Black Eyed Peas, Pork, and Eggs


Thank you Lenore for the Black Eyed Peas!!! 

I can not tell you how happy I was eating dinner tonight.  We had Pork Chops the other night and there were leftovers. I had boiled the Black Eyed Peas and froze them when my sister gave them to me. Tonight I took the defrosted Black Eyed Peas and sauteed them in some olive oil and added the chopped up pork. Seasoned with the usual salt, pepper, crushed red pepper. In other pan I fried up the eggs. Oh this was so good! And the best part is I still have more Black Eyed Peas in the freezer!!

An Open Faced Calzone



This was just supposed to be a pizza but then I added some ricotta and realized it was more like a calzone than a pizza. I used up the left over Sausage and Peppers. And added some of my sister's tomatoes. A little bacon, some basil and cheeses and voila! A darn good dinner. It was more of a fork and knife pizza than usual but the flavors were spot on! Did I hear someone say this was delicious? I am sure I did!

The Taste of Summer


I love steak cooked on the grill.  This steak was grilled perfectly! The corn was from Cole's Farm Stand. It is the best corn in our area. The tomato salad was a combination of tomatoes from my sister's garden and some from my friend Kelly's garden. Both of these gardens have produced lots of veggies. More of their vegetables will be featured throughout the week. 



The tomato salad was simple. Tomatoes, some cucumber, olives, fresh Mozzarella, salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, olive oil and champagne vinegar. Light and refreshing. 


Vegetable and Chicken Chow Mein


When I was little my Mom occasionally tried Chinese recipes. That is when the La Choy products starting showing up on the grocery shelves. My Mom's Chinese dinners were good but they always tasted Italian. Tonight's recipe is from Food & Wine and the flavors were not Italian. They were pretty close to take out. I had some leftover chicken from yesterday's roast chicken which I added to the dish. For veggies, I picked up some bok choy and my sister gave us some zucchini. I followed the recipe below, but of course, did not add garlic. This was a hit.


Vegetable Chow Mein, from Food & Wine (with my changes) -

Ingredients-
8 ounces yellow Chinese egg noodles
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, minced 
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 medium carrot, julienned
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 medium bell pepper, seeded and sliced

Method-
Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Rinse under cold water, drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and water. Set aside.
 
Heat the oil over high heat. Stir in the garlic, onion, and ginger. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the garlic and onions are soft and fragrant.
 
Stir in carrot, zucchini and bell peppers. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
 
Add the noodles and sauce mixture. Toss everything together until combined and heated through about 2 minutes. Serve hot.

Our First Margherita Pizza


I have never made a Margherita Pizza until tonight. When your husband brings home the most delicious tomatoes from Coles Farm and your basil plant is busting with leaves what else can you do? I stopped at Bishop's for some fresh mozzarella and headed home. I took pizza dough out of the freezer this morning. I believe I could have eaten the whole pie myself. Just ask my friend Heidi about my college days, it can be done. I was an adult about this and only had 3, okay maybe 4 pieces. The tomatoes are the best ever!!!