Appetizer of the Week – Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites

October 16, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites. To make these bites you’ll be needing Polenta, Butter, Sweet Onion, Chopped Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Brown Sugar, Spices, Bacon, and Sliced Wisconsin Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites
Slices of baked polenta are topped with a sweet onion, walnut and dried cherry compote, crisp bacon and a slice of gorgonzola cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:
24 (1/2-inch thick) slices of polenta from a prepared roll
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
8 slices bacon, cut into 2-inch long strips and cooked
6 ounces Wisconsin Creamy Gorgonzola cheese, sliced

Cooking Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Arrange polenta slices on a baking sheet, and bake 5 to 7 minutes per side, until hot.
In a large skillet, heat butter over low heat. Add onion and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add walnuts, cherries, brown sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper and cook 8 to 10 minutes more, until onions are caramelized.
Top each polenta bite with a bacon slice, 1 tablespoon onion mixture and a slice of Wisconsin Gorgonzola cheese.
Serve immediately.
Makes 24 appetizer servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/appetizer/gorgonzola_bacon_polenta_bites_recipe.html

One of America’s Favorites – Cheeseburger

October 11, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Cheeseburger served with French fries

A cheeseburger is a hamburger topped with cheese. Traditionally, the slice of cheese is placed on top of the meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, ingredients, and composition. The cheese is normally added to the cooking hamburger patty shortly before serving, which allows the cheese to melt. As with other hamburgers, a cheeseburger may include toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, or bacon.

In fast food restaurants, the cheese used is normally processed cheese, but other cheeses may be used instead, such as cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, blue cheese, and pepper jack. Also, in rare cases, spinach and olives are added.

 

By the late nineteenth century, the opening of the vast grasslands of the Great Plains to cattle ranching had made it possible for every American to enjoy beef almost daily. Hamburger was one of the cheapest way for even the poorest of Americans to eat beef.

Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have introduced the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”, and “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”

An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O’Dell’s which listed a cheeseburger smothered with chili for 25 cents.

Other restaurants also claim to have invented the cheeseburger. For example, Kaelin’s Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, said it invented the cheeseburger in 1934. One year later, a trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In in Denver, Colorado. According to Steak ‘n Shake archives, the restaurant’s founder, Gus Belt, applied for a trademark on the word in the 1930s. Another example of the hamburger invention. “The history of the hamburger appears to be divided into two aspects: the American-type hamburger, with which most people are familiar, and the idea of the hamburger from Hamburg, Germany. The essential difference is in the name and sandwich. Hamburgers may have been inspired in the German city with the profusion of beef from cows in the country terrain. Given the lack of refrigeration, the meat had to be cooked immediately, and the Hamburg beef patties became popular.
The steamed cheeseburger, a variation almost exclusively served in central Connecticut, is believed to have been invented at a restaurant called Jack’s Lunch in Middletown, Connecticut, in the 1930s.
The largest cheeseburger ever made in the world weighed 2,014 pounds, “60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced onions, 40 pounds of pickles, and 40 pounds of cheese.” The record was broken by Minnesota’s Black Bear Casino breaking the previous Cheeseburger record 881 pounds.
In the United States, National Cheeseburger Day is celebrated annually on September 18.

Some cheeseburger ingredients

The ingredients used to create cheeseburgers follow similar patterns found in the regional variations of hamburgers, although most start with ground beef. Common cheeses used for topping are American, Swiss, and other meltable cheeses. Popular toppings include lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, bacon, avocado or guacamole, sliced sautéed mushrooms, cheese sauce or chili, but the variety of possible toppings is broad.

A cheeseburger may have more than one patty or more than one slice of cheese—it is reasonably common, but by no means automatic, for the number to increase at the same rate with cheese and meat interleaved. A stack of two or more patties follows the same basic pattern as hamburgers: with two patties will be called a double cheeseburger; a triple cheeseburger has three, and while much less common, a quadruple has four. A burger with 20 patties is called a score burger.

Sometimes cheeseburgers are prepared with the cheese enclosed within the ground beef, rather than on top. This is sometimes known as a Jucy Lucy.

Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes

September 28, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes. Find some Delicious and Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes with recipes including Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches, Pumpkin-Oat Mini Muffins, and Spinach and Egg Scramble with Raspberries. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes
Find healthy, delicious diabetes-friendly breakfast recipes and ideas, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches
This veggie-packed breakfast sandwich delivers a healthy serving of protein plus fresh vegetables on low-carbohydrate sandwich bread…………….

Pumpkin-Oat Mini Muffins
These gluten-free pumpkin muffins are packed with oats and chocolate chips. Plus, these mini pumpkin muffins are made entirely in the blender, making cleanup a breeze. If you’d rather make 12 regular-size muffins, bake for 18 to 20 minutes and let cool for 10 minutes before turning them out of the pan………….

Spinach and Egg Scramble with Raspberries
This quick egg scramble with hearty bread is one of the best breakfasts for weight loss. It combines weight-loss power foods, eggs and raspberries, with filling whole-grain toast and nutrient-packed spinach. The protein and fiber help fill you up and the whole meal clocks in at just under 300 calories…………

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Healthy Apple Recipes

September 1, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Apple Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Apple Recipes with recipes including Apple, Bacon and Sweet Potato Mini Casseroles, Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, and Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples and Squash. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Apple Recipes
Find healthy, delicious apple recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Apple, Bacon and Sweet Potato Mini Casseroles
These sweet and savory mini casseroles are ready in just an hour. Refrigerate or freeze the leftovers to enjoy later……….

Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Layering apple slices into grilled cheese sandwiches adds a little crunch to a favorite soup dipper. And creamy butternut squash soup with ginger, cumin and turmeric is a nice change of pace from grilled cheese’s usual tomato soup partner. Serve the duo for a comforting and easy weeknight dinner for the family. The soup keeps well in the fridge, so save leftovers for lunch or dinner later in the week………..

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apples and Squash
This pork tenderloin recipe roasts apples and acorn squash alongside for an easy, delicious weeknight meal. Preheated baking sheets help jump-start the roasting process, ensuring everything gets nicely browned…………

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Sweet Potato Stew

August 31, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recipe for Sweet Potato Stew. To make this Stew you’ll be needing Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Celery, Reduced Sodium Vegetable Broth, Bacon, Fat Free Half and Half, Black Pepper, and Parsley. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Sweet Potato Stew
Take advantage of the sweet potato harvest with this comforting and hearty stew!

Ingredients
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup grated peeled sweet potato
1 cup reduced-sodium vegetable broth or water
2 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
1 cup fat-free half-and-half
Black pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Directions
1 – Place onion, celery, sweet potato, broth, and bacon in slow cooker. Cover; cook on LOW 6 hours or until vegetables are tender.

2 – Increase heat to HIGH. Stir in half-and-half. Add water, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Cook, uncovered, 30 minutes on HIGH or until heated through.

3 – Season to taste with pepper. Stir in parsley.

Yield: 4 servings. Serving size: 1 1/2 cups stew.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 112 calories, Carbohydrates: 18 g, Protein: 5 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 13 mg, Sodium: 280 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/sweet-potato-stew/

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 9, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save that bacon fat………..

There is no limit to how many things you can do with your leftover bacon grease. Fry your eggs in it. Fry your potatoes in it. Even make a bacon candle! The possibilities are endless. Plus you can eat all that bacon that gives you the bacon fat!

Stuffed Peppers with Rice, Apples and Bacon – Stuffed Peppers with Rice, Apples and Bacon

August 1, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is Stuffed Peppers with Rice, Apples and Bacon. To make this week’s Recipe you’ll be needing Bell Peppers, Rice, Chicken Bouillon Powder, Spices, Garlic Clove, Celery, Zucchini, Mushrooms, Apples, Bacon, Salt, Pepper, and fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Stuffed Peppers with Rice, Apples and Bacon
These peppers are easy to prepare and make a great side dish to accompany any meal. Try using a variety of colored peppers to add some color to a winter weekday meal.

Recipe Ingredients:
6 medium sized bell peppers
1 1/2 cups instant rice
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large celery stalks, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 cup button mushrooms, diced
2 cups apples, peeled, seeded and diced
6 strips cooked bacon, roughly chopped
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 – Wash peppers. Remove the top of the pepper and clean out the inside. Place peppers on a baking tray, set aside.
2 – Prepare instant rice following the instructions on the back of the box. Add chicken bouillon powder and dried thyme to the rice water.
3 – In a large saucepan, place 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Sauté onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and celery. Sauté until soft. Add zucchini, mushrooms, apples and chopped bacon. Sauté for five minutes Remove saucepan from heat. Add rice and combine ingredients well.
4 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
5 – Once rice mixture has cooled slightly, stuff each pepper with filling. Place in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
6 – Top each pepper with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
7 – Place pan in oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until peppers are soft.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 325; Total Fat: 14g; Total Carbs: 43g; Protein: 11g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/sidedish/stuffed_peppers_with_rice_apples_and_bacon_recipe.html

One of America’s Favorites – Club Sandwich

July 26, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Club Sandwich

A club sandwich, also called a clubhouse sandwich, is a sandwich of bread (occasionally toasted), sliced cooked poultry, or fried bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It is often cut into quarters or halves and held together by cocktail sticks. Modern versions frequently have two layers which are separated by an additional slice of bread.

The club sandwich may have originated at the Union Club of New York City. The earliest known reference to the sandwich, an article that appeared in The Evening World on November 18, 1889, is also an early recipe; “Have you tried a Union Club sandwich yet? Two toasted pieces of Graham bread, with a layer of turkey or chicken and ham between them, served warm. Several other early references also credit the chef of the Union Club with creating the sandwich.

Other sources, however, find the origin of the club sandwich to be up for debate. Another theory is that the club sandwich was invented in an exclusive Saratoga Springs, New York, gambling club in the late 19th century.

The sandwich is known to have appeared on U.S. restaurant menus as far back as 1899. The earliest reference to the sandwich in published fiction is from Conversations of a Chorus Girl, a 1903 book by Ray Cardell. Historically, club sandwiches featured slices of chicken, but with time, turkey has become increasingly common.

As with a BLT, toasted white bread is standard, along with iceberg lettuce, bacon, and tomatoes. The sandwich is traditionally dressed with mayonnaise. Variations, however, on the traditional club sandwich abound. Some vary the protein, for example, a “breakfast club” that includes eggs or a “roast beef club.” Others include ham (instead of, or in addition to bacon) and/or cheese slices. Vegetarian club sandwiches often include hummus, avocado or spinach, as well as substitute the real bacon with a vegetarian alternative. Mustard and sometimes honey mustard are common condiments. Upscale variations include, for example, the oyster club, the salmon club, and Dungeness crab melt.

The sandwich is commonly served with an accompaniment of either coleslaw, or potato salad, and often garnished with a pickle. The coleslaw or potato salad is often reduced to a “garnish” portion, when the primary accompaniment is an order of french fries or potato chips. Due to high fat and carb content from the bread, bacon and dressing, club sandwiches have sometimes been criticized as unhealthy. In 2000, Burger King came under fire for its chicken club, which contained 700 calories, 44 grams of fat (nine of them saturated), and 1,300 milligrams of sodium, as well as the trans fat from the fryer shortening.

Breakfast Recipes with Potatoes

July 18, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Breakfast Recipes with Potatoes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Breakfast Recipes with Potatoes. Find recipes like- Summer Skillet Vegetable and Egg Scramble, Sweet Pepper Hash Brown Baked Eggs, and Egg, Hash Brown and Bacon Breakfast Skillet. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Breakfast Recipes with Potatoes
Find healthy, delicious breakfast potato recipes including hash browns, home fries and potato pancakes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Summer Skillet Vegetable and Egg Scramble
Don’t toss out those almost-past-their-prime vegetables and fresh herbs. Toss them into this skillet egg scramble for a quick vegetarian meal. Nearly any vegetable will work in this easy skillet recipe, so choose your favorites or use what you have on hand……………

Sweet Pepper Hash Brown Baked Eggs
This hash brown and egg dish with sweet green pepper rings is easy to create and perfect for brunch or breakfast…………

Egg, Hash Brown and Bacon Breakfast Skillet
This breakfast skillet is reminiscent of the hashbrown bowl at Waffle House. It’s filling and tastes decadent, but is still a pretty low-calorie breakfast. Be sure to use a large skillet because although it may seem too big for the amount of ingredients, you need the surface area to get your potatoes crispy (overcrowding your skillet will just steam them)……………..

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One of America’s Favorites – Bacon Explosion

July 12, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A Bacon Explosion on a grill

A Bacon Explosion is a pork dish that consists of bacon wrapped around a filling of spiced sausage and crumbled bacon. The American-football-sized dish is then smoked or baked. It became known after being posted on the BBQ Addicts blog, and spread to the mainstream press with numerous stories discussing the dish. In time, the articles began to discuss the Internet “buzz” itself.

The Bacon Explosion is made of bacon, sausage, barbecue sauce, and barbecue seasoning or rub. The bacon is assembled in a weave to hold the sausage, sauce, and crumbled bacon. Once rolled, the Bacon Explosion is cooked (either smoked or baked), basted, cut, and served. The Bacon Explosion’s creators produced a cookbook featuring the recipes which ultimately won the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for “Best Barbecue Book in the World”. The Bacon Explosion also won at the 2013 Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

Jason Day and Aaron Chronister posted the dish in December 2008 on their “BBQ Addicts” blog. It quickly became an Internet phenomenon, generating more than 500,000 hits and 16,000 links to the blog, and was even included on political blogs because “Republicans like meat.” There are fan clubs and follow-up videos of various attempts to create the dish.

The inventors are experienced barbecue competition participants from Kansas City, and compete in cook-offs as the Burnt Finger BBQ team. According to the Telegraph, “They came up with the delicacy after being challenged on Twitter to create the ultimate bacon recipe.” They christened their innovation the “Bacon Explosion: The BBQ Sausage Recipe of all Recipes.” The Bacon Explosion is similar to a number of previously published recipes. Day and Chronister do not claim to have invented the concept, but assert the term “Bacon Explosion” as a trademark.

Preparing a Bacon Explosion “requires the minimum of culinary talent” and the ingredient list is short. It is made from 2 pounds of thick cut bacon, 2 pounds of Italian sausage, one jar of barbecue sauce, and one jar of barbecue rub/seasoning. The Bacon Explosion is constructed by weaving the bacon together to serve as a base. The base is seasoned and followed by the layering of sausage meat and crumbled bacon. Barbecue sauce and more seasoning is added before rolling it into a giant “sausage-shaped monster” inside aluminum foil. It takes about an hour per inch of thickness to cook and is then basted with more barbecue sauce, sliced into rounds, and served.

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