Thursday, March 19, 2015

Corned Beef Hash


                     When it comes to breakfast, I've always been a fan of corned beef hash,
                     even the stuff in a can ( gasp ) it's true. A few years ago, I started making
                     my own homemade version and let me tell you it does not disappoint.


                  This is a perfect way to use up any leftover Corned Beef and great year round.

                                                                       Corned Beef Hash

                                                                        7 to 8 medium size potatoes, diced small
                                                                        1 large onion diced
                                                                        1 1/2 cups corned beef hash, cubed
                                                                        5 tablespoons beef stock
                                                                        1 1/2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning
                                                                        salt and pepper to taste
                                                                        2 Tablespoons olive oil
                                                                        2 Tablespoons butter

                       1) Heat olive oil and butter in a non stick skillet. Saute potatoes and onions
                       until slightly browned and then add corned beef. Season with salt, pepper
                       and Montreal seasoning. Add beef stock and partially cover with lid. Reduce
                       heat and stir occasionally and cook for 25 minutes or until done. Enjoy!!


                   

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Baked Ziti


                      This is my go to Italian meal when I have very little time. It's so simple to
                        make and it's packed full of flavor. Serve with a salad and garlic bread.



                                                                           Baked Ziti

                                                                           1 box ziti
                                                                           1 onion, chopped
                                                                           1 green bell pepper, chopped
                                                                           3 garlic cloves, minced
                                                                           1 pound hamburg
                                                                           2 ( 26 ounce ) marinara sauce - your favorite
                                                                           1 cup sour cream
                                                                           1/2 parmesan cheese
                                                                           8 ounces mozzarella shredded
                                                                           salt and pepper
                                                                           1/2 teaspoon each garlic and onion powder
                                                                           1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
                                                                           1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

                         1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

                         2) Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta, drain when done.
                         While the water is boiling start your sauce.

                        3) Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet. Add onion and green pepper,
                        cook for 5 minutes add ground beef, garlic and all the spices. Cook until
                        beef is browned and veggies are tender. Add the marinara sauce and cook
                        for 15 minutes.

                        4) Drain cooked pasta and put back in large pot. Add your meat sauce to the
                        noodles. Stir in your cheeses and sour cream, mix well.

                        5) Spray a 9 by 13 baking pan with spray and add your pasta. Top with more
                       cheese if you'd like and bake for 25 minutes. Enjoy.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Slow Cooker Beef Stew


                          This is the time of year when you crave comfort food. I love easy and
                          flavorful slow cooker meals. The meat is so flavorful and very tender.
                            Give it a try and this just might be your go to beef stew recipe.


Slow Cooker Beef Stew

1 large red onion, sliced
2 to 3 pounds stew meat
1/3 cup all purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1  ( 1.2 ounce )package dry beef gravy mix
1 ( 1 ounce ) package dry ranch dressing mix
1 ( .7 ounce ) package Italian style dressing mix
1 cup water
6 or 7 peeled carrots, diced

1) Spread onion slices at the bottom of your crock pot. Sprinkle salt
and pepper on the meat and dredge the meat in flour. Make sure to 
coat all sides. Place the meat on top of the onions. In a mixing cup 
add your water, gravy, ranch and Italian seasonings and mix well,
Pour over meat and all your carrots on top.

2) Cover and set on low for 8 hours. Mixing every once in a while.

Note - I don't add potatoes to the stew because I like to serve it over
a bed of rice or mashed potatoes. But, feel free to add potatoes if you'd like.
The Meat literally falls apart. 



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best Of 2014


Hello, my friends. Here is a quick recap of my years best recipes.

The most viewed post this year was this delicious Moscow Mule .


Is there anything better than Homemade Marinara Sauce ?


                                This Greek Frittata has become my favorite weekend breakfast.


                                                   Honey Lime Shrimp With Coconut Rice




                                                          Strawberry Salad With Feta


                                                             Mini Snickerdoodle Muffins


                                                                Italian Egg Drop Soup


                                                             Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas


                                                                American Chop Suey

                                There you have it, a tasty round up. Cheers, to a awesome 2015!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


                         The Holiday season is here in full swing and that means cookie season is
                         among us. A cookie in my opinion just may be the most perfect food, It
                         should have it's own food group. These cookies are perfection...A bit salty,
                         sweet, chewy and the texture is spot on. I hope you make them and enjoy.

                                                             Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

                                                              3/4 cups butter, softened
                                                              3/4 cup white sugar
                                                              3/4 brown sugar
                                                              2 eggs
                                                              1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
                                                              1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
                                                              1 teaspoon baking powder
                                                              1 teaspoon cinnamon
                                                              1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
                                                              1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                              2 3/4 cups rolled oats
                                                              1 1/4 cups raisins ( soaked in hot water for 30 min) Drain

               1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

               2) In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars, until smooth. Beat in eggs,
               one at a time and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt,
               and nutmeg. Slowly beat into butter mixture, Don't over mix. Add oats and drained
               raisins, mix. I use a one tablespoon ice cream scoop to scoop out the cookies onto
               the cookie sheet.

              3) Bake 8 to 10 minutes, do not over bake. or until slightly golden. Cool.


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