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Friday, April 29, 2011

I'm not neglecting to blog I swear....I'm just not cooking.  I should have set some kind of goal I guess....

Any ideas??

Monday, April 18, 2011

Two posts in one day??!!

So! I'm doing double duty today since I've been so bad about this blog! We haven't really cooked much since the dinner from my last post (because we were out of town visiting my family!) but I still have another recipe to share!
While we were gone, I had one of my favorite foods cooked in a way I hadn't ever thought of really. I had grilled avocado! I thought it sounded a little weird since most of the time I eat all things avocado when they're cold, but it was really good! All you have to do is slice them in half and take out the pit, then season them with a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and stick them sliced side down on the grill, for 5-10 minutes.  After they are done (when you can see good grill marks on them) fill them with a little salsa and sour cream and then eat! They are so good!! I was so pleasantly surprised!

Sorry guys!

I suppose I should actually tell you about that picture I posted! This last week was a little crazy and I forgot!
So! Last Monday night! I made those sirloins with twice baked potatoes and sauteed mushrooms.  For Christmas, Bryan got a bunch of Omaha steak products from his parents.  We only took half at first because our fridge is a little full.  We took hamburgers, sirloins and their twice baked potatoes.  The potatoes bit the dust pretty fast because we kept forgetting to defrost the steaks, so we used them with other things. Then we were told our other stuff would get eaten if we didn't take it soon! So we had to get eatin'! The steaks were so easy! We have a grill pan, so I just seasoned them really simply, with garlic salt and black pepper and cooked them in the pan.
The twice baked potatoes were so easy too! I heated the oven to 400 degrees and placed the potatoes right on the racks for 30 minutes.  Then I took them out using an oven mitt and used a fork to poke a few holes in the potatoes then I put them back in the oven, on the rack for 30 more minutes.  I took the potatoes out and turned the oven down to 350.  While the potatoes were cooking, I cooked up a few slices of fresh bacon to mix in the potato. (Sorry, we weren't exactly thinking low-cal, but you can of course use low fat versions of anything in the potato, and add just as much or as little as you would like) Then I sliced off the top of the potatoes, and scooped out the middle, leaving just enough to make a sturdy shell, and put it in a bowl . I seasoned the shell with salt and pepper and placed them on a cookie sheet I lined with foil.  I mixed in grated cheese, butter, sour cream and the bacon in with the scooped out insides and then stuffed it back into the shells filling them up with a little extra to make a mound on top.  I topped it with a little more cheese and then put them in the oven for about 20 more minutes.
While the potatoes were back in the oven for the last time, I sauteed up the mushrooms the same as last time, but I sliced the mushrooms, so there were more to go around.
Yum! Everything was so delicious!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pan grilled sirloins with sauteed mushrooms and homemade twice baked potatoes for dinner...but, more on that later, its time to eat!!
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Last night I tried something new! Recently I've been thinking it would be  nice to try a new pasta recipe, something a little creamier.  I tend to stick with something really simple, olive oil, tomatoes and garlic are a favorite.  I had made a really easy (and equally tasty) alfredo sauce, but that can be so heavy.  So I wanted something a little lighter but still flavorful.  I decided to look for something that involved mushrooms, after those yummy sauteed baby bellas on Monday, I couldn't wait to make something else with them.  I looked up a few recipes, but of course made up my own.
First, I browned some chicken with garlic salt and pepper and then baked it while I made the sauce.
For the sauce, I started by sauteeing sliced mushrooms in olive oil a little garlic salt and pepper until they were all tender.  Then I put the mushrooms aside in a bowl.  I sauteed a little garlic in olive oil to bring out the flavor then I put the mushrooms back in and added a little thyme.  Then I added a little heavy cream.  I wanted just cream, but the grocery store didn't have it.  The recipe called for 1/2 cup of white wine, but I forgot it at the store, and didn't have any handy. Without it, the sauce separated a little, but once I mixed it with the pasta, you couldn't tell.  It was DELICIOUS!! I don't  know what I was expecting, but it was great!! It was just creamy enough and it was still light.  It was great with the chicken! I cant wait to try it again, but this time with the wine!
I really need to work on coming up with titles for these posts.. haha

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Just another taco wednesday?

Tonight we had a little company, and ordering in for 4 people can get expensive. So I decided to go with tacos, even though its Wednesday.  Except this time we opted for ground beef instead of chicken (can you believe it?!) We haven't eaten yet, but they're done and I actually remembered to take pictures. (I thought maybe I'd try it out...) so, here are our taco fixin's!

We also have a little cheese and sour cream with flour tortillas. Dinner time!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

So, I have to admit, I'm having trouble keeping up with this whole blogging thing.  I still haven't figured out if I'm blogging just about cooking, or food, or eating. But I want to be better, I promise!
So, I'm so obsessed with Fresh & Easy.  They're food is such good quality. They have the best pre-made food to just reheat.  But they also have really delicious pre-prepped food. Like pork tenderloin thats marinated or fajitas with marinated steak and chopped up veggies.  Last night we tried their Chicken Florentine. It was a boneless, skinless chicken breast stuffed with cheese, spinach and red bell peppers.  All I had to do was plop it on a baking sheet and stick it in the oven for 30 minutes at 375.  It got me thinking that it would probably be pretty simple to stuff my own chicken with whatever I fancied.  The Florentine was pretty good, but not as cheesy and flavorful as I thought it would be. I also like my chicken to get a pretty good brown on it, but since it was only baked, it was a little hard to get it just right.  I think I'm going to play with the idea of making different kinds of stuffed chicken...I'll let you know how it goes.
With it, I kept it pretty simple.  The chicken breasts were big, and also stuffed with goodies, (and for once I wasn't in the mood for potatoes) so I sauteed up some baby portabello mushrooms.  They were delicious! I just threw them in a pan with some olive oil, garlic salt, pepper and a dash of worcestershire sauce. (What a weird word!!) I thought about throwing some big portabellos on the grill pan, but I thought I would be able to get more flavor out of the babies.
It was a light and easy dinner that gave me some great ideas.  I hope something comes of it!