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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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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.

 

Tenderloin Wrap

12 Apr

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I started trimming my own beef tenderloin several years ago.

You may ask, “Why is she doing that”?

If you didn’t ask, I’ll tell you anyway.

The beautiful trimmed tenderloin was $14.99 a pound and the untrimmed tenderloin was on sale for $6.99 a pound.

It takes about thirty minutes to trim the roast.

There is one skinny piece of meat that I take off and set aside.

This is what I use to make these sandwiches.

Season the meat with salt and pepper and grill or pan fry just till it is medium rare.

Place it on a pita bread with some hummus, greek yogurt sauce and scallions.

I usually get two nice sandwiches from the thin piece of meat.

The scrapes from the tenderloin I cut up into small pieces and cook them for my dog.

What can be better?

I have a gorgeous roast for $6.99 a pound.

I had a delicious sandwich and the most important thing…

My dog is happy

 

 

Cauliflower Grilled Cheese

13 Mar

I saw a version of this on the Chew and it looked delicious but was too much work.

One large head of cauliflower

One egg

1/2 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

One thin sliced onion

Ten slices American cheese

Ten slices Hoffman cheddar cheese

Two tablespoon butter

Slice the cauliflower into 1/2 inch slices

I removed the bottom stem but keep most of the core so the cauliflower would keep its shape.

I got 6 slices to make three sandwiches but cook the rest of the cauliflower and you could make small sandwiches.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Dip all the cauliflower, including the smaller pieces, into the egg wash

Dredge in the seasoned flour

Dredge the onion in the flour

Grease a baking pan with two tablespoons oil

Place the flowered cauliflower in a single layer on the pan.

Bake for ten minutes and then flip the cauliflower over for another 5 minutes.

Try to pair the slices up so they kind of fit together.

They do not have to be perfect.

Put two slices of American cheese and two slices of Hoffman Cheddar cheese on three of the cauliflower slices.

Top with another cauliflower slice

Heat a pan with the butter and add the thin onion slices

Place the cauliflower sandwich on top of the onions and brown one side then flip it over and brown the other side.

Cook till the cheese is melted but try not to burn them so use a medium heat.

Place on a plate with sliced apples

I had to eat this with a fork and knife because it was so cheesy.

I also made about three more small sandwiches.

Mix the leftover smaller pieces of cauliflower with the remaining egg, flour and onion and pour it in the buttered pan.

Just before it was fully cooked I put some cheese on top

Plated it and microwaved it for 15 seconds until all the cheese melted

It was a delicious omelette.

You can make the cauliflower sandwiches ahead of time,  refrigerate them and cook them when you need them.

OR…

After we bake the cauliflower, we can fry the onions in the butter and then make open face sandwiches with the cheese and onion and bake them till the cheese melts.

If I had another cauliflower I would try it so off I go to the market.

These are on my favorite menu list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Cheese Club

19 Dec

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My dog loves grilled cheese.

Today I made her a grilled cheese club because I wanted to use up my old bread.

Plain, simple food that we forget to make.

Three slices of bread

Four slices of American cheese

Butter for both sides of the bread

Assemble everything

Butter the bread, 2 slices of cheese, bread, two slices of cheese, bread with butter on top The hardest thing is to be patient.

Cook it on a medium low heat and wait. It takes about 3 to 4 minutes

You want that perfect golden brown with the cheese starting to melt.

Flip it over and do the same.

By this time my house smells of melting butter and I am salivating.

Remember, this is for the dog.

Take it out of the pan and cut it into small pieces but you can have one bite and quickly put it in the dog dish so you won’t be tempted to have another.

Watch your dog enjoy it and walk out of the kitchen to your treadmill.

What a morning.

The Bachelor Meal

7 Dec

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I did not cook this but my son did.

Hopefully he used serving plates but he put together a great meal.

Rib eye steaks grilled on his green egg at 700 degrees

Blue cheese salad

Crispy small potatoes baked in bacon fat and drizzled with balsamic dressing

Pasta with tomatoes, garlic and mozzarella

Apple crostata with vanilla ice cream

Brownies

Appetizers were cheese nachos, sausage calzones and tomato pizza.

Very impressive.

 

Hamburgers

22 Jun

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My sister was at my house and I started to make hamburgers.

In ten minutes I had finished making ten pounds of ground beef into hamburger patties.

She was amazed that it took so little time.

Well I have been making patties for years and for a family of eight so I had to figure out how to do things quickly.

Take your five pound package of 90% ground beef and cut it into 15 pieces. Each patty will be 1/3 of a pound.

Put each piece of meat into a zip lock sandwich bag.

Wash your hands.

You don’t have to touch the meat again because you form the meat threw the bag.

Flatten the meat in the baggie and make into a round patty.

Take all the air out of the bag and seal it closed.

Put an indentation in the middle of each patty so the meat will cook evenly.

Thats it.

They stack in the freezer so well and all this for ten minutes work.

I season them with salt and pepper before I cook them.