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New Equipment

Well, since I cannot be at home cooking, I have decided that I should have my equipment there when I arrive. I want to start making bread and Bean recommended an enameled dutch oven by Lodge so I ordered that from amazon along with a cast iron skillet and 2 new Alton Brown books. I brought the first Alton Brown books with me to the hotel this time so I am in the middle of that. When I get home, both the new books will be there for me to read. I am excited about making bread and searing meats in my new skillet.

I have not been cooking much. I have been getting microwaveable vegetables for my dinners to offset the fast food that I eat during the day, although lately we have been eating pretty good for us foods instead of fast foods. There is a whole section on microwave foods in this first Alton Brown book so I am hoping it will give me some ideas on that.

Until next time!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2008 in General Food

 

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Bruce Campbell Boobies

So today I decided to get with the creative and try something different with my chicken breasts. I think it turned out really well, and the family loved it. The Following recipe makes about 6 servings.

You will need:

6 Boneless chicken Breasts
aprox 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (I use a white and yellow blend)
aprox 1/2 mixed veggies (again I used fresh corn, peas, and broccoli)
1 bag of shake and bake (or if you prefer breadcrumbs)
2 cups of rice (I prefer brown whole grain)
Spices: taragon, garlic oil, and olive oil.

Once your breasts are thawed, slice them VERY carefully down the middle about 3/4 of the depth, making certain you do not puncture the back of the breast. fill with your veggies and cheese then drizzle the shake and bake over the top of the breast making certain you do not get any on the bottom.

Place into your PREHEATED oven at 350F and cook for 20 minutes.

In the mean time steam your rice, with the taragon and Garlic oil.

Once you get to 20 minutes pull out the chicken and spritz the olive oil over it and put back into the over for another 10 minutes. It should look like this at this point:

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After 10 to 15 minutes pull it out and Enjoy. Quick, simple and OH so Tasty. And thereya have it. Another Canuckian taste delight.

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Posted by on April 13, 2008 in General Food

 

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Meatloaf!

This is a really good meatloaf recipe that my mom used to make when I was little. I have doctored it up a bit but it is essentially the same. The amounts of everything is really dependent upon what you like. They are not exact.

1 pound ground sirloin
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheeese
2 tsp parsley
2 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
Salt and Pepper

Mix everything together in a bowl and form into a loaf shape. You can use a bread pan if you want to but you get less crusty goodness that way. Bake at 350-375 F until the meat is cooked through… I always cut the center of it to see if it is cooked all the way through. It will probably take about 45 minutes to an hour.

While that is cooking, I usually make some mushroom brown gravy to go on top. I sautee some mushrooms in butter, olive oil, garlic, a touch of lemon juice and salt/pepper. Once they are brown and yummy, add a packet of McCormick mushroom gravy mix and a cup of water. This will make a delicious gravy for the meatloaf and the mashed potatoes as well.

I like to serve this with baby red mashed potatoes! I usually do 2lbs of those with a bit of butter, milk and garlic mixed in.

Hope you guys enjoy this one!


 
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Posted by on April 12, 2008 in Meals!

 

Calzones!

Well, it has been a while since I posted! I made some quick calzones tonight! Courtesy of Rachael Ray and the Food Network!

4 large, crusty Kaiser rolls
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
Salt and pepper
1/4 pound salami, chopped
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
8 slices fresh mozzarella
8 slices vine ripe tomato
8 fresh basil leaves, torn or sliced


Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Split the Kaiser rolls favoring the bottom half a little. Scoop a little of the white soft insides out of the bottoms. Season the ricotta with a little salt and pepper. Stir the salami and grated cheese into ricotta. Fill the rolls with the ricotta and salami. Cover the ricotta with mozzarella, tomato and basil. Set covers in place and bake to heat through 10 to 12 minutes. Cut and serve.

I made a few things different tho. I forgot about the tomato and basil so that didn’t get added on. I also added garlic and some oregano to the ricotta cheese mixture. I also didn’t put in any parmesan cheese. I think they need to cook a bit longer than 10-12 minutes. I had them in for almost 15 minutes and they weren’t heated all the way through. I thought they were delicious tho! 😀 I will probably add the tomatoes and basil next time plus the garlic and oregano I added to taste. The original recipe can be found here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_75377,00.html

Also in this post today, I would like to welcome Solstice! He will be adding his recipes in probably once a week! I hope everyone enjoys it! 😉

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2008 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Pasta!!

Well, I made a pasta…thing tonight.

I cooked about half a pound of elbow macaroni and heated up some tomato sauce (Hunts – no flavors, just tomatoes) and doctored that up some with garlic and oregano + salt and pepper. When the pasta was done, I added the tomato sauce to it and about half of a 14oz container of ricotta cheese.  I also added some mozzarella and parmesan to it and heated it til the cheese melted.  It was delicious but there are no pics of it because it was just a quick supper.  It sorta looked like pasta with a pink sauce.

I haven’t been cooking lately.  Hopefully I can get one more meal in before we go up north again.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2008 in General Food, Meals!

 

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