One of America’s Favorites – Grilled Cheese

March 25, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A grilled cheese sandwich is a sandwich generally made with one or more varieties of cheese (a cheese sandwich) on any sort of grilled or toasted bread, such as flat bread or wheat bread, that may include spreads such as butter or mayonnaise. Additional ingredients such as pepperoni and ham are also common.

Cheese sandwiches commonly referred to as a grilled cheese sandwich or a cheese toastie, are sandwiches that can be grilled so that the bread toasts and the cheese melts. A grilled cheese is often heated by placing the buttered slices of bread, with the cheese between the slices, on a frying pan or griddle. Grilled cheese is not typically made on a grill.

Another form of cooked cheese sandwich is the cheese toastie or toastie, a dish particularly popular in the United Kingdom that is prepared by either baking or grilling a cheese sandwich in an oven, or toasting bag in an electric toaster, or using a pie iron in order to toast the bread and melt the cheese. Cheddar is the most common cheese used in a toastie. It is usually served as a snack, or as a (usually lunchtime) meal, in most cases with a side of salad.

Cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food according to food historians, popular across the world in many cultures. Evidence indicates that, in the U.S., the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became readily available. The cheese dream, an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich, became popular in the U.S. during the Great Depression.

U.S. government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II. Many versions of the grilled cheese sandwich can now be found on restaurant menus across the U.S. and internationally.

In the United States, grilled cheese sandwiches are often served with soup (usually tomato soup), and may be served as a whole meal.

A grilled cheese sandwich with American cheese served with tomato soup

A grilled cheese sandwich is assembled by creating a cheese filling between two slices of bread, which is then heated until the bread crisps and the cheese melts. It is sometimes combined with an additional ingredient such as peppers, tomatoes, or onions, though many other ingredients may be used. Several different methods of heating the sandwich are used, depending on the region and personal preference. Common methods include being cooked on a griddle, grilled, fried in a pan or made in a panini grill or sandwich toaster. This last method is more common in the United Kingdom, where the sandwiches are normally called “toasted sandwiches” or “toasties”, and in Australia, where they are called “jaffles”.

Some restaurants, food carts and food trucks in the United States specialize in the grilled cheese sandwich. The Grilled Cheese Grill restaurants are a combination of reclaimed vehicle and food cart restaurants that focus on gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches in Portland, Oregon. The Grilled Cheese Truck is an American food truck company serving gourmet “chef driven” grilled cheese sandwiches. The company started in Los Angeles, California in 2009, and has since expanded throughout Southern California, Phoenix, San Antonio and Austin. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is a restaurant in San Francisco, California that specializes in the sandwich.

 

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week -Porcini Pasta

March 11, 2019 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday, PBS | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a recipe for Porcini Pasta. Spaghetti, Fresh Porcini Mushrooms, and Parmigiano-Reggiano make up this recipe. Several sites has versiuons of this recipe but I went with the one from the PBS/Recipes website. Check out the PBS site for some fantastic recipes! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.pbs.org/food/

Porcini Pasta

Ingredients
6 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
150 grams spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
180 grams fresh porcini mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
30 grams Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions
1 – Bring the water and salt to a boil and then add the spaghetti. Boil the spaghetti until it is just shy of al dente (about 7 minutes).
2 – While the pasta is boiling, add the olive oil and porcini mushrooms to a frying pan and saute over medium-high heat until browned around the edges and cooked through. Transfer the porcinis to a clean bowl and set aside.
3 – When the pasta is done, pour 1/4 cup of the boiling liquid into the pan that you sauteed the mushrooms in and then drain the pasta.
4 – Add the butter to the pan with the pasta water and whisk together to emulsify over medium-high heat.
5 – Add the pasta and toss to coat. Turn off the heat, add the cheese a bit at a time until it’s fully incorporated into a creamy sauce.
6 – Return the sauteed porcinis to the pan and toss to distribute evenly.
http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/porcini-pasta/

Garlic-Herb Linguine w/ Argentinean Red Shrimp

March 10, 2019 at 5:31 PM | Posted in pasta, seafood, shrimp | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Garlic-Herb Linguine w/ Argentinean Red Shrimp

 

 

To start my Sunday Morning off I had Glier’s Turkey Goetta and Hash Browns. It had been a while since I’ve had Turkey Goetta. I picked up a roll of it at Kroger the other day. I sat it in the freezer after I got up for 30 minutes. Reason being is that it slices a lot better and stays together when sliced as a patty. I fried a couple of slices up in a small skillet that I sprayed with Pam Non Stick Spray, fried until both sides were golden brown. Then I also prepared some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns. When done I sprinkled it with Sargento Off the Block Sharp Cheddar. The Goetta goes great with Hash Browns! Cloudy, windy, and 48 degrees out today. After Breakfast I went to McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom. She loves those Golden Arches Breakfasts! Mom went on to Church afterward. I did a couple of loads of laundry and cleaned the house today. For Dinner tonight I tried Argentinean Red Shrimp for the first time. I prepared Garlic-Herb Linguine w/ Argentinean Red Shrimp.

 

 

 

I purchased a frozen bag of Private Selection Antarctic Wild Caught Argentinean Red Shrimp at Kroger last week and couldn’t wait to try it! They come peeled and deveined. The description for Red Shrimp reads; Private Selection Antarctic Wild Caught Argentinean Red Shrimp are native to the antarctic waters off the coast of Argentinian and are prized for their succulent and buttery lobster-like taste and texture. There’s 90 calories in a serving of 6 Shrimp.

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare the Shrimp I got a large skillet, sprayed it with Pam and added 1 table spoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and a pat of Blue Bonnet Light Butter. Heated the skillet on medium heat. I seasoned the Shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning. Old Bay is perfect for all Seafood and Chicken. When the Skillet was heated and ready I added the Shrimp. Cooked them for 4 minutes, turning them over after 2 minutes. And done! They fried up easy and they have an excellent flavor to them. And they are a lot like Lobster! I’ll be using these again.

 

 

 

 

 

As the Shrimp was cooking I prepared the Barilla Whole Grain Linguine. I brought a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cooked the Linguine at a boil until tender, about 11 minutes; drain and transferred pasta to a large bowl.Then I mixed melted Butter, minced Garlic, and Parsley in a small bowl; and drizzled over the Linguine and toss to coat. Season Pasta with seasoned Sea Salt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the Dish I made a bed of the Linguine in a bowl. Topped it with the Red Shrimp with a sprinkle of Kraft Grated Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese. The Red Shrimp is so good and works perfect with Linguine! I had also baked a loaf of La Baguetterie Roasted Garlic Oval Bread that I got from Meijer. I love Shrimp and Pasta! For Dessert later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barilla Whole Grain Linguine

Made with one simple ingredient, whole grain durum wheat flour, Barilla® Whole Grain Linguine is an excellent source of fiber. This pasta is ideal for anyone seeking to increase their intake of fiber and whole grains without sacrificing taste.

Barilla Whole Grain pasta is made with non-GMO ingredients. For more information, please read our position.

Linguine is made from long, flat strands of pasta, but is thin and narrow. Linguine, which means “little tongues” in Italian, originated in the Liguria region of Italy. Barilla Whole Grain Linguine cooks up perfectly al dente everytime, delivering the delicious taste and texture you expect in every bite.

BENEFITS
* Made with 100% Whole Wheat
* Good source of Fiber
* Delicious taste and texture
https://www.barilla.com/en-us/products/pasta/whole-grain/whole-grain-linguine

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

February 17, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes. Time saving and delicious Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes with recipes like; Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats with Banana, Peanut Butter Protein Overnight Oats, and Savory Curry-Cashew Overnight Oats. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes
Find healthy, delicious overnight oatmeal recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats with Banana
It takes just a few minutes to prepare these overnight oats and you will be all set with 4 packable healthy breakfasts to enjoy throughout the week. Use whatever milk you have on hand for this easy meal-prep breakfast recipe………..

Peanut Butter Protein Overnight Oats
Powdered peanut butter is a handy pantry staple that makes a great vegan protein booster for oatmeal and smoothies. Double or triple this recipe to meal-prep breakfasts for the week or to have breakfast ready for the entire family…….

Savory Curry-Cashew Overnight Oats
If you think oatmeal can only be sweet, this savory oats recipe will change your mind. Rich curry powder pairs perfectly with nutty cashews and sweet-tart raisins for a unique whole-grain breakfast (or dinner!)………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21919/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/cereals/oatmeal/overnight/

One of America’s Favorites – Mashed Potatoes

February 4, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Mashed Potato

Mashed potato (British English) or mashed potatoes (American English and Canadian English), colloquially known as mash, is a dish prepared by mashing boiled, peeled potatoes. Milk and butter are frequently used in preparation and it is frequently whipped at the end. The dish is usually a side dish to meat and/or vegetables. The closely related smashed potatoes dish is made with unskinned potatoes and it is hand mashed and not whipped.

Recipes for making the dish started appearing in 1747 with an entry in The Art of Cookery by Hannah Glasse. Dehydrated and frozen mashed potatoes are available in many supermarkets.

Mashed potato may be used as an intermediary ingredient for other dishes such as dumplings and gnocchi, in which case the potatoes may be baked or boiled, and may or may not have dairy or seasoning added.

The use of “floury” types of potatoes is recommended, although “waxy” potatoes are sometimes used for a different texture. There are a multitude of “floury” types, but the most commonly known include russet, golden wonder, and red rascal potatoes. Butter, vegetable oil, milk and/or cream are usually added to improve flavor and texture, and the potatoes are seasoned with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs and spices. Popular ingredients and seasonings include: garlic, cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, crisp onion or spring onion, caramelised onion, mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish, spices such as nutmeg, and chopped herbs such as parsley.

One French variation adds egg yolk for pommes duchesse or Duchess potatoes; piped through a pastry tube into wavy ribbons and rosettes, brushed with butter and lightly browned. Pomme purée (potato puree) uses considerably more butter than normal mashed potato – up to one part butter for every two parts potato. In low-calorie or non-dairy variations, milk, cream and butter may be replaced by soup stock or broth. Aloo Bharta, an Indian sub-continent variation, uses chopped onions, mustard (oil, paste or seeds), chili pepper, coriander leaves and other spices.

Mashed potato served with Frankfurter Rippchen, sauerkraut and mustard

Mashed potato can be served as a side dish, and is often served with sausages in the British Isles, where they are known as bangers and mash. Mashed potato can be an ingredient of various other dishes, including shepherd’s and cottage pie, pierogi, colcannon, dumplings, potato pancakes, potato croquettes and gnocchi. Particularly runny mashed potatoes are called mousseline potatoes.

In the United Kingdom, the cold mashed potato is mixed with fresh eggs and then fried until crisp to produce the potato cake. This dish is thought to have originated in Cornwall and is a popular breakfast item. When instead combined with meat and other leftover vegetables, the fried dish is known as bubble and squeak.

A popular accompaniment to mashed potatoes in the United States is gravy. The most common forms of gravy paired with mashed potatoes are beef gravy or turkey gravy, though vegetable gravy is becoming more common as the vegetarian and vegan trends see a rise in popularity.

A potato masher is a utensil which can be used to prepare the potatoes, as is a potato ricer. They may also be whipped with an electric hand mixer, or with sufficient boiling, can be mashed effectively with a durable wooden spoon and brute force.

 

One of America’s Favorites – Sautéed Mushrooms

January 14, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Baby bella (portobello) mushrooms being sautéed

Sautéed mushrooms (French: Champignons sautés au beurre) is a flavorful dish prepared by sautéing edible mushrooms. It is served as a side dish, used as an ingredient in dishes such as coq au vin and beef bourguignon, in foods such as duxelles, as a topping for steaks and toast, and also as a garnish.

Sautéed mushrooms is a common dish prepared by the sautéing of sliced or whole edible mushrooms. Butter is typically used when sautéing the dish, and margarine and cooking oils such as olive oil and canola oil are also used. Clarified butter can be used, as can a mixture of oil and butter. The dish is typically cooked for over a high heat until the mushrooms are browned, with the oil or butter being very hot in a pan before the mushrooms are added. Overcooking may create an inferior dish by the causing the mushrooms to lose moisture and becoming shriveled.

During the cooking process, the dish can be deglazed with the use of wine, and wine can be used as an ingredient in and of itself without deglazing. The dish can be flavored with lemon juice, various herbs and seasonings, salt and pepper. Additional ingredients such as minced green onions and shallots can also be used. The dish is vegetarian, and may have a meat-like texture.

A steak topped with sautéed shiitake mushrooms

Sautéed mushrooms is sometimes served as a side dish, and is also used as an ingredient in the preparation of dishes and foods such as beef bourguignon, coq au vin, poulet en cocotte, Poulet Saute Chasseur, soups and stews, sauces, and duxelles, a paste prepared by sautéing mushrooms, onions, shallots, and herbs in butter. Sautéed mushrooms is also used as a topping for cooked steaks and toast, as a side dish meant to specifically accompany steaks, and as a garnish. The dish can serve to add significant flavor to various dishes, in part per the glutamic acid present in the cells of edible mushrooms.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 6, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pass the Olive Oil……….

Instead of tossing a pat of butter into your frying pan, try a splash of extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil.

Healthy French Toast Recipes

December 4, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy French Toast Recipes. Start your day off with some delicious and healthy French Toast with recipes like; Pumpkin-Walnut Baked French Toast with Maple-Coffee Syrup, Maple-Apple Drenched French Toast, and Stuffed French Toast. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy French Toast Recipes
Find healthy, delicious French toast recipes including cinnamon and low-calorie French toast. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Pumpkin-Walnut Baked French Toast with Maple-Coffee Syrup
This overnight French toast recipe is especially tasty with the addition of canned pumpkin and spices. Topped with a coffee-flavored maple syrup and optional fruit, it’s sure to be a fall or winter favorite with everyone at your table………

Maple-Apple Drenched French Toast
Topped with tasty pecans and a delicious apple and maple syrup blend, this French toast is sure to become a go-to recipe for special breakfasts or brunches……………

Stuffed French Toast
One slice of French toast oozing with cream cheese and drizzled with melted fruit spread does not have many more calories or grams of fat than a bowl of most breakfast cereals……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy French Toast Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22784/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/toast/french-toast/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 16, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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My neighbor passed this Turkey prep hint along to me……..

Rub the turkey with butter or oil – Before putting it in the oven, make sure the skin of the turkey is as dry as possible, and then rub it all over with butter or oil. For even moister meat, place pats of butter under the skin.

One of America’s Favorites – Biscuits

October 29, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Biscuits

A biscuit in the United States and parts of Canada, is a variety of small baked goods with a firm browned crust and a soft interior. They are made with baking powder or baking soda as a chemical leavening agent rather than yeast. They are similar to British scones or the bannock from the Shetland Isles.

Biscuits, soda breads, and cornbread, among others, are often referred to collectively as “quick breads”, to indicate that they do not need time to rise before baking.

Although the American English and British English use the same word to refer to two distinctly different modern foods, early hard biscuits (North American: cookies), were derived from a simple, storable version of bread. The word “biscuit” itself originates from the medieval Latin word ‘biscoctus’, meaning “twice-cooked”.

The modern Italian baked goods known as biscotti (also meaning “twice-cooked” in Italian) most closely resemble the Medieval Latin item and cooking technique.

In the Hispanic world a bizcocho refers to an array of differing baked goods depending on the country, from Spain and throughout Hispanic America. In the Philippines, a biskotso (also spelled “biscocho”), derived from a word used by the Spanish conquerors, refers to a type of garlic bread.

The definitive explanation for the differences in the usage of “biscuit” in the English speaking world is provided by Elizabeth David in English Bread and Yeast Cookery, in the chapter “Yeast Buns and Small Tea Cakes” and section “Soft Biscuits”. She writes,

It is interesting that these soft biscuits are common to Scotland and Guernsey, and that the term biscuit as applied to a soft product was retained in these places, and in America, whereas in England it has completely died out.

Early European settlers in the United States brought with them a simple, easy style of cooking, most often based on ground wheat and warmed with gravy.

Biscuits and Gravy

The biscuit emerged as a distinct food type in the early 19th century, before the American Civil War. Cooks created a cheaply produced addition for their meals that required no yeast, which was expensive and difficult to store. With no leavening agents except the bitter-tasting pearlash available, beaten biscuits were laboriously beaten and folded to incorporate air into the dough which expanded when heated in the oven causing the biscuit to rise. In eating, the advantage of the biscuit over a slice of bread was that it was harder, and hence kept its shape when wiping up gravy in the popular combination biscuits and gravy.

In 1875, Alexander P. Ashbourne patented the first biscuit cutter. It consisted of a board to roll the biscuits out on, which was hinged to a metal plate with various biscuit cutter shapes mounted to it.

Southern chefs may have had an advantage in creating biscuits. Northern American all-purpose flours, mainly grown in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, are made from the hard spring wheats that grow in the North’s cold-winter climate. Southern American bleached all-purpose flours, originally grown in the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee before national food distribution networks, are made from the soft winter wheat that grows in the warm southern summer. This summer growth results in wheat that has less protein, which is more suited to the creation of quick breads, as well as cookies, cakes and muffins.

Pre-shaped ready-to-bake biscuits can be purchased in supermarkets, in the form of small refrigerated cylindrical segments of dough encased in a cardboard can. These refrigerator biscuits were patented by Ballard and Ballard in 1931.

Biscuits can be prepared for baking in several ways. The dough can be rolled out flat and cut into rounds, which expand when baked into flaky-layered cylinders. If extra liquid is added, the

Open biscuit with honey being drizzled in it

dough’s texture changes to resemble stiff pancake batter so that small spoonfuls can be dropped into the baking sheet to produce “drop biscuits”, which are more amorphous in texture and shape.

Large drop biscuits, because of their size and rough exterior texture, are sometimes referred to as “cat head biscuits”. A common variation on basic biscuits is “cheese biscuits”, made by adding grated Cheddar or American cheese to the basic recipe.

Home cooks may use refrigerator biscuits for a quicker alternative to rolled or drop biscuits. Refrigerator biscuits can even be cooked over a campfire on a stick.

A sweet biscuit layered or topped with fruit (typically strawberries), juice-based syrup, and cream is called shortcake. A type of biscuit called an “angel biscuit” contains yeast as well, as do those made with a sourdough starter.

While there are many different ways to prepare and top biscuits, the ingredients from recipe to recipe are generally the same. Most recipes will call for all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, either milk or buttermilk, and either butter or shortening (about half will also call for a small amount of sugar as well). The amount of each ingredient will vary for each recipe much the general concept is the same for these simple baked goods.

Biscuits
Open biscuit with honey being drizzled in it

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