Category Archives: Eating At Home

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.

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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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.

Cook for your family!

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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!

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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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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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.

Cook for your family!

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Meatless Quesadilla For Lunch

I was hunting around the kitchen for a different sort of dish for lunch for myself. I found about a half a cup of canned Black Beans that I had stashed in the deep freeze, along with some Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Corn, Hatch Green Chiles and some Flour Tortillas from my local Carniceria.

A Meatless Quesadilla!


I’m thinkin’ y’all don’t need a recipe per se for this dish, but for those of us who do …

Auntie Doni’s Meatless Quesadilla

2 large Flour Tortillas (our’s are about 9inches or so)
1/2 C. canned Black Beans, rinsed and drained well
1/2 C. frozen Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Corn, thawed & drained (or any one you have on hand)
1/4 C. Green Chiles, chopped and drained well
1/2 – 3/4 C. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded (you choose what you like)

In a dry 10 inch skillet, heat over medium-high until it’s good and hot.
Place one of the Tortillas in the pan, cover with the rest of the ingredients, starting and ending with the Cheese.
Place the second Tortillas over it all, pressing it down gently with a spatula.
Once the Cheese starts to melt on the bottom, carefully flip and toast the other side.
Remove to a cutting board and slice into either 6 or 8 pieces.
Plate and serve with your choice of toppings, or not. I just used more Cheese, `cuz there’s never too much Cheese for me! I would have loved some sliced Avocado, Sour Cream and Salsa 

I think next time I make myself a Quesadilla, I’m going to use this:


along with some shredded Chicken 

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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More Copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad

I’m just over the Moon!

Back in 2013 I posted the first of two installments of my Copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad.

https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedes…acaroni-salad/

If you’re from Hawaii, or you’ve been there and eaten at Zippy’s Restaurant, then you know! That is some of the best Mac Salad you’ll ever have, IMHO anyways.

Having retired and moved away from Hawaii back in 2007  I was on a quest to recreate this dish, along with many others. It has taken me YEARS to get it, but I think it’s there.

So why am I excited you may ask … well, two folks who “follow” me have read my posts and made their own Copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad for themselves!!!! 

Back in 2017, Krystle from Pictures & Plane Tickets, one of my original blog followers and fellow blogger, sent me an email with the photo above.

Big Mahalo Krystle!

The second response that I’ve received to let me know that another follower from a different Social Media Group that I am a member of, also tried it!  She made this rendition of my recipe AND is even interested in making it again, with my added twist of the Tuna and chopped Black Olives 

I love to make maybe half of the Mac Salad this way for a quick lunch!

Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

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Never Have I Ever Made ~ #3 … Chili Tater Tots

REALLY!

I’d seen this many times, not only on menus but also the homemade versions on Pinterest. I had found a single-serve packet of my Paniolo Chili  in the Deep Freeze and was thinking of this atop a Baked Potato, but I didn’t have one.

(No, we’re not going to use the masher today, this is a file photo of the Tots)

What I did have was some Trader Joe’s Potato Tots!

DING!

Twenty minutes later, give or take, with some add-ons like shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese and chopped Sweet White Onion (dang it, I forgot the Sour Cream! ) … we’ve got a hot lunch!!

I’m going to call this dish my Paniolo Chili Tots 

Remember now, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, you take it and make it your own.

Cook for your family!

oh, and spread some ALOHA today!

 

*** side note: I’m having fun with these ‘series’ blog posts, can ya tell?

 

My Instant Pot® Go-Around #8

I got two Instant Pot® accessories that I’ve been wanting to try,
but haven’t had the time until now.

I also did a bunch of research on Cheesecakes in the Instant Pot®
World. I found this recipe, a bit involved, very OCD about it, but …
So I took a very deep breath and dove in.

I made the crust with the option of adding Flour, for a crisper/firmer crust.
Meh, I don’t think I’d do that again … too crumble-y for us.
I also didn’t care for the color of this cake. I’ve been using Bakers Extract for awhile now, ever since the price of Vanilla Extract went through the roof! I think that’s the issue there, so …
But the flavor is quite nice and it does make a smaller cake, especially for just us two (I’m not sharing btw).

In conclusion: I’m stickin’ with my girl Martha and using her recipe!

Remember now, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, take it and make it your own.

Cook for your family!