Sunday, November 29, 2009

Back after the long Holiday

Well we had a nice Thanksgiving, and also it was Zach's Birthday. We had some friends over since my parents could not come. I made an awesome turkey, so we really did not have a lot of leftovers. So only one recipe with leftover turkey.
Zach's Castle cake:
Zach's Castle cake

My perfectly bronzed turkey:

Zach and our beautiful Black Austalorp chicken Opal:

Our sweet potato harvest(I dug them up last night):

Leftover turkey enchiladas

3 cups shredded cooked turkey
2 cups sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
12 corn tortillas
1 jar medium-hot salsa

Mix turkey, sour cream, 1 cup shredded cheese, and salt. Heat oil in frying pan over low heat. Dip the tortillas, one at a time, in the hot oil just until limp, about 5 seconds. Fill tortillas equally with turkey mixture, roll up, and arrange side by side, seam down, in a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Pour salsa evenly over the top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake in a 350° oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. If desired, sprinkle more shredded cheese over hot enchiladas before serving. Serve with additional sour cream.

German Hot Pot(an old favorite)

1 lb ground pork
1 lb smoked sausages cut into rounds
1 head of red and green cabbage each
1 onion diced
2 cloves minced garlic
lotsa salt and pepper
1 can sauerkraut
1/2 stick butter minced up to diperse
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shredded carrots
Dump all ingredients into crockpot mix and cook on low 6-8 hours and stir once in awhile. Serve over hot mashed potatoes.

Chicken Korma

1 lb diced boneless skinless chicken breast
1 lb steamed green beans
cooked basmati rice
1 package ready to serve Korma sauce

Cook chicken in 2T oil, until cooked thru. Add Korma sauce and heat thru. serve with steamed green beans and rice.

Hamburgers and fries
raw veggies and dip

Pan fried Pork Steaks
sweet potatoes
butter noodles

Season pork steak to liking. I use salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, and paprika. Cook in frying pan over medium high heat until done, turning over at least once. Cook sweet potatoes in microwave. Serve with butter noodles.

leftover buffet using all the yummy leftovers!

We are attending a potluck. I am making two dishes.
Hot wings
Goat cheese and roasted red pepper tart

Classic hot wings:
12 chicken wings or so
3 c oil for deep frying
4 oz bottle Louisiana hot sauce
4 oz butter

Cut the wings at the joints, discard the wing tips. Fry the wings in the oil until crispy, I fry about 1/2 in a batch.In a pan large enough to hold the fried chicken wings, melt the butter and add the bottle of Tabasco, mix, then add the pre-fried wings. Stir to coat the wings and serve while still warm. Serve with good blue cheese dreesing and celery.

Goat cheese and roasted red pepper tart:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
1 teaspoon minced fresh chives
2 red bell peppers(or jarred roasted red peppers)
1 cup fresh goat cheese
1/2 cup half-and-half or milk
2 tablespoons dry white wine
3 eggs

Crust: Combine flour, sugar, butter and herbs in a food processor and process until the dough forms a large ball (or mix dough using your usual pie crust method).

Press dough to about 1/8-inch thickness on the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch fluted tart, quiche or pie pan with sides 3/4 to 1 inch high. Set aside.

Filling: Roast the peppers over a flame (or under the broiler) until charred on all sides. Place in a closed paper bag for 15 minutes to steam, and then peel off the skin, cut in half and discard membranes and seeds.(can purchase ready made) Coarsely chop one pepper and cut the other into long, thin strips. Preheat oven to 375 F. Puree the goat cheese, half-and-half, wine and eggs in a food processor until smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in chopped pepper, mixing well. Pour the filling into the crust and decorate the top with the strips of roasted pepper. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, just until mixture has set and the top had slightly browned.
Have a great week everybody! hearts Evie

Sunday, November 15, 2009

two whole months...well whatevah

Menu for the week as requested by Sharon...

Pot roast

4 pounds boneless chuck roast
2 cups water
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion and mushroom soup mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 can cream of mushroom (I used a can of Amy's)
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
2 carrots, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Score roast on top and sides, and place in a medium sized oven bag. Combine water, soup mix, canned soup, and Worcestershire sauce; pour over roast. Arrange vegetables around meat. Place oven bag on a roasting pan.
Place roast in oven, and immediately reduce heat to 300 degrees. Bake for 1 1/2 hours for medium well done, or adjust time for desired doneness.

Orange chicken (Chinese style)

1 tbsp oil
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
2 cups trimmed green beans
1 red pepper cut into strips
1 4oz package of orange jello mix
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup of chicken broth
2 tablespoon oil based salad dressing (like a garlic vinaigrette or Italian dressing)
2 cloves of minced garlic

Heat oil, medium high cook chicken for 3-5 minutes or until cooked. Add green beans and pepper strips cook about two more minutes. Mix jello and cornstarch, add broth dressing and garlic. Stir well. Add to pan and cook until sauce is thick, about 3-5 minutes. Serve with hot rice.

Lazy beef stroganoff

1 lb. Roast Beef (left over)
5 oz uncooked egg noodles
4 tsp. vegetable oil`
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
1 3/4 oz. package brown-gravy mix
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tsp paprika
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook noodles according to package directions. Keep warm. Cut roast into 1 in. wide strips. In large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tsp. oil over Med-Hi heat until hot. Add beef and garlic and stir-fry for abut 1 min. Remove from skillet and add salt and pepper. In the same skillet, cook mushrooms in remaining 2 tsp. oil for 2 minutes or until tender. Add gravy mix and water; parsley and paprika. Blend well. Stir until thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Return beef to skillet, heat for 1 minute in the gravy mixture. Add noodles and sour cream, stir and serve.

Baked chicken thighs and legs
baked sweet potatoes
fresh steamed green beans

4 chicken thighs
4 chicken legs
1 lemon
2 cloves of minced garlic
olive oil
salt and pepper

Place chicken in baking pan. Pour juice of lemon over chicken. Sprinkle with Olive oil. Salt and pepper chicken. Plop garlic over chicken. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40minutes or until juices run clear.

potluck meal

Vegetable lasagna roll ups

1 (16 ounce) box lasagna noodles
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli
8 ounces mushroom stems and pieces
3 egg yolks
32 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 jars of your choice pasta sauce
1 dash nutmeg
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Cook noodles. Drain and lay flat. Thaw spinach and broccoli. Squeeze completely dry.
Drain mushrooms. Empty Ricotta cheese into deep bowl, add three egg yolks, a handful of Parmesan cheese. Add mozzarella, spinach, broccoli and mushrooms. Mix well.
Spread some sauce onto bottom of lasagna pan. Use rubber spatula to spread Ricotta mixture onto length of lasagna noodles and roll tightly. Put roll ups into lasagna pan, seam down. Fit roll ups snuggly. Add sauce to top of roll ups. Add grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for about 40 minutes. Serve with store bought garlic bread.

Blue cheese burgers
oven baked fries
raw veggies and dip

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup minced fresh chives
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, blue cheese, chives, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, salt, and mustard. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 Gently form the burger mixture into about 6 patties. Broil patties 5 minutes per side, or until done. Serve with oven baked fries and raw veggies.

Enjoy! Evie