Fritters da Diet with a “Smooth” Surprise

Fritter da Diet 065When I first started making Digger Fritters (Potatoes with Bacon and Polish Sausage), I used the Bacon Ends & Pieces that came in a box. Back in the day, that box of bacon was very cheap. However, it had a lot of fat and calories. At first, I baked the polish sausage separately to eat on the side with the potatoes and bacon. Then later I started dicing the polish sausage to fry and mix with the potatoes and bacon.

Now I use thick bacon when I make my regular Fritters. I melt cheese on top, a dollop of sour cream, and sometimes a fried Bacon Ends - Don't use this!egg. It still has a lot of calories, but it sure does taste good.

I used to make it every weekend because my family loved it. Now, I only make a few times a year.

I wanted to see if I could cut the calories by substituting Turnips for potatoes and Turkey Bacon, instead of the thick bacon. Parsnips can also be used instead of potatoes.

Fritter da Diet 006Some other changes to make would be to use a different cheese topping. Mozzarella and Feta have fewer calories than Cheddar Cheese. You can also use Yogurt, instead of Sour Cream. For Fritters Deluxe, I top it with an over-easy egg. You can also poach the egg or only use the egg whites.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Turnips, 3
  2. Turkey Bacon, Hickory Smoked, recommended: Applegate Naturals, 3 slicesFritter da Diet 016
  3. Smoked Sausage (with Chicken, Pork & Beef), recommended: Morrell, 7 oz.
  4. Hot Jalapeno & Habanero Jack Shredded Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 8 oz.
  5. Garlic & Herb Butter, recommended: Kerrygold, ½ stick
  6. Butter, Unsalted, Sweet Cream, recommended: Great Value, ½ stick and 1 teaspoon
  7. Black Truffle Oil, recommended: Roland, ½ teaspoon
  8. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Porcini Mushroom Rub, recommended: Manitou, ½ teaspoonFritter da Diet 031
  10. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Chicago Steak Seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Liquid Smoke, Mesquite, recommended: Wrights’, ½ cap
  13. Chicken Bouillon Cube, recommended: Knorr, 1
  14. Chopped Onions, frozen, recommended: Pictsweet, ¼ cup
  15. Chopped Green Bell Peppers, frozen, recommended: Great Value, ¼ cup
  16. Parsley Flakes, recommended: Spice World, ½ teaspoon
  17. Water, enough to fill pan of TurnipsFritter da Diet 032

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut off the Turnip top and bottom, then dice. Try to make the cuts the same size as the diced Smoked Sausage.
  2. Add Truffle Oil, Truffle Zest, Porcini Mushroom Rub and 1 teaspoon of Butter to pot and cook on low for 2 minutes.
  3. Add diced Turnips, Bouillon Cube and Water to the same pot and boil for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the Turnips and move to colander. Season with Granulated Garlic and Chicago Steak Seasoning.Fritter da Diet 037
  5. Add ½ of Kerrygold and Unsalted Butter to a skillet and melt. Add the diced Turnips and turn until they are brown. Can take about 20 to 30 minutes, turning as needed.
  6. Dice the Polish Sausage.
  7. Fry the Bacon slices. Remove the slices and brown the diced Polish Sausage. Remove the Polish Sausage and add the Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Cook for a few minutes. Cut the Bacon into pieces.
  8. Drain excess melted Butter from the Turnip Skillet. Add the Bacon pieces, diced Polish Sausage, Chopped Onions and Green Bell Peppers. Mix together and cook on low for 10 minutes.Fritter da Diet 039
  9. Top with Shredded Cheese and cook on low an additional 5 to 10 minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
  10. You can fry or “poach” an Egg to top this. Add a dollop of Daisy sour cream and sprinkle Parsley Flakes for presentation.

Today is Shampoo Day! So I get to apply “topical” biotin on the bad spots and drink “liquid” biotin with my orange juice. Also, this week, I will take Hair & Vitamin pills as well as Biotin pills. I still use the “old school” Sulfur 8 on my braid parts, because it makes my scalp tingle.Fritter da Diet 040

Aldi messed up my grocery order and sent 8 bananas instead of 2. What to do? I thought about baking Banana Bread, but I am very short on flour. I did think ahead to order Strawberry yogurt, do why take advantage of the extra bananas and use them in a Smoothie with the orange juice?

I got this idea yesterday and ordered an Oyster Smoothie Blender from Amazon. It arrived today, so it must have been in their warehouse.

NO COOTIES ALLOWED!Fritter da Diet 042

I take special care with any incoming packages. Back in early February, I ordered 3 things from Amazon and when they arrived, I noticed they were from China. This was when we first found out about COVID. So I sent that shit back, ASAP! And used gloves and took special care in handling the packages.

Now I wear special “cootie” gloves and bleach wipes for all incoming packages. Better safe than sorry.

Fritters da Diet 004My dishwasher, washer and dryer installers did not wear masks during the install, but I did. I am not playing!

Shout out to my favorite cousin, Tony! He fixed my old dishwasher and it lasted awhile, but had to be replaced. The new Dishwasher is fantastic.

The dishes are finally being cleaned, for real this time. No fooling around!

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Patty Melt for Happy Tax Refunds!

Patty Melt 042RIP old ass washer and dryer! I got them from my sister Candy back in 2004, when I moved into my 2nd home. I left my 1st washer and dry set at my first house. The buyer asked if they came with the house, and I said they can. And that sealed the deal.

They are still working okay after 16 years, but it seems as though my clothes are not 100% clean. So it is time to move up to bigger and better things.

I will admit it is a bit stressful trying to pick out a replacement Patty Melt 009 (2)set. I am comparing prices with Best Buy, Lowes, Nebraska Furniture, Sears and Wayfair. I am trying to get a set that is $200 less than my refund, to allow for taxes. After all, buying a washer and dryer set only comes around every 10 years of so, unless you have buckets of money to upgrade, which I do not.

I wish I could get some fancy features, like the Smart Wi-Fi models they have now. And I have always LOVED the Red Washer and Dryer set. Not that having the color Red, would make the clothes cleaner, it just tickles my fancy. I probably will end up Patty Melt 010 (2)with the cheap white set again, but at the very least, I am going to get Front Loading, instead of Top Loading.

I have one week to pick out a set. And hopefully I will make my decision in enough time to have it installed on my day off, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Wish me luck.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rye Bread, recommended: Farm to Market Bread Co., 2 slices per sandwichPatty Melt 010
  2. Ground Beef 80/20, 1 lb.
  3. Limberger Cheese, recommended: Champignon German, 2 oz per sandwich
  4. Red onion, 1 (thin) slice per sandwich
  5. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  6. Liquid Smoke Mesquite, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap or less
  7. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  8. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Chicago Steak seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoonPatty Melt 014
  10. Granulated Beef Flavor Bouillon, recommended: Knorr, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Mushroom Rub Porcini, recommended: Manitou, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 1 teaspoon
  14. Bacon, 1 slice per burger
  15. Butter, 1 teaspoon, divided
  16. Mayonnaise, recommended: Hellmann’s, ½ to 1 teaspoon per patty, to your liking
  17. Sliced Dill Pickles, about 1 to 2 per pattyPatty Melt 015
  18. Mustard, German/Organic, recommended: 365 Everyday Value, as needed
  19. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 3 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze Limberger Cheese 20 to 30 minutes before cook time.
  2. Divide into the Ground Beef into 4 patties, using the Patty Melt 021Parchment Sheets to shape and flatten. Make sure the patties are room temperature. Polk holes in the patties with a fork.
  3. Mix the Liquid Smoke, Soy Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar and Worcestershire Sauce, then apply evenly on burgers.
  4. Mix the Granulated Garlic, Chicago Steak seasoning, Granulated Beef Bouillon, Porcini Mushroom Rub and Truffle Zest. Apply evenly on top of wet rub.
  5. Preheat a cast iron skillet for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Fry the Bacon and set aside.
  7. Cook Burger Patty for 3 to 4 minutes per side.Patty Melt 022
  8. Move to the back of the skillet and sauté the onion to your liking
  9. Add Mayonnaise to one slice of bread, and Mustard to the other slice of bread.
  10. Put half of the Limberger cheese on each bread slice
  11. 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.
  12. Put the bread slices on each side of the skillet and grill the bread for about 2 to 3 minutes on Medium Low, or until cheese melts. But I peek under the bread to make sure it is not burning.Patty Melt 024
  13. To one bread slice with the Burger, Onion and Pickles. If the cheese needs additional time to melt, I flip them back and forth to meld together, making sure it does not burn.
  14. Remove and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  15. I love this cut diagonally for flair!

The American Royal is having a BBQ Sauce and Rub contest. I love watching cooking competition shows on the Food Network.

I am so glad to see that women are now competing in the Grilling Patty Melt 030cook-offs. Wouldn’t it be cool, if my rub was good enough to enter? Life is short. I have until April 17th to decide. If I decide to, I don’t want to be in last place; hopefully I will rank within the top 50.

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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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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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Funkytown Limburger Burger

Limburger Burger 055I LOVE Disco music! It seemed like “funky” was popular back in the 70s and 80s. For example, songs like:

Play that Funky Music by Wild Cherry or Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.

Then came along “Once More With Feeling” the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical, Season 6, Episode 7 in Nov. 2001.

I must admit that I love all of the songs, but my favorite is when Limburger CheeseXander and Anya sing “I’ll Never Tell,” “She eats these Skeezy cheeses, that I can’t describe.”

I guess that Limburger can be considered skeezy, stanky and only for the brave. I have an “iron gut” so I think I will survive this. If not, someone call 9-1-1!

I remember watching the 3 Stooges a long time ago, in an episode with Limburger cheese. They cracked me up. So in the name of science, I will try it. Maybe it won’t be so bad. After all, I like Feta cheese, Chitterlings and Kimchee.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Prime Rib Beef Steak Patties, 4Burger Prep4
  2. Limburger Cheese, recommended: Champion, 1 oz per patty
  3. Soft Pretzel Buns, recommended: Pretzilla, 4
  4. Liquid Smoke, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap or less
  5. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  6. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  7. Granulated Garlic, recommended: Hy-Vee, ¼ teaspoon
  8. Chicago Steak seasoning, recommended: Weber, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Granulated Beef Flavor Bouillon, recommended: Knorr, ¼ teaspoonLimburger Burger 018
  10. Mushroom Rub Porcini, recommended: Manitou, ¼ teaspoon
  11. Truffle Zest, recommended: Sabatino, ¼ teaspoon
  12. Butter, Unsalted, ½ teaspoon, divided
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 1 teaspoon
  14. Red onion, sliced
  15. Beefsteak Tomato, sliced
  16. Bacon, 1 slice per burger
  17. Sliced Dill Pickles, about 1 to 2 per patty
  18. Mustard, German/Organic, recommended: 365 Everyday Value, as neededBurger Wet Rub3

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. I had to prep the burgers in advance and then freeze them. Make a well (indent) into each burger. Divide the Butter into 4 pieces, and place in the well on each burger.
  2. Mix the Liquid Smoke, Soy Sauce and Worcestershire Sauce, then apply evenly on burgers.
  3. Mix the Granulated Garlic, Chicago Steak seasoning, Granulated Beef Bouillon, Porcini Mushroom Rub and Truffle Zest. Apply evenly on top of wet rub.Burger Dry Rub2
  4. Bring patties to room temperature.
  5. Preheat a skillet and fry the bacon.
  6. Remove the bacon and fry the patties, 5 minutes, with butter-side down first, then 3 minutes on other side.
  7. Deglaze with Balsamic Vinegar.
  8. Add Limburger cheese to the 2nd side for 2 minutes and top with bacon.
  9. Remove patties and let them rest for 5 minutes.
  10. Toast the Pretzel buns in the same skillet
  11. Slice the Tomato and Red onion.
  12. Add Mustard, Pickles, Tomato slice, Onion slice and Bacon on the bun. Top with the Burger and enjoy the funk!Patties4

On the “Funk-O-Meter” from 1 to 10, with Chitterlings being the funkiest # 10, I would rate Feta Cheese an 8 and Limburger Cheese a 4. It adds just extra “Umami” bomb of flavor. Sort of like an aged Swiss Cheese. Give it a try. You might like it.

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Beer Bratwurst and Kraut

Cookbook Recipes January 2020 020There was a fast food joint called Der Weinersnitzel back in the day. They had great Chili Cheese Dogs.

This meal reminds me of those good ole’ hot dog days.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Sausage Cooked Bratwurst Craft Beer, recommended: Silva Sausage, 4
  2. Soft Pretzel Sausage Buns, recommended: Pretzilla, 4
  3. Swiss Cheese Aged, recommended: Sam’s Choice, 4 slicesCookbook Recipes January 2020 010
  4. Sauerkraut, recommended: Frank’s, 8 oz.
  5. Beer, recommended: Bud Light (or your favorite brand), 12 oz.
  6. Three Color Pepper & Onion Strips, frozen, recommended: Pictsweet, ¼ cup
  7. Liquid Smoke, recommended: Wright’s, 1 cap or less
  8. Celery Seeds, recommended: Tones, ¼ teaspoon
  9. Mustard, German/Organic, recommended: 365 Everyday Value, as needed
  10. Butter, Unsalted, ½ teaspoon
  11. Sherry Cooking Wine(or Vinegar), recommended: Holland House, 2 teaspoonsCookbook Recipes January 2020 015

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt Butter with dry Celery seeds for 1 to 2 minutes on low, in medium stock pan.
  2. Score Sausage and then brown for 2 to 3 minutes in butter.
  3. Add 3 Color Pepper and Onion strips and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.Cookbook Recipes January 2020 017
  4. Deglaze with Cooking Sherry (or Vinegar). I remove it from the fire first so there are no scary flames.
  5. Add Liquid Smoke, Drained Sauerkraut and Beer.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes
  7. Butter the Buns and toast them.
  8. Add the German Mustard and then melt the Swiss cheese on the buns.
  9. Add the Sausage and top with Sauerkraut, Peppers & Onions
  10. Enjoy your meal! (Guten Appetit!).

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Ring in the New Year with a Spicy Meatloaf!

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Making Meatloaf gives you so many opportunities to experiment with different flavors. I started out cooking Meatloaf in an oven. But once I began using a Slow Cooker, I have not used the oven since. Meatloaf is so versatile that you can play with using Ground Beef, Italian Sausage, Ground Pork, Ground Turkey or add Chorizo for a Mexican-inspired Meatloaf. Instead of Ketchup, I normally use Condensed Tomato Soup for the topping. This time, I wanted something different, so I am using Tomato Basil Soup instead.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage Mild, recommended: Great Value, 19 oz.20191231_022249
  2. Ground Beef, recommended: Great Value, 2 lbs.
  3. Meatloaf Seasoning, recommended McCormick, Two 1.5 oz. packets
  4. Cubed Stuffing Herb seasoned, recommended: Pepperidge Farm, 12 oz., divided (or use Salad Croutons)
  5. Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  6. Diced Tomatoes Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.
  7. Tomato Basil Soup, recommended: Progresso. 19 oz.
  8. Mixed Vegetables with Carrots, Green Beans, Corn & Peas, frozen, recommended: Great Value, 12 oz.
  9. Mirepoix with diced Yellow Onion, Carrot and Celery, 8 oz.20191231_131028
  10. Garlic, diced, 10-11 cloves, divided ¾ and ¼
  11. Sweet Potatoes, frozen, diced, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  12. Eggs, 3 Jumbo
  13. Balsamic Vinegar, 2 teaspoons
  14. Liquid Smoke, 1 capful
  15. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  16. Soy Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  17. Optional: Disposal plastic gloves
  18. Optional: Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners or Reynold’s Aluminum Foil for the cooking vessel

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  1. Beat 3 eggs in a mixing bowl, and set aside
  2. Combine the Ground Beef with Italian Sausage in a (different) large mixing bowl.
  3. To the meat mixture, add in gradually, the Diced Tomatoes, Mirepoix, Mixed Vegetables, Stuffing Cubes, Meatloaf Seasoning, Balsamic Vinegar, ¼ Garlic and Eggs. This is a good time to use disposable gloves for mixing.
  4. If using a Slow Cooker, line the bottom of it with half of the Stuffing Cubes, Sweet Potatoes, ¾ Garlic, Liquid Smoke, Worcestershire Sauce and Soy Sauce. If using a pre-heated 350 degree oven, mix this with the meat mixture.20191231_151251
  5. Slow Cooker on High for 4 to 6 Hours or Low for 8 to 10 Hours, or Bake in 350 Pre-Heated oven for 1 hour.
  6. Top with Tomato Basil Soup during last 30 minutes of cooking time.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

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The Perfect Steak

Steak Before and After 044Ribeye has always been my favorite steak cut. I like to dress it with blue cheese and steak sauce. This is my first time using the Stubb’s Ancho Chili & Garlic Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix. But I love all of the Stubb’s BBQ products, so I think it will make a great dry rub.

I mixed the packet with olive oil, a touch of liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and a dash of Montreal Steak Seasoning in a zipper bag for 3 days.

I can use two of my favorite skillets to cook it. My grill skillet and cast iron skillet. The Cast Iron skillet can stand the heat of a hot oven. However, the grill skillet has plastic on the handle, so I use it only on the stovetop.

“Alexa, set a 30 minute timer: Steak.” I put it in the microwave, instead of the countertop, so the cat won’t eat it.Steak

INGREDIENTS

  • Ribeye Steaks, 2 (I take it out of the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to make it room temperature)
  • Stubb’s Ancho Chili & Garlic Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix (or try Stubb’s Beef Soy, Garlic & Red Pepper Marinade Mix)
  • Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon
  • Worcestershire Sauce, 1 teaspoon
  • Soy Sauce, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Liquid Smoke, 1/8 teaspoon
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Garlic, 1 cloveStubbs Marinade
  • Butter, 1 pat,
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles, 2 teaspoons, to your taste
  • Steak Sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Vinegar (Water, Beef Broth, Beer, etc. to deglaze)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Preheat Grill skillet and Cast Iron skillet for a few minutes
  • Add a “Garlic Hole” by cutting into the steak for the butter and garlic
  • Add Olive Oil, the Steak(s) and grill for 2 minutes per side, to get some fancy grill marks
  • Deglaze pan (save pan drippings to pour over rested steak with Blue Cheese)Steak Before and After 029
  • Add Butter and Garlic to Cast Iron skillet, with steak on top
  • Bake for 7 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • Top with Blue Cheese and rest for 5 minutes
  • Slap on your favorite Steak Sauce with Horseradish, and chow down!

A great steak is like a great movie. It has a fantastic lead player, co-star and supporting cast.

I hardly ever watch movies. I get sleepy close to the 2 hour mark. Although I prefer to watch shorter 30 or 60 minute TV shows, I did take the time to watch some great movies lately, like:

  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Us
  • Crazy Rich AsiansSteak Before and After 032

I love all movies starring Julie Andrews, such as Mary Poppins, The Princess Diaries and The Tooth Fairy. She has tons of other great movies, but those are my top three favorites. I love, love, love the original Mary Poppins movie. I predicted disaster for Mary Poppins Returns. But in the end, I loved it, almost as most as the original. One of my favorite parts was the Dick Van Dyke dance scene. He still has it!

I love scary movies. My brother just rented Us, so I told him no spoilers. That was one of the best scary movies I have ever seen. I was hollering at the screen, like don’t go there! I am a huge fan of Lupita Nyong’o! She puts the “A” in Acting! She was terrific in The Black Panther! I loved her use of dance and voice in the movie Us.

Steak Before and After 035Fresh off the Boat is one of my favorite TV shows. Mainly because race does not matter. It does not matter if the family happens to be Hispanic, Black, Asian or White. Funny is funny, regardless. The Grandma is my favorite character on the show. Constance Wu and Michelle Yeoh inspired me to watch this movie. It was so entertaining and funny!

I have my lead star ready – the Steak.

I have my co-star ready – the Salad

I have my supporting cast ready – the Horseradish, Blue Cheese and Steak Sauce

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  • Guy’s Grocery Games
  • Property Brothers: Forever Home
  • House Hunters

Steak, that’s for dinner! I was so tempted to “lick the plate” clean, but resisted. It was so good!

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

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Bacon-Wrapped Digger Dogs

Bacon Dogs and Window Well 030My daddy used to make Hot Diggity Dogs. A fully dressed Red, Fat Hot Link with mustard, hot sauce and sharp cheddar cheese, cut from the block.

I LOVE Hot Dogs. Back in my skinny days, before I was hired to work at Macy’s Downtown, I used to shop and eat the Macy’s Hot Dogs. They came in the fancy pleated holder with a toasted top-sliced bun. I was the queen of dieting back then, to the point that I would starve myself. On one occasion, I fainted in Macy’s because I had not eaten that day. I’m glad they did not hold it against me, when I applied for a job there.

That sweet memory with Dad will never happen again. But here is my take on his famous Hot Diggity Dogs!

INGREDIENTS:Bacon Dogs and Window Well 009

  1. Fat Hot Dogs, recommended Farmland Hot Smoked Sausage Links, 1 to 2 per person
  2. Bacon, Thick Cut, one slice per dog
  3. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, two, 1/4 inch cuts per dog (or Cracker Cut Cheese)
  4. Bun, Top-Sliced, recommended Pepperidge Farm Sweet Hawaiian, one per dog
  5. Celery Seeds, 1/8 teaspoon
  6. Mustard Ground, 1/8 teaspoon
  7. Liquid Smoke, 1/2 cap (or less), per dog
  8. Poppy Seeds, 1/8 teaspoon
  9. Water (or butter) to adhere poppy seeds
  10. Toothpicks, 2-3 per dog
  11. Water, to soak toothpicks for 30 minutes ahead of time
  12. Condiment of your choice, such as mayo, aioli, ketchup or mustardBacon Dogs and Window Well 011

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. Cook bacon, until nearly done and still pliable. Then cool until you can touch it.
  3. Slice each dog in half, lengthwise. The Sausage links are already fully cooked, so you can split and lightly brown in the same skillet. You just need to heat the sausage and cheese in the oven to meld together.
  4. Apply liquid smoke, celery seeds and dry mustard on each dog
  5. Add cheese chunks
  6. Wrap bacon around dog and secure with 2 toothpicks
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  8. Using the same bacon pan, blot most of the bacon grease out. Then, adhere water or butter on top of buns to “glue” poppy Seeds
  9. Cook on both sides in skillet for 2 minutes until light brown
  10. Remove dogs and buns from oven
  11. Remove toothpicks
  12. Dress buns and dogs with condiments of your choice
  13. Chow down!

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BBQ Beer Brats Daddy’s Style

Brat6I used to love eating “Fat” hot dogs with my dad! You know, back in the day when the hot dogs were large, hot and juicy. Dad would put mustard, hot sauce and sharp cheddar cheese on them. My dad loved sharp cheddar cheese, so I love it too!

I love the BBQ Italian Sausage at Gates BBQ. But I hardly visit them every other year. My Aunt Forestine used to grill them on her porch and it tasted just like the ones from Gates.

I am going to have one for dinner tomorrow, so I am prepping tonight. I will start the crock pot, right before my shift starts.

Normally, you can cook them in the slow cooker first and finish on the grill. Brat1But since I won’t have that much time, I have to do the reverse and grill them in a pan, then put in a slow cooker before I start work.

Glad that I have 3 different size crock pots, for different meals. The “Daddy” bear size 10 Quart AKA The Chili Maker, a Momma bear size 8 Quart and a Baby Bear size 4 Quart. My cat is very sneaky around crock pots. So I put the Baby bear size in my office so she can’t knock it over and try to eat the food.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Italian Sausage or Bratwurst, 5 or 6
  2. Hoagie Buns, 6, I use Pepperidge Farm Bakery Classics with Sesame seeds
  3. Brat2Beer can, 12-16 oz. (and/or use beef broth, if you don’t want to “waste” your beer, LOL
  4. Onions, ½ cup or less (I am using the frozen bag)
  5. Liquid Smoke, ¼ teaspoon
  6. BBQ Sauce, ½ cup more or less, to your taste, I love Stubb’s Hickory Bourbon Legendary Bar-B-Q Sauce
  7. Mustard, Grey Poupon, Country Dijon is my fav
  8. Tasbasco Pepper Jelly (or Hot Sauce or Sriracha)
  9. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, time to pull out the Cracker Barrel Cracker Cuts
  10. Olive Oil

SUGGESTIONS:

  1. Brat3Pre-heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet for 2 to 3 minutes. Score-cut each Brat or Sausage
  2. The sausage only needs about 2 minute per side, as they will finish cooking in the crock pot.
  3. Add the onions and Liquid Smoke to the crock pot, then the Brats and BBQ Sauce. Cover with a mixture of Beer and/or Beef Broth so the Brats are well-covered
  4. Cook on low for 4 -5 hours
  5. Toast that bun, slap on some extra BBQ sauce, mustard and pepper jelly. Add Brat and Cheese and enjoy!

Save some beer to drink with your Brat!

Brat4Happy Father’s Day

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