Delicious and healthy too.
Have a garden? Growing zucchini? Have some very large ones you don’t know what to do with? Well, this recipe is for you, and healthy to boot.
If you’ve been looking around my blog for a while you’ve probably noticed that my site is not a “diet” site (and never will be) but neither is it loaded with fat; well maybe some recipes tend to be a little fattening. By what kind of life would this be if we didn’t enjoy good food occasionally.
I have to say that after our trip to Canada this summer I was afraid to get on the scales. We discovered Tim Horton’s chain which has the most delicious donuts and pastries. Then there is all that delicious food we allowed our selves to eat — pates, rillette’s, tea at the Fairmont, more alcohol than I’ve had in a year and desserts every meal; and why not since we were celebrating (again) our 50th wedding anniversary. Oh, I forgot, in Quebec City our hotel left a picnic basket every morning on our door full of pastries, cheeses, fruit and much more. So, after a month being back I decided I’d better weigh and face the music. Even though there was a gain, it was only .02 of a lb. So all that food was more than worth the calories I consumed while traveling.
Put an egg on it!
Did you grow up eating hash (not that kind)? I remember having it once or twice as a kid but it wasn’t something on our weekly menu. I remember working with a girl decades ago (that’s a long time) and remember her telling me she cooked the same thing each week. Meatloaf for Monday night supper, chicken for Tuesday, maybe burgers for example for Wednesday and she would repeat the meals the next week.
I don’t repeat meals often and I have this blog to thank for that because I’m always trying to come up with something new to post. We do have burgers, pulled pork, chili, anything bar-b-queed showing up again and again but not on my weekly menus.
Usually when I do a beef roast, it is cooked with potatoes, carrots and onions. What else could you put in a pot roast? Never though of putting mushrooms in with the mix; I think that addition would be great and will try that the next time.
Just in time for your Labor Day cookout.
Have you ever come across a beef tri-tip in the market and didn’t know what to do with it? I have to admit I don’t think I have ever heard of it (or don’t remember) until last year and my son, Scott who lives in Chicago mentioned buying one and after seeing how juicy and delicious his looked I was then on the lookout for that particular cut of meat.
Then back at Easter, son, Paul cooked one for a house full of Sunday brunch guest. He served his as an appetizer to his pulled pork he had cooking on the grill. I got to taste his and it was juicy, medium rare and tasted like a great piece of steak.
Santa Maria-Style barbecue is a culinary tradition rooted in the Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara County (this from Wikipedia) and dates back to the 19th century and centers around the beef tri-tip, seasoned and grilled over coals. Read the above link for more information.
Healthy ingredients stuffed into mushroom.
Recently we went to Chicago to visit our son and his family. Two birthday cakes and lots of good food later I still lost three pounds after returning from being gone for nine days.
One night we went to a great restaurant called E + O Food and Drink (Earth and Ocean) and my husband had this great pork pata (shank) recipe that had a pate sauce. I may be trying that sometime this fall or winter when the weather fits the dish here in Texas.
We had very nice cool days while there and even slept with the windows one night, which we never do here in Texas. When we stepped off the plane back here in Texas and the heat hit us in the face we knew we were home.
I have a friend on the Fast Metabolism Diet so I decided to try this healthy recipe for her which is a stuffed portobello mushroom. I found some ground turkey and ground beef in my freezer and had lots of extras to add in. I’m serving mine over some spinach, either raw or cooked; either way it will be a healthy burger for any meal. You could add a bunch of vegetables on the side to complete your meal.
Not the prettiest picture but oh, so good!
If you’re thinking of cooking steaks any time soon and want something just a little different, try my beef tenderloin steaks with French Onion Sauce. The sauce smells like French onion soup while it’s cook. Top a toasted piece of French bread with your cooked steak and the sauce and you will be delighted with the surprise.
I did these steaks recently when friends came over. My steaks were on the small size (6 oz.) but by the time we added it to the bread and sauce it was almost more than we could finish. If you aren’t a big meat eater, try 4 oz. steaks for the ladies and maybe 6 oz. for the guys.
What is easier than a stir-fry?
This dish started off as a sous vide steak. What’s a sous vide steak you say? Look at the link I just gave you because Chef Steps can explain it better than I can.
The Joule sous vide was a xmas gift from son, Scott and so far I’ve cooked an egg, steaks two different times and some coconut custards. In case you didn’t read the definition, sous vide is a way of cooking food in a bag in water. The pan or even plastic container is set on the counter, not the stove, and using an app on the phone, the thickness of the steak and desired degree of doneness is chosen and once you click set (1 1/2 hours) you walk away and don’t look back. Literally, you do not have to give it another look and my medium rare doneness that I chose was perfect. After removing from the zip-lock back, I simply gave it a quick sear on all sides in a hot skillet and it was ready to eat.
Steak and eggs, what could be better for breakfast?
Are you one of those people that take home leftovers from a restaurant because you couldn’t possibly have eaten another bite off your plate? Sometimes I ask for a box when they bring my food just so I’m not tempted to eat the whole thing.
My husband is always bringing home something from Mexican restaurants and sometimes they actually make it into the refrigerator. Once I went to get in my car to go someplace and the most horrific smell hit me in the face. Guess what, it was HIS Mexican food in the back seat. I’ve gotten where I order everything a la carte from Mexican restaurants because I can get exactly what I want and not so much that I’m not finishing it because I have eaten too many chips and bowl(s) of salsa.
Well, if you happen to have left over steak, I’m sure it will make it into the house. There probably won’t be enough to make a meal out of it but you can make this breakfast pizza that is made with naan for the crust. You can really add whatever ingredients you want; I didn’t add a lot of cheese (just parmesan) because it was for breakfast and I just didn’t want a real cheesy pizza.
Get them while they’re hot.
So, what’s so special about a corn dog? Nothing really but I’ve never been able to pass one up once that smell of a frying dog is in the wind and my hose catches the drift.
Use to be, back in the day, (maybe even before my day) one would go to a carnival or state fair and would be confronted with things like the Bearded Lady, the wolf man, person with two heads (ok, maybe that one was in an old movie I saw when I was a kid), the snake woman, sword swallower, little person, very big person, and probably things your mother would have never let you go in to take even a peek.
I would have been more concerned with what are they going to feed us. There are so many things that are fried at state fairs and I’m sure depending on where you live, there may even be some I haven’t heard of. Here are just a few I have seen and come across looking for the next “big” fried things on a stick. Chicken Fried Lobster with champagne gravy (sounds pretty good), Fried Butter, Fried Snicker Bars, Funnel Cakes, Fried Cheese Curds, Frog Legs (Now I would like that one.), Batter Dipped Deep Fried Twinkies (and I thought those were gone.), Fried Jalapeños, of course, and the list goes on and on for those artery clogging treats.
Personally, I don’t think you can beat a good hot dog turned into a corn dog. I’ve made these with plain yellow mustard but I have also made the dipping sauce recipe below to go with these. Cutting the dogs into thirds make such a cute little appetizer and ya don’t have to feel guilty about eating a couple. Ok, so who could stop at just a couple. And, these are the perfect size for the kids, that is if you let them have hot dogs.
Love that goat cheese!
Why do we all want comfort food when it starts getting cold, damp and wintery? That is not Texas weather right now but it may be getting cooler in your area. Last year after trying for weeks to sell my Ethan Allen dining set that we had purchased back in the 70’s, I ended up donating it to a women’s organization then I ordered a French bakery style table to use for a dining table and I envisioned having this dish on my new table set with an Italian table cloth, some beautiful pasta bowls, flowers in some old olive oil cans and some good bottles of wine and couldn’t wait to try and put together this recipe.
Pasta always reminds me of eating our way around Italy several years ago. I can only think of one bad meal we had on that trip; all the rest were memorable to the point that I can shut my eyes and taste every dish. I can’t wait to go back some day.
While visiting in Nashville a couple of years ago I had this dish at the Firefly Grille and it was delicious. As always, I’m thinking can I make this and I never know how it’s going to turn out. I love goat cheese either in an appetizer or breaded and baked to top a salad, so putting it in with some good steak and fettuccine was easy. After reading the menu and quizzing the waiter I found out all the ingredients; so who needs a recipe to recreate this dish, not me, it was fairly easy.
What a great Fall dinner.
Are you ready to bid farewell to those long hot summer days? Well, I am and there’s nothing nicer than a cool fall day to get me thinking about a more comforting menu to serve to a group of friends who love good food and love to cook.
Nothing screams a Fall recipe, to me, more than a piece of meat with a bone in the middle and that recipe would be Osso Buco. I love cooking any kind of meat with bones and these veal shanks had a small bone in the middle filled with bone marrow and once it was braised and fall off the bone tender, that same bone marrow was delicious smeared on a piece of crusty bread. I knew I wanted to do this recipe since it was the time of the year for our “Fall” dinner and we are even having some cool temperatures to cooperate for the evening.
The evening started with a fig appetizer which was a halved fig topped with shaved parmesan and wrapped in a strip of proscuitto and put in the oven long enough to crisp up the proscuitto and then a drizzle of my Fish Creek, Wisconsin balsamic vinegar (they were on Shark Tank last week), a cocktail which consisted of gin, prosecco, orange juice, rosemary and basil. Next up were plates topped with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and those topped with saucy veal shank pieces that, after hours of cooking, turned into the most wonderful savory dish. Some sauteed haricot vert with peppers finished off the plate and of course some crusty bread to sop up all the juices from the veal and that delicious bone marrow.
We ended the meal with dessert which was this fantastic looking wine poached pear dessert with almond cream (will post soon) and some little wine jelly leaves for a garnish.
And then there was one.
Once upon a time I was cooking for two; then along came the first little Michie boy and I was cooking for three. Three years later came another Michie boy and I found myself cooking for four. To our surprise three years later a baby girl joined the group and we were a family of five.
Years later (hundreds/thousands of meals) as the Family grew, we became five, then six then seven, eight and now adding up all the grand kids and the one joining the clan in April will bring our table to 13.
So one night I found myself cooking for one. How strange is that? My hub was off on a fishing trip for a couple of days (UPDATE: they caught their 25 each limit in 50 minutes) and I could have easily thawed a frozen dinner or gone out for some terrible fast food. Instead, I decided to try this steak recipe that I have had waiting in the wings. Armed with the recipe, I headed to the store to buy the best steak I could find and maybe a bunch of asparagus to go with it; I didn’t know that tenderloin was going to be $25/lb.
What a quite dinner that was. Me in front of the TV eating this wonderful steak wondering what the cooler of fish was going to look like when my husband came home.
I can’t wait for the next family dinner with the table full of family and kids crying, throwing food (not really) spilling milk and having a great time enjoying each other’s company and the stories of what’s going on in their busy lives. The steak was delicious and my mouth waters now just thinking of it but I would have preferred to enjoy the steak with a table full of friends or family.
I love blue cheese and walnuts together and paired with this steak it was so tasty. I added a little blue cheese crumbles to the top along with some chopped walnuts and parsley for garnish.
Nothing is easier than a quick stir fry!
I love Asian food and don’t know why I don’t cook it more often. Remember my Wok’n Noodles? I made that dish after seeing a restaurant in Paris called Wok’n Noodles and I thought that would be a cute name for a noodle dish and for some reason the tune “Walkin to New Orleans” (Wok’n) popped into my head. 🙂
We did a going away party in early January for friends who moved to China for three years. It was really a fun party and got me thinking about some old Asian inspired recipes I use to prepare.
My sister and I have made this recipe for at least 15 years and I use to make it quite often. This time I decided to add some sugar snap peas along with the snow peas. I love the crunch from the sugar snaps because they stay nice and plump and add a lot of texture to the dish.
So, if you are looking for a dish that is so quick to throw together, please try this; and you can even use instant rice if you are in a pinch for time.