Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 11, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Use Salt to Clean Your Cast-Iron Pans…………………

Cleaning a cast-iron pan with salt. It’s a fast and easy way to soak up the oils that could go rancid in the pan without using soap that will break down your seasoning and make your pan rusty. It will also help dry out any stuck-on bits for easier removal. Pass the salt please!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 29, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Use Salt to Clean Your Cast-Iron Pans…………………………

Cleaning a cast-iron pan with salt – It’s a fast and easy way to soak up the oils that could go rancid in the pan without using soap that will break down your seasoning and make your pan rusty. It will also help dry out any stuck-on bits for easier removal. Take care of those Cast Irons!

Healthy Recipes for Cast-Iron Skillets

July 24, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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Healthy Recipes for Cast-Iron Skillets from the EatingWell website and Magazine. Find Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Cast-Iron Skillets with recipes like; Strip Steaks with Smoky Cilantro Sauce and Roasted Vegetables, Charred Tomato and Chicken Tacos, and Peach and Blueberry Cobbler. Get those Cast Iron Skillets ready! You can find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Recipes for Cast-Iron Skillets
Use your cast-iron skillet in these delicious cast-iron recipes for dinner, side dishes and desserts.

Strip Steaks with Smoky Cilantro Sauce and Roasted Vegetables
In this healthy dinner recipe, a cast-iron pan does double duty by searing the steaks and roasting the vegetables. Not a fan of cilantro? The sauce is great with parsley instead…….

Charred Tomato and Chicken Tacos
Charring tomatoes in a cast-iron skillet yields smoky results………

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
This is a healthier version of a traditional cobbler, with canola oil in place of some of the butter and whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Unlike more classic biscuit-topped cobblers, the peaches and blueberries are nestled into a tender batter that swells around the fruit as it bakes. Other fruits may be substituted. It’s especially beautiful when baked in and served right from a cast-iron skillet……………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Recipes for Cast-Iron Skillets
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22136/cooking-methods-styles/cast-iron-skillet/slideshow/healthy-recipes-for-cast-iron-skillets/

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

May 2, 2019 at 6:29 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, greenbeans, pork roast | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

 

 

To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 80 degrees with passing showers and thunderstorms. Went to Walmart Garden Center and bought a new Garden Water Hose. Also bought a couple of Rosemary and Italian Parsley Plants. Cleaned up the driveway area, tons of dead June Bugs and Maple Seeds every day. For Dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m using the Costco, always delicious, Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a couple of packages out of the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Medallions to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then baked them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

 

 

 

 

To go with the Medallions I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I also heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. I also baked a loaf of Garlic Oval Loaf Bread. Then for Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Facts….

One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 11, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Cleaning your Cast Iron Skillet…….

Don’t worry about drying a wet pan with a towel, just place the pan back on a burner on low heat. Allow it to sit until all moisture evaporates from the inside, the outside, and even on handles. (As a bonus, this tip will save your kitchen towels from brown cast iron stains!) Allow pan to cool before handling again. Also a light sheen of little oil in a cast iron pan is a good thing. It will improve the non-stick properties and prevent rust.

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

October 15, 2018 at 5:30 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, greenbeans, Pork | 6 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

 

 


To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Multi Grain English Muffin. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 35 degrees and rain this morning. Rained most of the day and a high of 55 degrees. Having a rough day with allergies today and with weather being bad it’s a good day just to relax and take it easy. For Dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.

 

 

 


I’m using the Costco the always delicious Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a couple of packages out of the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 

 


To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Medallions to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then baked them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

 

To go with the Medallions I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Then I also heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. I also baked a loaf of RiverRoad Bake House Garlic Oval Loaf Bread. Then for Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Diet Mango Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

Pork Facts….

One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

September 26, 2018 at 5:26 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, Pork, pork tenderloin | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

 

 

To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a slice of toasted Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Morning showers then cloudy the rest of the day, high of 71 degrees. At 9:30 I had to be back at the Family Lawyer Office to sign the final papers on my Will. Afterward stopped by a house that a friend of mine remodeling and putting it back up for sale. He’s been flipping houses for 5 years now. Good catching up with him. Then stopped by Kroger on the way home to pick up a few items. For Dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.

 

 

 


On my last visit to Costco I had bought another package of the always delicious Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. They cut it fresh for me and seasoned it as I shopped like last time. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a couple of packages out of the freezer and let them thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 


To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Medallions to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then baked them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

 


To go with the Medallions I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better.

 

 

 

 

 


Then I also heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. Then for Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Facts….


One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 26, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Cast Iron Skillets……………..

* Always preheat a cast iron skillet before cooking in it.

* When baking, cast iron produces nicely browned, caramelized edges. But because the pans hold heat so well, foods can easily over-bake, drying them out and burning the bottom. If you aren’t getting good results when baking, try reducing the oven temperature by about 25 degrees.

* Cast iron pans must be completely dry before storing to ensure that they don’t rust. After washing, dry your cast iron well with a clean dishtowel and consider drying the pan further in the oven or on the stovetop. Simply place the pan in a warm oven until completely dry, or set it over a low flame on the stove for about five minutes.

* Your cast iron skillet will last forever if you take care of it.

Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

May 2, 2018 at 5:21 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, Pork, pork tenderloin | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans

 

 

To start my morning off I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. What a day outside today, 80 degrees and sunny! We were all wondering if Spring would ever get here, and I think it has. Had the 4 wheel cart out most of the day enjoying the weather. Then later on went over to spend some time with Dad, he wasn’t up to power today. For Dinner tonight I prepared Tuscan Seasoned Pork Medallions w/ Mashed Potatoes and Cut Green Beans.

 

 

On my last visit to Costco I had bought another package of the always delicious Tuscan Seasoned Pork Loin Medallions. They cut it fresh for me and seasoned it as I shopped. The package had 20 slices in it and have them in the Freezer. So Last night I grabbed a package out of the freezer and let it thaw overnight in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

To start I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. To prepare them I used a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray and added 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heated it on medium heat. I then lightly Salted the Pork with Sea Salt and a sprinkle of McCormick Dried Parsley. Added the Pork to the skillet and cooked it for 2 minutes a side, as it just started to brown. Then from the stove to the oven, love Cast Iron Skillets! I then backed them to a medium rare, 145 degrees in the center of the medallions using a meat thermometer. Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorites. The Pork is so tender and flavorful. Seasoned just right and so moist.

 

 


To go with the Medallions I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better.

 

 

 

 


Then I also heated up a large can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. Then for Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Facts….
One serving of pork is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. An image of the portion size is important because a thick pork chop can be twice that size and without realizing it you can eat double the calories. You’ll get 137 calories and 4 grams of fat from a 3-ounce pork chop. Pork is similar to chicken, with 3 ounces of chicken breast containing 140 calories and 3 grams of fat. A pork chop has 65 milligrams of cholesterol, compared to 72 grams in chicken breast, but they both have just 1 gram of saturated fat.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 28, 2017 at 6:24 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Taking care of your Cast Iron Skillets……….

When cleaning your Cast iron pans they must be completely dry before storing to ensure that they don’t rust. After washing, dry your cast iron well with a clean dish towel and consider drying the pan further in the oven or on the stovetop. Simply place the pan in a warm oven until completely dry, or set it over a low flame on the stove for about five minutes. Also if you’re looking for some Cast Iron Skillet Recipes,  there’s a lot of great cookbooks out there for Cast Iron Skillet Recipes!

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