Long Boy "Burgers" When I saw this recipe in Cook's Country, I knew this would be a home run with Ryan. Meatloaf and burgers are some of Ryan's favorite foods and since I don't make either very often they have risen to special treat status. While I was a bit hesitant about this dish (since I don't particularly like meatloaf or burgers), I was pleasantly surprised in the end. I preferred BBQ sauce to the extra ketchup and the zing of some jalapenos, but Ryan was happy with these "burgers" just the way they were. This recipe said it originally made four burgers, but that seems impossible to me. Would I make this again? Long Boy "Burgers" Ingredients: 2-4 (6-inch) sub rolls, split in half lengthwise 1 1/4 cup cornflakes, crushed 1/2 small onion, minced 1/2 cup whole or lowfat milk 6 tablespoons ketchup, separated 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 large egg, lightly beaten Salt and pepper 1 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground beef 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Oven Roasted Potatoes | My Adventures In The Country When I heard this month’s Kitchen Bootcamp Challenge was potatoes, I was pumped. Originally, I had great plans for the sweet potatoes still in my basement from last fall, but after researching and chatting with the hubby, I decided to go with Yukon Gold potatoes instead. My husband isn’t a huge fan of sweet potatoes and I wanted to make something he would enjoy too, so that’s how I settled on this oven roasted potato recipe. Yukon Golds are our favorite potato to grow in the garden and they absolutely melt in your mouth when freshly dug from the garden. I did some more searching through The Professional Chef and on the web and actually settled on a recipe from epicurious.com. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the flavor, just a personal preference as far as how potato-coated my hands were when I was done. Notes:The above link to The Professional Chef is an amazon affiliate link. You Might Also Like:
Avocado Fries Oh dear. I never should have done this. This may be one of my biggest mistakes all year. Can’t take it back now. So we’re totally enjoying our grilled avocados, but my husband innocently asks “What else can you do with avocados?” Sigh…. At a buck fifty a pop (at least around here), avocados can easily run up quite a tab on the grocery bill. So, consider yourself warned. Avocado Fries Printable RecipeRecipe Adapted from Sunset Magazine Canola oil for frying1/4 cup flour1 tsp kosher salt2 large eggs, beaten to blend 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) 2 firm-ripe medium avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into 1/2-in. wedges Grated parmesan for serving (optional) 1. 2. 3. 3.
Bloomin' Onion Bread My husband and I waited tables at Outback Steakhouse while we were in college and ate our share of Bloomin’ Onions. But the funny thing is we never actually ordered them. If a table ordered a Bloomin’ Onion and canceled the order, the onion would sit in the window until another table ordered one which was usually just a matter of minutes. But every once in a while there would be a lull where no orders would come in and the “Bloom” was pronounced “dead”, meaning it would not be served to customers, and all the servers got to eat it. I don’t know if there are other servers out there but I still have reoccurring nightmares where I’m in the weeds with all of my table – everyone needs a drink refill and all of my orders are wrong. This naughty Bloomin’ Onion Bread has cheese stuffed in every crack and is cut just like the Bloomin’ Onion from Outback. Ingredients Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Notes
Linguine with Garlicky Bread Crumbs With My Husband away on a business trip for a few days this week, I kept the cooking simple. Often letting the boys choose their dinner, thankfully, a vegetable was always chosen as part of the meal since they both have been learning about eating healthy foods. I don't always indulge my little men, but with Daddy away I thought I'd be extra nice to them - and, it doesn't hurt that their desires are simpler than what I normally make. I must admit that I am a pasta lover. I have managed to acquire a taste for whole wheat pastas, even though my family has not fully taken to them. So, what did I make you might be asking? My Oldest didn't care for it, but the garlic flavor was perhaps a bit much for his taste. Now, if you are in the mood for some pasta creations, you may want to check out these ideas: Good Things Catered made a Spicy Garlic Herbed Pasta that is a simple side dish for any night of the week.
Egg Drop New categories for me. I’m filing this under ‘kids‘ and ‘breakfast‘. Not because it’s a specific food for children, but because my baby loves to eat this (will I ever stop calling him my baby? I somehow doubt it). It’s just a little break from the traditional way of cooking eggs and it’s actually a pretty decent start of the day, nutritionally speaking. It’s not just fun to make but they’re also great to serve because they’re oh-so simple, but look oh-so good, and not just for kids! Ingredients: drop of olive oil 1/2 small onion grated cheese 1 tomato 2oz ham 2 eggs pepper salt Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 (175c) This was a breakfast for two, so if you need more just double (or triple) the amounts. I’ve used fresh and vibrant organic/biological tomatoes for this and I must say, there’s definitely a noticeable difference in flavor. Using a little drop of olive oil, sautee your onions over medium heat until translucent. The egg saga.
TFF & FIC - Grilled Cheese Forever! This past month has been bewildering for me. It's gone by so fast, and I feel like I've accomplished so little! But I've enjoyed a lot of it, so I should satisfy myself with that. I do have one teensy regret though; that I couldn't celebrate Grilled Cheese Month the way it deserves to be celebrated! My original plan to was make one new grilled cheese sandwich every week (which would've been easy enough, because the Lord knows about my undying love for grilled cheese!). Anyway, back to grilled cheese (see?! The thing with Tyler is that he has excellent timing (hmmmmmmmmm, perhaps in more ways than one, eh?!). And now see the magic that Mother Nature has crafted, yet again! Tyler's Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (find original recipe on Food Network's site)Serves: 2 Click Here For Printable Recipe Basil pesto:1/2 cup pine nuts2 cups fresh basil leaves1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano2 garlic cloves1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil Method: 1. 2.
Parmigiano Panko Herb Encrusted Chicken Breasts This is my version of Italian Fried Chicken. Well I am a Southern girl after all & do love fried chicken so I thought this would be a good marriage of the two! I’ve been crazy for Panko lately & just love the texture & crunch that it gives, all the while being light & airy! Crazy I know, but true. These cook oh so quickly too because of the thinness of the chicken, so keep an eye on them. I think there is something truly therapeutic about pounding things with a mallet & do it every time I can. Use your judgment with the amount of cheese and panko you’d like to add. I prepared these with Peperonata the other evening and just loved the flavors together! Want another great way to make this? Try making Parmigiano Panko Chicken and Honey Biscuits! Baci! Parmigiano Panko Herb Encrusted Chicken Breasts What You Will Need: 4-6 chicken breasts (enough for your family) olive oil panko flakes – enough for breading 1 1/2 cups Parmigiano Reggiano – grated 2 tablespoons dried basil salt/pepper What To Do:
Design Crush » Popsicles! Not to sound full of myself, but I’m pretty sure this is the be all, end all of popsicle roundups. There’s a little something for everyone: the foodies, the purists, the ones who prefer frozen yogurt, the ones who prefer a little alcohol, everyone. Tweny-five options to be exact. The post I did last summer on the cold guys was one of DC’s most viewed ever, so I thought you’d all be up for another round – was I right? Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe. All photos and recipes copyright of their respective source unless otherwise noted. Braided Spaghetti Bread » The official blog of America's favorite frozen dough We are carb lovers at our house, so when I saw the Braided Spaghetti Bread recipe in the Rhodes Home Baked Family Favorites with frozen dough cookbook I knew we would love it. This is a really simple recipe; it just takes a little planning for thawing the dough. It will take 2-3 hours for the bread loaf to thaw to room temperature or 1-2 hours for the rolls to thaw to room temperature. You will need: 1 Loaf Rhodes Bread Dough or 12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature6 oz spaghetti, cooked 1 cup thick spaghetti sauce 8 oz mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 –inch cubes 1 egg white Parmesan cheese Parsley flakes Spray counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray (or use parchment paper). Roll loaf or combined dinner rolls into a 12x16-inch rectangle. Cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Remove wrap from dough. Make cuts 1 ½-inches apart on long sides of dough to within ½-inch of filling. Begin braid by folding top and bottom strips toward filling. This was fantastic!