I found this really cool idea. I have pots of of Rosemary and Marjoram outside on my deck but the weather is getting cold and they’re going to die. So I took some scissors and cut up the leaves into ice cube trays and then poured a little olive oil into each cube. They froze beautifully and I will be able to take them and throw them in a pan to sauté whenever I want a little flavor throughout the winter!
I saw a recipe for something like this and couldn’t really remember it so improvised. Soooo easy and best potatoes EVER!!! Here’s how:
Boil some little red potatoes.
Place them on a cookie sheet and kind of smash them a bit with a fork.
Sprinkle them with garlic powder,salt and pepper.
Brush a little melted butter on each tater .
Bake at 350 till slightly golden on top, about 40 minutes.
Very easy and just so yummy!
Made these last night. I did add two sweet sausage to the recipe I would add more next time. Easy to do and froze the extras for later.
- 1-1/3 cups brown rice
- 2-2/3 cups water
- 11 ounces ground beef
- 5/8 onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons chopped mushrooms, or to taste
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 5/8 (26 ounce) jar tomato sauce
- 5/8 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 5/8 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 4 red bell peppers, tops and seeds removed
- 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste
- Bring brown rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, place a cover on the saucepan, and simmer until the rice is tender, about 40 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Break ground beef into small pieces and place in the skillet. Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic; cook and stir until the beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Mix beef mixture into brown rice.
- Stir tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning into the rice mixture and season filling with salt and black pepper.
- Arrange bell peppers in a baking dish. Spoon filling into bell peppers.
- Bake in preheated oven until the peppers are tender, about 1 hour. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the stuffed peppers to serve.
http://bakedinthesouth.com/2013/03/crockpot-freezer-cooking-part-5/ I saw this post online from a friend and had to try it. I work a few 12 hour shifts per week as a nurse, and it is hard to plan meals for those nights. I have my mom living with me who used to cook on those nights but now she is forgetting how due to Alzheimers….so it is nice to have something on hand to plop into the crock pot when I get home from work in the morning..
most of my ingredients
all my bags full of stuff
I cant wait to try and see how these turn out. It was a bit of work tonight, but will hopefully make my life easier and yummier in the long run!
This last weekend my friend Daina and I visited Door County, WI. We enjoyed shopping, beachcombing, and kayaking, but one of our favorite things was the Fish Boil. This is a centuries old tradition of this area, and was a cooperative effort between local farmers and fisherman to feed the lumberjacks. It is still a popular dish and no one has found a way to improve on the technique, so it continues to this day. You can experience this feast at many local restaurants several days of the week. We went to Pelletier’s , check it out; here’s their website : http://doorcountyfishboil.com
Here is the “Master Boiler”, who has built a wood fire under a large kettle, added whole red potatoes, sweet whole onions, and salt. The salt serves to increase the boiling temperature. When the veggies are done, the Whitefish is added, having been freshly caught by local fishermen in Lake Michigan. The oil from the fish begins to rise to the top, necessitating the need for a “boil over”. This is done in order to burn off that oil, so that it does not adhere to the food as it is served.
The Master Boiler throws a container of diesel fuel into the wood fire underneath the kettle. Immediately a huge fireball ensues, engulfing the entire kettle. The kettle is then removed by two men with a metal pole, brought to the kitchen, and the food is immediately served.
The meal consists of the fish, potatoes, onion, homemade coleslaw, and a variety of bread. Many people choose to douse their fish and veggies in butter and/or lemon (I did!). I ordered the lite eater’s version. You can get a larger plateful if you wish. Dessert consists of homemade cherry pie made with fresh local cherries from a nearby orchard. I must admit I had my doubts about boiled fish, but I must say it was very moist and delicious! I would recommend a fish boil if you ever travel to Door County, it was an interesting and yummy experience!
I have recently heard how it is a good idea to brine one’s chicken before cooking it. I looked up a couple recipes and came up with my own idea based on what I had on hand. So here goes:
One half gallon Cold water
One cut up chicken
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon Splenda or 2 tablespoons sugar
I use these herbs because it is what I had growing out back… You can use whatever suits your fancy!
Place the chicken pieces into the mixture of cold water herbs salt and sugar. Let it soak for three hours or so.
Then you can either grill it outside like I did, Or bake it inside in your oven. Before grilling it I did sprinkle on a little bit more seasoned salt and rubbed it with a little bit of olive oil.
It turned out very moist and delicious and everyone loved it! I will definitely be doing this again!
We got some cube steaks on a whim. Instead of the usual chicken fried steak I tried the following.
Firstly, I seasoned the steak with my favorite Trader Joe’s Garlic salt and pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper.
I then browned the steaks and put them in a crock pot. I added one green pepper,1/2 red bell pepper,half of a large white onion (chopped), 1/8 cup finely chopped cilantro and two coarsely chopped tomatoes. The liquid was a bottle of Stubbs beef marinade.
Few hours in the crockpot and cube steak is fall apart good. Served over rice.
We ran across this little shop on our way home from the Starved Rock Lodge.
Jill and Tim own this little sweet shop in Utica, Illinois
There were many tasty cupcakes to choose from. I had strawberry cheesecake, yummy creme cheese frosting on a white cake cupcake.
Cookies and creme,Turtles,coconut dream,cotton candy and Andes mint were some of the choices.
If you ever pass through Utica, Illinois don’t pass up Two Girls and a Cupcake.
the local supermarket had a BOGO sale on ribs. So I got some,who wouldn’t?! I decided to smoke them in my lil $20 dollar garage sale grill.
They smoked for about 4 hours at 225-250 and turned out great.
I love that broccoli salad that has the bacon bits and raisins and is kinda sweet…. I just had to find a way to modify it for my low carb diet. So here’s what I did and it turned out quite tasty! No one knew it was sugar free.
One pound of chopped broccoli crowns
One small chopped red onion
One three oz container bacon bits ( I used Open Nature with no nitrates or other bad stuff)
One eight oz container fresh raspberries
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 T splenda
1/2 tsp salt
Just mix it all together. I would add the raspberries last and just stir them in lightly, otherwise they will fall apart. Best to let this sit for a couple hours before serving. Enjoy