Buffalo Chicken Chopped Salad

15 Jan

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I baked the chicken tenders and then poured Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce on them as usual.

OMG…

This chicken was so hot. I have no idea why it was this spicy.

So since I never throw out anything, I made a salad with tiny pieces of chopped chicken.

Two big handfuls of arugula

Two ribs of chopped celery

Four chopped scallions

One chopped avocado

Two tablespoons lime juice

Two to three tablespoons crumbled blue cheese

Two tablespoons chopped cilantro

Two chopped chicken tenders

Just layer everything and then toss

If you want your can add some blue cheese or ranch dressing

Add croutons for more crunch

The spiciness of the chicken was much more manageable in fact delicious.

I will make this often instead of a wrap or chicken wings.

 

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Sausage and Cheese

9 Jan

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I love both of these so I ate too much as usual.

One pound of washed brussel sprouts cut in half

3 tablespoons oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 fresh ground black pepper

3 teaspoons crush garlic

2 cooked Italian sausage

1/2 pound mozzarella cheese

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Mix the oil, salt, pepper, garlic and Brussel sprouts together

Place on a Silpac or non stick foil

Turn all the sprouts face down. This will make them charr and be delicious.

Roast in the oven for ten minutes.

Taste them to check if they are almost cooked.

Slice the cooked sausage and mix it into the sprouts

Roast another five minutes till the sausage is hot.

Add the mozzarella and parmesan cheese

Roast for another five minutes until the cheese is melted.

I have to admit I almost ate all of these myself but this should be enough for a nice lunch or light supper for two.

Cooks note

When I cook sausage I usually cook extra sausage  at the same time to make an omelette or crumble in a salad. It stays for a while in the refrigerator but never lasts long in my house.

 

Steak Tip and Blue Cheese Salad

8 Jan

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I could eat this every night but I won’t.

Three big handfuls of a good organic spring mix.

1/2 sliced seedless cucumber

Four thin slices of red onion

1/3 cup balsamic dressing. Home made of corse.

1 pound of strip steak cut into one inch pieces

1/2 teaspoon Adobe seasoning

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon fresh grind black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons butter

One tablespoon olive oil

One medium onion, cut into four pieces and then separated.

1/3 to 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Sliced crusty French bread

Mix the spring mix, cucumber and onion together

Sprinkle the Adobe seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper and onion together

Heat a frying pan

Add the oil and one tablespoon butter and melt on high heat.

Add the meat and onion to the pan

Don’t touch it

If your pan is hot enough this should take only a couple of minutes.

Turn the meat over when you see a crust form  on the bottom

Cook for another minute  till medium rare.

Take off the heat and add the other tablespoon of butter to glaze the meat

Toss the salad with the dressing

Put several thin slices of bread on top of the salad

Pour the steak over the bread

Sprinkle with the blue cheese

Garnish with the parsley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Nachos

7 Jan

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I had this at Ducali in the North End and had to run home and make it.

One pound of pizza dough

Three tablespoons olive oil

Garlic powder

Oregano

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Two cups of a good tomato sauce for dipping

One pound mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup or more of pickled jalapeño peppers

1/2 cup to a cup of chopped black olives

One red pepper and one green pepper cut into one inch cubes

Four cooked Italian sausages cut into slices

15 small cooked meatballs

8 slices Genoa salami cut into triangles

8 slices provolone cheese cut into triangles

12 slices pepperoni

1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese

Optional add ins can be avocado, Ricotta cheese, sliced sweet onion, roasted eggplant and drained chick peas.

Pepperoncini for garnish

preheat the oven to 500 degrees

Greasea pizza pan with Crisco

Spread out the dough

Drizzle withe the olive oil

Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano

Bake for about ten minutes or more

You want the bottom of the dough to be brown and crusty

Cut the dough into two  to three inch pieces either strips or triangles

Place on the bottom of a  oven proof platter

Start assembling everything

I assemble in this order but do what you like.

1/2 pizza dough, handful mozarella cheese, 1/2 sausage, 1/2 the meatballs. 1/2 the peppers/ 1/2 the jalapenos, 1/2 the chick peas. 1/2 the provolone, pepperoni and salami.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

Another handful of mozzarella cheese

Repeat

Ending with the dough and mozzarella cheese sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

Bake untill all the cheese is melted and bubbley and te meat is hot

Garnish with fresh basil

Use the tomato sauce as a dip

I also put out a dish of Ricotta cheese to dip into.

Loosen your belt.

These will disappear

This can be made ahead of time and reheated

Fancy Cream Cheese and Bread

4 Jan

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When I was growing up, cream cheese and jelly sandwiches were a treat.

My Mom would have all different flavors of jelly and all different kinds of bread and crackers.

This was not fancy but it was delicious.

Now, I decided to make it as a special treat.

Two slices of whatever bread you like.

I use soft potato bread

I love strawberry cream cheese

Blueberries

Banana

Honey

Spread as much as you want of the cream cheese on the bread

Slice the banana

Add the blueberries

Drizzle the honey

Great way to get your children to eat fruit.

 

 

Kung Pao Cauliflower

2 Jan

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OMG. Make this recipe tonight.

I found this recipe on Pinterest from veganricha.com and changed it just a little.

This is a typical Asian dish and the secret is to prep everything before you start cooking.

First  the cauliflower has to be baked, then make the Kung Pao sauce and last the glossy finish sauce but have all your ingredients measured and chopped.

Just follow all the steps .

One large head of cauliflower, washed and cut into florets.

Cut the stem also if it isn’t too hard.

This is the batter for the cauliflower.

6 tablespoons corn starch

6 tablespoons bread crumbs

12 to 15 tablespoons water

1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1/4 tespoon salt

2 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

Kung Pao Sauce:

3 tablespoons oil

8 dried red Chinese chilis

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

6 tablespoons peanuts or cashews

6 cloves chopped garlic

1 1/2  inch of minced fresh ginger

4  tablespoons diced scallions

One to two large chopped red peppers. Chop them into one inch pieces or smaller.

Sauce:

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon rice wine

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup water

1 heaping teaspoon cornstarch

Garnish

2 tablespoons honey

4 diced scallions

Now lets start cooking

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Cover your cookie sheet with a Silpac or nonstick foil

Mix all the batter ingredients together

Make sure it is thin enough to coat the cauliflower

Cut the cauliflower into nice size pieces

Put all of them into the batter and toss till every inch of the cauliflower is coated.

Pour onto the baking sheet

Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes or until it is cooked through and light brown

It is delicious now so try not to eat too much.

While the cauliflower is cooking it is time to make the sauces.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat

Brown the chili peppers and take them out of the oil and set aside.

In the same pan, add the red pepper flakes and nuts.

Stir fry for a minute

Add the ginger and garlic and turn the heat to medium low until the garlic is light brown.

Add the chopped scallions and red peppers

Stir fry for a couple of minutes

Mix all the sauce ingredients together

Pour into the Kung Oao mixture

Cook for another couple of minutes

It should start to thicken

Taste now for salt, pepper or sugar and adjust.

Add the cauliflower to the pan and coat everything well

Place on a platter

Drizzle with honey

Garnish with scallions and the fried, dried peppers

This tastes great hot or room temperature

My family LOVED this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenderloin, Onions, and Croutons

31 Dec

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I had to trim the tenderloin for Christmas.

All the scrapes went into a bag for the dog.

“WOOF, WOOF”

After everyone left I carefully cut up some of the meat for the dog but the rest I managed to salvage to make a decent size stir fry.

One large sliced onion

One tablespoon butter

About three cups of small cubed meat

One to two handfuls of croutons

Melt the butter

Add the sliced onion

Cook till it is slightly charred

Add the meat and cook till medium rare

Season with salt and pepper

Add the croutons to absorb all the juices

This should be enough for two but I finished it .

My dog did enjoy her portion.