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Asparagus with Bacon Sabayone

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This was one of the dishes I made when I had my great idea to cook a gourmet type meal for Kevin the other night. I have been making so many pasta dishes, soups, and Mexican food, I figured some red meat and fancy sides would put a smile on his face. Well I didn’t count on the smile being one that came from watching me run like a chicken with my head cut off in the kitchen trying to get everything done at once. That smile is not a fun smile for me.
Not that he complains, well OK he does complain but I know it is just to stir me up and make me crazy, but I do know his true love, aside from me I hope, is steak. A nice big ribeye steak preferably, cooked just enough to get it to lay still on the plate. We do both share a love for rare meat. I used to tell waitresses I wanted my steak cooked just long enough that a good vet could get it back on it’s feet in a few minutes!
Sorry to gross anyone out that doesn’t like their meat that way. I will go back to the meal. Ribeye is too pricey to eat all of the time, so I have been trying to find steaks that he will enjoy without saying they are too chewy. Hangar steak is one of them but they are too hard to find. So flat iron steak is another way to go. Especially when it is cooked medium rare it is very tender and not chewy at all. I am really not much of a red meat lover anymore but this is one of those steaks I do enjoy.
So now I can’t just salt and pepper the steak and cook it right? I mean that is great once in a while but I seriously doubt it would make for an interesting post for you all. Kevin doesn’t like sauces much but I figured a nice red wine sauce with a little bite of mustard would compliment the steak and make him smile. I was right, he loved the sauce YAY!! (See the steak recipe here)
Oops, I need to talk about the asparagus right? Sorry, got side tracked. If you want to see the recipe for the steak I have been babbling about take a look here

One thing we do both agree on is that asparagus is one of our favorite veggies. Normally I just steam it and then toss it in a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil, or sesame oil, and salt and pepper. Simple and tasty. But again I was trying to be “gourmet” so I decided to do a sabayone, and of course you have to have bacon right? I was very nervous about trying a sauce I had never made before but determined to make it.
I was really surprised at how easy it was to make. Except for having to whisk for about 4 minutes non stop, good upper arm work out, this was a pretty easy dish to get together.
Neither one of us had ever had sabayone before so it was fun to try something new. Big plus was we both really really liked it. I almost made it again for Christmas. 
Asparagus with Bacon Sabayone
4 strips bacon, chopped
1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed
4 eggs yolks
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
Cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain, reserve the drippings
Bring a pot of water to boil, add salt and asparagus. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, drain and reserve.
Combine egg yolks, water, vinegar, mustard, and cayenne pepper in a heat proof bowl set over a simmering pot of water. Whisk until sauce thickens, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in 1 tablespoon bacon drippings. Add salt and pepper if needed.
Serve sauce over asparagus and top with reserved bacon and chives.
ENJOY!!
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BLT (Bacon, Leek, and Tomato) Quiche + a Quick Quiche Cheat Sheet

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I have been wanting to do something different for breakfast lately but Kevin, bless his heart, has taken over the chore of making breakfast on the weekends and he leaves too early in the morning to make breakfast through the week. It is not that I don’t love his breakfasts, it is just, well……it is “Man food”. You know what I  mean? Pure, simple, straight to the point. Eggs with sausage, hash browns, and toast. 
I have tried doing BFD (breakfast for dinner) but he hasn’t been real thrilled with that idea. So I decided I had to put my foot down and tell him that I was making something with veggies in it for breakfast. I did add the footnote that there would be bacon in it. I mean bacon, eggs, cheese? How can that be wrong? Right?
He also went along with it because I had picked up leeks for a recipe I made a few days ago and he hates wasting food even more than me. So when I said it was a  great way to use the leeks up he was on board.
When I was buzzing through the grocery store the grape tomatoes looked great so I new exactly what I wanted to do. Bacon, leek, and tomato, yummmm!!

I love quiche. My Mom used to make them when I was little. Although back in the day they sold quiche mix in cartons right along with the Egg Beaters. How simple could that be? Frozen pie crust, carton of quiche mix, hot oven, BOOM, breakfast! But seriously making quiche is so ding dang simple there is no reason to not give it a try. I will have a handy little “Quiche Cheat Sheet” after the recipe.
BLT (Bacon, Leek, and Tomato) Quiche
1 large leek, root end and dark green leaves cut off, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced into half moons
1 handful gape tomatoes, halved
4 slices thick cut smoky bacon, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
3 eggs
Kosher salt and cracked pepper
1 1/4 cup fat free evaporated milk
Pie dough (handmade or store bought)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the pie dough in a 9 inch pie plate and crimp the edges, chill for 30 minutes. Line with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights (can use dried beans if you do not have pie weights). Bake about 20 minutes, remove the foil and weights and continue to bake another 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool.
Place the chopped leek into a large bowl filled with cold water. Swish them carefully and allow them to sit a few minutes to release the dirt and grit that is between the leaves. Scoop out with your hands and lay them on a clean kitchen towel. Roll the towel and squeeze the moisture out. Set aside.
Meanwhile cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once bacon has rendered its fat and begun to crisp slightly, remove it with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the leeks and saute being careful to not brown the leeks. Once the leeks begin to soften add the halved tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes to let the tomatoes release some of their juices. Remove from heat.
In a bowl combine the eggs, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and evaporated milk. Whisk until completely blended. 
Spoon the leeks and tomatoes into the pie crust and sprinkle with the cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the top and bake on a baking sheet for 40 to 50 minutes or until the filling is set. Allow to cool 20 minutes before serving.
ENJOY!!
Easy Quiche Cheat Sheet
Make Your Crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the pie dough in a 9 inch pie plate and crimp the edges, chill for 30 minutes. Line with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights (can use dried beans if you do not have pie weights). Bake about 20 minutes, remove the foil and weights and continue to bake another 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool.

Choose Your Veggies
1/2 to 1 cup of up to 3 of the following veggies;
Roasted Asparagus           
Roasted or Steamed Broccoli     
Shredded Potatoes, sauteed     
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, halved
Green Peppers, chopped and sauteed
Mushrooms, sliced and sauteed
Onions or Shallots, sliced or chopped and sauteed  
Green Onions, chopped
Jarred Roasted Red Pepper, chopped
Spinach, chopped and sauteed (or frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained)
Frozen peas, thawed
Meat
1/2 cup of up to 2 of the following meats;
Bacon, chopped and cooked
Sausage, cooked and crumbled
Ham, chopped
Shredded chicken
Crab, picked clean
Now Some Cheese
Up to 1 cup of the following cheeses, crumbled or shredded;
Swiss
Gruyere
Fontina
Provolone
Gouda
Brie
Mozzarella
Goat Cheese
Cheddar
Jack or Pepper Jack
Feta
Parmesan
Now Let’s Make Some Quiche
Whisk 3 eggs, salt, pepper, and 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, half and half, milk, or evaporated milk in a  large bowl. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (if desired), seasoning such as chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, grated lemon zest (would be awesome with a crab quiche). 
Spread the vegetable/cheese mixture on the bottom of the prepared pie crust and pour the egg mixture on top. Bake until the filling is set, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes before serving.

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

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This is another idea I found on Pintrest. I loved the sound of it alone. I mean Crispy + Cheese + Chicken? Heck ya sign me up!! It was a fantastic recipe and you can see the original recipe at Jamie Cooks It Up. But you know how I am about trying to healthify recipes if I can. It is just a thing with me. So I switched the Ritz crackers for Seasoned panko bread crumbs, subbed the regular cheddar cheese with the 2% variety, and in place of the condensed soup gravy I made a quick white wine pan gravy. 
It makes a bit of a…well I should say I make a bit of a mess while making this, but the mess is worthwhile. We both really enjoyed this chicken. Kevin took the rest to work for lunch the next day. I think his boss is starting to feel  a bit left out. They used to get fast food for lunch everyday and now that I am just cooking for two there are always leftovers that then become Kevin’s lunch. Oops no fast food buddy now. Sometimes I am nice and send along extra for him to eat too. 

This chicken with a nice side salad or veggie makes a fabulous week night meal!
Crispy Cheddar Chicken
Serves 2
2 large chicken breasts, cut into 3 large chunks each
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups 2% cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups Italian seasoned Panko (can use plain and add some Italian seasoning blend)
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped


Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut each chicken breast into 3 large chunks. Pour the egg, cheese, and panko bread crumbs into 3 separate small pans. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg, press into the cheese, and then into the bread crumbs. 
Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the tin foil, bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the edges of the chicken are golden brown and crispy. 

In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute, then whisk in the white wine. Slowly whisk in the stock to avoid lumps. Cook until thickened. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve over the chicken and garnish with the chopped parsley.

ENJOY!

Baked Spaghetti

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I know this isn’t the prettiest dish I have presented to you, but it sure was a tasty one! I had no plans whatsoever to make this dish. It came about because I have been trying to be a good girl and use up all of my leftovers. I had marinara sauce left over from making the Caprese Meatball Subs, and the Pizza Balls, and I wanted to use it up. So into my fridge I went, digging for some ingredients to cook up a meal that Kevin would enjoy. Out I came with Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. I knew I could do something with that.
I had heard of baked spaghetti before but had never tried it. I do however love pasta carbonara and I figured I would go along those lines to try my spaghetti baking experiment errr experience. I wish there had been some parsley in my fridge, but it came out really good without it.

Again, I think Kevin was a bit skeptical when I told him what we were having. I think it was kind of like;
Kevin – What’s for dinner?
Me – Baked Spaghetti.
Kevin – What?
Me – Baked Spaghetti!
Kevin – What in the heck is that?
Me – It is spaghetti mixed with lots of ingredients and baked in an oven *annoyed look*
Kevin – Smart a……
Of course, as usual, he had to eat his words (pardon the pun) because he really liked it. In fact he liked it so much he took it to work the next day for lunch and took some extra so his boss could have some too. I love it when that happens!!
If you want to make this recipe a bit quicker you could use jarred marinara sauce, but my recipe is so easy and I just love the fresh flavor better. Either way though, I hope you give it a try!!
Baked Spaghetti
16 ounces (1 package) spaghetti noodles
1 pound Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
4 cups Marinara Sauce (see recipe below)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 ball of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
For the Marinara Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (Recommended San Marzano)
2 6 ounce cans of tomatoes paste
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Mix in half of the minced garlic and cook one more minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomatoes paste, water, half of the chopped oregano, and the bay leaf. (Add more water if sauce seems too thick). Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer. Leftovers can be frozen if needed.

Meanwhile cook the spaghetti per package directions. 

Crumble Italian sausage into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until no pink remains. Drain fat if needed. Stir in Marinara sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a large bowl whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter together. Drain spaghetti and toss with the egg mixture. Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish with  non stick spray. Place the spaghetti in the casserole dish. Top with meat sauce and sliced mozzarella. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 5 minutes or until cheese gets bubbly.

ENJOY

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Redneck Eggs Benedict

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When I came up with the idea for this dish, I knew from the start I wanted to call it Redneck Eggs Benedict. Why? Well because it just brought me back to my time living in the South, although I was concerned that the word “redneck” might offend some people. However, after speaking with many of my followers on Facebook and Twitter, and reflecting on my own experiences with the use of the word. I decided to go for it. I know in my mind, and the minds of the wonderful people I met in the South, redneck is not an insult, it is a way of life really. Rednecks work hard to provide for their families, they celebrate life, and put on no airs. They are who they are, plain and simple, take it or leave it. I respect that! I enjoyed my time in the South and honestly, life was much easier when you lived by those ideals. 
I love Eggs Benedict  It is probably one of my favorite breakfast foods right up there with frittatas, quiche, and a big plate of grits with cheese, bacon, and that yummy egg yolk from and over easy egg mixed in mmmmmm. I have had the “Seattle” version of Eggs Benedict with a salmon cake in place of the muffin, and I made salmon patties the other night, so my mind started mixing the two together. Salmon patties/cakes scream Southern to me, but I knew that I couldn’t use them in an Eggs Benedict because that is just classic to the Pacific Northwest. So where do I go? My little mind started thinking and thinking of the things that would really bring back my Southern experience. 

I decided to take the things I love about the South and then Eggs Benedict and BAM smoosh them together! 
OK list it off Bobbi…
If I can’t use salmon cakes then we will do potato cakes, yes yum. 
Sausage or bacon? Well the traditional is Canadian bacon so lets use some nice thick cut smoky bacon, OK this is getting good. 
Poached egg of course, nothing can beat a perfectly poached egg! 
What to top it with? I though of gravy at first. but I adore Hollandaise sauce. Hhhmmm how do I make Hollandaise fit in with my vision of this dish? Ahhhh I have it……hot sauce!!!! 
Most of the people I knew during my time in the South loved Tabasco on their eggs. It was something I had to learn and wasn’t a real fan of at first. Now I adore hot sauce or salsa on my eggs. In fact you would be hard pressed to find an egg on my plate without some heat to go with it now. So it just seemed a perfect idea to make a Hot Sauce Hallandaise, ya? With that my Redneck Eggs Benedict was born!!

Redneck Eggs Benedict 
For the Potato Cake:
1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and grated
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup flour (add more if needed to bind cakes)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, copped
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 green onions, greens only only chopped for garnish
For the Hot Hollandaise Sauce:
1 1/4 cup unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks), cubed
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more
Kosher salt and black pepper
Hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot) to taste, I used 1 tablespoon
8 slices bacon
8 poached eggs (step by step instructions from Smitten Kitchen)
Paprika for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Rinse shredded potatoes in cold water and squeeze water out. Pat dry with paper towels. Place potatoes in a large bowl and add the onion, flour, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, and egg. Mix well. 
Spray a large skillet with non stick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Form patties with the potato mixture and carefully place them in the heated skillet. Press down with spatula to make sure the patty is firm. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the patty is golden brown. Carefully turn the potato cake with a wide spatula and continue to cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the cakes and place them on a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm.
Cook bacon in the same skillet just shy of crisp. Place in oven with potato cakes to keep warm.
Poach eggs, place on paper towel while you prepare the Hollandaise.
Fill blender with hot water, set aside. Melt butter over medium heat until foaming, remove from heat. Drain blender and dry very well. Put egg yolks and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in blender, cover and blend to combine. Working quickly remove insert, and with blender running, add the butter in a thin stream of droplets, discarding milk solids in the bottom of the pan. Blend until a creamy sauce forms. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and hot sauce to taste. Serve immediately.
To put the dish together, lay two potato cakes on a plate. Rip the bacon slices in half and place the halves criss crossed on potato cake (1slice of bacon per cake). Top bacon with a poached eggs, and pour Hollandaise sauce over the top. Garnish with chopped green onions and a sprinkle of paprika.
ENJOY!!!

Goblin Eggs for Trick or Treat #SundaySupper #Halloween Party

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I was so excited when I saw the theme for this weeks #SundaySupper was Halloween. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe part of the reason is that, even though we were broke, my Mom made such a big deal about Halloween. From figuring out a homemade costume, to decorating the house, to giving out the candy and trying to scare the trick or treaters. It was just tons of fun.
Pumpkins were always the highlight of Halloween. When I was a kid we of course just carved them. Now there are all sorts of stencils, patterns, and tools to help you get it done. Remember the days of a steak knife and tablespoon? Ahh the good ol’ days. But we have made the most of what is available today.
Now as an adult, with adult children, I don’t have to figure out costumes anymore. But I do enjoy decorating the house and having fun with the trick or treaters. Since we just moved I decided to play nice this year and put out all of our “cute” Halloween decorations. Next year we will do it scarey!! 
I came up with this idea from the Easter egg days. You knew if there was a crack in the shell of the egg there would be color on the white when you opened it up. Well one year the kids decided to do it on purpose. I can tell you it made for some interesting looking egg salad! I think my kids would have enjoyed these. Plus it is a great reason to make deviled eggs, which my kids love!



Goblin Eggs

1 dozen hard boiled eggs, shells extremely cracked
6 cups hot water
1 tube green food coloring gel
1 tube blue food coloring gel
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 cup mayo
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 tube red food coloring gel
Salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl add the hot water, green food color, blue food color, and vinegar. Stir to combine well and allow the gel color to mix. Add the eggs and allow to sit for at least 1 hour. 

Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs and carefully peel the shells away. Once all of the eggs are peeled, cut each egg in half, placing the cooked yolks in a medium bowl. Arrange egg white halves on a plate.

To the egg yolks add the mayo, pickle relish, mustard, salt, and pepper. Once you have the mixture to taste, add the red food color a little at a time until the desired color is attained.

Spoon some of the egg yolk mixture on to one of the egg white halves and top with another to make a deviled egg “sandwich”.

ENJOY!!



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Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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So I am still getting used to the new place. Electric stove, small oven, dishwasher that is too close to the oven door. Yes my friends, to open my dishwasher I have to open my oven door first or the handles bang into each other. Nice placement planning right? But Kevin says the house has “character”, which it does, I just miss my big kitchen with a gas stove *sigh* I know you all will probably get tired of hearing me say that but I can’t help it, I am a whiner at times. Especially when it comes to anything that has to do with my cooking. Kevin would tell me to suck it up but nope, not gonna do it. 
OK so off my pity party and on to the food. This meal came out so good. I was nervous *insert previous kitchen whine here* but with Kevin’s help (he has always cooked on electric until I came into his life) he was able to calm my fears and I got this and the side dish done, on the table, and not burned, YAY!!!
I first got this idea from a pin that my daughter shared with me (Oh boy I love Pintrest!). I like to find recipes that I am drawn to but have a different way I want to go with. You can find the recipe I based this off of at Kaylyn’s Kitchen. I knew I had chicken breasts and some of my homemade pesto in the freezer, and fresh mozzarella (there is no cheese better than fresh mozzarella for cooking) in the fridge. I always have seasoned bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese, so this meal was a done deal before it even started!

Yes, the ingredient list was ready to go but not so much the cook. I am still looking for things since the move. I know I packed my meat mallet but for the life of me I couldn’t  find it? Oh I have no doubt I will find it now. A) because I don’t need it now, B) because I just bought a new one. Remember the whole can opener fiasco? Ya well I am pretty sure this will go the same way. It will give Kevin another thing to tease me about, which he seems to live for lately now that I am the only one to pick on (why did I want the kids to move out again?), so I know the bullet is locked and loaded and he is waiting for the kill shot *sigh* I will admit I do kinda deserve it a little bit. Not for being forgetful, he has been with me for almost 5 years so he knows to expect that, but I seriously scared the crap out of him when I started prepping this dish. 
Let me set the scene for you…Kevin is sitting at the table going through paper work oblivious to my muttering in the kitchen and rummaging in the pantry. I probably spent 10 or 15 minutes just digging through things and talking to myself “Did I leave the meat mallet behind somehow?” “No I couldn’t have done that, it is here somewhere” “Well where the heck is it them?!”. Then I remembered watching a Rachael Ray episode where she didn’t use a meat mallet, she used a heavy bottomed skillet. BING (that’s my light bulb moment for those of you that don’t know), I have a heavy bottomed skillet, yessssss! So I grabbed a gallon size ziplock baggie and dug out my skillet. I got the breast positioned in it perfectly and carefully laid it on my cutting board….(do you see where we are going here?) I raised the skillet up high and brought it down on the chicken breast WHACK! I think Kevin jumped from one side of the kitchen table and landed in the opposite side’s chair. 
Kevin – Eyes huge he looks at me and very ummm emphatically says, “WHAT THE *insert your favorite expletive* ARE YOU DOING???” 
Me – “Uummm flattening the chicken”
Kevin – “With what a baseball bat??”
Me – “No *holding up skillet* just this” 
Kevin – “Geez you could have warned me Bobbi”
Me – “Oops….sorry” 
Ya sometimes my gift of gab disappears and I am left with nothing. Although I did warn him that I would be doing it again (and again and again). He went back to his paper work and I beat the poor chicken breasts into oblivion. Every now and then I would hear a grumble from the table, but it worked out fine. On a positive note he does know now I can wield a mean skillet now!!
I am still trying to find the right place to take pictures in the new place and with it getting dark by about 5:30 PM here outside photo’s are not an option, so sorry for the poor picture quality. At least you can see the pesto and cheese oozing out and if that doesn’t tickle your taste buds I don’t know what will!!
Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Serves 2
2 good sized chicken breasts
Kosher salt
racked black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup pesto (can use store bought)
2 thick slices of fresh mozzarella
2 eggs
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and s pray a baking dish with non stick spray. 
Place one of the chicken breasts in a zipper storage bag and using a meat mallet (or heavy skillet) pound the breast out until it is very thin. About 1/4 inch thick or so. Remove chicken breast and repeat with the second one. Lay breasts on a cutting board and spread a layer of the pesto on each one (use as little or much as your taste desires). Place a slice of the mozzarella at one end of the pesto covered breast, and begin rolling it up, tucking in loose ends as you roll. Secure with toothpicks. Repeat.
Crack eggs in a shallow dish and beat well. Place the bread crumbs and the Parmesan in another dish and combine. Roll the stuffed breast in the egg wash and then in the bread crumb mixture, make sure to coat well.
Place the breasts seam side down in the baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove toothpicks.
ENJOY!!!

Caprese Meatball Subs

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Pardon the in your face picture, but I think I was trying to eat this sandwich through the camera!! I have been having a love affair with anything “caprese” lately. I adore caprese salad and even turned it into a sandwich with my Open Face Chicken Caprese Sandwich! So the other night Subway was mentioned on my Facebook page as an alternative meal due to the fact that I had a major blond moment and forgot to thaw out the meat I needed for dinner that night. Well Kevin isn’t a big fan of Subway so that didn’t go over to well (plus I really needed to cook so you all would have a post to read). Luckily Kevin agreed to go to the store for me on his way home from work and the meal crisis was avoided. Yay!! But that did give me an idea. 
One of the sandwiches I loved at Subway was their meatball sub. I wanted to make a meatball sub, but add a twist to interest Kevin. If you have been with me for a while you know that he used to despise pesto until he tried my homemade pesto. Now he loves it and I have used it in several recipes. Anyway, I remembered seeing a recipe by Kelsey Nixon for Caprese Meatballs in the slow cooker, so I decided to take that idea and use it for my sandwiches. I didn’t do mine in the slow cooker though. I baked them and finished them in my homemade marinara sauce. 

It seems that I have been coming up with some messy sandwiches in the last couple of weeks. Yes, this is messy but the flavors are so good! The mix of the pesto, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and crunchy bread was over the top. I fill up pretty quickly, especially if I am eating bread, so I had half of my sandwich left and Kevin gobbled it right down. I think the only conversation I got out of him during the meal was mmmmmm and WOW this is really good. I was really glad he liked is since I pretty much made it for him!
The recipe is for 2 subs so if you are making more just double or triple it. But it makes 6 good sized meatballs which was perfect on the rolls I picked up from the bakery and with the cheese and sauce they are very filling. Plus they went really well with a nice glass of red wine!!
Caprese Meatball Subs 

1/2 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese, plus some for sprinkling
2 tablespoons egg beaters (or one small egg)
1/4 cup pesto (see recipe below)
1 thick slice of fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 6 cubes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Marinara sauce (recipe below)
2 sub rolls


For the Pesto:
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Toast pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat until fragrant, tossing occasionally to ensure even toasting, about 5 minutes. Combine all of the pesto ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor and pulse, drizzle in the olive oil slowly until well combined but still rough-textured (You may not use all of the oil or you made need a bit more to get to the desired consistency). Leftovers can be frozen if needed.

For the Marinara Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (Recommended San Marzano)
2 6 ounce cans of tomatoes paste
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Mix in half of the minced garlic and cook one more minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomatoes paste, water, half of the chopped oregano, and the bay leaf. (Add more water if sauce seems too thick). Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer. Leftovers can be frozen if needed.


For the Meatballs:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non stick spray

Combine the turkeybreadcrumbs, Parmesan, pesto, salt, pepper and egg in a large mixing bowl with your hands, taking care to not overwork the meat. Form golf ball-size meatballs and stuff each with 1 mozzarella cube. Evenly space the meatballs on the baking sheet. Bake until just starting to brown, 15 minutes.

Remove the meatballs from the oven and place them in the simmering sauce, cover with the lid.

Split the sub rolls and open them slightly, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until toasty, about 5 minutes.

Place 3 meatballs on each sub and smother with with the marinara sauce, top with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

ENJOY!


Chili Rellenos with Roasted Tomato Sauce for #SundaySupper

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Pardon the shadow on the picture. I didn’t think I was blocking the light when I took the pictures last night, but after reviewing them I saw a shadow on all of the completed dish pictures. I would like to think it was my Mom hovering over me as I made this dish vs my poor photography skills!
The reason I say this, and why I chose this dish for this #SundaySupper meal, is because this is one meal that reminds me of my Mom more than anything else I have ever made. You see when I was young, like maybe 5, my babysitter was a little lady from Chihuahua Mexico. She was one of the best cooks I have ever known and I loved sitting with her in the kitchen as she cooked and told me stories about her childhood in Mexico. She used to let me make flour tortillas and stir the pots.
Like I have said, my Mother was not a cook really. But for some reason this lady encouraged my Mom to try. Lord love her that my Mom chose this to be one of the recipes she would go for. I will admit, it is a pretty labor intensive meal. But I just had to have these smells, flavors and memories in my kitchen again. I hadn’t made these in 18 years!!

You can simplify this meal by using canned whole green chilis instead of roasting fresh chilis and not roasting the tomatoes. But I love it the original way.
Chili Rellenos with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce:

  • 4 medium Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano leaves
  • Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the tomatoes in half and place them halved side up on  a baking sheet. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes, until you see the tomatoes “wilting” and giving off their juices. 
Add the tomatoes and chicken stock to a small pot over medium heat. Simmer the tomatoes until soft and stir in the garlic.
Use an immersion blender to combine or transfer to a food processor to blend until smooth.
Add the 1/4 cup of oil to a frying pan, over low heat, and stir in the flour to make a roux mixture. Cook the flour until browned, then add the tomato sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes and then add the oregano. Keep warm.

For the chilis


  • 4 poblano chiles
  • 1 pound queso fresco cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oil

Tomato sauce:

  • 4 medium Roma tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano leaves
  • Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Directions

Rice and beans, for serving, if desired
Heat broiler. Place the chilis on a backing sheet and char the chiles on both sides. Once blackened put in a plastic bag for 10 minutes to sweat out any moisture. Remove from the bag, slit them down the middle and remove the skin and the seeds. Stuff the peppers with the queso fresco and set aside.
Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Add the egg whites to a large bowl. Reserve the egg yolks. Beat the egg whites with an electric beater until the whites fluff up. Add in the flour and the egg yolks and mix until completely incorporated.
Add the oil to a frying pan over medium heat. Spoon a bit of the egg batter on top of the oil to form a “pillow” for the stuffed pepper. 

Allow it too firm for a minute or so and then gently place the pepper in the middle of the pillow. 

Spoon batter over the top of the pepper to cover it.


 and fry until golden brown on both sides. 
Remove from the oil and allow to drain. 



Transfer to a serving platter, pour the tomato sauce over the cooked chile rellenos and serve.

Sopas (Soups), Ensaladas (Salads), and Entremeses (Starters)

La Comida (the food)

Postres (desserts)

Bebidas (beverages)

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day (this coming Sunday, September 16) during #SundaySupper. We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes for a Mexican Fiesta! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat!  We’d also love to feature your Mexican Fiesta recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers!


“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”
― Laurie Colwin

Food Star Friday – Planked Salmon with Egg Sauce

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One of the things I love so much about Food Star Friday’s is that I try things I wouldn’t normally try. I search recipes and watch the food shows with an open mind. This recipe is by Chef Michael Chiarello. In the past I have felt that his recipes were ones that I was afraid to tackle. I don’t know why, I just did. 
On this particular occasion I was really craving salmon, so when this dish popped up it caught my attention. It just sounded so different from anything I would choose to cook, and if I was surprised by my choice the family was even more surprised! The response I got when asked what was for dinner was several “What’s” “Ummmm’s” and “is that really what you are making?” Wow guys, thanks for the vote of confidence!! But, as usual, they were eating their words (along with a LOT of salmon) once the cooking dust had settled.

I did change the recipe a little by grilling the salmon on the plank instead of broiling it in the oven. But the weather has had me so addicted to grilling I couldn’t help myself! 
I am sorry the photos don’t do the salmon justice, this was very good!
Planked Salmon with Egg Sauce
FOR THE SALMON:
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cedar or alder planks, or 2 untreated cedar shingles or shims (available at lumberyards), about 5 inches wide and 12 inches long, soaked at least 2 hours, or overnight, so as not to flame up

  • Olive oil

FOR THE EGG SAUCE:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon minced shallots or scallions
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup fish stock, chicken stock or low-salt canned chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, coarsely grated or chopped

  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives, optional
  • 1 tablespoon Californian sturgeon caviar, optional

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

In a small saucepanmelt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add shallots and saute 1 minute. Season with a pinch of salt. Add lemon juice,wine, stock and cream. Simmer over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, until reduced to about 2 tablespoons.

Lower the heat and whisk in the remaining butter 1 tablespoon at a time, adding each piece when the previous one is almost melted.

Add hot sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve, into a bowl. Cover to keep warm until ready to serve.

Mix together the mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Brush the top of the salmon fillets with the melted butter. Season both sides with the mustard mixture and set aside.

Put the soaked shingles in the oven, directly on the racks, for about 3 to 5 minutes until the wood is lightly browned on top. Carefully take the shingles out of the oven and place them on a heat-proof surface.

Turn on the oven broiler.

Immediately brush the shingles with a thin layer of olive oil and lay the salmon fillets, skinned side down, on the browned side of each shingle. Place the shingles under the broiler and cook the fish for about 5 to 7 minutes, until firm but not dry. Remove the fillets to a platter or serve directly from the shingles.

Just before serving, stir the parsley and grated eggs into the reserved warm egg sauce. Fold in chives and caviar if using. Top the fillets with the egg sauce and a sprinkling of chives, and a dollop of caviar if using.