Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering September 11, 2001

Seventeen years ago today and the memory of that day is still etched in my mind. It has almost become a cliche to say that it has changed America.

America has changed, some of it good, some not so good. We are still struggling, some of it consciously, some deeply unconscious, with the events of that day. Still, I love my country and I am proud to be an American.

We can not and must not ever forget that day, when almost 3,000 people were murdered in an early morning cowardly attack.

On one hand we must remain forever vigilant, on the other hand we cannot let fear and hate consume us.

God Bless you, God Bless the memory of all the victims and may God Bless America.


Monday, April 09, 2018

A Refreshing Greek Salad for Dinner Tonight

Greek Salad

My dinner earlier tonight: My daughter Savannah Guerrero and I put this Greek Salad together (My Favorite Salad)   Healthy, delicious and refreshing!

Romaine Lettuce, (Shredded into large pieces

Tomatoes, Quartered,

 Red Onion, Medium sized, sliced thin,

 Cucumber, slice about 1/4 in.

Good Greek Kalamata olives,

Greek Pepperoncini

The best Feta Cheese you can find.

I used a commercial grade Greek Dressing. Ken's Steakhouse Salad Dressing would be an excellent choice or you can make your own.

This is an informal salad so use your own judgement on the amount  or portions. There is no right or wrong. Just do not forget the Feta Cheese! Don't soak the salad with the dressing. Just make sure everything is lightly coated.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Cowboy Rides Away by George Strait

I'm not so sure anyone can fill Merle Haggard's shoes, or if anyone wants that job. Still life goes on and so does the music. George Strait still has that old school country sound that I like. Speaks to a man's life.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Merle Haggard: When Times Were Good (Live)

When Times Were Good by Merle Haggard. This man wrote and sang about the life that you and I live. There is still a void in country music that has yet to be filled. Rest in peace Merle!

La Comal (the Griddle)

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I scored this comal (griddle) today at King Richard's Antique Mall here in Whittier. I have been searching for one like this for years. This is the closest I have come to finding a comal like my mother's. Seeing it stirred my memory.

I have asked her several times throughout the years about it but she cannot recall whatever became of it. It was just another casualty of the passing years.

After my father passed in 1981 she stopped cooking Mexican food and, in particularly, New Mexican food. The food she made was made with love for my father. Not that she did not love us but that part of her life was gone from her. She changed her entire way of cooking. The one exception was Chile Verde. She knew how much I loved this dish and she always made it with me in mind.. The last time she made Chile Verde was late 2013 or early 2014. She wanted to surprise me, instead, she was struggling and called to ask me to finish cooking for her. That was her last attempt at cooking anything. I miss her cooking.

When I was growing up she made the best flour tortillas in her comal, soft and pillowy. I ate them as she made them, slathered in butter. One of my favorite memories.

I have her recipe in my head but when I see her this weekend I am going to ask her one more time. This time with a note pad in hand. I have never made flour tortillas before but there is a first time for everything.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Frijoles & Costillas con Arroz Blanco

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This evenings early dinner: My version of pork & beans. Pinto beans and meaty ribs cooked long and slow on the stove top with green chile and other vegetables and served over white rice. Very low salt content and minimal fat.I'm learning to cook with little or no salt.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Breakfast at Mimo's in Uptown Whittier

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Mimo's Cafe in Uptown Whittier

By Randy De La O

I had a hankering for a real breakfast this morning. We were headed to Jack's on Whittier Blvd but when we passed Mimo's on Greeleaf we decided to stop here for breakfast.

I looked over the specials and decided on the Santa Fe Skillet. Jeri ordered the ham and eggs.

I asked the cashier/waitress what was in the Santa Fe Skillet and she gave me a list of ingredients. "Does it have green chile?" If you have roots in New Mexico or the Southwest you'll understand the significance of that question. "It has what I just told you!" she answered. Hmmm, no green chile? I thought to myself.

I had visions of being transported to the "Land of Enchantment!" Well, that did not happen but it was still a good breakfast. Jeri enjoyed her breakfast as well. The food at Mimo's is always good. It's casual and friendly. I have never had a bad meal there.

Here is my one gripe (You know it was coming). This is not with Mimo's personally but with restaurants in general.

You cannot slap together onions, bell peppers and tomatoes and give a name like the Santa Fe Skillet (however good it is). If it doesn't have red or green New Mexico chile (preferably from Hatch) it ain't from Santa Fe or anywhere else in New Mexico. Neither can you open up a can of Ortega's Green Chile and stick it on a cheeseburger and call it a Tex-Mex burger. It just doesn't set right with me. I am a stickler for authenticity.

While I'm at it let me get this in real quick. You cannot put together a meal - hot or cold - inside a large tortilla and call it a wrap as if it's some new invention! It's a freaking burrito!

With all that going through my head this morning Jeri and I still had a nice breakfast!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Changing Face of Uptown Whittier

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The top photo - and I'm only guessing - appears to have been photographed in the mid to late 60's, possible as late as 1970. The bottom photograph was taken by me this past Friday (3/23/2018) while on a walk through Uptown Whittier. The view - in both photographs - is from Greenleaf Avenue at Penn Street looking south. The photos are roughly 50 years apart.

Some things have remained the same while other things have changed. The Double Tree Hotel by Hilton now occupies the southeast corner of Whittier Blvd & Penn St., while the Uptown Liquor Store is still going strong and the original sign is still standing (they got their money's worth).

The changes in Uptown and in Whittier as a whole have been both subtle and drastic. Whittier,  while still hanging on to it's small town feel and history, is also a trendy and hip village replete with a strong restaurant scene and various shops. It has been a good place to live and raise a family.