One of America’s Favorites – Étouffée

July 20, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Crawfish étouffée, served at a restaurant in New Orleans

Étouffée or etouffee (French: [e.tu.fe], English: /ˌeɪtuːˈfeɪ/ AY-too-FAY) is a dish found in both Cajun and Creole cuisine typically served with shellfish over rice. The dish employs a technique known as smothering, a popular method of cooking in the Cajun and Creole areas of southwest Louisiana. Étouffée is most popular in New Orleans and in the Acadiana area of the southernmost half of Louisiana as well as the coastal counties of Mississippi, Alabama, northern Florida, and eastern Texas.

Étouffée is a dish of seafood or chicken simmered in a sauce made from a light or blond roux.

It is most commonly made with shellfish, such as crab or shrimp. The most popular version of the dish is made with crayfish (or “crawfish”).

Étouffée is typically served over rice.

Another version of crawfish étouffée

Depending on who is making it and where it is being made it is flavored with either Creole or Cajun seasonings. Although Creole and Cajun cuisines are distinct, there are many similarities. In the case of the Creole version of crawfish étouffée, it is made with a blonde or brown roux and sometimes tomatoes are added. A blond roux is one that is cooked, stirring constantly, for approximately 5 minutes to remove the “raw” flavor of the flour and to add a slightly “nutty” flavor, while a brown roux is cooked longer (30 to 35 minutes) in order to deepen the color and flavor.

Around the 1950s, crawfish étouffée was introduced to restaurant goers in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; however, the dish may have been invented as early as the late 1920s, according to some sources. Originally, crawfish étouffée was a popular dish amongst Cajuns in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana. Around 1983, a waiter at the popular Bourbon Street restaurant Galatoire’s brought the dish to his boss to try. At the time, most New Orleans restaurants served French Creole cuisine, but this Cajun dish was a hit.

 

Healthy Buttermilk Pancake Recipes

April 18, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Buttermilk Pancake Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Buttermilk Pancake Recipes with recipes including Healthy Pancake Mix, Apple-Bacon Pancakes with Cider Syrup, and Blueberry Pancakes. So 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 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Buttermilk Pancake Recipes
Find healthy, delicious buttermilk pancake recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Healthy Pancake Mix
With this whole-grain mix on hand, you can enjoy homemade pancakes on busy weekday mornings. This is also a great item to pack on camping trips. Be sure to refrigerate or freeze the mix as flaxseed meal is highly perishable………………………….

Apple-Bacon Pancakes with Cider Syrup
If you like apple pancakes and you like bacon, you’ll love the taste of these sweet, smoky pancakes. Any kind of apple works well. A quick cider syrup drizzled on top enhances the apple flavor………………………………….

Blueberry Pancakes
This healthy whole-grain blueberry pancake recipe uses 100% whole-wheat flour, heart-healthy canola oil and just a tablespoon of added sugar. If you want to experiment with different types of whole grains, replace up to 1/2 cup of the flour with cornmeal, oats and/or buckwheat flour. Or add extra fiber and healthy omega-3 fats by adding up to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or chia seeds………………………………….

* Click the link belowto get all the Healthy Buttermilk Pancake Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/20491/mealtimes/breakfast-brunch/pancakes/buttermilk/

Spicy Turkey Meatball Tacos

January 3, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Meatballs and Tacos together, I’m all in! It’s another delicious Appetizer from Jennie – O Turkey. Made using JENNIE-O Fully Cooked Italian Style Turkey Meatballs, CHI-CHI’S Taco-Size Tortillas, Spicy Cilantro Dressing (recipe included), Green Onions, Jalapeno Peppers, Lime Juice, and Seasoning and Toppings. I left a link to the Jennie – O Turkey – Fully Cooked Italian Style Turkey Meatballs at the end of the post. Again the recipe is from the Jennie – O Turkey website where you can also find all the rest of the Delicious and Healthy Jennie – O Recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Spicy Turkey Meatball Tacos
If you’re a fan of great tacos (and who isn’t?), you’ve got to try this recipe. Charred soft tortillas, crunchy radishes, savory turkey and a spicy cilantro dressing. Under 500 calories per serving!

INGREDIENTS
6 CHI-CHI’S® taco-size tortillas, charred
SPICY CILANTRO DRESSING
⅓ cup low fat sour cream
⅓ cup low fat mayonnaise
1 cup packed cilantro sprigs
4 green onions, chopped and divided
1 clove garlic, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced, divided
2 tablespoons lime juice
pinch salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired
18 JENNIE-O® Fully Cooked Italian Style Turkey Meatballs, heated according to package directions
½ cup sliced radish
¼ cup diced red onion
lime wedges, if desired
cilantro sprigs, if desired

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat tortillas over open flame or on grill until lightly charred and crisp; set aside.
2) To make spicy cilantro dressing, in bowl of food processor, process sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, half green onions, garlic, half jalapeno peppers, lime juice, salt and pepper, if desired. Process until smooth. Spoon into bowl. Chill until ready to use.
3) Arrange 3 meatballs on each tortilla. Drizzle with dressing. Top with radish, green onions and red onions. Serve with lime wedges and clilantro sprigs, if desired.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 300
Protein 19g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 770mg
Saturated Fat 4.5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/805-spicy-turkey-meatball-tacos

 

Jennie – O Turkey – Fully Cooked Italian Style Turkey Meatballs
Top your next pasta with a taste of Italy. JENNIE-O® Fully Cooked Italian Style Turkey Meatballs are seasoned just right for a zesty appetizer or hearty sauce! Find them in the frozen section of your grocery store.

* 24-OZ PACKAGE
* APPROXIMATELY 24 MEATBALLS
* GLUTEN FREE

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving Size 84 g

Calories 180
Total Fat 13.0 g
Saturated Fat 4.0 g
Trans Fat .0 g
Cholestero l80 mg
Sodium 440 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Added Sugars g%
Protein 16 g%
Vitamin D mcg%
Calcium mg 6%
Iron mg 10%
Potassium mg%

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
CONSUMER OVEN:
1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Place desired number of frozen meatballs in a single layer in a baking pan. Heat for 21-22 minutes or until hot.
MICROWAVE OVEN:
1) Place desired number of meatballs in a single layer in a microwave-safe dish. Lightly cover and heat on high for 2-3 minutes or until hot. All microwave ovens and stovetops vary. Cooking times given are approximate.
CONSUMER STOVETOP SKILLET:
1) Place desired number of meatballs in a single layer in a nonstick skillet. Heat on high for 2-3 minutes. Add prepared sauce and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are hot.

https://www.jennieo.com/products/85-fully-cooked-italian-style-turkey-meatballs

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week -Turkey and Stuffing Roll-Ups

November 22, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is – Turkey and Stuffing Roll-Ups. Here’s a great recipe for those Holiday Leftovers, Turkey and Stuffing Roll-Ups. Made using JENNIE-O® Tender Browned Turkey Breast, Cubed Bread, Onions, Celery, Garlic, Low-Sodium Chicken Broth, Turkey Gravy, and Seasonings. Happy and Healthy Holidays ahead! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Jennie – O Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2019! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey and Stuffing Roll-Ups
When cooking with holiday leftovers, sometimes you need a little variety. These bite-sized roll-ups let you enjoy the best of Thanksgiving Dinner in one delicious bite at under 500 calories per serving, you won’t need a nap afterwards!

INGREDIENTS
2 cups dried cubed bread
½ cup chopped onions
½ cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
8 slices JENNIE-O® Tender Browned Turkey Breast, from the service deli
2 cups turkey gravy, warmed

DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch square baking pan; set aside. In large bowl, combine bread cubes, onion, celery, garlic, poultry seasoning, pepper and butter. Add broth and mix to moisten. Add to baking dish. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until top is browned and crunchy.
2) Add stuffing to slices of turkey. Roll up turkey; secure with toothpicks. Top with warm gravy.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 400
Protein 25g
Carbohydrates 50g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Fat 13g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 840mg
Saturated Fat 6g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/815-turkey-and-stuffing-roll-ups

Healthy Parfait Recipes

October 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 Parfait Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Parfait Recipes with recipes including; Mango Parfait, Ricotta and Yogurt Parfait, and Chocolate-Sweet Potato Parfait. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/


Healthy Parfait Recipes
Find healthy, delicious parfait recipes including yogurt parfaits and fruit parfaits. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mango Parfait
Layers of fat-free yogurt, whipped dessert topping and sweet, juicy mango are stacked up in two parfait glasses, ready for you and a friend to enjoy! You can indulge your sweet tooth with this glorious tropical dessert without throwing your diabetic meal plan off track…………..

Ricotta and Yogurt Parfait
Reminiscent of a lemon cheesecake, this healthy breakfast recipe is easy to throw together in the morning. Or stir together the filling in a jar the night before and top with the fruit, nuts and seeds when you get to work……………..

Chocolate-Sweet Potato Parfait
This healthy chocolate mousse recipe gets its body from sweet potato rather than eggs. Both the mousse and the meringue cookies can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is assemble the parfaits when you’re ready for dessert…………………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Parfait Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22731/desserts/parfait/

Healthy Whole Chicken Recipes

August 4, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Whole Chicken Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Whole Chicken Recipes with recipes like; Basic Whole Roast Chicken, Chicken Baked over Mushroom Dressing, and Chicken with Garlic Galore. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Plus you can subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine, one of my favorites! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Whole Chicken Recipes
Juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside–Is there anything better than a whole roasted chicken? It’s an easy and beautiful main dish for entertaining or a great tool for meal prep–just roast once to eat all week. Plus, these healthy recipes have almost half the amount of sodium of a grocery story rotisserie chicken.

Basic Whole Roast Chicken
This roasted chicken recipe may be the most useful recipe you’ll ever find. It’s a meal on its own or the start of any recipe that calls for cooked chicken—perfect for meal-prepping lunches or dinners to have throughout the week……………..

Chicken Baked over Mushroom Dressing
Roasting a chicken on top of a three-mushroom stuffing keeps it moist and juicy. This is a comfy treat any winter night……………..

Chicken with Garlic Galore
Garlic gets sweet and mellow when roasted in this recipe. Squeeze the cloves from their skin, and eat with the chicken or spread on bread………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Whole Chicken Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22528/ingredients/meat-poultry/chicken/whole/

Baked Salmon w/ Roasted Asparagus

July 24, 2019 at 6:40 PM | Posted in salmon | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Salmon w/ Roasted Asparagus

 

 

To start this beautiful morning off I Scrambled a couple of Eggs. I topped them with a sprinkle of Sargento Off the Block Sharp Cheddar Cheese and some Ortega Chipotle Taco Sauce, I love that Sauce! Then I also toasted a slice of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread and a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. What a beautiful morning out there today. I went out to get the morning papers and the was rising in the East and what a picture! Pink, Yellow, Orange, Red and Blue had the morning sky lit up! After Breakfast I went to Walmart for a couple of items and stopped by McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom. Got the cart out of the shed and did some work around the yard. Washed down the Deck and Ramp and did some work around the outside. 78 degrees and mostly sunny outside, and no humidity again! For Dinner tonight I prepared a Baked Salmon w/ Roasted Asparagus.

 

 

I purchased a package of North Atlantic Salmon from Meijer and had it in the freezer. To make it I’ll need the Salmon, McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Peppercorn Medley, Dried Parsley, Dried Chive, and Extra Light Olive Oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 


To prepare it; I preheated the oven on 400 degrees. I then got a small baking pan and sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray. I washed the Fillet off in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. Next I put a light coat of the Extra Light Olive Oil on the Fillet and then seasoned. Lined the Fillet in the pan and baked. I baked it for 8 minutes, and done. Excellent Salmon!

 

 

 

 

 


For a side I prepared Roasted Asparagus. I love pairing Asparagus with Potatoes! To prepare it I’ll need; 1 bunch of Asparagus (fibrous bases removed), 1 Tablespoon of Crumbled Bacon or Bacon Bits, Ground Garlic Salt, Sea Salt, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, and 1 tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil. To prepare it is easy; Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the Asparagus in a baking tray sheet. Add the Bacon, Garlic Salt, Salt, Pepper, and Extra Light Olive Oil and toss to coat. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool a couple of minutes and serve! Comes out tender and delicious! For Dessert later a Jello Sugarless Dark Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

 

 


Atlantic Salmon
The Atlantic salmon is a species of ray-finned fish in the family Salmonidae. It is found in the northern Atlantic Ocean, in rivers that flow into the north Atlantic and, due to human introduction, in the north Pacific Ocean.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_salmon

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 29, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Put back the Salt Shaker and………

When a savory dish needs a little kick, try a squeeze of lemon instead of salt. A hit of citrus can make the whole recipe come to life.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week -BUFFALO-GIRL’S BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE

December 12, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – BUFFALO-GIRL’S BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE. Besides all the delicious and healthy Buffalo Recipes on the Wild Idea Buffalo website (http://wildideabuffalo.com/) you’ll also find Side Dishes and Desserts, like this week’s recipe! You can always order any of the Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Have your cake and eat it too! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

BUFFALO-GIRL’S BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE
If you love chocolate and you love cake, you’ll love this recipe. Dark, dense, moist and lick-your-plate-delicious (if plate licking is allowed in your house). This one’s a keeper for the recipe box.
Ingredients:

6 – tablespoons salted butter
2 – oz. bitter chocolate
12 – oz. semi-sweet chocolate
6 – tablespoons cocoa powder
1 – cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup water
½ – cup milk

2 – tablespoons rum
1½ -teaspoon vanilla
5 – eggs

¾ – cup + 2 tablespoons flour
¾ – teaspoon baking powder
¾ – teaspoon baking soda
½ – teaspoon salt
¼ – cup vegetable oil

Butter
Wax paper
Water

Preparation:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°. Place a rack in the middle of the oven and one on the bottom. Place a pan of water on the lowest rack.
2 – In a saucepan over low heat, add the first seven ingredients and allow them to melt, stirring occasionally.
3 – Transfer melted ingredients to a mixing bowl. On medium speed, add rum, vanilla and the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each before adding the other.
4 – Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed, mixing well to ensure all ingredients are incorporated, stopping and scraping the bottom of the bowl a couple of times.
5 – Butter two 8” round cake pans with butter and line the bottom with a circle of wax paper. Buttering the top of the wax paper too.
6 – Divide batter into cake pans. Tap the pan bottom on the counter top a few times to remove any air bubbles. Place the pans in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes.
7 – Remove cakes from the oven and run a knife around the edge of the cake. Invert onto racks that are lined with a piece of wax paper, tapping the bottom of the pan to release cakes. Allow the cakes to completely cool.
8 – Frost with Sour Cream Ganache, recipe follows.

  • Sour Cream GanacheA perfect not-too -sweet, chocolate frosting with just the right amount of tang!Ingredients:
    24 – ounces semi-sweet chocolate, broken in bits or use chips
    2 – tablespoons butter
    16 – ounces sour cream, at room temperature.
    1 – teaspoon vanillaPreparation:

    1 – In double boiler, melt chocolate with butter.
    2 – Place sour cream in a glass bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds.
    3 – Whisk in melt chocolate and stir until well incorporated.
    4 – Whisk in vanilla.
    5 – Let the ganache rest until it has set up a bit for ease in frosting cakes. *Or, you can pour over cakes if you prefer less frosting.

  • https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/buffalo-girls-best-chocolate-cake

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 29, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Broccoli………..

When buying broccoli avoid broccoli that the florets have yellow patches and where the stem ends are dried or cracked.

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