Come see what is on the menu this week! I work toward once a week grocery shopping and fast, easy cooking!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Post Updates - YUMMM

I have not been diligent with posting my recipes, but I have made some
winners! Check them out...

Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin
Slow Cooker Marmalade Curry Chicken Recipe
Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice
Peach Pork Picante
Pork Chops with Oranges and Parsley

Recipes Below:

Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin


2 tablespoons steak seasoning rub
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 pounds boneless pork loin roast

Dissolve steak seasoning in balsamic vinegar, then stir in olive oil.
Place pork into a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade overtop.
Squeeze out air and seal bag; marinate 2 hours to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place pork into a glass baking dish along with marinade.
Bake in preheated oven, basting occasionally until the pork reaches an
internal temperature of 145 degrees F (65 degrees C), about 1 hour.
Let the roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Slow Cooker Marmalade Curry Chicken Recipe

Here's a super simple chicken dish you can throw into the pot before you head out
the door to conquer the world.

The Ingredients.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves or thighs
1 (18-ounce) jar orange marmalade (it can be sugar-free
organic if that's the kind of thing that makes you happy.
it's all good.)
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I didn't find this hot. if you've got
a wussy palate, don't use so much.)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup chicken broth

The Directions.

Use a 4 quart slow cooker. Put the chicken into the bottom of your slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine the marmalade with the dry spices and chicken broth.
You'll end up with a slimy orange gel that smells like ginger. Pour this on top of the chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or on high for about 4.

If when fully cooked the chicken isn't quite as moist as you'd like, you can cut
it into strips, then return it to the pot to soak in even more of the yummy sauce.

Serve over brown basmati rice.

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice
1 pound dry kidney beans
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 stalks celery, chopped
6 cups water
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
4 cups water
2 cups long grain white rice

1. Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper,
garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir
cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper,
thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then
reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
4. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to
a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans
over steamed white rice.

Peach Pork Picante

"Here's an easy mid-week pick-me-up!
Rub cubes of pork with taco seasoning,
saute until browned and then simmer in a tangy salsa,
with a dollop of peach preserves for a sweet surprise."

1 pound boneless pork loin, cubed
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 cup salsa
4 tablespoons peach preserves

1. Season pork with taco seasoning. Heat oil in
a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add seasoned pork and saute until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add salsa and peach preserves and mix well.
Cover skillet and reduce heat.
Let simmer gently for about 10 minutes and serve.

Pork Chops with Oranges and Parsley

For extra flavor, add a few green olives or capers along with the orange segments.


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 bone-in pork chops (1 inch thick; about 2 1/2 pounds total)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 strips orange zest,
plus 1/2 cup orange juice and 2 oranges (or 1 can Mandarin Oranges with Juice),
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season pork with
salt and pepper and cook until cooked through, 9 minutes, flipping once.
Transfer to a platter.

Add orange zest and juice to skillet. Cook until slightly thickened,
1 1/2 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in orange segments.

To serve, spoon orange mixture over pork chops and top with parsley.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Let us try some Chinese

Monday - Chinese Lemon Chicken
Tuesday - Fajitas
Thursday - Chicken Florentine

Chinese Lemon Chicken CrockPot Recipe

The Ingredients:

--4 boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces or equivalent
--1/2 cup flour
--1 T kosher salt
--6 oz (1/2 can) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
--3 T brown sugar
--1 t balsamic vinegar
--3 T ketchup
--olive oil for browning chicken

updated 9/20/09: I've heard from a few readers that 1 tablespoon of
salt is too much. If you are using iodized or table salt, this will
be the case. Kosher salt doesn't taste as "salty" as regular salt,
and since the granules are larger, you don't get as much in the
tablespoon as you would with regular salt. Adjust accordingly!

The Directions:

1. cut chicken into strips or largish chunks
2. dredge in flour and salt, shake off excess
3. brown chicken in a skillet with a bit of olive oil
(you are not trying to cook the chicken--just give it some color
and get the flour mixture to stick a bit)
4. place into crockpot
5. mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl and pour over the
top of chicken pieces
6. cover and cook on high for 4 hours, low for 6-8

Serve over rice, drizzle with remaining sauce.


Buy the meat already made
Assemble with goodies in tortillas

Chicken Florentine Casserole

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
1/8 cup butter
3 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream
of mushroom soup
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup half-and-half - or some kind of milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
frozen spinach, drained
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup bacon bits
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the chicken
breast halves on a baking sheet; bake 20 to 30 minutes, until no longer pink
and juices run clear. Remove from heat, and set aside.

2. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stirring
constantly, mix in the garlic, lemon juice, cream of mushroom soup, Italian
seasoning, half-and-half, and Parmesan cheese.

4. Arrange the spinach over the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking dish. Cover
the spinach with the mushrooms. Pour half the mixture from the saucepan over
the mushrooms. Arrange chicken breasts in the dish, and cover with the remaining
sauce mixture. Sprinkle with bacon bits, and top with mozzarella cheese.

5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes in the 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven, until
bubbly and lightly browned.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mimi and Granddad Visit

Yah! Mimi and Granddad are coming next what to cook?

Friday - Chicken Cacciatore
Sunday - Jambalaya

Chicken Cacciatore

1 Large Frying Chicken (Cut into 8 or 10 pieces) (can cut the Breast into 4)
1 14oz can of tomatoes (not sauce) it can be small
diced, plain or the one with basil,
garlic and oregano and mushrooms added to the can
(you can leave the mushrooms out if you want ( I usually do because of Dad)
1 small 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1/2 large onion sliced very thin
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 T parsley
salt/pepper and red pepper (optional)
1 tsp rosemary (optional)
½ tsp oregano (if it comes in tomato can then you can taste to see if more is needed)
(you want it to have a taste, but not too heavy like pizza)

1. Take skin off chicken (if you want - less fattening - my grandma never took skin off.

2. In large sauce pot put some veg oil in pan and brown
chicken (about 5 min on each side) Take out chicken.

3. Add Onions and garlic - Brown lightly (3 - 5 min or less)
Add tomato can ( if diced you might want to mash them a l
ittle to make them a little smoother (optional)

4. Add Sauce Add other seasonings - Taste Add Chicken -
Cover Pot and simmer on LOW BOIL about 1 hour. You can
turn Chicken about 1/2 hour into cooking.

Take chicken out if you want to serve and sauce can put to dunk bread
or put over pasta.


If sauce too watery (it's supposed to be a watery
light sauce, then you can take a little corn starch
or flour, mix with some cooled sauce and put it back
into hot sauce and make it come to a boil before serving it.

**NOTE: Crockpot Recipe revision:

1. Sauté Onions and garlic

2. Combine Onions, garlic, tomatoes and seasonings into
the crockpot (mash up the tomatoes if they are too chunky

3. Add Chicken pieces (I don’t usually brown the chicken)

4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-5 hrs

Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

"No need to slave over the stove to prepare a delicious jambalaya!
Toss the chicken, sausage, shrimp, vegetables, and seasonings in the
slow cooker, and forget about it until dinner time. "


1 pound skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
1 pound andouille sausage, sliced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 pound frozen cooked shrimp without

1. In a slow cooker, mix the chicken, sausage, tomatoes with juice,
onion, green bell pepper, celery, and broth. Season with oregano, parsley,
Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and thyme.

2. Cover, and cook 7 to 8 hours on Low, or 3 to 4 hours on High.
Stir in the shrimp during the last 30 minutes of cook time.

Note: I used regular smoked sausage, and in the freezer section you can
find a small bag of onion/bell pepper/celery together and already chopped!!
Huge time saver!!!!!

Note: I used ½ tsp Cayenne to make it not too spicy because I am
nursing still. And I used Tony’s Cajun seasoning :)

Serve over Rice!!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week of Crockpot

David is traveling this week so I'm using my trusty Crock all week!

Monday - Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup/Grilled Cheese
Tuesday - Beef Mac n Cheese
Thursday - Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup


¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 pinch hot red pepper flakes
1 bay leaf
2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes in juice
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
3 large slices good-quality white sandwich bread, crusts removed, torn into
1-inch pieces
2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth, to make it vegetarian)
2 Tablespoons brandy (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup chopped fresh chives


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering.
Add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Cook, stirring frequently,
until onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and their juice. Using a potato masher, mash until no pieces
bigger than 2 inches remain.

Stir in sugar and bread; bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook,
stirring occasionally, until bread is completely saturated and starts to break down,
about 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf and discard.

Transfer half of soup to a blender, add 1tablespoon olive oil and process until
soup is smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes (See notes). Transfer to a large bowl
and repeat with remaining soup and oil. (Or use an immersion blender!)

Rinse out Dutch oven and return soup to pot. Stir in chicken broth and brandy.
Return soup to a boil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle each portion with pepper and chives and drizzle with olive oil.

Serve (of course) with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Beef Mac n Cheese

The Ingredients.

1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained
5 bacon strips, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes --- any flavor, or plain
1 can water (empty tomato can)
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (26-ounce) jar prepared pasta sauce
1 (16-ounce) package elbow macaroni (I used brown rice pasta)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. In a large skillet, brown the beef,
bacon and onion all together until the meat is no longer pink.

Drain well and plop into your slow cooker. Add everything else
into the pot except for the pasta and cheese.

Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or
high for about 4. Stir in the raw pasta and cook on high for
approximately 30 minutes, or until pasta is bite-tender. Serve
in a wide-mouthed bowl with a handful of cheese on each serving.

Tortilla Soup Crock pot

The Ingredients:

3 cups of chicken broth
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken (I have leftover chicken in the freezer)
1/2 onion
2 cup frozen veggies
2 green onions
28 oz can of tomatoes and juice
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1 t cumin
salt to taste (especially if using a no-salt broth like I was)

garnish: tortilla chips

The Directions:

dice all veggies into fine chunks
dump everything into the crockpot

it's okay if you have frozen stuff. My broth, vegetables and chicken were all frozen.

totally okay to assemble the night before.

cook on low for 8-10 hours, or high for 6 or so.

before serving, add whatever garnish you choose.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year

Monday - Spinach Quiche
Tuesday - Pot Roast
Wednesday - Pizza (with left over pot roast)
Thursday - White Chili

Easy Spinach Quiche

1 9” unbaked pie crust
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper (optional)
1 3 oz. can French fried onions
1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach
4 eggs

1) Pierce pie crust lightly with fork and bake in 350 degree
oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
2) Cook spinach according to package directions.
3) crumble onions. Mix onions, garlic,
cheese, salt, and pepper by hand in medium-sized bowl.
4) Add cooked spinach to mixture.
5) In separate bowl, beat eggs until light and lemon colored.
Add these to mixture.
6) Pour mixture into pie crust and bake in 350 degree oven for
45 minutes or until top is golden brown.


Broccoli Quiche: Substitute 1 10 oz. box frozen chopped broccoli for spinach

Mushroom Quiche: Substitute 1 3 oz. can of drained mushrooms
for spinach (no need to heat mushrooms before adding) and 1 cup
shredded Swiss cheese for cheddar cheese.

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream
of mushroom soup
1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
1 cups beef broth
1/4 cup red wine
5 1/2 pounds pot roast

1. In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup,
dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow
cooker and coat with soup mixture.
2. Cook on High setting for 3 to 4 hours, or on
Low setting for 8 to 9 hours.

You can coat roast in salt/pepper/flour and brown on all sides before cooking.

I made this for my Bunko club and everyone wants the recipe.
It really came out GREAT. Thought you might like it for when you entertain.


Premade Crust loaded with left over:
pot roast
Tomato sauce


4 Chicken Breast (boiled and cut or shredded)
3 Cans White Northern Beans
3 Cans Chicken Broth
2 – 4oz Cans of Green Chili
2 Cans Diced Tomatoes
1-2 teaspoons Oregano
2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
1 Lg Onion
1-2 teaspoons Chili Powder
1 lb Monterey Jack Cheese (cubed)

Put all of the above in Crock Pot except Chicken and Cheese.
After everything has cooked down (about 4 hrs in crock pot)
and blended put in Chicken (about 1 hour before end of cooking).
Just before serving add the cubed cheese to hot mixture.

(I added the liquid from the boiled chicken and only added
2 cans of chicken broth. I also bought 2 cans of diced tomatoes
with green chili in the can so I put in 1 can of the green chili).
It was spicy, but good. If you wanted it less spicy leave go less
on the green chili.)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last week of 2010

I wasn't able to post this earlier, but here are this weeks recipes.

Monday - Roman-style Chicken
Wednesday - Peach Pork Picante
Friday - Beef tips

Roman-style Chicken

4 skinless chicken breast halves,
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1 teaspoon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
3 ounces prosciutto, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup white wine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
In a heavy, large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
When the oil is hot, cook the chicken until browned on both sides.
Remove from the pan and set aside.

Keeping the same pan over medium heat, add the peppers and prosciutto
and cook until the peppers have browned and the prosciutto is crisp,
about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes,
wine, and herbs. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the browned bits off the
bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pan, add the stock, and bring
the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the
chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes.

If serving immediately, add the capers and the parsley. Stir to combine and serve.
If making ahead of time, transfer the chicken and sauce to a storage container, cool,
and refrigerate. The next day, reheat the chicken to a simmer over medium heat.
Stir in the capers and the parsley and serve.

Peach Pork Picante

1 pound boneless pork loin, cubed
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 cup salsa
4 tablespoons peach preserves

1. Season pork with taco seasoning. Heat oil in
a large skillet over medium high heat.
Add seasoned pork and saute until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
Add salsa and peach preserves and mix well.
Cover skillet and reduce heat.
Let simmer gently for about 10 minutes and serve.


1. Dump all ingredients into a crockpot
2. Stir
3. Cook on low for 6-8hrs

Serve over Egg Noodles

Beef Tips

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
2 cups water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy
1 cup water

1. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Saute the onion until almost translucent.
2. Add the stew meat and cook on high heat until
meat is browned on all sides; about 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Pour 2 cups water, soy sauce, and Worcestershire
sauce into the skillet. Stir in garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
4. Meanwhile combine the gravy mix with 1 cup water.
Mix thoroughly and stir into the meat mixture. Bring to a
boil stirring frequently until slightly thickened.


1. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Saute the onion until almost translucent.
2. Add the stew meat and cook on high heat until
meat is browned on all sides; about 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Add all ingredients into Crockpot
4. Cook on low for 6-8hrs

Serve over Egg Noodles or rice

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Week before Christmas

We leave for Christmas Holiday soon and giving me the week of Christmas off cooking duty. Until then, I'm in the kitchen!

Sunday - CrockPot Chicken and Dumplings Soup Recipe
Monday - Easy Mexican Casserole
Wednesday - Cranberry Pork Chops

CrockPot Chicken and Dumplings Soup Recipe

The Ingredients.

--3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (I used frozen thighs)
--1 yellow onion, chopped
--1 cup mushrooms, chopped (I used baby portabellas)
--16 ounces frozen vegetables

--2 cans cream-of-something soup, or combine in a saucepan:
4 T butter
6 T flour (I used Pamela's baking mix)
1 cup milk (I used soy)
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning

--1 can refrigerated biscuits, or one batch drop biscuits

The Directions.

I used a 6.5 quart crockpot. Anything 4 quarts and up will work.
Put the chicken and vegetables into the bottom of the crockpot.
Add the cream-of soups, or your homemade substitute.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5.
I cooked ours on high for 4 hours, and on low for another two.
An hour before serving, shred chicken with two large forks, and drop in the biscuit dough.

Cover and cook on high for another hour.
The bisquits are done when you can insert a knife and it comes out clean.
They will be spongey and will brown a bit on the sides and top.

Serve in bowls, with a biscuit or two per person.

Easy Mexican Casserole

"Ground beef, salsa and chili beans are layered with tortilla
chips and sour cream and topped with melted cheese in this tasty dish."

1 pound lean ground beef
2 cups salsa
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, drained
3 cups tortilla chips, crushed
2 cups sour cream
1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives,drained
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink.
Stir in salsa, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
Stir in beans, and heat through.
3. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
Spread crushed tortilla chips in dish, and then spoon beef mixture over chips.
Spread sour cream over beef, and sprinkle olives, green onion, and tomato over the sour cream.
Top with Cheddar cheese.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Cranberry Pork Chops

"Sweet orange marmalade enhances the flavor of the tart cranberries
in this wonderful dish. For a more intense flavor, use 1/4 cup dried
cranberries or cherries instead of fresh or frozen cranberries and do not chop."

1/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 pork chops
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons honey

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x9 inch glass baking dish.
2. In a bowl, mix cranberries, marmalade, and cloves.
Make a pocket in each pork chop by cutting into pork toward the bone;
fill pockets with cranberry mixture.
3. Place the pork chops in prepared baking pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon 1 tablespoon honey over each chop. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes or until
pork is no longer pink in the center.

If you like oranges this dish was a hit last night! I didn’t stuff the chops (too much work for me),
but put the mixture on top of the chops and baked them (I mixed the honey in with the cranberry mixture).
I also used the dried cranberries and it turned out GREAT!! Made it with stove top stuffing and corn.

My pork chops were pretty thick (1 inch butterfly chops and 45 min was perfect),
so if you go with the thinner ones, you might want to reduce the cooking time.