All posts tagged: food

Steak Or Bust

A culinary how to… Who amongst us (except for the non vegan types) does not love a good steak! I pride my myself on knowing how to cook a good one up. I was schooled on the process in culinary school years back. I thought I’d share some good info on how to with you… How to Make Steak Just Like a Steakhouse – Food Network Bon appetit! g. *stock photo (for now) Pictured here, a new york steak, currently my fav. cut. I will post my own photo as soon as I can wait long enough after cooking one up before digging in to take get a shot.

The King’s Supreme Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This recipe could not be easier. I took an already great recipe I found on the web and tweaked it to my liking while considering what I had on hand in my kitchen, Peanut Butter Banana Bread it is! I am playfully calling it the King’s (as in Elvis) because from what I understand he loved the combo… bananas and peanut butter, yum! I must say this bread is delicious, it is deliciously decadent , but not too sweet and I mean that in a good way. The peanuts and peanut butter give it a great depth of flavor. Had to give you an inside look, plus… I had to have a test 😉 slice. Oh so good. Ingredients 3 very ripe bananas 1/3 cup melted butter 1 beaten egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanut 1/4 cup peanut butter pinch of salt Process Preheat oven to 350 Butter a glass loaf pan In a mixing bowl mash the bananas until smooth Add in the melted …

Grandma Jean’s Milk Gravy

Want a yummy and comforting food treat for breakfast? Try my mother in laws Milk Gravy the next time you are craving biscuits and gravy. It is so delicious! I never knew milk gravy existed during my pre-mom-in-law days long ago. Boy, was I missing out on a whole lot of yummy goodness Nothing wrong with a food treat, cheat meal, right? All in moderation, that’s key. Here’s just about all you need, but don’t forget the pepper. Start your roux (roux = a fancy culinary term for your thickening agent here) Cook your bacon and set aside the fat (drippings). I made 6 thick cut slices and it rendered about 1/2 cup fat. After adding in the milk bring the mixture to a soft boil All thickened up I made it easy on myself, store bought definitely works. I used the same cookie sheet that I cooked the bacon on (after the bacon fat is drained off) to cook the biscuits. This gives the biscuits a slight and oh so nice bacon flavor. Top …

Broccoli Casserole

I came across a similar recipe on facebook. After doing some recipe research I came up with my own version. This comes together quickly. Pop it in the oven and you’ll be free to tend to the rest of your meal prepping. Ingredients 4 cups fresh chopped broccoli 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 egg, beaten 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 1/4 cup monterey jack cheese, grated 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated 1/4 cup crushed croutons, I used a mixed type with both dark pumpernickel and light croutons. I crushed them myself. First I placed a few handfuls of croutons in a plastic ziplock bag, then I used the back of a stainless steal measuring cup to crush them. (primitive yes, but it worked) Process Preheat oven to 375 Combine the broccoli, cream of chicken soup, mayo, egg, salt and pepper. Mix well. Place mixture into a small casserole dish, I used an 8 x 4 dish Top with the grated cheese Next, sprinkle the top with the bread crumbs …

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 …

BBQ Ginger (Ale) Whole Chicken In The Crockpot 

Here’s what you need 1 whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry Half an onion, sliced 1 cup ginger ale  4 cloves garlic, peeled left whole  1 spring of fresh rosemary, or a tsp dried rosemary  1 1/2 tsp salt divided  1/8 tsp pepper  1 tsp ground paprika (not pictured)  2 cups of your fav bbq sauce  Slice up half an onion and layer your crockpot with the slices.  Stuff your chicken with the 4 garlic cloves (peeled and whole), the rosemary spring and 1 teaspoon of salt.  Place the chicken in the crockpot. Sprinkle the outside of the chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon of paprika and 1/8 tsp of pepper. Now pour 1 cup of your favorite ginger ale (not diet) around the chicken.  Next, pour 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce on top of the chicken. Cook on low in a crockpot for 8 – 8 1/2 hours. Here I’m using a large chicken, 5.5 pounds, so I set the timer for 8 1/2 hours.  The result is the most …

My Momma’s Galletas, A Savory Snack 

These are a savory fold over snack. I still don’t know why my mom called them galletas, from what I understand galleta is Spanish for cookie. Well, a sweet treat they are not. Savory, flaky and delish, they definitely are! Growing up these were always a very welcomed treat. My mom made them from time to time. Honestly, looking back, I think she whipped these up when the choices were slim when trying to provide us with a snack, it was during these times that the household food supply was low and money was too, I’m sure. Coming from a family of 8 children, I still don’t know how my parents did it. I am so thankful that both my parents created many a good memory for us, many of which are centered around good food. How blessed are we. Today, on my mother’s 81st heavenly birthday I recreated one of my most favorite good foods… well, this time I made them for you Momma. I love you! I’m ready to roll… literally Gather your …