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Island style meatballs in sweet and sour sauce

Tired of the same old thing? Need some flavor in your meals? This dish will do it. Pretty easy to make, colorful and mouth watering. We had been doing hamburgers on the grill for the holiday and I had about a pound of meat left over. A bit bored with the meat on a bun so I looked to see what we had and thought sweet and sour meatballs. The I imagined how could I improve on the ordinary and make it extraordinary. The meat balls are packed with flavor and are very filling. The vegetables add color and nutrition.  1 pound Hamburger  1 green pepper 1 yellow pepper 1 orange pepper…… Or any color of your choice  1 onion 1 yellow squash 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 egg 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce 2/3 cup rice 1 large can chunk pineapple. Save the juice 1 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon oil Sweet and sour sauce 2 tablespoon corn starch 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar  1 tablespoon soy sauce Plus liquid from meat …

Easy chicken and cheese with sour cream green sauce

Seems like there always needs to be a story. But after a crazy evening at home my story has left my brain. However, I could say this is an easy meal for a hard day. A few ingrediants is all you need and about 1 hour time from start to finish.  2 chicken boob halves boneless, skinless 1 tablespoon oil 2 cans green (Hatch) enchilada sauce 1 cup sour cream 6 flour tortillas 6 cheese sticks Colby/Jack type combo 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 hot pepper chopped   If desired 1 chopped tomato  1 teaspoon cumin 1 clove smashed or chopped garlic 8×8 pan  Skillet and a medium size sauce pan Heat oven to 350, chop chicken into pieces heat skillet and add oil, add chicken to heated skillet. Heat 1 can of sauce in a sauce pan, add chopped onion. Have it start to boil, then simmer while preparing everything else. When chicken has touch the heat on all sides add pepper, and chopped tomato then cumin and garlic. Unwrap cheese prices.  Take some …

Super sonic sloppy Jo’s 

Sloppy Jo’s are one of those easy meals that just hit the spot sometimes. But why not make them super sloppy Jo’s? The flavors take an ordinary meal to a new level of yum. 1 pound hamburger 1 can spam finely chopped 5 pieces bacon chopped into pieces  Sloppy Jo mix (can or package) Buns 5 green onions chopped In a skillet start to brown hamburger meat, add  chop bacon, and finely chop spam. Brown everything together. Drain grease. Add chopped green onions and stir. Then follow your favorite sloppy Jo mix directions. Brown buns or toast slightly, pour mixture on buns and eat.  As always we hope you enjoy

Baked grass….. Aka asparagus

Spring is here and that means grass is growing. All kinds of grass, the kind you mow to the kind you pull and even the kind you eat. Commonly know as asparagus. Having a mighty fine patch of grass means picking daily. In a short time you have enough for several meals during the week.  I don’t know about you but I can get tired of eating something the same way over and over again. I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit. It turned out so good I could have devoured the entire pan that night.  A bunch of grass rinsed and tough bottoms removed 2 tablespoons lemon infused olive oil 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs A shake or two of garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese Shallow baking dish  Plastic bag or large bowl Heat oven to 350, place grass in bowl or bag. Add oil and close bag, mix around with hands. Open bag and add seasoning and bread crumbs, mix again. Add almost all the …

Roasted garlic rice

We love rice; black, red, white, wild…….you name it. Plus we love garlic. Most everyone has heard of garlic mashed potatoes but what about garlic rice? Had to think about it for a day and this is what I came up with. It takes some time to roast the garlic. I did it the day before then added it to the rice the day I cooked it. The flavor is creamy, light and surprisingly nutty in flavor.  1 cup white rice ( I would say any kind should work)  2 cup chicken broth 1 head of pre roasted garlic Squeeze garlic out of pods. Smash garlic in a sauce pan add broth then mix well. Add rice, stir then heat to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 40 minutes.  Fluff before serving. Yummy stuff Roasting garlic. You might have a garlic roasting terra cotta bowl, if not a baking dish with a lid should work. Heat oven to 350, cut top off garlic just so the cloves are exposed. Remove excess outside leaves if …

Punt pizza 

Super Bowl has come and gone….however I think back on all the crazy food we consume on this one day. From BBQ to deep frying, boiling, and baked. The world becomes obsessed with crazy good food on this one Sunday. Myself included I racked my brain for days trying to come up with something different and unique. So……this is it. Maybe you can help with a name. It is pizza, calzone, like….. but not.  2 thick canned pizza crust 1 package johnsonville Italian sausage (5) I used mild flavor 2 tomatoes 1-2 cloves garlic chopped fine or 1 large teaspoon dried  Garlic salt- some pepper not much 1 teaspoon Italian herbs 1 onion 1 bell pepper 1/2 cup sliced Klamata  olives drained 4 cups grated mozzarella cheese 1 cup (divided) 5 cheese Italian cheese, small package  Bundt pan Biscuit cutter or something to cut out dough Cook sausage until almost done, drain on paper towel. Grease bundt pan. Open one pizza crust package and spread out with fingers to increase size by an inch on …

Pomegranate duck

We not only enjoy watching wildlife we enjoy eating it. For some folks this is revolting, for others a treasure when it presents itself. The area we live in has an abundance of wild game and we have friends that love to share. I have only been duck hunting once here and blanked on that cold December morning. However, Steve was kind enough to share with us some of a successful hunt earlier in the season. He told us a few tips in preparation and most importantly do not over cook it. Now John and I had years ago watched cooking shows that serve the duck almost raw….yuck…..is what we said then. Steve confirmed it, said medium rare was the most you want to cook the breast. He also said soak them in salt water for a few days as well, to help remove the extra blood in the meat.  If you are not aware duck is a very red fowl meat because of the blood that is pumped for miles and miles of flight. …

Fried green tomato burgers

Well we have done it…..not only found the perfect burger but something else to do with fried green tomatoes as well. The other day I made a large batch of fried green tomatoes and John never ate his share. So, I had a small to medium bowl left over. It had fried bacon and green tomatoes with garlic salt all ready to go….just needed to be heated up for another day. As the story goes……we planned on going out of town this weekend and hamburgers was the first meal planned. I had packed the bowl of cook tomatoes and thought of using that on the burgers. Go figure we are delayed the first night. However, I used the same meal plan even for home. This might be something to try camping or at home. We inhaled them!  1 pound hamburger of your choice 6 strips bacon 4 green tomatoes Garlic salt Two hamburger buns Thousand island dressing 1 raw sweet onion Lettuce leaves Cheese if desired Before hand I would cook bacon, slice green tomatoes …

Chicken pot pie

The weather is getting colder and things you would never eat in the summer become a fixation, chicken and dumplings, pot roast, and of course chicken pot pie. You can prep this the day before and bake the next day. It is a dish packed with flavor and good stuff. The trick for this pie is chopping everything into small pieces. The chicken can be chopped into large bitesize pieces. You can use roll out dough or make your own pie crust. I make the chicken kale gravy to top it with….see previous post.  Pie crust you need a top and bottom  1 cup frozen peas 2 carrots 1 potato 2 celery 1/2 large onion 2 chicken boobs (no skin or bones) 1/2 cup sherry (optional, but taste better with it) 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup chicken stock or broth ( or the entire can)  Teaspoon salt Pepper….. Some, not too much Heat oven to 350, cut vegetables into small pieces and chicken into big bite hunks. Place into large bowl, add peas, sherry, flour, …

Southwest style stuff zucchini

Sometimes I am in a hurry, coming up with a meal in a short amount of time can lead you to cooking the same old thing or going out and not eating very healthy. With summer here, produce is abundant and this time of year is CHILE TIME. Hatch chiles can be located now almost everywhere in the states. Fresh or canned, even frozen top all other flavors. With that being said….time to make dinner. 1 over sized zucchini, sliced lengthwise, seeded and an inch cut off each end. 1 pound ground turkey or beef, chopped chicken would do as well. Fully cook and drain if needed.  1 clove smashed garlic Teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon espazote seasoning Small amount of chopped onion or some onion powder about a teaspoon 1 can tomato sauce 15 oz 4 chiles, roasted seeded and chopped, or 1 small can or 1/2 cup frozen hatch chile mild to medium. I have extra on the side for me. 😋 1 can whole corn drained, or in this case I had some …