Thursday, April 8, 2021

Monte Crisco

This my version of the french classic, it's perfect for lunch or anytime.

It's also a great way to use any holiday ham leftovers.

8 slices bread
1 - 2 eggs 
2 T. butter 
4 slices each: cooked ham, swiss cheese
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper 
Nonstick cooking spray

Crack eggs into a clean bowl.

Add salt and pepper and stir with a clean fork to mix, set aside.

Place 8 slices of bread on a clean cookie sheet and butter one side of the bread.

Arrange ham, chese on buttered side of 4 slices of bread. 

Lay buttered side down of bread on top of ham.

Preheat skillet to medium-high heat.
Lower heat to medium low and spray nonstick cooking spray in pan.

Dip the sandwich in the egg mixture to coat.

Place sandwich in pan to cook on 1 side for 5 min. 

Flip sandwich over and cook on other side for a few minutes more or til done.

Repeat cooking process with remaining sandwiches.

Serves 4.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Broasted Aspargus

Need a side dish for your Easter meal, try this.

1 - 2 bunches fresh aspargus
1/8 - 1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 - 1 tsp. lemon juice
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
Nonstick cooking spray
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Spray cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Remove rubber band from asparagus bunches.

Rinse asparagus through a colander under running cold water.

Peel, rinse, cut and chop garlic clove.

Cut lemon in half with a clean knife.

 Place asparagus on a clean workboard and cut ends from asparagus.

In a clean small jar combine oil, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes.

Squeeze some lemon juice through a seive into jar. Put lid on jar and shake to mix.

Arrange asparagus on baking sheet.

Remove lid from jar and pour over asparagus.

Flip aspargus over to coat both sides and place pan in oven to cook for 15 - 30 min.  

Keep on eye on aspargus to make sure they don't burn.

Sreves 4 - 6.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Tuna Salad

This is perfect for a light lenten lunch or anytime.

15 oz. (2 cans) tuna (packed in water)
1/3 c. each: chopped celery, chopped onion
1/4 - 1/3 c. light mayo (to taste)
1/8 tsp. each: black pepper, salt
Pinch: granulated garlic
1 - 2 dill pickle spears chopped

Open cans of tuna and drain tuna through sieve.

With a clean fork, remove  dill pickle spears from pickle jar, chop and set aside.

Peel, rinse and chop onions.

Rinse and chop celery.

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. 

Mix well to coat mixture with mayo. 

Serve with crackers or with toasted bread as a sandwich.

Serves 4-6.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Gaelic Steak

Have a safe St. Patricks Day all!

This is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or anytime.

2  - 3 T. each: oil, butter
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic crushed, chopped
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1/2 c. each:  heavy cream, sliced mushrooms
1/4 c. (4 T.)  whiskey

Place steaks into a dish.

Prick steaks with fork into both sides of them.

Season steak with salt, pepper and pour 2 T. of whiskey over them.

Cover steaks with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to marinate steaks.

Peel onion and garlic. Smash garlic and chop both garlic and onion.

Preheat pan over medium high heat, lower heat to medium, add butter and oil.

Add steaks and cook on 1 side for 6 - 10 min.

Flip steaks over and cook on other side for 6 - 10 min more.

Remove steaks from pan and transfer steaks to a clean dish. 

Lower heat to medium low, add rest of butter, oil, garlic, onions, mushrooms and cook for 5 - 6 min.
Lower heat to medium low, add cream and whiskey very carefully and cook for for a few minutes.

Return steaks to pan and cook steaks for another 3 - 5 min or until steaks are warm.

To serve:

Place steak on a clean serving dish, spoon sauce over steak.

Serves 4 - 6.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Strawberry Banana Yogurt

2 - 3 c. reduced fat greek yogurt
1/8 1 tsp. sweetner (optional)
1 banana peeled and chopped 
1 drop vanilla extract (optional)

Rinse berries through a strainer under running cold water.

Rinse strawberries, remove stem and cut into 3rds.

Peel banana and chop.

In a bowl place yogurt, desired amount of sweetener, strawberries , banana, vanilla extract. Stir to mix.

Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Serves 4.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Spring Break Paloma

Spring break begins soon.

It's considered a rite of passage for many college & high school students.

One destination for spring breakers is Mexico.

If you can't get away for spring break this year, you can still enjoy this Mexican cocktail.

I've used bottled grapefruit juice, but you can use fresh grapefruit juice if desired.

4 - 6 oz. tequila 
4 c. prepared grapefruit juice
1 oz. triple sec
1 liter bottle (32 oz. approx.) club soda 
1 T. (enough to coat rims of glasses) Salt
Orange food coloring

In the bottom of a clean pitcher, place ice. 

Combine grapefruit juice, tequila and triple sec over the ice.

Pour club soda into pitcher.

Stir to mix with a wooden spoon and place into refrigerator until ready to serve.

Just before serving:

Pour salt into a small clean bowl.

Add one to two drops of food coloring, stir to mix.

Sprinkle salt onto a clean plate.

Wet the rims of 4 clean glasses with a clean napkin.

Place glasses rim side down on plate with the salt to coat.

Place glasses in freezer to chill for a few minutes.

Remove glasses from freezer and pour cocktail into glasses.

Serves 4.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Patty Melt

This is perfect for lunch or anytime.

I used swiss cheese but you can use what cheese you like.

1 lb. lean ground beef
8 slices each: bread
4 slices each: swiss cheese
1/8 - 1/4 c. butter
Non stick cooking spray
1 onion sliced
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 T. oil

Remove meat from refrigerator and shape meat into patties. 

Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of hamburger, set aside for a few minutes.

Remove stick of butter from refrigerator and let it set out for a few minutes to soften.

Remove cheese from refrigerator.

Peel, rinse, slice onions, set aside on a plate.

Preheat grill pan to medium to high heat.

Lower heat to medium and spray pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Add hamburger patties and cook on 1 side for 5 - 8 min.

Turn hamburger over and cook on other side for 5 - 8 min. more.

Remove patties from pan, lower heat and add oil. 

Add onions, grill onions for a few minutes.

While hamburgers, onions are cooking, toast bread slices. 

Remove bread from toasters and butter both sides of bread, set aside.

Place the buttered side up of 4 slices of bread on a clean work area or cutting board.

When onions are done, remove onions.

Place bread slices in pan, top bread with burgers.

Layer cheese, onions on the burger and grill on 1 side for a few minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top burgers with with remaining bread slices.

 Flip over and cook on other side for 3 - 5 min more or until brown. 

Makes 4 servings.

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