Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pork Roast

Normally I'm not a big fan of pork, but I'll make an exception for this roast.

2 - 4 lb pork shoulder
1/8 -1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1 - 2 cloves fresh garlic crushed, chopped
1/4 c  water
1/8 c olive oil
1 large onion peeled and quartered
30 - 40 baby carrots
juice of 1 lime


Preheat oven to 350 F'.

Peel, rinse, quarter onions.

Peel, crush and chop garlic.

Cut lime in half. 

Remove roast from refrigerator, let it set out for a few minutes. Place roast in a roasting pan, Through a sieve squeeze some lime over roast. Pour some of the oil on 1 side of roast

Make some tiny slits all over roast. Stuff slits with garlic.

Sprinkle half of the seasonings over roast.

Turn roast over. Pour remainder of the lime and oil over other side of roast. Repeat prior process with garlic and seasonings.

Pour water in bottom of pan.

Add carrots and onions to pan. Place pan in oven and cook for 1 - 2 hrs. approx or until desired doneness. 

Remove roast from oven and cover with the foil to keep warm. Let rest for a few minutes before carving.

Serves 4 - 6 approx.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bloody Maria

This is perfect for spring or anytime 

46 oz, jar vegetable or tomato juice (regular or low sodium)
1 T.   lime juice
Tabasco sauce (to taste)
1/2 tsp. each: Worcestershire sauce, horseradish (prepared)
1 lime cut into wedges (garnish)
1 clove diced garlic (optional)
4 - 6 oz. tequila
Ice

Juice 1 lime.

Peel, rinse, chop garlic. 

Cut remaining lime into 4 - 6 wedges, set aside.

In a pitcher combine garlic and remaining ingredients over ice.

Pour in glasses, Garnish with lime wedges. 

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Holiday Potatoes

This is perfect for Easter or anytime.

1 package 4 c. shredded potatoes
1/2 c. melted unsalted butter
1 onion chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 c. reduced fat sour cream
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
Non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Spray baking pan or casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.

Remove package of potatoes from freezer, let thaw a few minutes.

Peel, rinse, chop onions.

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix well.

Pour into baking pan, spread evenly. Place into oven and bake for 1 hr. or until done.

Serves 6 - 8.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring Forward Wonton Cups

This recipe is perfect for Easter, company or anytime.

12 wonton wrappers
1 - 2 cloves fresh garlic chopped, crushed
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice
lemon zest
Pinch red peppe
r flakes 
Nonstick cooking spray
1/8 - 1/4 c. + 2 T  oil (adjust amount needed)
1 - 2 c. fresh baby spinach 
2 c. ricotta cheese
1/8 - 1/4  c Parmesan cheese (adjust amount needed)
1 tsp each: oregano, basil

1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 F

Rinse and pat dry spinach. Snip ends from spinach leaves.

Peel, rinse, crush, chop garlic.

Heat a saute pan over medium high heat. Lower pan to medium, add oil. Add spinach and saute for 5 min set aside. 

Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

In a measuring cup pour oil. With a pastry brush, brush both sides of wonton wrappers with oil. 

Place wontons into muffin tin and bake for 8 - 12 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and let cool.


Zest and juice lemon. 

In a bowl crack 1 egg and whisk for 10- 20 sec. Add ricotta cheese and mix well. 

Add spinach, oregano, salt, pepper, basil, garlic, pepper flakes, lemon juice and zest. Mix well. 

Spoon mixture into wonton cups.  Sprinkle cheese over cups. Place in oven and cook for 7 - 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. 

Serves 3 - 4. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Easy Irish Stew

This is a great recipe for St. Patrick's Day or anytime. I've used dark beer, but you can use beef broth if you want to make it without alcohol.

1 - 1  1/2 lb. beef chuck, cut into chunks
4 - 5 c. low sodium beef broth
1 medium onion chopped
2 medium potatoes
3 carrots chopped
1 c. celery chopped
1 turnip chopped
1/2 c. dark beer
4 - 6 T. oil, divided
2 - 3 cloves garlic chopped, crushed
1/8 c. flour
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/2 tsp. parsley

In a bowl combine beef, flour, half of salt and pepper. Toss to coat beef.

Heat soup pot to medium high heat. Lower heat to medium, add half of oil.

Add meat and cook for 8 - 10 minutes to brown. Turn beef over to brown evenly. 

While beef is cooking, peel, rinse, chop, onions and garlic.

Rinse, remove ends of, chop turnips, celery and carrots.

Drain off excess fat if needed. 

Deglaze pan with beer. Cook for 8 - 10 minutes more. Transfer beef to a clean bowl.

Add more oil to pot if needed. Add vegetables, parsley, garlic, rest of salt, and pepper to pot. Cook for 6 - 10 minutes or until done. Stir occasionally.

Return beef to pot, add broth and bay leaf.

Cover and cook for 1 - 2 hr. or until done stirring occasionally.

Serves 4 - 6.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Gimlet Spritzer

This take on the classic cocktail is a great idea for anytime.

4 - 6 oz. Gin or vodka
3 - 4 c. Club Soda
Juice of 1 lime
1 - 2 tsp. sugar (optional)
Ice

Put some ice cubes into the bottom of 4 clean glasses.

Put a couple of ice cubes into a small clean jar.

Cut lime in half and juice lime through a sieve into jar.

Add gin and sugar to the jar.

Put lid on bar and shake for 10 - 20 seconds.

Remove lid from bar and pour cocktail into glasses.

Pour some of the club soda into cocktails if desired.

Serves 4.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fresh And Easy Pasta Sauce

Need an easy recipe for Lent, try this.

2 - 3 c. fresh or canned chopped tomatoes
1 c. each: chopped, onion, bell pepper
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
2 - 3 cloves fresh garlic chopped
3 - 4 T. olive oil
1 tsp. each: basil, parsley, oregano
Pinch each: red pepper flakes, turmeric
1 oz. white wine or vermouth (optional)

Rinse, peel, chop garlic, onion.

Rinse, seed and chop pepper.

Rinse and chop tomatoes.

Rinse and chop fresh herbs if needed.

Heat skillet to medium high heat, lower heat  to medium, add oil.

Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, onions, and bell peppers and cook for 10 min stirring occasionally. 

While cooking, break up tomatoes with a wooden or plastic cooking spoon if needed.

Lower heat add remaining ingredients and cook for 10 minutes more until heated.

Serve over your favorite pasta.

Serves 4.

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