all sorts of recipes, from me to you

all sorts of recipes, from me to you…

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HONORABLE MEMORIAL DAY


Here's to you:









I will be off to the:




Looking for my missing blogging mojo…






Have a safe, happy holiday!






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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Honey-Dijon Pork Tenderloin



This is where piquant meets sweet…

Juicy pork tenderloin drizzled with a sweet and savory sauce was delectable for dinner last night.




Pork is way up there on my list of favorites and it doesn’t get much easier than this tenderloin with its few basic ingredients ~ a little honey, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and tarragon.  It’s quick and easy to throw together for dinner tonight.

This recipe is a keeper and it will have a repeat performance here ~ cooked on the grill, whenever it warms up!


Honey-Dijon Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper

Method:

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Line a baking pan with foil, place meat in pan.
In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients, brush over pork.
Bake 25-30 minutes, basting with sauce every 10 minutes.
Cook until pork has slight blush of pink in center and meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.
Let stand 5 minutes.
Cut diagonally into slices.


ENJOY!









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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi



Scampi is the Italian word for “prawn.”  It’s also the name for an Italian-American dish called Shrimp Scampi, referring to shrimp that has been cooked in garlic butter or oil, plus a splash of wine.  It’s topped over pasta, which soaks up the delicious sauce.  




This is a lighter version that is every bit as good, substituting chicken stock and lemon juice for wine, and cutting out the butter and back on the oil. 


If you keep a bag of shrimp in the freezer, and broccoli as well, like I do; then, you have the ingredients on-hand for a quick dish for dinner to go along with a green salad and hot garlic bread!


Shrimp and Broccoli Scampi

Ingredients: 
8 ounces thin spaghetti
12 ounces broccoli florets
Cooking spray
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method:

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt.
Add broccoli in the last 2 minutes of cooking; drain well.
Heat large skillet over high heat and coat pan with cooking spray.
Add shrimp, cook 2 minutes on each side; remove from pan.
Heat butter and oil in pan over medium-low heat.
Add garlic, sauté 1 minute.
Add stock, bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl.
Stir cornstarch mixture into stock mixture, cook 1 minute.
Stir in shrimp, pasta mixture, parsley, juice, salt and pepper.
Cook 1 minute, tossing to coat.
Sprinkle with Parmesan.
Serves 4



ENJOY!







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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Oven-fried Cornmeal Battered Catfish



No grilling in the rain here ~ oven-fried catfish is the way to go ~ it saves calories, plus there’s no need for a deep fryer, which leaves you with a messy kitchen.




Cornmeal is the secret to a crisp baked coating for this delicious catfish. 
It’s a moist baked catfish with great seasonings:  celery seed, paprika, thyme and garlic and onion powders.  




Crispy crust on the outside and tender catfish on the inside, this catfish is guaranteed to give you a scrumptious meal!


Oven-fried Cornmeal Battered Catfish

Ingredients:

½ cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
½ teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 catfish fillets
Cooking spray

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Coat a large nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.
On a plate, combine cornmeal, paprika, thyme, salt, pepper, celery seeds, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Dredge fish in cornmeal mixture, covering both sides.
Place on baking sheet.
Lightly spray each fillet with cooking spray.
Bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes, depending upon thickness of fish.
Serve with tartar sauce and/or lemon slices.

ENJOY!







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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Scalloped Portobello and Cauliflower


 Here’s a cauliflower-mushroom combo that will perk up dinner for you!




This is a Chicago Tribune recipe that I have slightly adapted.  The original calls for 6 tablespoons of butter, plus more for coating the baking dish.  I substituted 2% milk for half-and-half, sharp yellow cheddar for white cheddar cheese, and added cracked pepper to the dish.


Ready to bake


It’s an impressive, tasty side that’s good enough for company.  I could easily make a meal of it ~ that’s how good it is!


Scalloped Portobello and Cauliflower
Adapted
  
Ingredients:

1 large head cauliflower, broken into florets
1 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
¾ cup water
4 tablespoons butter, divided
4 shallots, finely chopped
5 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cracked pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika
1¼ cups 2% milk
¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
¼ cup panko bread crumbs
Non-stick cooking spray

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place 1-inch water and cauliflower florets in a 6-quart stockpot and bring to a boil.
Cook, covered, 7 to 10 minutes, or until tender; drain.
In a large saucepan, combine mushrooms and water; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, simmer, covered, 10 minutes.
Drain mushrooms, reserving 1/3 cup cooking liquid.
In same saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat until hot.
Add shallots and mushrooms, cook and stir until shallots are tender and lightly browned.
Stir in flour, salt, pepper and paprika until blended.
Gradually, stir in milk and the reserved mushroom liquid.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2-4 minutes until thickened.
Place cauliflower in an 11” x 7” baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.
Cover with mushroom sauce.
Sprinkle with cheese, then bread crumbs.
Dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
8 servings


ENJOY!






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Monday, April 27, 2015

Chicken Baked w/Broccoli, The Southern Living Way



It will be 35 years this August that I’ve lived in the Midwest, but my heart is also in the South, where I grew up.

And that’s where Southern Living enters the picture.  I read about a 1981 cookbook, Southern Living Cookbook for Two here (unfortunately I can’t find the exact post on Nellie’s blog), and knew it meant a visit to Amazon was in order ~ as this cookbook addict hasn’t meant a cookbook, particularly from Southern Living, that she didn’t like. 



I write all over my cookbooks, do you?



It’s a great cookbook with many more recipes I’ll be trying.  And, incidentally, after all these years, I still have a subscription to Southern Living magazine.

As to the recipe, this is one of the most tender, delicious chicken dishes I have ever made, with Bill concurring!  The winning combination of chicken, broccoli, mushrooms, and cheese turns this casserole into a mouthwatering dish.  I slightly adapted the recipe by adding mushrooms and less butter.



Headed to the oven


It’s a good filling meal for this time of year, that’s simple and only needs a green salad to round out the dinner.  Here’s hoping you like it also, should you make it!






Chicken Baked w/Broccoli

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 (8-ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (10-ounce) package frozen broccoli florets
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup milk
½ cup (2-ounces) shredded Cheddar Cheese
½ teaspoon coarse-ground pepper
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
Hungarian Paprika

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place chicken in a 2-quart baking dish, and drizzle with butter.
Spread mushrooms over top.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Cook broccoli according to package directions, al dente; drain.
Arrange around chicken breasts.
Combine soup, milk, cheese and pepper.
Pour over chicken and broccoli.
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and paprika.
Bake an additional 20 minutes.

ENJOY!








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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Baked Midwest Goulash



You all probably know that traditional goulash originates in Hungary, and is closer to beef stew; while the American version of goulash is filled with macaroni and browned, ground beef.




Besides meat and pasta, here in the Midwest, goulash is packed with mushrooms, bell peppers, diced tomatoes with shredded cheese spread over the top before baking. 



Voila!


This recipe makes a lot; it fills two 2½-quart casseroles.  There’s plenty for company, or freeze one to bake on a day when you don’t feel like being in the kitchen for long, preparing dinner!

It’s still chilly here with howling winds the last few days; even a little snow yesterday, so this is the perfect comfort meal for that sort of weather!


Baked Midwest Goulash

Ingredients:

2½ pounds ground round beef
1 pound elbow macaroni 
Olive oil
½ each of green, orange and yellow pepper, diced
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ pound sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
3 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
Seasoned salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
Shredded cheddar or mozzarella, optional for garnish
Cooking spray

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook macaroni according to package directions, al dente; rinse and drain well.
In a large skillet, sauté the onions, peppers, garlic and mushrooms, in a little olive oil, until tender, and transfer to a large bowl.
In the same skillet, brown ground beef and chop into bite-size chunks.
Transfer meat to bowl with mushrooms, etc.
Add soy sauce, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes to mixture and combine well.
Season with salt and pepper.
Coat casseroles or large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Transfer meat mixture to baking dish.
Bake, covered, for 40-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Uncover and scatter cheese over top and bake another 15 minutes, if desired.

Serves 8 to 10


ENJOY!






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