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Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Another Frittata On Friday

Posted by terrepruitt on September 24, 2021

Ahhhh today’s Friday Photo was last night’s dinner. Just a simple frittata with leeks, potatoes, green bell peppers, and cheese. I basically use the recipe in my Eggcellent Dinner post for all my fritattas changing the add-ins and number of eggs. We have leftovers now. YAY! Ha, turns out I have posted a frittata for a Friday Photo before, but now I have a pan that can go in the oven, so it is more frittata-y.

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Chicken, Asparagus, Biscuits, and Cheese Sauce

Posted by terrepruitt on September 13, 2021

As a reminder my category “Recipe” is that because sometimes I don’t actually have amounts for the ingredients I use, I just basically have the idea for the dish. I was at a loss last night as to what to cook for dinner and for some reason I thought of biscuits and gravy. I don’t even eat biscuits and gravy. I had biscuits in the refrigerator so that is probably why I was thinking “biscuits”. Anyway, I threw together a dinner that turned out to be pretty tasty.

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Chicken, Asparagus, Biscuits, and Cheese Sauce

(Coconut) oil
Onion
Asparagus
2 cans of chicken
garlic salt
Worcestershire sauce

Cheese Sauce
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cup shredded (sharp cheddar) cheese

Biscuits (tube, container? What is it called)

 

Heat the oil in a pan large enough for all of your asparagus and chicken.  While the oil is heating, chop up the onions, then put in the pan.  While the onions are cooking, wash and chop up the asparagus. Put the chopped asparagus in with the onions, sprinkle with garlic salt and cook.

While that is cooking – in a different pot – melt the butter. Add the flour while stirring.

Bake the biscuits according to the instructions on the package.

Put the drained chicken in the pan with the onion and asparagus.  Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce. The chicken is cooked, it only needs to be heated, but cook the asparagus to your liking.

Back to the sauce . . . . add the milk, stirring all the while. (My recipe says all at once, but it doesn’t work if it is cold . . . so I do it a little at a time.) Once the milk is incorporated into the roux (butter and flour), add the cheese a little bit at a time.  Stirring and keeping it on the heat until it is all melted and mixed.

To assemble split the biscuits putting the bottom half on the plate, then pile on the chicken and asparagus mixture, then spooned on some cheese sauce, then top with the top half of the biscuit.

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It was good because I like all the ingredients. The biscuits are sooooo good. It is fun sometimes to cook easy things and enjoy simple flavors.

OH!  And the leftovers!  I put the bottom half of the biscuits in an oven proof dish, then pilled the chicken mixture on top, topped it with the cheese and put it in the oven (350°) for about 30 minutes,  I put the tops of the biscuits on foil and heated them for about 10 minutes.  Then put it on plates to serve.  Delicious!

There are so many things you could do with with.  What would YOU do?

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Pizza Skewers

Posted by terrepruitt on August 30, 2021

If you know my love-hate relationship with pizza dough you may wonder why I thought it would be a good idea to try to make these Pizza Skewers. Sigh. I saw them and thought they looked great . . . . of course, they did look great, but not the ones I made. But they were still yum.

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PIZZA SKEWERS

PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW

10 to 12 wooden skewers
12 to 24 mushrooms
12 to 24 pieces of sausage – cooked
10 to 12 cherry tomatoes
pizza dough (prepared)
Italian Seasoning
olive oil (2-3 tablespoons +/-)
garlic powder
shredded mozzarella (1 cup +/-)
tomato sauce (1 to 1 1/2 cup)

If you are using wooden skewers soak them for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375° F

Wash the mushrooms, leave them whole, put them on a lined baking sheet, sprinkle them with garlic salt and put them in the oven at 375° F for ten minutes.

While the mushrooms are cooking you can cut up the sausage and roll out the dough. The dough should be rolled out to about 12 inches by 16 inches. After it is rolled out, sprinkle dough with Italian Seasoning and garlic powder. Then cut it into about 12 strips.

Put one of each item (tomato, sausage, mushroom) on the skewer spaced out – if you can fit an extra on go ahead – then secure the dough under the first item and spiral it up the skewer weaving around each item. Then place on a lined baking sheet. Brush each completed skewer with olive oil and sprinkle more Italian Seasoning (if you would like) on each. Then bake at 375° F for ten minutes.

Take them out of the oven and sprinkle with the shredded cheese and bake for 10 more minutes or until dough is cooked to your liking.

Serve with tomato sauce for dipping.
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NOTES:

  • Again, I have a horrific track record with dough and didn’t get it rolled out well enough to have 12 skewers – we end up with 9.
  • I used prepared dough.
  • I partially cooked the mushrooms with a tad bit of salt so they would end up fully cooked on the skewer PLUS to get some of the moisture out.
  • I put two pieces of sausage on my husband’s skewers and one mushroom. I had two mushrooms and one piece of sausage.
  • The tomatoes we had were VERY large, more like PLUM sized tomatoes than cherry.

These were fun and yummy. What do you think?

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Faux Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by terrepruitt on August 18, 2021

Faux Chicken Pot Pie

2 cans of chicken
one can of cream of mushroom soup
milk
sherry
bag of mixed frozen vegetables
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon garlic salt
can of biscuits

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  (SEE NOTE!)

Empty the cans of chicken into a large bowl, add the soup.  Use the can to measure the milk and sherry.  Use a ratio that you like to fill the can.  I used most milk with a splash of sherry (which is completely optional).  Empty the frozen bag of vegetables into the bowl.  Mix well.  If you feel you need more liquid than add more.  Sprinkle in a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.  Sprinkle in some garlic powder and garlic salt.  Mix everything well.  Pour the mixture into a baking dish (mine is not quite 9X13).  Spread it evenly.  Then put the biscuits on top and bake.

40 (or so) minutes at 375°F.

NOTE:  The above it what I did, but when I make this again, I am going to partially bake the biscuits bottom side.  Then I am going to put them on the mixture and then bake it all.  Putting them on top of the mixture “raw” didn’t allow the bottom of the biscuit to bake!

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This was good, but I love biscuits and it had been years since I had them so I was just happy to be having biscuits.

Do you have an easy chicken pot pie recipe?  Do you have a recipe where you use biscuits with the chicken pot pie?

 

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What’s On Your Grill?

Posted by terrepruitt on August 16, 2021

Summer is almost over. What are you favorite BBQ/grilling foods? Last night while my husband was grilling some steaks I had him cook some potatoes and zucchini. So easy. We have a bag of very small potatoes, about the size of a boiling onion. So I just cut the “large” ones in quarters and the smaller ones in half and put them in an aluminum foil “packet” with some onions, oil, garlic salt, and season salt and he grilled them for about 45 minutes. They were delicious.

Another thing I love is grilled bell peppers filled with feta. I am sure I have mentioned them multiple times because they are so good.

I didn’t take a picture of the potatoes in their packet, but snapped my plate afterwards.

What is your favorite BBQ/grilling food?

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Garbanzo Beans AKA Chickpeas

Posted by terrepruitt on August 9, 2021

I just opened a can of beans and it made me think of one of my favorite snacks. I love Roasted Chickpeas. So easy to make and super yummy. My post is about roasting them in the oven, but you can do it in a pan, too. I have yet to try sweet ones, I usually make them when I am craving salt so I have only done savory ones.

Then when I was looking for the Roasted Chickpea post I came across the Stretch the Meat post which is what I opened the can for. And then, now as I typed that title I am thinking, “Ohmy!” I . . . um . . .oh well.

Do you like garbanzo beans? What do you do with them?

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Super Fun Summer Drink

Posted by terrepruitt on July 14, 2021

So my husband discovered a “new” drink. It was a video posted by Peloton Instructor Cody Rigsby and it is so cute because many of us may know it as a wine spritzer. It is so perfect for hot weather.

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Cody Rigsby’s Fun And Flouncy Or (for some of us) Wine Spritzer With Frozen Fruit

Frozen Fruit Blend (DO NOT DEFROST)
Rosé (chilled)
Clear soda (7-Up, Sprite, etc. – chilled)
You may want a spoon to scoop up the fruit as it defrosts.

Use a fun glass that has a wide enough bottom to fit a spoon. Pour in some frozen fruit, pour in some Rosé, top off with some soda. Stir and enjoy.

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Here (hopefully it will work for you) is Cody’s video where he says frozen berries and a diet lemon lime soda.

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My husband found this frozen fruit blend and it is DIVINE! It has the tiniest blue berries, pomegranate fruit, and dark sweet cherries. The cherries are the best. I think the drink is best using whatever frozen fruit combo YOU enjoy!

 

FUN summer drink!

 

 

 

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Potato Omelette

Posted by terrepruitt on June 14, 2021

You may have seen this recipe as it was in the Costco magazine. I was telling my friend that I made potato pie and when I said the actual name she said she had seen it. It was good. I will do it again. When I first saw the recipe I hadn’t read the amount of oil. When I went to make it I decided I was not going to use that much. I used less, but still it was too much, in my opinion. I don’t need the potatoes soaking in oil. It says to use a slotted spoon to remove them from the pan . . . I did that plus I set them on a paper towel to drain a bit before I put them in the eggs. I also used garlic salt, of course.

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Potato Omelette

6 medium gold potatoes
1 large onion
1 1/2 cups olive oil
Garlic salt
10 eggs

Peel the potatoes then slice them into 1/8 inch rounds, then quarter the rounds. (After peeling the onion) cut the onion into 1/8 inch rounds, then cut the slices in half.

In a large skillet heat the oil, then cook the potatoes until tender, turning them as necessary, then add the onions. As they are cooking sprinkle with garlic salt.

In a large bowl (large enough to hold all ten eggs AND the potatoes) beat the eggs adding salt as desired. Then using a slotted spoon add the potatoes. If you want, you can do as I did and let the potatoes drain a bit on a paper towel. Mix the potatoes in with the eggs and let sit 3 to 4 minutes.

In an 8 inch nonstick skillet heat about 1 tbsp. oil (I used the potato oil) over medium heat. Coat the pan with the oil then pour half of the potato mixture in the pan and cook until the edges are done. Then place a plate – bigger than the pan if you have it – over the pan and flip the egg-potatoes onto the plate then slide it back into the pan to cook the uncooked side. Do the same with the remaining egg potato mixture.

Serve in slices.

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The recipe said it serves 10. Personally when I eat eggs . . . especially if it is my meal, I eat more than one egg. This was two meals for us.

Next time I make it I will use WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY less oil to cook the potatoes (WAY LESS!!) and I will use half the ingredients making one “Tortilla Espanola” instead of two. It was really good though. I do think the oil soaked potatoes helped make it really rich and filling.

And I was so intent on making the darn thing I didn’t take pictures along the way . . . so what else it knew.

I think this can be served with anything you eat eggs with. You could top it with salsa and/or sour cream and/or guacamole and/or cheese. You could throw some greens on top of it or even meat. It is eggs and potatoes so it is VERY versatile.

Looking forward to making it again.

What do you think?

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Faux Cheesecake

Posted by terrepruitt on May 26, 2021

We had neighbors observing Ramadan and they were so kind as to bring us some treats. One of the treats was an individual sized “eggless” cheesecake which tasted like something I used to make. I call it Faux Cheesecake. I looked up the recipe and I found several, all with different toppings. I don’t like the toppings and was just interested in making the “cheesecake”. In this case, when I say I “looked up the recipe” I actually mean in my recipe book. All of the recipes were from a specific magazine (I don’t even know which one because these were the pages ripped out). But there was also a handwritten (by me) recipe. It doubled one of the ingredients. So when I made this in the past I decided that I need TWO bricks of cream cheese not just one as the recipes stated.

Also the recipe includes the making of the crust. When I made this (these) recently I didn’t make the crust, I used those little individual graham cracker pie crust that are premade. I also . . . . as usual, didn’t plan on posting this so I didn’t take pictures. but I realized I wanted to post it so I would use the correct recipe.

What makes this a “FAUX” cheesecake is there are no eggs and no baking which I think are two things normally done with a REAL cheesecake, but it is delicious!

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Faux Cheesecake

CRUST Ingredients:

1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 7 graham crackers)
1/4 cup sugar

FILLING Ingredients:

2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese (softened)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla

CRUST directions:

Melt the butter in a pan over low heat. Stir in the cracker crumbs and sugar, mix well. Once the mixture has cooled a bit press it into an 8 or 9 inch square pan. Then chill.

FILLING directions:

In a large bowl us a  electric handmixer to beat the cream cheese, then add the lemon juice and vanilla. Keep mixing the cream cheese, scrapping the beaters as necessary. Add in the condensed milk. Mix until smooth and creamy and everything is incorporated. Then pour into the graham cracker crust. Chill for about four hours before serving.

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I spooned the mixture into the individual graham cracker crusts. There were six in a package. I had a lot of filling left over so I put it in my mini-muffin pan. So now we have little tiny “faux” cheesecake bites. We have to eat them out of the muffin pan because they don’t pop out. They might if they are frozen.

I kind of like the little bites because they are a good way to portion control.

This is a really quick and easy way to get the cheesecake texture and flavor you may be craving without making and baking a cheesecake.

Do you like topping on your cheesecake?  Like what?

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Things I Put Ricotta On

Posted by terrepruitt on May 10, 2021

You may be familiar with the story from last year: My husband has been doing the shopping since we have been sheltering-in-place. One time I asked him to get ricotta . . . the only kind I know comes in a specific container and is in a specific spot in the store . . . I described both to him. He came back with different kind. He said that the one I wanted wasn’t there and I have experienced that myself so I am not saying he didn’t see it. He said he got some other kind from the deli case (THE DELI CASE? $$$) It doesn’t matter, what he brought home is heaven in a tub and I love. (It turns out is doesn’t cost more than the other brand.) Since I think this new-to-me-brand is so yummy I have been putting it on many things. While I used to put the other kind on things when I remembered I am going out of my way to put this stuff in and on things.

Things I put ricotta on:

My Quesadillas as you may have seen.
My breakfast sandwich
Our salads
Our pastas one was just the cheese and the other one I added to the sauce
And, our pizza, of course, that is what started this whole thing

I wish I would have taken a picture of what I used it on today for lunch. I toasted some sliced sour dough bread, spread on some ricotta, then piled on some chicken, sprinkled on a little shredded mix of cheese and toasted it more – to warm up the chicken and melt the cheese. It was so good. I was eating so late and was so very hungry I didn’t think of it being a great addition to “Things I Put Ricotta On”.

It is yummy.

Do you put ricotta on anything?

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