Saturday, April 30, 2011

Prime Rib with Red Wine and Blackberry Sauce

I've never really been a fan of steaks or roasts, so I was a little disappointed when I found out that prime rib was going to be the main dish for Easter dinner. We took some leftovers home and if I was going to have to eat it, I knew I'd have to have some kind of sauce to make it more appealing. I started looking for different recipes and found a few for a Red Wine and Blackberry sauce. After making some modifications, it was DELICIOUS!! This would really go well with any kind of steak. I didn't make the prime rib, so there is no recipe for that.


Ingredients (Adapted from Southern Food)
-1 cup dry red wine
-1/2 cup finely chopped onion
-2 tablespoons butter
-1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries (I used fresh)
-1 1/2 tablespoons flour
-2 teaspoons sugar or Slenda
-1/2 teaspoon salt

1.Put blackberries in a food processor or blender and puree. Force the berries through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, set aside.
2. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat and add onions, saute about 4 minutes. Add flour and stir to blend, cook another 2 minutes.
3. In a separate pot, heat wine of medium-high heat. Add to onion mixture.
4. Add the blackberry sauce to red wine mixture and cook 3 minutes. Add sugar and salt. Simmer to thinken.
5.Pour sauce through another strainer into bowl to strain onions. Serve sauce over red meat of choice.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Penne with Philadelphia Cooking Creme Sauce

I had been stocking up on Philadelphia Cooking Creme's since with my coupons I was able to get them for free. I wasn't really sure how to use them or what recipes I could make with them, so I went to their website to get some recommendations. You can find a good variety of recipes on how to use this product here Philadelphia Cooking Creme Recipes. I just made a basic sauce with this since I didn't have any veggies on hand to throw in there. I was pleasantly surprised how good this was! Very creamy with lots of flavor. Definitely will try some of the recipes with red peppers and spinach next.



Ingredients
-1/2 tub of Italian Cheese & Herb Cooking Creme
-2 cups cooked Penne pasta
-1 tablespoon of butter
-1/2 cup milk
-1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
-1 teaspoon garlic powder
-Salt & Pepper to taste

1.Cook pasta
2.In sauce pan, heat the cooking creme until smooth. Add tablespoon of butter and stir until melted. Add milk.
3.Once creme and milk mixture is hot, add 1/4 mozzarella cheese and stir until blended. Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
4.Add pasta and stir to coat. Serve immediately.










Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cheddar Bacon Breakfast Biscuits

This past weekend I was looking for something really easy to throw together Easter morning before we headed out to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house. I found a Cheddar biscuit recipe on All Recipes and just made some minor changes and came out with these. These biscuits are a delicious and quick breakfast. You can always remove the bacon and also serve them as dinner biscuits. I got 8 biscuits from the recipe below.

Ingredients (Adapted from All Recipes)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup bacon bits (I use Oscar Myer Real Bacon Bits pouches)
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons melted butter (optional)

1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, Cheddar, bacon bits, parsley, and garlic powder. Stir in 1/3 cup melted butter and milk.
3. Drop biscuits onto greased cooking sheet, bake for 10 minutes. If not proceeding to optional Step 4, cook biscuits a total of 15 minutes.
4. (optional) Brush biscuits with melted butter and bake an additional 5 minuntes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Chicken Parmesan with Mini Garlic Toast

Italian has to be one of my most favorite cuisines. The garlic, the pasta, the cheeses...it doesn't get much better than that. My husband loves to come home to smell garlic sauteing on the stove, he knows a yummy Italian dinner is on the way! Chicken Parmesan is such a staple meal to cook, and I feel like it's always a crowd pleaser. I've been cooking it for years, and it's actually the first meal my husband and I cooked together six years ago. This time, I butterflied the chicken, I prefer it this way now. I served it with mini garlic toast and pasta in a lemon butter sauce.


Chicken- Ingredients (for 2 servings)
-2 chicken breasts, butterflied
-1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs
-1/2 cup of flour (for dredging)
-1 egg, beat with a teaspoon of milk
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
-6 slices of parmesan cheese (optional)
-1/2 jar Bertolli Five Cheese sauce
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-salt and pepper to taste

Mini Garlic Toast-Ingredients
-1/2 loaf of French bread, sliced
-1/2 garlic clove, minced
-1/4 tsp garlic salt
-2 tablespoons of butter, softened

Chicken Directions
1.Pre-heat oven to broil on high
2. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and add the 2 cloves of minced garlic
3. Dredge the buttferflied chicken in the flour, egg, then bread crumbs and place in pan
4. Cook chicken in pan of oil and garlic until fully cooked, about 5-6 minutes each side
5. In a sauce pot, heat the spaghetti sauce and add the 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
6. Place cooked chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet and top with the slices of parmesan cheese, place under broiler about 2 minutes to melt cheese. Remove and top with spaghetti sauce and the mozzarella cheese. Broil 5-6 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Mini Garlic Toast Directions
1. In a small bowl, mix the softened butter with the 1/2 minced garlic clove and 1/4 tsp garlic salt. Spread mixture on sliced pieces of French bread.
2. Place toasts on a foil-lined baking sheet and place under broiler for 3-4 minutes until butter has melted and the bread is lightly browned. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cooking Fail: Peanut Sauce

So when I started this blog I had the intention of posting "the good, the bad, and the ugly" and with this post I'll remain true to that statement. I had my first cooking FAIL in the kitchen since starting the blog: peanut sauce.

I had really been wanting to cook a chicken satay with a peanut sauce since it sounds really yummy and all the photos of peanut sauce looked so good! I followed this recipe which I got from All Recipes:

  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • The results were, well...yuck. I'm really beginning to think that my husband and I just don't like peanut sauce, since all the comments on the recipe website were positive ones if following this recipe. I guess I'll add this one to my life list of 'been there, done that, won't do it again'.

    Friday, April 15, 2011

    4.15 Couponing

    I spent a little more this week than I like to, but the laundry detergent was on sale and I wanted to stock up on that. There wasn't any good meat on sale this week, hopefully next week since I want to stock up on some ground beef. I went to Harris Teeter, Publix, and got the Reynolds Wrap at Wal-Mart.

    -3 boxes of Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cereal
    -3 packs of Dial bar soap
    -3 boxes of Duncan Hines Chocolate Chip muffin mix
    -3 Colgate Wisps (4-packs)
    -3 packs Mentos Gum (15ct)
    -3 bottles Wisk detergent
    -1 pack Publix brand toilet paper (no coupon for this)
    -1 bottle Kraft Buttermilk Ranch dressing
    -1 bottle Kraft Garlic Ranch dressing
    -2 blocks Sorrento mozz cheese
    -3 boxes Duncan Hines brownie mix
    -6 cans Dole Pineapples
    -2 cans Pam cooking spray
    -4 cans Del Monte corn
    -3 boxes Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil

    Total Spent: $40.04                                Total Saved: $72.02

    Turkey Burgers

    Thanks to Harris Teeter, ground turkey was Buy One Get One free a few weeks ago so I could get two packs for around $4. I had been wanting to make a turkey burger for a while now, and since the meat was so cheap now was the perfect time! This is a very basic recipe, so feel free to add whatever fixins you like! I used a fresh bun from the bread department at the store and toasted it with a little butter on it. I pan fried these, but they can also be cooked on the grill.


    Ingredients (Adapted from All Recipes)
    1 lb ground turkey
    1 tsp onion powder
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/4 tsp garlic powder
    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 tablespoon ranch dressing
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    1. In a large bowl, mix the turkey with the onion powder, pepper, garlic powder, and soy sauce. Refrigerate the mixture about 10 minutes, then form into 6 patties
    2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the patties and cook over medium heat without moving them until the bottom of each is dark brown and crusted, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip burgers; continue to cook 3 to 4 minutes longer. Reduce the heat to low, position the cover slightly ajar on the pan to allow steam to escape, and continue to cook for 8 to 10 minutes longer, flipping once if necessary. (Adapted from Serious Eats)
    3. Top burger with tablespoon of ranch dressing, shredded cheese, salt to taste, and desired fixins.

    Sunday, April 10, 2011

    4/10 Couponing

    It was a pretty decent couponing week at Harris Teeter! Here is what I was able to get:
    -2 bags Pepperidge farm cookies
    -5 cans Green Giant corn
    -1 bottle Purex laundry detergent
    -2 2-packs Viva papertowels
    -2 bottles Gillette body wash
    -1 Dole fruit crisp
    -1 Mio water enhancer
    -2 bottles McCormick cinnamon and sugar
    -1 bottle McCormick Vanilla extract
    - 4 Airwick room sprays
    -2 bags Wacky Mac veggie bowtie pasta
    -1 Harris Teeter aluminum foil
    -1 24-pack Harris Teeter bottled water
    -1 bag 9-lives cat food
    -3 six packs Jello pudding

    Total Spent: $22.89                           Total Saved: $65.30

    Sunday, April 3, 2011

    Pound Cake Muffins with Lemon Frosting

    I love lemon. I think it is one of the most refreshing flavors on chicken, pastas, and cakes. I made these with the intention that I can have one of these in the morning with a cup of coffee, or in the evening with a cup of tea. The pound cake for the muffin is a Paula Deen recipe, and the frosting I adapted from Allrecipes.com.
    It made a lot of frosting, so you can scale it down.

    Ingredients for Pound Cake
    -1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
    -1/2 cup Crisco shortening
    -3 cups sugar
    -5 eggs
    -3 cups all-purpose flour
    -1/2 teaspoon salt
    -1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    -1 cup milk
    -1 teaspooon vanilla extract

    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar, a little at a time. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Stir dry ingredients together in a bowl and add to mixture alternately with milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix in vanilla. Pour into a greased muffin pan and bake for 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

    Ingredients for Lemon Frosting (adapted from Lemon Butter Frosting)
    -4 cups confectioners' sugar
    -1/2 cup butter, softened
    -2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    -1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    -2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
    -2 tablespoons milk

    1. Mix all ingredients together and frost onto cooled muffins.

    Saturday, April 2, 2011

    Inside Cheeseburgers with Scallion Paste

    I was watching a Man v. Food episode where he was eating some of the most amazing looking burgers. I was really intrigued by the cheeseburgers where the cheese is cooked inside the meat so when you bite into it its all melted and yummy.  When I make these again, I'll definitely add more cheese! Oven fries went great with these.
    (Sorry, not the best picture)

    Burger Ingredients
    -1 lb ground chuck
    -2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    -1/4 tsp salt
    -1/4 tsp pepper
    - 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    Scallion Paste (adapted from Spicy Scallion Paste)
    -2 scallions, thin sliced
    -2 tablespoons mayo
    -1/4 tsp garlic powder
    -1/4 tsp lemon zest
    -1/8 tsp salt

    1. To make the burgers, combine the ground chuck, salt & pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Mold into patties. Slice off top1/4 of the patty and create an indentation; fill with cheese. Place the section back onto the patty and mold together to seal the edges. Cook burgers on the grill for about 10 minutes, or until meat is cooked to your preference.

    2. To make the paste, combine the scallions, mayo, garlic, lemon zest, and salt in a bowl. Mashed paste together using the back of a spoon. Spread on top of burger patty before serving.