Lunch For Moi

I love to go grocery shopping and poke around to find something new-to-me. The other day was no different.

I was in our local Trader Joe’s and found this

I love Risotto and adore Asparagus, put the two together and I’m a happy gal. But how can we bump this up to another level?

💡 Let’s add some Shrimp to the party!

I sautéed these 16/20 count Shrimp, shells and tails on, in some Olive Oil, White Wine (Charles Shaw) and Garlic, followed the directions on the package for the Risotto and then artfully plated my lunch (none for DH, he’s allergic to Shrimp).

BELCH!

That was delicious! I made up the entire package of the Risotto, thinking that I’d only eat half of it – NOPE! I ate the whole thing. 😀

This easy meal is totally customizable, and dead simple. I’m thinking that Clams would be nice too.

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Apple Crumble Coffee Cake ala Chef John

I know that I’ve posted a few of the Coffee Cakes that I’ve made, but I must tell you that this Apple version from Chef John on AllRecipes.com is da boom!

I had bought this tube pan from King Arthur Baking Company® awhiles back, washed it, put it away and promptly forgot all about it! 😀

While I was watching Chef John’s You Tube video for this recipe, I remembered that I had that super cool pan.

💡

Since he’s already posted his recipe, I’ll just link the recipe here.

YUM!

The change that I made was I used Fuji Apples `cuz that’s what I had. Two other subs were Pecans for Walnuts and Sour Cream for the Yogurt, again, that’s what I had.

I hope you’ll try Chef John’s recipe soon and please let me know what your family thinks of this fabulous cake.

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 It Seems To Be A Trader Joe’s Kinda Day

Mom & I went over to our local Trader Joe’s yesterday and picked up a few things.

Let’s start with Breakfast this morning.

Popped these puppies into the Toaster for a few minutes, top them with softened Butter and Maple Syrup; added a few Pork Link Sausages on the side and …

Next up, Lunch.

I heated these cuties up in the Air Fryer:
Preheat at 390° for 5 minutes (that’s as hot as mine goes)
A very light spritz of Olive Oil over the Rolls
Into the hot AF basket in a single layer (the five Rolls just fit)
Cook for 6 minutes
Flip
Cook for another 6 minutes
Slice on the diagonal, serve with some Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
and you’ve got a very nice light lunch for 3 (DH had 1 1/2 Rolls along with a bowl of Edamame in the shell)

Mom said these Rolls tasted just like the ones she had in Thailand 

*Cook’s Note: I think that the next time that we three have these, and we will, I would go 14 minutes in total. A tiny bit mushy in the middle but tasty all the same.

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Mini Cannoli Ice Cream Cakes

I hadn’t made this dessert in a really long time, but it popped into my head when one of my Neighborhood Gal Pal’s gave me a set of mini Springform pans for my birthday.

I figured that if I made a half recipe of my Cannoli Ice Cream Cake, it should just fit! As an added bonus, I had the last of a bag of Amaretti Cookies that we bought at our favorite Asian Market that we go to in Las Vegas. 

I used my Stand Mixer this time to make life easier, and it was.

First I softened the Vanilla Ice Cream with the paddle attachment and then added the Ricotta Cheese, Vanilla Extract, Orange Marmalade and Cinnamon; combined well and gently folded in the Nuts and Chocolate Chunks.

Quick like a bunny, I filled the already lined mini Springform pans with the mixture, topped with the toasted Amaretti Cookie crumble, covered with the overlapping plastic wrap and into the deep freeze they went until after dinner.

THAT was delicious!

We’ll be making this again, for sure!

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*Cook’s Note: I used 8 of the Amaretti cookies and 4 tablespoons of butter. Next time I’ll like to use 10-12 cookies.

Never Have I Ever Made ~ #5

Scones.

I really do not care for them, but my Mother loves them! I did some research and it seems that this brand of packaged Scones Mix is quite highly rated.

I found this at a gourmet market, I can’t remember where, but I thought we’d give it a shot.

I made my own Lemon Glaze out of 1/3 of a cup of Powdered Sugar and a scant tablespoon of Lemon Juice, nice addition.

I served these warm with softened Butter and my Homemade Meyer Lemon Curd. Mom was in piggy-heaven. 

For myself, I liken Scones to the American Drop Biscuits, a bit too dry for me, even with all the toppin’s.

In any case …

Cook for your family!

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Back Home In Hawaii ~ May 2019 ~ Part 4

Another place that is a

MUST GO TO

is Matsumoto’s for Shave Ice (please note-it is NOT Shaved Ice) 

MAN!

Myself, I prefer the traditional Rainbow with Ice Cream and Azuki Beans on the bottom … I can’t remember which flavor DH ordered.

On this last trip back home to Hawaii Nei we went to Waiola’s, which is suppose to be even better than Matsumoto’s 

Meh, not so much really.

We don’t mind that long ride out to Haleiwa.

DH insisted that he remembered how to get to Waiola’s, hmmm, we drove around for ever with no success. I looked it up on my smartphone and we were way off 

Our story will continue, so stayed tuned …

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What To Do With Leftover Turkey

I like to buy those Jennie-O Turkey Breast Tenderloins. They’re so simple to prepare and I wind up with a good amount of leftovers.
HMMM…
I was trying to dream up something different to do with those leftovers and came up with this

Make something like a Turkey Pot Pie filling, but instead of putting it between Pie Crust, serve it over Buttered Eggs Noodles.

Very delicious!

Cook for your family!

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Chicken And Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

I’d been seeing these recipes on Pinterest for an Alfredo Sauced Lasagna rather than using Marinara, Hmmm 

I like white sauces very much, but DH does not.

So I figured I’d make two Lasagnas in smaller pans. One the regulation way and another a bit different to try and possibly share next door.

Meh. 

I won’t bother with sharing the recipe for this dish, because I just winged it, ya know how to do this … layer Sauce, Noodles, Cheese, Chicken and Spinach, more Sauce and Cheese, repeat.
The Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna was just okay for me and DH loved his with the Red Sauce.
So I’d say that was a win-win dinner.

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Kitchen Fail ~ Part 6

I should probably start out by saying that maybe this wasn’t exactly a fail, but more so a “we’ll never bother to make that again”. 

I had been seeing oodles of “pins” for Air Fryer Chickpeas, and I had been seeing them sold in the Mega-Markets, did you see what they wanted for a small bag of these snacks? 

So I chose a fairly easy, straight forward recipe to try out at one of our Neighborhood Gal Pal Cards Game.

Ranch flavored Air Fryer Chickpeas, meh, not so much really. In fact everyone agreed, toss those out! 

I’m not going to bore you with the details of the recipe, mostly because like I said, I’m never making that again!

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Loaded Potato Soup

I know it’s not exactly soup-season, but I eat all kinds of soup year round.
I was seeing a bunch of different versions of Loaded Potato Soup and I thought I’d give it a go. 

Auntie Doni’s Loaded Potato Soup

3oz. Bacon, roughly chopped
1/3 C. White or Sweet Onions, chopped
32oz. Chicken Broth
1 lb. Russet Potatoes, peeled & cubed (about 2 medium sized `spuds)
2 1/2 Tbsp. Butter
2 1/2 Tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
1 C. Milk (whole Milk works best)
1/4 tsp. each Salt & Black Pepper
1/4 C. Sour Cream (full fat please)
2/3 C. Cheddar Cheese, shredded
3 Tbsp. Green Onions, chopped

Crisp the Bacon in a skillet; reserve 2 Tbsp. of the drippings and set the cooked Bacon aside.
In the same skillet, sauté the White Onions over medium heat with the reserved Bacon fat, until just tender. Save the pan, you’ll use it again.

In a Dutch Oven, mix in the cooked White Onions along with the Broth and Potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the Potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes. Scoop out most of the Potatoes and set aside.

In that skillet that you didn’t wash out yet, melt the Butter over low heat; whisk in the Flour until smooth. Cook this for about a minute, stirring constantly.
Now slowly add half of the Milk, again, whisking constantly. Once combined, add this roux to the Broth mixture, stirring constantly.
Add the remaining Milk, as well the S&P. Cook over medium heat, yet again, stirring constantly, until your Soup is thickened and bubbling.

Here’s the last step: *Stir in the reserved Bacon, Potatoes and the last three ingredients. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is heated and the Cheese is melted.

*Optional: reserve half of the Bacon, some of the Cheese as well the Green Onions to top each bowl of Soup

** Cook’s Note: This Soup will keep in the `fridge for 2-3 days, but can not be frozen. Add ins could be Chopped Clams, Corn, Sweet Bell Peppers, Pablano Peppers, Ham … The sky’s the limit!

This makes alot of Soup, more than I can finish before it goes south on me. So what do I always do?
Share your food!

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