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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pork spring rolls

So try this...it's super super delish!!!!!!!
Take boneless pork chops and slice them up.  Saute them in sesame oil and garlic.  When they're done, top it off with a little bit of oyster sauce, just enough to make them get a little saucy.  Not a lot.  Otherwise it's overpowering.  Then take a spring roll, wet it in warm water, but not too long.  It gets super gooey then.
Put coleslaw mix, chopped green onions, cilantro, and the meat mix in the spring roll and roll it up nice and tight, putting it on a dry plate when you're done so that the water doesn't sit underneath it, and like I said before, make it gooey.
Then take soy sauce, peanut butter, garlic powder, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, and basil.  Mix that up. Dip the rolls in the sauce.
That was our supper a few nights ago.  And a wonderous supper it was!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Velveeta infused supper

Tonight I made patty melts.  I took the hamburger, added worcestershire, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Made long thin patties and baked those babies for 20 minutes.  In the meantime, sauteed diced onions, buttered some bread, and got the cheese out.  Then assembled it all and cooked it like a grilled cheese.  The patty melts were SOOOOOO good!
Lucy made "homemade" mac n cheese.  We got this huge Velveeta cheese from someone, so I attempted Velveeta mac n chz.  By the way, I now know that I HATE Velveeta!  But the girls LOVED it.  The recipe is on the box.  I can't even write it, I find it so soooooo icky.  But Lucy, Libby, and Ivy gobbled it right up!  So to my dismay and disgust, I saved it for tomorrow's lunch because they only have a half day of school.
Enjoy the Velveeta, girls, we won't be making that again!

Tomato basil fettuccinne

I was watching a cooking show and the challenge was to make a basic tomato basil pasta.  It's amazing all the ways you can make a "BASIC" recipe like that.  So I figured I'd give it a try.
I wanted to use fresh tomatoes, but they're horrid this time of year.  All green and tasteless and gross.  So I used a big can of petite diced tomatoes, put that into the pan, added some garlic, salt, pepper, lots of basil, cracked red pepper flakes, and a small bit of italian seasoning.  Then I cooked some fresh fettuccinne noodles, (I didn't have spaghetti or angel hair so I had to go with the thicker noodles).  I took them directly out of the boiling water when they were almost done and added them straight to the tomato mixture without rinsing them, (it makes the pasta sauce a bit more thick).  Then added fresh parmesan cheese.
I have a new favorite!  I'm going to play with it a bit, but I LOVE this recipe.  It's such a clean fresh flavor. Fresh Find....

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Easy stir fry

I know, I do stir fry's all the time.  It's my way of making my kids think I'm a gourmet cook and getting them to eat lots of veggies.
This time I got his sauce called "Veri Veri Teriyaki" sauce, and let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS!  I got it from Walmart.  It was like $3.50 or something like that, but it just looked so good I couldn't pass it up.  Lots of sesame seeds, and I love those!  When I stir fried the noodles at the end, I also added some oyster sauce so the meal wasn't so bland this time.
I went a little overboard, it was a bit salty.
I also stir fried some eggs, like they put in fried rice.  Mmmm, and the kids can get some extra protein too cuz you can chop it up really fine so they don't know it's there.
Not that my kids care, they love eggs (crazy, cuz I hate them!  Ewwww.)
K, gotta get the kids on the bus.
Have a great supper tonight!  Remember, no night is too ordinary for not ordinary food.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sausage Kale soup and Seafood Alfredo

AKA "Zuppa Tuscana", the most delicious soup I've ever made, hands down.

And seafood alfredo made with scallops and shrimp (we made chicken too for us seafood haters!)
The alfredo sauce was icky because the recipe calls for a little bit of cream cheese, so my chicken alfredo tasted like sauteed chicken bagels with cream cheese.

I've decided the cream cheese is not my favorite in there.

But overall the meal was delish!
I'm going to be making that soup again FOR SURE.  And it's easy too!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Andoulle sausage and cheesy potato soup

We got these sausages, which are actually quite delicous.  Sweet with a hint of spice.  So I sauteed them in a pan.  Meanwhile, made a box of au gratin potatoes.  Then added the sausage to the potatoes, added some milk, chicken broth, paprika, chives, and garlic powder.  I thickened it with some cornstarch/cold water mixture.  Then put some butter in the bottom of a pan, let it melt, and added seasoned bread crumbs.  Popped those under the broiler to crisp up, and added those ontop of the soup.

SO good!  But SO salty.  I gotta figure out a way to make it less spicy next time.  Maybe less chicken broth and more milk.
Super good though.  The chives were great, they complimented the cheesy potatoes so good.  And Mike loved the bread crumbs ontop!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Whiskey Chili

Super easy meal tonight.  We've been gone for a long time visiting family all over the place.  So I pulled out the ground turkey.  I think it's pretty ishy tasting usually, but works good in things like chili cuz you can't taste it then, and it has more of a hard texture than beef.  So I cooked that up, added onions and olive oil, then added a big ol' glug of whiskey.
Let that cook off, add tomato sauce, black beans, and cannelini beans, and some dried mushrooms.  Salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, spanish paprika, cumin, and italian seasoning.  Oh yeah, and I put some moroccan seasoning too.  It's got this sweet smokey flavor.
We put, of course, cheddar cheese and sour cream in it, and ate it with fritos.

I skipped the chocolate this time.  Last time I made chili I had WAY too many flavors, so I opted for a more clean flavor this time.
Make it, guys, tell me what you think....

Little Chocolate Devils

Little Chocolate Devils
These were a treat I made for superbowl 2011. Thanks for the picture, Lynz!