My Big Fat Greek Meat Lovers Pizza Pie

Greek Pizza 142I LOVE Gyro sandwiches, so this will have all the flavors, but in a pizza-form. Save the “Tzatziki” packages from the frozen Gyro sandwich kit, to use on top of the Pizza. I also save the Pita bread as well to dip with my favorite Hummus: Sabra Olive Tapenade. Opa!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pizza crust, recommended: Pillsbury Classic, 13.8 oz
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1 lb.Greek Pizza 067
  3. Pepperoni, recommended: Hillshire Farms, 7 oz.
  4. Soppressata, Hot uncured Salami, recommended: Vincenza’s, 4 oz.
  5. Gyro Sandwich, recommended: Opaa, two 7.35 oz packages
  6. Feta Cheese Crumbles, recommended: Athenos, 6 oz.
  7. Italian Five Cheese Blend with a Touch of Philadelphia, recommended: Kraft, 8 oz.
  8. Margherita Pizza Sauce, recommended: Ragú, 14 oz., reserve 2 tablespoons
  9. Tri-Color Tomato Wedges in Olive Oil & Italian Spices, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.Greek Pizza 119
  10. Anchovies, recommended: Crown Prince, 2 oz.
  11. Kalamata Olives, Sliced, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  12. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Oregano, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Red Pepper Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ¼ teaspoon
  15. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Grated Parmesan Three Cheese Blend, recommended: Kraft, 1 teaspoon
  17. Red Onions, diced, ¼ cupGreek Pizza 065
  18. Flour, recommended: Wondra, as needed
  19. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3
  20. Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 2-3

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Defrost the “frozen” Gyro Sandwich, and separate the Gyro slices from the Pita Bread, the day ahead or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Greek Pizza 085Fry the Anchovies in a skillet to reduce the bones, but save as much of the Anchovy Oil as possible.
  3. Ground the Turkey Italian Sausage in the same skillet, until done. Drain and combine with the diced Red Onions, 2 tablespoons of the Pizza sauce and the diced Kalamata Olives.
  4. Prepare the Pizza crust by using two sheets of Parchment paper, flour as needed to keep it from sticking and use a rolling pin to get to the desired size for your cooking pan/sheet. For easy clean up, I line my pan with Parchment Sheets. Poke holes in the middle of the crust, using a fork, excluding the edges.Greek Pizza 093
  5. Pre-bake crust for 7 to 10 minutes and remove.
  6. Apply half of the Pizza Sauce and all of the Soppressata Salami. This is a good time for Mise en Place, a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in place. The Pepperoni package was already divided in half. I divided the Turkey Italian Sausage, in half, in the skillet.
  7. Add half the Turkey Italian Sausage and top with half of the Five Cheese Blend.
  8. Add half of the Pepperoni and half of the Feta Sauce.
  9. Greek Pizza 098Add the remaining Turkey Italian Sausage, Feta cheese and the remaining Pepperoni. Add the rest of the Pizza Sauce, the drained Tomato Wedges, more Kalamata Olives, Sumac, Granulated Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Grated Parmesan Cheese Blend and Oregano.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  11. While it is baking, fry the Gyro slices in the same skillet on one side only. It fries like bacon, but don’t overcook it, as it will have additional cook time in the oven.
  12. Layer the Gyro slices and “smush” it down, if needed.
  13. Greek Pizza 105Add the remaining Five Cheese, topped with Oregano and Parmesan Cheese and bake an additional 9 to 10 minutes until the cheese melts.
  14. Let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before cutting. AKA: The longest 10 minutes in my life! I only had a banana and some chips so far.

Don’t get me wrong, I love ordering a Meat Lover’s Pizza from Pizza Hut, with marinara sauce, pepperoni, all-natural Italian sausage, slow-roasted ham, hardwood smoked bacon, seasoned pork and beef. Hopefully my take on a Puttanesca pizza will Greek-a-fy it!Greek Pizza 106

Laundry Day Update:

I got my new Washer & Dryer installed today. I got the Smart Wi-Fi models and connected them to my Smart Phone. Even though they are “shiny and new” I miss my old-ass ancient set already. This washer and dryer is so complicated, I hope I can figure out how to use when I wash a load tomorrow. Wish me luck!

It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to use it. And I still have Greek Pizza 115not figured out how to have it alert my phone. I can’t believe a wash load only took 20 minutes, compared to the older washer taking over 60 minutes.

My cat, Missouri Sunshine, loves the new washer and dryer! At first she was mesmerized, then afraid and then could not stop watching it spin. This is a new form of TV entertainment for cats.

Food & Toilet Paper Shortage Update:

Greek Pizza 156It’s funny how the TV Show: The Last Man on Earth, predicted COVID. Down to being set in the exact same year: 2020. It is not so funny having a food and toilet paper shortage. FOX should bring the show back, maybe we can find out how to resolve this?

I was so stressed out shopping on line to search for toilet paper. Forget about the usual suspects: Walmart, HyVee, Whole Foods and Amazon. I had to use Aldi’s instead. They had most of my stuff, but ran out of eggs, milk, liquid soap and toilet paper.

Greek Pizza 128My cat needs her milk and was almost out. So I found Dry Milk for Kittens at Amazon. Just mixed it with water and she is good to go.

I gave up on my usual suspects, as it seemed like toilet paper was nowhere to be found. So I checked at Lowes and Home Depot.

As soon as it put it in my basket, I got a notification that it was out of stock.

Greek Pizza 135I’m not playing the toilet paper game, so I ended up getting the giant roll at Home Depot. It will be ugly as hell, but at least I have TP for my bung hole. Party on Beavis and Butthead. Those dopes knew how important TP truly is.

 

 

 

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Jilligan’s Isle BBQ Pork Ribs

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Just sit right back,
And you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip,

My “riff” on a different ending:

Ginger and Marjoram,

Here on Jilligan’s Isle,

I’m Grillin, Chillin and Smoking!Kung Pao Pork Chops 002

I am so proud of my Grilling/Smoking section in my Dining Room. I have yet to use my George Foreman grill. First there was a raccoon on the deck, then neighbor’s dogs got into my backyard and then there was rain, so I missed out last summer.

But during the cooler months, I am glad that I have a new Cast Iron Grill Pan, to get some great grill marks, as well as my countertop Smoker.

BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 052I like trying different wood chips for different flavors. So far, I only have Pecan and Hickory. I also purchased a variety pack with (Oak, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, Maple, Bourbon, Hickory, Mesquite), but I did not realize it was sawdust for a smoking gun or dome. Maybe I’ll buy that one day too.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Country Ribs, Bone-In, 3 lbs.
  2. Teriyaki Seasoning Mix, recommended: Kikkoman, 1 ½ oz.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 011
  3. Ginger root, fresh, ¼ lb., 1 inch root (peeled and diced)
  4. Marjoram, recommended: Delish, ¼ cup
  5. Red onions, diced, ¼ cup
  6. Green Onions, diced, ¼ cup
  7. Crushed Pineapple, recommended: That’s Smart, 20 oz.
  8. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  9. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoon
  10. Liquid Smoke, Mesquite, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  11. Barbecue Sauce, recommended : Korean Style BBQ Great Value, 9 oz. (or use your favorite brand)
  12. BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 034Barbecue Sauce, recommended: Stubbs, ¼ to ½ cup, per your preference (or use your favorite brand)
  13. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, 2 to 3 teaspoons
  14. Slow Cooker Liner, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Create a Wet Rub with the Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce and Liquid Smoke.
  2. Add the Pork Ribs to a gallon storage bag with the Web Rub, Ginger, Marjoram, Teriyaki Seasoning Mix and Crushed Pineapple.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 048
  3. Marinade 30 minutes or overnight.
  4. Strain off the Pineapple, rinse and drain to prepare for cook time.
  5. Preheat a skillet and add the Stir Fry Oil, then cook the Pork Ribs for 2-3 minutes per side. I used a “grill” skillet to get grill marks on them.
  6. Next, you can use a Slow Cooker to slowly cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. At this point, you can add enough Barbecue sauce to your preference. Or, you can use a covered skillet with the Barbecue sauce to smother them for 25 to 30 minutes on low.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 055

Tuesday = Spa Day!

I have a weekly ritual on Tuesday night, where I un-braid my “Connect Braids” braids, while watching Sunny Anderson, Cooking for Real on Food Network Go. I don’t know how to “French” braid, but I do know how to make “simple” braids and connect them to each other.

Then Wednesday is Shampoo day. I’m so glad that my hair is BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 059finally growing back. It is really a miracle after abusing my hair when I was younger with perms, hair extensions, dying it, etc. Now, I take Hair & Nail vitamins, Biotin pills, apply topical Biotin on the bad spots and drink liquid Biotin (mixed in with my orange juice).

Looking forward to binge watching Cooking for Real, enjoying my BBQ Pork Rib dinner!

 

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Baked Egg Foo Young

BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 046My mom made this when we were kids. Instead of using 1 to 2 eggs to make “individual” Egg Foo Young, I wanted a way to prepare it as a side dish for several days. So I came up with an idea to use the same ingredients that are in Crab Rangoon and bake it instead of using a Wok.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Eggs, Jumbo, 6
  2. Crab Delights, Imitation Crab, recommended: Louis Kemp, 1 lb.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 005
  3. Oysters, Fancy Smoked in Oil, recommended: Chicken of the Sea, 3.75 oz.
  4. Stir Fry Vegetables, recommended: La Choy, 28 oz.
  5. Cream Cheese Spread, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  6. Chow Mein Noodles, recommended: La Choy, 5 oz.
  7. Ginger root, fresh, ¼ lb., 1 inch root (peeled and diced)
  8. Green Onions, diced, ¼ cup
  9. Marjoram, recommended: Delish, ¼ cup
  10. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  11. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoonBBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 012
  12. Ponzu (Citrus Seasoned Dressing & Sauce, recommended: Kikkoman, ½ teaspoon
  13. Teriyaki Sauce, recommended: Best Choice, ½ teaspoon
  14. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 to 2 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Get the Cream Cheese to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
  3. Apply a parchment sheet(s), as needed to your baking dish (I am using a 9 x 13).BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 017
  4. Drain the Oyster oil on top of the parchment paper sheet.
  5. Beat the Eggs.
  6. Dice the Crab and Oysters into ¼ or ½ size bits.
  7. Drain the Stir Fry Vegetables.
  8. Combine the Eggs, Crab, Oysters, Stir Fry Vegetables, Ginger Root, Green Onions, Marjoram, Soy Sauce, Fish Sauce, Ponzu and Teriyaki Sauce.
  9. You can season the Stir Fry Vegetables with a bit of Soy Sauce and Teriyaki Sauce.
  10. Blend in the Cream Cheese
  11. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the eggs set.BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 018
  12. Top with Chow Mein Noodles, when serving.

As soon as I added the Cream Cheese, it started to smell like a Crab Rangoon. Actually, it has all the flavors of Crab Rangoon, without the Wonton Wrappers.

Today is my Dad’s birthday. And it has turned out to be a wonderful day! I have four of my favorite TV shows to watch after work: Supergirl, Batwoman, The Rookie and God Friended Me.

BBQ Pork Egg Foo Young 022I prepped my Jilligan’s Isle BBQ Pork for the slow cooker yesterday. And before going to work, I started cooking it. It will be done in time for my lunch break. And then I can have more Egg Foo Young as a snack later on. It sure was good. I was only supposed to have one serving. But I cheated and had an extra serving.

Happy Birthday Dad!

 

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Rueben Groovin’ King Sandwich

Rueben 029I used to make my Rueben sandwiches the same way I made a grilled cheese. Butter on the outside, meat on the inside. Grill one side and flip it over.

I was making some Rueben sandwiches that same way last week. They were good, but left a lot to be desired. If I did not watch it after 2 minutes, once side was burned. Also the Sauerkraut and pickles made the sandwich soggy

Then suddenly it dawned on me! Drain the Sauerkraut on a paper Rueben 001towel to remove the moisture, before adding to the sandwich. Now I have a “Groovin” Rueben King Sandwich!

Sometimes I use my skillet grill pan, medium skillet or large skillet. Another great idea: why not grill each side individually and then combine them?

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rye Bread, recommended: Farm to Market Bread Co., 2 slices per sandwichRueben 002
  2. Pastrami, Ultra Thin Sliced, recommended: Hillshire Farm, 4 slices per side of bread
  3. Salami, Thin Sliced, recommended: Great Value, 4 to 6 per sandwich (or use Corned Beef Slices)
  4. Sauerkraut, recommended: Franks, 1 to 2 teaspoons, per your liking
  5. Muenster Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 3 per sandwich
  6. Thousand Island Dressing, recommended: Kraft, 1 to 2 teaspoons, to your taste
  7. Butter, 1 teaspoon, dividedRueben 005
  8. Seasoning for the Sauerkraut, such as Caraway Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, a pinch
  9. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Strain Sauerkraut into bowl, season it with Caraway Seeds, Pepper, etc. and set aside.
  2. Add Thousand Island dressing on both sides of the bread.
  3. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Pastrami.Rueben 008
  4. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Salami.
  5. Using a “cold” skillet, cut the butter slices into 8 pieces with one of the left and one on the right side of the pan.
  6. Put the Pastrami bread on one side of the skillet and the Salami bread on the other side of the skillet.
  7. I have a Gas stove, so I grill the bread for about 3 minutes on Medium Low, or until cheese melts. But I peek under the bread to make sure it is not burning.
  8. Cut the 3rd Cheese slice in half and put one on each bread.
  9. Rueben 013Next top one bread side with the Sauerkraut and Caraway Seeds, top the other bread on top of this one.
  10. If the cheese needs additional time to melt, I flip them back and forth to meld together, making sure it does not burn.
  11. Remove and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  12. I love this cut diagonally for flair!

My new home is finally complete! Do you ever have that feeling that something is missing after you move? That something for me Patty Melt 002was my wall clock, due to laziness. I finally got around to changing the clock battery. The clock makes a chime sound on the hour. I didn’t realize how much I missed that sound, since it was heard at my previous home.

Speaking of homes and moving to a different home. I was house hunting 10 years ago, because I thought I was going to get a large sum of money.

So one house that I looked at became my favorite. The main house had 3 bedrooms; it had a 2 bedroom guest house over the garage, a pool, pool house, gazebo, hot tub, a detached outbuilding (for a dance studio) and 3 acres of land.

That house blew my mind. There were so many possibilities with a set up Rueben 009like that. I fantasized about all sorts of business ideas, like a day care, dance studio and winery. I could have used the outbuilding for a monthly dance Hafla show. It had a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping lofts.

I dreamed about starting a “catering” business there as well. I could have the customers sample the food via a Pool party or during the winter, using the indoor Hot Tub.

It was not meant to be, but after looking at that house, I gave me ideas of what I wanted in a future home.Rueben 014

I wanted to have a nice outdoor area with a water feature like a pool or hot tub.

My current home has that now, and with the low, low price of being $95,000 less than my dream home.

Life is so much like a game of Monopoly. Start with Baltic and work your way up to Park Place. I began with an inexpensive “starter” home, like Mediterranean sold it and kept moving up to homes that cost more. My “Dream” house was Boardwalk, but I am glad to stick with Park Place.Rueben 011

Less maintenance for the pool and outbuildings, less grass to pay someone to cut and lower utility bills.

I still consider doing catering, and I am glad that I waited to publish a Cookbook first. The Cookbook will showcase the meals that I can prepare for customers. This is a good way find out what a meal will cost to prepare, so that I can decide what to charge.

Also, 10 years ago, we did not have services like Uber, Postmates and Lyft to transport food, like we do now.

IRueben 018 HAVE A DREAM! Not like Martin Luther King. But I have always dreamed about having a “Test Kitchen” in my basement, like on Desperate Housewives. While doing some research, I found out about EzCater. ezCater is the only nationwide marketplace for business catering. ezCater’s online ordering, on-time ratings and reviews, and 5-star customer service connect business people to reliable catering for any meeting, anywhere in the United States.

Dreams can come true.

 

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Front Porch BBQ Sausage

I have a favorite BBQ place in my town and they are well-known. But, they can be a bit expensive, so I can only afford them every other year, or so.20200303_215852

One time, I had extra cash and was able to order the “Platter” with everything on it. Good times indeed. My favorite dish there is the BBQ Sausage with Fries, Bread and Pickles.

My Aunt Forestine made sausage that tasted just as good. I remember the small grill that she used on her front porch. Back in the good ole days, people spent more time on their front porch. I remember when we lived on Woodland and we would talk to neighbors and play with friends on the front porch. Nowadays, it 20200302_224739seems like people are more “private” and use their backyard deck for entertaining, grilling and smoking meats.

So here is my take on my town’s famous BBQ. I am using my Presto Smoker/Slow Cooker combo. I want some “sweet” flavors, so I am using the Applewood Liquid Smoke and Pecan BBQ Chips.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Italian Mild Sausage, recommended: Johnsonville, 520200302_224925
  2. Barbecue Sauce, recommended: Gates, ½ to 1 cup
  3. Barbecue Seasoning, recommended: Gates, ½ teaspoon
  4. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wrights, ½ cap
  5. Celery Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  6. Hoagie Rolls with Sesame Seeds, recommended: Pepperidge Farm Bakery, 520200302_225032
  7. Pickle Slices, recommended: Great Value, 5
  8. Pecan BBQ Wood Chips, recommended: Weber, enough to fill “Charring” cup, or your favorite brand. The Wood Chips are not required if you only want to pan-grill the pork chops, use a slow cooker or BBQ Grill.
  9. Aluminum Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 1 sheet to line the bottom of the Smoker
  10. Grilling Bags, recommended: Jaccard, 1 to line the smoker rack, for easy cleanup20200302_225201

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the Italian Sausage to a gallon storage bag. Top with the Barbecue Seasoning and Liquid Smoke. This can be done 30 minutes before cook time or a day in advance.
  2. Draw and then cut a circle in the foil sheet to match the “Charring” cup size. Then apply to the bottom of the Smoker.
  3. Add wood chips to the “Charring” cup and cover with “Charring” lid.20200303_174104
  4. Add the Italian Sausage to a Grilling Bag, or use another Foil Sheet to cover the rack.
  5. I used Combo Hot/Cold Smoke for 3 hours.
  6. Move the Sausage to Slow Cooker or covered pan with Barbecue Sauce on low for 30 minutes.

I love my new Smoker/Slow Cooker, but it is such a pain to clean it. It took hours to try to get inside cleaned near the charring cup. I think that is a major design flaw. But20200303_174710 glad that I am able to smoke food at an affordable cost.

The “smoky” flavor is what I love most when I can afford expensive BBQ. I love the sweet BBQ taste mixed with the tartness of the dill pickle.

 

 

 

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Breakfast for Dinner

20200303_191357Well, I am late to this party. Breakfast for Dinner Day was last Tuesday, February 25th. But I will still celebrate this anyway. A new cooking trend is using muffin mix for pancakes. The muffin mix is so cheap at $.78 per package, I thought, what the heck, why not try it.

When I was a kid, we made everything from scratch. I used to make pancakes all the time. The recipe was so easy to remember: Dry: Flour, Sugar, Salt, Baking Powder and Wet: Eggs & Milk. Those were sort of plain, but tasted really good 20200303_173651when topped with “Commodity” Syrup. One day, we got more money and could afford the Karo Syrup.

The benefit of using a muffin mix is that you can easily try new flavors, like Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon, Wildberry or Cheesecake – all for the low, low price of $.78!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Muffin Mix, Banana Nut, recommended: Martha White, 7.6 oz.
  2. Buttermilk, recommended: Anderson Erickson, 1 cup20200303_183957
  3. Butter, recommended: Great Value, 1 tablespoon
  4. Egg, Jumbo, 1 divided
  5. Cooking Spray of your choice, recommended: Pam for Baking
  6. Syrup of your choice, recommended HyVee Butter Pecan

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Divide egg white and yolk. Mix the egg white until frothy.
  2. Microwave the butter in the same bowl that you use for the muffin batter.20200303_183817
  3. Add the muffin mix and buttermilk and mix with beater.
  4. Fold in the egg white froth, but don’t over mix it.
  5. Heat the skillet for 2 to 3 and then spray it with cooking spray.

I used a 1/3 cup to measure the pancakes, cooking in batches. Because the mix has nuts in it, this took a bit longer to cook, perhaps 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Add a side dish, like bacon and eggs, and you have a tasty treat that is great any time of the day.20200303_184342

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Chili 056I thought about making a Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf, but then decided to use the ingredients to make Buffalo Chicken Chili instead.

I love Buffalo Wings and usually eat them with Blue Cheese, Carrot Sticks and Celery Sticks. So I wanted to make sure those flavor profiles were present in this dish.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1 lb.Buffalo Chicken Chili 053
  2. Chicken Breast Tenderloins, 1.69 lb.
  3. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  4. Chicken Chili Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 1.2 oz
  5. Sriracha, Lime & Garlic Fiery Tasty Seasoning, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz
  6. Chili Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 1 oz
  7. Cream of Celery condensed soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  8. Butter Beans, recommended: Joan of Arc, 15.5 oz.
  9. Mixed Chili Beans, recommended: Great Value, 15 oz.Buffalo Chicken Chili 001
  10. Cannellini White Kidney Beans Southwestern Style, recommended: Bush’s, 15.5 oz.
  11. Petite Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeño & Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, two 14.5 oz. cans
  12. Diced Tomatoes Zesty Chili., recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  13. Diced Jalapeño Hot Peppers, recommended: Great Value, two 4 oz. cans
  14. Diced Mirepoix Mix, fresh (Yellow Onions, Carrots, Celery), 10 oz.
  15. Garlic, diced, 10-11 clovesBuffalo Chicken Chili 006
  16. Chicken Flavor Bouillon, recommended: Knorr, 2 tablespoons
  17. Turmeric, recommended: Tone’s ¼ teaspoon
  18. Celery Seed, recommended: Tone’s ¼ teaspoon
  19. Celery Flakes, recommended: Tone’s ¼ teaspoon
  20. Chicken Broth, 1 ½ to 2 cups, use water if needed to thin it out
  21. Vinegar (Rice Wine or Apple Cider), ¼ cup
  22. Blue Cheese Crumbles, recommended: Litehouse, 6 oz.
  23. Sour cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollop
  24. Slow Cooker Liners, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1Buffalo Chicken Chili 004

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze Chicken Tenders 20 minutes to make it easier to cut into chunk-sized pieces. Add to a storage bag with the Dry Rub.
  2. Dry Rub mixture is the Chicken Bouillon, Turmeric, Celery Seed and Celery Flakes.
  3. Mix ground Turkey Italian Sausage and Pork Chorizo, brown in skillet, remove and then discard any excess grease.Buffalo Chicken Chili 011
  4. Brown the Chicken Tender chunks in the same skillet.
  5. Add the Garlic to the Slow Cooker. You can use the Liner bag to “crush” the garlic with a bowl.
  6. Add the Diced Chili Beans on top of the Seasoning Blend.
  7. Add the Chicken Chili seasoning on top of the Chili Beans.
  8. Add ½ cup of Chicken Broth.
  9. Drain and rinse the Beans and add on top of the Chicken Broth.
  10. Add the diced Mirepoix.
  11. Add the Fiery Tasty Seasoning packet on top of the Mirepoix.Buffalo Chicken Chili 009
  12. Add the Italian Sausage, Chorizo and Chicken next.
  13. Add the Original Chicken Seasoning.
  14. Add the Cream of Celery Soup.
  15. Add the 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes. With Jalapeño & Habanero.
  16. Add additional Chicken Broth for your preference, along with Vinegar (of your choice).
  17. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours, stir halfway through.
  18. I stir in the 2 4 oz. cans of Jalapeño after it is done to keep it extra hot.
  19. Top with Blue Cheese and a dollop of Daisy!Buffalo Chicken Chili 018

 

 

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Kung Pao Pork Chops with Teriyaki Rice & Stir Fry Vegetables

Teriyaki Rice Stir Fry 019I used to work downtown and had the opportunity to choose a different place to eat lunch every day. One of my favorites was eating General Tso’s and Kung Pao Chicken at the Panda Express. So I want to use those flavors in my Asian-inspired Dinners.

One thing that I loved about my Mom’s cooking, was that she was not afraid to try new cuisines. I remember her making an “Asian-style” dinner using La Choy products. “East Meets West, La Choy makes Chinese food – swing American!” This dinner will include the Pork Chops and Teriyaki Rice.Kung Pao Pork Chops 037

RIP: Momma Bear slow cooker. I had 3 different slow cooker sizes to accommodate large, medium and small meals. So Papa Bear, Momma Bear and Baby Bear slow cookers. The Momma Bear slow cooker somehow got grease trapped inside the cooking unit, so she had to be banished to the basement. I was searching for a 4 Quart replacement slow cooker, and came across the Presto Indoor Electric Smoker/Slow Cooker combination. I cannot be trusted with either a gas grill or wood/gas smoker. So I gave my smoker to my brother and had planned to buy an electric one to replace it. They were in the $100.00 range, so I put it on the back burner.20200211_145509 Until, I came across the smoker/slow cooker for less than $60.00. Cool! I can kill two birds with one stone. Found a cheaper smoker and a replacement for the Momma Bear slow cooker.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Loins, Chop Bone-In Brined Louisiana Style Griller, 3 lbs.
  2. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 teaspoons
  3. Sazón, recommended: Goya, 1 packet
  4. Kung Pao Sauce, recommended: Panda Express, ½ to 1 cup, per your preference **Teriyaki Rice Stir Fry 001
  5. Peanuts, Salted, recommended: Planters, two 1.75 oz. bags
  6. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, Recommended: Huy Fong Foods, 1 to 2 teaspoons
  7. Sesame Seed Oil, recommended: Imperial Dragon, 2 teaspoons
  8. Fish Sauce, recommended: Thai Kitchen, ½ teaspoon
  9. Rice Wine Vinegar, Natural & Mellow, recommended: Nakano, 1 to ½ teaspoons, as desired
  10. Liquid Smoke, Applewood, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  11. Hickory BBQ Wood Chips, recommended: Western, enough to fill “Charring” cup, or your favorit20200214_182823e brand. The Wood Chips are not required if you only want to pan-grill the pork chops, use a slow cooker or BBQ Grill. This is optional, depending on your preferred cooking method.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Marinade the Pork Chops with the Soy Sauce and Sazón, overnight or up to 30 minutes. I had to freeze the Pork Chops after this marinade, because I was not sure how I was going to cook them yet.20200214_183421
  2. After unthawing the Pork Chops, I added the Fish Sauce and Liquid Smoke to the marinade bag, 30 minutes before cook time.
  3. Preheat a skillet and add the Sesame Seed Oil, then cook the Pork Chops for 2-3 minutes per side. I used a “grill” skillet to get grill marks on them. Add a splash of Rice Wine Vinegar to de-glaze the skillet.
  4. Next, you can use a Slow Cooker to slowly cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. At this point, you can add enough Kung Pao sauce to your preference. I am going to “smoke” the Pork Chops for 4 hours in the Smoker/Slow Cooker combo.20200214_234106
  5. Then I will put them in the Slow Cooker and cover with the Kung Pao sauce, Peanuts and Sriracha for 2 hours on low.

** You can also make your own Kung Pao (pao = peanuts) sauce using soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger, scallions and/or dried red peppers. To save money and time, I preferred to use a shortcut by buying pre-made Kung Pao. I have most of those ingredients, but not all of them. So it was cheaper to buy the bottled sauce.

Side Dish: Teriyaki Rice with Stir Fry VegetablesTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 013

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Teriyaki Rice, recommended: Knorr, 5.4 oz.
  2. Stir Fry Vegetables, frozen, recommended: HyVee, 8 oz.
  3. Chicken Won Ton Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  4. Chicken Broth, recommended: That’s Smart, 2 ½ cups, divided
  5. Ponzu Citrus Seasoning Dressing & Sauce, recommended: Kikkoman, ¼ to ½ teaspoon, or use lemon or lime juice to add freshness
  6. Soy Sauce, recommended: Great Value, 2 tablespoons
  7. Stir Fry Oil, recommended: Tsang, ½ teaspoonTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 007
  8. Butter, 2 tablespoons, divided
  9. Chinese Five Spice, recommended Tone’s, ¼ teaspoon
  10. Wonton Strips, recommended: Great Value, as desired
  11. Sriracha Sauce, recommended: Huy Fong Foods, ½ teaspoon
  12. Kung Pao Pork Chops (leftovers, including the peanuts), optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare the Stir Fry Vegetables in a separate pot. Melt 1 tablespoon of Butter with Stir Fry Oil and Chinese Five Spice for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of Chicken Broth and bring to a boil. Add the Stir FryTeriyaki Rice Stir Fry 008 Vegetables and bring to a boil. Season with Soy Sauce and a dash of Ponzu Citrus Dressing. Cover and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  2. In a separate pot combine Rice, 2 tablespoons of Butter and 2 Cups of Chicken Broth. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for 7 minutes.
  3. Combine the Chicken Won Ton Soup with the Stir Fry Vegetables and then combine both pots together.
  4. Thinly slice the Kung Pao Pork Chops (or other meat, or keep it meatless). I warmed up the Pork Chops slices for a few minutes and then added the Rice/Vegetable mixture. Heated together for a few minutes.Kung Pao Pork Chops 033
  5. I dressed this All-in-one Bowl with Sriracha Sauce and crunchy Wonton Strips.

Since I have 4 Pork Chops, that will be 4 dinners made in advance. Then combine them with the Rice and Vegetables for the rest of the week.

It was delish and something different for a change. I usually have Salad as my side dish for 4 days out of the week. The Stir Fry Vegetables and Rice will be a great substitute, to get veggies and fiber into my diet on non-salad days.

 

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Taco Turkey Rotel

I was in the mood for some Mexican flavors. Being the cheap person that I am, I purchased the GroundRotel 045 Turkey and Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, instead of Ground Beef and Pork Italian Sausage.

The ingredients are similar to my post on August 3, 2019. However, it seems like this was a lot easier to cook. Less ingredients and less steps = Less Work!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Turkey, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbs
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbsRotel 005
  3. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  4. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)
  5. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  6. Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  7. Petite Diced Tomatoes, Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, Two 14.5 oz. cans
  8. Cheese Pasteurized Mexican with Jalapeno, recommended: Velveeta, 32 oz.Rotel 013
  9. Salsa Verde (or Cool Ranch) Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more
  10. Seasoning Blend, frozen with onions, celery, red peppers, green peppers, and parsley flakes, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  11. Jalapeno peppers, diced, recommended: Great Value, 4 oz.
  12. Cola or soda to thin out, to your preference, recommended: Coca Cola, ½ to 1 cup
  13. Avocado, diced, suggested: Haas, 1 Jumbo
  14. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollopRotel 009
  15. Slow Cooker Liner, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 Regular Size (fits 3 – 8 quarts)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Velveeta Cheese for 30 minutes (the foil only, not the box).
  2. Combine Ground Turkey, Italian Ground Turkey and Pork Chorizo in the same skillet that you will cook it in. No extra bowl to clean – Woot! I turned it 10 minutes, 10 minutes, then 5 minutes, so it was brown, about the same time as the freezer cheese.Rotel 017
  3. Put the slow cooker liner in the crock pot and to that add the Hot Diced Tomatoes by Rotel
  4. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces (I cut through the foil) and top the tomatoes with the cheese chunks. I added about a half cup of Cola on top of the cheese chunks.
  5. Drain the meat grease; I used the empty Rotel can to dispose of the grease.
  6. Add the Williams Taco Seasoning on top of the cheese chunks
  7. Add the drained meat on top of the Taco seasoning
  8. Add the frozen Seasoning Blend (onions, peppers, etc.) on top of the meatRotel 028
  9. Add the Fiery Tasty Seasoning on top of the onions
  10. Add 2 cans of Petite Diced Tomatoes on top.
  11. Cook on low for 4 hours; stir to combine after 2 hours. At this point, you can add additional Cola, depending on your thickness preference. I used about 1 cup.
  12. After 4 hours, add the can of diced Jalapeno Peppers. I like it hot, so I included the juice. Combine and stir.
  13. I diced the Avocado and placed it on top.
  14. I crushed some Dorito Tortilla chips and put that on the top.
  15. Then I added a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.
  16. Top with Sour Cream dollop and enjoy with Doritos Salsa Verde or Ranch!Rotel 032

I haven’t had Rotel in quite some time. And this was so good; I could not stop eating it. I hope that you will give this cooking method or cooking suggestions a try. Enjoy!

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Broccoli Ham Mac & Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 069I was planning my meals and had some Rye bread, Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese and mustard for a sandwich. With that, I had the makings of either Mac & Cheese or Broccoli with cheese for the side dish.

But my cat said otherwise. I forgot that I left the Rye bread on the counter. The cat tore into it and so I had to throw it away.

So now what could I do? Why not combine the remaining ingredients into a casserole?

This is even better. Now I have an All-in-One bowl that includes everything but the bread.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 065

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Broccoli Florets, frozen and steamable, recommended: Great Value, two 12 oz. bags
  2. Black Forest Ham slices, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.
  3. Cubed Ham, recommended: Farmland, 16 oz.
  4. Elbow Macaroni, large, recommended: American Beauty, 16 oz.
  5. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, block, recommended: Great Value, 32 oz.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 007
  6. Baby Swiss Cheese, recommended: Sargento, 9 slices
  7. Seasoning Blend with celery, yellow onion, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, parsley flakes: recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  8. Buttermilk, recommended: Hiland, ¾ quart
  9. Eggs, jumbo, 2
  10. Butter, 3 tablespoons, divided
  11. Panko Bread Crumbs, recommended: Great Value, ½ cup
  12. Black Truffle Oil, recommended: Roland ¼ teaspoon
  13. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  14. Porcini Mushroom Rub, recommended: Manitou, ¾ teaspoons, dividedBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 024
  15. Ground Mustard, recommended: Tones, ¼ teaspoon
  16. Ham flavored concentrate, recommended: Goya, 1 packet
  17. Cream of Mushroom Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  18. Broccoli Cheese Soup, recommended: Campbell’s, 10 ½ oz.
  19. Dijon Mustard, recommended: Grey Poupon, 2 teaspoons
  20. Parmesan Cheese blend, recommended: Kraft, 2 tablespoons
  21. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, 1 tablespoon
  22. Parsley Flakes, recommended: Spice World, 1 tablespoonBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 041
  23. Cornstarch, 1 teaspoon
  24. Oven Bag, recommended: Reynolds Kitchen, 1 Turkey size
  25. Aluminum Foil Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Wrap, 1 to 2

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the Cheese block into 8 pieces and freeze 30 minutes before shredding with a food processor (or use pre-shredded cheese). Put the cheese chunks into a gallon bag with the cornstarch (or flour) to keepBroccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 046 it from sticking. Also freeze the Black Forest Ham package.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of Butter with the Truffle Oil. To that add the Truffle Zest, Porcini Mushroom Rub ¼ teaspoon and Ground Mustard for 1-2 minutes in a large stock pot.
  3. Add water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the Macaroni and Ham concentrate packet and boil for 8 minutes. Add the Seasoning Blend and boil an additional 3 to 4 minutes and then drain.
  5. Whisk the Eggs in a large bowl. Add the Buttermilk, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup and Dijon Mustard.
  6. Brown the Ham Cubes in a skillet and set aside.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 006
  7. Zap the Steamable frozen Broccoli in the microwave for a few minutes, according to the package. Also, microwave the Black Forest Ham for a few minutes, since it was frozen.
  8. Combine the Macaroni, Broccoli, Ham Cubes and Shredded Cheese into the large bowl with the Egg mixture.
  9. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Cut the oven bag, so that it fits into a casserole baking pan.
  11. The first layer is 1 bag of steamed Broccoli. Top with ¼ of the Porcini Mushroom Rub.
  12. The next layer is 1/3 of cheese.
  13. The next layer is the Macaroni mixture.Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 014
  14. Layer half of the Macaroni mixture.
  15. Top with half of the Ham slices (cut into bite-size pieces) and top with 4 Swiss Cheese slices.
  16. Repeat the layers, ending with the 5 Swiss Cheese slices.
  17. Cover with foil sheets and bake for 30 minutes.
  18. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of Butter and combine with the Panko bread crumbs, Parmesan Cheese Blend, Parsley Flakes and Granulated Garlic for the final topping.
  19. Bake an additional 10 to 12 minutes.
  20. Remove and rest for 10 minutes, then enjoy your “makeshift” Ham and Cheese sandwich!

Take that kitty cat!Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 064

Cooking shows always recommend shredding cheese from a block. And doing that made a big difference in the taste. I love me some “block” cheese. It did have a “sharper” cheddar flavor, compared to using pre-shredded cheese or Velveeta.

But it was way more work, than opening a package of pre-shredded cheese. I had cheese everywhere on my counter, LOL.

But eating the leftover cheese bites, was quite the treat.

Broccoli Ham Mac and Cheese 070The end result was so yummy! This “de-constructed” Macaroni & Cheese was packed with Ham and Cheese flavors.

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