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Sliced Oven Fried Potatoes with Goat Cheese

30 Aug

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OMG this recipe is a must make.

It is a Bobby Flay recipe that I changed just a little but his salad dressing is a do not touch delicious.

6 large red and white potatoes

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons oil

Dressing

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/2 cup basil leaves

1 1/2 cup oil

Fresh ground pepper

Put all the dressing ingredients into a blender and swirl till smooth.

Set aside.

12 ounces goat cheese

6 tablespoons chopped chives

Heat your oven to 450 degrees

Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch slices

Lightly oil a non stick foil lined baking pan

Arrange the potatoes on the pan but do not overlap

Sprinkle with Kosher salt

Bake till the tops start to brown then turn over to brown the other side.

Place the potatoes on a paper towel to drain any oil.

Take one tablespoon of goat cheese and spread it on each potato.

Put the potatoes back in the oven and melt the cheese just a little.

Take out and drizzle with the dressing and the chives.

I served these on a bed of greens.

I also didn’t have any chives so I diced up a red onion.

Bobby Flay made beautiful potato stacks but these are open face so I can eat more.

Thank you Bobby Flay.

 

 

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Tuna and Steak Platter

21 Aug

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I  just put together a help yourself dish.

It is one plate serving.

6 hard boiled sliced eggs

10 slices of crisp cooked bacon

One bag of small potatoes that you roast in the oven with salt, pepper and oil.

One bag of steamed broccoli

Three tuna fillets just quickly seared.

Three boneless rib eye steaks. Grill them to rare. Remove any excess fat and slice the steaks into 1/4 inch thickness.

Two large sliced onions.

Two tablespoons butter

Slice the onions and stir fry in the butter untill still crunchy.

Add the steak and stir fry for a minute just to get it warm.

Season with salt and pepper

One big wedge of good blue cheese

Slices of Italian bread and a good tomato salad are a must.

Serve with a Chimichurri sauce.

The recipe for the sauce is on the blog.

Shrimp and Vegetable Salad

20 Aug

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Salad can be anything but I decided to include everything.

I just get carried away when I am not following a recipe.

The vegetables are so good now that I couldn’t decide what to choose.

So, just get a pretty platter out and starting filling it.

I steamed almost everything.

Green beans, Brussel sprouts and edamame.

I did roast red peppers with oil and garlic.

I also stir fried zucchini.

Sliced a large cucumber

Boiled two pounds of shrimp, garnish with lemon slices.

Serve with cocktail sauce for the shrimp and a dijon vinegrette dressing for the vegetables.

 

 

Confetti Corn

13 Aug

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This is not my recipe.

It is the Barefoot Countess’s.

Her books are fabulous.

My friend Susanne made this and I had to come home and make it myself.

It’s almost too easy.

2 tablespoons oil

One medium chopped onion

One red or orange chopped pepper

2 tablespoons butter

The kernels from six ears of cooked corn

The recipe called for uncooked corn but I had leftover corn.

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil and chives for garnish

Heat the oil and cook the onion and pepper till it is soft

Add the corn, salt, pepper and cook till warm.

Add the basil and chives

This is so good.

Thank you Ina.

My family loved it.

 

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

6 Aug

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I found this recipe in the Stop and Shop August magazine.

Just a couple of changes.

I did not use anything organic and added more blueberries because I had them.

1 cup milk

1 frozen banana

3/4 cup blueberries

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 heaping tablespoons quick oats

Mix everything together in your blender till it is smooth.

This is a great smoothie.

The banana has to be frozen.

The original recipe called for cashews but I didn’t add them.

Next time I will try this with any other fruit I have on hand.

The recipe recommends putting a handful of spinach I didn’t do that either.

I did love it the way I made it.

Roasted Tomatoes, Green Bean and Quinoa Salad

26 Jul

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4 cups chopped green beans

2 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup quinoa

2/3 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups grape tomatoes

4 cloves sliced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 tablespoons oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

4 tablespoons capers

3 tablespoons fresh chopped mint

3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

1 chopped fresh red pepper, optional

Boil about 6 cups of water

Season with one teaspoon salt

Add the green beans

Boil for two minutes then drain and rinse with cold water until the beans are cold.

Put the 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium heat

Add the quinoa and brown slightly in the oil

Add the salt and water

Bring to a boil then a simmer with the cover on for ten minutes

Heat the oven to 450 degrees

Mix the tomatoes, oil, salt, pepper, garlic and garlic powder together

Place on a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes or until the tomatoes are blistered.

Mix the green beans, quinoa and the tomatoes with all the oil and tomato juice together

Put the capers, lemon juice, mint and parsley over everything

Toss and serve alone or with anything

This is too good to be healthy

You can add chopped red pepper, olives or any cheese.

This is my new favorite salad this week.

Can be made the day before serving then just tossed again before serving.

Grilled Pork Salad

18 Jul

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I made a pork loin on the grill and it was great but the leftover salad was better.

One boneless pork loin seasoned with just a little low sodium asian sauce

Sear the pork on medium high heat.

Take off the grill and place in an oven pan

Coat the top of the loin with several teaspoons of duck sauce.

Finish in the oven at 375 degrees till the sauce has melted and is sightly brown.

The pork should also be done to a medium well.

Let stand out of the oven for at least ten minutes before slicing..Now enjoy the pork with pilaf, broccoli and salad.

The next days make this salad.

Just layer different vegetables in a salad.

One small head of Romaine lettuce cut into bite size pieces.

One sliced yellow pepper

Six cut string beans. I used them raw but you can blanch them for a minute in hot water.

Four thin slices of a Vidalia onion

Two big handfuls of baby spinach

12 grape tomatoes

Four to six cups of sliced pork  because you have to taste when you cook so extra is good.

One tablespoon oil

One sliced garlic clove

One large sliced onion

1/2 cup honey Dijon vinegar salad dressing

Layer all the salad except the spinach.

Dress with the salad dressing

Add the spinach on top of the salad

Heat a skillet with the oil

Add the garlic and cook till soft

Add the sliced onion and cook till it is still crunchy

Add the meat and cook till it is hot

Season with hot pepper now if you like it spicy.

Pour the hot pork over the spinach in the salad so it wilts just a little

Chinese fried noodles can be added.

This is one of my go to leftover meals.