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So I love cook!  OK,  I am in love with cooking.  Since this blog is an extension of me, I thought it would be a fun idea to add a post a week on a recipe of what I got cookin’ over here at Camp Pie Hole – hence the birth of Foodie Fridays. This is also a great venue to dust off the old camera and start embracing a little still life photography that does not cry, run or hide on me.   I hope that it brings you an appetite and a desire to get in the kitchen and reap the rewards of some good eatin’. 

First on the Foodie Friday’s Menu is an oldie but goodie re-created in the Pie Hole kitchen.  This is a recipe that warms the soul and brings back the kid in you and will be something that you can get your kids to eat. 

Pie Hole’s Frito Pie!

First pre-heat over at 375 degrees.

Combine ground meat, canned of drained beans, 1 cup of corn, 1/2 stuck of Velveeta cubed, canned diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup of salsa verde, 1/2 cup of olives sliced, 1 package of taco seasoning in bowl.

Spray casserole dish with cooking spray and spread a layer of Fritos, about half of the bag.

Pour the bowl of combined ingredients over the top of the layer of Fritos and spread out evenly.

Top the combined ingredients with the remaining Fritos.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mexican blend shredded cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes and then remove cover and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is slightly browned and Fritos are nice and crispy. 

Bon Appetite!

Ingredients:

1 bag of Frito Chips

1 lb of browned ground meat.

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 can of black beans

1/2 cup olives sliced

1 cup of frozen corn

1/4 cup of salsa verde

1 package of taco seasoning

1/2 cup of Mexican Shredded Cheese

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Yesterday I found out that the city of San Fransisco passed an ordinance that fast food chains could not include a toy in their kid’s meals if they do not meet certain nutritional requirements.  This was passed by an 8-3 vote and will go into effect in 2011. I truly live in a state that is a few french fries short of a full Happy Meal!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  Former President Ronald Regan. 

Regardless if you like his politics or not, that quote makes  sence.  Why is the government infringing on the rights of a private company in doing business?  Essentially they are taking away the freedom of not only the company to offer goods to the consumer, but the rights away from the citizens of San Fransisco or any American that visits that city.  I like to use Happy Meals as a special treat to PD1 and I have a right to be able to exercise my right as a FREE American to do so. 

Happy Meals are not something that should be demonized as “bad”.  They are not bad, they are fun and exciting for kids and parents.  If we start demonizing the Happy Meal to the problems of childhood obesity, then you are opening a huge can of worms on a lot of products that are out there.  If you think the “food police” that is trying to birth “Food Law” will stop here, you are only kidding yourself.  I like junk food from time to time, I do not want anyone telling me when, how or what I can have.  Some would probably say that is the Libertarian in me, I say it is the American in me coming out.

 It is not the McDonald’s of  America that is making our kids fat.  I feel it is a  cumulation of  five things that are making these kids fat, which all points back to parent/guardian responsibility for their kids.   

1).  Parent’s not taking the nutritional responsibility of their kids.  The fact that San Fransisco feels that they have to pass laws on private companies to keep kids out of obesity trouble is abominable.  I know that there is an argument that areas of more economic challenge tends to breed bad and cheap food choices, but I was one of those kids growing up in poverty and I was not eating McDonald’s or other fast food options.  We ate home cooked meals made by a step- mother that worked three jobs. Sure, it was not organic or top quality, but it was full of a  balanced nutrition and that was before WIC was ever put into place. 

2.)  Kid’s no longer know how to play.  They just know how to play video games and watch TV.  Some of this has to do with fear based ideas that there are predators lurking around every corner.  Most incidents come from inside the family/friend circle.  It is very rare to have an outsider be a predator. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not comfortable to just letting my kids go willy nilly in the neighborhood, but if more families would let their kids out to play there is safety in numbers.  As a kid, I traveled in a pack, outside of the few kid related dramas of bones, scrapped knees and disagreements all was harmonious and fun.   I guarantee that I burned hundreds of calories riding my bike  and running around with my buddies.

3.)  Snacks need to be more realistic in size and in food options.  We were a poor family, but eating just an apple was a filing snack.   A couple of crackers with peanut butter was a snack, and an orange was a snack. These snack options would tied me over to the next meal just fine.  It is amazing what a “snack” constitutes these days.  It is equivalent to a meal calorie wise.  I take my PD1 to a mommy and me class setting and we have “snack time”.  I see these other two-year olds eating so much for a snack and then loaded up with fruit juice.  If one feeds their kids a snack that are high in content and calories a couple of times a day, in addition to three meals they are going to set their kids up to being fat.

4.) It is not an option for Physical Education to be the first to be cut when budgets gets weakParent’s should be holding the school board accountable of keeping a balance of education.  This meaning keeping art, music, and physical education that is the glue that binds the core subjects together.  Hey, their taxes are paying for it.  

In my observation it appears more class room behavioral problems surface when those three subjects are booted out.  It also un-nerves me to see the school administration say that they are doing all they can in their power to better the education of the kids even with all of these hard economic times. Really?   School is about the kids, right?   Then cut the administration salaries and give it back to the school so these programs stay alive.  If you ever been to Los Angeles Unified School District Administration building in downtown, you understand that LAUSD is very top-heavy and could use some serious re-structuring and salary readjustments.

5.) Parent’s going back to the grass-roots of fast food being a treat.  Fast food should never be  a quick and easy fix to feeding your kid for the day.   Parent’s need to take control of the situation.  So what if your kid wants fast food every night, it does not mean that you comply.  You can feed your kids quick and inexpensive meals at home. 

A whole wheat tortilla, cheese, tomatoes, refried black beans, brown rice burritos takes about the same time to make as sitting in the drive thru. You can even can make extras and freeze them for a “quick pop in the microwave need”.  I did a quick break down of this choice that many kids get at Taco Bell and it literally costs a total of $15.oo for all the  ingredients that would make about 12 burritos. That comes to about $1.25 per burritos.  I included instant brown rice which cooks up in the microwave in 90 seconds, the beans heat up in the microwave in about 2 minutes and assembling the burritos (all twelve of them) would take about ten minutes.  That comes to about 15 minutes to have an immediate meal and 11 more for the future. 

Yesterday, I  also did a test  going through the McDonald’s drive -thru during an “off-peak” time and it was seven minutes (during peak times one should add about 3-5 minutes to that).  The time between the two are just a few minutes. Therefore, the rationalization that I have heard from parents that it is cheaper and faster to resort to fast food is an excuse and a lazy one at that.  The bottom line is there are many more meals that can be made at home that are cheap, quick and has a good nutritional value.  There are no excuses!

It is the parent’s that are responsible for this problem,  not the fast food industry.  Just taking out a toy from a Happy Meal is not going to keep the kids from eating Happy Meals, eating ice cream from Dairy Queen, or having frozen milk shakes and burgers from Sonic.  It is time to teach our kids self-control, making good choices, and being accountable. 

Teaching our kids that it is OK for government establishments to put unreasonable and non-successful “smack down ordinance laws”  is only teaching them that freedom has its limitations when someone views it as” not good for you”.   Fast food is not bad for you if you do it in moderation, it is bad for you if you do it all the time.  To much of anything is not good for anyone.  To much TV is bad, too much studying is bad, even too much water can be bad. 

We are wired to have self-control and responsiblity be our guide.  We are smart and intelligent beings, we are  people who should understand natural logical consequences and face those  consequences if you make bad choices.   What is next, they take all  cookies, chips, crackers, soft drinks, ice cream and candy out of the grocery stores if it does not meet nutritional guidelines!

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Day Two of Four Days of Outdoor Fodder Continued . . .

 

A few summers ago, my hub’s brother and wife invited us on a 57-mile backpacking trip in King’s Canyon, California.  We were going to do the Ray Lakes Loop which consisted of nearly seven days of . . . hell.  I decided that is how they tried to initiate me into the family.  They wanted to see if I had what it takes to make it in this family by taking me out into the wilderness and exposing every nerve and emotion I may have and if I was truly the girl scout and outdoor girl I claimed to be.  Most of the time I rose to occasion and even surprised myself.  Yes, there were some not so shining moments, but seriously, digging a hole for your poo, is never a shining moment and I coined that whole business, “the archaeological dig”.   There was another not so fortunate situation for me that is still discussed today by all that were present, mostly the hubs.

In preparation of this trip my sister-in-law and I worked on the menu of meals. I was responsible for two dinners and she was responsible for three, we were on our own for breakfast and lunch.   They were in their second or third year  of backpacking and I had been backpacking most of my teen and adult life.  I remember thinking after the fourth phone call on just the subject of  meals during backpacking, “this is not my first rodeo, so I got this in the bag.” 

Me, being a minimalist by the influence of a father that taught survival training to USAF Academy Cadets, I thought my extra effort of tossing a small bottles of wine, champagne, gourmet cheese, salami and some social crackers I found at World Market Cost Plus would just blow them away.   I even found some pre-made polenta and chipped beef that you could throw into a skillet on the camp stove add a little parmesan and wallah, a bit of the mediterranean at 10,000 feet!  I was cocky as a peacock as I was cramming all these different ingredients I found at Trader Joe’s and World Market Cost Plus into my bear box. 

The first night was their turn for dinner.  We got a mid-afternoon start so I had no idea how they rolled in the food department, since we never stopped for lunch.  After setting up camp I went to help prepare dinner.  It was like she was Mary Friggin’ Poppins when she pulled out her bear box.  All these ingredients came out of no where and all I could hear was Alton Brown, from Iron Chef America, narrating what I was seeing happening before my eyes.  She was making chicken curry over rice and not from one of the dreadful freeze-dried packages of Mountain House that backpacker’s use!   She is going to spank me in the meal department – I am very competitive by nature, so my head was spinning.  I calmed down a bit with the thought I am not a big fan of curry nor is the hubs, so she may not have this in the bag. 

Oh no! It was unbelievably good! The best curry I ever had to this day and then she followed it up with an instant pudding dessert that was delectable and a perfect finish to a great meal!   That night while trying to get to sleep, I shared with the hubs my concern that I have just been schooled in the Iron Chef Outdoors aspect of this trip and  hope my polenta dish will save face.  My hubs knowing his brother, clued me in that his brother researches things for months, tests them out and does everything with amazing perfection.  He does not know the word failure and his wife normally follows suite.  

I could not sleep that night, I was dreading my meal.  I did not research a thing, I made up my whole menu in the dry good aisle of Trader Joe’s.  I finally had a plan!  I will open a bottle of wine and serve that first, alcohol mixed with altitude will be my edge!  A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.  It was not like I could run down to the next tree bend and find a market, I was committed. 

The next day I was energized by my plan and by lunch I was back to the role of cocky again until . . . we stopped for lunch.  They pull out their bear box and again it was like Mary Friggin’ Poppins.  There was bagels, peanut butter, packages of tuna with mayo and relish,  good salami and provolone cheese (she vacuumed sealed herself) , this amazing trail mix it when on and on.  I open my bear box and it was now smushed warm Laughing Cow cheese, broken crackers and a pouch of tuna with bread that was so dense and hard it was like eating a brick of cardboard.  I could see my hubs looking at the lunch he was eating and then at their spread of envy.  I think I saw a tear running down his face.  I was beside myself, I was getting skunked in the foodie department in a bad way. 

That night my chipped beef over polenta was terrible! Can I say, “Got too much salt?”  I think everyone swelled up like the Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.  The only things that helped each person get that meal down was the vino and the fact we were starving.  As we were going to bed, my hubs said, “Oh, thank God it is their turn for dinner tomorrow!”  I rolled over and fell asleep swollen and defeated.  

The next morning I swallowed my pride and looked forward to their meals.  Oh were they good! They were the only good things we got to eat.  On the car ride home from the trip, my hubs told me that next time we do this with them, I need to take what I learned from my defeat and beat the pants off of them.  Trust me, the rematch of Iron Chef Outdoors will have a much better outcome!  I will reign!

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