All posts tagged: foodblog

Caldo De Res (Beef Stew)

My Mother’s version of Caldo De Res is the very best, here is my hard thought out re-creation of how she made it, with all respect Momma. ❤️ Miss you so…….. For me, this soup is the ultimate pot of goodness. Making this brings back sweet memories of having my Momma here on earth with us. I just love good food memories, don’t you?. 1 pound beef shank 2 1/4 pounds beef roast, cut in cubes 2 tablespoons cooking oil 8 cups water 2 cups beef broth 1/4 white onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled left whole 2 tomatoes cut into 8ths 2 bay leaves 2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground cumin 1/8 tsp pepper 1 1/2 cup baby carrots 1-2 large zucchini, chopped large 3 celery stalks, chopped large 3-4 peeled potatoes cut in 4ths 1/2 head cabbage cut into 8ths 3 ears of corn cut in 3rds I used half of this roast Here’s the beef shank I used, very inexpensive to add a whole lot of flavor goodness. Yes indeed the beef shank …

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 …

Best Friends Forever Beef Bouguignon

When friends bless you beyond measure… Maybe some of you know what I’m talking about, perhaps you are also blessed with best friends that have been in your life for decades, too many to admit. Lol As far as friends go, these ladies are everything to me. They are the most fun loving ultra-supportive group one could ever ask for, I am beyond blessed to have them in my life. I treasure ever moment spent with them. I wanted to do something special for them as my life has been a complete roller coaster ride for the past year or so and I just haven’t been able to devote enough time to them. So to show my love and my continued sincere appreciation for their amazing friendships recently I decided to cook them one of Julia’s greatest specialties. Beef Bouguignon… And there it is, the star of the meal! It is so delicious. Tasty, warm and comforting. Thank you Julia! 💛 << ecial friends deserve a special table setting too. 💛 I cooked the main …

Crockpot Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage 

Ladies and Lads, its not too late late to celebrate St. Paddy’s day with a traditional Irish meal…. now I’m not quite sure how traditional it is to add Guinness to the mix, but it is a delish way to go! Enlist the help of some good Irish/Celtic tunes to set the mood. Loving this… Okay, on to more about the good eats, (at serving time) So this year I decided to cook a Point Cut, why you might ask… rumor is that the point cut has more flavor because it has more fat. There are different schools of thought on what cut to buy, this year I’m happy I went with the Point Cut, the corned beef turned out excellent, so very tasty, moist and extra tender. Start here Layer your crockpot with onions then potatoes, add pepper. Hour 7, almost done. Process… Place the corn beef on top of the onions and potatoes, add the seasonings (bag) in. This corned beef was already seasoned. Pop open a can of Guinness, let it breath …

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, …

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 …

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 …

The Taco Chicken Chile

Taco Chicken Chile It’s been chilly here in So Cal (of course I mean only So Cal cold, lol) I got the idea to make this to kinda help combat the cold. I had some left over cooked chicken to use up. I came up with this very tasty  version of chile using ingredients I had on hand. Our housemates are gone and I’m slowly getting my kitchen all stocked up again. Here’s the ‘taco’ part. I purchased this at Smart and Final. With spices and spice mixes I use a lot I like to buy in larger quantities, doing this saves a lot o money over time. Here are some of the other ingredients I used. I think you are really going to like my tasty Taco Chicken Chile. Ingredients… 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tsp salt 3 cloves garlic, minced 6 cups chicken broth 1 can petite tomatoes (juices included) 1 packet Chile mix 2 tablespoons taco seasoning 1 tsp oregano 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 3 cups cooked chicken, …

Posole

This Mexican soup has always been a tradition in my family, especially around the holidays. I’m making it for Christmas Day here in Kentucky, for my family. I have great memories of my mother making this soup year after year. Since she recently passed, this year… her delicious and warm family favorite has even more precious meaning. My mom was such a great cook, never measuring, just always knowing. Even later in life, I marveled at her skills. I guess I learnt from the best. To you Momma, may my version here make you proud. I sure do love you and miss you. I look forward to seeing you again in paradise. Here’s the hominy I like to use, I add in a little of the juice too. It makes the soup nice and thick.  The yummy toppings  ✔️, they help send this soup over the delicious top. Grandson’s excited. And here we go, oh my yum. Merry Christmas friends, may the reason for the season always shine bright in your hearts.   g. 

Animal Style Grilled Cheese 

Don’t have an In n Out in your town? Want that delicious flavor that comes with the sauce? Try this recipe, you will not be disappointed. The key is in the sauce. 🙂 I pretty much followed this recipe I found on Pinterest, I am on a constant 😉 search for yummy grilled cheese sandwich recipes, this one is a real winner! http://houseofyumm.com/grilled-cheese-animal-style/ The only thing I did different was to swap out the sugar for a pinch of stevia. The sauce was sweet enough without being too sweet. * What would make these grilled cheese sandwiches even better, in my humble foodie opinion, would be to add in pickle slices and fresh sliced tomatoes, oh happy foodie cheers to… next time! 🙂 *When I have a craving for In n Out and there is no such thing in sight, I will definitely make these. *Make the sauce ahead of time and maybe even the ‘grilled onions’, as recreating this recipe all at once is a bit of a process. *I would at least double …

Shrimp Risotto with Garlic, Thyme and Parmesan. 

I learned how to make risotto in culinary school. I love it. It’s a process, but totally worth the effort. The key is warm broth and near constant stirring. The perfect risotto is just done in texture and has a creamy consistency. I find that using red wine and beef broth gives the risotto a nice depth of flavor, feel free to experiment once you have the process down, white wine and chicken broth is a flavorful option as well. Since this dish requires a lot of maintenance I like to serve this alone or with a side salad. (after addition of red wine) Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup onion, chopped 3/4 cup uncooked Arborio rice 1 garlic clove, minced 1/4 cup dry red wine 1/2 tsp dry thyme 4 cups beef stock 1 cup small raw shrimp, shelled and deveined 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp garlic powder 2 Tblsp Parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1 Tblsp butter Chopped parsley for garnish Extra Parmesan for garnish Process Sprinkle salt and garlic powder …