I’ve mentioned before that I love the Nutrisystem diet…I have no weight problem but wanted to lose a few and did…and it stays off because you learn to eat less and better. Good stuff. So, I was kind of ‘forced’ to tell you that personal thing because of a phone call I had Friday evening…
Me: Can I buy just a few items or do I need to pay monthly for the whole deal?
Marissa (Nutrisystem counselor on the phone): You can buy whatever you want!
Me: Great! I really like your food, and have been successful……Thanks for helping me out…Happy Thanksgiving!
Marissa: What? Kind of early, isn’t it?
Me: I guess I had GOOD FOOD on my mind…Happy Halloween is probably more appropriate! You do celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t you?
Marissa: No, we don’t……I’m from Jamaica!
Me: And you don’t LOVE AMERICA?
Marissa: Yes, I DO! I shouldn’t say we don’t do Thanksgiving, but we don’t do turkey and stuffing stuff, we do Jamaican food.
Me: I’m glad you do love this country! Your meal sounds delicious! Tell me more…!!
Marissa: Jerk Chicken, curried goat, …(she went on and ON and on)…
Me: That sounds DELICIOUS and I’m thinking it’s not quite what Nutrisystem wants their counselors to be talking about with weight losers; DELICIOUS FOODS THAT GET US HUNGRY!
We really had a laugh over that! Lovely woman……fun conversation………….I mention this today because……
It might not be the same food for celebrating America, but if it DOES celebrate America in their own way, that works for me! (even if they are missing out on SUCH gorgeous American Thanksgiving food…..as you might know, I think STUFFING RULES!) SO, why post this as a Sunday Faith blog, you should ask?
Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
There is no question in my mind that God loves all of us, Americans and not, but immigrants must ‘fear him’ and ‘do what is right and acceptable’ to him.
Nobody will EVER convince me this great country wasn’t created by the hand of God (you only need to know the Squanto story for one..), and immigrants are to love and respect and celebrate it. And Marissa does….even if she doesn’t eat stuffing 🙂
Have a great Sunday!
This woman with whom I share domicile, who’s been following me around since 1961, is a GREAT cook. Just has that je’n sais quoi, that knack of what to put in food, what NOT to put in it, how long to cook it, what to cook it IN, and at what temp.
‘Course when I first met her, she was a Daddy’s girl who’d grown up in a house with maids, cooks, yayas, and others to do the domestic stuff. She thought stoves had two settings: OFF and BLAST. Couldn’t cook a fargin egg! Always came out like Frisbees.
Now she can do it all – fry, bake, grill, broil, roast, boil, steep, simmer, fricassee . . . you name it, she can do it, to perfection.
Only problem is, all her favorite dishes begin the same way – garlic, onion, tomato, and pork. HUGELY tasty, but rough on the cholesterol, and especially the GERD.
I’m an O.K. cook – adobo, roasts, stir-fry, stew, red beans ‘n’ rice with plantains, absolutely superb BLTs, candied yams, chili con carne . . . you know, guy stuff. And I taught her how to make omelets (low fire . . . LOW fire . . . NO – LOWER!), pot roasts, strombolis, lasagna, pancakes, drop cookies . . . you know, guy stuff.
Today almost everything she makes is better’n what I coulda done . . . ‘cept the chili. Now . . . what we’re talkin about here is the recipe for runaway cholesterol, skyrocketing sugars, overinflated midriff, and cardiac catastastroke.
Und zo, what I came up with (after a summer of cardiac rehab with 3 specialist nurses) was a very simple exercise: pushaways. Place both hands on the table, toes firmly under the chair, and push your body away from the table before you’re stuffed like a Christmas goose in Manchester.
Put another way . . . always leave the table just a little bit hungry, and about once a month disrobe completely and stand in front of a full-length mirror while eating a slice of pizza.
Also, cuddent hoit to toin off the boob tube and quit watchin alladem “Hey, you’re hungry, aren’t you! Go get a fatburger, NOW!” commercials.
Hey Bocopro! How about Friggin Chickassee? ;o)
I knew her . . . she did a nice little number in heels at the Rio Club in Olongapo involving peso coins and a coconut shell.
Terrible accent. Sounded like she was tryin to swallow a live beagle pup with a hairlip.
What a wonderful conversation. I’m glad you encouraged her. Now … if we could only get the recipes!
boco. Not a competition but my Chinese wife worked all of her adolescent life in her Dad’s Chinese restaurant. Nothing he couldn’t cook and almost nothing she can’t cook. Here she does mostly American dishes but the occasional eg fu young, or tonight’s pork in shrimp sauce served over a bed of rice and spinach with bacon bits and oyster sauce as needed… yum. Don’t need a lot of it either.
fwiw, her Dad was Flying Tiger in WWII – waist gunner in a B-17. I loved talking to him. He lived to 94.
Z, I see the food on those nutri-system commercials and I think Yuk. Tiny pizzas that look like chef Boyardee apprentices made them. I’d rather be unhealthy that eat that stuff. Dan Marino calls it Man Food. Don’t know what men he knows. I want a 6 oz Filet with King Crab meat, sauce Bernaise, and a 1 lb Lobster tail, then we’ll start talking.
Baysider, so glad you enjoyed the conversation…I sure did! She was CHARMING! Can’t tell you how many personal conversations I’ve got in over the phone…sometimes, they involve someone SO NICE I ask “….you are so sweet, are you a believer?” They ALWAYS are…and always thrilled to say so. One woman at some big company (can’t remember..phone company? Credit card?) helped me with a problem then offered her personal work phone number if I had more problems!! It’s amazing how many REALLY GOOD PEOPLE are out there…..believers or not!
Kid, can we all come for dinner!?
Bocopro. I LOVE to cook……Sounds like you’ve eaten WELL all your life.
Baysider is a very good cook, too!
EVERYBODY: TONIGHT, MARK LEVIN HAS AN EXPERT ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS IT………ON FOX. “LIFE, LIBERTY AND LEVIN”…EXCELLENT SHOWS.
Plus, for the foodies among us:
Jamaican Curried Goat #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVPqcyKrEok
Jamaican Curried Goat #2: https://gracefoods.com/recipe-a-z/recipe/5200-curried-goat
Baysider, thanks for doing the work! mmmm!!