Recipes I've Enjoyed

My good AND special recipes, some of which I've been making since the late 90s. I am a cook and a baker whose recipe weaknesses are: BBQ chicken, brownies, chili, granola, and quick bread.
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Someone alert the 10-year-old you, because she’s going to want to hear this: Breakfast grilled cheese is real, and it’s fantastic.

The steak is on the left of the plate, along with Formosan Fried Cabbage and boiled green beans. (I’ll post the recipe for the cabbage at a later date.)

The steak was moist, fork-tender, juicy, and flavorful. There is a stove-top version that I will be happy to provide if you drop me a line.

from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (Meredith Publishing Group, 2005)

Makes 4 servings

1 lb. boneless beef round steak, cut 3/4-in. thick

2 T. AP flour

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. black pepper

1 T. cooking oil

1 14 1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes with oregano, basil, and garlic, undrained

1 sm. onion, sliced and separated into rings

1/2 c. sliced celery (1 stalk)

1/2 c. sliced carrot (1 med.)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit,

2. Trim fat from meat. Cut into 4 serving-size pieces. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper. With the notched side of a meat mallet, pound the flour mixture into the meat. (Beware! This is messy!)

3. In a large skillet, brown meat on both sides in hot oil. 

4. Transfer meat to a 2-qt. square baking dish. 

5. In the skillet, combine undrained tomatoes, onion, celery, and carrot. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Pour over the meat.

6. Cover and bake in the oven about 1 hour or until tender. BH&G recommends serving with 2 c. of hot noodles or mashed potatoes.

Nutritional info provided by author:

Calories 340

Fat 9 g

Cholesterol 82 mg

Sodium 459 mg

Carbs 35 g

Fiber 3 g

Protein 28 g

Kroger gave me a free box of Chicken Helper and I stumbled across this recipe in a Box Tops for Education e-mail. It turned out spicy, speedy, colorful, and tasty. All in all, not a bad way to repurpose convenience food.

from http://www.bettycrocker.com

Serves 6

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper

5 c. hot water

1 box Hamburger Helper chili macaroni (I used bacon cheeseburger Chicken Helper.)

1 t. chili powder

1/2 t. garlic salt (I used garlic POWDER.)

2 c. diced tomatoes (I used one 16-oz. can of diced tomatoes with chilies.)

1 11-oz. can of whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, undrained

2 T. sliced pitted ripe olives

1 c. beef broth (The Chicken Helper’s rotini were little sponges and soaked up all the water, so I added beef broth to thin out the finished product. I mean, it’s not a soup without broth, right?)

1/2 c. milk (Because I used diced tomatoes with chilies, the end result was too spicy, so I added some dairy to tone it down.)

1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef, onion, and bell pepper over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked. Drain fat.

2. Stir in hot water, Hamburger Helper sauce packet, chili powder, garlic salt, and tomatoes. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

3. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in uncooked Hamburger Helper pasta, corn, and olives. Cover and cook 10 minutes longer. If necessary, add beef broth and milk.

Nutritional info provided by author and based on use of Hamburger Helper chili macaroni, lean ground beef, and garlic salt:

Calories 330

Fat 10 g

Cholesterol 45 mg

Sodium 990 mg

Carbs 40 g

Fiber 3 g

Protein 18 g

food52:

Spotted in Park Slope, by @ryanahamilton: kale chips have begun to act out in response to the pressures of fame.

Healthy graffiti?

nowyourecooking:

We’re screaming of delight! Ida Frosk created this wonderful Edvard Munch-inspired toast for our Now You’re Cooking live stream. It will be prepared live on the 22nd of April at 14.30 CET on www.nowyourecooking.tumblr.com.
Now you’re cooking is a three-day international live stream event by Electrolux to celebrate their new Expressionist Collection. The event is completely dedicated to food, with lots of inspiring recipes, ideas and competitions. Don’t miss it on the 22nd-24th of April!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for The Scream on toast.

nowyourecooking:

We’re screaming of delight! Ida Frosk created this wonderful Edvard Munch-inspired toast for our Now You’re Cooking live stream. It will be prepared live on the 22nd of April at 14.30 CET on www.nowyourecooking.tumblr.com.

Now you’re cooking is a three-day international live stream event by Electrolux to celebrate their new Expressionist Collection. The event is completely dedicated to food, with lots of inspiring recipes, ideas and competitions. Don’t miss it on the 22nd-24th of April!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for The Scream on toast.

food52:

I volunteer for clean-up.

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KP never looked so yummy!

Awwwww …

Awwwww …

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Crack me up! Get it?

Crack me up! Get it?

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A SpongeBob SquarePants birthday cake!

From http://easyhomemeals.com/Tips/Refrigerated-Tips/refrigerator-cleaning-101

100 likes!

food52:

Dear Eggs,

When we’re with you, everything in life is sunny-side up.

Love, us.

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From the film’s Web site:

"THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO is a feature-length documentary tracing the origins of Chinese-American food through what is arguably America’s most popular takeout meal––General Tso’s Chicken."