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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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Roast chicken, asparagus , fried potatoe wedges and fresh bread

This is one of my favorite meals, ever. I picked up a whole chicken at the grocery store. I stuffed the chicken with onions, garlic, and thyme. I squeezed a whole fresh lemon and added just a bit of sea salt and pepper for the skin. In order to keep the skin crispy, I lightly covered it with olive oil. I roasted the chicken (uncover) for 20 minutes per pound at 350. The potatoes were simply sliced, seasoned (light olive oil and seasoning salt) and baked for an  hour. I steamed the asparagus and seasoned that with lemon, butter, and pepper. Fresh bread was the perfect side with this easy, yet filling home cooked meal. I hope everyone enjoys their holiday this weekend.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pulled pork and homemade blue cheese dressing

I actually started the pork Sunday evening, let it cook in the crock pot with bbq sauce overnight on low. Then I drained it and added more sauce, and a whole onion for flavor. I also made a small tossed salad and blue cheese dressing.

Blue Cheese Dressing:
Ingredients
2 1/2 ounces blue cheese
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
salt and freshly ground black pepper
I also added Worcestershire (totally optional, but it gives it a nice kick).

I hope you all enjoy, and thank you of course for reading. I will be taking a small break as Ryan is coming down Thursday for the week. I will however be cooking (he likes to do that with me) and I will have recipes and pictures to share after that.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pork roast


Normally, I am pretty good about getting a picture before my food is all gone, but this was one of the most amazing meals and it did not survive that long. I took a pork roast, lined the bottom of the pan with potatoes and carrots, added a little bit of white wine and added the meat. I found that if the meat sits on the vegetables it doesn't get all icky on the bottom, so I tried it with this roast, and that worked well. The other key ingredient was a bit of fresh rosemary. The fantastic smell permeated the whole house all afternoon. If you serve this dish with fresh bread you have a very easy whole meal. The roast took between 4-5 hours on 350, but keep in mind this was a 5.5 pound roast.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Friday Night Feasting




I had the chance to hit a fresh market the other day and picked up some spectacular rib-eye steaks, and some other goodies for the weekend. I normally don't and won't show uncooked food, but these steaks were so pretty I am including a picture. This was a fairly straightforward recipe, the steaks were seasoned with sea salt, fresh pepper, fresh rosemary and a little bit of olive oil. The mushrooms were sautéed with butter and white wine. I also steamed some broccoli and cauliflower, and served with baked potatoes.

I am also going to make a pork roast this weekend, and corn beef and cabbage for Sunday dinner. I love being in the kitchen, It is where I am most relaxed and comfortable. I hope your weekend finds you making something wonderful, and enjoying family as well.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Easy and quick Lasagna



I took a small break to deal with finals week, I know I don't eat as I should during that time of year, but I am regrouping and starting to cook again. Last night I wanted to make a simple easy lasagna, and I have to say it took me about ten minutes to put together, and it was wonderful. Very simple directions, I browned the ground beef with a little garlic and olive oil, layered cheese (mozz and ricotta) and sauce and noodles (yes I cheated and used the ones that cook in the dish, SO much easier) and baked for about an hour.

I should be doing some cooking this weekend, so there is that to look forward to.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Chicken Salad


The urge to have a chicken ceaser salad hit me, but I was thwarted by my local grocery store. I had to improvise a bit, so I made a hot bacon dressing to accompany this amazingly tasty salad.

Fry bacon, save your grease if your going to make bacon dressing. Broil the chicken, seasoned with olive oil and italian seasoning. Shred chicken, crumble bacon, add red onion and enjoy.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Summer Salad



Tomatoes, Cucumber, Corn, and orange peppers in an olive oil and white vinegar mix.