All posts by Pat Green

My name is Pat Green. I am a mother and grandmother. I love to cook and teach others, as well. I've had many jobs and several were related to food. I was a Tupperware lady and sales manager. I've sold Reliv products and continue to use them. Saladmaster is an excellent cookware line, which I demonstrated and sold for many years. My mission is to help people feel comfortable and empowered with their food. Eating is something we do, daily. We all need to be comfortable, shopping for and preparing our meals.

2016 Presidential Election put me in a tailspin!

How could this happen? We had a well-qualified candidate and we had a wealthy man who stirred people with fear, racism, sexism, lies, offensive comments and actions. What affects me deeply are Christians, who support hate. None of us are perfect, but I hope we are working on being better. We are supposed to be our brother’s keeper. How can we say no to everyone having healthcare. How can we not have empathy for those less fortunate. The president of the United States of America is supposed to lead our country, not react to what others say about him on Twitter. He was chosen by the Electoral College and not by popular vote. That’s another thing, it discounts the vote of most voters. How do we reconcile that and the current events? Change is what we need.
Prayer is the answer.

Days after the election, I was still reeling. For the first time ever, I was afraid in my own country. Not just for me, but for our country. Never before did I have this feeling of fear and dread. My candidates have won and lost and I’ve always been okay with it. It’s how the process works, but this time, something is so different.

Finally I am coming back to the Pat I know. GOD is still in control! Once I realized that I couldn’t change anything, I decided to pray for our president and all our leaders. I will be mindful of all they do. I will be the good citizen, better that before. I am watching and taking notes. I know that I have a voice and people are listening. I’m reading the constitution and checking facts on what is published. I am still amazed, that in a country full of immigrants, this could happen. Let me say that as a Christian, my goal is to follow the 10 commandments. I also know that I am not to judge others. Difficult as that may be, I have opinions on what others do, but I am not to judge. GOD gave us free will and we get to choose what we do. On judgement day, we each are responsible for our choices. Remember, there is separation of church and state in our country.

A few weeks after the election, our pastor Graeme Sellers gave a message “Be swift to choose peace”. It was one of his best messages. We are to be peacemakers and he asked GOD how we can do this. The message GOD gave him was to
“open your heart and shut your mouth”. Not easy to do, I’m working on me! I’ve always said there are 3 sides to a story; yours, mine and the truth. We hear and receive things differently. What I must do, is respect the opinions of others. So I will “open my heart and shut my mouth.”

I love my church and pastors and it is a safe place. I am inviting you all to visit Wonderful Mercy Church in Gilbert, Arizona. If you are not sure or it’s too far away, we have an app(android or i phone) please download the free app. You can hear the messages and check us out. We also have a Prayer Garden, and it’s available to all. We all need that higher power and I will share mine, if you like. “Choose Love” was last year’s mission, it still is. I will always choose love over hate.
I will try to be the example GOD wants us all to be. When someone comes with hate, let’s turn them around with love.

I realize that people are frustrated with life. We must take responsibility for our choices. It is much easier to blame someone else, but let’s be honest. Put on our big boy and big girl pants and own our decisions.

Being the leader of the free world is hard. When President Obama was elected, Rush Limbaugh wanted him to fail.
Someone said, it’s like wanting your pilot to fail while you are on the plane. For 8 years president Obama faced unprecedented opposition. One of the most blatant wrongs was, when a new judge needed to be named to the Supreme Court and they would not even consider his candidates. We get fired when we don’t do our job. We have the ability to vote these people out of office. Let’s pay attention to what these leaders are doing and score them with our votes. I am praying for President Trump. I pray that he has a heart for all people. I pray that he remembers that we are all immigrants, except for Native Americans. I pray that he remembers that Social Security is not a handout, we paid for it. I pray that GOD gives him the tools and people to represent us as the greatest country in the world. Finally, I pray that he gets off Twitter and gets on with the business of running our country!

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!

Pat G

Award Winning Pepper Relish Shrimp with Veggie Pasta

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It was January 2009, just weeks before President Obama’s inauguration. It was my first international convention with Saladmaster and we were in Washington DC. So excited, to learn from the best and to compete in a cooking competition. The time was stressful, there were missed cues, the shopping list was not accurate and I was very sick. WE WON anyway!!

031-2 We are the winning team from left to right; me, Pat Green(home chef),
Pearlie Johnston, (professional chef) a great friend and Chad Smith(wonderful young man) who followed directions well. The secret to our success was practice, practice, practice and good feedback from our whole team. We worked on the recipe for many weeks.
Saladmaster is the best cookware.
It’s made with surgical grade stainless steel, it cooks faster, cleaner and without water. You are just tasting the food. Have you ever made a dish and it didn’t taste like the original? That’s because most cookware gives a taste or should I say aftertaste. That’s the metal giving off it’s flavor and chemicals. Saladmaster also cooks at a lower temperature, which helps to retain the nutrition.
One of the things we had to do was, send a list of ingredients and we added everything we thought we might need. We were not in a kitchen, it was a large meeting room with tables to create a kitchen atmosphere. We were teams of three and we had a small amount of time to prep and then we were timed on completion of the dish. We started with simmering minced garlic in olive oil(this flavors the oil and perfumes the room). We got every one’s attention.
The recipe is designed to be very healthy and tasty. It’s made with shrimp and many vegetables. You can not only change the protein, but add or leave off some of the vegetables. The recipe is just the starting point, enjoy and make it your own!
Since we didn’t have a kitchen, we decided to use the electric skilletWP_20160404_14_51_51_Pro and we also used the electric slow cooker(MP5)WP_20160619_08_11_46_Pro These are “kitchen on the go” items and we had a one burner induction unit. So, we included items to keep our “kitchen” clean and tidy. We had 30 minutes for prep and then 30 minutes to make the dish. The secret to getting the crowd involved was the garlic in olive oil, that great smell. Each team member had a specific job. We requested items to make it easier, such as easy peel shrimp and peeled garlic cloves. We got unclean frozen shrimp and a whole head of garlic, so we asked for extra prep time and they gave it to us. Because, I had a copy of the list of foods requested, they could see that we didn’t get what we asked for.

Award Winning Pepper Relish Shrimp over veggie pasta
1 Jar “Harry & David”pepper & Onion relish or my Sweet pepper onion relish(recipe is in Magic kitchen post)
1/2 C. Extra virgin olive oil – 6 cloves of garlic, minced – 1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped – 2 carrots, grated – 1 red & 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into small strips
1 pound triple washed baby spinach,chopped – 1/2 head of green cabbage, shredded
2 t.salt & 1 t.pepper – 1 pound whole wheat angel hair pasta – 1/4 C Parmesan cheese, shaved
1/4 C. pine nuts – 1 lemon(cut into 8 wedges)for garnish – 1 bunch of parsley or basil, minced
(few whole pcs,for garnish) – 2 pounds, peeled & deveined Shrimp, raw with tails on.

In a skillet, simmer the oil and garlic, until just cooked. Remove the garlic and 2/3 of the oil and set it aside.
Fill a stock pot 3/4 full of water, bring to a boil, add 3 Tablespoons of Kosher salt and the pasta.
Follow the package directions, but shorten the cooking time by 2 minutes and drain. Keep 1 C. of the pasta water.
In a large pan, saute the peppers, onions, spinach, cabbage, zucchini and carrots in the reserved oil for about 2 minutes.
The vegetables should still have a little crunch. Add the pasta, garlic, pine nuts and parsley to the veggies and toss.
If the mixture needs to be thinned, use some of the reserved pasta water.
Saute’ the shrimp in the skillet, with the rest of the flavored oil, until pink and set them aside. Pour the relish into the skillet
and reduce the sauce by half. Toss the shrimp in the sauce to coat and warm. Serve the shrimp on a bed of the pasta and
garnish with a lemon wedge, parmesan cheese and a sprig of parsley. ENJOY!

I’ve been away for a while. There was surgery, broken computer, loss of internet and the election. I appoligize for not helping you through the holidays. Sometimes we struggle with life, but that’s why I’m here. I just had to take time to get me back on track. We don’t always have it together, we are human. I will always come from a place of love and sometimes I have to find my way back to love.
Next time we will talk about the election.

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!

Pat G

Patty’s Magic Kitchen

I make dinner 5 – 6 times a week. Many of these meals are ready in 20 minutes or less. Even though I love to cook, not everyday. Over the years I developed some practices to make it work for me. Whenever I make a special meal, I make twice as much and freeze a meal for later. I enjoy shopping and when I find the great deals, I buy extra. My time counts when I’m in the kitchen. I stock up, if it makes sense.
WP_20160607_11_34_25_ProI use peppers and onionsWP_20160518_12_30_01_Pro in lots of recipes. When I have time, I buy a lot, do the prep (slice or dice) and put them in the freezer.WP_20160617_16_39_26_Pro When it’s time to cook, much of my prep is already done. I also love mushrooms and buy at the best price. Saute a large container, cool them and lay them flat in a zip bag and freeze.WP_20160611_20_08_21_ProWhen ready to use, I can get the exact amount I need.

In 2009, I was part of an international cooking competition for Saladmaster. Many countries were represented and we won! I’ll be sharing that recipe next time. This time I want to share one of the key ingredients in the dish and how to make it from scratch. When we won the contest, we used Harry & David’s Pepper and Onion relish (classic recipe).H&DpepperandonionrelishA few years later I decided to try to duplicate the recipe, with the help of the Internet. After several trys, this is very close to the original recipe. During one of our cooking classes, we learned to make the recipe. We even learned how to can and process.WP_20160901_11_16_35_Pro (2)

Sweet pepper onion relish
6 C.tomatoes (skinned, diced & drained) or 4 large cans(diced)
6 large red bell peppers, diced – 4 C. sugar (white or brown)
2 T. salt – 3 C. white vinegar – 1 t. cayenne pepper
4 Jalapenos (seeded & diced) – 3 large onions(diced)
1 envelope Pectin

Mix all the ingredients except Pectin and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and
let simmer 2-2 1/2 hours, until thickened. Whisk in the Pectin and continue
to simmer 1 minute; Pour into sterile jars and process. yields 12 jelly jars.

One of the benefits of making your own relish is cost and the other is being able to make it your own. The real jars sells online for $6.99 and our recipe is about $1 per jar. Being able to make it your own means, you can change the spice level and the flavorings. My daughter Cynthia and I have always made something special for family and friends for Christmas. One year our “Sweet pepper onion relish” was one of our special gifts. The relish is a great ingredient in many dishes, including the Awesome dip. The recipe can also be made in a slow cooker over several hours. We got the canning kit at WalMart and it included instructions and all the tools we needed. It’s really easy, the jars, rings and lids need to be sterilized. You boil everything for the required time. Next drain to remove any water. Fill each jar and the instructions tell you how full, wipe away anything spilled, top with the rings and screw on the lids, but not too tight. Next you place the jars back in the boiling water and process the amount of time specified. For the relish, I leave ¼” space at the top of the jars, seal them and process for at least 5 minutes. When I pull the jars out of the water, I place them on a kitchen towel and as the seal forms there is a popping sound. Once they have cooled, I tighten the lids and store in the original boxes with the dividers in place. WP_20160902_15_28_40_Pro

The Awesome dip is just 2 ingredients – 1 jar of relish and 8 oz. of cream cheese. Blend together and it can be stored in the original jars. It is great with crackers, veggies or chips. (really good party food)

Some of the other foods always in my freezer; grated cheese( I grate it, bag it & freeze it) cooked bacon (wrapped in paper towel), all the nuts go in the freezer to preserve freshness. I have hamburger patties, packages of butter and leftover dinners.
The leftover dinners are also perfect for lunches, I bag them in 1 meal servings and put all the bags into a larger zip bag.WP_20160613_14_08_34_Pro Since, I don’t use a microwave, I thaw and heat my lunch in a skillet and put it in a Thermos or it goes on a plate for my dinner. Next time, we’ll make the Award winning recipe.

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!

Pat Green

Respect, how to give and get it!

To treat with esteem is to give respect, according to Webster. Respect is craved by most, could it be that we need to be validated and valued? How does this happen, first of all everyone should be valued as a human being. The next time you see a homeless person, please look at them and acknowledge their existence. Something happened in that person’s life. Make their day with a smile or a nod. Let them know that they matter and you see them. Things happen, medical, financial, addictions and mental health issues. Many times it just takes one thing to push them over the edge. Be grateful for the people in your life that keep you off the edge.

I have worked with and for many people. Working with others is not always easy. There are different skill sets and personalities involved. The best solution is to get everyone on the same page. One of my rules is to always tell the truth. If I don’t know the answer, the correct response is ” I don’t know but I will find out.” Never, never pretend to know, when you don’t. People always know the truth. I have been in management positions many times and the key to success has been to get everyone working for the same goal. If they do a good job, it makes you look good. When they do a good job, reward them in ways that matter to them. Get to know your team and what is important to them. Never say no, if a yes can work. Most people want to do a good job, some times they just don’t know how. It’s your job to guide them. We always want to be recognized. Respect them for what they can do for your team and you. Never treat employees as if they have to do it, because you say so. That only works with children, some of the time. The people you are working with have lives outside of the job and they put that other life on hold, while doing their best for you. Please keep that in mind. If it all ends tomorrow, how do you want to be remembered? You could be that s.o.b. or the best boss they’ve ever had. It’s your choice.

If you think you are better than them, you are not. Get over it and move on. Learn to appreciate your staff. The truth is you are not better than anyone, you just got the job. Now, you need to prove they made the right choice. Your staff can be your ticket to success, it all depends on you. Give what you want to receive.

I have noticed more and more that drivers are not using their turn signals. That is a form of disrespect. How will they know what you are planning to do.We can’t yell out the window, this is our only way to communicate our next move. I’ve been driving for many years and not once has my turn signal stopped working. If I want to exit or just move to another lane, how will they know what I’m trying to do, if I don’t tell them? Just think about it, it will be safer for all on the roads. Be courteous, it always goes back to treating people the way you want to be treated.

Life is not always easy and sometimes, we can get more with honey than vinegar. Smile, be helpful, kind and know that people may not be in a good place. You can acknowledge the other person by just being respectful. Here’s an interesting concept, put someone else first. We can get so much more in this life, by giving in. There is victory in knowing when to give in. Next week, Patty’s Magic Kitchen WP_20160607_11_34_25_ProWP_20160617_16_39_26_Pro

Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind and Be of Service!

Pat Green

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – Heather’s

For years I was using the recipe on the package, and then I tasted Heather’s recipe. Oh my goodness, her’s were so much better. Using real butter and more brown sugar than white, really makes a difference. I worked with Heather in 2000 at Mesa Airlines and I don’t remember her last name, but I sure do remember the cookies. Once I got over the shock, that her’s were better, I embraced them as my own. WP_20160704_13_35_19_ProAdding salt was the only change and I adjusted the bake temperature. Remember, always make the recipe as written the first time. Once you know what it should taste like, than you can “tweak” it.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks of butter, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 C. packed brown sugar
2 eggs (always use large)
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
2 C. Chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1 C. chopped nuts (Walnuts or Pecans, optional)
With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Next, mix in the eggs and then the vanilla. Make sure all is incorporated and gradually add in 1/2 mixture of flour, baking soda and salt. Once combined, add the rest of the flour mixture. Add in the chips and nuts a little at a time. Once completely incorporated, let the dough rest at least 15 minutes or refrigerate. Spoon large tablespoons of dough (walnut size)on to a prepared pan(foil or parchment paper lined), space them 3 across and no more than 5 rows. Bake them at 350″ for 5 minutes, rotate and bake 5 more minutes. You are looking for golden color on the bottom & the tops should have a little shine. Cool and enjoy! This recipe makes 5 dozen. WP_20160704_12_17_51_ProWP_20160704_12_42_40_Pro
Just a side note, you cream the sugars and butter together because if you don’t the dough has a burned taste. I don’t know the science. but one day my daughter Cynthia asked why and so we made the cookies without creaming first and the result was not good. Sometimes, the right answer is “because I said so”. For years we made cookies for family and mailed them all over the country, for Christmas gifts. You can also make “freezer” cookies, just spoon the dough balls on parchment paper, once frozen, put them in a freezer bag. When ready to bake, just place on cookie sheet, thaw (10- 15 minutes) and bake. Please let me know what you want to see and hear and don’t forget to share me.
Remember to Be Nice, Be Kind & Be of Service
Pat Green