I do NOT like driving on ice and snow, but I was too nervous to trust anybody else’s driving. I’ll admit it, I don’t mind saying I’m scared when I am. The drive to get to Connecticut was no cake walk for me, believe me. (Check out Seeing God’s Country, in this issue.)


Seafood Platter: Stuffed lobster, scallops, stuffed clams, shrimp, tilapia and spinach and bacon stuffed mushrooms.

Within a few minutes we arrived at the restaurant. We crunched across the snow covered parking lot and made it to the front door without incident. The restaurants ambiance was pure New England with dark paneling, large windows, decorative knick knacks on the walls, etc. There was a wood burning fireplace in one corner, so I asked the waitress to seat us near the fireplace because the Boss loves them and dry cold or not, it’s still cold.

I ordered Veal Parmesan for $18.99, (a lightly breaded veal topped with melted Mozzarella cheese and a light marinara sauce served over linguini). The Boss and my baby daughter (Liz) decided they would share an entrée. They ordered the Tuscany’s Captains Platter for $28.99, which is this month’s cover shot. (Stuffed lobster, scallops, stuffed clams, shrimp, tilapia and spinach and bacon stuffed mushrooms.) Being a true New Englander, Mike, ordered the fresh lobster at market price.

We sat around and waited for about twenty minutes on our order, but man was it worth it. The ladies each enjoyed what they said was a delicious cup of lobster bisque (they didn’t share), while Mike explained that in this part of the country, most restaurants are also pubs. He said that back in colonial times the men of a village would spend some of their free time each day at the neighborhood pub, and that’s how they learned the news of the day,  (by word of mouth news reporting). Both the Boss and I were astounded at the size of the platters and the amount of food they placed before us. I said to myself as I stared at the two plates of food in front of me, (there is NO way I’m going to be able to eat all that). My plate was almost overflowing with tender (no knife required) veal. It was covered with a dark red marinara sauce and cheese. In my opinion this was the real deal Italian food. The linguini noodles were cooked just right, and they too wore the red marinara sauce. I believe that this meal was perfect and I’d recommend it to my best friend.

The Boss and my daughter shared their platter and they ate and ate till they finally just gave up. There was no way they could finish all of that food. Mike said that his lobster was great, and his only complaint was that it didn’t come to him whole, because he wanted to chop it up himself. He showed us Texans how to shell and eat a New England lobster. The food was great, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was nice and cozy.

Till next time eat out often, spending your dining dollars on good food, and demand good food and service from your eating establishments.

The Galloping Foodie

Tuscany’s Steak and Seafood

253 East Street

Plainville, CT 06062

(860) 793-1600


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DRINKING LIFE a book review by Elizabeth Trahan Corey

Posted on October 16, 2012 by in Home & Hearth

Drinking Life

Keeper of the Water Trilogy

Part One

So on a whim, looking for a cheap read, I picked up this first title, Drinking Life. I have never read anything by this author in the past, but the blurb didn’t suck and it was cheap. I did not realize until I began it that it was technically a YA novel, which I do not generally enjoy. The writing style and content in YA’s is generally not to my liking. I stuck with it though, and am immensely pleased that I did. I ended up purchasing and reading the entire trilogy today, one book after the other. Drinking Life

Cons to this series:

There were some minor editing issues. Missing words here and there, incorrect usage of hear/here, their/there, etc. But not so common that it hindered my understanding of the writing, or so nagging as to pull me off the story line.

This guy is NOT a romance author.

If you picked up this book looking for some fantastical love story, this is not it. While the love triangle in the book is impactful, this is not this author’s strong suit.

The one re-occurring complaint that I had about this series was this: You have this strong Amazon character, who epitomizes both inner and outer strength. And you make her a blubbering ninny over this guy who repeatedly denounces her in public, while sweet talking her in private, explained away by inner monologues about how she just knows he is telling the truth when he talks to HER, and she just trusts him. Thankfully, the author did NOT focus heavily on the romance factor as the books moved along.

Pros to this series:

There were no vampires, werewolves or fairies. Thanks for that, I’m a bit burned out!

He did a wonderful job of integrating a wild concept into this book. Some may complain that the first book took too long to identify the Amazonian legends that are the basis of this series. I applaud the author. Had I known that that was what this book was going to be about from the get go, I would not have continued. He sucked me in wondering what the heck was going on, so that by the time he did introduce this far out there concept, it was too late for me and I had to buy the next book.

He never got on a pedestal about anything. He introduced all of these well known, crusading characters, and didn’t take the opportunity to preach on any of their causes. Being an avid reader, I find more and more authors using their novels to preach at me about things they support: being vegan, recycling, world peace….. none of which belongs in any of the genre’s that I read. I’m not after a self-help book, I want to be entertained!

The story line moved quickly. Very few down times, never thought to myself “Self, this book is boring, go do something else“. As I have the attention span of a goldfish, that is saying something.

There was no cookie cutter ending to this story. It was all set for the classic happy ever after (which I LOVE, don’t judge me!), and he ripped it right out of my hands, but in such a way that I didn’t mind so much.

The author built a fast paced, engaging, believable world and characters. The bad guy and motives were believable. The good guys and their motives were believable. AND the good guys were not saints (that happens too often).


Having John have to die, while it seemed almost hastily manufactured, appealed to the vindictive side of me that could never really believe that Zannia bought all of his crap so many times. Zannia had repeatedly had karma bite her in the hind parts throughout this book, so him getting off scot free might have bothered me had that happened. (Kudos to the author for realistically making all of his betrayals still occasionaly get the best of Zannia).

In hindsight, the guillotine might have been a bit much. If I stop and try to think logically about the logistics of it being built and set up and none of the sane, regular humans knowing about it and protesting (what else do you use a guillotine for except slaughtering people?), then it really bothers me that it was set up in an otherwise completely believable world. Buuuuut…… then I recall that I set out to read a fun, fantasy novel. All in all, the author did a fantastic job of that.

Overall, the series is great. Perfect? No. But pretty great. I’m off to check out Kevin George’s other series.

By. Elizabeth Trahan Corey … (Your Connecticut Connection)






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Breakfast Tacos

Posted on July 27, 2012 by in Granny Knows, Home & Hearth

Breakfast Tacos

Nothing in the pantry?

If you’ve got eggs and tortillas, you’ve got a meal. Cook up some kind of meat, scramble the eggs and add cheese. Viola, in minutes you’ve a hot, filling and relatively healthy meal!

You can add salsa, refried beans, onions, peppers, potatoes or anything you have laying around that you’ve ever seen in a burrito. I have even chopped up leftover french fries and used them.

Cook it Up

All men and children love burritos. It is also very easy to add and subtract ingredients based on personal tastes and to adjust how spicy it is.

These were made with a fabulous NEW product we found at Arlans in the refrigerated section. It’s one of our GOOD THINGS this month because it’s affordable, $2.69 a package, they are hot & fresh and they keep for 3 weeks with no preservatives. They are in the egg and dairy section.Fresh Flour Tortillas

They are not the best tortilla you have ever eaten and I can make better, but you can’t beat the convenience and there are no more tortillas molding in your bread box or on the counter!

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