Wednesday, December 31, 2008
My, oh my....this is some fine eating my friends!
Pound of large shrimp (think 16 - 20 count) peeled and butterflied. I even took off the tails - I don't want to have anything in my way when I eat!
1 cup of flour with salt and a bit of cayenne pepper
2 large eggs beaten
1 cup of panko crumbs (is that what they're called?? doesn't sound right.)
1 big bottle of canola oil
Put oil in skillet to heat. I used my 30 year old electric skillet, poured the oil halfway up the side and heated to 350 degrees.
Put the flour mixture in a ziploc baggie. I put all the shrimp in at once and shaked 'em up a bit coating them thoroughly with flour. I then dipped each of them into the egg making a bit of a glue on the shrimp -- then on to the panko coating each one completely. I did about half the shrimp at a time letting the coating rest a bit before plunking them into the oil. It was a quick fry - about 5 minutes on one side and maybe 2 or 3 on the other side.
A bit of fresh lemon juice and some awesome cocktail sauce -- oh my!! These are so crispy and good. Even good the next day for lunch. I reheated in a 400 oven on a cookie sheet with some cooking spray until I heard them start to sizzle a bit.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Box of no-boil noodles
Leftover homemade sauce with spicy sausage
32 ounces of whole milk ricotta
Parmesan - the powder stuff
4 cups of shredded mzzerella
Dried Italian seasoning
I basically followed the directions on the noodle box. Except the ricotta mixture. I mixed the ricotta with the two eggs and seasonings, a handful of mozzerella and a handful of parmesan. This doubles the cheese mixture. Bake as directed.
Wished (now) that I had taken a picture of a slice of lasagna. It really held together well and was quite pretty!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
So giving full credit to Ree (by the way, check out her amazing website) -- http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/ here is the original recipe -
Marlboro Man’s Favorite Sandwich
2 to 3 pounds cube steak (tenderized round steak that’s been extra-tenderized
1 large onion OR 2 small/medium onions
4 French/Deli rolls
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
-Slice onions and cook in 1/4 stick butter until soft and light brown. Remove and set aside.-Slice cube steak against the grain. Season with Lawry’s. -Heat 2 TBSP butter over high heat (in same skillet) until melted and beginning to brown. -Add meat in single layer. Cook one side until brown, then flip and cook until brown, about a minute on both sides. -Add 1/2 (at least) Worcestershire sauce, 5 to 6 shakes Tabasco, and 2 TBSP butter. Add cooked onions. Stir to combine.-Butter halved French rolls and brown on skillet. -To assemble, lay bottom half of French roll on plate. Place meat mixture, followed by a spoonfull of juice from the pan. Top with other half of roll, cut in half, and devour!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I got the recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com/.
Chicken Pot Pie
Refrigerated Pie Shells
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
3 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups cooked chicken, chopped
2 carrot, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed (I didn't use potato but I added a handful of frozen peas)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C.)
In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Blend in flour, salt, pepper and onion. Gradually stir in chicken broth. Cook, stirring constantly until smooth and thickened. In a separate pan, saute mushrooms in 3 tablespoons of butter, then stir into saucepan. Stir in chicken, carrot, celery and potatoes. Mix well and pour into bottom pie crust. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown, and filling is bubbly.
Ok....here's the thing. I don't unless I absolutely have to use multiple pans. I sauteed the vegetables first, added the 1/2 cup of butter and flour to make a roux. Then the chicken broth. I also added a glog of cream for some richness. I made sure that the mixture was very thick. I even let it set to cool a bit before baking to set up some more.
Look how it stayed together!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tuesday -- Dinner with my Mom
Wednesday -- Chicken Wings and Steamed Broccoli
Thursday -- Vegetable Beef Soup and Rolls
Friday -- Kitchen Closed
Saturday -- Beef Stir Fry
Sunday -- Roast Chicken with Carrots, Potatoes and Onions
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The best green beans in the world are trimmed, rinsed, put in a big pot, throw some raw bacon in that's been cut in about inch pieces, salt, pepper, some chopped onion and then another big scoop of bacon grease. You put this on the stove and bring it to a boil. After, reduce to a simmer and let it cook all day.
Now these are the green beans that are COOKED. Definitely not 'tender-crisp.' Cooked enough to make a good pot-liquor in your pan. Good enough to eat as a soup! Take a look....
I served the beans with meatloaf and mashed potatoes, making a very nice dinner and wonderful leftovers for the week.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
As I kept asking, I found that it apparently only meant chicken.
Eager (albeit confused) to please I made some boneless fried chicken fingers with a garlic-horseradish mayo for dipping.
This was a good football watching snack for the weekend. I mixed some salt, pepper and a bit of cayenne in flour. Dropped the tenders in beaten egg and cream and a couple of drops of hot sauce and then rolled in the flour. Fried them in a large skillet with about 1/4 of an inch of canola oil until they were nice and brown and crispy.
For the mayo -- it was a bit of a tasting experience. Some mayo, a good dousing of garlic powder and a heaping spoon of horseradish.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
1 pkg Green Giant Frozen Creamed Spinach - Cooked
3 TB Heavy Cream
3 TB (maybe more...I'm not sure) Parmesan Cheese
A couple of heavy dashes of Cayenne Pepper
12 Oysters - Shucked, rinsed and detached (I'm sure there's another term for that)
Pile the spinach mixture on each oyster in the shell. Top with additional parmesan cheese. Place on outside grill (set on high) until the mixture is bubbly and you can kind of see the oyster curling up a bit (it's done then). CAREFULLY - remove with tongs avoiding losing one (rolling my eyes) in between the grates of the grill.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
1. When he was little he would hide in the racks of clothes while I shopped. He didn't make a mess or anything, he would just sit in the middle of it all.
2. He is very passionate. Sometimes it's with the wrong things, but, nonetheless, he's a passionate person.
3. He's clean and sober. And he's just as passionate about that as he was when he wasn't clean and sober.
4. He's thankful for his family and his life and his job. All the things we all take for granted every day but he takes the time to communicate to people.
5. He cuts his own hair better than he could ever pay someone else to do. Seriously.
6. He spends more time getting ready to go somewhere than anyone I've ever known.
7. He loves coffee.
8. He can't tolerate a mess for long. He will for a while and then all of a sudden (usually at 3am) he'll break out the cleaning supplies and won't stop until it's done.
9. He loves really good food. He would make a good restaurant critic.
10. He reads the Wall Street Journal and enjoys it.
11. When he's talking to me on the phone, I hear him say 'excuse me,' 'thank you,' 'please,' and 'hey...how are you doing?' to people on the street and that makes me smile.
12. He makes sure he calls his Grandmother every couple of days to see what she's up to.
13. He is very GAP-ish. He look like he stepped out from the pages of a GAP ad.
14. He pretends he knows nothing about picking out clothes so the sales girls will help him. In actuality he's critiquing their clothing choices in his head at the same time.
15. When he was in High School his Algebra teacher had him be the substitute teacher when she had meetings.
16. His laugh is cool. Not as cool as Megan's (sorry Mike) but it's genuine and fun.
17. He likes all kinds of music. Once when he was little, he came home from hearing an orchestra play at school and said he could feel it in his heart.
18. He finally likes himself.
19. He never once was embarrassed by me like some teenagers were....ya know the ones who wouldn't even walk near their parents at the mall -- acting like they didn't know them.
20. Was afraid of a german shepherd in our neighborhood and was so startled that when he ran into the house he forgot to close the door and the dog followed him into clear into my bedroom. This is really a very funny story - much funnier than it sounds here - but he and Meg know!
I love you Mikey! You've turned into lovely, kind person who will do good work in this world someday. I truly believe that.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
, 2006, Robin Miller, All rights reserved
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and set pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook 3 minutes, until soft. Transfer spring roll wrapper to a flat surface. Top with steak, onions and provolone cheese in bottom third of wrapper. Roll wrapper one time, fold in ends, and roll up. Place on prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
Roast cheese steak egg rolls and peppers 15 minutes, until wrappers are golden brown.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
1 can of frozen cranberry juice
1 can of frozen lemonade
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I tried making these once before and they were a flop. I think that I tried to cook them fast – like my bacon wrapped shrimp – so the bacon would get nice and crispy. So I changed my strategy – LOW AND SLOW this time and it worked well.
I sliced the jalapenos in half. Gutted them (not completely because I wanted a bit of heat) and stuffed 4 peppers with a sharp cheddar cheese spread and the other four with cream cheese with some onion and garlic powder. I put the two halves together and bound them with a piece of bacon. Now I think that most people would have maybe cut the piece of bacon in half? Seriously?? I say…the more bacon, the better!
I had the grill on low and cooked the peppers with the lid on. I had a bit of cheese bubble out but not much. I also – about half way through – turned off one of the burners and cook on indirect heat just to slow the cheese escaping.
These were REALLY good. I mean, REALLY GOOD. The peppers were hot….ya know sometimes you can’t really know how hot they’re going to be. I had tears running down my face but yet….could not quit eating them. I will definitely do this again and experiment with the flavors and cheese inside the peppers.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The first time I cooked these ribs I’d forgotten to remove that nasty membrane from the back of the rack. So after thawing the ribs overnight, I trimmed off that flap of meat on the backside, successfully loosened the membrane about three ribs from the end, worked it loose to the end, grabbed the ‘handle’ I created with a paper towel and pulled it right off. No big deal! And what a difference in the end result!
I rubbed the ribs with my dry rub – brown sugar, paprika, garlic and onion powders, chili powder, dry mustard. I placed them on a baking sheet and wrapped it tight. Into a 250 degree oven they went for 4 hours. After, I threw them on the grill and basted them with Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce. They were falling off the bone tender. If I had to do all over (and I will!) – I’d lessen the time in the oven and more time on the grill. Although extremely tender I would like to pick up the rib and be able to eat the meat off the bone.
I served some Publix Southern-Style Potato Salad along side the ribs with a bit of extra sauce.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
1 pound dried great Northern beans, soaked overnight
1 teaspoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 small can of tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 ham bone with some meat
3 cups boiling water, or as needed
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until tender and golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes to the skillet, and cook for a minute to blend flavors.
Place the soaked beans in the dutch oven. Stir in the brown sugar, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard powder. Bury the ham bone in the beans, and fill the pot with enough hot water to cover the beans. Add bay leaves to the top.
Cover and cook for medium low for about 5 hours. Take off lid and remove bone picking off the meat and putting back in pot. Cook another hour or so until it thickens slightly. Remove bay leaves, and season with vinegar, hot sauce, salt and pepper before serving.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
1 pkg onion soup mix -- mixed with a bit of water
Healthy squirt of ketchup
10 shakes of worchestire sauce
Smear some ketchup over the top of it!!
Form and bake in 350 degree oven for about an hour and half. Or until it's done.... I'll serve it tonight with some mashed potatoes and roasted carrots.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Chop one onion fine. Saute with meat in olive oil -- throw in some chopped garlic. Last night I used hot italian sausage.
1 large can of tomato juice
2 large cans of tomato paste
1 can (tomato paste) red wine
Italian Seasoning mix
2 large bay leaves
Chopped dried basil
Crushed red pepper flakes
Let this bubble away for about 3 hours. I'm telling ya, it's good enough to put in a bowl and eat as soup!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I made copious amounts when Mark and I went camping recently. Sure did taste good in the hot sun!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
This last time we went with Megan and Mike. Meg had a pass to Universal that she got for Teacher Appreciation Week (hey! how about a raise instead for those poor teachers!!) and Mark, Mike and I had only a month left on our annual passes so we picked Meg up in Tampa and Mike met us there. Our plan was to get through Islands of Adventure, eat lunch, and then Mike would have to leave to go to work, but then we would go to Universal Studios.
We began of course with our usual appetizer but added the hush puppies with the chunks of mahi-mahi in them. I didn't have any but the other three said they were delish (and they were gone so I believe them). Megan and I decided to order the Shrimp Platter -- I'm sure there is a cute name to it, I just don't know what it is.... we got a sampling of fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, coconut shrimp, and shrimp tempura (in my head, I'm saying this in Bubba's voice...ha). Mike got a BBQ pork sandwich that he took half of it home with him, and Mark had the shrimp po' boy with the best remoulade sauce ever.
It was good fun. The waiter came by with some trivia questions about Forrest Gump. I told him you better make them hard because the twins have seen the movie about 50 times (seriously...at least!). They answered things I never would have known the answer to! Only one or two that they didn't know! Very impressive. In fact, I didn't think the waiter would ever leave. I think he was determined to stump us!
And of course you can't leave without having your picture taken on the bench with the candy and Forrests' shoes.....
Monday, July 7, 2008
Seemed like there were a number of tourists there STILL. How do they find this place??
After lunch we went into the fish market (which is why we went there to begin with) and bought some fresh mullet so Mark could smoke it. They clean it while you watch. Can't get any fresher than that!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Of course I had to try something new. It had the usual components of smoked sausage and sauerkraut but you add some chicken stock, a whole mess of onions and the best part -- SOUR CREAM. In my book, if you add sour cream to anything it's a winner. This was pretty gross. Trust me - it's not even worth cutting and pasting the recipe in here. And poor Mark was scared to say anything. I have two more helpings to get through and then I can erase the entire thing from my mind.
I also roasted some cauliflower which I doused in butter and grated asiago cheese and that was super good! Again....I'm sure Mark was less than thrilled! The picture looks like blobs of white goo...which pretty much sums up the entire dinner!
Oh....and could someone come in to my house and get rid of that damn pineapple upside down cake! Today!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Ok, so anyway -- 30 hours of low-carbing. Which consists of two breakfasts, two lunches, two snacks and one dinner. For breakfast both days I had two egg muffins (like mini quiches without the crust) with ham and cheese. They were pretty good but I could have used more. For lunch the first day I had a hamburger patty and a small green salad with feta cheese and some sliced onion. For dinner last night I had sloppy joe mixture without the bun and some fresh steamed broccoli (and then a square of chocolate and then a 1 inch square of pineapple upside down cake). Today for lunch I had leftover sloppy joes and broccoli. Tonight I'll make sausage and sauerkraut. Hopefully I'll remember to take a picture of it and post it. :) I did indeed put my camera on the charger.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I'm embarrassed by the number of birthday presents my family gave me.
- Picture frames
- Candles/Candle Holders
- Toaster (digital!)
- Oven Liner
- FSU Serving Platter
- Croc Sandals
- 2 - Cake Plates
- Placemats and Napkins
- A Vase
- Bealls Gift Certificate
- A Painting for over the sofa
Then I'm embarrassed over dwelling on the thing I didn't get --
- Fake fruit for the bowl in the living room!
Them I'm depressed that I miss my son and thought that he felt bad about not being there today.
I loved my birthday meals. My mother-in-law made spaghetti and meatballs with garlic toast and salad. For dessert we had pineapple upside down cake. It was all delicious.
Today, my ma made her brisket that is delicious with cranberries and portobella mushrooms and lots of wine that it bakes in. She had carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes, bread and then carrot cake for dessert. For appetizers she had sangria, olive tapenade, marinated fresh mozzerella and spicy almonds. It was very yummy and I'm still full.
I am going to charge my camera and start this blogging thing ALL OVER. I will also be blogging my low-carb successes and failures. Mostly failures if the past is any prediction!! But I'll give it a whirl.
By the way, I'm 48 years old. And not in a Heather Locklear sort of way, either.... which is another reason for my depression.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Back to the soup. Chicken thighs cooked in water with spices until done. When cooled, picked apart and plopped back in the broth along with carrots and onions, basil, poultry seasoning, a bit of garlic and pepper. I added dumplings that I bought at the store (freezer section – can’t remember the brand). DEEEEEE-LISH! Take a look….
Saturday, February 9, 2008
But overall it was very tasty. Mom joined us and brought a bottle of pear (hard) cider. That was our dessert! :)
Friday, February 8, 2008
Anyway, the game is live. Winners get food coupons (40 for 1st; 20 for 2nd, and 10 for 3rd place). The questions are not easy. Well I guess the questions are easy – it’s the answers that get hard. For instance, does anyone know that the Orient Express ends in Istanbul and never actually goes to the Orient?? Or that the vanilla bean comes from an orchid?? No…I didn’t think so. We actually got those correct. What did we get wrong? The year of the first computer virus (1986, NOT, 1975) and the name of the couple involved in Whitewater scandal with the Clinton’s (the McDougals, duh!!)
Bob and Marybeth joined us this week. It was their first time. Here’s Bobbo in his Cletus costume. Bob claimed that he wouldn’t know a single question. And damned if the first question was about hockey…and of course he’s the ultimate hockey fan!
One of my favorite things to eat at Cherry’s is the Big Dipper. Roast beef with sautéed onions and swiss cheese on a hoagie roll. Comes with warm au jus and I substitute onion rings (breaded, not battered).