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Sweet potatoes with chipotle and honey

I just love it when I try something new and it turns out really, really good. so….here is another one and I think it is pretty healthy too. sweet potato (depending on how many folks are eating) honey chipolte powder 1 tablespoon melted butter for two potatoes cookie sheet lined with foil Several ways you can do this….oven or microwave the potatoes(s), then oven or in a pan. I try hard now a days not to “nuke” anything, so I cooked the potato at 350 for an hour.                            Nuke until the potato is just getting soft. Let cool a little otherwise you can burn your hands. Oven method: Melt butter, slice sweet potato long ways into two halves. place on cookie sheet, with a small sharp knife cut slices in the flesh, not too deep. Slowly drizzle butter over the potatoes so it falls into the slots, try not to over spill too much. If you need to make a few pricks …

Parsnips and potato au gratin

  This dish takes a little time to prep and cook. But there is enough to feed a tribe or have lots of leftovers. Allow yourself twenty minutes to prep and one and a half hours to cook.  1 to 1/2 pounds of parsnips……or one bag  1 to 1/2 pounds of potatoes…. I used 6 Yukon golds medium size Gouda cheese….. I used half smoked half regular about two cups grated 1 can chicken or vegetable broth 1 medium size onion 2 tablespoons butter or some olive oil Salt and pepper  Heat oven to 400. Peel parsnips and the grate coursely, place them in a sauce pan with water a boil for two minutes. Drain and set aside. Chop onion, on a stove top use a dish that is oven safe, not too deep put will hold everything. Use cooking spray on the edges if needed. Heat this pan and add oil or butter, cook onions for a few minutes…until they start to turn clear. While this is going on peel potatoes and set aside.  When …

Worlds best Mac and cheese

I might be a little prejudice here but our Mac and cheese comes out pretty darn good. So good I could eat just that and nothing else for dinner.  Elbow noodles 1 1/2 cup hard pasta  1 cup American cheese hunked or grated 1 cup mozzarella cheese hunked or grated 1/2 cup cream 1/4 cup butter 2 triangles of laughing cow spicy pepper jack unwrapped Cook pasta according to directions. In a good size pan put cream and butter in and heat on low. As the cream starts to heat up add the cheese and stir every now and then. This will take some time, low heat is the key. Make sure it is all the way melted before you add pasta.  After pasta is cooked (do not over cook) drain water off and add to melted cheese. Stir gently until coated. Serve warm This makes enough for 4-6 depending on serving size.  As always we hope you enjoy. 

Sauté fennel oh yeah

We love the taste of fennel, so I tried something new tonight and need to share right away…. Yes, it is that good!  Fennel bulb sliced thin Orange pepper sliced and hunked Green pepper sliced and hunked 1/4 cup finely chopped onion Sesame oil Sesame seeds about one teaspoon 2 oranges squeezed for the juice 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt Heat sesame oil in skillet, enough to coat bottom thinly. Chop all the vegetables and add to hot skillet. Sprinkle seeds over veggies and cook on medium high heat. Meanwhile squeeze oranges and mix juice with soy sauce, set aside for now. Sprinkle salt on veggies and stir again, add about half the orange juice mixture stir and continue to cook. When fennel and peppers start to soften add remaining juice, turn up the heat a bit and cook for five minutes more.  That’s it! Man o man…..this was so full of great favors. 

OKRA…. Not fried

You either love okra or you don’t…most people only eat it fried because it is not slimy that way. However, there is another great way to have this summer delight. BBQ’d….yep….on the grill…..easy, easy, and good. Okra. Depends on how many folks are eating I plan 6 per person Skewers two for each batch of okra….6-8 in a batch Olive oil Garlic salt And/or other seasoning….Italian dressing, Cajun, ancho etc Wash and dry okra, put 6-8 okra on a skewer, depending on size, as close to the cap end as possible without going into the cap. Then run a second skewer along the pointy side of the okra to form a brace I guess, looks kind of like a ladder. This will hold the okra in place and keep them from spinning as you turn them. Drizzle oil or brush it on or use your hands to lightly coat okra. Both sides. Then sprinkle your favorite spices or herbs over the oiled okra. Both sides. Now you are ready.  After your grill is hot but …

Baked tomatoes…..Not potato

Summer time means fresh tomatoes! With so many ways to prepare them you might want to try them baked. Tomatoes at least four for this amount of ingredients finely chopped onion about 1/4 cup finely chopped basil about 6-10 leaves dried oregano about 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic about 1 clove olive oil mozzarella cheese grated about 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shaker kind for the top Wash, cut in half, remove insides carefully. A grapefruit spoon works good, or use a small knife to loosen the flesh first then spoon it out. Be sure and leave the outside  and bottom intact. Put the inside flesh into a medium size bowl. Chop it up, I use scissors…..then add all the other ingredients, mix well. Heat oven to 350…..on a cookie sheet covered with foil place tomato halves, “hole” side up. Carefully fill the tomatoes with the mixture of stuff. It might heap high….that is okay. Press down softly with back of spoon, just until air pockets are filled. Sprinkle tops with P-cheese. Cook 15 minutes @ 350, then turn …

Mexican Peas

If you have not figured out already I cook a lot of dishes by experimenting with fresh food and with left overs as well. We had one ear of corn, some straggly pieces of broccoli from the garden and a can of peas. What to do? and we are having mexican food…..so I thought why not mexican peas. I will give two ways to prepare this…..just incase you do not have the leftover stuff on hand. Leftovers: serves 2+ 1 ear of corn (remove kernels from the ear with sharp knife, cutting long ways against the cobb) 1 can of peas drained. a handful of raw chopped broccoli pieces fajita seasoning and/or ancho powder (about 1/2 teaspoon total) 2 green onions chopped including green parts 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic or one clove fresh minced chopped cilantro about a tablespoon 1/2 stick butter   a few drops of olive oil           or spray if you want fewer calories Melt butter and add olive oil drops. Add corn and green onions and …

Fried cabbage

low carb……. No carb diet? Then this is for you! Something tasty, easy and just plain old good stuff.  Recipe 1 head of cabbage chopped course 1/2 pound of bacon cut into pieces 1 onion chopped course Garlic salt Fry bacon in large pan and cook until brown, remove bacon but save the grease. Throw in chopped onions, stir a bit then add chopped cabbage and seasoning. Stir until coated with the yummy bacon fat……who loves bacon?….I do I do! Put a lid on it and cook until desired softness is achieved. Fast, easy and sooooooo good.  As always, we hope you enjoy Oops….. add bacon back before you serve…… Almost forgot the best part! 

Burn ban roasted cauliflower 

 And now for the rest of the dinner…… Roasted cauliflower is very popular today. I have found it even works on the bbq. But with the burn ban in place I had to rethink our options and cook in the small oven in the fifth wheel. I still used a foil pan however, I added more olive oil and roasted garlic powder with a small amount of garlic salt plus the parmisian cheese, then placed these in the oven 20 minutes before before starting the game hens. I kept them covered the entire time the hens cooked and the came out great. Recipe Cauliflower head broken done to florets Olive oil Parmisian cheese grated fresh or Shaker can Garlic salt and roasted garlic powder Foil pan and foil to cover Cut cauliflower into pieces, not too small or large, natural florets make a great size. Add oil and toss, add cheese and garlic items toss again gently. Put extra oil in pan making sure the sides and bottem are coated. Place cauliflower into pan and …