~Doin’ Some Cookin’~


The plan, for this week, was to return to the lake and complete work on the master bedroom.

However, plans changed when we got the results of J’s Protime test, Monday evening.  He was told to stop Coumadin (blood thinner), for two days and have another test Wednesday.  We knew as soon as that blood draw was made, his blood was still very thin.  A call came from his Cardiologist’s assistant, yesterday evening, to stop Coumadin until he heard from the doctor.  Another call came today, telling him to decrease the Coumadin dosage and have another Protime, at the time of our check ups, in two weeks

Over the past couple of decades, J has had numerous surgeries; no problem with Coumadin.  We are puzzled as to why he is having trouble with it, at this time.

Since we are staying close to home, this week, I’ve taken the opportunity to do a little cookin’, The Tamales took no effort at all.

I am adding a link to Michael’s Foodie Friday, this week. 

It’s been quite awhile since I participated.


I bought 6 of these snack sets, from a neighbor, during our neighborhood garage sale, in June.  They were a gift from friends, returning from a vacation in Mexico.


Every so often, I crave Tamales.

J doesn’t care for Tamales, unless they are homemade by our son in law’s mother. Those are the best Tamales we have ever tasted.

J will not eat Salsa with any sort of “whang”, as he calls it.  I love Tamales and don’t mind a little spice to Salsa.  I purchase Tamales from the Schwann’s truck.  They are excellent.  I keep them in the freezer and heat one in the microwave, for lunch, once in awhile. 

I used the drink cup of the snack set to serve the fresh Salsa, I purchased Wednesday.  To my taste, it has just the right amount of “whang”.


The Salsa complements the colorful plate and cup.


Fruit cup of Mango Nectarine, White Peach, Blueberries, Strawberries and whipped topping.

I found Mango Nectarines, at Dierberg’s (local family owned grocery). Have you tasted Mango Nectarines?  They are wonderful.  I believe they would make a tasty salsa, for salmon or other grilled seafood.


Not My Granny’s Chicken & Dumplings, but pretty good anyway.


Comfort food for J. 

I had a tiny taste too.

Chicken and Dumplin’s

One package freezer Dumplings or homemade.

2 or 3 Chicken Breasts on bone

5 or 6 Chicken Wings

1 bay leaf

Ground Savory

Saute in 1 tablespoon Butter

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

2 cloves crushed garlic

or Garlic Powder can be substituted

Sea Salt

Coarse Pepper

Or use your spice and herb combination for chicken. 

Simmer chicken in about 5 quarts water, until done.  Remove chicken to cool, cut from bone and chop.  Return broth to rolling boil, drop in dumplings, stirring often to prevent sticking.  Reduce to simmer, cover and cook about 35 to 40 minutes. 

I used a little corn starch mixed in water, to thicken the broth at the end of cooking.

While I was cooking the chicken for the dumplings, I cooked extra for salad.  I chopped and mixed it with grapes, walnuts, celery and Miracle Whip.


Giada’s Poached Pears


Recipe from Food Network



  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Moscato wine or other sweet dessert wine
  • 2 cups simple syrup recipe follows
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in 1/2
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 (3/4-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled, and finely chopped
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 small, firm, ripe Anjou pears, peeled
  • Serving suggestion: vanilla ice cream or gelato



In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine the wine, simple syrup,

cinnamon stick halves, honey, and ginger. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the bean and seeds to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has melted. Add the pears and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pears are tender. Remove the pears from the liquid and allow to cool.

Continue to simmer the liquid until it thickens and is reduced by half, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick halves and the vanilla bean and discard.

Place each pear on a small serving plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with the honey, ginger and cinnamon syrup. Serve immediately.

  • Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.

Yield: 2 3/4 cups

I couldn’t find Vanilla Bean, so substituted Vanilla Extract.  Bartlett Pears were also substituted. 


Delicious and the house smells wonderful!

I used Saint James Velvet White Wine.  Saint James is a Missouri Winery.


Sprite Melon Information

sprite melon

I found some information about the Sprite Melon, seen in the previous post. It is grown in North Carolina. 

Click above photo for the website.

We are meeting special folks, tomorrow evening (Friday), for supper. I hope to get a couple of photos.

Happy Weekend!


Stephanie said...

Wow were you cooking! You've made me hungry! I hope J's meds are soon worked out and all ends well. Best to stay on top of it and check everything out thoroughly. We'll keep our fingers crossed and say a prayer!

Traci said...

Mary B's makes some great frozen biscuits too. They taste pretty close to homemade!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I did not grow up with chicken and dumplings, but I've been craving them! I just have to try to make some soon!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, it all looks delicious and I hope J's blood gets better. My step mother is on that, too. Thanks for the sprite melon info.

thestonerabbit said...

Hi Pat!! Wishing J well with the Coumadin issue. I also live with a fellow who has to do a medication balancing act at times! :) Thank goodness we have great docs to keep them in good shape! :) are dangerous when you have some extra time on your hands..those food creations are SO yummy looking!! I like Tamlaes, too, but (not don't get grossed out) the only time I've ever had one is (gulp) out of a CAN! I think it's time I order one when we next visit a Mexican restaurant---but I have to go light on the "whang" , too, cuz the "whang" doesn't always agree with me!:)
The chicken and dumplings look WONDERFUL, and you are correct, so comforting, too!! OMG..the poached words for how enticing that looks and sounds!

I now have to go flip the turkey burgers I have cooking....aren't you glad you're not having supper at my house tonight? ;)

Have a great evening! L, Dana

W.C.Camp said...

Beautiful presentation as usual. The pears look straight out of Sunset magazine (when it was around). I love salsa with WHANG and the kid will eat Tamales anytime anywhere! Hope big J is feeling ok with his meds. W.C.C.

Mimi said...

You have been busy in the kitchen, Pat...tamales are one of my husband's favorite Mexican food. They are fun to make once in awhile, but so much work. Cute snack trays.
Hope that J gets his meds so they are doing what they are supposed to for him.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

My goodness, you have been busy cooking. I love all of it and sure wish I had some of everything right now. Great recipes. I havn't made chicken and dumplings in a long time. Think I will have to give it a go. Sounds so good. Hugs, Marty

Nancy said...

OH my...this all looks so delish! Thank YOU for putting me in the mood to cook! Nancy

Nancy said...

One more thing, Pat, I hope J gets to feeling better soon! Nancy

Sheree said...

So Pat, we get more recipe's and foodie pictures if you stay home more? Hmm...sounds like a good deal for us! The meals look delicious!

All joking aside, I hope everything works out just fine and they get J's meds straight for him.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I really hope that J is better soon. You are a mighty good nurse. That food looks delicious as well as pretty. Thinking of you...



Cindy Rand said...

Wow did you cook up a storm! Yum. I am going to re-read this post as soon as I am over the flu bug! Ugh! I know I will enjoy your photo's even more the second time around. Prayers for J!
Hugs, Cindy

salmagundi said...

Loved your lunch - we occasionally don't have the same lunch either, as I get hungry for things that Bob doesn't care for. Have a great weekend. Sally

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am not a tamale person, but your presentation looks goods. Can handle them once in a while - I think it is the texture thing.
Sure hope J can get his meds regulated.
Have a great weekend.

Kate said...

That is a whole lot of cookin'! Hope all works out for J. I am certain that cooking his favorites helped the week.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Pat, I love chicken and dumplings but had no idea you could buy dumplings already made! I hope J finds the right med balance. Linda

Southern Lady said...

Pat, I was sorry to hear about J's test results and hope he will feel better soon. I'm sure all that "comfort food" will help, especially the chicken and dumplings. I will be thinking of both of you. ~~ Janie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Those beautiful photos of your delicious recipes should be just the trick to making your hubby feel better!~Hugs, Patti

Kris said...

Hello Pat - I loved sitting on my side of the counter on barstool and seeing the great dishes you prepared! Don't you love fod network?! A fellow co-worker took his wife to Barnes & Noble to see Giada Delorentis and have book signed. He said she was most beautiful in person! I love the lite lemony foods she prepares in her beautiful beach home.
Hoping your husband, J's, meds are in corrective measure and all will be well again.
Thank you for your kind comments and sprite melon information. Thank you for lovely posts. Kris

bj said...

First off..I,too, am on Coumadin and have to be checked every week to a month. I am lucky that I live very close to the heart hospital where I have my blood checks.
I am hoping J's blood is ok when checked again. I can tell when mine is too thin...everything makes me bleed.

All your cooking looks wonderful.
Chicken and Dumplins have always been my No. 1 comfort food.:)

Sharon said...

Prayers for J.
I hope that all will work out for him.
Your recipes sound so yummy.
Have a great weekend.

Southerncook said...

Wellllll, you have been in a cooking mood. Loved your post but sorry to read that J is having trouble with his meds. Just so you know, I had been on a blood pressure med for ten years and suddenly had a reaction to it. I thought it so odd but I do know that that can happen. Prayers that the Dr. will get it worked out soon. As always your photos are gorgeous.

Carolyn/ A Southerners Notebook

Vanessa said...

Oh! I love poached pears but have never had the courage to try them myself. I think I just might have to now! And the dumplings look perfect and makes me start to dream of fall!
Vanessa said...

Hi Pat!

Your images are stunning! Love the recipes too!

Have a beautiful weekend!


Sherry said...

Oh my gosh Pat! You have been cooking. What delicious food. I have been wanting to make pears like that. This all looks fabulous!
Thanks for stopping by.

Karen said...

I enjoy visiting with you. I love looking at your photography. The food looks delicious. I wanted to share that my father-in-law has had several problems with regulating his blood. His doctor finally wrote orders for Home Health to come out and check it. This has saved numerous trips back and forth. But, you might miss out on a road trip!

Kat said...

What a find...those snack plates are gorgeous!

You've got me hungry Pat.

Happy weekend!


Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Love the plates! You have been cooking. I'm sitting here with no dinner planned and this post made me so hungry. I've always wanted to try poaching pears...I really should do that soon. Everything looks delicious. I hope the medical stuff gets straightened out soon.

Kathleen said...

I am with J, Pat. This Irish gal's stomach does not like "whang", LOL, but that chicken looks great, and the fruit too.
Cute snack set!
I hope J's meds get straightened out. Try not to worry! Cook!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

You always amaze me with your cooking and how wonderfully you present it.. I love coming here to see what you've posted...