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Today for Tasty Tuesday, we head into the kitchen to make another easy and flavorful potato side dish. It is easy to prepare, and sure to please those around your dinner table. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
3 russet potatoes
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup shredded cheese – I used the Stella 3 cheese blend

Ingredients

Ingredients

Turn your oven on to preheat and set the temperature to 375 degrees. Get out a baking sheet. Use your silpat or line the pan with foil. If using foil, then grease the pan with either cooking spray or a bit of butter.

Wash the potatoes really well and leave the skin on. Cut the potato in half. Then cut in half again and cut into wedges. Add them to a mixing bowl.

Potato wedges with olive oil

Potato wedges with olive oil

Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes and mix. Add in the cheese, mixing it really well so that the cheese sticks to the potatoes.

Add the cheese

Add the cheese

Next, grind some fresh salt and pepper over the potatoes, and then add the Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powders. Mix this up really well so that the potatoes are coated with the oil, herb and spice.

Herbs and spices added

Herbs and spices added

Place your wedges on your baking sheet. Any cheese that remains in the bowl, sprinkle over the potatoes.

The wedges on the silpat

The wedges on the silpat

Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown.

Crispy, cheesy potatoes

Crispy, cheesy potatoes

Serve it up!

Serve them up!

Serve them up!

Don’t they look really good? The flavors are amazing and my family wanted more!

Thank you for stopping by today. Stay tuned for next week’s Tasty Tuesday. I will be featuring an amazing scallop dish that is easy to make and chock full of amazing flavor! Be well… ^..^

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Time for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! I devote Tuesday’s to posting easy to make recipes. Today is no exception as we head into the kitchen to prepare a pork loin dish that is sure to please those at your table. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
2 1/2# pork loin (there should be two in the package)
4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped, set 2 aside from the 8 for later use
5 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
10 sage leaves, chopped
1 cup Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine
Fresh ground salt and pepper
9 crimini mushroom, sliced
1/2 cup milk

Ingredients

Ingredients

One hour before cooking this dish, remove the pork from the refrigerator so that it warms up a bit. After the hour, take the olive oil and add it to a cast iron dutch oven. Turn the heat on to medium, and when it feels hot, check by holding your hand over the oil, add in 6 cloves of chopped garlic, the rosemary and the sage. Saute for two minutes.

Saute the garlic, rosemary, and sage

Saute the garlic, rosemary, and sage

Carefully add in the pork loin. You want to brown these on all sides.

Add in the pork loin

Add in the pork loin

Brown on all sides

Brown on all sides

Remove the pork to a dish and set aside. Slowly add the white wine to the pan, scraping the bottom to lift any of the browned bits at the bottom.

The wine is added

The wine is added

Add back the pork and season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Add back the pork loin

Add back the pork loin

Cover the pot partially. Cook this for an hour, turning the meat every 15 minutes. If the juices at the bottom appears to be too low, add a bit of the water.

Midway through cooking

Midway through cooking

After an hour, remove the pork from the pot.

Now let’s turn to the mushrooms. Add in the mushroom to the pot and saute for about 5 minutes.

Mushrooms added to the juices in the pot

Mushrooms added to the juices in the pot

Turn off the heat and let the liquid cool. It needs to be cool so that when you add the milk it will not curdle. Let the meat sit and the gravy cool for about 15 – 20 minutes.

When the gravy is cool, add in the milk.

Milk is added to the gravy

Milk is added to the gravy

Then turn the heat up to medium low. Heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is hot.

While the sauce is doing its thing, slice the pork loin into one inch slices. When the gravy is hot, pour a bit over the sliced pork loin.

Sliced pork with gravy

Sliced pork with gravy

Put the rest into a gravy boat, and serve with the sliced pork.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Now doesn’t that look good? I served the pork with 3 cheese potato wedges and steamed peas.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Tasty Tuesday. Stay tuned for next week’s recipe. We will be preparing those amazing looking 3 cheese potato wedges. Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back for another edition of Tasty Tuesdays on Life in the Foothills. In the summertime we get a lot of invitations to backyard barbecues and are asked to bring something to share. Well, here is an easy recipe for cheese straws that are guaranteed to impress! Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s head on in.

Ingredients
1 sheet of puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup of mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1/4 cup of a 3 cheese blend, shredded, I used asiago, parmesan and romano
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt
flour

The first thing we want to do is defrost a sheet of puff pastry. Take this out 40 minutes before making the straws.

The next thing we will do is get the oven pre-heated. Set the temperature to 400 degrees (204 C). Get out a baking pan and line with foil. Grease the foil.

Now take your cheeses and add them to a mixing bowl and add the chili powder and a bit of salt.

Cheese mixture

Cheese mixture

Sprinkle flour over your work surface. Get out a rolling pin and dust this too with flour. Then using the rolling pin, roll the sheet a couple of times. Turn the dough and do it again. You want to bring your sheet to about 15 x 10 inches. Then slice the dough in half. Set one piece to the side.

Pastry

Pastry

Take your slightly beaten egg and dip your brush into the egg, and brush the egg on both sheets of dough. Now take the cheese mixture and spread it evenly over the dough. Leave a little bit of a cheese free edge.

The cheese mixture is placed on the pastry

The cheese mixture is placed on the pastry

Using your hands, lightly press the cheese into the dough.

Now take the other piece of dough, and place it with the egg wash side down onto the cheese.

The other piece of the pastry is laid over the one with the cheese

The other piece of the pastry is laid over the one with the cheese

Press the edges to seal. Don’t worry that the edges are not even. It will not make a difference.

The next thing that we are going to do is to slice the dough. I did this using my handy dandy pizza cutter!

Cut into strips

Cut into strips

Carefully lift one of the slices of dough, give it a few gentle twists and place it on your baking sheet. Here they are all done. Don’t they look good?

Twisted and ready to bake

Twisted and ready to bake

To keep the strips in place, press down on each end. Now this is ready to go into the oven. Bake these for 12 – 14 minutes. Here they are right out of the oven.

I give you cheese straws!

I give you cheese straws!

One final step with these beauties. Remove the hot cheese twists from the baking sheet and cool them on a wire rack. Place them on a plate or stand them up in a glass container! These are sure to please and folks will think you worked for hours on these. Total time from preparation to the finished twist, about 30 minutes. These made 18. If you want more double the recipe and use both sheets of the puff pastry.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and joining me in the kitchen. Stay tuned for the next edition where we will be making a fantastic pork loin recipe. Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back to another edition of Tasty Tuesday! With temperatures above 90 degrees here, I decided that we needed to cool down with a cold, tasty treat. Today’s recipe is an easy to make frozen yogurt made with raspberries. Ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
1/2 superfine sugar
1 bag of frozen unsweetened raspberries
1 tsp lemon juice
1 small container of plain yogurt

Let’s start with the sugar. If you do not have superfine sugar, you can make it yourself. Process 1/2 cup of regular sugar in your food processor for about a minute. It will feel less grainy and you will see sugar dust.

To the sugar add in your bag of raspberries. Use the pulse button to combine the two. Here it is at the beginning of pulsing, followed by a shot of what it looks like when you are ready to add the remaining ingredients.

Sugar and Raspberries

Sugar and Raspberries

Half way through the process

Half way through the process

Now take the lemon juice and mix it together in a bowl with the yogurt. Feed the yogurt mixture into the feeding tube a bit at a time. You will periodically want to scrape down the sides of the processor. Continue until all has been added. It should now look like this:

Almost done

Almost done

Give it a few more pulses and then it is ready to serve! Doesn’t this look tasty?

Dessert is served!

Dessert is served!

Wasn’t that easy? This is a perfect hot weather quencher! You can do this with strawberries or pineapple too, if you prefer.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Stay tuned for another edition of Tasty Tuesday next week. I will be featuring a very tasty pork loin dinner! Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back to another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Today we are heading into the kitchen to make a lovely fish dish using cod, or merluzzo. This dish is easy to make and chock full of amazing flavors. This is a dish to impress. The recipe today is for two, and prep time is about 15 minutes. Cooking time for this dish is 20-25 minutes. Ready to head into the kitchen? OK! Let’s go!

Ingredients
2 cod filets
1 stalk of celery
2 cloves of garlic
1 slice of a medium onion
1 TBS Italian parsley
salt and pepper
3 TBS of butter, divided into 1 TBS and 2TBS
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
dry white wine

Ingredients

Ingredients

Get out a baking dish, and using the 1 TBS of butter, grease your pan. Lay the 2 pieces of cod in the pan. Set your oven for baking at 350 degrees.

Fish in a buttered baking dish

Fish in a buttered baking dish

The next thing we are going to do is to finely chop up the celery, garlic, onion and parsley. As you chop these add them to a small mixing bowl. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Celery, onion, garlic and parsley

Celery, onion, garlic and parsley

Stir this up so that the mixture is evenly blended.

All stirred up

All stirred up

Now take your mixture and cover the fish with it.

Fish covered with the mixture

Fish covered with the mixture

Slowly pour over the fish the white wine until there is about 1/4″ in the baking pan.

Pour wine over the fish

Pour wine over the fish

Now for the breadcrumbs. We want to melt the 2 TBS of butter in the microwave. I set the time for 20 seconds. Then to the bowl add in the breadcrumbs and mix until all the butter has been absorbed. It should look like this:

Bread crumbs mixed with melted butter

Bread crumbs mixed with melted butter

The next step is to cover the fish with the bread crumbs.

Bread crumbs go over the fish

Bread crumbs go over the fish

Now pop this into your preheated oven and set the timer for 20 minutes. Here is what the dish looks like as it cooks.

Checking out the fish as it bakes

Checking out the fish as it bakes

While my fish is cooking, I prepared jasmine rice and broccoli with carrots. The aromas in the kitchen are delicate and fragrant. Check your fish to see that it flakes, which is when this will be ready. Once all is done, plate it up and dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t that look good? As cod is not a fishy tasting fish, you will find that this dish really does not need lemon, but feel free to serve it with lemon wedges if you choose to.

Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Stay tuned for another exciting and easy to prepare recipe next week. See you then! Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back to another edition of Tasty Tuesday! I feel like making something for dinner this evening that I have not had in a long time. Reviewing old recipes I came across the recipe for Pork Picatta! So for today, we will revisit this recipe which is very tasty and easy to make!

Ingredients
4 pork loin chops, boneless and 1″ thick
flour
salt and pepper
3 TBS butter
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup of chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup extra dry vermouth
1/3 cup capers
parsley

Here is a side view of the pork loin chop.

Take the boneless loin chop

Take the boneless loin chop

Cut each chop in half length wise. You do this by placing your hand on the chop and then bring the knife from one side to the other. One at a time, place a slice of the pork into a zipper bag and pound it with a kitchen mallet until it measures about 1/4″ thick.

1/4" thick pieces of pork

1/4″ thick pieces of pork

Set these aside. Now add the butter and olive oil to your pan.

3 TBS butter and 1 TBS EVOO

3 TBS butter and 1 TBS EVOO

Turn the heat on to medium and when the butter has melted, swirl the pan so that it combines with the olive oil. While the butter is melting, dredge the slices of pork in the flour that is mixed with a bit of salt and pepper.

Working in batches, brown the pork slices on both sides.

Turn over and continue cooking

Turn over and continue cooking

When brown, set these aside on a plate.

Set aside

Set aside

With all the pork slices now browned, we turn our attention to creating the lovely piccata sauce. We are going to deglaze our pan. Take the broth, lemon juice and vermouth and add it to the pan.

Deglaze the pan

Deglaze the pan

Be sure to scrape up all those lovely browned bits left by the pork and flour. Then add in the capers.

Add the capers

Add the capers

The aromas rising off the pan will have your stomach growling! Bring this up to a boil and cook for two minutes. Now add back your slices of pork. The flour we used when browning these babies will thicken our sauce!

Add back the cooked pork and heat through

Add back the cooked pork and heat through

With the pork slices now hot, you can now serve this up!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t that just look great? This dish feeds 2 with leftovers. Prep time is about 1/2 hour, and cooking time is about 15 minutes. Please let me know if you try this lovely dish. I am looking forward to making this for my husband and me this evening!

Thanks for stopping by, and see you next week for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Be well… ^..^

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When I was a child, we used to go to the Nut Tree located in Vacaville. After ordering your food, they delivered to your table sliced pineapple with marshmallow sauce. Looking for a sweet treat for after dinner with friends the other night, I tried my hand at marshmallow sauce. There are recipes out on the internet for this sauce and most use corn syrup. I do not use corn syrup, so I made my own sweet mix that is a substitution that is better for you. So, let’s head off into the kitchen to make some of this tasty treat that goes well with pineapple! This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce.n Here is a preview…

Preview

Preview

Ingredients for the corn syrup substitute
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup of boiling water

Ingredients for the sauce
1 large egg white
2 TBS cold water
sugar syrup from above
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Ingredients

Ingredients

Place the egg white in a mixing bowl and using your hand beater or stand mixer, beat the egg white on high speed. To check if the egg white is ready for the next step, lift the beater out of the egg white and you should have soft peaks form. Here are three photos showing the progress.

Begin with the egg white

Begin with the egg white

Midway through beating the egg white

Midway through beating the egg white

Egg white is ready for the water

Egg white is ready for the water

When this is ready, the next step is to add the water. On low speed incorporate the water and then add in the sugar syrup.

Water and sugar syrup added

Water and sugar syrup added

Increase your speed to medium high.

Just about ready for the powdered sugar

Just about ready for the powdered sugar

The mixture will become creamy, white in color, and should be almost double in size. This process should take about 8 minutes. Here it is when it is done.

Ready for powdered sugar

Ready for powdered sugar

Turning the mixture back to low, gradually add in the powdered sugar.

Powdered sugar added

Powdered sugar added

When this has incorporated into the mix, add in the vanilla.

Vanilla added

Vanilla added

Once this is done, refrigerate the sauce for about 4 hours. You will need to stir it before using. Here is what this sauce looks like over a couple of slices of pineapple.

Sauce served over pineapple

Sauce served over pineapple

You can use this sauce over ice cream, brownies, strawberries…the list is endless! I hope that you try out this delightful recipe! It is one that is sure to please you, your family, and guests!

Thanks for dropping by for another issue of Tasty Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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