Happy New Year Everyone!

December 31, 2016 at 6:12 PM | Posted in cooking, Food | 2 Comments
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Happy New Year Everyone! And I would like to say “Thank You” to each and everyone of you for following, reading, and reblogging my posts. I look forward to sharing new recipes and posts throughout the upcoming 2017 year!




Cooking The Italian Provinces – Rome

December 31, 2016 at 6:05 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Rome covers almost one-third of the Lazio region and is the capital of Italy. Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years. While Roman mythology dates the founding of Rome ar…

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Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Parmesan Cheese

December 31, 2016 at 6:02 PM | Posted in pasta, Pasta Roni, shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Parmesan Cheese



Started my day off with a Poached Egg. Then I toasted a couple of slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, topped with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and made my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Nice start to the day! In the 20’s to start the day and reached into the 40’s for a high but had rain showers on and off throughout the day. Did a couple of loads of laundry for Mom. Then I had to repair a shelf in the pantry. And that was pretty much it for the day. Settled in for an afternoon of Football and Basketball. For Dinner tonight I prepared Shrimp w/ Pasta Roni – Parmesan Cheese.



Shrimp, Tomato Pesto Sauce, Whole Grain Rotini, and Baked French 003
For the Shrimp part of the dish I used Kroger Brand Jumbo Shrimp. I had them in the freezer so I let them thaw overnight in the fridge. I love Shrimp and all Seafood. For the Shrimp; I started by rinsing the Shrimp off in cold water and letting it dry in a colander. Using a medium size skillet, that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and a 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, that I heated on medium heat I cooked the Shrimp. I seasoned them with Old Bay Seasoning. Cooked them 2 minutes per side, turning the Shrimp once. And as the Shrimp was cooking I started to prepare the Pasta.

I’ve prepared this several times now, sometimes I make using Chicken but Shrimp is my favorite. Rice – A – Roni, Pasta Roni is an Angel Hair Pasta in a Parmesan Sauce with other natural flavors. It comes with the Pasta Parm Pulled Chicken w Pasta Roni - Parmesan Cheese 001Sauce and I added; 1 1/3 cups of water, 2/3 cups of 2% milk, and 2 tablespoons of Blue Bonnet Light Butter. Then to prepare it; In a medium saucepan bring water, milk, margarine or butter to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken. There’s 2 servings per box. Nice seasoning and the Parmesan Sauce is very flavorful. I topped the Pasta with some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese and the Shrimp. Too good, this makes one delicious Shrimp and Pasta Dish! Love these Semi-Homemade Meals! I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread and had a Coke Zero to drink. For Dessert later I had a Weight Watcher’s Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.


Pasta Roni – Parmesan Cheese
Inspired by the flavors of Italy, our Pasta Roni® Parmesan Cheese flavor blends angel hair pasta in a ParmPasta Roni Parm Cheeseesan cheese sauce with other natural flavors your whole family will enjoy. This flavorful dish is the perfect complement to your family’s favorite Italian recipes.

What You’ll Need
1 1/3 cups of water
2/3 cups of milk
2 tablespoons of margarine*
What You’ll Do:
In a medium saucepan bring water, milk, margarine or butter to a boil. Then slowly stir in pasta and Special Seasonings. Separate pasta with a fork, if needed. Return to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium. Boil uncovered, 4-5 min. or until pasta is just tender, stirring frequently.
Sauce will be thin. Let stand 3-5 min. to thicken.



December 31, 2016 at 9:32 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Apples are one of my favorite snacking fruits, so I’ve certainly been doing my share of that!

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Meanwhile back at the SayersBrook Bison Ranch…. Its Corned Bison!

December 31, 2016 at 6:14 AM | Posted in SayersBrook Ranch | Leave a comment
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This week from the SayersBrook Bison Ranch (http://www.sayersbrook.com/) its Corned Bison! Corned Beef made even healthier by using Bison. And the Corned Bison is just one of many delicious and healthy cuts of meat that you can choose from at the SayersBrook website (http://www.sayersbrook.com/). You can choose from Bison, Elk, Wild Boar, Ostrich, and more! Great selections that you can purchase in small amounts or in larger amounts. Now more about the Corned Bison.

Corned Bison: 2 lbs. (32 oz)corned-bison

A little kraut, a little dressing, a couple slices of rye…this is a truly wonderful treat. It’s lean; it’s tender; it’s delicious. and Reuben sandwiches are only one of the great things that you can make with our corned bison. Use it the same way that you would use corned beef. The possibilities are endless. Of course, you have the added benefits of bison – the healthy alternative to beef. Each order includes 2 (1 lb) packages of Sliced Corned Bison.
Reuben never had it so good. 2 (1 lb) packages Corned Bison.


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Turkey Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

December 31, 2016 at 6:09 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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We have this from time to time and everyone loves it,Turkey Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos! Using the Jennie – O Turkey Sausage, Fat Free Cream Cheese, and Kraft Light Ranch Dressing you’re making that much healthier without missing any of the flavor. Don’t forget to Make the Switch! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2017!



Turkey Sausage Stuffed JalapenosJennie O Make the Switch

1 pound Jennie – O Ground Turkey Sausage
1 (8 ounce) package Fat Free Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup shredded Kraft Parmesan Cheese
1 pound large fresh Jalapeno Peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 (8 ounce) bottle Kraft Light Ranch Dressing (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
1 – Place turkey sausage in a skillet over medium heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain grease.
2 – In a bowl, mix the sausage, cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Spoon about 1 tablespoon sausage mixture into each jalapeno half. Arrange stuffed halves in baking dishes.
3 – Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned. Serve with Ranch dressing.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 31, 2016 at 6:07 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Before using a measuring cup for a sticky liquid like honey or syrup, coat the inside with oil or nonstick cooking spray. The liquid will pour out more easily and make clean up easier also.

December 31st is National Vinegar Day!

December 31, 2016 at 6:05 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Five Food Finds about Vinegar Vinegar has been used for 10,000 years. It just might be the world’s oldest ingredient.     The main uses for white distilled vinegar are cooking/food prepar…

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The Mountain Kitchen’s Best Recipes of 2016 | The Mountain Kitchen

December 30, 2016 at 6:33 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The end of the year is a time of reflection and we wanted to see the most popular recipes from The Mountain Kitchen. Here are the best recipes of 2016!

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Turkey Whole Wheat Taco Boats

December 30, 2016 at 5:52 PM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, Old El Paso Products, Ortega, tacos | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Turkey Whole Wheat Taco Boats




For Breakfast this morning I heated up a couple of Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Links, Poached an Egg, toasted 2 slices of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread, and made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Cold and windy day out there today. About 26 this morning and a high of 33 degrees. Had some Snow Flurries on and off also. Good day to stay in and get caught up on a few things around the house. For Dinner tonight its Turkey Whole Wheat Taco Boats.




It had been a while since I had the Old El Paso Taco Boats, and the first time I’ve had the Whole Wheat Boats. Love these things but I just don’t have them that often. They are nice size and are perfect for stuffing them with ingredients. The Whole Wheat version is 130 calories and 19 net carbs per serving, 2 Boats per serving. And 2 of them is plenty for your meal!

To make these I’ll need; For the Taco – 1 package Old El Paso Whole Wheat Taco Boats, 1 packturkey-whole-wheat-taco-boats-001age Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix – 25% Less Sodium, 1 tablespoon Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 lb Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, Ground Roasted Cumin and Dried Cilantro – to taste, 2/3 cup Water. For the Toppings – 1 cup canned Old El Paso™ refried beans – heated, 1 cup Daisy Reduced Fat Sour Cream, 1 cup shredded Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Reduced Fat Cheese, 1 small can Lindsay Sliced Black Olives, and 1 cup Shredded Lettuce. With these ingredients you know this is going to be delicious! The Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce that I use has to be the best Taco Sauce I’ve ever had! Love this stuff. It has a fantastic taste to it with just the right amount of heat.



To start I prepared the Taco Boats. I preheated the oven on 325 degrees. Next I wrapped 2 of the Tortillas in foil and placed them on a small cookie sheet. Baked them for 7 minutes, until warmed through. Removed them from the oven, left the foil on them to keep them warm.






As the Tortillas were heating up in the oven I prepared the I’m using Jennie -O extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast. Love all the Jennie -O Turkey Products, always fresh and low calorie and low carb. I started by frying the Ground Turkey till it was no longer pink in Extra Light Olive Oil and seasoning it with Sea Salt, Ground Roasted Cumin, Cilantro Flakes. As the Turkey was finishing cooking I added 1 package of Old El Paso Low Sodium Taco Seasoning and 3/4 cup Water, continued to cook and stir for an additional 6 minutes. Jennie -O and Old El Paso together make one fine Taco!



And as the Turkey was cooking and the Taco Boats baking, I heated up the can of Refried Beans. I used a small sauce pan that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray and added a 1/2 tablespoon of the Extra Light Olive Oil. I always add the Olive Oil to the Refried Beans,it gives a creamier texture and prevents it from sticking in the sauce pan. Always be careful of over heating these besides extra cleaning of your pan it also affects the texture of the Beans. Took the pan off the burner when heated and set aside until needed.


With everything heated I assembled my Taco Boat. Unwrapped the heated Taco Boats, I first added some Lettuce to turkey-whole-wheat-taco-boats-015the bottom of the Boat. The Lettuce down first helps to keep too much moisture from softening up the bottom of the Taco Boats. Next I added a layer of Turkey Taco Meat, then I sprinkled some of the sliced Black Olives, next a thin coat of the Refried Beans, more Lettuce, the Shredded Cheese, and finally the Chipotle Taco Sauce. And what a meal, Taco Night just got better! The Taco Boats held together great and the ingredients all worked together to make one delicious dish. Below I left a list of all the ingredients. For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.




Turkey Whole Wheat Taco Boats
1 package Old El Paso Whole Wheat Taco Boatsturkey-whole-wheat-taco-boats-001
1 package Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix – 25% Less Sodium
1 tablespoon Extra Light Olive Oil
1 lb Jennie – O Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
Ground Roasted Cumin and Dried Cilantro, to taste
2/3 cup Water
1 cup canned Old El Paso™ Refried Beans, heated
1 cup Daisy Reduced Fat Sour Cream
Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce, to taste
1 cup shredded Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Reduced Fat Cheese
1 small can Lindsay Sliced Black Olives
1 cup Shredded Lettuce


Old El Paso Whole Wheat Taco Boatsold-el-paso-whole-wheat-taco-boats

Traditional ground beef gets a flavor boost with fresh basil, serrano chiles and soy sauce, then is stuffed in whole wheat boats topped with fresh veggies.

Whole Grain Wheat, Water, Glycerin, Interesterified Soybean Oil, Baking Powder (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda). Contains less than 2% of: Corn Syrup Solids, Vital Wheat Gluten, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Salt, Potassium Sorbate and Calcium Propionate (preservatives), Fumaric Acid, DATEM, Enzymes. Contains Wheat Ingredients

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