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I love cooking, as you know, and I love to find, or come up with new recipes! Over this last weekend I tried two recipes. One that I wanted to try for some time now is a potato recipe that I found from the site Walking on Sunshine. Her recipe: Bacon Cheese Potatoes. I thought that this would pair perfectly with another recipe that I got from my friend Conor Bofin over at One Man’s Meat. His recipe: Steak Frites. Then I added to this my simple recipe: Simple Sauteed Mushrooms!

I prepared the potatoes first as they were to be cooked in the crockpot. This simple recipe consisted of bacon, cheese and potatoes. Slice four red potatoes thinly, grate plenty of cheddar, and dice some bacon. Lois indicates that you can pre-cook the bacon, or not. I did not, but next time I make this I will because of the amount of fat. I used non-stick spray in my crock pot then layered potatoes, then bacon, then cheese. Lois likes to add salt and pepper on top of each layer. Forget the salt as the cheese and bacon add plenty! I was able to knock out three layers, dotted it with butter, and after 6 hours on low here is the finished recipe!

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Bacon Cheese Potatoes

Now Conor’s steak recipe was a perfect pairing with these potatoes! And, it is a simple recipe too! I purchased two rib eye steaks that were about 3/4″ thick. Taking a big bunch of fresh thyme, I stripped the leaves off the stems and chopped up the thyme and then pressed the steaks into the thyme. The recipe says to get a cast iron pan very hot and then add 1 teaspoon of salt. I forgot this step. After adding the salt you are to place the steaks in the pan. It was at this point that I added the salt. The important thing with this recipe is not to disturb the steaks. I cooked them for 5 minutes then turned them over and cooked another 4 minutes. And, they came out beautiful. Check these out!

The Steaks

The Steaks

I cooked the mushrooms while the steaks were sizzling in the pan. Another easy recipe. Add butter and garlic to a hot pan, and when the aroma of the garlic comes up add the mushrooms and saute. Here they are!

The Mushrooms

The Mushrooms

And here is the finished dinner!

One easy dinner!

One easy dinner!

The flavors of this dinner: Amazing! Worth the time and one that will make your family and friends think you spent hours in the kitchen!

Have a terrific Tuesday! Thanks for stopping in for a bite! Be well! ^..^

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I love fish! The delicate flavors are amazing as are the different textures that you can find in fish. Let’s take a moment to check out some different ways to cook fish. Ready to head into the kitchen?

When we were in Arizona, we stopped by this restaurant and had amazing fish and chips with the fish being Mahi Mahi! It was delish! So, I made this for us here at home! The recipe: Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Tilapia is a very mild fish, and I love to make Oven Fried Fish with this delicate gem. Check this out!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t this look good?

Salmon can be cooked a number of different ways. I like to oven bake it and featured this recipe, which I dubbed The Salmon Fishing Queen Cooks Salmon! This fish is flaky and tender!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

If you would like something a bit different, my friend Steve from college days, would make what I call Steve’s Baked Fish. I use tilapia in this dish, but you can also use snapper or cod! The yellow peppers kick the heat up a notch on this dish!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Yummy!

Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your day! Have fish for dinner tonight! Be well! ^..^

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I wanted to make something yummy for dinner last night and decided on chicken chili. I decided to “kick it up a notch” by adding some chorizo to it! This chili is easy to make, which is one of those things that I really like!

I am really particular about the type of chorizo I use because most of the chorizo that one finds in the grocery store is made from the salivary glands of either the pig or the cow. Doesn’t sound appealing to me…The brand that I buy is from Mulays Sausage Company. I discovered their chorizo (and they have some mighty tasty sausages too!) at a food show years ago! Their chorizo cooks up beautifully, is not overly greasy, and is made from pork shoulder. It is not too spicy either. It is great mixed with scrambled eggs, and cooked with chicken, as I did here in this recipe!

Preview

Preview

Ready to head into the kitchen?

Ingredients – 6 servings

1# Mulay’s Chorizo
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1# boneless chicken breast, cut up into small cubes
1 15 oz. can of diced petite tomatoes
2 chipotle chiles in adobo (not cans, just two of the chile’s from the can)
1 15 oz. can each of pinto, red kidney and black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 TBS Mexican chili powder (available in the specialty food section)
1 TBS cumin
1 tsp. Mexican oregano
1 24 oz. bottle of Mexican beer (I used Modelo)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup of corn flour
1 lime, juiced
2 cups medium cheddar, shredded
cilantro

First, cook up the chorizo. When I put this in the pan, I break it up as I add it to the pan. When just cooked through, drain on paper towel. Be sure to blot the top! Set aside.

Next, heat your oil in a soup pot. When hot add the onion and garlic and cook until just transparent. Then add the chicken and cook until the chicken turns white. Then add in the chorizo and stir to combine.

Cooked chicken with chorizo added

Cooked chicken with chorizo added

Then add in the chipotle chiles, tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Stir this up to combine and then slowly add in about 3/4 of the beer.
The chili is ready to cook for an hour

The chili is ready to cook for an hour

Reserve the rest. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to simmer and cook for about an hour.

Next we will use the corn flour. A quick note on corn flour: Do not use corn meal, which is gritty. I find my corn flour in the regular baking aisle of the grocery store. It should be a powder and you can use this too for making tortillas!

Corn flour

Corn flour

If you are in the UK, do not confuse this with what we here in the U.S. call corn starch! It is not the same!

Add the corn flour to a bowl. Then slowly add in the rest of the beer and combine making sure you do not have any lumps. Then add the mixture to the chili slowly.

Corn flour and beer mixture added to chili

Corn flour and beer mixture added to chili

This will thicken up the chili. Next follow this by adding in the lime juice, then stir well. Bring this back to a boil, then turn down to simmer. Cook another 20 minutes.

Then serve it up! I like to put some of the cheddar at the bottom of the bowl, then top with the chili. On top, put more of the cheddar, a dollop of sour cream and a few of the cilantro leaves for zest!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Each bite is lovely! This chili is a bit spicy because of the chipotle chiles and the Mexican chili powder! By adding that beer at the end with the corn flour, the flavor of the hops in the beer really makes a good show!

Any takers on making this? Joe? Conor over at One Man’s Meat?

Have a great Friday! And, thank you for taking the time to drop by! Be well! ^..^

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Undergoing chemo has really made me watch what I am eating. We had my easy taco casserole one night and I was instantly affected by it in a negative way. So, I was a bit hesitant with this recipe, but all turned out well. Here is an easy pasta dish whose recipes comes from Ree Drummond over at The Pioneer Woman. I did tweak the recipe a bit, but I really fell in love with the sauce. The cheese was just a bonus! Here is a preview…

Preview

Preview

Shall we head into the kitchen?

Ingredients
2 TBS olive oil
6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 medium onion, diced
1# Italian sausage
1# ground beef
2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
2 14.5 oz. cans of tomato sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasonings
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
16 oz. uncooked mostaciolli (The Pioneer Woman says to use Ziti but I could not find this in our grocery stores)
15 oz. tub of ricotta
1 1/2#’s shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup blend of asiago, parmesan, and reggiano
1 egg

Let’s get started! In a large skillet heat up the olive oil. When hot add the garlic and the onions and cook until just transparent. Then add the Italian sausage and hamburger and brown breaking these up into little bits as it cooks.

Brown the sausage and beef

Brown the sausage and beef

Drain most of the fat off. Leave just a bit so that it adds flavor.

Leave a bit of the fat in the pan

Leave a bit of the fat in the pan

Next add the tomatoes along with the juice, tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, and red pepper flakes. Stir this up really well and then set it to a simmer for about a half hour.

The sauce

The sauce

While this is cooking let’s get the cheese mixture made and get the pasta cooked! For the cheese, in a bowl add the ricotta, 2 cups of mozzarella and the cheese blend. Add a bit of salt and pepper. Crack in your egg and slightly mix.

The cheese before stirring

The cheese before stirring

This should be lumpy.

The cheese after stirring

The cheese after stirring

Get your pasta cooked until it is al dente. Drain your pasta and run it under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Cool down the pasta

Cool down the pasta

Now preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

By now your sauce should be done with the simmering phase. Remove 4 cups of sauce to a bowl and allow it to cool. Turn the heat off on the sauce. After a bit, check on the sauce that you set aside. It should be cooling nicely! Once the sauce has cooled add it to the bowl of cheese and stir to combine. Then toss in the pasta and give it a nice even coating.

The pasta mixed with the cheese and 4 cups of sauce

The pasta mixed with the cheese and 4 cups of sauce

Take a lasagna pan or casserole dish and spoon in 1/2 of the pasta mixture.

The first layer

The first layer

Top with 1/2 the sauce.

The second layer

The second layer

Top with 1/2 the remaining cheese.

The third layer

The third layer

Repeat the layers and it is ready to bake!

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Bake this for 20 minutes until it is bubbly!

Just out of the oven

Just out of the oven

Remove from the oven, let it sit for 5 minutes and then serve it up! Serve this up with some crusty garlic bread and a green salad!

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

Here are some suggestions for some other changes and additions. Instead of using Italian sausage, try the basil Italian sausage, or the hot Italian sausage. Or, increase the canned tomatoes with the addition of one can and add in 1 1/2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms.

I love this sauce so much that the next time I make a lasagna this will be the sauce that I use!

I hope that you give this recipe a whirl!

Thanks for stopping by today, and may you have a magnificent Monday! Be well! ^..^

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There is a little town along the California Coast, just south of San Francisco, called Pescadero. This little town is one block long, and it is home to Duarte’s Tavern (pronounced Dew Arts), which is a small pub and restaurant. It is at this little hole in the wall place that I discovered their Cream of Chile soup mixed with their Cream of Artichoke Soup. Absolutely fabulous! If you find yourself in the area do stop in and order these two soups mixed together!

We are having dinner next week with friends who are vegetarian, and these two soups came to mind. Here is the recipe that I came up with for one of the two soups. The other, well, you will have to wait for that post, but it is coming! Ready to head on into the kitchen?

Ingredients
20 fresh Anaheim chiles

20 Anaheim Green Chiles

20 Anaheim Green Chiles

1 TBS butter
1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth, or chicken broth if you prefer
1 cup of heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat your oven to broil. Prepare a couple of cookie sheets by covering them with foil. Plan on roasting the peppers in 4 batches. Next, wash the peppers. Then trim the tops, slice in half and remove the seeds and membrane.

Slice in half and remove the seeds

Slice in half and remove the seeds

Then lay flesh side down on a cutting board and smash with the heel of your hand to flatten.

Smash the chile to flatten with the heel of your hand

Smash the chile to flatten with the heel of your hand

Place the peppers skin side up on the cookie sheet. Place the pan in the oven with the rack about 4″ from the heat source. Each batch will take you about 8 minutes. Check these after 5 minutes. I look in on them every minute or so to make sure I do not truly burn them to a crisp! When they are done they should look like this:

Chiles after broiling

Chiles after broiling

Once out the oven wrap up the chiles in the foil like this:

Wrap up the chiles in the aluminum foil

Wrap up the chiles in the aluminum foil

Why are we doing this you ask? Well, by wrapping them up the additional heat as they sit will help the skins peel right off. Let these sit for a total of 15 minutes after the last batch has been broiled. When they are done resting, open one pack at a time, peel and place in a bowl. Any drippings that accumulate in the foil, well let that drip into the bowl. It will only add flavor! Check out how wonderful the chiles look after peeling them! Can’t you just smell them?

Chiles with the skins removed

Chiles with the skins removed

While that seems like a lot of work, it really does not take too long. You can always use canned green chiles, but the flavor will just not be the same as fresh! Ready for the next step?

Now take the butter and add it to your soup pot. Turn up the heat to medium and let this melt. Once melted add in the onion and cook until they just get soft. Then add the garlic. When the garlic aroma begins to hit your nose, add the green chiles to the pot and stir to combine.

Add in the green chilis

Add in the green chilis

Then add the broth. For Conor over at One Man’s Meat, here is my gratuitous pouring shot!

Gratuitous pouring shot of the vegetable broth being added

Gratuitous pouring shot of the vegetable broth being added

Bring this to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Cook until the chiles are extremely soft.

Soup is cooked and ready for the blender

Soup is cooked and ready for the blender

Turn the heat off and get out your handy, dandy blender or food processor. Have a bowl at the ready! I use the smoothie setting on my blender and I let it run for about 3 minutes until the mixture is creamy smooth!

Blend the soup until smooth

Blend the soup until smooth

Once you have the whole lot blended, add it all back to your soup pot. Turn the heat back on to medium heat and then add the heavy cream stirring it in slowly.

Add the cream

Add the cream

Heat this through until hot and then season to taste with the salt and pepper.

Cream of green chile soup

Cream of green chile soup

Now you can eat this as it is, or you can wait for my post on Cream of Artichoke Soup, then make the two together, and serve up an unexpected delight! Want to see a preview? OK!

The preview of the two soups...

The preview of the two soups…

I hope that you enjoyed this souper post! Have a great day and thanks for dropping in!

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I am working on two recipes. Two which need to be combined. One I have known as a “Cream of Green Chile Soup;” the other is known as a “Cream of Artichoke Soup.” Why? Well, there is a little place located in the town of Pescadero, south of San Francisco, but for us is about 175 miles away. When I lived in the area I used to go to this fabulous little place, called Duartes Tavern, for a mixture of their Cream of Green Chile and Cream of Artichoke Soup! This restaurant has been around since 1894! If you have the chance – GO THERE and have them mix a bowl for you of both of these soups!

So where this is taking me is to the different types of soups that one can make. I have not done a post on this yet, and thought that this would be a good topic for those who love to be in the kitchen like I do! And I am wondering: Is the Cream of Green Chile Soup and the Cream of Artichoke Soup really Bisques or Cream Soups? So here is what I discovered:

Basically, there are 6 types of soups: Stock, Broth, Cream, Bisque, Chowder and Consommé. So, what are the differences?

A Stock begins with water and bones, and sometimes incorporates vegetables into the mix. Fish stock, which is the finest of stocks, can be made with fish bones and water, but if you cook it too long it can become bitter. Beef and chicken are the most common stocks that are made. Stock is made by cooking bones in water with some vegetables and seasonings. Stock can be cooked down and reduced for the flavors to intensify without being overly salty!

A Broth, while being a bit similar to stock, has more seasoning than a stock. It also begins with water, but uses less bones than stock, and still includes some vegetables.

Broth in the soup kettle

Broth in the soup kettle

Meat is usually added, but this is not cooked down to the degree of Stock or it would be too intense in flavor. Bullion that you can buy in the grocery stores should not be confused with broth. Those bullion’s you can buy in the store: Loaded with salt, which is usually the first ingredient.

A Cream Soup generally uses a bechamel, which is a white sauce made with butter and flour. The trick to a good cream soup is to “sweat” the aromatics in butter that you are using for the basis of your soup. This intensifies the flavors. Then you add a bit of flour to create a roux, and add your liquids.

The flour mixture with the addition of the broth

The flour mixture with the addition of the broth

Usually this liquid is a stock, and to finish this soup, you finish it with a bit of cream. I like to toss it in a blender which will smooth and thicken the entire lot of what you are cooking!

A Bisque Soup (pronounced “bisk”), is a soup that begins with a strained broth of shellfish. Traditionally, this soup is made from shells that are ground into a fine paste, which are then added to a broth to help thicken it. Rice can also be used to thicken a bisque. The term Bisque can also refer to a vegetarian style soup which are processed through a food mill or food processor. These more commonly use tomatoes, peppers, squash or mushrooms.

Add potatoes, mushrooms and carrots

Add potatoes, mushrooms and carrots

These really are considered a cream soup but needed to be mentioned here as they are more often than not referred to as a “Bisque.”

A Chowder is more like a stew than a soup. It is similar to a cream soup but it is not blended.

Midway through cooking

Midway through cooking

So with this soup you get chunks of food, while it is still creamy. Most chowders include corn, fish, clams, or potatoes. Again, a chunky cream soup!

The last is Consommé. By its very definition this soup is a strong, rich soup where the flavors are concentrated. What sets this apart are the strong flavors and the clarity of the soup. What clarifies this type of soup are egg whites. They are basically a filter for this type of soup! As the soup cooks the eggs capture the sediment in the broth, which rise to the top of the cooking pot. This is called the “raft.” The raft is then spooned off resulting in a clear, flavorful broth!

I hope that you found this post interesting! I was amazed at the differences between all these types of soup!

Now go out and have a great Wednesday! Thanks for dropping by!

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One of the first bloggers that I met when I started this blog is Conor Bofin of “One Man’s Meat.” What we have in common is a love of food! The first recipe of his that I tried was Black bean beef in 30 minutes. This dish was so easy to make, and it was so tasty, that we ate the whole dish in one sitting! He recently featured another recipe that caught my eye, and that recipe is Open your mind with lions head meatballs! My husband and I loved this dish too, and Conor gave me permission to feature his recipe on my blog! Thank you Conor, not only for allowing me to do this, but for being a long-distant friend!

Conor’s List of Ingredients
5 pork chops
6 heads of bok choi
1 pint of chicken stock
1 TBS of garlic
1 TBS of ginger
3 or 4 spring onions
1 heaped TBS of cornflour (cornstarch here in the U.S.)
a splash or two of soy sauce
a splash of rice wine or sherry
salt and pepper to taste

Now Conor’s recipe calls for grinding your own meat (including the fat). Not having a meat grinder, I went off to the grocery anticipating having the butcher do this for me but I was able to find a nicely marbled ground pork. Not sure how much to buy, I bought two packages to make sure that I would have enough meat.

Heading into the kitchen, I began to prepare this easy dish. I apologize now for not taking a lot of photos…

Starting with the pork, I added this to a mixing bowl. The recipe calls for adding the garlic, ginger, spring onions, cornstarch, rice wine and soy sauce. I got busy chopping. I used 3 large garlic cloves which came up to a good heaping TBS which the recipe calls for. Next I cut the ginger into chunks, then peeled and chopped this up too. Another good heaping TBS! Next on the chopping block: The spring onion, of which I used 3 as they were fairly big. Then I added the rest of the list.

Now Conor has a fancy device in his kitchen and his photos show mixing the meat up with what appears to be Captain Hook’s hook! Not having this luxury, I dove in with my hands and mixed the lot up! I actually did this hours before cooking them so that all those lovely flavors would meld. Then I took the meat out to warm up an hour before I started cooking, shaping them into golf ball sized meatballs.

The lovely meatballs!

The lovely meatballs!

The next step is to brown the meatballs. I did add a bit of peanut oil to the pan, heating it up over medium heat, and then fried up the meatballs browning them on all sides until they are mostly cooked.

Browned meatballs

Browned meatballs

In a separate pan I added the pint of chicken broth. Now I added two other ingredients to the broth for an extra zing! I added about 1 TBS of sesame oil, and a couple of shakes of ground white pepper. When the meatballs are browned, remove them from the fry pan to the broth. Bring this up to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes.

Next add the bok choi.

Lovely baby bok choi

Lovely baby bok choi

I used baby bok choi cutting off the root end. When the bok choi has wilted, the dish is ready! I did as Conor suggested and served this with steamed long grain rice. And here is what the final dish looks like!
The finished dish!

The finished dish!

Very, very tasty stuff there Conor! And again, I thank you for allowing me to feature your recipe, and for giving us another recipe that is a definite keeper! We will be having leftovers of this dish tonight and I know that they will be just as good! Please do go and check out some of Conor’s other amazing recipes! To get to his site, just click here!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish you a magnificent Monday, and an excellent week too!

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