Category Archives: Really Good Food

Smothered Chicken, Round Two

I don’t know why, but I have been thinking about that Smothered Chicken dish that I made awhiles back …

SO!

Round two

I went back to re-read that post and took my own advice, I added some

well browned sliced Crimini Mushrooms,

YUM!

Now, DH and I aren’t always the biggest fans of Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breast, but that was awesome!  This recipe is a real keeper, for sure and that’s what I do from time to time when I’m stumped as to what to make for dinner… I refer to my previous blog posts, go to the Media Library and drool over some of my photos.

Cook for your family!

What’s For Dinner?

*** I’ve been thinking alot about what each dish I serve costs us per serving.  I’ve re-reading, again, alot of my older posts.  This particular one is from February 2, 2013 — WOW!  Over SEVEN years ago!  What I’ve done here, again, is to add the cost of items and then the total per serving in RED. ***

 

How often in your lifetime have you heard that question? DH has been watching very carefully what he’s been eating, I think I said that already, but it bears repeating. I not only plan and cook meals that are low in calories, but shop for them too. My method is to seek and conquer. I go to 4 different places to do my food shopping and it’s a blast! Since I’m retired, I have all the time in the world to just meander through and see what I see. It’s kind of like being on a scavenger hunt in a way. What to make, what to make?

Last week I was in Wal-Mart and normally I don’t buy produce there, I go to a green grocery down the road a piece more. This Wal-Mart Super Store is set up so that as you come in the half of the building with the food goods, you have to go past the fruits and vegetables. At the end of the aisle, for some odd reason, something caught my eye, Broccoli Slaw in a bag.

 

It’s just julienne broccoli stems, carrots and some cabbage. HHMMMM! That would make a great stir fry, DING DING DING, did you hear that? As I sat down to share this idea with the class and was perusing the Internet, I found several brands that put out this same thing, why have I never seen this before. Chicken, Pork, Beef, Shrimp, Tofu, leftover whatever anything will make for a scrumptious stir fry.  When I told my husband how many calories were on his plate, he didn’t believe me; I didn’t give him any noodles.  This was my plate.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Chicken-Broccoli Slaw Stir Fry

3 boneless-skinless Chicken thighs, sliced into thin strips   $2.99/lb — I used about 1/2 pound so $1.50

1 tsp. Cornstarch

1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce (we’ve talk about this, look for Aloha Shoyu)

1 tsp Mirin

1/2 tsp. Sesame oil    Approx. 50¢ for the remaining ingredients above

Combine all of the above in a bowl and set aside for about 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix:

1/2 C. Chicken broth    Approx. 38¢

2Tbsp. Soy Sauce

1tsp. Mirin

1/2 tsp. Sesame Oil

1/2 tsp Corn starch

Mince up 2 Garlic cloves and 1Tbsp. fresh Ginger    Approx. 50¢ for the remaining ingredients above

Set aside 1 bag of Broccoli Slaw    $1.99

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Total $4.87 ÷ 2 servings (not including any starch) = $2.43/plate

 

Over medium-high, heat a non-stick skillet with a scant tablespoon of canola oil. Toss in the marinated chicken and spread it out in a single layer in the pan, now, DON’T TOUCH IT!   Once the edges of the chicken starts to turn white, give a good stir with a wooden spoon (you don’t want to scratch that non-stick pan, do you?). When the chicken is almost done (and nicely caramelized), clear a small spot in the pan and add a little oil to heat and add the garlic and ginger; once you can smell it, stir everything up again. Dump in the entire bag of slaw, toss that around, just for a minute. Add the broth mixture, it’ll bubble and thicken up; stir everything together and serve. In our house we have this with either steamed white rice or Asian noodles.

Add or delete what you and your family like. Try some more veg in there like onions or peppers, mushrooms; make that protein stretch farther.  I was going for an easy dinner and really, all I did was cut up the chicken, garlic and ginger.  How much easier could a fresh, home cooked meal be?

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

Let’s Make Some Bread!

Originally, I posted this back in March of 2019 and really haven’t made too much bread since.
Dunno why, both DH and I love it, so let’s do it again!

 

Back in the day, I would make fresh bread often.  For some reason, I stopped doing so, probably because I didn’t have that kind of time to devote to the process.  Now that I’m retired,

Let’s make some bread!

I made a full batch of King Arthur Flour No-Knead Crusty White Bread, and got 4 nice sized loaves for us two.

Very yummy!

I left the dough to sit in the refrigerator for 4 days for the first round and then 6 days the second round.  We liked the 4 day dough better in flavor.

I think we’ll be making fresh bread more often 😀

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 9

Smile Day Eight

FINALLY!!  We have Blue Skies, albeit still cold outside;
it’s pretty looking out the back as we sit in our warm and comfy living room 
We got just about an inch of snow last evening,
but it’s mostly gone this morning.

So let’s start the day out right, with …

 

 

Breakfast

DH requested Cold Leftover Pizza from last night’s supper
and
I found my last Stuffin’ Muffin in the freezer, so I
basted one of my precious 22 Eggs I have left,
placed it gingerly atop a warmed mound of
Portuguese Sausage (Linguisa) & Herb Stuffing
and indulged!
We were both very happy.

 

Lunch

Well, there was no lunch today, oddly enough, neither of us were very hungry. 

 

 

Dinner

We concluded that we’d have an early Dinner and watch a movie later.
So I found some Homemade Lentil & Veg Soup in the Deep Freeze and made us each a Sandwich to go along side.

Eat What You Have!

 

 

Menus For The Quarantined Life ~ Part 8

Post One Entire Week!!

 

Day 7

We almost got lured out and about by DH’s Buddy, Mister Dear Friend …
good try there son, but fat chance! We’re stayin’ put!  He wanted to go out somewhere…

WHERE!?

 

 

Breakfast

I’ve been wanting to try this, smashed some de-frosted Tater Tots to stand in for Hash Browns.

 

 

Lunch

I’ve been hankerin’ for some (more) local-style foods.

 

 

I still had that half of a can of Portuguese Sausage Seasoning
SPAM®, GLORIOUS SPAM®!!! after making Fried Rice the other day.
I brought this can back in my suitcase from Honolulu last May,
MMM!
I also had a fresh pot of steamed White Rice,
some NoriFurikake and then I made a quick Teriyaki Sauce.
Assemble, wrap in Plastic Wrap, wait at least 10-15 minutes
and devour!!!

 

 

Dinner

The oven is still heating up, but we’re having Homemade Pizza.
I make my own dough, sauce, but not the cheese 
I buy those balls of Whole Milk Mozzarella and shred it myself.
So a repeat from a few weeks ago.

Turkey Breast En Cocotte Ala ATK

I have to admit that I do not have a subscription to America’s Test Kitchen, but I do watch their shows, streaming on our Smart TV.  If I see a dish that I think would get a thumbs-up at our table, I grab a pen and note pad to write it down as they go along.

This one’s a keeper for sure!

Turkey Breast En Cocotte

serves 3-4 people

1 Fresh split Turkey Breast (don’t get Turkey that’s been ‘enhanced’ with Salt Solution)

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 small Onion, rough chopped

1 Large Carrot, peeled and rough chopped

1 rib of Celery, rough chopped

6 Garlic Cloves, crushed

2 sprigs of fresh Thyme

1 Bay Leaf

Wash and pat dry the Turkey and then season well with Salt and Pepper, all over.

In a Dutch Oven, heat the Oil over medium-high heat, place the Turkey skin side down; sprinkle in the veggies all around the meat along with the Thyme and Bay Leaf.  Brown the Turkey on all sides, this will take anywhere from 10-15 minutes, stirring the veg too so that they don’t get over done.

Once the Bird is nicely golden, turn it skin side up and cover the pot tightly with foil to get a good seal and trap in all the moisture.  Cover the Dutch Oven with its lid and roast the Bird in a preheated oven at 250° for 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours, or until the Turkey registers 165° internal temperature.

Remove the Turkey Breast to a board and tent with foil to keep it warm.

Place the pot back on the stovetop over medium heat and reduce the Turkey juices and veg for 15 minutes.

Now comes the gravy, and isn’t that the best part about eating Turkey?

Gravy

1/4 C. All Purpose Flour

4 C. Chicken Broth

Sprinkle the Flour over the now reduced juices and veggies, stirring constantly and cook for 2-5 minutes, until the Flour turns nice a toasty-brown.  Slowly pour in the broth, whisking all the while.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the gravy for 10-15 minutes, until it reduces down to about 2 1/2 cups.  Pour the finished gravy through a sieve and remove the vegetables.

Serve it up how your family likes, we like some Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Stuffing Casserole and Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

This Turkey is the most moist, juicy, delicious I’ve ever made, really!

King Arthur Flour 100% Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

After making King Arthur Flour No Knead Crusty White Bread recipe, I wondered if I could find a really good Whole Wheat Bread recipe too.

BINGO!

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/no-knead-100-whole-wheat-bread-recipe

Here’s what I learned while making this Bread, it’s a very sticky dough!

A plastic Bench Scraper works super  here.

I also learned a tip from King Arthur Flour, when smoothing out the top of that sticky dough, use some Cooking/Baking Oil Spray on your finger tips.

Here’s another tip: Use that Cooking/Baking Oil Spray on an old Shower Cap and cover the dough to rise.

That rose-up beautifully!  But, hmmm, what happened here?  Oops, we had a bit of a fall while in the oven  😀

Our Bread has wings!

That’s okay.  We sacrificed the wings, ate them as a snack, and we had the BEST  toast with our breakfast!

 

 

Hawaiian-Style Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

I haven’t made Guava Chicken in for-ever !!

Mostly because, I couldn’t get the frozen Guava Juice Concentrate any longer.

WELL!

On our last trip through Las Vegas I found the International Market, YAY!!

So let’s go!

 

Wow, I had to think about this one.  I did not know that there was such a thing as Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice and  I have yet to find Guava Chicken anywhere but Hawaii.

I don’t have a recipe, really, I just MAKE IT.

Guava Chicken is something I learned from my SIL (DH’s sister). Every time that we all went to the beach for the day, she would bring Guava Chicken and Fried Rice. My BIL would grill the meat on his little hibachi and there’d be other goodies to nibble on after Body Surfing for the afternoon (I shouldn’t go there, it makes me homesick). To me, that’s Beach Food.

So years later, here we are In The Middle Of The Desert and I NEED  to have little pieces of home every so often.

Guava Chicken

Hawaiian-Style Guava Chicken

1 12oz. can Guava Nectar Concentrate

(if you can find the brands from Hawaii, that’s best, but Goya will do)

1 Garlic clove, crushed

1/2 C. Oyster Sauce

1/2 C. lightly packed Brown Sugar

1/2 C. Soy Sauce (I prefer low sodium Aloha Brand)

1/2 C. Ketchup

1/4 tsp. Chinese Five Spice

5 lbs. Chicken thighs (we buy boneless-skinless)

Combine all ingredients and allow to marinade for at least 24 hours, the longer the better. Grill (or bake or broil, I like the charred bits, it’s more like going to the beach) until the meat is completely done, an internal temperature of 165º on an insta-read thermometer

Fried Rice

Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice

this ain’t rocket science! it’s all just leftovers…

start off with steamed White Rice that’s leftover for maybe 2-3 days in the `fridge to dry out

add whatever ‘Goodies’  you like:

scrambled Eggs or that Omelet you didn’t finish

Breakfast Meat (we use Linguica or Portuguese sausage), chopped**

Spam, yup, that’s right Hawaii’s favorite meat!**

Green onions

White onions

IF you must, frozen Peas and Carrots

Soy Sauce (we prefer Aloha Brand)

Sesame Oil

Toasted Sesame Seeds to make it all pretty at the end

 

Preheat a large fry pan, or Wok if you have it, with some neutral oil like canola.

Once you see wisps of smoke coming off the pan, you gotta move fast

Throw in the rice, stir it around until it’s hot

Add in your Goodies, stir again

Pour in enough Soy Sauce to just color the rice, barely

Stir; cover and cook for a few minutes

Dish it up with a drizzle of Sesame Oil and some Sesame Seeds, maybe some more

chopped Green Onions too

Hawaiian Guava Chicken and Fried Rice

**Tip – the Spam and the Linguica really make it, or some Teriyaki Chicken, SIL uses Turkey Hotdogs and Bacon**

ALOHA

 

Sunday Brunch Bumped WAY UP!

I’m pretty sure I’ve shared with everyone that my husband and I love our Sunday Brunch.  99.9% of the time it’s at home with me cooking.  One of the food forums that I participate in has a challenge each month with a different theme; this month it’s Brunch, HA!  😀   I racked my brain for something to enter when this Sunday I found myself making this:

Homemade Chunky Apple Sauce stuffed Pancakes, topped with Caramel Sauce, chopped Pecans and whipped cream

Scratch made Buttermilk Pancakes stuffed with homemade Chunky Apple Sauce, topped with Caramel Sauce, chopped Pecans and a dollop of whipped Cream.

Piggys in a blanket topped with homemade Blackberry Jam

Turkey Piggys in a Blanket, with a drizzle of warmed homemade Blackberry Jam.

Homemade Chunky Apple Sauce and Blackberry Jam

I make Chunky Apple Sauce all the time for my Mom … and the jam, well, the last time we went to see my  Mother, we brought back a MESS of fresh Blackberries … Oh my gravy all over my two scoops rice (that’s OMG! In my world), they’re both so good!

What an amazing Sunday Brunch.  Did I mention that we shared these two plates …

Our Great Western Adventure ~ September 2013 ~ Installment #12 ~ Sundance

No, not the town that you’re thinking of, Sundance Wyoming. Why did we go there you may ask? Because once again, that was the closest town with a hotel to Devils Tower National Monument.

It’s kinda of out in the middle of, well, nothing and nowhere, but once you spot America’s first National Monument, it’ll take your breath away.

We spent a good part of the day at the park, hiking around the base of the igneous intrusion, that’s what it’s called, I thought it was a granite tower. We tried to have a picnic lunch, but the bees were everywhere and unrelenting.

Trying to find dinner in a very small town can be a challenge, but I had done my homework. Aro Restaurant, very unassuming and homey. Each of us ordered a burger and sweet potato fries that came with ‘yam butter’. When our waitress came back to check on us, I had to ask, what is yam butter. She gave me the basic recipe, combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and butterscotch topping. I know it sounds crazy, but it works! Dessert was one of the daily special pies, chocolate and peanut butter with a meringue topping, very good.