Monday, February 18, 2013

Mustard Chicken and Beans

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Mustard Chicken and Beans


extra virgin olive oil
chicken cutlets (cut into bite sized pieces)
onions (chopped small)
garlic (chopped small)
red pepper
string beans
navy beans
yellow mustard

Coat the bottom of a frying pan with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and heat.  Add onions and garlic and cook on medium heat.  Add red pepper and salt.  Add chicken pieces and cook until chicken is browned and onion and garlic are soft and browning. Season with oregano.  Add string beans and cook until beans are tender.  Add navy beans (rinse in colander under cool water).  Add yellow mustard, go light as it has a strong flavor.  Let navy beans and mustard heat and blend.  Stir often.  Serve and enjoy.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Eggs in Purgatory

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I saw this recipe on Laura In The Kitchen and decided to try my own version.  It came out really good!

Meat Sauce in Crock Pot:

Ground Beef
extra virgin olive oil
red pepper
tomato puree
tomato paste
sugar or artificial sweetener

Coat the bottom of the crock pot with a small amount of oil.  Set crock pot on low.  Add meat, garlic, onion, salt, and red pepper.  Let meat cook until browned.  Add tomato puree and paste, season with basil and sugar or sweetener   Let simmer for about 2 hours or until meat is cooked thoroughly.  You can use sauce for a variety of meals or freeze for a future date.

Eggs in Purgatory:

Heat sauce on medium heat.  Add eggs and cook as shown in above video and my video.  Serve over brown rice or as desired.

I must say, mine came out very good.  I will definitely make it again.

As I post this, it's snowing yet again.  I can't wait for summer and fun summer dishes!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Chicken Soup In a Blizzard

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outside my front door

We have been held hostage by a blizzard here in New York!  What a mess.  The kids are loving it, they are having a ball in the snow.  However, it's cold, icy, there have been injuries due to the snow and even deaths. Car accidents, sledding accidents, slips and falls, injuries shoveling, heart attacks, and the like.

Cars have been abandoned along the Long Island Expressway and some were stuck in cars along roads for 20 hours with no food, water or bathrooms before being rescued.  Streets are not plowed yet in many areas and some still have no electricity or heat in this frigid cold.

We are ok, although we are not plowed completely yet and we can't go anywhere, we are safe, warm, and have access to food and bathrooms.  And so... what better than to make on a cold winter day after a snowstorm than a big pot of chicken soup.  It hit the spot!

Chicken Soup:


chicken on the bone
extra virgin olive oil
fresh soup greens (celery, onion, parsley, dill, leek, celery - I chose to leave out the parsnip and turnip.) I also chose not to put in potatoes this time.
brown rice

I boiled up the chicken the other day and put the stock in the refrigerator to cool so I could eliminate the fat. I put the chicken in aside separately in the refrigerator to be used later.  Remove fat from stock.  Chop up onions and garlic.  Cook in a small amount of extra virgin oilive oil in a large pot.  Add stock.  Chop up parsley and dill and add to pot.  Wash and chop leek and celery and add to pot.  Peel carrots and wash and cut and add to pot.  Add peas and chicken once carrots are almost cooked.  Keep pot covered at all times simmering on low heat.  Let simmer a few hours.

Cook rice and add to pot.  Let simmer about 5 minutes.  Enjoy!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Beef Concoction

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Beef Concoction - yes that's what I did the other day. I was busy all day and had to be at work late afternoon, so I threw stuff into the crock pot - my own concoction.  Generally, my concoctions come out good and this was no exception.

Beef Concoction:


frozen peppers
onions (chopped finely)
garlic (chopped small)
parsley (dried or fresh)
red pepper
balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil

Coat the bottom of the crock pot with a small amount of oil.  Put beef, peppers, onions and garlic into pot.  Season with parsley, salt, red pepper and vinegar.  Cover and cook on high until meat is tender.  Enjoy.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Eggs With Cheese

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I made myself some fried eggs with cheese after I put up my Chili.  Quick and easy.  Of course, the dog is addicted to cheese, she just loves it, and it's absolutely impossible to open up any kind of cheese without her realizing it and running to your side awaiting a handout.  Too funny.  We've tried to fool her, we've tried to be quiet, but no matter the packaging, the method of opening, the type of cheese, she knows it.  She cannot be fooled. We are currently looking for a 12 step doggie program...  I suppose I'm her enabler.  I hang my head in shame.

Eggs and Cheese


Cooking Spray
2 large eggs
American Cheese

Watch video for process.

Super Bowl was fun.  We sure had a huge spread.  Lots of laughs, great conversation, good food and fun!

Best commercials in my opinion - Funniest:  Seniors who sneak out for a night on the town and end their night at Taco Bell.  Most Emotional:  Budweiser Clydesdale as usual.

Hope you had a great Super Bowl Sunday!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Chili

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It was definitely an adventure buying the ingredients for this Chili yesterday.  Luckily, the making of the Chili went a bit more smoothly!

Super Bowl Chili:


ground beef
extra virgin olive oil
crushed tomatoes
kidney beans
pink beans
baked beans
red pepper

Chop onions into thin small slices.  Heat a small amount of olive oil in a sauce pan.  Add onions and stir, cook on medium heat.  Add ground beef and stir together.  When beef is browned, add in crushed tomatoes.  Season with salt and red pepper.

Rinse kidney beans and pink beans under cool water.  Add beans to pot, add in baked beans and corn, stir and cover partially.  If sauce seems thin add in some tomato paste and season with a small amount of sugar or sugar substitute to counteract bitterness from paste.  Let mixture simmer on low heat, partially covered, stirring fairly often.

Serve in various styles... over rice, topped with sour cream and shredded cheese, with chips or any combination of the above.  A great Super Bowl Sunday dish, especially on a cold day in New York!

Enjoy the big game, laugh, chat, and be happy!  


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Chicken Stir Fry - What A Challenge I Had

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Yesterday around 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time I lost hold of my senses.  Someone should have tried to stop me from what I was about to do, but, only my husband was home and he was napping.  And so, I was left on my own.  Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

Let's start from the beginning.  Friday afternoon I stopped at the gas station.  I needed gas but my car sounded "funny" so I asked the attendant to please check my oil; I DO NOT pump gas unless absolutely necessary, so I always go to full serve.  Turns out I needed a quart.  He also pointed out to me my inspection was up.  Really?  I am honestly shocked.  Yup, my inspection was up since NOVEMBER.  Holy cow.  I couldn't stay and have him do it right then and there, I needed to get to work.  So I had been cruising around with an expired inspection for three months, great.  That's a $175.00 fine.

In my infinite wisdom yesterday, since hubby decided we should use his mechanic whom he knows, is friends with and trusts, for the inspection on Monday, as he's not open on weekends, I took my car just up to the bank and, yeah, don't laugh, THE SUPERMARKET - I told you I lost my senses.  My thought process, I've been driving around like this for three months, never got stopped, what's a few more days, what are the chances.

I'll get to the stir fry, promise.  Leading up to it was definitely an adventure.

So, I head out.  Mind you, the supermarket and bank are right near one another, about a half mile from my home.  They are across the street from each other.  I pull into the bank parking lot.  Not only is there a line inside going out the door but there's a line wrapped around the building for drive through.  Holy cow, are they giving money away?  To boot, there's a police officer in his car in the lot.  I "casually and inconspicuously" scoot out of there, if he sees my expired inspection, I will get a ticket.  Ok, so I go next door to the pharmacy, I need to pick up something for work, a book.  Amazingly, there's a cop in that lot too.  Seriously.  I scoot out of there too.

Now I go across the street to the supermarket and discover there are TWO  cops in that lot.  What the hell?  I rush out of there too.  Am I in an episode of The Twilight Zone.  I now feel like a criminal on the run.

Now this never, ever happens.  What's going on.  I dodged four cops and figured, best to get out of this town.  I drive across town to a neighboring town and go to a supermarket there; I gave up on the bank thing, I'll get the cash I need on Monday and use my card at the market.  No cops.  Ahhhhhhh.

I felt like I was playing rough tackle in the supermarket.  The chip aisle, forget it, you couldn't get down it.  The meat case was three people deep, I had to wait on line to get near any of the meats.  Talk about crowded.  Then I remembered, oh geeze, tomorrow is Super Bowl, duh,. no wonder it's a madhouse in here.  By 5:45 my cell phone went off.  It was hubby, asking where in the world I was and what was taking so long.

By that time, I had dodged the crowds, played chicken with several other cart pushers, waited on a long line and  tried not to kill the elderly lady in front of me who, after the kid rang her up, pulled out 150 coupons, grrrrr, waited for him to scan each and every coupon, held my temper when the girl packing the groceries plopped my eggs down hard in the cart and then put a bottle of soda on top (amazingly no eggs broke, I don't even try to figure out why, she apologizes profusely and I don't strangle her, I give her a break, smile and say, it's ok, it's busy, you were preoccupied), and actually wait on line to exit the store, with a mom in front of me with a screaming small boy who didn't want to wear his hat trying to push a cart with one hand and hold the child as if he were a football (how appropriate) under the other arm.  The ear piercing screams coming from the kid were oh so pleasant, NOT.  As I'm finally walking in the freezing cold through the lot, my cell goes off.  I dig it out and hubby says all cheery, "hey babe, where are you?"  I growl at him, "I will be home soon, be prepared to help me unload."

As I rush to load the groceries into my car in the freezing cold, a fight breaks out two cars down from me.  Two women, probably in their 50's are both not happy.  One is screaming that the other hit her car with a cart.  They are parked next to one another.  It gets loud.  The cart boy tries to intervene and gets yelled at by both of them.  He gives up, and continues to collect carts in the lot, he's a kid, in his teens, he hears enough yelling at home addressed at him from a 40 or 50 something year old he calls mom, I'm sure.  He's outta there.  The fight escalates, it looks like it may come to blows.  Holy crap, where's a cop when you need one.

I don't know what happened, I left.  There were no murders or severe injuries reported on the local news station, so, I'm assuming it didn't go too badly.  I assume they yelled, cursed, pointed and waved there arms a bit more and then either someone intervened or one of them gave up and it ended.  Who knows.  It couldn't go on too long, it was damn cold out there, we would have found them in the local ER suffering from frostbite.

What an adventure for some groceries. After helping hubby to unload the car and putting everything away, I had to take a break.  I'd been through a war zone,  at least it felt that way.  Around 6:30 or so I tackled the stir fry. The stir fry itself is quick and easy, but, sometimes, getting the ingredients to make it is harrowing.

And now... the stir fry recipe.

Chicken Stir Fry:

slivered chicken breast
frozen stir fry of your choice
oil of your choice
sour cream
rice of your choice

Coat the bottom of a pan with a small amount of oil. Add chicken and stir fry.  Cook on high, stirring often until chicken is cooked through and veggies crisp up.  Cook rice.  Place stir fry mixture over rice, top with sour cream and salsa.  Enjoy.  Quick, easy, no mess, no fuss.  Perfect for a cold, lazy Saturday night!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Superbowl Sunday....

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What are your plans for super bowl?  What will be on the menu?  We have a tradition of getting together with all the ladies.  The guys all go to my brother-in-law's house and we all go to my other sister's house.

I'm making a big pot of chili to bring for everyone.  We will probably be a group of about 20.  at's

What's your favorite part of super bowl?  Mine, the commercials.  LOL

Check back for the chili recipe tomorrow!!!!! Please comment and leave a link to your blog letting us know what you are making and how you are celebrating!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  Enjoy!

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