Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


                         The Holiday season is here in full swing and that means cookie season is
                         among us. A cookie in my opinion just may be the most perfect food, It
                         should have it's own food group. These cookies are perfection...A bit salty,
                         sweet, chewy and the texture is spot on. I hope you make them and enjoy.

                                                             Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

                                                              3/4 cups butter, softened
                                                              3/4 cup white sugar
                                                              3/4 brown sugar
                                                              2 eggs
                                                              1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
                                                              1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
                                                              1 teaspoon baking powder
                                                              1 teaspoon cinnamon
                                                              1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
                                                              1/2 teaspoon salt
                                                              2 3/4 cups rolled oats
                                                              1 1/4 cups raisins ( soaked in hot water for 30 min) Drain

               1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

               2) In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars, until smooth. Beat in eggs,
               one at a time and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt,
               and nutmeg. Slowly beat into butter mixture, Don't over mix. Add oats and drained
               raisins, mix. I use a one tablespoon ice cream scoop to scoop out the cookies onto
               the cookie sheet.

              3) Bake 8 to 10 minutes, do not over bake. or until slightly golden. Cool.


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
lettuce
rolls
feta

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.


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