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This recipe was all over Facebook and so I thought I would try it…it was great. I have now tried it 3 mores times and have “honed” it…so, after working up an appetite, while fighting the crowds and waiting in line at the opening of Tucson’s Container Store, I came home and had my “photographer & taste tester” , Tonya Schweigert, help me and here are the results!! PLEASE read the recipe, and then read it again. Go gather everything, shred the cheese, have the sauce ready, and get all your fixin’s….AND USE A 10 INCH PAN WITH A CURVED SIDE, NOT A STRAIGHT UP ONE…makes it easier to get it out!!! 

                               

20 minute Stovetop Pizza

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c self rising flour
  • 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 2/3 c warm water
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c spaghetti sauce
  • 1 c Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • any of your favorite toppings

Directions:

10 inch non-stick pan with curved sides

10 inch non-stick pan with curved sides

Mix dry ingredients, honey, water over medium heat until

Mix dry ingredients, honey, water over medium heat until “doughy” then spread covering bottom of pan.

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Add your favorite spaghetti sauce

Add your favorite spaghetti sauce

Put on your favorite toppings, cover with cheese

Put on your favorite toppings, cover with cheese then cover and cook on medium heat for 5 mins (enough time to have a beer!)

Now, take the lid and open a little so there is some ventilation for another 10 mins, giving the pan a shake like cooking popcorn, but be careful NOT to let it burn

Now, take the lid and open a little so there is some ventilation for another 10 mins, giving the pan a shake like cooking popcorn, but be careful NOT to let it burn

Take a spatula and run it around the bottom of the pan to make sure nothing is sticking

Take a spatula and run it around the bottom of the pan to make sure nothing is sticking

then on to the cutting board, cut it into 8 pieces and enjoy the flavor!! How easy is that?

then on to the cutting board, cut it into 8 pieces and enjoy the flavor!! How easy is that?

Tonya LOVED it!

Tonya LOVED it!

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Skillet cooked pork chops in 20 mins

Skillet cooked pork chops in 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • (4) 1/2 inch bone in pork chops
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 med onion cut in wedges
  • 1/2 C Apricot Preserves
  • 1TBS Dijon-mustard
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 C water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Season pork chops with S&P.. Take a 12 inch skillet, add olive oil, and make sure skillet is hot then add onions and cook for 1-2 mins until semi-soft. Add pork chops to skillet and cook 3 mins and the turn both chops and onions and cook another3 mins.
Pork Chops & Onions cooked 3 mins each side

Pork Chops & Onions cooked 3 mins each side

2.  In small microwave-safe bowl combine preserves, mustard, water, paprika, and nutmeg. Stir and then microwave for 1-2 mins. Take out and pour over pork & onions in skillet. Reduce heat and cooked, covered, for 6-8 mins.

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3.  Divide pork & onion mixture…(I put on top of mashed Sweet Potatoes with some Asparagus) and serve extra sauce on top!! YUM….YUM…YUM!!!!

A nice COLD beer pairs well, too!!!

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INGREDIENTS:  (this fed 6 of us very well)

  • 2 boneless chicken breast cut into 1′ bite size pieces
  • 1 lb bacon with each slice cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 TBS Sriracha Chili Sauce (if you don’t have it, GET IT…one of my favorite condiments!!)
  • 2 TBS lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil.
  • 1/2 or more of brown sugar on a plate or bowl to roll your chix/bacon wrap

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees

Spray Pam or whatever you prefer on a large baking pan

Whisk the Sriracha, lime juice & canola oil in bowl and then put n gallon size zip bag.

Chicken breast cut into 1" pieces and marinated in 2TBS Sriracha, 2 TBS lime juice & 1/2 c canola oil.  Whisk those 3 ingredients, then pour into a gallon zip lock bag and add the chicken pieces and put in fridge for 30" to an hour.

Chicken breast cut into 1″ pieces and marinated in 2TBS Sriracha, 2 TBS lime juice & 1/2 c canola oil. Whisk those 3 ingredients, then pour into a gallon zip lock bag and add the chicken pieces and put in fridge for 30″ to an hour.

Take the bacon and cut each slice into 3.  Then take a piece of the chicken, roll it up and then use the toothpick to keep it together. Now, take the Sriracha sauce and brush some on that and then roll in the brown sugar.  The sauce helps the brown sugar stick AND gives it a little more kick  Place on a greased baking pan and put into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 25-30 mins.  Put it in the middle of the oven.  If you want to add some "crisp" you can turn on the broiler, but keep the oven door, ajar..and DON'T go to far..you would hate to burn these delicious masterpieces!

Take the bacon and cut each slice into 3. Then take a piece of the chicken, roll it up and then use the toothpick to keep it together. Now, take the Sriracha sauce and brush some on that and then roll in the brown sugar. The sauce helps the brown sugar stick AND gives it a little more kick Place on a greased baking pan and put into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 25-30 mins. Put it in the middle of the oven. If you want to add some “crisp” you can turn on the broiler, but keep the oven door, ajar..and DON’T go to far..you would hate to burn these delicious masterpieces!

Then find a really pretty serving dish and watch them vanish in a Nano-Second!!!

Then find a really pretty serving dish and watch them vanish in a Nano-Second!!!

Moist Meatballs!!

The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

 

How To Make Meatballs

Makes about 28 meatballs

What You Need

All your ingredients to make the BEST meatballs

All your ingredients to make the BEST meatballs

Ingredients

1/2 cup milk (whole, 2%, or skim)
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely minced Italian parsley
1 pound ground meat such as beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veal, or a mix
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (or grated on a coarse grater) from 1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced

Tools
Small mixing bowl
Large mixing bowl
Knife
Cutting board
Grater
Baking sheet
Oven

Instructions

  1. Combine the milk and breadcrumbs: Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs in a small bowl and set aside while preparing the rest of the meatball mix. The breadcrumbs will absorb the milk and become soggy.
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  3. Whisk the egg, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and parsley: Whisk the egg in a large bowl until blended. Whisk in the salt and a generous quantity of black pepper, then whisk in the Parmesan and parsley.
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  5. Combine the egg and ground meat: Add the meat to the egg mixture. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the egg into the ground meat.
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  7. Add the onions and soaked breadcrumbs: Add the onions, garlic, and soaked breadcrumbs to the meat. Mix them thoroughly into the meat with your fingers. Try not to overwork the meat; pinch the meat between your fingers rather than kneading it.
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  10. Form the meat into meat balls: Pinch off a piece of the meat mixture and gently roll between your hands to form 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Continue shaping until all the meat is used.
  11. The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

    The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

  12. To roast the meatballs in the oven: Arrange the meatballs spaced slightly apart on a baking sheet. Cook under the broiler for 20 to 25 minutes or bake at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes. (Watch closely if cooking meatballs made with lean meat.) The meatballs are done when cooked through and the outsides are browned, and when they register 165°F in the middle on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.
  13. To cook the meatballs in sauce: Bring a marinara sauce or other pasta sauce to a simmer and add as many meatballs as will fit comfortably in the pan. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. The meatballs are done when they’re cooked through and register 165°F in the middle on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Doubling this recipe: This recipe can be doubled for larger crowds.
  • Storing Leftover Meatballs: Store leftover meatballs, either on their own or in a sauce, in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat over low heat in a saucepan or in the microwave.
  • Make-Ahead Meatballs: Meatballs can be shaped and kept refrigerated up to a day ahead. Arrange them in a casserole dish or on a baking sheet, but don’t squish together. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Freezing Uncooked Meatballs: Prepare the meatballs through the shaping step. Arrange them spaced slightly apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the meatballs to a freezer container or freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. (Meatballs can be frozen for longer, but tend to develop freezer burn.) Thaw meatballs in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
  • Freezing Cooked Meatballs: Let the cooked meatballs cool completely, then transfer to a freezer container or bag. Freeze for up to 2 months. Frozen meatballs can be thawed overnight or reheated directly from the freezer. Reheat meatballs in a simmering sauce for 10 to 15 minutes or in a warm oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • ***** Thank You, Thank you…author of The Kitchn!!!!****

Mushroom Soup A La Chef D2

Mushroom Soup Full of Flavor!

Mushroom Soup Full of Flavor!

D 2’s Mushroom Soup

6 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 TBS butter (split 3 TBS/5TBS)
  • 1 TBS minced garlic (from the jar is perfect)
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 12 oz of Cremini OR Button Mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 1 C of dried mushrooms ie: Shiitake, Porcini, Morels etc ,Seeped in 2 cups boiling water for 20” then pressed in strainer to remove liquid and then chop coarsely
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth ( 2 cans of 14.5 oz)
  • 2 Cup of water from “seeped” mushrooms through coffee filter to remove dirt
  • 6 sprigs of fresh Thyme OR 2 -3 TBS of dried Thyme
  • 2 oz of Brandy (if you have on hand) AND 2 oz of Dry Sherry. I used BOTH!!!
  • 2 TBS Corn Starch
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Chopped Parsley

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In med Saucepan, melt 3 TBS of butter and add minced garlic. Once melted add onions and cook until translucent. Then add the 5 TBS of butter and ALL the mushrooms and allow them to “sweat” stirring frequently.
  2. Add the chicken broth AND the “mushroom” water , the Thyme, S & P, the Brandy and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cover for about 1 hr.
  3. At about 45 mins, take ALL the mushrooms out and put in a bowl. Then take all the liquid and put into a blender, ADD the Sherry and the 2 TBS of cornstarch and blend for about 30-40 seconds.  This should now have a “milky appearance.
  4. Put it back into the soup pot and add the mushrooms back and continue to cook on low simmer.

Then, ladle into the bowls and top with some parsley garnish and wait for the empty bowls asking for seconds!!!! ENJOY!!!!!

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This I made from the May issue of Cooking Light. So EASY and SOOO darn good!

This I made from the May issue of Cooking Light. So EASY and SOOO darn good!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked large or regular elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups prechopped broccoli florets
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked crispy, then cooled and then crumble and put in bowl and put aside
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic from a jar is just fine!
  • 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk…or whole milk..or better yet, 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1 cup chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour $
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/4 cups) and i also used some blue cheese that I had on hand!! That was yummy!

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli to same pot  during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain both
  3.  While pasta cooks, place bacon in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan, drain then crumble; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to drippings in pan; cook 4 minutes. Sprinkle with garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with turmeric; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  5.  Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, milk, stock, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pasta mixture and 2 ounces cheese; toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 3 ounces cheese and bacon. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and just begins to brown.
  6. Let cool about 5 mins and then dish it up!! You will see nothing but empty plates and people asking for more!!

Mac & Cheese Served

This feeds 4 people with a little extra for seconds…and there WILL be seconds!!!

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
Now remember, people….I made this at the Love Kitchen where we serve over 125 people every week and we use whatever it is we have on hand,  In essence, we wing it!!!  You can use fresh, or already cooked chicken…can vegetables or fresh…milk or chicken broth…it is your pallet to do what you like.  Seasoning is important.  S & P and thyme…some garlic powder, again, whatever you choose.
We had 20 cans of Pillsbury biscuits that we had to do something with, so we decided to make that the crust…but then we ran out and went to Bisquick.
So have a go at it….it is simple and it was GOOD!!!!
INGREDIENTS:
cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Cream of Chicken & Cream of Mushroom Soup ….or even Cream of Celery
2 cups of EITHER milk or chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed 
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 
1 can mixed vegetables-DRAINED
1 can peas-DRAINED
1 can carrots-DRAINED
1 can sliced mushrooms-Drained
You can use corn, string beans, ….whatever is on hand!!! But DRAIN them
OR….you can use fresh carrots (2) celery(2 stalks) , onions ( med diced)  or whatever vegies,  and slice them  
2-3 cups of a  rotisserie chicken already cooked and cut in 1 inch pieces, or cook your own chicken breast, whole chiecken, whatever.. and chop them up…
package of Pillsbury Grand Biscuits or 10 regular refrigerated biscuits or even better, make some Bisquik Biscuits and to put on top of mixture.
DIRECTIONS:
             Preheat oven to 400 degrees
            ***If using fresh vegetables, saute them in pan with 1 TBS oil and saute until soft***
  • Stir the soup, milk, thyme, black pepper, vegetables ( that need to be cooked if fresh) and chicken in a large bowl, and mix with spoon,  then transfer to a 9×13 shallow baking dish
  • Add either the Pillsbury Grand biscuits or whatever biscuits you have in the fridge or make some Bisquick Mix ….whatever you prefer!
  • Bake at 400°F. for 20-25 mins, covered  or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling. Then take off cover and cook an additional 10-15 mins until biscuits have turned brown.
  • Take out and let cool about 5 mins and then serve.

Soooo easy and a great comfort food!

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Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos  by Closet Cooking

Fresh, healthy and tasty cilantro and lime marinated grilled fish tacos.
Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40minutesIngredients

  • 1 pound white fish such as tilapia, cod, etc.
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 (4 inch) corn tortillas or flour tortillas
  • 1 batch tomatillo pico de gallo
  • 3 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1 batch cilantro lime crema – see below
  • 2 large avocados, sliced
Directions
  1. Marinate the fish in the oil, lime juice and zest, jalapeno, garlic, green onion, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper for 10-20 minutes.
Put marinaded fish on aluminum "boat" and cook on preheated 400 degree grill or oven and cook 5-8 mins or until fish "flakes" off when separated with fork.  **When I grilled this I did NOT flip it over**

Put marinaded fish on aluminum “boat” and cook on preheated 400 degree grill or oven and cook 5-8 mins or until fish “flakes” off when separated with fork. **When I grilled this I did NOT flip it over**

  1. Grill the fish over medium-high heat until cooked, about 4-6 minutes per side. The fish will be cooked when it flakes easily and it is no longer translucent.
Here is the finished product, ready to be brought in and be the main attraction of the fish taco!

Here is the finished product, ready to be brought in and be the main attraction of the fish taco!

 

  1. Flake the fish and serve in tortillas garnished with your favorite toppings.
Here it is....ready to go! Dig In!!! I used a flour tortilla that I heated in a hot pan on both side, spread the sour cream sauce all over then added cole slaw ( from bag in the salad isle)  next the fish and then topped with the tomatillo pico de gallo salsa and then more sour cream !!

Here it is….ready to go! Dig In!!! I used a flour tortilla that I heated in a hot pan on both side, spread the sour cream sauce all over then added cole slaw ( from bag in the salad isle) , then sliced Avocado, next the fish and then topped with the tomatillo pico de gallo salsa and then more sour cream !!

Cilantro and Lime Sour Cream

Crema filled with the freshness and brightness of summer; the perfect garnish for fish tacos.
Servings: makes 1/2 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for Sour Cream with fresh herbs
  • 1/2 cup crema or sour cream
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
Directions
  1. Puree everything in a food processor.

A fresh and mild tomatillo salsa.
Servings: makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Tomatillo Pico de Gallo from Closet Cooking
  • 2 cups tomatillos, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Mix everything and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Closet Cooking is one of my FAVORITE sites to get recipes!!!!

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