Category Archives: Cooking At Home

Trader Joe’s Smoked Rainbow Trout For Sunday Brunch

Since introducing my husband to Smoked Rainbow Trout awhile back, he’s hooked! (pardon the pun) 😀

So for this Sunday’s Brunch I made DH scrambled Eggs with Litehouse Salad Herb Blend, some diced Tomatoes from my patio pot garden, a toasted English Muffin and some of that Smoked Rainbow Trout.

For myself (for some reason, I’m allergic to Trout), I made as well a toasted English Muffin, topped with the same herb infused scrambled Eggs; then sprinkled on some shredded sharp White Cheddar Cheese and a final flourish of the herb blend, just because I like it.

YUM!

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Clam Sauce Made With Canned Clams, Yup!

I love Clam Sauce, but not when it’s served with the Clams still in the shells, that’s just way too much work at the table for me.  So I had this tin of chopped Clams in the pantry for awhile now, I thought I was buying canned Tuna, oops.  What to do, what to do?

Clam Sauce Made With Canned Clams

(Serves One Diner)

1 6.5 oz. can Chopped Clams, drained & reserve the juice (try to leave the grit behind)

1 small (approx. 1 -1 ½ Tbsp.) Shallot, finely minced

1 tsp. Garlic, finely minced

1 Tbsp. Butter

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. Dry White Wine (something you enjoy drinking, NOT Cooking Wine though)

1 Tbsp. Italian Parsley, rough chopped

Heat a pan over medium with the Olive Oil; sauté the Shallots and Garlic for about 1 minute, not long, you don’t want the Garlic to brown too much.  Add the Wine to deglaze the pan; stir in the Clams, Butter and ½ of the reserved Clam juice to start.  Simmer for about a minute or two til it starts to thicken; then add in the remaining Clam juice to a desired consistency (I used all of the juice), as well as the Parsley, combine well.

Serve over Pasta, Rice, Polenta or solo with some nice Bread to sop up all that goodness.  Top with grated Cheese and more chopped Parsley.

** Cook’s note: If you’d like your dish saucier, just increase the Butter, Wine and use some bottled Clam Juice.  I was good with this dish, though more sauce would have been nice for extra bread dipping 😉

I made Thick Spaghetti for DH’s Steamed Mussels and Clams for moi, MMM!

ENJOY!

Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry, Comfort Food

The weather here in the middle of the desert is changing.  Our overnight lows have crept down to the 30’s if you can believe that.  Since moving here to the mainland from Hawaii and experiencing what real cold is like, I want comfort food, my kind of comfort food.

 

Auntie’s Pork & Veggie Stir Fry

½ lb. Pork, thinly sliced

1 C. Snow Pea, trimmed & cut into bit sized pieces

½ C. Sweet Red (or any other color you like) Bell Pepper, cut into bite sized pieces

¼ C. Sweet White Onion, thinly sliced

2 stalks Green Onion, thinly sliced, separating the white and green parts

4-5 dried Shitake Mushrooms, following package directions to re-constitute and then sliced thin

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil (anything but Olive Oil really)

1 tsp. Corn Starch

1 tsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)

1 tsp. minced Garlic

1 tsp. grated Ginger

¼ tsp. Salt

1/8 tsp. White Pepper

Stir Fry Sauce:

½ C. Stock or Broth, either Chicken or Pork or Vegetable its up to you

1 Tbsp. Sake

1 Tbsp. Shoyu (Soy Sauce)

1 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce

1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil

Cornstarch Slurry, to your liking (I like a thinner sauce, so I only use about 1 tsp and see how I like it)

 

I start by getting everything prepped, Stir Fry moves fast.

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I use a measuring cup to mix up the sauce; add the Stock/Broth first, next the other wet stuff and stir well.  In a small bowl, start with 1 tsp. of the Cornstarch and add just enough water to make a slurry, set aside.

Combine the Pork with that other teaspoon of Cornstarch and Shoyu.

Heat a large pan over medium-high with the oil.  Once you see wisps of smoke, it’s hot, let’s go!

Add the Pork mixture to that hot pan and stir it around until there’s no more pink to the meat.  Add in the White Onions and stir some more until they’re translucent.  Next goes in the Red Peppers, Snow Peas, Mushrooms and the white part of the Green Onions; stir.  Now toss in the Garlic and Ginger and cook until they’re fragrant.  Pour in that sauce that you combined earlier in the measuring cup, along with the S&P and stir to combine everything.  Cover and reduce the heat to med-low to let the Snow Peas steam for, oh, maybe 2 minutes, we like crisp-tender veggies.

Lastly, give that Cornstarch slurry a stir and add that to the pot, you got it, stirring again!

How’s it look?

Too thin?

Add more slurry to your liking.

Too thick, add some Stock/Broth or even water.

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Sprinkle those thinly sliced Green Onion tops over it and serve warm over noodles or rice or even by itself … we went for Chow Mein noodles.  Now that’s comfort food for us!  And how gorgeous does that look?

As always, remember, a recipe is simply someone’s idea, you take it and make it yours.  Add or delete what your household likes.  Try this with diced Chicken or any other vegetables you like; heh, why not go totally Veggie?

ENJOY!

Miners Mix Poultry Perfection Used Two Ways

I have been chomping at the bit to try this particular seasoning from Miners Mix, seeing as I make so much chicken, you’d think that my husband and I cluck!

The wind died down a bit and gave me a small window to grill up some boneless/skinless Chicken thighs along with some veggies. The prep was simple.  I dried the meat with some paper towels and sprinkled on some Miners Mix Poultry Perfection Seasoning and Rub.

For the Zucchini this time around, I used Miners Mix Wholly Chipotle seasoning along with some Olive Oil and then to the gas grill we went.

What a great combo!  That kiss of smokiness from the grill set everything off perfectly!

Round two…

A recipe or should I say technique that I’ve heard so much about over the years is Beer Can Chicken.  Let’s give this a whirl.

I washed and patted this whole chicken down with paper towels and then applied some softened butter and a generous amount of Miners Mix Poultry Perfection seasoning.  Over a half can of beer this went, butt side down in a roasting pan, with the other half of the can of beer in it.  It got windy here in the middle of the desert again, so I slide this birdie into the oven at 350⁰ for, oh, about 45 minutes to an hour or so, until the internal temp got to 165⁰.

Look at how pretty this came out will ya?!

I loosely tented the chicken with tin foil and let it rest for 30 before carving, to let all of the juices redistribute back into the meat.

This came out so moist and yummy!  I roasted some Fingerling Potatoes the last 30 minutes with the Beer Can Chicken, and served it all up with some steamed Green Beans.

Two delicious meals courtesy of Miners Mix, thanks Ole’ Miner!

Miners Mix Salmon Marinade

Not so long ago, the Ole’ Miner sent me a box filled with goodies.

Namely, Miners Mix Seasonings, Rubs, Marinades, Dips, Mixes and Spreads.  I was so excited to try them all, but there’s only so many hours and stomachs to feed in a day.

We had a lull in our Monsoon rains, so off to the grill I went for our evening repast.

I try to put some sort of fish on the table at least once a week, I know I know you really should eat fish more often, but finding decent seafood in the middle of the desert isn’t easy.

I had a small, 8 oz. frozen Salmon fillet (which is plenty for the two of us) defrosted and ready for some flavoring.  Miners Mix Salmon Marinade is surely enough for an entire side of fish, so I downsized the content to accommodate our need.  I figured the ratio of:

1 Tbsp. Miners Mix Salmon Marinade

2 tsp. Soy Sauce (Aloha brand please)

2 tsp. Rice Vinegar (that’s’ what I use for cooking, less acidic)

1 ½ Tbsp. Olive Oil

Mix all of the above well, reserve 1 Tablespoon for basting and marinate the fish in a zip top baggie for 10-15 minutes, no more.

 

I preheated my “Big Girl” Gas Grill to 500⁰, oiled the grates and cooked the fish on one side with the lid closed for about 3-4 minutes, just till I saw the underside of the flesh going white.  I gave the fillet a baste with that reserved marinade,  gently turned it over and basted again.

Cook covered for another 3-4 minutes until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 140⁰ on an instant read thermometer, place the fish on a plate and tent with tin foil for about 5 minutes, letting all of the juices redistribute.

While the fish was resting, I made up a Greek inspired salad, which included, chopped Romaine Lettuce, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Sweet White Onions, Radishes, pitted Kalamata Olives and a crumble of Feta Cheese.

 

Dress this all to your liking in my homemade Salad Dressing; add some fresh Herbs from my Patio Pot Garden for added interest.  Plate the salad and top with more Cheese as well as our gorgeous, perfectly cooked and seasoned Salmon.

FANTASTIC!!

Mahalo, Thank You Ole’ Miner yet again

Miners Mix Steak & Veggie Seasoning & Rub

Weekends like this mean that there should be grilling being done, so I did.  I had a beautiful New York Strip Steak that was calling my name and what better way to try out another of Miners Mix Seasonings.

Hmmm.  Well, these ingredients sound like they’d be mighty tasty on some oven roasted Potatoes too!

I doused some halved Baby Red Potatoes with Olive Oil and sprinkled them with the Steak & Veggie Seasoning.  Into a hot oven for half an hour and they’re done.

The strip steak got the some treatment and then on to the grill it went, until it was a perfect mid-medium-rare.

I had some fresh Corn that I steamed lightly and then tossed with Butter and S&P (geez, I forgot to add some of the Seasoning, dang it!  Well there’s next time.)  That was some good eats!

Litehouse Instantly Fresh Salad Herb Blend

On my most recent venture to my favorite green grocery, I was poking around and saw this.

Litehouse Instantly Fresh Salad Herb Blend

Mrs. Dear Friend buys this brand of herb blends, but I had never tried it before, so I figured why not.

I was thinking as I was driving home that this would be terrific with eggs; let’s try this in an Omelette.

I’ve had these cool Norpro Silicone 4” Egg Rings for some time now, but haven’t used them until now.

Wouldn’t it be great to have some Green Eggs and Ham Sandwiches?

This is the simplest breakfast to make.  I scrambled 2 eggs in a cup and stirred in about a teaspoon (give or take) of the Salad Herb Blend.  Heat a non-stick pan over medium-low.  I melted some Butter into the rings and made sure that they were well greased all along the insides.  Next, pour the egg mixture into the ring and allow to set-up; remove the ring and flip the Omelette over to finish cooking.

I toasted an English muffin, topped it with some shredded cheese to melt faster; added some fried Ham slices and then lastly our perfectly round Omelette.

MMM, Enjoy!