Thursday, November 20, 2014

Skillet Sausage, Peppers and Onions

                       I live for sausage, peppers and onion. It's something I crave, Must be the
                       Italian in me. This is a great weeknight meal. I love any meal that you can
                       serve two ways. I like to eat it on a grilled buttered roll and my kids like
                       to eat with with pasta and lots of parmesan cheese. Either way it's so good.

                                                      Skillet Sausage, Peppers and Onions

                                                      6 hot Italian sausage links or sweet
                                                      olive oil and butter
                                                      1 red onion, sliced
                                                      3 bell peppers - red, yellow and green
                                                      5 garlic cloves
                                                      1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
                                                      1/2 teaspoon oregano
                                                      salt and pepper to taste
                                                      1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
                                                      a dash of onion and garlic powder
                                                      1/3 cup white wine
                                                      1/3 cup chicken broth

           1) Heat a medium skillet add a tablespoon olive oil and brown sausages on all sides.
           Remove from skillet and slice in half or leave whole.
           2) In the same skillet heat 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onions,
          pepper and garlic and cook for 4 minutes. Season with all of your spices, add wine and
          chicken broth. Cook until veggies are soft.

           3) Return sausages to the skillet with the veggies. Reduce heat and cook for 20 min.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

                            Fall is here and it's my favorite season. I live for - Sweaters, boots,
                            leaves, scarfs, pumpkins, warm drinks, fire places, harvesting, crisp
                            air, blankets, hot chocolate and of course apple picking. Good stuff.

                                                 Autumn the year's last, loveliest smile.

                                                        Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

                                                         8 to 10 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
                                                         1 cup apple cider
                                                         1 lemon, juiced
                                                         1/2 cup brown sugar
                                                         1 cinnamon stick
                                                         1 teaspoon cinnamon
                                                         1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

                 1) In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients and cook for 30 minutes over
                 medium heat.

                 2) Once everything is cooked and softened, discard cinnamon stick. Take a
                 potato masher and mash until desired consistency.

                 1) I like to store mine in mason jars but anything works. This would be a
                 great gift to share and it's goes perfect with any pork dish and awesome on
                 it's own. Enjoy.

Thankful - Grateful - Blessed

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Greek Sloppy Joes

I have loved eating Sloppy Joes since I was a little girl.
Do you know how easy it is to make them from scratch? So easy.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm obsessed with Greek food
and even more obsessed with feta cheese. I literally will put it on everything.

You will be pleasantly surprised how scrumptious these are. They are -
now in my menu rotation. I hope you give them a try.

Greek Sloppy Joes

1 1/2 pound ground beef
1 red onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 can tomato paste
1 ( 15 ounce ) can tomato sauce
salt and pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon each garlic and onion powder

1) In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion and pepper, until cooked through.
Drain, add tomato paste, tomato sauce and all of the seasonings. Bring to a
simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until thickened.

Note - I like to serve these on rolls. Sometimes I toast them. 
Red onions sprinkled on top are my favorite. 
Add lettuce and extra feta.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Homemade Rice Pilaf

                         Did you know how easy it is to make your own rice pilaf?  You will never
                         need to buy the box stuff again. Quick, simple and most of the ingredients
                         are pantry staples. Rice Pilaf is a great side dish that everyone will love.

                                                                   Homemade Rice Pilaf

                                                                   2 tablespoons butter
                                                                   1/2 cup orzo
                                                                   1/2 cup white rice
                                                                   1 large shallot, diced
                                                                   1/2 teaspoon onion powder
                                                                   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
                                                                   salt and pepper
                                                                   2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
                                                                   2 cups chicken broth

                     1) Melt butter in skillet over medium low heat. Cook and stir orzo until
                     golden brown. Add onion and cook until soft, add garlic and spices, cook
                     for another minute. Mix in rice and broth. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
                     Reduce heat to medium/low, cover and cook until rice is tender. Cook for
                     about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.

                     Note - I like to double the recipe and add in extra things. Parmesan cheese,
                     green onion. You could use beef or vegetable broth. Add Cooked carrots or
                     peas. Whatever you like to mix it up. It's perfect the way it is but fun to add
                     in your favorites.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Moist Banana Bread Muffins

I never let over ripe bananas go to waste....That generally means that there is
lots of baking happening at my house. I like to pack them for my daughters
snack at school and they're perfect with your morning coffee or tea.

Moist Banana Bread Muffins

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 ripe bananas - mashed
3/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/3 cup butter - melted

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with non stick spray.
In a medium bowl, place flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and
cinnamon, mix well and set aside.

2) In another bowl, combine sugars and butter with a hand held mixer,
add egg, bananas and vanilla extract. Mix well. 

3) Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until incorporated. 
Place in muffin tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 

                                 To me, these are the most perfectly moist and tender muffins.
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