Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gin and Tonic

Need a drink to toast and celebrate the Royal wedding, try this.

This is also great for watching the Preakness or anytime.

4 - 6 oz. Dry gin
4 - 6 c. regular or diet tonic water
Ice
2 limes: 1 lime cut in half, other one cut into wedges.

Place ice into the bottom of a clean pitcher.

Cut 1 lime in half, squeeze lime over ice.

Cut other lime into wedges, set aside.

Pour gin over ice, top off with tonic water.

Place pitcher in refrigerator until ready to serve.

To serve: pour cocktail into clean glasses, garnish glasses with lime wedges.

Serves 4.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thank You Readers. Cooking With Heide Turns 10

Thank you readers, I couldn't have done without you.

How time flies. Cooking With Heide turns 10.



Friday, May 4, 2018

Carne Asada

This is great for Cinco  De Mayo or anytime.

I've used venison, but this is great with beef or lamb.

I've used a grill pan but this is also great on the grill.

Filling
1 lb. Venison
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each: salt, pepper
1 clove garlic: crushed, chopped
2 - 4 T. oil
Pinch each: turmeric, red pepper flakes, dried parsley

Fixings
8 flour or corn tortillas or your favorite hard taco shells.
1 c. each approx.: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes,
1/2 c sour cream

Peel, crush and chop garlic.

Rinse, chop lettuce and tomatoes. Place veggies into separate bowls and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

In a bowl combine, venison, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, red pepper flakes, parsley, salt and pepper.

Heat skillet to medium high heat.

Lower heat to medium and add oil. 

Add venison to pan and cook on 1 side for 5- 9 min or until done.

Flip venison on other side and cook on other side for 5 - 9 min. more or until done.

Let venison rest a few minutes before slicing. Slice venison into pieces.

Spoon venison into your favorite tortillas or taco shells. Top with your favorite fixings.

Serves 4.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mint Julep

This is great for watching the Kentucky Derby or anytime.
  
4 - 6 oz. bourbon
4 sprigs mint
2 - 4 tsp. sugar
4 c. Sparkling water
Ice

In the bottom of 4 clean glasses, place mint leaves.

Add sugar and muddle with the back of the spoon until mint leaf is crushed.

Add ice, bourbon to glasses.

Top off with a splash of sparkling water.

Serves 4.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Easy Cobb Salad

This a great way to use leftover chicken.

2 hard boiled eggs, peeled, chopped
2 c. chopped cooked chicken
3 c. romaine lettuce
1 c. each: chopped onions, chopped avocado
1/2 c. crumbled bleu cheese
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
Fresh lemon zest

Chop cooked chicken, set aside.

Peel, rinse and chop garlic. 

Peel chop eggs, set aside.

In a measuring cup, combine garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest. Stir with fork to mix well. 

Place cooked chicken in a clean bowl. Pour lemon zest mixture over chicken and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Cut avocado in half, remove pit and remove avocado from peel. Chop avocado and set aside.
Peel and chop onion, set aside.

When you're ready to assemble salad, rinse and pat dry lettuce. Place lettuce in a serving bowl.

Remove bowl with marinated  chopped chicken from fridge.

Arrange chicken, eggs, avocados onions, in bowl over lettuce.

Crumble bleu cheese over salad.

Serves 4.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Mocha Surprise Mug Cake™

This is a great recipe for using leftover Easter candy or anytime you want a quick dessert.

This recipe is for one serving but it can be adjusted if needed.

1/4 c. flour (regular or gluten free)
Nonstick cooking spray
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 T. canola oil
1 T. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. each: baking powder, vanilla extract
1/2 - 1 oz. chocolate candy or semi sweet chocolate chips

Spray nonstick cooking spray in a microwave-safe coffee mug, set aside.

In a bowl combine dry ingredients, stir to mix with a clean fork.

Add milk and oil to mixture. Stir to mix.

Pour mixture into greased mug. 

Make a well in the center of the batter, and place choclate candy or chocolate chips in hole.

Microwave on high for 60 - 90 seconds or until done.

Serves 1.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Home Run Chili Cheese Fries™

This is great while watching the Tigers home opener or anytime.

16 - 24 oz. frozen or homemade french fries
2 - 3 T.  olive oil
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, granulated garlic
Non stick cooking spray
Pinch of red pepper flakes

(2 c. approx.) prepared chili
1 - 1  1/2 c.  lite shredded cheddar or colby cheese

Preheat oven to 450' F.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

In a cup combine oil, salt, pepper and spices. Mix well.

Combine fries and oil mixture in a mixing bowl, toss to coat.

Arrange french fries on baking sheet, put fries in oven and bake for 30 min. or until golden brown. Halfway through cooking, remove fries from oven and flip fries over if possible to cook on other side. 

While fries are cooking, pour chili into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave 2 - 4 min. or until heated.

Remove fries from oven and place on a plate.

Spoon chili over the fries.

Sprinkle cheese over the fries and place in the microwave. Microwave on high for 1 - 2 minutes or until cheese melts.

Serves 4 - 6.

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