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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pork and Saurkraut Stew

This is one of my favorite recipes,
a fine tasting stew on a cold day.
I like to finish it with a tablespoon
of unsalted butter just before serving.

5 russet potatoes
2 cups water
1 pound saurkraut
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon brown sugar
4 cups cooked pork

Peel potatoes and place in a soup pot,
add sliced onion and cover with cold water.
Add saurkraut with juice,
add caraway seeds and brown sugar.
Place cooked pork on top and bring to a boil,
lower heat to a simmer for 45 minutes.
Check to see if potatoes are done,
add butter and stir to combine.
Cover and keep warm until serving.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Creamed Spinach and Cheese Pizza

Not creamed spinach baked on cheese pizza,
the spinach goes along side of the pizza.
This combination was so good that
by the end of the meal everybody was
putting the spinach on bite size
pieces of the pizza to eat it.
This is one of those recipes that
magically happen to be awesome tasting.

1 baked cheese pizza
1 package fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 pint cream
2 slices cooked bacon, chopped
dash of black pepper

In a large pot melt butter and add
in flour stirring well.
Add onion and cream, stir well.
Add sugar, bacon and black pepper.
Place spinach in pot and stir to combine,
after a few minutes spinach wilts down.
Stir and keep warm until serving, plated along
side a slice or two of the baked cheese pizza.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spinach Stuffed Bread

This was easy to make and tated great.
A bread dough filled with cold cuts,
cheese, red peppers, spinach and eggs.
it looks very impresive when you cut
a slice out of it at the dinner table.
The next time I make this I'll add some
Ricotta and Mozzarella cheese to it.

1 bread dough
12 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 roast red pepper, sliced
6 slices deli olive loaf
6 slices deli Genoa salami
18 deli slices pepperoni
6 deli slices provelone cheese
6 hard cooked eggs

Squeeze water out of spinach, set aside.
Prepare bread dough, I used a hot roll mix.
Let rest to rise while preparing stuffing.
Roll out dough and line with olive loaf,
salami, pepperoni and provelone cheese.
Place red pepper slices from end to end.
Arrange spinach on dough from end to end.
Spinkle with a lot of garlic powder.
Place hard cooked eggs from end to end.
Fold ends of dough in and roll dough
into a loaf and place on a baking sheet.
Let rise 30 minutes whiole you preheat
the oven to 425 degrees F.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until done.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pork Shoulder Roast

With a spice rub and a long baking time,
this fresh pork shoulder roast is as
good as it gets when it comes to pork.
There are many recipes, all good ones,
somes say high temp then slow and low.
I cooked this at 300 degrees F. for
the entire cooking time of 6 hours.
The important thing is that the
internal temp is about 170 degrees F.
Bake this covered until heated through
for about five hours and then un-covered
to get golden brown and crispy on top.

1 (8 pound) fresh pork shoulder
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon course salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
dash of cayene pepper

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Wash pork shoulder and place
in a large roasting pan.
Make crosswise cuts in fat
about 1/8 inch deep.
Mix all spice ingredients
and rub all over pork shoulder.
Place in preheated oven and
let bake for about 6 hours
or until internal temperature
reaches 170 degrees F.
Remove from oven and cover,
let rest 20 minutes before serving
along with any pan drippings.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bread Pudding with Onions and Bacon

There is no better aroma than cooked bacon,
along with some sauteed onions and herbs
this makes for one savory bread pudding.
Years ago my Grandmother used to make an
onion bread stuffing which she baked and
the top got all nice and crunchy brown.
But the inside was kind of dried out a bit.
So I came up with this savory bread pudding
which stays creamy inside and still has
that great brown crunch on the top.

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 large onions, peeled and sliced
4 cups stale white bread, cubed
1 pint cream
3 large eggs
2 cups water, or more
black pepper to taste

Cut up bread into 1" pieces and set aside.
Saute bacon until browned and set aside.
Pour off bacon grease except 2 tablespoons.
Saute onions in same pan bacon was fried in,
stir with a wooden spoon to get up all of
those great tasting brown bits off the bottom.
Stir and saute until just carmelized.
Remove onions to cool, add bacon and stir.
in a mixing bowl combine cream,
water, eggs and black pepper.
Grease a big baking dish,
place 1/2 bread in dish, then 1/2 onions
and repeat to make layers of bread and onions.
Pour egg mixture over bread and onions,
let sit while oven is pre-heating to 350 degrees F.
Cover dish and bake about 1 hour or until done.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Salmon Burgers and Beans

It might sound like a strange paring but
this really was a lip smacking meal.
I bought some Shwan's Salmon Burgers,
they come frozen and indavidually wrapped.
From the freezer to to pan to the table
in less time than it took me to open up
a cheap can of pork and beans.
I heated the beans in the microwave and
when the salmon were done sauteing I
simply plated a burger and placed a
scoop of beans along side.
Searved with a slice of Italian bread
and a little creamy salad dressing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tilapia Fillets Simply Sauteed

Every time I make this I'm amazed how good this is.
Easy to prepare in minutes time and tastes great.
The left overs also make great sandwiches,
Po'boys, fish tacos and sandwiches.

Tilapia fillets
Canola oil for frying
Flour for dredging
Old Bay Seasoning
Dash of salt

Heat a little canola oil in a saute pan
large enough to flip the fish fillets.
Drege the fillets in flour and
sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning.
Place fillets in hot oil and saute
on both sides until just done.
Sprinkle with salt before serving.

Iceberg lettuce Salad

I like the crunch that iceberg lettuce
gives to a fresh garden vegetable salad.
You can add fresh peppers, onions etc,
this is almost a Waldorf salad with apple.
It has a simple mayonaise dressing,
this is a very good tasting salad.

1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
12 red grape tomatoes, halved
12 white grapes, halved
1 red apple, cubed
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
2 red radishes, sliced
1/2 cup Real mayonaise
12 slices pepperoni, halved

Plae all ingredients in a large bowl,
mix well to combine and coat lettuce
with the mayonaise. Season to taste.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shwan's Cookie Dough

Chocolate chips with smoked almonds,
this is a great taste combination.
Easy to bake in about 12 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
I take the frozen cookie dough
and using a chef's knife I cut each
of the frozen cookie dough in half.

Place them 2 inches apart on a parchment
paper lined cookie or baking sheet.

Place one smoked almond on top of
each piece of the cookie dough.

The dough being frozen will let
the nut attach easily to the dough.

Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes,
do not over bake!
Remove from oven and push almond down
into the center of the hot cookie dough.

Let cool if you can resist the impulse
to taste one and burn your tongue on one.

Mmm Mmmm Good !

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hormel Beef Tips Stew

Short on time but big on taste,
this is about the best beef stew
you will ever have the pleasure to eat.
The beef is cooked to perfection,
the vegetables are garden fresh.
Try this recipe, you won't be sorry.

Cold water
4 fresh carrots
4 white potatoes
2 celery stalks
2 yellow onions
2 packages Hormel Beef Tips
15 ounces crushed canned tomatoes
Italian seasonings to taste
2 red ripe tomatoes

Peel and cut potatoes, carrots and
onions into serving pieces, add to soup pot
along with the cut up celery.
Place enough water in soup pot
to cover the vegetables by two inches.
Do not add any salt to water!
Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer
for about 30 minutes or until fork tender.
Drain water and place in the beef with sauce.
Add the canned tomatoes and seasonings.
Place on stove and bring to a low simmer.
Slice the fresh tomatoes and add to pot.
Serve with crusty Italian bread and
grated parmesan cheese if desired.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Salad Bean Soup

I had a big bowl of leftover fresh garden salad
and turned it into a very tasty bean soup.
With lettuce, onions, peppers, carrots,
celery and tomatoes, all good and fresh.
I cooked them down in a few cups water,
added some salt, black pepper, cumin and
smoked paprika to the pot along with one
small can of white beans. To thicken this
I removed some of the broth, added two
tablespoons cornstarch to disolve and
added it back into the soup pot.
Simmered for 30 minutes and served it up.
This was a good way to use up the salad.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Banana Oatmeal Spice Cookies

These are very good tasting cookies,
soft and chewy with big banana flavor.
Easy to make and bake as a drop cookie.
You could put chocolate chips in here
and crushed nuts if you desire to.
I knew these were going to be good
because I couldn't stop eating the dough.

1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
6 heaping tablespoons oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 ripe bananas
2 cups flour, about
dash of nutmeg
dash of cinnamon
dash of allspice
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl cream together butter,
and sugars then add vanilla, egg and
baking powder, mix well.
Add banana, oatmeal, flour and
spices mixing well.
Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
Drop by tablespoonful onto parchment paper
lined baking shett and bake for about 10 minutes.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Best Bisquick Waffles I've Ever Had

This is by far the best waffle recipe
I've ever made using a Bisquick mix.
Using a non-stick waffle maker these
great waffles only take minutes to make.

1/2 to 3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 heaping tablespoons Bisquick mix
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Pre-heat waffle maker.
In a bowl place milk,oil,vanilla,
sugars, cinnamon and salt.
Add Bisquick mix add stir with
a fork or a wisk to combine well.
Pour one tablespoon batter onto
waffle maker and close, and cook
until lightly browned.
Remove from waffle maker using a
fork and repeat until all batter is used.
Serve with butter and real maple syrup.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chick Peas and Smoked Almonds

This is a very good taste sensation.
Chick Peas and hickory smoked almonds.
Simple to put together and your family
and friends will think your a genious.

12 ounces canned garbanzo beans
1 cup or so smoked almonds

Chop smoked almonds in a food prosessor
to your desired crunchiness.
Open a can of chick peas, drain and
rinse well in cold water.
Combine and mix well in a large bowl.
Place in a serving dish and serve at
room temperature, may be refrigerated
for a week or three before serving.
I like to add some cooked bacon.