May 21, 2013
Cajun, Low Carb, Pork, Recipes
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Some recipes are just to simplistic to put on the blog. This is one of them.
This ham steak was on the thick side but this picture makes it look even more so.
Yup. Four ingredients.
Spicy and succulent.
Cajun Ham Steak
Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 8 min | Makes: 4
- 2 teaspoon(s) Cajun season blend
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) sugar
- 1 fully cooked smoked ham steak, 1/2 inch thick, 1 1/4 pounds
- Lime wedges
- Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish
1. Heat ridged grill pan or heavy skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. In small bowl, combine Cajun seasoning and sugar. Rub seasoning mixture on both sides of ham steak.
2. Place ham steak in grill pan and cook until heated through and lightly browned, about 4 minutes per side. Serve with lime wedges. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.
May 20, 2013
Beef, Kosher, Lunch, Soup, Vegetable
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For dinner, I think my wife enjoys what I make more than what she makes. Not that the actual quality of food or even menu choices are different, but it comes down to the effort vs satisfaction equation. When I make something, her effort is low (until time to clean up afterward) and the satisfaction is hopefully high. When she makes it, the satisfaction is high but the effort moves somewhere up the scale. There are several times that a recipe is decent but I’ve deleted it from my catalog because the effort was just not worth it. Maggie comments on the effort in a lot of prep work below and give some quick time saving suggestions. Here’s Maggie….
I love to make soup, and vegetable beef is one of my favorites. For years I tried to make it, and never got it to taste the way I remembered it growing up- beefy, tomatoe-y goodness. I landed on Paula Deen’s recipe, and it was really close. With a few tweaks, I got it where I wanted it. I added wine, fresh garlic, beef soup base, and a little ketchup. That did it! Yum!
The soup can be a lot of work, so when I am not in the mood to chop tons of veggies, I just buy two bags of frozen veggies, and it works perfectly. Frozen potatoes work too. No sense in working harder than we need too, right? I do still use fresh onion and celery even when I use frozen veggies.
This recipe make a lot of soup, so be prepared to feed a crowd or freeze some of this, or cut it in half. This makes the house smell soooooo good!
Vegetable Beef Soup
What you need:
1 cup diced potatoes
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 cup butter or lima beans
1 cup diced celery
1 cup sliced green beans, fresh or frozen
1 cup carrots
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp celery salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
1 Tbs seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1Tbs Italian seasoning
3Tbs dried parsley
½ cup red wine or cooking sherry
4 quarts water
3 lbs beef short ribs
4Tbs beef soup base
4 Tbs ketchup
½ uncooked elbow macaroni or barley (optional)
What you do:
Place beef ribs, water seasonings, onion, soup base and tomatoes in a large stock pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cover pot, and reduce heat so the liquid simmers and cook for 1-2 hours until the meat is very tender. Remove ribs from the pot, cut the meat from the bones then return meat to the pot. Add the remaining vegetables, wine, ketchup and macaroni or barley. Return the soup to a boil, stirring to incorporate. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for another 30-45 minutes. Add additional seasoning to taste, serve with bread or oyster crackers.
May 19, 2013
Kosher, Low Carb, Recipes, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian
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A number of years ago for Christmas, my family purchased a cooking class voucher for me. I could view that as a plea from them that I improve my cooking skills, but I take the positive view on that event by thinking that my family knows of my love for cooking and thought it would be interesting to me. I looked though the catalog and settled on a knife skills class.
I was (and am) envious of those chefs that can quickly slice or chop nice even pieces. I can get it done, but not to the chop-chop-chop-chop speed. I was more like slice….slice….slice. I attended the class and it was a good primer on different knives, care for knives, how to properly hold the knife and the best ways to chop.
To hold the knife, I learned to pinch the top of the blade right before the hilt with my index finger and thumb, letting the rest of the fingers wrap around the handle. To chop, create a “wall” with the second part of your fingers on your other hand (curl your fingers in) and move your knife up and down against that wall.
I proceeded to go home and tell them all about what I learned. The next day, using the wall, I chopped away. On my second item my thumb forgot to curl and SLICE – right into the tip of my thumb. So much for cooking classes!
The best part of this is the carmelized onions.
I used a mandoline to cut this onion thin. And I still have the tips of all my fingers!
Cooking the beans.
Toasting the almonds.
Carmelizing the onions.
A great side.
Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds
Prep Time: 0 hours 15 minutes | Cook Time: 0 hours 40 minutes | Makes: 6 to 8 servings | Difficulty: Easy
- Kosher salt
- 3 pounds green beans, trimmed of stem end
- 1/2 cup skin on sliced almonds
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large onions, sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
- Freshly ground black pepper
Fill a large high sided skillet with some water, adding enough to be just shy of the rim of the pan by about 1 inch. Place over high heat and bring up to boil; add a big pinch of salt and the green beans. Cook for about 5 minutes, the beans should still be crisp. Drain the beans and then run them under some cold water to stop them from cooking. Reserve the beans while you start the onions.Return the skillet you cooked the beans in to the cook top over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast stirring every now and then until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the almonds from the skillet and reserve. Return the skillet to the heat and add the butter and olive oil and heat until the butter has melted. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook stirring frequently until the onions caramelize, 20 to 25 minutes. Add the thyme, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cooked cooled green beans and almonds, and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
May 18, 2013
Beef, Kosher, Recipes, Steakhouse
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Every once in a while we will invite someone over for dinner. Often it is before we make the menu for the week so we can accommodate the extra mouths at the table. The other day we decided to invite over my in-laws for dinner. We made the invitation a scant number of minutes after I had already gone grocery shopping for the week. We had Beef Tips over Rice planned for that evening. Many recipes could be stretched, but one that is mostly meat is really hard to do that. Looking at the menu for the week, I knew I could sacrifice a later meal to steal ingredients.
Nice tender beef with gravy.
Luckily I had the ingredients to make more.
Flouring the beef.
Giving everything an initial brown.
BEEF TIPS OVER RICE
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 2 lbs. sirloin tip roast, cut into 2-inch strips
- 4 tbsp. oil
- 2 lg. onions, sliced
- 2 beef flavored bouillon cubes
- 1 1/2 c. boiling water
Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a plastic bag; shake to mix. Add meat and shake well to coat. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large pot; brown meat in the oil. Add onions and cook until onions are tender.Dissolve the bouillon cubes in the boiling water. Pour over beef mixture. Cover; reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice. This will serve 6-8 people and is delicious!
May 17, 2013
Cheese, Lunch, Pork, Soup, Vegetable
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Texture is such a component of cooking that very often is underrated.
When I last made potato soup I had just received my immersion blender for Christmas. As the soup was cooking I happily put the blender in the pot and with a quick flick of the switch it was on. I ran it for 10-20 seconds and when I was done, I had perfectly pureed soup. It was just so easy.
Then I went to eat it. Something was missing. In my mind when I am eating potato soup, I need chunks of potatoes. Not big chunks, but I need some never less. The taste was the same but the texture was off.
This time, with a different recipe, I kept texture in mind.
This was a nice hearty soup.
Somehow the scallions didn’t make the picture.
Skinned and diced. Ready for the microwave.
Building the soup. I put in about 2/3 of the potatoes and then used my immersion blender. This thickened the soup and spread the potato flavor. I then added the other 1/3 to have the chunky texture.
I added some bacon bits into the soup. Probably about 1/2 cup.
And added cheese, scallions and bacon bits at the end.
Loaded Potato Soup
Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 15 min | Makes: 12
- 8 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 8 cups milk
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Bacon bits
- Sliced scallions
- salt and pepper to taste
1. Place cubed potatoes into a glass dish, and cook in the microwave oven for 7 to 10 minutes, or until soft.
2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour until smooth, then gradually stir in the milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
3. Stir in the potatoes and onion, and cook for 5 more minutes. Stir in the sour cream and Cheddar cheese until melted and well blended. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with cheese, scallions and bacon on top.
NutritionAmount Per Serving (12 total) Calories 338 cal 17% Fat 16.6 g 26% Carbs 37.6 g 12% Protein 10.7 g 21% Cholesterol 47 mg 16% Sodium 202 mg 8% See More Based on a 2,000 calorie diet