Monday, October 17, 2011
This week I'm finally getting back in the swing of things. I am so happy to have my hubby back home. It's been very lonely without him, especially since I could rarely have any communication with him. I don't know how people do it with their husbands gone for months or years at a time. I was going crazy without having him around, and it was only 2.5 weeks!
Ok, on to the menu for this week!
Monday - Lemon-Garlic Chicken with Pasta and Quick & Easy Alfredo Sauce
--I love this alfredo sauce! It's quick, it uses ingredients I almost always have around the house, and to me, it tastes amazing. It may not be *quite* as good as REAL alfredo sauce, but I love that it is so easy and pretty much fool-proof to throw together! I always add extra garlic... mmmm
Tuesday - Cheese Steak Sandwiches (crockpot)
Wednesday - Gumbo with Chicken & Italian Sausage (crockpot)
--I looked for a while to find a good gumbo recipe, and kinda pulled several together to create this one. I think it's exactly what I was looking for! dont' forget to add the roux at the end... gives it that something extra special!
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Argentinian Pork Tenderloin (cooking the pork in the crockpot)
Saturday - leftovers again, or out to dinner with friends!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Here's my plan for the week...
Monday - Almond Stuffed Chicken
- I am really excited about this one! Every time I look at the recipe, I get hungry and want to make it right now! I really hope it lives up to my expectations!
**Ok, update... this was amazing! And it really wasn't that hard either. The cheese I got for it was Alouette garlic and herb brie cheese - I kinda splurged on that cuz I love brie so much but oh my goodness this was great! and it looked so fancy! Served it with couscous with some italian seasonings.
Tuesday - Pomegranate Beef in the Crockpot
- however, I plan on substituting honey for the maple syrup, and leaving out the golden raisins and the cinnamon
Wednesday - dinner with friends
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - Chicken Curry (crockpot)
- this is one of my favorites!
Saturday - leftovers - whenever I make chicken curry I always have WAY too much!!
Sunday - Argentinian Pork
- haven't decided if I'll cook this in the crock pot or on the grill... guess it depends on if we get our propane tank refilled! If cooking in the crockpot - cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until the temperature of the pork registers at least 145 degrees.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
So... here we go...
Monday - Hamburgers on the grill
Tuesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Garlic Lime Chicken - serving with black beans and sweet corn
Friday - Jamaican Salmon
Saturday - Leftovers or dinner out!
PS Coffee buttercream frosting is amazing!!! I made some ghiardelli brownie cupcakes last night for a co-worker's birthday and frosted them with coffee flavored buttercream. YUM I am drooling just remembering them.
I still have a bowl full of the coffee frosting in the fridge... what else can I put it on? or should I just give in to my taste buds and have a few spoonfuls by itself? ;)
Have a great week!
Monday, September 5, 2011
This will be a short menu this week since there has been a lot of cooking out and eating out this weekend and we have a lot of leftovers to use up in the fridge, but here we go...
Monday - cookout
Tuesday - leftovers & homemade blackberry ice cream for dessert!
Wednesday - Peanut butter chicken (crock pot) - we didn't get to this one last week
Thursday - Tequila Pork Tenderloin - with corn on the cob
Friday - leftovers
Saturday - going out for the day with a friend
Wow, I'm only planning to cook twice this week? I feel like a slacker! ;)
Have a great week!
I just bought myself an ice cream maker this week. The end of summer seems like an appropriate time for that, doesn't it?? :-P
Well of course I had to try out my new ice cream maker as soon as it came. I ran across a recipe for blackberry ice cream, and remembered that earlier in the summer when blackberries were in season, I pureed a bunch of them to freeze them for later. I figured this was the perfect opportunity to use them!
Here is the recipe I used... It calls for a custard base, then you add in the blackberry juice/syrup. I didn't strain my puree when I made it, and I didn't feel like waiting for it to thaw before making my ice cream, so I just dumped the frozen blackberry yumminess into the custard base.
...and mixed it all together until it thawed...
...which had the additional effect of cooling off the ice cream mixture enough that I could put it in my ice cream maker and start churning!
It only needed about 20-30 mins of churning to look ready to eat!
We had some for sampling, and put the rest in the freezer to harden up and save for later.
Next time though, I probably will take the time to strain the seeds out of the blackberry puree. I didn't mind them being in there too much, but I think I would like it better without them. All in all, this was a VERY yummy recipe :)
I think I'm going to go pull it out of the freezer and have some for breakfast!
Here's my scaled recipe for my 1.5 qt ice cream maker:
- 3/4 cup half-and-half
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- approx 1 cup blackberry puree (see original link for using fresh blackberries!)
Heat half-and-half and sugar in a pan over low heat. Remove from heat when heated through, before mixture starts to boil so the half-and-half doesn't start to curdle.
Beat egg yolks until slightly thick. Slowly pour 1/4 cup of the hot half-and-half mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, to temper them. Then pour the egg yolk mixture into the pan with the rest of the half-and-half mixture.
Cook over low heat until thick, stirring constantly (between 5-10 minutes)
Pour heavy cream into a separate bowl. Pour custard through a fine mesh sieve and stir into the heavy cream. Add blackberry puree and stir.
Chill mixture completely. When cool, pour into ice cream maker and churn until frozen (20-40 mins)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I have been wanting to try making indian butter chicken (or chicken makhani as I guess it's actually called) for a while now, ever since I had it at the local indian restaurant.
Served this over basmati rice. I forgot to add any salt so I had to add some to my dish when we sat down to eat. It was a tad on the spicy side, so next time I may cut down or leave out the cayenne pepper. Next time I make this, I will also be attempting to make some naan!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Ok, first of all... how did it get to be August?? It's less than 5 months until Christmas! Hope you're getting ready! I still have garland up over my fireplace cuz it's such a pain to take down! Guess at this point I might as well leave it until December... and yes, I do realize how sad that is! LOL!
Lets see, food for the week...
Monday - French Dip sandwiches (Crockpot) - YUM one of my most favorite meals EVER!
I make a few tweaks to the recipe that's linked - usually only make half the amount it calls for unless we're having company, and the seasonings I use are as follows: 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup beef broth, 2 cups water, ~3 cloves garlic, 1.5 tsp dried rosemary, 1/2 t dried thyme, 1 t dried onion flakes, & approx 2 bay leaves. Double this juice & seasonings if you're making the full recipe amount.
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - Home made pizza
Thursday - Indian Butter Chicken (Crockpot) - this one is an experiment! I am excited!
Friday - leftovers again...
Saturday - Ziti with Sausage and Zucchini (also found this recipe - I may end up combining the two...)
Pizza sauce is a big deal to me. It'll pretty much make or break a pizza for me. Especially using store bought dough that's probably very basic and not super flavorful. The last several times I made pizza, I used this basic pizza sauce recipe from food network, and I really liked it. Last time I made it though, I had to make a few tweaks because it calls for oregano and I had just run out and forgot to buy more. So I substituted half and half italian seasoning and thyme, and loved how it turned out! I'm trying my tweaked version again tonight (on purpose this time, haha!) and if I really like my re-creation, it just might be my new standard! So here goes:
- 1 can (28-ounces) tomatoes (whole, diced, or crushed, depending on how chunky you want your sauce)
- 1 small white onion, finely diced
- 1-2 cloves garlic (I like garlic)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional - I like my sauce a little sweet)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 T olive oil
Heat olive oil in a sauce pan. Saute onions for a couple minutes, mince garlic and add to onions. Saute for another minute. Add tomatoes and other spices. Mix well, and cover. Simmer at least 15 minutes until flavors are well blended, stirring often.
Makes about 3 cups of sauce... enough for 2-4 pizzas depending on how big & how saucy you like them! Spread sauce on dough, add your favorite toppings (and lots of cheese!), bake, and enjoy! I will probably bake the dough for a couple minutes before loading up the toppings. Makes it much easier to get it in and out of the oven, at least in my kitchen!
Yum! I am drooling in anticipation! How long until dinner??
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I have a bunch of veggies we picked up at the farmer's market this weekend so here's what I'm thinking...
Indian Summer Vegetable Stew
I don't have any eggplant so I will just leave that out and add some extra zucchini in it's place. Or perhaps just leave it out and halve all the spices and such. I think I already have the rest of the ingredients at the house. I will probably also leave out the cilantro, since I don't think I have any growing any longer.
Also...might save these for another day if the above idea works but if we need something more...
I saw this recipe for Zucchini-Riccotta fritters in a magazine yesterday but I don't think we have any ricotta cheese, and I wasn't planning on going to the store. So here's my plan B:
Zucchini fritters - I will probably add some corn kernels as well as the zucchini, since I had an extra cob of corn that was cooked yesterday.
Neither one of these should take too long, other than the chopping of the veggies.
Wish me luck! :)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Well this is all I got so I might as well go ahead and post it!
Monday & Tuesday - hubby's got stuff going on and I need to finish up some leftovers
Wednesday - Black Bean and Veggie Quesadillas
Thursday - dinner at a friend's & making brownies :)
Friday - Indian Butter Chicken (Crock pot)
---except I can't find any garam masala so I guess we'll see if this actually happens!
Saturday - French Dip Beef Sandwiches au jus (Crock pot)
AND I might even be ambitious and make my own french bread rolls! HAH we will see :)
Friday, April 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
It's based of of this one here from AllRecipes, and I read through a bunch of the reviews and made modifications from the suggestions of people who reviewed it.
Beef and Irish Stout Stew
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Hours
Ready In: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
1-2 pounds beef roast
2 medium potatoes, diced
2 large onions, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic
6 oz tomato paste
1 t celery salt
1/2 t dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1/2 t paprika
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 T Worchestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups Irish stout beer (such as
2 cups chopped carrot (optional)
3 cups beef broth
Add everything to the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with Irish Soda Bread.
Monday - hubby has class tonight so we'll be eating at seperate times ... have to see what leftovers we have in the fridge.
Tuesday - HMO (Hamburger and Macaroni)
Wednesday - Spaghetti (and amazing delicious chocolate cake for my mom's bday!)
Thursday - Irish Stew in the crock pot
Friday - Homemade pizza! (w/ homemade dough and sauce)
Saturday - Lasagne with family :)
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Anyways, looking for ideas now for the rest of the week. Still feeling a little on the cautious side, so I'm not planning anything too crazy. I'd be happy with plain pasta lol!
Tonight (Thursday) I'm thinking some kind of mac n cheese... maybe this one?
Friday, I think I will try this Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken
Saturday maybe I will feel more like eating and we'll have Irish Stew!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I love these Rose liners I found at Joann's!
They're just basic chocolate cupcakes with a caramel candy pushed into the middle... I used rolos, but I should have used more than one because the cupcakes ended up so large, they candy sorta got lost.
Topped with a dark chocolate ganache... mmmmm
And then a coffee butter cream frosting. (and some chocolate shavings to spruce them up a bit)
dark chocolate cake mix
oil (or butter)
rolos (if cupcakes are large, use two per cupcake)
Preheat oven to 350. Put cute liners in cupcake pan. Make the cake mix according to the directions on the back of the box, but (optionally) use milk instead of water and use melted butter instead of oil, and add a box of instant pudding mix. Fill liners halfway with cake batter. Press a rolo into the middle, but don't push it all the way in. Cover the top of the rolo with some more batter. Bake for 22 minutes. Cool completely. Spoon on some chocolate ganache. Let set and frost with coffee butter cream.
1 c. dark chocolate chips
1/2 c. whipping cream
Boil whipping cream. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Let cool.
Coffee Butter Cream
1 c. butter, room temperature
2 tbsp. warm water
2 tsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
4 c. powdered sugar
Put warm water in small dish. Spoon in the instant coffee and let dissolve. Set aside. Cream butter. Add coffee water, vanilla and salt and cream again. Slowly add your powdered sugar, beating after each addition. If it is thick, add just a touch more water.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Monday - Valentine's day... Steaks & baked potatoes with the works!
Tuesday - dinner with friends - don't need to plan anything
Wednesday - Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Still missed making one of the meals last week since we ended up getting pizza with my brother and sister-in-law wednesday instead of just eating leftovers, so one meal has to move to this week...
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
I've never been one for New Years Resolutions... maybe because I know for a fact that I won't keep them up, so why even pretend? :)
If I did make resolutions, though, one of them would be to really get good at making meal planning a habit!
So lets start the year off right... Here's my plan for the week:
Monday - Spaghetti w/ homemade sauce (my favorite!)
Tuesday - Black Bean Soup (this is a test - never tried this recipe before so we will see how it goes) this came out pretty well. I used 2 cans of black beans, pureed one of them, added 2 chicken breasts, and cooked it all in the crockpot on low all day. I will save the recipe, cuz it was good, but I am also planning on trying other recipes.
Wednesday - Oatmeal-crusted chicken tenders
Thursday - Steaks mmmm these were super good!
Friday - Baked Chicken in Tomato Feta Sauce