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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pork Chops & Rice... oh yes roasted garlic!

I have never tried roast garlic before, and I am sure I will play a bit more with it, since I have some left over, but this added a certain sparkle to this tasty meal. Over the weekend, I was at at the farmers market and I managed to get saffron jasmine rice. I have to say normally those are flavors I like, this time not so much, but a bit of salt and pepper helped.


Roasting garlic is something I always wanted to try, so I grabbed some fresh garlic. To roast it, I simply used the instructions I found here:  http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/roasted_garlic/ . A couple of notes though, 35 minutes is too long (at least in my oven) and I used butter instead of olive oil. I will be adding my roast garlic, sour creme, and a bit of horseradish  as a topper for baked potatoes, later in the week. I must say, I love roast garlic and it makes the house smell amazing.

For the pork chops, I simply seasoned with seasoning salt and pepper and the roasted garlic, baked at 350 for 30 minutes. I chose to to serve this meal with some garlic bread (are you sensing a theme?).

Till next time, fellow foodies!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bacon weeved meatloaf

This recipe was inspired by a fellow Foodie, Isabelle at Home: http://isabelleathome.wordpress.com/ here is a link for her blog (check her out she is AMAZING).  She posted last week about how meatloaf never really had a place in her home, and I can say the same thing. My boys will eat it, but they glare at me the whole time, so I though about it. What does every guy love? well... Bacon! So, I decided to give it ago. Now, I must apologize, as I am not known to follow recipes well, and I often add "a little" of this or that, but as I have learned meatloaf take more precision then that.
So, to get started I sauteed green, red, and yellow peppers and onions in butter and a little salt and pepper. As that was sauteing, I took the bacon and created a weave as it were. I attempted to slide this off wax paper and onto the meatloaf, but that trick really didn't work.

For the Meatloaf:

Veggies on their way to being ready.
I took 3 pounds ground beef (yes this makes a large meatloaf) and mixed in 2 eggs, 1 pound of Italian sausage,  2 cups milk, 2 cups bread crumbs, salt and pepper and the veggies that I sauteed. After it was all mixed, I added the bacon weave, and tucked it around the meatloaf (more like a giant meat ball). Into the oven for roughly an hour and a half, at 350 degrees. Once you hit the one hour point, you want to check frequently to make sure the bacon does not burn, and to make sure the meat is cooking properly. A note on the bacon, I used thick cut because it was better suited to cook longer.

For the homemade mashed potatoes:

and your really going to have to bear with me on the "little bit of this" and "little bit of that" measurements. I say roughly two whole potatoes for adults, and I wanted left overs so I boiled 6 large potatoes for about 30 minutes. You want the fork to go right into the potatoes to make sure it's done. Then (and this is KEY) for good mashed potatoes, you really need a good hand masher, and you crush them after adding some milk and butter and salt and pepper. This can be really good therapy, folks ;) I prefer mine with no lumps, so I continue to crush and mix them till they are smooth. I also added cheddar cheese and sour cream. I did turn the heat on for a bit to allow the cheese to melt.


Bacon weave, so pretty.

Tasty Dinner!
I must apologize for the quality of the meatloaf pictures, its not fabulous, and frankly the meatloaf didn't survive long enough to get another picture.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Really? Chicken again?

That's how I felt when I was looking at raw chicken last night, and there are 100's of things you can do with chicken, but I needed something I could fix and forget. So, then I remembered the worlds simplest chicken dish I could think of. Italian dressing is the key here, no not for marinade, just simply poured on top. You can truly serve this with whatever side dishes your family prefers. Mine likes broccoli steamed, and cheesy rice.

I covered the chicken with a 1/2 bottle of the dressing (and a sprinkle of black pepper) and stuck in the oven for an hour on 350. That should do the trick, but double check because raw chicken can be a disaster. Make sure no pink remains. Mine got a little blanked on top and it was most and tasty! So, don't let the boredom of chicken get to you, as usual: play with your food!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chicken Ceaser Salad

This is one of my favorite easy fast dinners. It's midwinter around my area, and a fresh salad helps to break the winter bla's. I start with boneless chicken breast (easier for shredding). Season with Olive oil, seasoning salt, Italian seasoning, and fresh ground pepper. Broil for 15 minutes, flip and broil for 15 minutes. As the chicken is cooking, tear the romaine lettuce into bite size pieces, and slice red onions. I took the short cut (it was a busy Tuesday evening) and used bottled dressing. Let the chicken cool, and shred, mix with dressing, add parmesan cheese and you have a healthy dinner. You can top with bacon or croutons if you like.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Simple, easy chicken dinner

This is BEYOND easy dinner, for my non foodie friends (it's ok, I still love you). First take chicken breast, sprinkle lightly seasoning salt and pepper, then cover with Italian dressing. Be sure to flip them and cover both sides. Stick in the oven at 350, for 45-60 minutes. Check to be sure there is NO pink. I just made package of simple cheesy rice, but I added real cheese and a bit of garlic pepper. Serve with fresh fruit, I went with blackberries becuase thats what I had but other options also include a salad, or fresh bread if you want.

After long delay

To my readers:
So, its been six months. What has happened in six months that has spurned the delay? The summer as usual flew by with Ryan and swimming. I also spent a lot of time getting to know new friends. We adopted a cat named Pippin, he is a wonderful addition to the family. The biggest thing (and the main reason for my neglect of this blog) is that I started my last year at Trine. I still have roughly twelve weeks of classes left, and just when I think I have it all under control, I don't. The short story is that I am sorry... but sometimes life just catches up with you. I will make it right, starting now. I will be posting a new recipe, today! Much Love my loyal readers.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Baked chicken, roasted potatoes , salad, and asparagus

This is a very basic and easy recipe that is just complicated enough to convince guests you spent hours in the kitchen. Steam the asparagus, season lightly with butter and salt and pepper. The potatoes take about an hour in the over, I like season salt and pepper and a little olive oil. For salad you can use whatever fresh produce you prefer, I like a basic salad, lettuce and cucumbers. I did add bacon bits here. The chicken was fairly easy as well, dice to bite sized pieces, take bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese in a plastic bag. Shake until chicken is coated well (if its not sticking right, dip chicken in egg wash) and bake 45 or so minutes checking to make sure it is fully cooked. Enjoy.