Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 23, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Freezer storage…………..

You can store butter in the freezer for up to six months. Plus to last longer, opened flour bags can be stored in the freezer also.

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Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

June 18, 2019 at 6:40 PM | Posted in chicken | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

 

 

 


For Breakfast this morning I had a toasted Thomas Light 100% Multi Grain English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugarless Blackberry Jam. I also fried up a couple of Johnsonville Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links and made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I went to McDonald’s after I ate and picked up Breakfast for Mom. Rain, thunderstorms, and 78 degrees out today. So much rain! So again not much going on outside! Did a couple of loads of laundry and cleaned the house. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans.

 

 

 

 

I had a package of the Simple Truth Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs from Kroger in the freezer. I sat the package in the fridge overnight to thaw. Then to prepare them I’ll just need Flour, Morton’s Lite Salt, Ground Pepper, and Extra Light Olive Oil. I think the trio of Fried Chicken Thighs, Fried Potatoes, and Canned Green Beans has become one our favorite Dinners!

 

 

 

 


I got a large Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Non Stick Spray, added 1 1/2 tablespoons of Extra Light Olive Oil, and heated it on medium heat. As the skillet was heating I got a pie pan out and put 2 tablespoons of Flour in it. Next I got the Chicken Thighs out of the package and seasoned them with Salt and Pepper and rolled them in the Flour. With the skillet heated I added the Thighs to the skillet and put a lid on the skillet. Fried the Thighs for about 9 minutes and then flipped them over, put the lid back on the skillet to cook another 7 minutes. As the Chicken Thighs were cooking I got out a second Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it, added the Olive Oil and let it preheat on medium heat. Then I washed and cut the Potatoes for the Fried Potatoes.

 

 

 


I grabbed a plate and put paper towel on it and removed the Chicken Thighs from the skillet to the lined plate. Paper towel absorbs any of the excess oil. Just love the crust on the Chicken provided by the Flour Coating! The Flour and cooking it in a Cast Iron Skillet. So moist and delicious!

 

 

 

 

 


For one side we had Fried Potatoes! I’ve loved these all my life and my Mom makes the best! I bought a bag of Medium Size Red Potatoes, which we’ll be using. To prepare them; first wash the Whole Potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Next grab a Cast Iron Skillet and add 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heat the Skillet on medium high.

 

 

 

 


As the Potatoes were cooking I had also opened up a Mason Jar of our Canned Green Beans, canned last summer, and had them cooking. Love these Beans, they taste just as fresh as the day we bought them. Just heat them up in a large sauce pan and serve. Fresh Green Beans any time you want, I love it! Quite a Dinner tonight! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Thighs – One medium, baked chicken thigh with skin provides 140 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of monounsaturated fat, 2 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 275 milligrams of sodium.

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Berry-Peachy Cobbler

June 6, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is a Berry-Peachy Cobbler. Raspberries and Peaches make up this delicious and Diabetic Friendly Dessert. It’s from the Diabetes Self Management website. At the site you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more. So be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Berry-Peachy Cobbler
Ingredients
4 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/4 pounds peaches, peeled and sliced or 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened sliced peaches, thawed and drained
2 cups fresh raspberries or 1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold margarine, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray eight ramekins or 11×7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; place ramekins in baking dish.

2 – Combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons flour in large bowl. Add peaches, raspberries, and lemon peel; toss to coat. Divide fruit evenly among prepared ramekins. Bake 15 minutes or until fruit is bubbly around edges.

3 – Meanwhile, combine remaining 3/4 cup flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in margarine with pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk just until dry ingredients are moistened.

4 – Remove ramekins from oven; top fruit with equal dollops of topping. Sprinkle topping with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Serve warm.

Yield: 8 servings.

Serving size: 1/8 of recipe.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 149 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 195 mg, Fiber: 3 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/berry-peachy-cobbler/

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Shrimp Bisque

June 1, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | Leave a comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for Shrimp Bisque. This one uses one of my favorite foods, Shrimp! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Shrimp Bisque
Shrimp bisque is great for a weekend get-together or to surprise a loved one.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine – divided use
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups water
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon chicken soup base or bouillon
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 (12-ounce) can NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons dry white wine or water

Cooking Directions:
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shrimp, onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp turn pink. Remove from saucepan; set aside.
Melt remaining butter in same saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in water, ketchup, bouillon, bay leaf, seasoned salt and cayenne pepper. Boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add shrimp mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Stir in evaporated milk and wine. Heat through; do not boil.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 340 Calories from Fat: 180 Total Fat: 20 g Saturated Fat: 13 g Cholesterol: 175 mg Sodium: 1260 mg Carbohydrates: 17 g Dietary Fiber: .5 g Sugars: 7 g Protein: 21 g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/shrimp_bisque_recipe.html

 

SUGAR FREE BLUEBERRY BANNOCK

May 19, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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I came across a delicious sounding Pastry Recipe, SUGAR FREE BLUEBERRY BANNOCK. I ‘ve never heard of this one but it is described as a flat quick bread that is often cut into wedges, like scones. So if you like Scones, you’ll like this! Plus its Diabetic Friendly, 130 calories. The recipe is from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Be sure to check it out! So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

SUGAR FREE BLUEBERRY BANNOCK
Bannock is a flat quick bread that is often cut into wedges, like scones. This is a whole-wheat, baked version of a traditional Aboriginal recipe. Canola oil helps produce a light and tender crumb for this blueberry bannock recipe.

Recipe Yield: 8

Ingredients

1 cup whole-wheat flour (250 mL)
1 cup all-purpose flour (250 mL)
3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (175 mL)
2 Tbsp baking powder (30 mL)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (2 mL)
1/8 tsp salt (.5 mL)
1/2 cup skim milk (125 mL)
1/2 cup water (125 mL)
1 Tbsp canola oil (15 mL)

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
2 – In bowl, combine flours, blueberries, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
3 – Stir in milk, water and canola oil and, using hands, moisten all ingredients, handling dough as little as possible.
4 – Turn dough out of bowl and place on lightly floured surface.
5 – Using hands, form disc about 1/2-inch (1-cm) thick and about 9-10 inches (22-25 cm) in diameter. If necessary, sprinkle with flour to keep dough from sticking. Cut into 8 wedges.
6 – Place wedges on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until bannock is golden brown.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 130
Fat: 2 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Sodium: 340 milligrams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 24 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/sugarfree-blueberry-bannock

Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

May 12, 2019 at 6:32 PM | Posted in chicken | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there! Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. I went to McDonald’s afterward and picked up Breakfast for Mom. Light rain on and off with high of 57 degrees. Not a thing going on this Mothers Day Sunday. I gave Mom a Card, some Flowers, a Hanging Basket of Flowers for outside, and a couple of Gift Cards for Mother’s Day. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans.

 

 

 

 

 

Mom usually fries the Chicken Thighs but tonight I’m preparing everything being Mother’s Day. I had a package of the Simple Truth Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs from Kroger in the freezer. I sat the package in the fridge overnight to thaw. Then to prepare them I’ll just need Flour, Morton’s Lite Salt, Ground Pepper, and Extra Light Olive Oil. I think the trio of Fried Chicken Thighs, Fried Potatoes, and Canned Green Beans has become our favorite Dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

I got a large Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Non Stick Spray, added 1 1/2 tablespoons of Extra Light Olive Oil, and heated it on medium heat. As the skillet was heating I got a pie pan out and put 2 tablespoons of Flour in it. Next I got the Chicken Thighs out of the package and seasoned them with Salt and Pepper and rolled them in the Flour. With the skillet heated I added the Thighs to the skillet and put a lid on the skillet. Fried the Thighs for about 9 minutes and then flipped them over, put the lid back on the skillet to cook another 7 minutes. As the Chicken Thighs were cooking I got out a second Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it, added the Olive Oil and let it preheat on medium heat. Then I washed and cut the Potatoes for the Fried Potatoes.

 

 

 

 

For one side we had Fried Potatoes! I’ve loved these all my life and my Mom makes the best! I bought a bag of Medium Size Red Potatoes, which we’ll be using. To prepare them; first wash the Whole Potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Next grab a Cast Iron Skillet and add 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heat the Skillet on medium high.

 

 

 

 

 

As the Potatoes were cooking I had also opened up a Mason Jar of our Canned Green Beans, canned last summer, and had them cooking. Love these Beans, they taste just as fresh as the day we bought them. Just heat them up in a large sauce pan and serve. Fresh Green Beans any time you want, I love it! Quite a Dinner tonight! For Dessert/Snack some slices of a Honey Crisp Apple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Thighs – One medium, baked chicken thigh with skin provides 140 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of monounsaturated fat, 2 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 275 milligrams of sodium.

Healthy Cobbler Recipes

May 9, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Cobbler Recipes. Just the word Cobbler makes your mouth water! So here’s some Delicious and Healthy Cobbler Recipes. You’ll find recipes like; Slow-Cooker Cherry Cobbler, Easy Peach Cobbler, and Blackberry Cobbler. Find these Delicious dessert Recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Cobbler Recipes
Find healthy, delicious cobbler recipes including berry, peach, pear and strawberry cobbler. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Cherry Cobbler
While you’re focused on every other dish for the backyard barbecue, let the slow cooker make cherry cobbler for a crowd. With frozen fruit, this easy slow-cooker dessert can be made and enjoyed any time of year………….

Easy Peach Cobbler
This easy peach cobbler uses canned peaches to speed up prep time. A fluffy, tender cake envelops the tender peaches, creating an incredibly simple fruit dessert you can enjoy year-round………………

Blackberry Cobbler
Flaky, buttery biscuits dolloped on sweet, syrupy berries—fruit cobblers may be the best summer dessert ever. We love fresh blackberries in cobbler, but fresh blueberries or even frozen blackberries make a great substitute. You don’t even have to thaw the berries first; mix them up while they’re still frozen………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Cobbler Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18281/desserts/cobblers/

Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

April 30, 2019 at 6:38 PM | Posted in chicken, greenbeans, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I had a toasted Thomas Light 100% Multi Grain English Muffin that I Buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Also made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I went to McDonald’s after I ate and picked up Breakfast for Mom. Light rain on and off with high of 67 degrees. Took Mom to Meijer she wanted a hanging basket of flowers and a small outside table for deck. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Chicken Thighs w/ Fried Potatoes and Canned Green Beans.

 

 

 

 

 

I had a package of the Simple Truth Boneless and Skinless Chicken Thighs from Kroger in the freezer. I sat the package in the fridge overnight to thaw. Then to prepare them I’ll just need Flour, Morton’s Lite Salt, Ground Pepper, and Extra Light Olive Oil. I think the trio of Fried Chicken Thighs, Fried Potatoes, and Canned Green Beans has become our favorite Dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

I got a large Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it with a light coat of Pam Non Stick Spray, added 1 1/2 tablespoons of Extra Light Olive Oil, and heated it on medium heat. As the skillet was heating I got a pie pan out and put 2 tablespoons of Flour in it. Next I got the Chicken Thighs out of the package and seasoned them with Salt and Pepper and rolled them in the Flour. With the skillet heated I added the Thighs to the skillet and put a lid on the skillet. Fried the Thighs for about 9 minutes and then flipped them over, put the lid back on the skillet to cook another 7 minutes. As the Chicken Thighs were cooking I got out a second Cast Iron Skillet, sprayed it, added the Olive Oil and let it preheat on medium heat. Then I washed and cut the Potatoes for the Fried Potatoes.

 

 

 

 

I grabbed a plate and put paper towel on it and removed the Chicken Thighs from the skillet to the lined plate. Paper towel absorbs any of the excess oil. Just love the crust on the Chicken provided by the Flour Coating! The Flour and cooking it in a Cast Iron Skillet. So moist and delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

For one side we had Fried Potatoes! I’ve loved these all my life and my Mom makes the best! I bought a bag of Medium Size Red Potatoes, which we’ll be using. To prepare them; first wash the Whole Potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Next grab a Cast Iron Skillet and add 1 tablespoon of Extra Light Olive Oil and heat the Skillet on medium high.

 

 

 

 

 

As the Potatoes were cooking I had also opened up a Mason Jar of our Canned Green Beans, canned last summer, and had them cooking. Love these Beans, they taste just as fresh as the day we bought them. Just heat them up in a large sauce pan and serve. Fresh Green Beans any time you want, I love it! Quite a Dinner tonight! For Dessert a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Thighs – One medium, baked chicken thigh with skin provides 140 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of monounsaturated fat, 2 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 275 milligrams of sodium.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 30, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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To last longer, opened flour bags can be stored in the freezer…….

It’s true, to further extend the shelf life of white flour, refrigerate or freeze it; place the white flour inside covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. How long does white flour last in the fridge? White flour will maintain best quality for about 2 years in the refrigerator.

Beef Cubed Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Green Beans

April 16, 2019 at 6:34 PM | Posted in BEEF, Cubed Steak, greenbeans, potatoes | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Beef Cubed Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Green Beans

 

For Breakfast this morning I prepared a Poached Egg and served it on a Thomas Light English Muffin. Then I also lightly fried a al fresco Chicken Sausage Patty. I also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. My cousin came over today and put down new Mulch in the Flower Beds. Then touched up the wooden deck with some fresh paint and then put a sealant on the ramp outside. Almost done with the outside work! For Dinner tonight I’m preparing a Beef Cubed Steaks w/ Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Green Beans.

 

 

 

 

I had a package of Meijer Beef Cubed Steak in the freezer that I sat in the fridge overnight to thaw. These are the best Cubed Steak I have ever found by far. They’re good size patties so I’m able to cut them in half and get 2 meals out of 1 patty. They come 2 to a package. This is one of the few times I use Beef.

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare the Cubed Steak I seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and I then dusted them in flour that I had mixed with a bit of Hungarian Paprika. Shook off the excess flour and pan fried them in Extra Light Olive Oil, about 4 minutes per side. They came out delicious! Excellent flavor and very tender, especially for Cubed Steak which sometimes can be somewhat tough and stringy.

 

 

 

 

 

To go with the Cubed Steak you always have to have Mashed Potatoes! I prepared some Bob Evan’s Mashed Potatoes. Just microwave for 6 minutes and serve, just as good as homemade, if not better. I also made a packet of the Pioneer Peppered White Gravy to top the Mashed Potatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

For a second side I reheated the leftover Canned Green Beans. Just heated them up in a large sauce pan and done! Then I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread. For Dessert/Snacks I had a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cube Steak

Cube steak is a cut of beef, usually top round or top sirloin, tenderized by fierce pounding with a meat tenderizer, or use of an electric tenderizer. The name refers to the shape of the indentations left by that process (called “cubing”). Many professional cooks insist that regular tenderizing mallets cause too much mashing to produce a proper cube steak, and insist on either using specialized cube steak machines, or manually applying a set of sharp-pointed rods to pierce the meat in every direction. This is the most common cut of meat used for chicken fried steak.

In Canada as well as in some parts of the United States, cube steak may be called a minute steak, because it can be cooked quickly.
Others distinguish minute steak as:
* simply referring to the cut, which is not necessarily tenderized;
* thinner than cube steak (hence does not need tenderizing);
* cut from sirloin or round, while cube steak cut is from chuck or round.
The term “minute steak” is also used in the United Kingdom, where the term “cube steak” is little known.

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