Archive | October, 2013

Happy Halloween

31 Oct

This is the night of all souls and they don’t eat so don’t bother cooking.

My Mom never made a big meal on Halloween. She had all pickups . This is the way to go.

Tonight the menu is limited and no fuss but I will still get something into my grandchildren before the sugar rush.

Thank God for pizza, hotdogs and potatoes.

Halloween English Muffin Pizza

Six english muffins-cut in half and lightly toasted

Twelve tablespoons of tomato sauce  like Prego or Ragu.

garlic powder

oregano

grated cheese

mozzarella cheese-cut into JackoLantern shapes

Place the english muffins on a baking pan.

Add the sauce and sprinkle the spices like you would add salt

Add about one teaspoon of grated cheese, maybe less, to each muffin

Top with the mozzarella shapes to make a pumpkin face

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven till the cheese melts

Mummy hot dogs

This is in every magazine and it is easy and fun to eat

Eight hotdogs

One tube of crescent rolls

Lay the dough out flat and cut  thin strips

Start at the bottom of the hot dog and start wrapping the dough around the hotdog. Like you were bandaging your finger .

Leave a little spot at the top for the mummies eyes.

Place on a tray and bake 350 for 18 minutes

Put two dots in the space you left open for the eyes with ketchup or mustard.

Blood Fries

Three washed sweet potatoes

Three tablespoons of oil

3/4 teaspoon of salt

One tablespoon of brown sugar

Heat the oven to 450

Slice the potatoes into wedges

Season with the salt, sugar and one tablespoon of oil

Put the remaining oil in the pan and coat well

Add the potatoes

Bake about 15 minutes , turn once and bake till crisp

Serve with blood-red ketchup on the side, so the kids can dip.

I started having a pot of soup or chili on the stove for the adults.

Have to go cups for the parents who can’t stay, so they don’t eat their kids hotdog.

Yesterday I dipped pretzels and made meringue ghosts. Very cute but time-consuming.

Take out sounds better and better.

Szechuan Wednesday

30 Oct

I love hot and spicy food. This is an easier modification of a recipe that I have been making for years.

Szechuan Eggplant

Two medium cubed eggplants, leave the skin on.

Make sure you buy the long skinner ones because the fat ones have more seeds.

One to two cubed red bell peppers

One chopped onion

Three chopped cloves of garlic

Two teaspoons of chili paste with garlic

Two teaspoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Three tablespoons of canola or peanut oil

Saute the onion and garlic in the oil till they are soft.

Add the eggplant, peppers and salt

Cook till the eggplant is almost soft

Add the chili paste and sugar

Taste and add more chili paste if you want it spicier.

Tonight I had this with a roasted chicken and a small salad with arugula and romaine lettuce with a sesame seed dressing.

I also made steamed won tons.

I get a little carried away and just keep on cooking and eating.

It was a delicious meal but I am so so full .

Tonight I will ride my bike an extra 1/2 hour to try to work some of the meal off. Sounds good. We will see if it happens.

Tuna Tuesday

29 Oct

Delicious meals do not have to take a long time to prepare.

Tuna Steaks are the perfect example.

My family eats more than the average five or six ounces . So I cook more.

This is a little expensive so it is really a special treat.

Lets go.

Two pounds of fresh tuna steak

salt and pepper

Juice of one big lemon

olive oil

Wash and dry the tuna

rub with the olive oil

Season with the salt and black pepper

Heat  the grill or skillet. Wipe it with a paper towel coated with oil.

Place the tuna on the grill and sear till there is a nice brown crust then turn over and repeat. This should take maybe two or three minutes. Take off the grill and I squeeze the lemon on top but you don’t have to. I love lemon so I have a tendency to over do it.

Serve with grilled asparagus and  quinoa . I love tuna with avocado, red onion and grapefruit sections.

This is a very pretty meal.

Enjoy

Meatloaf Monday

28 Oct

I feel like a meatloaf because of yesterdays spelling error.

Red Sox is not spelled Red Socks.  Sorry.

So this  meatloaf is going to cook a delicious meatloaf.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Two pounds of lean ground beef. At least 85% lean.

One cup of oatmeal.  You can use breadcrumbs.

Two eggs

One envelope of onion soup mix

One small can of tomato sauce

1/2 cup of ketchup

Mix all the wet ingredients and then the dry.

Put on a baking pan and shape into a loaf.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

Pour three tablespoons of ketchup over the meatloaf ten minutes before the meatloaf is done.

Serve with mashed potatoes and corn.

Great for leftover sandwiches.

Sausage Sunday

27 Oct

Today the Patriots  and  Red Socks  are playing. No one is interested in a sit down dinner.

I am making my life easy, for once.

Sausage Sandwiches

Five pounds of Italian sausage

4 sliced onions

6 to 8 sliced red peppers

12 Bulkie rolls

1/2 pound of  sliced mozzarella cheese

1/2 pound of sliced american cheese

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

Grill the sausage. Use an  indirect heat so they do not burn.

Saute the onions  in two tablespoons of olive oil. Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar just before the onions are crisp soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Take the onions out of the skillet.

Add three tablespoons of oil and the red peppers. Cook till just slightly soft. Season with salt and pepper.

Warm the rolls.

Cut them in half and place a slice of each cheese on the roll.

Put two sausages on each sandwich

Serve with hot sauce, mustard and ketchup.

A huge pasta salad with a vinegar base dressing or a caesar salad  is great.

Everyone thinks they are at the ball park.

Relax. Watch the game or go shopping.

Leave a tray of cookies and brownies on the table.

Squash Saturday

26 Oct

Love squash.

This is an old favorite.

I added the fruit for sweetness and the beans for fiber.

Every time I make this, I get so angry because I always buy the fresh squash and then I have to peel and cut it up.

Don’t do that. You will save at least a half hour by paying the extra money and buying the cut up squash. The frozen is too watery.

Butternut Squash Soup

One large  diced onion

Two cloves of minced garlic

Three tablespoon of butter

Three packages of cut up butternut squash

Two large ,peeled and cut apples

One large can of chicken broth. You can use vegetable broth.

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

!/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of salt

One can of washed and drained black beans

0ne cup of half and half cream

Saute the onion and garlic till soft.

Add the squash, apples, broth and seasoning.

Cover the pot and bring to a boil.

Turn down the heat and simmer till the squash is cooked. About ten minutes.

Let cool and pour into your blender in batches and puree till smooth.

Pour back into the pot and add the half and half and drained black beans.

Simmer till hot

Adjust the seasoning and eat.

I serve this with grilled sausage  grinders.

Fish Friday

26 Oct

When I was growing up we always had fish on Friday. My Mom would always make something delicious.

This is a fish stew that takes twenty minutes.

Fish stew

Three tablespoons of olive oil

One chopped onion

three  cloves of chopped garlic

Two pounds of a thick white skinless, boneless white fish. Haddock, cod, tilapia, anything on sale is good.

Cut into one inch pieces.

One pound of calamari rings

One pound of medium peeled shrimp

1/2 teaspoon of oregano

Six basil leaves

One large can of diced tomatoes

Two teaspoons of tomato paste

One can of Rotelle tomatoes.

One small can of tomato sauce

Saute the onion and garlic in three tablespoons of olive oil

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano and basil

Bring this to a boil then turn down to a medium heat.

Season with salt and pepper

Put all the fish into the pan and cover till the fish is flakey.

This should only take about ten to fifteen minutes. Keep at a simmer till you are ready to eat

I serve it in bowls with hot crusty rolls.

The broth is great for dipping.

Make an arugula salad with black olives, red onion, parmesan cheese strips and lemon dressing.

You can add anything to this dish.

Mix up the type of fish. Add clams , mussels , crab meat or small cooked potatoes.

This is almost a foul proof recipe.