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Cabbage and Beans

19 Feb

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This is another childhood meal.

My Mom used to make a huge pot.

One big head of cabbage, sliced very thin

2 cans of white beans with the liquid

6 big cloves of chopped garlic

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 big bouillon cubes, chicken or vegetable

3 cups water

Heat the oil and add the garlic

Cook till it is soft

Add the beans with the liquid

Add the cabbage, bouillon, red pepper and water

Bring to a boil and then simmer till the cabbage is soft

Serve with the crusty bread

My Mom, ever so often, would serve this with Italian sausage. That was a real treat.

Good vegetable meal or not , it is very good and worth the fifteen minutes to make.

 

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Chocolate, Cherry , Banana chip Cookies

14 Feb

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This is a Duncan Hines recipe.

I had to delete the walnuts because my grandchidren are allergic to them but when I make a secret batch for me the walnuts are going in.

Most of Duncan Hines mixes are dairy free so I use them all the time plus they are a no fail simple mix.

One box of Duncan Hines brownie mix

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1 tbsp. cherry juice

1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries plus another 1/2 cup of whole cherries for garnish

1 cup dried banana pieces cut into smaller pieces

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Spray two cookie sheets with non stick spray cooking spray.

Combine the brownie mix, egg, cherry juice and oil together.

Add the cherries, banana chips and walnuts.

The dough may seem dry but keep on mixing it and it moistens up.

Take one big heaping tablespoon of filling and roll into a ball. Flatten out a little and place a whole cherry in the middle.

Place them two inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Bake for about 12 minutes

Cool on a rack

You can add chocolate chips if you want.

This is such a little and big kid recipe.

I used to steal my Moms maraschino cherries all the time when I was little.

I still like Shirly Temples with extra cherries.

Valentine Crazy

13 Feb

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I always loved Valentines Day and can’t help from going crazy.

If it can be formed into a heart I do it.

This year I made heart shaped meatball.

They weren’t balls they were  meatball mix that I cut with a heart cookie cutter.

I baked them and  put them in my tomato sauce.

My grandchildren loved them.

Then we made heart shaped individual pizzas.

Kids love to play in the kitchen and they did a great job,

The cookies were made with cherries so we had a red dessert.

Its amazing how everyone got excited about a simple dinner.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoisin Chicken and Shrimp

9 Feb

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Hoisin sauce is the taste you have in most Chinese food.

I like it in moderation. Too much is terrible so don’t add extra.

This is a fast stir fry to serve over rice.

6 tablespoons oil

1 1/2 pounds bite size boneless chicken

! pound raw small ,peeled and deveined shrimp

6 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup chicken broth

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon sesame oil

8 tablespoons Franks Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce

5 diced scallions

8 cloves chopped garlic

1 tablespoon grated ginger

2 cups broccoli florets

2 cups chopped bok choy

One diced red pepper

2 cups sugar snap peas

2 thin sliced carrots

1/2  to 1 cup peanuts or cashews

Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Add the cut up chicken

Heat the wok with two tablespoon oil and stir fry the chicken till done

Set aside

Place the shrimp in the 2 tablespoons cornstarch and  one tablespoon soy sauce

Heat two tablespoon oil

Add the shrimp and stir fry till cooked

Set aside

Place the last 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan and start stir frying first the garlic and carrots then the broccoli, ginger, red pepper  sugar snaps and  white part of the scallions.

Cook till everything changes color and still crunchy.

Set aside

Mix the chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, Franks and sesame oil together then add the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Bring the sauce to a boil and it will start to thicken up.

Do not let it start to reduce.

Take it off the heat and add the chicken and shrimp

Mix well

Put back on the heat

Add the vegetables and toss to coat everything

Heat till everything is warm

If it starts to thicken too much add a little more broth

Top with peanuts and scallion greens.  You could add fried dried hot chili peppers to spice it up.

I usually double this sauce recipe because I love sauce.

 

Chocolate Mint Egg Cream

7 Feb

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If you are from New York you know what an egg cream is.

It was made at every soda fountain.

One tall glass

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup

6 tablespoons cold milk

Fill the rest of the glass with peppermint flavored cold seltzer

Mix with a spoon

The seltzer and milk should make a foam on the top.

Try to drink it slowly but its so good its impossible.

If you use different flavored seltzer and syrup you can make different flavored drinks.

Hot Pastrami on Toasted French Bread

5 Feb

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This is another throw back from my childhood.

I experienced every diverse ethnic food.

The deli’s were the best.

I remember the smell of pickles  and it was wonderful

My Uncle would always get his hot pastrami on french bread instead of rye

I thought it was strange until I tried it.

6 inches french bread

Butter

1/4 pound good pastrami sliced thin

One slice of American cheese

Good tangy mustard. I like Wicked Twisted or Nathans

Pickles

Coleslaw

Cut the bread in half and spread with the butter, just a thin layer

Place in a pan and toast till light brown

Place the cheese on the toasted bread

Heat the pastrami and place on the cheese bread.

Add the mustard

Thats it.

Enjoy

 

 

Tuna Salad

2 Feb

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This is from the Mayo Clinic diet plan but I thought it needed more flavor and it was really good.

2 cans drained solid white tuna

One can of drained white beans

6 tablespoons of chopped Italian parsley. Only use fresh.

1/4 of a large red onion or 4 scallions, diced

The juice and zest of a lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 diced fresh red pepper

2 heaping tablespoons capers with the brine

6 chopped pickled jalopenos slices

2 chopped sweet pickles

3 to 4 cups baby arugula

10 to 15 grape tomatoes

grapes on the side

Flake the tuna apart so you don’t have any big chunks

Add everything else and mix well

Serve on the arugula with the tomatoes and grapes as garnish

If I wasn’t on a diet I would put this on a toasted Italian or ciabatta roll that I smeared with butter. The roll would be crunchy and the butter would melt and anything tastes great on this.

Great beach lunch