All posts tagged: eat

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the finished dish. I served it over spaghetti noodles, you could use any type of pasta here, regular or whole wheat of course. This really has a special depth of flavor, it is so very good. I think I will add this to my list of dishes, good enough to entertain with! Chop your onion small y’all :), just to be sure you end up with completely softened cooked onions in your finished dish. 4-6 cloves of garlic is perfect, I left them whole you can certainly chop them if you prefer. Fresh is best in my book, but dried herbs work just fine. I’m lucky in that in my neck of the woods (So. Cal.) rosemary bushes grow like crazy. Here is the mix ready to cook… After searching the web for an authentic chicken cacciatore recipe I opted to follow Ms. DeLaurentiis lead for the most part, except, my version is made in the crockpot. I adlibbed on a few things. I also took a few ideas from Saveur, one of my …

Meet Ground Turkey Chipotle Albondiga (meatball) Soup, otherwise known as… Albondiga Soup! Ole’ 💃🏻

I’ve grown to prefer ground turkey over ground round in many of my cooking escapades. The flavor is more sudtle and less meaty, I like that, especially in this soup.  Here are some of the ingredients I used… A while back I happened upon these fire-roasted diced tomatoes. I really like the flavor, they do taste roasted and that can add a great flavor layer to any recipe.  Here’s the finished soup. This soup takes some effort as the meatballs need a whole start of their own, but the effort is well worth the delicious finished bowl.  I had my dad here visiting with us for a few days recently, how lucky am I?! I love cooking for him, he is always so very appreciative.  Enjoying meals together, well,  it’s a bit like going back in time with him in a most heartwarming way, as my mother prepared many of the dishes I make for him now. It’s all love in my book.  Recipe coming soon.     g.  Happy weekend all! xxoo 

Magnificent and Moist Meatloaf

There are quite a few meatloaf recipes out there, I based this one on my own taste buds, I like to think I’ve got a bit of a handle on flavor matches, I will let you be the judge here. 😉  I hope you’ll give this meatloaf recipe a try. It really is quite tasty and definitely husband (my) approved.  Ingredients  1 pound ground turkey 1.25 pound ground beef 1 egg beaten 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp paprika  1 tsp salt 14.5 oz can diced fire roasted tomatoes  1/8 tsp salt  1/3 cup ketchup  Process Preheat oven to 375 In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients just until blended well  Press the mixture down lightly into a glass baking dish, 8 x 8 Top with the ketchup, spread evenly Place meatloaf on top of a baking sheet to catch any grease that might spill over Bake in the oven at 375 for 1 1/2 hour  Remove from the oven (very carefully) drain the grease out Cut, …

Spanish Rice 

Growing up Spanish rice was a staple in our home. My mom’s version, though a bit different than the way I like to cook mine now, was pure perfection. She did like mine, but she was always partial to her own, no tomato sauce, extra garlic, version. My, I can still picture her in our kitchen preparing her rice, aromas sweetly enveloping our home, warmly tantilzing our taste buds… Having spent an extended period of time in Spain, Barcelona mostly,  where I throughly enjoyed the cuisine and cooked and shopped like a local, I discovered that paprika (their secret ingredient) is a favorite spice there, it’s added in the cooking process of many a wonderful dish. These days I love to add paprika to my Spanish rice. This gives the rice a rich deep flavor and adds that little extra something others will be dying to know about later. 😉 Ingredients… 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup white rice 1/3 cup tomato sauce 2 cups chicken broth 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp …

Smoking Skills

We recently moved back to our family home in So.Cal., my smoker’s, of the food cooking vessel type, been patiently  waiting for my return. I recently rolled her out again…  I’m sure noooo expert but I will definitely keep trying.  Anyone out there that can offer tips? I’d greatly appreciate it.  Here I smoked a rack of pork ribs. Though they were beautiful. They were definitely over cooked, tasty, but yes definitely overdone.  Gorgeous, right?!  Simple homemade dry rub and garlic, that is what I used to season them, plenty of pepper as well.  (Hmmm, I think (starting off) this is a good set up 🤔,  side vent open too)  In the end, here are the mistakes I believed I made… Too much charcoal. I used a whole 10 pounds, I’m sure I should have just used 5 My flavor chips might have been weathered, therefore they burned to hot and too fast even though I soaked them beforehand The average temperature stayed too high around 300-350, due partly to too much charcoal, I believe  …

Easy Peasey Chicken and Rice Soup 

Mmmm, who doesn’t like a yummy  chicken soup. Here I’m making it easy peasey, but you can bet it will still be over the top flavorful. I am using leftover frozen then thawed white rice to both simplify things and to use up ingredients  I have on hand. Ha! I was expecting rain, but got this instead, sunny with more chance of sunny. All good, any weather is good soup weather! Highs in the low 60’s here in Riverside County, California, sunny and bright today, I shall take it, and this yummy soup. I sure hope you’ll give this recipe a whirl, it’s sooo very tasty. I think you’ll like it friends.  Great product here, so good in soups. (I set the frozen vegis out to defrost a bit, while the chicken, seasonings and broth cook and marry, before adding them to the soup)  Yes, using what I have in stock  and taking more shortcuts where I can today, why not?. 😊 (just happened to have these tasty bad boys on hand as well) so …

Tantalizing Tangy Potato Salad 

This about sums it up. (with the addition of a few other ingredients)  Simple ingredients yes, these I just happened to have on hand. I’d been craving something tangy for days, so naturally I went for the cocktail onions and pickles too when creating this recipe, this combo made for some very tantalizing goodness.  This comes together so quickly and it’s so delicious.  I cooked the potatoes and eggs in the same pot and water. The potatoes took about 30/40 minutes. (cooked whole, skins on)  I added the eggs in toward the end and cooked them for about 11/15 minutes in the rapidly simmering water I served my potato salad with a side of BBQ ribs, yum… bunny… yum!  Ingredients… 10 cooked red potatoes (skin on), chopped large  3 Tablespoons pimiento, chopped 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped  1 celery stalk, chopped 6-8 cocktail onions, minced 2 pickle spears, chopped 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp season salt  1/2 cup mayonnaise  Process… Combine all ingredients  Chill the salad for at least …

Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes 

A few good things can make for a good thing. I had some red potatoes to use up, decided to make Rosemary Red Potatoes to co-star with my seared sirloin dinner this evening.  This time I went to my front yard potted rosemary for help. I’m lucky, this is one of just a few things that grow well all year here in my neck of the woods and I just love the flavor it can add to certain dishes. These red potatoes will be delish with the addition of rosemary, I’m sure of it.  I trimmed off just one med size sprig today. I removed the green just by kind of pulling down at the main spring (the woodsy part) and then I chopped the rosemary up very small. This tablespoon of minced rosemary will add tons of delicious flavor to the potatoes.  All tossed up!  Ingredients… 6-8 red potatoes 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon minced rosemary  1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder Process… Preheat oven to …

Vanilla Crepes w/Fresh Fruit Medley and Cream… (Whipped That Is) 

It’s my husband’s birthday 🎈, what better way to help him start his special day.  💙 A delish and special breakfast it is… I just made the batter ahead in order to let it rest, according to Alton Brown who’s recipe I tweaked a tad… this will keep the Crepes from tearing easily. Here I sit… giving at least one hour time for the bubbles in the batter to go down. This batter can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, love that. I’m hosting a sisters (I have 4💖) slumber party in the next few months, this recipe will definitely be on my planning list.  I’m waiting for the birthday boy to awaken into his special day. Here’s the crepe recipe link, the only change I made was to add 1/4 tsp of real vanilla extract, it gives the crepes a subtle flavor of vanilla, they are delish.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/crepes-recipe.html For the finished crepes, fruit… Chop up 2/3 cups of assorted fruit To the fruit add a sweetener of …

Parmesan Chive Crusted Salmon

I’ve been craving salmon lately. Last time I was at the grocery store I decided to pick some up. I so wanted to make the salmon extra tasty (salmon is tasty on it’s own, but I wanted to do something special with it today) while still keeping it healthy. I searched the internet for ideas and came up with this… my very own take. I hope you’ll try it and let me know how you like it. Ingredients… 4 pieces of salmon 2 Tablespoons mayo 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1/2 tsp soy sauce 1/8 tsp garlic powder 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Pepper to taste 2 Tablespoons chopped chives Process… Preheat oven to 450 Lightly oil a baking pan Rinse and pat dry the salmon, remove skin if you like Combine all other ingredients Top each Salmon piece with 1 tablespoon of the mixture Place the salmon pieces in the pan Bake for 10 – 12 minutes on the top shelf of your oven, this allows the top to brown a bit. I cooked …