Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Orzo and Beef Stuffed Peppers

Kind of like a lasagna stuffing. Meat, Sauce, Pasta, and Cheese. Damn good Stuffed Peppers. I stuffed the peppers on Sunday. Chris popped them in the oven and a delicious dinner was the result.
I started by sauteing a chopped onion. Added the beef and browned it, seasoning with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, and a touch of crushed red pepper. Next, I added some crushed tomatoes. That simmered for a little while, honestly, I don't remember how long! The orzo was cooked until al dente. The peppers cut, cored, and steamed. To the meat and sauce, I added shredded Mozzarella and Parmigiano. The Orzo was drained and added to the meat mixture.
The seasoning was adjusted just a bit. The stuffing went into the pepper halves. Chris heated them up for about 25 minutes at 350˙.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pancetta, Summer Squash, and Basil Pasta

Where did I go for a week? Nowhere but I wasn't here. No blog posts. Crazy week at work. But I am back, at least for tonight! Tonight I made a recipe that I actually made last week from Bon Appetit, Summer Squash, and Basil Pasta.  But tonight I put my own spin on the recipe. It was delicious. I love the idea of the cooked squash being the sauce. And adding pancetta did nothing to harm the recipe. Next time I might add onion...

¼ cup olive oil
1/4 diced pancetta
2 pounds assorted summer squashes and zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced
Kosher salt
12 ounces ziti, or other large tube pasta
2 ounces Parmesan, grated (about ½ cup), plus more for serving
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup basil leaves

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook pancetta, stirring occasionally, until very lightly browned. Add squash; season with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until squash begins to break down and gets jammy (they may start to stick to the skillet a bit, which means you are there!), 12–15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente.
Transfer pasta to skillet using a slotted spoon or spider and add ½ cup pasta cooking liquid. Cook pasta, adding 2 oz. Parmesan in stages along with more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta and pasta is al dente. Toss in lemon juice and most of the basil.
Divide pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan and remaining basil.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Leftovers

A couple of week ago I made White Bean and Vegetable Bowls with Fried Eggs. There was a lot leftover. I did the obvious thing. I froze the leftovers. Tonight that is what we had for dinner.

Fridays are usually a very, very busy day for me at work. I am so glad I planned ahead with this dinner. There is NO way I could have gotten anything on the table tonight.

I love this recipe because it freezes so well. It was a good as the night it was made. All I did tonight was fry the eggs. I am really not good at egg prep. Luckily Chris excels at cooking eggs.

I made the bread today. Really easy recipe. Click here for the recipe.

White Bean and Vegetable Bowls with Fried Eggs, from  Cooking Light-

4 teaspoons Olive Oil, divided
3/4 cup chopped Yellow Onion
8 ounces chopped Zucchini
2 14.5 cans of diced Tomatoes
1 cup Unsalted Vegetable Stock
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 (15-oz.) can unsalted Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
5 ounces Baby Spinach, chopped
4 large Eggs
Freshly Ground Pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini to pan; cook 5 to 6 minutes or until browned, stirring occa­sionally. Add tomatoes, stock, salt, and beans to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until mixture thickens and about half of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Add spinach; cook 2 minutes or until wilted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.

Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Gently break eggs into pan; cook 3 minutes or until whites are set and yolks are still runny. Divide bean mixture among 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with 1 egg, and sprinkle with pepper.

I believe we are all ready for this weekend!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

We Love Chicken Cutlets

What's not to love about Chicken Cutlets. I made a nice big batch on Sunday so we have a couple of meals in the freezer. The breading is fantastic. The chicken is nice and moist. Purrfect. Yes that is Archie's comment. Yes we ALL love Chicken Cutlets. Even Lucy seems to enjoy the chicken. But no breading for the kitties.

Here is my official Chicken Cutlet recipe -

Preheat the oven to 350˚. Put the chicken breasts in a bowl with beaten eggs, Parmesan cheese, and parsley, and stir to coat. Dredge the chicken in bread crumbs which were mixed with flour, oregano, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. The chicken is placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with Pam. Drizzle a little olive oil on the chicken. Raise the temperature of the oven to 450˚. Bake the chicken for about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn the chicken over and bake for another 5 to 8 minutes. 
Did you say Chicken Cutlets!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I Don't Care If Hot Dog Rolls Are $1 A Bag

I like to bake. Not a surprise for a regular visitor to this blog. I have made homemade hamburger rolls so the next natural step would be hot dog rolls. I found a very nice recipe on the King Arthur Flour site. But they recommended a Hot Dog Roll Pan that sells for $29. They did give instructions to make the rolls without the pan. Thank you, King Arthur, for that option. Well, my hot dog rolls came out shall we say Free Form. Okay, they were far from the perfect shape. But the hot dog fits in the roll. And the taste was much better than the $1 a bag roll.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Five Ingredient Sage Butter Roasted Chicken

Delicious! I found this recipe on Cooking For Keeps. The breast I used took longer than the 15 minutes at 450˚. I used the meat thermometer to confirm it was cooked. I think I left it in for an additional 10 minutes.
For a side dish, I sauteed red onion and zucchini. I added bread crumbs and toasted those in the pan. Topped with a little parm. Nice!

Here is the recipe with the amounts that I used for the 2 of us.

1 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, set out at room temperature for 20 minutes
2 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, set out at room temperature for 20 minutes
4 tbsp softened unsalted butter
1 tbsp + 2 tsp chopped sage
1 lbs russet potatoes cut into a ¼-inch dice
1 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine butter and 1 tablespoon sage. Use your hands to run half of butter under the skin of the breasts and thighs. Spread the other half of the butter on the outside of all the chicken pieces.

In a bowl, toss remaining sage with potatoes oil, and a liberal amount of salt. Toss until combined.

Spread potatoes on a large sheet pan. Place chicken pieces on top. Liberally season chicken with salt. Place chicken in the oven for 25 minutes. Turn the heat up to 450 degrees. Roast until skin is golden brown and crispy, another 15 minutes. If potatoes aren't crispy yet, remove chicken from the pan and the potatoes a toss, place the potatoes back in the oven. Roast until crisp.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hard Work Pays Off

What??? Here is the story. Last week I had a vacation day. A change had to be made to a website at 10 pm that night. I had just gotten in bed but decided to take one last look at my emails. Always a mistake. I saw the email about the edit. So I got out of bed and made the edits. For my service, the owner of the company I work for gave me his credit card and told me to take my husband out for dinner. Very nice. We ate at Quattro's tonight.

Quattro's is one of my favorite restaurants. I think Quattros and Leon's are my favorite two. But Quattro's is closer so I picked that one.

We started with appetizers of Grilled Calamari and Mussels which were sauteed in a white wine sauce. Fantastic! A little spicy which we loved. And I did not take photos!

For dinner Chris had the Boneless Duck Breas seared and finished in an orange, cherry, and Grand Marnier Sauce. He loves duck. I am not that big a fan.

I decided on the NY Strip Steak. It was topped with a sauce of scallions, mushroom, and brandy. Oh my! The steak melted in my mouth.

I even had dessert! I went with the Tartufo. It was the right size portion for the two of us. I think I let Chris have one taste!

Thank you, John, for a wonderful night out!