Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Friday Friend Recipe #144 -- Hominy Fry Delight

Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.

What is the Friday Friend cookbook: I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county). At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 18 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said,  "you'll never, EVER do that."

WELL---maybe I'll show him!  Maybe I will.

Which brings me to this... recipe #144

Hominy Fry Delight

This is surprisingly, really, really good.  Full of crisp, tender veggies and hominy. 
Okay, yes, I did start my paragraph with 'surprisingly', but really?  Do people even eat hominy anymore?   I think if I took a survey on who eats hominy anymore, I would get a low response in favor.
   I don't think my grown kids even remember what it is, as I didn't fix hominy often for them...but when I was a kid, it was a staple on the table.  Or a semi-staple. 
That we had every so often. 
(hominy just isn't a staple in the West)

I am meandering, but,
The fact of the matter is, that hominy deserves a comeback! You should definitely try this dish. It's really good.
Just try it---you might discover that hominy is great.
I loved this dish.

Hominy Fry Delight
Barbara Brown
Buckeye, AZ

2 T. oil
1 medium sized carrot, thinly sliced
1 medium size red or green pepper cut into thin short strips
1 medium sized zucchini, thinly sliced
1 can (1lb) white or yellow hominy, drained
1/2 tsp lemon paper
3 sliced green onions
1 T. Worcestershire sauce

Stir in hot oil until crisp tender.  Add onion and Worcestershire.

And now my dear friend and cohort in the original making of the Friday Friend Cookbook, Barbara Brown.
This is her 33rd appearance in the cookbook.
(she and my mom run a close race, but as she has always said, to the typer go the spoils.  Well she didn't actually say that, but since she typed the cookbook, she got to add whatever she wanted.  I'm just glad she typed it in the first place!)

Now for a story---and this gets harder and harder and harder, as I've told almost everything I know about Barb.
Except maybe this....
Years ago, when she and her husband Doug, and the Handyman all worked for the JCPenney Co. and they all had stores in California, where they sold Levi Docker pants---Levi/Docker gave them complementary tickets to the Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, where Levi/Docker sponsored a 'tent'.
(Tents were private affairs with tables, beverages--both alcoholic and non, and appetizers.  Great, fancy appetizers)

The view....

 The clubhouse

So, this is how my story goes.....

1st year.
Pro - Am means they have some professional golfers and some armature golfers (including Glen Campbell, Clint Eastwood, Don Johnson,  Bryant Gumble, and many more)

I've never considered myself a celebrity chaser-- I have never asked for an autograph--but I have to admit it was fun to watch the celebrities on the golf course, up close.  Glen Campbell was in good health, Don Johnson just looked good, it was funny/interesting to see Clint Eastwood finish a hot dog and wander off down the beach to his home (he was mayor of  Carmel at the time), and Bryant Gumbal? Well made the fashion mistake of wearing a yellow and black striped shirt that day--so Barb and I called him Gumblebee all day.

But the funniest celebrity was Bill Murray.  
While standing behind the ropes on the 9th hole, a woman who had baked some homemade cookies, would call out to the celebrities to get them to come over to her "Cookie?  Want a homemade cookie?" and of course most of them would run over and take a cookie.  Barb and I shook our heads and said, we wouldn't just take a cookie from a STRANGER!   But then we wondered if we should shout out "got milk?" (remember the old commercials?) and lift our shirts.  We thought better of it. (whew!!  As you wouldn't want a photo of that)
When Bill Murray approached the 9th hole, the woman called out "cookie? Want a  homemade cookie?"  and Bill ran over, grabbed her big Tupperware container and ran down the line handing out cookies to everybody.  Of course Barb and I grabbed one from him...HE was not a stranger, he was Bill Murray.
It was funny but I did feel a bit bad for the cookie lady, cuz she would get no more celebrities that day.

2nd year
The Handyman slipped and fell into a little ditch, tumbled, rolled and hopped back up without missing a beat.  Except Barb and I couldn't stop laughing. 

3rd year
It got rained out.  The golfing part anyway.
While walking Barb slipped and fell down a small ravine and got her shoulder all muddy.  
I tried not to laugh. Laughing at the Handyman is one thing, but girlfriends?
She took over the men's bathroom to both "go and to wash her jacket off".
Men always have such a funny look on their faces when a woman comes out of their bathroom.

The year it was rained out, we had nothing to do but drink in the Levi/Dockers Tent obviously.  The Handyman got to feeling 'very good', so when we walked out of the tent and he saw Tommy Smothers going into another sponsored tent--he followed him.  And sat with him at the bar, while the rest of us waited for him to get kicked out of this tent (he didn't have the right tent badge)  Finally Tommy Smothers nods his head at the Handyman and says hi. Handyman says hi back.
Those are my 2 celebrity stories.
I still don't have an autograph ---and that's okay because I had a cookie given to me from Bill Murray!

This was back before we had cell phones, so the photos are few and far between.. but here are a couple more.

The Handyman looks like he is holding me back??
Well, he and Barb are partners  (card games, board games, etc)  I'm just kinda getting in the way there.

And Bloody Marys all around, I think!

So, that's my story!
Recipe #144
Only 150 to go!


bermudaonion said...

I loved hominy as a kid but don't know if I've ever fixed it. That looks soooo good.

Stefanie Ng said...

What a fun story! I've never tried hominy. It looks interesting.

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