Posts tagged ‘Lunch’
This soup is just divine! I made it for lunch over the weekend and I thought Mr. Meat Eater was going to lick the pan when it was all gone. Tomato is my go-to soup when I am craving soup and this recipe just kicks it up a notch.
It is super easy to make. If you don’t have a stick blender, you can just eat it as is and it will be just as delicious. I used San Marzano canned tomatoes because I like the way they taste the best but if you can’t find them, any crushed tomatoes will be just as good.
Creamy Tomato Pesto Soup
2 tbsps olive oil
1/2 cup diced onions
2 tbsps minced garlic
1 (28 oz) can whole peeled crushed tomatoes
1 pint heavy cream
6 tbsps basil pesto
3 tbsps grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a soup pot. Over medium heat, add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent.
Add the tomatoes with their juice. Add the cream slowly while stirring, then add the pesto and cheese. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
Using a stick blender, blend until smooth. If no stick blender is available, serve as is.
Serve with crackers or garlic bread if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
Adapted from Paws-itively Good Chow
Happy New Year!
New year ~ new start on my blog. After a loooooong time away with a never-ending headache and some other problems, I’m back.
A couple of housekeeping things:
My daughter may be making some posts here this year. She is an awesome baker and wonderful cook. I don’t know what I would have done without her over Thanksgiving and Christmas. We would have been eating TV dinners, I think.
I turned A Recipe A Day off on Facebook when I started getting notices from Facebook that I should pay to promote my page. I posted there a day or two ago so we’ll see how it goes. If you want to post there, it’s back up
I like this blog to be a positive place and only once in a great while do I rant on something food related. From now on, nasty comments will be automatically deleted. Questions about the recipes here are always welcome and I can be reached at a_recipe_a_day at yahoo dot com with anything you don’t want to put in the comment section. Nastiness in my email will be deleted as well.
I will be having some new Gooseberry Patch giveaways this year! There will be TWO giveaways at the end of January.
I still get emails asking about our dogs so here are a couple of new pictures:
I have not been doing much cooking for the past couple of months. It was really the last thing I wanted to do, so I didn’t. I started feeling better around Christmas and I received a bunch of new cookbooks that I have been pouring through. I am also really, really addicted to Pinterest and I spend lots of time there.
When we lived in Hawaii and Mr. Meat Eater was out to sea all the time, the kids and I ate very little meat. I used to throw together Chinese noodles and whatever I had on hand and stir fry it all up. I have a bunch of ham leftover from Christmas so I was trying to think of a way to use it other than things I usually make. I came across a recipe on Pinterest from a site called foodreviews.info that I used as a guide and made my old Chinese-style noodles but I made them spicy.
As with all stir fry recipes, get all the chopping done and gather all ingredients BEFORE starting to cook. Yes, I know that linguine is NOT a Chinese noodle but it works for me Use whatever makes you happy!
Spicy Chinese-Style Noodles
1/2 box linguine ~ you can use spaghetti
1 large carrot cut into matchsticks about 1 inch long
a couple of handfuls of shredded napa cabbage or regular green cabbage ~ I used regular
any cooked, leftover meat cut in small pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
2 tbsps oyster sauce
4 tbsps soy sauce ~ I used more
2 tbsps chili and garlic sauce ~ can be found in the Asian section at the grocery store; this is SPICY so use less if you don’t like spicy or leave it out altogether; I think there is also a sweet chili sauce version so that is an alternative
Boil the linguine until done, drain and set aside.
In a large frying pan or wok, put a couple of tbsps of oil in the pan (I used olive) and let it get hot. Turn heat down a bit and put the garlic and meat in the pan and stir until meat is heated up. Be careful not to let the garlic burn or it will taste awful.
Add the cabbage and the carrots and half of the green onion and stir until crisp tender.
Add noodles, soy sauce, oyster sauce and chili sauce and stir until well mixed.
Plate and sprinkle the rest of the green onions over the top.
Serve with extra soy sauce.
Makes 2 lunch/dinner main servings or 3/4 side servings. This is an easy recipe to scale up.
What a whirlwind couple of weeks! Two showers for my daughter ~ one of which was at my house ~ so I have been busy, busy, busy. I did all the cooking for the shower at my house ~ breakfast in the dining room and lunch in the kitchen ~ and I did not take pictures of all the food. Oh well, I’ll have to remake them! Yesterday, we went to the venue and got the menu for the reception all planned. The wedding is coming up fast!
In between all that, I bought a new cookbook ~ The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook ~ the recipes are just wonderful and easy to do. If you get a chance, check it out. I highly recommend it if you like to bake.
This recipe came from that cookbook. Every Saturday Mr. Meat Eater and I go to a local bakery for breakfast. I am addicted to their ham and cheese croissants so I am always looking for a similar recipe and this one is as close as I have gotten.
It’s easy to make and we had them for dinner. I made half with the seasoning and half without since I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. I did.
Ham and Cheese Pastries
adapted from The Bake in the Day Bakery Cookbook
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp thyme
2 tsps pepper
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Fine sea salt to taste
1 (17.3 oz pkg) frozen puff pastry, defrosted in fridge for 20-30 minutes
1/2 lb thinly sliced ham
1/2 lb thinly sliced sharp white cheddar
1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water to use for egg wash
1 tsp fine sea salt
Preheat your oven to 400º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make the seasoning mix by mixing all spices in a small bowl and set aside. You’ll have extra to store for the next time you use this recipe!
On a floured surface, unfold the pastry and cut into 4 (5 inch) squares.
Arrange the ham and cheese in the middle of each square and sprinkling some of the seasoning mix over the top.
Fold two opposite corners over the top and press to seal. Transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with second pastry sheet.
Brush egg wash over the pastries and sprinkle with salt if desired.
Bake until pastries are golden brown ~ about 12-14 minutes. Remove from sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes 8 pastries.
I am extending the time this giveaway will end since I am so late getting this post out. The giveaway ends today AT 5 PM so please comment before then. I will pick a winner tomorrow morning!
These pepperoni rolls were wonderful! They were very easy to make. The recipe calls for the frozen bread dough but pizza dough would work, too. I thought I had shredded mozzarella like the recipe called for but I didn’t so I used sliced mozzarella which worked great. It was a bit harder to roll but it baked fine. Mr. Meat Eater loved them. I served with warmed Marinara.
Submitted by DeNean Miller, Valley Grove, WV
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 loaves frozen bread dough, thawed
1 )16 oz) pkg sliced pepperoni
1 (16 oz) pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
Marinara or pizza sauce, warmed, for dipping, optional
In a bowl, mix the eggs, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese and set aside.
Roll out first loaf into a rectangle on a floured surface and spread half of the egg mixture on top then layer with half the pepperoni and cheese. Roll up jelly roll style and place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet.
Repeat with second loaf.
Bake at 350º for 20 to 30 minutes until golden.
Cool and cut into slices and serve with sauce.
Makes 18-20 slices.
Mr. Meat Eater LOVES stromboli. I can take it or leave it as it’s not a favorite of mine. I decided to try this recipe because Mr. Meat Eater is always asking for it and I never make and this recipe looked so easy. And it was! It’s also delicious.
I made it as posted except I used shredded Colby/Jack cheese. I think it would also be great using pizza dough or homemade bread dough. Changing up the meat to use your favorites would work as well. I also forgot to brush the top with the egg whites.
Submitted by Becky Kuchenbacker, Ravenna, OH
1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 lb deli ham, sliced
1/4 lb deli salami, sliced
6 ozs shredded Cheddar cheese
Spread thawed dough in a rectangle on a greased cookie sheet.
In a bowl, mix the Parmesan, egg yolks, oil and seasonings. Spread mixture on top of dough.
Layer meat then cheese.
Roll up jelly-roll style, placing seam side down.
Let sit for about 20 minutes to rise. I didn’t do this and it baked up fine.
Brush the top and sides with egg whites.
Bake, uncovered, at 350º for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden. Mine was done at 30 minutes so I would suggest starting to check right at 30 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.
Before I get to my recipe, some contest information for those of you who enjoy coming up with original recipes. This week I was contacted by Del Monte and asked to let my readers know about a Facebook contest they are having for an ORIGINAL recipe using their products. Here’s how to enter the Del Monte Crown the Cook Facebook Contest:
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On to my recipe ~ Fried Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. Probably not something too many people like but I love it. In fact, Mr. Meat Eater and the kids wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. When I was growing up I loved creamed cabbage that my Mom used to make but I can’t make it as good as she did so I stick to the fried version. Actually, it’s really sauteed. I use butter but you can use bacon grease if you have some. This isn’t really a recipe per se but just how I make it!
My Fried Cabbage
1 cabbage, cut in half
3 tbsps butter
salt and pepper to taste
Slice the cabbage into thin slices and pull the slices apart.
Melt butter in large skillet. When melted, add the cabbage. Sprinkle with salt. Saute the cabbage until it cooks down and becomes lightly brown.
Place on a plate or in a bowl and season with pepper.
I only use a third of the cabbage at a time if I am making it just for me.
Makes 4-6 servings
The Giveaway is now over!!!
A BIG thank you to all who have sent me good wishes regarding my bout with gout. Yes, I still have it and am on my 3rd medication. I HOPE this one does the trick!
A new Gooseberry Patch giveaway starts today ~ the cookbook is called Rush-Hour Recipes and I will be cooking from it this week! Giveaway rules will be at the end of this post for a copy of this cookbook.
Mr. Meat Eater has spent lots of time in the Caribbean ~ probably at least as much as he has spent here with me. He really loves Caribbean-type food, including beans and rice. When I saw this recipe I knew he would love it because it doesn’t have bunches of what he considers objectionable veggies in it. I made it today for his lunch and he loved it. I’ll have to take his word for it because I don’t like beans and rice so I didn’t even try it. I did have some leftover so I am going to freeze it and next week I will add a little chicken and make tortillas with it.
I used brown rice instead of white and petite diced tomatoes since that’s what I had on hand. Other than that, I followed the recipe.
The recipe was submitted to Gooseberry Patch by Aubrey Nygren-Earl of Taylorsville, UT.
Spicy Black Beans and Rice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup long-cooking rice, uncooked
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1 (15 1/2 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes
Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 4 minutes. Add uncooked rice and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the beans and diced tomatoes and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until heated through.
Makes 8 servings.
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These are super cute to serve for Halloween dinner. They are easy to make and the only thing that takes a bit of time is cutting the pouch to stick the end of the red pepper in. I tried just laying a few on instead of cutting the pouch and that worked fine, too, so do whatever is easier for you.
The recipe I found originally called for Shake & Bake for chicken but I didn’t want to use that so I just used a recipe for regular chicken nugget coating. I didn’t dip in the butter before coating to try and save a few calories and they will brown up more if you use the butter or you can spray them with Pam before baking. Make sure you spray the pan before placing the chicken on it. You can also increase the number of chicken breasts easily, too, if you need to make more.
3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp basil
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 small red sweet pepper, cut into small triangles
Preheat the oven to 400º.
Cut chicken breasts into long strips and tapered a little on one end.
In a bowl or on a plate, mix all ingredients except the butter. Put the butter in a bowl big enough for dipping.
Dip chicken into butter then into the crumb mixture and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
On one of the tapered ends, make a small slice and fit the red pepper triangle in it or you can just place on the end and it should stick while baking.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked through.
Serve with barbecue sauce or your favorite sauce.
Makes 6 servings.
These little sandwiches are not nearly as heart attack worthy as my Hot Ham and Swiss Party Rolls but taste just as good. These are easy to make and are good as appetizers or at a brunch or lunch.
Use your favorite mustard ~ I used Gulden’s. I didn’t have any poppy seeds so I just left them out and didn’t miss them. I also used King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls and loved the bit of sweetness from the rolls but any dinner rolls would work.
This recipe came from Capture the Coast, the fourth book in the Culinary Collection series by the Junior League of Tampa.
3 tbsps butter, melted
2 tsps mustard
2 tsps poppy seeds
1/3 cup chopped onion
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 (16 oz) pkg of dinner rolls
1/3 lb shaved deli ham
Swiss cheese slices
Preheat oven to 350º.
Mix the butter, mustard, poppy seeds, onion, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl and set aside. Place a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet.
Remove the rolls from the package in one piece and carefully cut them in half horizontally so you end up with one top and one bottom. Place the bottom on the foil and spread the butter mixture evenly over the bottom. Layer the ham and cheese over the butter mixture. Replace the top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Take out of the oven and carefully cut the rolls apart with a sharp knife.
Make as many servings as there are rolls. This is easily doubled.
First, thank you to everyone who has written and asked about Minnie. She is doing wonderfully. She is starting to play a little bit and exploring the house more. She is still afraid of people but is becoming used to us and has stopped shaking when she is with us. She is walking great on a leash although stairs and door jams are still hard for her. She will be having surgery in May to fix her eye and to spay her so that is our next big hurdle. Zippy is being a great brother and helping her along. Here she is (she’s afraid of the camera):
Baseball season finally started on the 1st and even though I root for a perennial loser and a perennial winner, I always get excited when the season starts. So, in honor of baseball season, I made some baseball park food ~ sausage and peppers and hot dogs.
The sausage recipe came from Food.com and I have made it a few times for get-togethers. It always goes over big and everyone wants the recipe. It was originally posted by yooper and it’s a winner. I add the onion and leave off the cheese ~ just personal preference.
Sausage with Peppers and Onions
3 green bell peppers
3 medium onions, sliced into rings
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1 lb hot Italian sausage, I cut them to make 2 or 3 inch pieces
1/3 cup red wine
Preheat your oven to 350º.
Remove stems and seeds from the green peppers and cut into large chunks and slice onions into rings.
In an ovenproof baking dish that can also be used on top of the stove, saute green peppers and onions in the olive oil until they are soft then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Remove vegetables from the pan and set aside.
Brown sausage in the same dish.
When sausage is browned, add the red wine.
Cover with lid or foil and bake about 40 minutes.
Uncover baking dish and add cooked green peppers and onions.
Bake an additional 30 minutes.
Place sausage and peppers and onions in a hoagie roll and if you like cheese on it, add cheese and stick under the broiler for a few minutes until melted.
Makes 4 sandwiches.