Crispy Chicken

This is one of my favorite weekday recipes it’s fast, easy, and you can make a large batch because they store and reheat well. Have you every gone to a Chinese restaurant and had General Tsos or Sesame Chicken? Well this isn’t exactly like that because we don’t deep fry the chicken but this is the same batter they use to make the chicken so crispy. One of my favorite things to do is dip the chicken in different types of mustard or toss it with some hot sauce.

Buffalo Kidney Walk 2014

We are just a week away from this years Kidney Walk in Buffalo! I know I know it’s a bit late to be writing about this but hey look on the bright side, last year I waited until the day before to write anything. See? Improvement!  I will be doing my part by walking again this year and by raising money for the fundraiser. This year I want to talk about why it is important to donate to the Kidney Walk.

Summer Tip: Ice Cream Substitute

It’s hot. If you are anything like me all you want is a large glass of Ice Tea or even better Ice Cream, but we both know that we shouldn’t. The more fluid we put on before treatment is more fluid that we have to carry and that our hearts have to deal with. Then we have even more to take off during treatment and that leads to cramping and low blood pressure.  So what are we to do? Well I stumbled on an interesting solution that not only cooled me down, slaked my thirst, and proved to be a […]

Cajun Chicken

Way back on Mardi Gras I tried to make a Cajun chicken pasta. I pretty much followed the standard recipe and the only things I changed is that I omitted salt, butter, and heavy cream. Yeah, it kind of turns out that those are the three things that make Cajun chicken pasta amazing. Last weekend it hit me that the chicken itself tasted fine it was the sauce that was horrid. Don’t ever try to use Almond Milk as a replacement for heavy cream in savory recipes, it just sucks. This time around I just decided to make the chicken and then put […]

Cajun Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning is another one of my favorite spice mixtures, I will end up using it on anything from chicken, to fish, to my morning eggs.


Dinner Rolls

I was sitting around thinking about dinner when it hit me: “I cook one thing and I eat just that one thing.” It could be a pork chop and I would just have the pork chop by itself and that’s all. That’s when I decided that night I would have an actual meal, not just dinner. I thought about it some more and I decided that all I needed to do was add a salad or a vegetable side-dish to my plate and some sort of bread. Just for the record I love bread, not just eating it but I love everything about making bread by hand. After a little thinking I decided that the easiest thing to do was make dinner rolls, which is something I have never done before. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet it took me all of about ten minutes to figure out the basics of roll making.

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Walking in the Winter

Welcome to another installment in our Walking to a Transplant series!

I know, I know, but it’s cold outside! Trust me, no one knows this better than I do. I have to walk everywhere, the store, the library, the hardware store. I even have to stand at the bus stop for anywhere between five and twenty minutes at a time. So obviously it’s much easier for me to walk everywhere because I don’t have a choice about it.

I am in no way suggesting that you go outside an walk, it’s too cold and when I do it I am bundled up for a blizzard.

What I am saying is get on up off’a that butt!

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National Kidney Month 2014

Sorry about the absence folks. Somehow or other I managed to get something in my eye and  with my luck it managed to scratch my cornea. Yes, it is exactly as painful as you might imagine. So I’ve been sitting in the dark for a while and taking a break from electronics.

It’s March and you know what that means, even if you don’t, Happy National Kidney Month!

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Emergency Preparedness: Winter Displacement

So here I am at my sisters house. Why am I at my sisters house you ask? Because Western New York is under it’s first Blizzard Warning since 1993 and my city instituted a driving ban. Now I can’t get home because the taxi company that Medicaid assigned to me can’t and won’t drive to my city.

Here I am after my treatment with no medication at all other than my binders.

There is a lesson here, and that lesson is “Always be prepared.”

I’m sure my old Den Mother and Troop Leader are shaking their heads at me right about now. You would think after all of that time in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts that I would have actually took this to heart.

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Project 2014

If you have read Project 2012 then you know that I hate the idea of New Years resolutions because people rarely stick to them. I do however love the idea of a New Year Plan. What’s the difference?

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Roasted Cauliflower Dip

When I first set out to make this it was going to be a cauliflower mash, something that could sorta take the place of mashed potatoes. Well that failed. When I took the vegetables out of the oven they looked burned. So instead of tossing them I threw them into the food processor, threw some oil in and blended.

I had no clue what it was going to taste like but when I opened the lid to the food processor the smell was amazing. The roasted garlic smell was almost overwhelming but in a good way. When I finally did give it a taste it was amazing! The taste of the roasted garlic and cauliflower were so amazingly intense. I decided right then and there to abandon the cauliflower mash, for now, and focus on this new roasted cauliflower and garlic dip (or spread).

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Winter is Coming!

Yeah, I’ve never watched the show or even read the books. Winter is coming though and I am woefully under prepared. Which means that all of my spare resources will have to be spent getting winter clothing so I don’t turn into a Popsicle.

My sister, who has lived here for six or so years, tells me that the Winter in Western New York is nothing like the Winters in any part of Kentucky. In Kentucky we measured snow in inches, here they measure it in feet. A few inches would shut all of Louisville down for a day or two. Four feet is normal for Buffalo and Lockport, they just keep on going like nothing happened.

I was going to use my spare money to buy a router and then get Internet service but instead I have elected to buy things like a coat, and boots so I don’t freeze when I have to wait on the bus. So that leaves the blog dormant for another month at least. If all goes well then I should be up and running in November. Until then you can keep up with me on Twitter as I do have occasional Internet access during treatment and at the local Library.

Something to Think About

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Jalapeno, Lime, and Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Burger

Today I have another great recipe for you from Chef Aaron McCargo! If you didn’t know, Chef McCargo has teamed up with Fresenius Medical Care to bring dialysis patients some really amazing and renal friendly recipes. You can find these recipes here and we will be slowly posting them as well.

I don’t know about you but this burger sounds awesome! Though you know me, I’m a chili head, but don’t worry there is only a hint of heat in this burger. Unless like me you deviate from the plan and dropped a few Serranos in.

~whistles innocently~

By the way if you ever want to know how hot a pepper is that I am talking about head on over here for a visual aid or you can check out our Reference Section.

I don’t know about you but I don’t have a grill nor do I have a George Foreman® Grill, but don’t worry you can totally make this in a frying pan or if you’re fancy a grill pan. Though I am seriously thinking about getting a small 2-plate grill.

Don’t forget to look for a special surprise after the recipe at the bottom of the page!

With out further ado here are the directions from Chef McCargo himself:

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Buffalo Kidney Walk: 2013

I can’t believe that the Buffalo Kidney Walk is just one day away! 

I’ve only been in the Buffalo NY area for about three weeks so I haven’t had much time to prepare for fundraising for the walk like I would have in Louisville. I am however amazed that we have raised almost $200 in just a week or so of fundraising!

I was a little confused by the walk at first as it is not an official National Kidney Foundation walk. After a little research I found out that the walk is actually sponsored by the Northeast Kidney Foundation and that the money stays in the more local area instead of getting disbursed around. After some thought I’ve decided that I’m totally fine with local money staying local. 

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