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Pork Tenderloin To Go

15 Jun

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My son was taking the train to see me.

I had to pick him up at 7:30 p.m. so I knew he would be starving.

So I made supper like normal and packed his up and he had a car snack.

Two pork tenderloins, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Roast till it was medium well.

Two large sweet potatoes, baked, mashed and seasoned with a little butter, salt and pepper.

One spaghetti squash, streamed in the oven then shredded. Mix with three cloves cooked garlic in 2 tablespoons butter. Mix everything together and season with salt and pepper.

Six apples, cored and sliced. Fried in 2 tablespoon butter. Season with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon brown sugar.

Just take the amount you want of everything and place in a takeout container.

This meal was easier then driving to a take out place. Not really..but

He did enjoy a home cooked meal.

 

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Simple Stir Fry

7 Jun

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I just wanted something light and healthy since I had ice cream twice yesterday.

It was so good.

2 big boneless, sliced into strips ,chicken breast

4 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons cornstarch

4 tablespoons oil

One chopped jalepeno pepper

2 tablespoons sesame oil

6 cloves chopped garlic

One chopped shallot

1 1/2 inch fresh chopped ginger

2 stalks chopped celery

One red sliced pepper

2 cups sliced mushrooms

3 cups chopped baby bok choy

2 more tablespoons soy sauce

3 diced scallions

3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter

Hot sauce or chili sauce for a condiment

Cut everything up before you start because this has to cook on a high heat and you won’t have time to chop while you are stir frying.

Mix the cornstarch and soy sauce together.

Add the chicken strips and mix well

Heat three tablespoons oil till it is hot

Add half the garlic, all the ginger and the chopped jalepeno

Cook for one minute

Add the chicken

Spread it out to a single layer and leave it alone until a crust forms and then start stir frying

Cook till’ it is well done and remove to a plate

Place the remaining tablespoon of oil in the pan and add the remaining garlic and shallot

Cook for one minute

Add the celery and stir fry for a minute

Add the mushrooms and peppers and stir fry for another minute

Add the bok choy and stir fry for another minute

Add the chicken back into the pan

Add the sesame oil and the soy sauce

Stir fry till everything is combined but don’t over cook the vegetables. They should be crunchy.

Add the peanut butter on top and mix it in. Extra peanuts can be added if you like.

The peanut butter can also be eliminated if you don’t like it.

Garnish with the scallions.

 

 

 

 

Fried Garlic and Eggs

6 Jun

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I just read an article on how good garlic is for you.

So, I am now on a garlic craze and if I say so myself I smell fabulous.

One teaspoon butter

One large clove of thin sliced garlic

3 eggs

Melt the butter

Add the garlic and cook till soft

Crack the eggs on top and cook whatever way you like.

I had over easy because I like yolk.

Place on a bun with a little salt and pepper.

Enjoy

The Ultimate Italian Grinder

4 Jun

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Nothing is better than a good Italian grinder.

My son brought me a piece of a grinder his girlfriend’s father made.

Thats it!

I hand the baton over to him.

It was the most delicious grinder I have ever had plus he made his own bread.

Now I am obsessed to recreate it.

One two foot loaf of french bread.

One small container of grape tomatoes

1/2 small chopped onion

1/4 teaspoon oregano

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon of salt or maybe more to taste

4 tablespoon olive oil

6 slices thin cut genoa salami

3 slices of thin sliced provolone cheese cut in half

3 thin slices mortadella

3 slices thin sliced capicola ham

3 slices thin sliced hot ham

3 slices thin cut pepperoni cut in half

Just a single layer of lettuce

3 forkfulls of sliced banana pepper, hot or mild

8 to 10 basil leaves cut into strips

Drizzle with a good balsamic vinegar

Cut the bread the long way and set aside

Make the tomato salad by mixing the tomatoes, onion, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil

Place a single layer of the tomato salad on the bread

Save every drop because this is the star of the sandwich.

Start layering everything else ending with the vinegar drizzle

Try to close it and press it together.

This tastes delicious hot or cold.

Serve with A LOT of napkins.

I change the meats and cheese depending on what I have but always keep the tomato salad.

Mine is still not as good as Cafe Tempo in Warwick, R.I.

Grilled Rabbit

8 May

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Okay don’t say “yuck”.

I never thought I would eat this but I tried it and LOVE it.

It is the meat of choice in Italy.

One cleaned rabbit cut into portion pieces.

Salt and pepper.

Juice and zest of one lemon

4 tablespoons olive oil

One sprig of rosemary

Cover and let this marinate overnight .

Heat the grill to medium high.

Cook the pieces of meat to medium well.

Serve on a board with more sliced lemons.

This was another meal from Italy.

Simple easy cooking.

 

The Struck Cafe Carrot Pinapple Bread

7 May

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There used to be a fabulous restaurant in Worcester, Ma. called the Struck Cafe.

This was thirty five years ago.

It did close and I was miserable.

Thank God I found this recipe in the newspaper before they closed.

It was so nice they used to serve this bread and a lemon poppy seed bread when you sat down.

This is my go to recipe when I want to serve a nice bread BUT since my grandchild cannot eat dairy it is now a staple for him.

Plus he is eating carrots and does’t know it.

4 cups sifted all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

6 large eggs

4 cups sugar

2 cups vegetable oil

2 cups grated carrots

2 cups canned unsweetened drained pineapple

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar till they are pale and smooth.

Stir in the oil slowly then add the grated carrots, pineapple, vanilla and flour mixture.

Butter and flour THREE 9x5x2 1/2 inch pans

Divide the batter between them but only fill 3/4 of the way up.

If you have extra batter pour it into another pan but do not overfill the pans.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for one hour or until it pulls away from the sides of the pan.

Let them cool for ten minutes before you take them out of the pans.

I started using disposeable pans so I can give them away or freeze them.

They freeze great.

Thank you Struck Cafe, where ever you are, and the Telegram and Gazette for printing the recipe.

 

 

 

 

Cerignola Olives

2 May

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I always forget what olives I like except for calamatta.

All the others look the same BUT I found these cerignola olives and it was love at first bite.

Olives are grown and served in Italy and they are on every table.

The cerignolas are my favorite.

They are a meaty, firm olive that are not heavily brined.

They are not too salty and go with everything.

Marshalls and TJ Max carry them in their gourmet section for a good price but you can also find them in the grocery store.

Great snack with a cheese and salami tray and a glass of wine.

Listen to me, I’m drinking wine now.