I’m Eating Shit on a Shingle and I Like It

As a kid I was raised in a family of 6. I lived in a 1/2 a house (or duplex if you will) in an old mining town. My parents were not rich. My dad had worked for a company called NAVco but kept getting periodically laid off. My mom would occasionally work a minimum wage part-time job here and there. One was at Hills department store. Eventually my dad got a job with the Post Office and things got a little better. I have to say that we always had enough. I never remember being hungry.

Very rarely if at all did we have things like packaged snack cakes, name brand chips, steaks, or roasts or the gimmick treats like dunkaroos or gushers. I remember homemade pizzas, baked mac n’ cheese, honey bread, peanut butter and jelly roll ups, and shit on a shingle. Well we actually didn’t call it that back then. My mom simply called it cream of mushroom soup over toast. My mom didn’t swear much and she didn’t want us to call it that. This was the poor man’s version of shit on a shingle (S.O.S.) . You can find recipes online that actually call for chipped beef and a bunch of ingredients. From my understanding that is the true shit on a shingle but this is the version I grew up with.

I disliked cream of mushroom soup, I preferred cream of chicken soup over toast. BUT, my mom and dad like cream of mushroom soup so that’s what it usually was. I just scraped the mushrooms off and ate it anyway.

I heard it started as a food many service people ate during the war. My grandfather talked about how it was a meal in the mines.

Today I have my own family of 6 but we’re better off than my parents were. I still introduced my kids to S.O.S. and they like it too. It’s not something we have all the time. It’s just one of those things I like when the mood hits.

Have you ever ate S.O.S.?


Lycoming County Penn State Extention Offering Mediterranean Cooking Classes

With so many diets and ways to eat out there with so much information it can be hard to tell what’s best for you and even what the diet is really all about. Keto, Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, I mean I can honestly say I don’t know much about the Mediterranean diet. Cooking classes from experts can be a great way to not only learn some new dishes but to get education on the ways of eating that interest you.

The Mediterranean way of eating is considered one of the healthiest diets worldwide and focuses on plant-rich cuisine, with less focus on meats and sweets. Lycoming county Penn State Extention in Montoursville, PA is offering Mediterranean cooking classes.

“Let’s Cook Mediterranean” will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on August 5 at Penn State Extension Lycoming County Office, 542 County Farm Rd., Suite 206. In this hands-on cooking class, participants will create an authentic Mediterranean meal that’s healthy and delicious. To register, visit extension.psu.edu/lets-cook-mediterranean or call 877-345-0691.

The “Let’s Cook with Penn State Extension” classes address nutrition, healthy shopping, time saving tips and more, so cooks of all skill levels can navigate around the kitchen with confidence. I’m sorry, did they say time saving tips? This keeps sounding better and better.

If the Mediterranean cooking class doesn’t interest you, there are more to choose from. There are multiple “Let’s Cook” classes, focusing on a range of subjects, including special diets, weight management, and cooking for one or two, to name a few. All have been developed using science-based best practices. To see all the cooking classes currently offered, visit extension.psu.edu/lets-cook.


I Accidentally Made Keto Vietnamese Egg Coffee and I Don’t Hate It

As a coffee love I’m almost always up for trying new coffee in new ways. Admittedly, I sometimes just want my regular coffee just to get me going in the morning. But, I saw this video on facebook and it made my mouth water

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The one that really stood out to me was the Vietnamese egg coffee. Given the wonders of the internet I knew there had to be some recipes out there. I found one. The recipe is pretty simple and straight forward.

I would have swore I had sweetened condensed milk in my house. I searched and searched. All I found was 4 cans of evaporated milk. I had already cracked the egg and separated the yolk so I decided I was going to make this coffee one way or another. (Just not leaving my house, I was still in my pajamas and let’s face it, I need my coffee to leave my house) So I decided to mix the egg yolk with heavy whipping cream and liquid stevia. The result is my new favorite hot coffee treat.

Keto Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Keto Vietnamese Egg Coffee Recipe

4 oz brewed espresso

1 egg yolk

4 Tblsp heavy whipping cream

10 drop liquid stevia

Beat egg yolk with heavy whipping cream. Slowly add in drop of liquid stevia while beating mixture. Pour whipped mixture into coffee cup and add hot brewed espresso. Enjoy!

**note** I would wait to brew the espresso until your egg yolk mixture is just about done. I brewed my espresso first not realizing how long it would take to get the mixture to a good consistency and it was a little too cold for me by the time I was ready for the espresso.

This recipe has an indulgent creamy flavor that tastes like it came right from a coffee shop. I will definitely be making this again!

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It’s National Chip Day! Craving Some Chips? Here’s Some Quick and Easy Recipes

Ah Chips! The staple snack food at parties and get togethers. A savory snack when you want something salty. If you try to Google “origin of chips” I found that there are a lot of stories: they were invented by accident, they were invented in a restaurant in New York, and so on. I might not be a chip expert but I’ve tried a few chips in my day.

There are chips of all flavors: ranch, salt and vinegar (one of my personal favorites), jalapeno, BBQ, even dill pickle (another fave of mine) Even if the typical potato chip is off the menu for you there are plenty of “chip” alternatives. Veggie chips, avocado chips, even “cheese” chips. However you think of chips, they’re delicious.

Quick Cheese Chips

What you need:String cheese

  • String cheese
  • parchment paper
  • microwaveable plate

I discovered this little tip while trying to follow a keto diet. Regular potato chips were off the menu but plenty of dips had the green light. This may sound weird but if you can’t eat the typical potato chips these are yummy and so easy.

Take a stick of string cheese and cut it into coin-like slices. Place a piece of parchment paper on a microwaveable plate. Then place the cheese coins on top of the parchment paper spaced apart. Microwave on high for about 30 seconds (depending on your microwave) If not quite melted you can add 10 seconds at a time. Let cook then enjoy. Not super crispy but you get the textured saltiness of a potato chip.

Avocado Chips

What you need:

  • 1 whole avocado
  • slice of lemon
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt of your choice (I used sea salt)
  • 2 Tbsp flour of choice (can use regular flour but I normally use brown rice flour or almond flour)
  • parchment paper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the avocado in half and scoop the out the fruit into a bowl. Add the parmesan cheese, flour, and seasoning. Squeeze the juice of the lemon slice into bowl. Mix thoroughly (hand mixer works best).

Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Using a teaspoon, scoop the avocado mixture onto the parchment paper. Flatten it with the back of the spoon and spread it a little so it’s only about 1/4 inch thick. Bake in the oven for 15 min. Flip over and bake another 10 min. Chips should be slightly browned on both sides and not mushy.

Microwave Potato Chips

I had bought a microwave chip maker a few years ago from one of those home parties a friend was having. But there are plenty of microwave chip makers available and they’re really affordable.

I don’t use it often but when I’m craving potato chips and don’t have any or when I need to figure out something to do with potatoes before they go bad I like to use this option. Simply slice the potatoes thin, a mandolin slicer works nice. Put the sliced potatoes on the microwave chip maker and microwave. They come with recipes and cooking times so it’s super easy.

I find it usually takes a little longer in my microwave than what the time suggests.