Sunday, September 19, 2021

Its is Time for Sauce

This is my Mom's recipe. I used ground beef, pork ribs, sausage and added meatballs that I made in the air fryer. I am not saying this just because I made the sauce, but it was so delicious. The flavors were perfect, the meat melted in your mouth. Just as I remember my Mom's sauce. Super happy that I have 4 more portions in the freezer.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Game Day Chili

The 2020 Football season is upon us. 
How about those Saints!! 
I know it is only week one, but still! 

Chili was on the menu tonight. 
Slow cooker chili. 
Easy peasy chili.


1 pounds lean ground beef 
1 onion, chopped 
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1(14-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1 1/2 oz Lindt Cherry Chili 70% Cacao


Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours or on LOW 5 to 6 hours. 

Wow. I am sure it was the chocolate that gave it that delicious flavor. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Three Words - Air Fryer Salmon

I am not sure who was more excited about tonight's dinner. Chris, who only had to grill his porterhouse steak and the corn from Cole's Farm. Moi, who absolutely loved this dinner. Or Lucy, who also absolutely loved this dinner.

Air Fyer Salmon is the new house Salmon recipe. I googled Air Fyrer Salmon and found a recipe on

Measure the paper first, cutting it just a little smaller than the size of your basket and leaving longer sides, which will help you lift the salmon out of the basket easily.

Preheat air fryer to 390˚. Place dried salmon on parchment paper. Brush with olive oil. Season with parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Place parchment into preheated air fryer. 10 minutes. That's it. Test for doneness by sticking a fork into the thickest part of the fillet and twisting gently. It should flake easily. Remove the fish from the basket immediately or it will continue to cook.

Perfect flavor. Perfectly cooked. Flaky texture. Perfect.

Picked up a bottle of wine to go with dinner. Nice choice!

Did I mention that Lucy loved this dinner? Her piece was the one with no seasonings.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Week Two

Well, I have still not regained the use of my left arm. But we have been eating quite well this week.

We started Sunday night. I tried Instacart for grocery delivery this week, no way could I try to load the conveyer belt with groceries at the checkout. Loved Instacart. The person texted me if things on my list were not available, I could get used to this.
Anyway, I had her pick up Fried Chicken. It is just the perfect comfort food for me.

Monday we had Burgers that were purchased at Fresh Market. I managed to make Annies Macaroni and Cheese as the side dish. Starting of slow…

If we have burgers on Monday why not have Hot Dogs on Tuesday.

And the week keeps getting better! Pat's King of Steaks Sandwiches.

Thursday we had a different Zuppardi's Pizza, 
Mozzarella with Fresh Tomato with White Sauce. 
Two thumbs up for this one!!

Take out Friday! This time we picked up from Quattros in Guilford. This is one of our go-to Italian restaurants. We had an order of Clams Casino and I had the Gnocchi which is the lightest Gnocchi I have ever had. They are like little clouds of air in tomato sauce. Chris opted for the Bolognese, which is always spot on.

No Friday Night Baking again….

Moving on to Saturday night. Started off with
a Cosmopolitan while dinner was on the grill. 

We picked up Bone-in sirloin steaks at Roberts. 
Chris got the temp perfect!!!! Some of Coles Corn rounded out the meal. 

And we opened a bottle of red to enjoy, which we did, with the steaks.

What has been up with the weather this summer? Seriously. Rain, Rain, and More Rain. And let's not forget the humidity. It was a pretty miserable summer weather-wise. Tonight was no exception. We were going to do burgers on the grill, but the pouring rain had us pulling out the air fryers.
Now about those burgers. Bacon Cheddar and Cheese Stuffed Burgers. I found this recipe on PlaysWellWithButter. I believe we may have a new "House Burger". 
Here is the recipe for 4 1/4 lb burgers. I was able to make the burgers… slowly coming back into the kitchen. 

Does anyone else have a problem with keeping the cheese on the burger when you use the air fryer?

3 slices bacon
1 pound 85% lean ground beef
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Par cook the bacon: Add the bacon to a skillet over medium heat (on the stove, not the grill). Cook 2-3 minutes per side until the bacon begins to render, but is not totally crispy. The goal is to par-cook the bacon since it’ll finish cooking in the stuffed burger patties. Remove from the heat. Once cool enough to handle, finely chop into small pieces.

Form the bacon cheddar stuffed burger patties: Add the chopped bacon to a bowl with the ground beef, shredded cheddar, Worcestershire, & ground black pepper. Using your hands, combine the mixture until the bacon and cheddar are evenly dispersed. Be careful not to overmix. Using a burger press or mold, form into 4 equally sized burger patties.

Labor Day!!! The Baked BBQ Chicken and the last of the Coles Farm Stand Corn.
We picked up 2 bone-in chicken breasts and basted them with Guy Fieri BBQ sauce and baked at 375˚ for one hour. I think we could have shared one of the breasts. I do not remember Chicken breasts being quite so large when I was little.

So I did do some cooking this weekend, not a lot. I made a recipe for Summer Bolognese from Bon Appetit for during the week and I air-fried tofu and zucchini for my lunch this week.

Hoping to be back in the kitchen at full capacity later this week. I have to say Chris did a fine job at the helm. The dinners were delicious and I did enjoy not having to do dishes!!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Perhaps it is Time to Repave the Driveway

Last Friday I walked to the mailbox before leaving for work. There was a piece of asphalt that was askew, and I tripped on it. I fell. While descending to the ground I cursed more than I have ever cursed at that hour of the morning. I was falling and I knew it would not end well. The whole day was going to be shot to hell and it was not even 7am.

Fortunately, Chris happened to look out the window and saw me reeling in pain. He runs out and helps me to my feet, looks at my elbow, and says you have to go to the emergency room Now!

Four and a half hours later I leave the ER with 12 stitches on my elbow. I had cut through to the bone. Nice work.

It has been, so far a week of antibiotics and Tylenol. 

On the plus side, it was my left elbow. But still, I have had limited movement. This past week at work has been such a bundle of fun. I will leave it at that.

Tonight, finally finished with the antibiotics I am enjoying a lovely and large glass of wine.

So What Did We Have For Dinner?

Enter Stage Right - Chef Chris.

Chris has done an amazing job of doing everything that I cannot do. Meal prep, feeding cats, doing laundry, dishes, changing dressings, making the bed, fixing coffee, grocery shopping, I could go on…  

Last week Chris surprised me with not one, but 2 deliveries from Goldbelly. Zuppardi's Pizza and Pat's Steak Sandwiches. Talk about planning!

We started out last Friday night with Zuppardi's Pizza. Just the best damn pie around!

Saturday night, Chris took to the grill with two porterhouse steaks. Delicious but I had to have him cut my steak. This whole limited mobility really sucks. We had a pasta side that my sister Lenore dropped off. Pasta with Zucchini! Delicious. Looks like that will be lunch for next week.

Sunday Chris went to the grocery store. He came home with a prepared meal. Porketta. Wow! Really tasty and the seasoning was perfect for us. We also had some string beans from my sister's garden.

Monday was a summer classic. Lettuce, Tomato, and Cheese Sandwiches. 

Tuesday was burgers and Green Bean Salad, thank you, Lenore. Sorry, not photos.

Wednesday, Chris stopped at the Big Y on the way home and picked up 2 servings of Chicken Parmesan with Pasta. Again, no photos, but I gotta tell you, it was delicious. The breading was nice and a little crunch to it. The sauce, yeah, as good as homemade. There was a bit too much pasta in the serving, but why get upset about that.

Now around here, we have a Fresh Market store. Thursday is $5.00 Roasted Chicken day. On the way home, I stopped off at the curbside pick-up and picked up our $5.00 chicken and a container of $9.00 mashed potatoes. Yeah, $9 for potatoes. WTF. But in their defense, they were damn good potatoes and we had leftovers. And I was so sure I took photos…

Friday, could this be a new house tradition, Zuppardi's again!

Saturday we picked up Pork Chops at Fresh Market and put them in our house marinade which consists of 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp soy sauce, Salt, and Pepper. On the grill, until the temp was at 140˚. We also had the leftovers of those $9 mashed potatoes.

Well, that was week one of Lucia not cooking. Let's see what next week will bring.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Weber Grill and BBQ Ribs



Baby Back Ribs.

Chris made dinner.

He researched the best technique and 
the results were finger licking good. 

First, he seasoned.

On the grill for 2 hours.

More seasoning and wrapped in foil, and back on the grill. 

Wow. New favorite BBQ Sauce!!!

I think it was an hour back on the grill.

The aroma was intoxicating!

This is a text book example of a Smoke Ring.
A smoke ring refers to the pink-colored meat that remains after
the meat has been cooked, just between the crust and the
Interior brown-colored meat.


Monday, August 9, 2021

Spicy Pork with Zucchini and More

It's that time of year. My sister will stop by with quite a few zucchini. Chris will call and say he stopped by Cole's Farm stand to get corn, the best around, and also picked up some zucchini. There is no where to hide. It is Zucchini Time.

Sunday I spend a good part of the day making zucchini things.  Zucchini Patties, Zucchini and Corn Pie with Phyllo Dough Crust, Zucchini and Tomato Mini Tarts, Asian Tofu and Eggplant, the eggplant was from my sister.

Tonight we again used zucchini. Spicy Pork and Zucchini. This was something different for us. We loved it. Quick to prepare. One pan and one bowl to wash. 

We loved the spice. Just enough heat. And I didn't hear any groans about the zucchini