Saturday, February 26, 2022

Broiled Grapefruit

 This is perfect for brunch or anytime.

2 medium grapefruits 

1/8 c. each: oil, brown sugar

Preheat broiler.

Cut grapefruits in half and place grapefruits on cooking sheet.

Brush oil on top of grapefruit halves and sprinkle sugar on grapefruit.

Place grapefruit in oven to broil for 5 - 8 minutes to caramelize sugar. 

Be sure to keep on the grapefruit so that it doesn’t burn.

Remove grapefruit from oven and serve.

Serves 4.  

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Avo Toast

This is perfect for a quick breakfast, game day, snack or anytime. 

1 loaf french bread

Non stick cooking spray

2 avocados chopped
garlic, crushed chopped
1/ 4 c. each: diced tomatoes, onions, bell pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper
1 tsp. fresh lime juice

Preheat oven to 350. 

Spray cooking sheet with non stick cooking spray. 
Cut 1 lime in half, set aside. 

Slice avocados in 1/2, remove pits and peel. Place avocados in a clean bowl. 

Rinse, prepare vegetables, combine with the avocado in the bowl.  Squeeze some lime juice into bowl through a sieve. Mashwith a clean fork.

In a small bowl combine: garlic, salt  pepper, herbs. Mix well.

Cut 12 - 16 slices from a loaf of french bread. 

Brush oil mixture on both sides of the bread slices with a pastry brush, place on baking sheet. 

Place baking sheet with the bread in oven and bake for 5 min on each side or until done

Keep an eye on it so the bread doesn’t burn

Remove baking sheet from oven.

Spoon some of the avocado mixture over each slice of bread.

Serves 4. 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

French Bread Pizza

 This is perfect for game day, an easy meal, lunch, company or any time.

1 loaf French bread 
1/2 c. each: pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, sliced halved pepperoni, chopped mushrooms, chopped tomatoes
1/4 c. each: chopped olives, chopped anchovies, chopped shallots, chopped spinach, chopped ham 
2 T. olive oil
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 cloves crushed, chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. each: basil, parsley, oregano
1/8 tsp each: salt, pepper, lemon juice
pinch red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Rinse, peel, seed, chop vegetables, shallots and garlic.

Slice pepperoni. 

Chop ham, anchovies and olives. 

Spray cooking spray on a baking sheet

Split French loaf  in 1/2 lengthwise, then cut each half in 1/2.

Place open side of bread up on baking sheet. 

In a measuring cup, mix together oil, juice, salt, pepper, some of the garlic, herbs with a clean fork. 

With a pastry brush, spread oil mixture on top of the pizza.
Place open side of loaf down on baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes. 

Remove pan from oven and turn loaf over.

With a clean spoon, spread tomato sauce over loaf.

Put whatever toppings you want on your pizza. 

When finished, place pizza in oven to cook for 10 - 15 min. or until done. 

Keep an eye on them so that it doesn’t burn. 

Serves 4.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Groundhog Day Stew

Groundhog Day is this week.

This is perfect whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not.

1 - 1 1/2 lb. beef chuck, cut into chunks
6 c. low sodium beef broth
1 medium onion chopped
2 medium potatoes chopped
2 carrots chopped
4 - 6 T. oil, divided
1 - 2 cloves garlic chopped, crushed
1/8 - 1/4 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 onion and garlic.

Rinse and chop potatoes.

Rinse, remove ends of carrots. 

Drain off excess fat if needed. 

Deglaze pan with some of the broth. 

Cook for 8 - 10 minutes more. Transfer beef to a clean bowl.

Add more oil to pot. 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 rest of broth and bay leaf.

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

Serves 6.