Sunday, May 21, 2017

Crockpot Pizza

Spring has been very busy with late baseball practices or games, and when you get home after 7:30 or so you really don't want to cook. Takeout or fast food for us is not really on our menu.  And we like to sit down as a family and enjoy a meal together.  So crock pot meals are our go too.  Especially ones that don't take too long to cook.  this recipe has been around for a few years and we have tweaked it lately with using Italian Sausage and adding green pepper.  This is adapted from Taste of Home Slow Cooker Meals.


Ingredients

1 package (16 ounces) wide egg noodles
1-1/2 pounds ground sausage or ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni, halved
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


Directions

Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef, pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, mushrooms and Italian seasoning. Drain noodles. 

In a 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray, spread a third of the meat sauce. Cover with a third of the noodles and pepperoni. Sprinkle with a third of the cheese. Repeat layers twice. Press down to compact.
Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Snickerdoodles!




Cinnamon Yummy!



I love Snickerdoodles!  A cinnamon covered cookies that is soft and very tasty.  Normally in our house when cookies are made it is generally around Christmas time or it is our favorite chocolate chip cookie.   One Saturday a couple of weeks ago I had a hankering for Snickerdoodles.  I hadn't made these in a really long time.  I am not sure where the recipe came from, other than my handy recipe box.  These were so good!  I might have to make them again real soon.


Snickerdoodles

Ingredients


2 3/4 cup flour
1 Tblsp. Baking Powder
1 cup of Butter
1 3/4 cup sugar, divided
2 eggs
1 Tblsp. cinnamon


Directions


On wax paper, stir together flour and baking powder, set aside.  In large saucepan or heat resistant bowl melt butter over low heat.  Remove and stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs until smooth. Gradually stir in flour until smooth dough forms.  Cover and chill for 1 hour  or up to 3 days.

On wax paper or small bowl, mix remaining sugar with cinnamon.  Drop round teaspoon full of dough into mixture and turn to coat well.  Place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes.  Cool on sheet for 1 minute and remove to cool.

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk! I like to cool cookies on a clean dish towel

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday Night Dinner for two!


With one kid in college and one still in high school, but working most weekends gives us some time for quality dinners together as a couple. When we want to spoil ourselves we head to a small local grocery store  that has the best meat department and pick up some tenderloin steaks.  Those are prepared using Ian Garten's Steakhouse Steak recipe.  Now top that off with a homemade blue cheese sauce (melted butter and blue cheese)and sautéed mushrooms for a dinner that melts in your mouth. 

This dinner was accompanied with roasted potatoes and a Parmesan Roasted Asparagus that was very easy to prepare and delicious.  Asparagus is in season now so grab a pound and give this a try.  And to top off the dinner - Dirty Martini's!  These were made with a Dirty Martini mix I found at Marshall's and some Bombay Sapphire East Gin.  

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside.

Combine asparagus and olive oil in a large zip close bag and shake to coat. Add the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the bag and shake to coat.
Spread in an even layer on the baking sheet and bake for 7 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the asparagus is still
slightly crisp-tender.

Steakhouse Steaks

Ingredients

          

2 (2-inch-thick) filet mignons ( 8 to 10 ounces each)
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoons fine fleur de sel
1 tablespoons coarsely cracked black peppercorns
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Directions

                      

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat for 5 to 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, pat dry the filet mignons with paper towels. Brush the filet lightly all over with the oil. Combine the fleur de sel and cracked pepper on a plate and roll the filet on all sides in the mixture, pressing lightly to help the salt and pepper adhere. The steaks should be evenly coated with the salt and pepper.

When the pan is extremely hot, add the steaks and sear evenly on all sides (top, bottom, and sides) for about 2 minutes per side. (Be sure the cooking area is well ventilated.) You'll probably need about 3 turns to sear the sides and about 10 minutes total.

Remove the pan from the heat and arrange all the filets flat in the pan. Top each with a tablespoon of butter, then place the pan in the oven. Cook the filets for 8 to 12 minutes to 120 degrees for rare and 125 degrees for medium-rare. Remove the steaks to a platter, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.



Cocktails anyone?