Monthly Archives: February 2017

Pot Pie Fail

You remember my post a while back about Pot Pie For My Husband, right?

Well, it’s been quite some time since I last made this uber yummy dish, so here we go…

Looks good Chicken Pot Pie

It looks good, but, hmmm.  I didn’t have any butter, so I used Vegetable Shortening instead.  As I was making the dough for the crust, it just didn’t feel right, y’know?

Chicken Pot Pie made with Crisco

It smelled heavenly!  I let is cool for a bit before we dove in …

Chicken Pot Pie

NOPE!  That’s a fail alright.  WAY  too crumble-y, not enough gravy and kinda dry inside.

SO!  Lesson learned.  Stick with what is already tried-and-true. But that’s okay, we all have an oops now and again.

 

 

Espresso Dry Rub

I have two friends that are chefs, and we started to talk about dry rubs for grilling, etc.  Oddly enough, I had never made nor used a dry rub before.  So both of them sent me their recipes and I did a mash of the two to my own liking.

Auntie’s All-Purpose Dry Rub

1/4 C. Kosher or Sea Salt

1/4 C. Sweet Paprika

1/4 C. Brown Sugar

3 Tbsp. coarsely fresh ground Black Pepper

2 Tbsp. mild Chili Powder

1 1/2 Tbsp. Espresso or ground (very, very fine ground) Coffee

1 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa

1 Tbsp. granulated Garlic

1 Tbsp. granulated Onion

1 Tbsp. ground Cumin

1 Tbsp. ground Cinnamon

1 Tbsp. ground Ginger

1 Tbsp. dried Oregano

1 Tbsp. dried Parsley

Throw everything into a Food Processor and whiz it up.

If using coarse Sea Salt, as I did, whiz the Salt first to your desired texture, then add the remaining ingredients and process.  And remember to shake well before using 😉

Make your own Spice Rub

This recipe yields 2 cups, which with fit nicely in a one pint Mason Jar.  This one’s for my Mom.

Store in airtight containers in your cool, dark cupboard, indefinitely.  But it won’t last too terribly long, `cuz you’ll be using this on everything.  Rubs aren’t just for grilled foods, you could use this mixture for any application.

My favorite way though is to use a generous amount of rub on boneless, thick, center cut Pork Chops and leave them alone in the `fridge for the day or even longer.

I load up my adorable little Gas Grill Smoker Box that I recently purchased and on they go.

And I call that dinner!

**Cook’s note: If you package your Dry Rub in a nice, labeled container, this makes a welcomed gift.

<Edit-originally I posted this recipe as 1/2 cup of Sea Salt, WOW! Too salty for us, I changed it to 1/4 cup or none at all and season to taste as you use it>

As always, recipes are simply someone else’s idea.  Take it and make it your own.  Maybe try Smoked Paprika, really lovely or some Citrus Zest; how about more Brown Sugar for a sweeter finish.

Enjoy!

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Infused Sea Salt

Meyer Lemons just arrived in our local Green Grocery.  These little darlings have the most wonderful smell.  They kinda brighten up a Winter’s Day.  I wanted to try something different with them, AH!  Flavored Salt.

Ball® Brand Dry Spice Jars

I found these jars at the Mega-Mart and thought this would be perfect for Food As Gifts.

So here’s how it went …

 

Auntie Doni’s Meyer Lemon & Thyme Infused Sea Salt

½ C. Coarse Sea Salt

2 Meyer Lemons, zested (approximately 2 Tbsp. of zest, no white pith please)

2 Tbsp. fresh Thyme, cleaned and dried well (leaves only, stripped off the stems)

Place all of the ingredients into a Food Processor and whiz it up to the coarseness of your choice.

Ball® Brand Dry Spice Jars filled with my Sea Salt

You’ll have enough Salt to fill 2 four ounce Mason Jars.

Refrigeration is not necessary in an airtight container, such as a Mason Jar.  Your infused salt will last indefinitely in a cool, dark cupboard.

Shucks, I had to use different jars

And this my friends is why I had to return those uber cute jars, they’re not airtight, DANG IT!!  I transferred the salt into regular 4 oz. jars, fitted with new lids and rings.  Oh well.  But I mean, come on man!  How great does that look?!

I shared a jar with Missus Dear Friend, who has tried her share of the bounty on acoupla things already.

Her first try was on some Baked Salmon Fillets served with her KILLER Caesar Salad; next was her outstanding Guacamole, MMM!

The possibilities are endless.

*Cook’s Tip: You don’t need to go out and buy expensive labels.  Use your favorite Word Processor and print out whatever you like, in the font and colors that tickle your fancy; use your choice of crafting scissors and a glue stick.  That’s it.  It’s simple, cute and the label will wash right off with warm, soapy water.

Enjoy!

Looking For Something Different For Sunday Brunch

This may sound lame, but do you ever get stuck for an idea for Sunday Brunch?  I do.  Saturday night I start to think about what I’m going to make for the next day, not just brunch, but then I do this every night, HA!  I woke up this Sunday and remembered that my Mom would put either Chives, fresh, if she had them or dried from a jar, or fresh Green Onions.  Hmm.

I spied a value sized bag of Pillsbury® Grands™ Southern Style Biscuits in my deep freeze, very convenient.  Yes, I do make on occasion, albeit a special occasion, from scratch Buttermilk Biscuits, using this recipe from the Blue Jean Chef®, thank you Meredith Laurence, they’re absurdly scrumptious.

Okay, now what shall we do with those you ask?  Let’s stuff them!

I popped our biscuits in the oven; in the meantime I gathered together our stuffing ingredients.  I’ve got thinly sliced Ham, meant for sandwiches, sliced Provolone Cheese (`cuz that what I had) and some dried snipped Chives.  A dab abutter in the fry pan and we’re off.  Crisp up the ham first, then set them aside topped with your cheese.  Beat the Eggs well and make something like a plain Omelette, topped with a goodly sprinkling of the Chives.  Split the biscuits and fill to your liking.

Sunday Brunch Stuffed Biscuits

MMM!

Some diced fresh Tomatoes for DH, a glass of Juice and we’re all set to tuck in.

Happy Sunday.

Enjoy!

National Random Acts Of Kindness Day 2017

Today is such a beautiful day out, which has really lifted my spirits, what after all this rain and gloomy days we’ve been having.  I found a WHOLE BIG BUNCH of leftover cooked Rice in my freezer and I thought Hawaiian Fried Rice would be very ONO (delicious in Hawaiian)!

Once I got the dish all done, I thought, geez, that’s an awful lot of Fried Rice.  Why not share with our new next door neighbors?  Yeah, that would be perfect, seeing as today is National Random Acts Of Kindness Day.

So yeah!  That’s alot alright.  What I did to finish the dish was scooped up a healthy portion for myself and my husband and then added Peas and Carrots to the rice that is going to be shared.  Not our cup of tea, but I know that folks here on the mainland like it that way.  I always keep foil containers handy just for this. LUNCH!

Happy Aloha Friday!

My New Floor Cleaner

I did say that we moved right?  My husband and I purchased a new home and some of our things I got rid of and bought new once we got into the new house, almost A YEAR later.

One of my new toys is a Hoover® FloorMate® Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner.

Hoover® FloorMate® Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner

When we lived back in Hawaii I had the older model, the FloorMate®SpinScrub®, but it didn’t come with us back then… and for some reason, I never bought another until now.

Our new house has wall-to-wall Ceramic Tile and this puppy is a whiz at getting it CLEAN!!

Hoover® FloorMate® Deluxe Hard Floor Cleaner

Can you see that yucky, nasty, dirty water tank?  ACK! emoticon-yuck   They said that the construction crew hired someone to clean our house just before we took possession.  The first thing we did when we got here was to clean the place from top to bottom, really.  My husband helped me, and we cleaned EVERYTHING!  The ceilings, walls, and then lastly the floors.  This baby makes cleaning hard surfaced floors a breeze.

*Disclaimer: I do not represent Hoover® or any other companies in anyway.  I do not attach any advertisements to my blog (now I find out that WordPress does, so sorry for that).  I do not receive any compensation for my own personal views of any products that appear on my blog posts.  I just like ’em and want to share, that’s all.  😉

Trader Joe’s Soft Pretzel Sticks

Trader Joe's Soft Pretzel Stick

Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! in my world) !!!!

Recently, DH was reading an article in the local newspaper, yes, some folks do still read newspapers, anyways it was about the most popular items at Trader Joe’s.  One of them was their bakery items, Soft Pretzel Stick.  It’s HUGE!  Like a mini loaf of bread.

On my last trip to TJ’s, I picked two of these ginormous “sticks”.  When I got home, I immediately popped them into a hot oven for about 10 minutes, plated them up with some Spicy Brown Mustard for dipping, and WOW!!!

We’ll need to watch ourselves, `cuz we could easily eat these ALOT!!  Next time though, I want to try these with a Cheese Sauce for dippin’.