All posts filed under: dinner

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. ūüėč 1 can whole corn drained, or in this case I had some …

Chicken and zucchini 

I bet the summer garden is in full swing. Besides tomatoes, zucchini always seems to grow well this time of year. Cooking zucchini boiled, grilled, stuffed , pickled and fried or coming up with additional ways to prepare it can drive you crazy. So the other day we wanted something light and yummy and I came up with this super easy and full flavored dish. We served it with rice….I think as a dish by itself would work too, or with pasta or another whole grain. Prep time is about 30 minutes.  Two half chicken breast fat trimmed cut into large bite size hunks 1 large can whole tomatoes or 4 fresh ones cut into hunks 1/2 shallot chopped, an onion could work too  1 teaspoon of your favorite Italian spices, oregano some Rosemary and thyme Pinch of salt 2 zucchini sliced……not super thin 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon garlic powder or two fresh cloves chopped finely Heat skillet up with olive oil, put in chicken pieces and stir. While meat is cooking chop …

Stuffed peppers with ground turkey

Trying to eat healthy…… For the most part always. Ground turkey has fewer calories than beef and a good source of protein. I buy the ground turkey I can see, not in the sausage type packaging. That turkey is just weird. You can mix this with leftover rice, white or brown even quinoa for a more healthier meal. This meal takes about an hour to prep and bake but it is well worth it.  4 bell peppers tops cut off and seeds, membranes removed, (save one top, chopped into pieces) 1 pound ground turkey 1 cup leftover white or brown rice, quinoa or other cooked grain 1/2 onion chopped  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 small can tomato sauce (I think 5 oz) Grated parimisian cheese to top  Water Cook turkey in large skillet, add chopped onion at some point and the chopped up part of one of the pepper tops. Add seasoning and salt. Place cored peppers in large cooking dish with high sides. Add enough water to come up half way …

Sausage and peppers

      We do potluck  from time to time at our church. This time they came up with an Italian theme…..what to make besides spaghetti and lasagna? Sausage and peppers……oh yeah. Very easy, not too much time and I made extra so we could have it for dinner as well. I will reduce to amounts so it feeds two to four…..so this picture is an illusion. Haha. You can omit the pasta if you are looking for a lower carb dinner, and or use vegetarian sausage or chicken for fewer calories. The amounts show 1-2 peppers of different colors, use any combination or all of one kind. The variety adds beautiful color to the meal. 1 package Italian sausage cut into hunks 1 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 green pepper 1-2 yellow pepper 1-2 orange pepper 1/2 large onion 1 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 4 Roma tomatoes Grated parmigiana cheese for top You can add pasta and some canned tomatoes if making for a crowd or you need more food for the family. Cut …

Greek style chicken with fennel and yellow squash

I love cooking with fennel, such a great vegetable that can be used in so many ways. It adds crunch and flavor to an already tasty dish.     1/2 cup olive oil 4 chicken boobs pounded  pretty flat 1-2 teaspoons Greek seasoning 1 fennel bulb, cleaned and sliced 2 yellow squash sliced thin 1/2 small purple onion sliced thin 1/2-1 cup Klamata olives Salt to taste 2 heads of garlic (do not peel) broken into cloves Juice of 1 lemon In a braising type pan heat up olive oil. Put cloves of garlic in, place lid on pan. Shake once in awhile to make sure they do not burn. Cook until garlic is tender and outside is slightly brown. Remove from oil and save for later. Place chicken breasts in hot oil and cook. Turning only once, add prepared vegetables, salt, seasoning and put the lid back on. Cook ten minutes or until fennel has soften. Remove lid and add olives flipping chicken over again at this time. Squeeze out the garlic from the cooked …

¬†Baked pork chops ¬†with Punky’s rice

What the heck is Punky’s rice? A tasty new way to cook some rice. John named this…..after me…..one of his nicknames he has called me from time to time. Punky’s sounded better than freckle’s or munchkin’s rice….and way better than some of the other nicknames I have received over the years. So there you have it, Punky’s rice. This dish is easy to prepare and seemed to be a big hit in the flavor department.       4 pork chops not too thick a cut seasoned with salt and pepper  1 can cream mushroom soup 1 can Rotel mild green chile and tomatoes 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 small can sliced mushrooms drained 1 cup rice, rinse  2 cups hot water 8 oz shredded jack cheese    You will need a 13×9 pan, pre heat oven to 350. I would spray or coat the pan for easier clean up. After rinsing rice pour into baking dish, spread evenly over the bottom. In a large bowl open mushroom soup and Rotel. Place in bowl,  mix in …