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Easy Baked Beans

11 May

Easy Baked Beans

These are so easy I am a little embarrassed  to admit I make them.

Oh well, guilt over. Lets get cooking.

One large can of baked beans. I really like Bushs Baked Beans. Any flavor is okay. I like the brown sugar and onion.

One medium chopped onion

1/4 pound diced bacon

One teaspoon brown sugar

Pour the beans into an oven proof casserole dish with a lid.

Add the chopped onion

Render the fat off the bacon.

Add the half cooked bacon on top of the onions.

Sprinkle with the brown sugar

Cover with the lid

Microwave for 6 minutes

Keep warm in a 300 degree oven until ready to serve

 

 

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Vegetable Stir Fry with Cheese Ravioli

27 Mar

Stir Fry Ravioli and Vegetables

This was one of those rare nights I didn’t feel like eating meat.

So I went with my cravings and had a pretty good meal.

1/2 chopped onion

2 cloves chopped garlic

2 tablespoons oil

One large chopped fennel stalk

Two stalks of bok choy

7 sliced mushrooms

One cup water

One bouillon cube

One tablespoon corn starch

1/3 pound cheese ravioli

Boil four cups of water

Add a teaspoon of salt

Pour the ravioli into the pot and stir once.

Lower the heat to medium and cook for 6 to ten minutes.

Drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a fry pan.

Add the garlic, mushrooms and onion, saute for three to four minutes.

Add the fennel for two minutes then the bok choy.

Melt the bouillon cube in the water and mix in the cornstarch.

Keeping the heat on high, pour the cornstarch mixture into the vegetables.

Stir constantly

The mixture bubbles and becomes a thick sauce.

Add the ravioli and stir fry till everything is mixed.

Thats it and it was pretty good.

 

 

 

 

Meatloaf Sandwich

9 Feb

Meatloaf sandwich

This has to be one of the most underrated  foods.

It is not only good the first night you make it but it makes one of the best sandwiches ever.

3 pounds of ground beef

One package onion soup mix

One cup old fashion oatmeal

One cup flavored garlic breadcrumbs

One cup ketchup

Two beaten eggs

One chopped onion sautéed in one tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix everything together

Shape into a loaf about three inches high

Bake in a lightly greased pan for about 45 minutes

Drain whatever fat is in the pan

Serve with mashed potatoes and corn

This is such a 1950 meal.

Glorious leftover sandwich

Two slices white bread

Two tablespoons real mayonnaise

Two tablespoons ketchup

One slice of tomato

One handful of arugula

One sliced sweet pickle

One thin slice of red onion

One one inch slice of warm meatloaf

One slice of cheese, melted on the meatloaf

Assemble everything in the order it was written.

Sit down with a big napkin, tall drink and your family.

Everyone will be happy

Beef Barley Soup

3 Feb

Beef and Barley Soup unnamed

It is always good to remember that you can add almost anything to a soup but I like this soup plain.

1 1/2 pound  of diced beef. I use an inexpensive cut like chuck because it has a good flavor.

3 big marrow bones. The marrow gives another great flavor.

One large chopped onion

4 chopped carrots

3 stalks diced celery

2 bay leaves

4  beef bouillon cubes

48 ounces beef stock

4 cups water

One can small white kidney  beans

2 cups packed fresh baby spinach

1 1/2 cups barley

One teaspoon salt

3 1/2 cups water

Heat three tablespoons oil in a good size soup pot.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the marrow bones and slowly brown on all sides.

Add enough water to cover the bones, bring to a boil and then simmer.

The marrow should melt out of the bones. Set aside and chill, then  remove the top layer of congealed fat.

Remove from the pan.

Add two more tablespoons of oil and add the diced meat

Season with salt and pepper

Cook till the meat is brown and remove from the pan

Add the carrots, onion and celery and cook till soft about 5 minutes

Add the meat, bones and broth from the bones, vegetables, bay leaf, water, bouillon cubes and beef broth.

Bring to a boil then simmer.

Add the entire can, including the juice from the can of white beans

Boil the barley in the salted 3 cups of water till chewy about 30 minutes. Most of the water will be absorbed.

Add the barley to the simmering beef soup

Add the spinach

Let simmer for one hour then remove the bay leaves.

I leave the bones in the soup just because they look weird.

Serve with grated cheese and some crusty bread.

Tomato Okra

27 Jan

Tomato Okra

I never ate okra as a child. My Mom just didn’t cook it.

I had it for the first time at a friends house and loved it.

So this started my trial and error trying to cook it .

After many, many pounds of okra all I had was this slimy vegetable that couldn’t get past my lips. So I stopped trying to cook it.

Last week I was at my friend Maria’s again, I am a real pest.

She was cooking okra and showed me how to do it right.

3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 chopped onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

One pound bag of frozen okra, do not defrost it.

One 14 ounce can of diced San Martino tomatoes

Two small cans of tomato sauce.

One teaspoon dried parsley

Four basil leaves

Salt and pepper

Optional spices are oregano and crushed red pepper. I just love basil and put it in everything.

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil till the onions are soft

Add the diced tomatoes and bring to a boil

Add the frozen okra, parsley, basil, salt and pepper.

Cover the okra with the tomato sauce

Push the okra down with a spoon  so it is covered with the liquid

Cover the pot and let simmer until the sauce starts to thicken and the okra looks cooked about 20 to 30 minutes.

DO NOT STIR THE POT

If you start stirring the pot the okra gets slimy because it starts to break up.

I made this the other night and we ate the entire pound.

It is easy, delicious and different.

Thank you Maria

 

Spicy Tortilla Soup

26 Jan

Tortilla Soup Tortilla Soup

This is a delicious soup for a cold night or a summer BBQ.

3 tablespoons oil

One large chopped onion

2 cloves chopped garlic

One diced red pepper

One diced hot pepper.

I usually use a jalapeno and take the seeds out.

One teaspoon  ground cumin

48 ounces of chicken broth

Two 14.5 ounce can of Rotelle or any other diced tomatoes with chili.

1/2 jar of salsa about 8 to 10 ounces.

One cup of corn

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

One can of rinsed and drained black beans

2 cups or more of pulled pork or leftover diced chicken

Tortilla chips crushed

Shredded Monterrey Jack or any other cheese you like

Sour cream

cilantro

Limes

Avocado

Heat the oil

Add the onions and garlic and cook till soft

Add the peppers and season with salt and pepper

Add the cumin and cook just for a couple of minutes. You can actually smell it cook.

Then add your broth, tomatoes, black beans and corn and about 1/4 cup of the cilantro.

Let this cook for five minutes then add your pork or chicken.

Cook for another ten to fifteen minutes.

Spoon the soup into big bowl and add the crushed chips, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, diced avocado and lime wedges.

I usually serve this with cheese quesedilla, grilled cheese or potato pancakes