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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fried Green Tomatoes

Loved the movie! Always wanted to try them and now I make every year!
A southern delicacy much like frog legs at the buffet or fried bologna on a burger (an acquired taste)!

When you pick your green tomatoes be sure they are firm. Squishy, mushy will only fall apart in the pan and create a huge mess for ya!
Cornmeal mix:
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup Flour
1-2tsp salt & pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1tsp onion powder
add to a quart bag and shake real good.

8 green tomatoes, sliced about 1/4-3/8"
Butter Shortening- about three cups

Get your pan prepared...add shortening, and heat up until it is Hot Hot. How do you tell..take the corner of one of your battered tomatoes and dip in oil, if it bubbles you got Hot Hot!!
Now while you waiting for your pan to get Hot Hot...prepare your sliced tomatoes. Take tomatoes and "sludge" them in your cornmeal mix. Flip, toss, sludge until good and covered. Set aside in clean dish being careful not to stack on top of one another. You can lean on each other just not stack.
Oil should be ready...CAREFULLY place sludged tomatoes in oil. Brown on both sides!
Let the ends brown too!
Place on towel to drain.....do not be surprised if they soften.
Oh, how sweet the taste!
Enjoy!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lentil Salad


1 cup dried lentils
2 bay leaves
1 tbls diced garlic, jar or fresh
1 cinnamon stick(optional)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (used during the cooking of the lentils)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 large tomato, fresh and diced
1 small cucumber, diced
1/4 cup green olives, sliced
1/4 cup black olives, sliced
1/2 tsp liquid mint (optional)
3 tablespoons dried parsley
optional add feta or goat cheese
Rinse the lentils well and place in a saucepan with bay leaves, garlic, oregano and cinnamon stick. Cover with water or broth by 2 inches and a generous pinch of sea salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, add the sea salt and simmer until the lentils are tender, 20-25 minutes. Drain. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, cumin and salt in a small bowl. Toss the vinaigrette with the lentils, red bell pepper, cucumbers, olives, feta/goat cheese if using, mint and parsley in a mixing bowl. Transfer to a large serving bowl or individual plates and serve at room temperature.
****because I made this at supper time, I rinsed my lentils with cool water just a smidge so the fresh vegies would keep their shape and flavor****

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tasty Clam Chowder


I haven't made Clam Chowder in awhile.....
Temps have dropped to cooler days and nights, FINALLY!
Always seems to draw the mood for good soup or chowder!

Recipe:
1 large stock pot
6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
1 stick of butter
5-6 green onions, sliced
4-5 stalks celery, sliced
handful of baby carrots, sliced
1 heaping tablespoon diced garlic
1 tsp mrs. dash
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
1-22 oz cream of mushroom
4- 6.5 oz. clams in juice, if not diced please do
2 qts. chicken broth
1 qt. water
1 cup flour

Take stockpot add bacon slices, cook up.......when crispy, remove and drain on paper towels. The remainder of grease use to fry up green onions. Remove when cooked..drain on towel.
remainder of bacon grease, add butter, add 1/2 cup flour to make a "rue". Add chicken stock, potatoes, celery, carrots, mushroom soup, garlic, seasonings, bay leaf, bacon, and onions. Bring to boil, cook until potatoes are soft. Turn off.
Add clams with juice to the pot. Add quart of water. With remaining flour make a paste(1/2 c flour add water until consistency of pancake batter)....slowly add to pot while stirring and add remaining butter. Turn back on to simmer for about 10 minutes.
Turn off & Let rest ....
Before serving, remove bay leaf.......Enjoy!!
Ps. this will make 3/4 of a stock pot...great for leftovers if for a small group!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Shrimp Orzo Salad


I love this pasta! So easy to make, almost no fail!
2 cups of Orzo, follow pkg instructions
15-20 cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters
2pcs bacon ,cooked
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 lb. shrimp, cooked, detailed

I cooked the bacon, then added frozen shrimp to the pan. When they were almost done, added the green onions to cook a bit.
In the meantime, I am boiling my water for Orzo. Add pasta to boiling water to cook.
Strained, drained and added to a large bowl. Add tomatoes, cooked shrimp goodies. Added a dash of red wine vinegar, a bit of Mrs. Dash and pepper flakes.
Let it rest for about 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Ps. we are having butternut squash with this dish too!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mary's Brown Rice Medley

2 cups Brown Rice
4 cups Water
1 Can Chicken,drained and flake with fork
1 Can Olives, sliced
1 Can Kidney Beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup Broccoli, chopped & cooked
1/8 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes in oil
Salt/Pepper as needed

This dish can be served Hot or Cold.
Tip-- while rice is cooking prepare your other ingredients!
Start with preparing your brown rice.....Add water, smidge of butter and rice to your pan to boil. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer. Add your lid. Simmer until the water is gone. To check, take pan and tip sideways...do you see liquid? if so not ready yet. Time? oh about 15-20 mins or so total cook time....
When rice is done.....dump into a large bowl.
Let the mixing begin. Add all above ingredients to your rice. Mix and Serve.
Tip- if you want Cold...prepare a few hours ahead and cool in fridge!
Enjoy!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mediterranean Pizza


Thin crust:
I used this crust recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/257198/thin-crust-pizza-dough/
It is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions


  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in hot water in a bowl. Let stand until yeast forms a creamy foam, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Mix 1 3/4 cup flour and salt in a large bowl. Pour in yeast mixture; mix well until dough comes together.
  3. Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth, adding remaining 1/4 cup flour if dough is too sticky, about 2 minutes. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a greased pizza pan.
  4. ***I added flax seed flour in place of the usual cornmeal that one adds to the bottom of crust***

Toppings:
I took whole home canned yellow cherry tomatoes,drained, cooked down until thick, spread on unbaked crust,cooked wild boar meat, onions, pepperoni, black olives, three different cheeses, and fresh roma tomatoes(added after it was baked)
Baked:
Baked on outside grill for about 10 mins....or until the crust looked baked.
Enjoy!