Kitchen Closed – Buffalo Wings and Rings tonight!

January 21, 2018 at 6:02 PM | Posted in chicken | Leave a comment
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For Breakfast this morning I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and topped it with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. Also had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 40 degrees out this morning with rain showers. We had a high of 50 degrees! The rain and warmer temps are melting the snow and all the salt off everywhere. I went to McDonald’s and picked up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Mom went to Church and I stayed home to keep an eye on Dad. His health and mind continue to fade. Not much we can do. Not much else going on today. Last minute change of menu. Kitchen is closed and it was Wings and Rings tonight! Some old friends I had not seen in at least 10 years called and wanted me to meet them at a local restaurant, Buffalo Wings and Rings. It just opened up a couple of months ago. It was great to see everyone and the Food was fantastic! We had Wings and watched some Football Kitchen will reopen tomorrow! Take care all!

 

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Soup Special of the Day……………………Wintergold Stew

January 21, 2018 at 6:26 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is – Wintergold Stew. Onions, Celery, Bell Peppers, and Rutabagas are just some of the ingredients that goes in this week’s recipe. It’s from the CooksRecipes website. The Cook’s site has huge selection of recipes to please everyone. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Wintergold Stew
Full of good-for-you vegetables, this delicious, hearty stew will satisfy and warm you up from the inside out.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, diced
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
2 cups diced peeled butternut squash
2 cups diced peeled rutabaga
3 teaspoons crushed dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chopped kale
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oil in a large saucepan oil. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add water, squash, rutabaga, oregano, paprika and salt; bring to a simmer. Cook for 40 to 45 minutes over medium-low heat until the rutabaga is tender, stirring occasionally.
2 – Stir in the kale and cook for about 10 minutes more.
3 – To thicken, mash the squash and rutabaga against the side of the pan with the back of a spoon. Stir in the parsley and let stew stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
4 – Ladle into bowls and serve hot.
Makes 6 servings.

Tip: Other winter squash, such as red kuri, buttercup, or Hubbard, may be substituted for the butternut squash.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/wintergold_stew_recipe.html

Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes

January 21, 2018 at 6:24 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its the – Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes. Check out the fruits and vegetables you should be having to help manage your Diabetes. While at the site check out the endless Diabetic Friendly selection of recipes. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes
The best foods for diabetes are most often whole foods that are not processed, such as fruits and vegetables. Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

Apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor away — specifically the cardiologist. A 2012 study at Ohio State University published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that eating just one apple a day for four weeks lowered LDL (bad) cholesterol by 40 percent. The professor leading the study explained that not all antioxidants are created equal, and that a particular type of antioxidant in apples had a profound effect on lowering LDLs, a contributor to heart disease. The study was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Apple Association, among other supporters…….

Asparagus
Based on taste alone, asparagus is a favorite food for many. But you’ll really love that it’s a nonstarchy vegetable with only 5 grams of carb, 20 calories, and almost 2 grams of dietary fiber per serving. It’s especially high in an antioxidant called glutathione, which plays a key role in easing the effects of aging and many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer………

Avocados
Avocados are known for their heart-healthy monounsaturated fat content. When substituting these fats for saturated fat, they can improve cholesterol levels, decreasing your risk of heart disease, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics…….

* Click the link below to get all the – Top 25 Power Foods for Diabetes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-25-power-foods-diabetes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 21, 2018 at 6:21 AM | Posted in Kraft Cheese | Leave a comment
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Onions………

If you need only half an onion, use the top half first, because the root half will store longer in the refrigerator (it won’t sprout).

Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/Savory Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

January 20, 2018 at 6:03 PM | Posted in Pork, ribs | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Savory Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

 

 

 

To start my morning off I made my favorite Breakfast. I prepared some Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, Heated up some Meijer Diced Ham, fried an Egg Sunnyside Up, and made a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I made a bed of the Hashbrowns in a bowl and sprinkled some Sargento Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Next I put the Diced Ham over top the Hash Browns then put the Sunnyside Up Egg on to top it off. It was 37 degrees this morning, above freezing to start the day! We had a high of 45 and it was partly cloudy. After Breakfast I started a load of laundry and then went to McDonald’s to pick up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Cleaned the house,dusted and vacuumed. Later on went up and had the car washed. The Car Wash was making a fortune, cars were lined up all over. Tonight its Crock Pot Pork Back Ribs w/ Savory Potatoes and Cut Italian Green Beans

 

I purchased the Ribs at Meijer Tuesday afternoon. Last night before I went to bed I put half racks in a Hefty Gallon Plastic Bag then seasoned it JB’s Fat Boy All Purpose Rub and then covered it in JB’s Fat Boy Haug Waush BBQ Sauce to marinate all night in the fridge. Then this morning I got out the Crock Pot, lined it with a Reynold’s Crock Pot Plastic Liner, and sprayed that with Pam Non-Stick Spray and added a 1/4 cup of water. Got the Ribs out of the fridge, discarded the Hefty Bags, and put the racks in the Crock Pot where I let it cook and simmer, on low, for about 7 hours. Long up in the afternoon you can start smelling the aroma of the Ribs, Rib intoxicating!

 

 

After 7 hours the ribs are ready and now for the hard part of cooking them, getting them out whole without breaking them up! They’re that tender, when eating them you need no knife, the bones just slide out. Tender, moist and just full of flavor! For us JB’s Fat Boy Sauces and Rubs can’t be beat. The Ribs were incredible! Plus I love using that Crock Pot, no mess and with the plastic liner in the Crock Pot little to no clean-up. Just wipe it down and store it for the next time. And as always I would like to thank who ever invented the Crock Pot Liners! I always use them when using the Crock Pot.

 

 

For one side dish I prepared the Little Potato Co. Savory Herb Potatoes. We love these! The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

 

For another side dish I heated a can of Allens Cut Italian Green Beans. To prepare them just empty the can into a small sauce pan and simmer until heated. I love the taste of these, just season with a bit of Sea Salt and it’s ready! Love all Beans! For Dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding..

 

 

 

 

 

Baby back ribs served with fries and cornbread

Pork Back Ribs – Pork ribs are a cut of pork popular in North American and Asian cuisines. The ribcage of a domestic pig, meat and bones together, is cut into usable pieces, prepared by smoking, grilling, or baking – usually with a sauce, often barbecue – and then served.

Baby back ribs (also back ribs or loin ribs) are taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs, below the loin muscle. They have meat between the bones and on top of the bones, and are shorter, curved, and sometimes meatier than spare ribs. The rack is shorter at one end, due to the natural tapering of a pig’s rib cage. The shortest bones are typically only about 3 in (7.6 cm) and the longest is usually about 6 in (15 cm), depending on the size of the hog. A pig side has 15 to 16 ribs (depending on the breed), but usually two or three are left on the shoulder when it is separated from the loin. So, a rack of back ribs contains a minimum of eight ribs (some may be trimmed if damaged), but can include up to 13 ribs, depending on how it has been prepared by the butcher. A typical commercial rack has 10–13 bones. If fewer than 10 bones are present, butchers call them “cheater racks”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_ribs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile back at the SayersBrook Bison Ranch….OSTRICH COOKING TIPS AND MARINADE RECIPES

January 20, 2018 at 6:13 AM | Posted in SayersBrook Ranch | Leave a comment
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This week from the SayersBrook Bison Ranch website (http://www.sayersbrook.com/) its all about the Ostrich, OSTRICH COOKING TIPS AND MARINADE RECIPES. Ostrich is a very lean meat that best served cooked rare to medium-rare. Besides Ostrich you can also purchase items like Bison, Wild Boar, Elk, Rabbit, Chicken, and more at the SatersBrook site. Also at the site a large selection of delicious and healthy recipes. Now more about the Ostrich! Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.sayersbrook.com/

 

OSTRICH COOKING TIPS AND MARINADE RECIPES
Ostrich is a very lean meat that looks more like a beef steak than poultry. It has a subtle flavor with no gamey taste. Ostrich is best served cooked rare to medium-rare. It cooks quickly so don’t take your eyes off the steak while it’s frying. Ostrich steak needs about 2½ minutes a side to cook up to a nice medium-rare. It should have a dark pink interior when sliced. You can serve ostrich with any vegetable side dish. A light gravy made from the marinade makes it even more delicious.
Ostrich Cooking Tips – Ostrich has a dark pinkish meat and a very subtle flavor. It cooks quickly and will be wasted if you try you drown it in strong flavor. Fry it with lots of butter and use a sauce such as bechamel or light wine sauce.

The meat continues to cook a bit after being removed from the heat source, that’s why it’s important not to cook it past rare to medium-rare. Letting it “rest” before slicing gives the meat time to reabsorb the juices that would otherwise be lost. When you cut it and eat it the meat will be juicier and tastier.

Ingredients
Rub it with a mixture of garlic, pepper, oil and let it sit in the fridge for up to 5 hours.
Or Marinade
Marinades for Ostrich Steak

2 ostrich filets
2 tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. ginger grated
1 tbs. sesame Oil
splash of rice wine
Splash of orange juice or pineapple juice
Marinade for Ostrich Filet

2 ostrich filets
splash of wine
cup of chicken stock
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
2 Rosemary sprigs
2 Thyme sprigs
2 tbs oil
squeeze of lemon

Instructions
1 – Heat a skillet to hot, add a little olive oil or butter.
2 – Cook filets for 2 ½ minutes per side
3 – Remove and place on a plate. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes
4 – Add the marinade to the hot skillet
5 – Cook uncovered to the right consistency, not to watery but not too thick
6 – Slice filets across the grain
7 – Pour sauce over the filets
8 – Serve with Rice or potatoes and vegetables.
Notes
Wine is a great marinade for ostrich. Whether you use white, red or a rose it makes the meat tender and tasty without overpowering the ostrich. If you don’t have wine, use a vinaigrette. Mixing together balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice makes for a good marinade too.

Ostrich is very lean. It tastes very much like steak as opposed to fowl. It’s a bit on the bland side so it’s a good idea to use a light gravy or sauce.
http://cooking-buffalo.com/cooking-tips-for-ostrich-steak/

 

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Healthy Herb and Spice Recipes

January 20, 2018 at 6:11 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Herb and Spice Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Herb and Spice Recipes like; Cauliflower Casserole with Mixed-Seed Crust, Carnitas Tacos, and Caramel-Spiced Apples. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. While there subscribe to one of my favorite magazines the EatingWell Magazine. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

 

Healthy Herb and Spice Recipes
Find healthy, delicious herb and spice recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Cauliflower Casserole with Mixed-Seed Crust
The cheesy-seedy crust that tops this healthy cauliflower casserole recipe evokes everything bagels. Serve for the holidays or as a hearty side dish with roast chicken…….

Carnitas Tacos
Richly flavorful pulled pork is served in corn tortillas with shredded cabbage, red onions, and salsa, then topped with lime crema…….

Caramel-Spiced Apples
Slow-cook apple halves in a spiced cider mixture and serve as dessert drizzled with caramel topping and sprinkled with pecans…….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Herb and Spice Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18246/ingredients/herbs-spices/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 20, 2018 at 6:10 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Leftover Rice……..

Rice can be stored in the fridge for a longer amount of time if you store a slice of toast on top of it. The toast will absorb excess moisture and keep the rice fluffy and fresh.

Fried Walleye w/ Roasted Purple Asparagus and Roasted Butternut Squash

January 19, 2018 at 5:59 PM | Posted in fish | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Walleye w/ Roasted Purple Asparagus and Roasted Butternut Squash

 

 

 

For Breakfast I just had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I need some printer ink and paper, and had to go to Walmart. I’ve learned through the years to go to Walmart early if you have to use the electric mobility carts. They have very few and very few that work. So I hit the store early. Outside it was 20 degrees and we had a high of 40 degrees and partly sunny! That is a heat wave from where we’ve been temperature wise. It melted some of the snow we have on the ground, finally. I stopped by the Bank and then by McDonald’s to pick up Breakfast for Mom and Dad. Back home all caught up on everything so I grabbed a long nap, very restless last night. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Walleye w/Roasted Purple Asparagus and Roasted Butternut Squash

 

While at Meijer yesterday I seen they had Walleye Fillets on sale, and just couldn’t pass them up, I bought 3 Fillets. I rinsed them off in cold water, sliced into smaller pieces, and put them in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge until ready to use today.

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare them I seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Pepper Medley. Put the fillets in a Hefty Plastic Bag and added some Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs, sealed the bag and shook till the fillet was well coated. I then fried them in Extra Light Olive Oil on medium heat, about 4 minutes per side till golden brown! I love Walleye, as I do most Fish. Walleye is so meaty and has such a fresh flavor!

 

 

 

I picked up more of the Purple Asparagus at Mejier the Tuesday. It tastes like Green Asparagus but it’s less fibrous and sweeter due to a higher sugar content. I prepared it the same way as the Roasted Asparagus I’ve made before. I’ll need; 1 bunch of Purple 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 asparagus in a baking tray sheet. Add the bacon, garlic salt, salt, pepper, and olive oil and toss to coat. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool a couple of minutes and serve! Comes out tender and that slight sweet taste to it. Really like the Purple Asparagus over the Green Asparagus.

 

Then for one another side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! I purchased 1 small package of Diced Butternut Squash at Kroger. They sell packages of it that they dice up. This is a lot easier than peeling and seeding one yourself, especially if you don’t have a good knife to cut it. I’ll need; 1 package of Diced Butternut Squash, Crumbled Bacon Bits, 1 tablespoons Extra Light Olive Oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Grinder Sea Salt, and 1 teaspoon McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley.

 

 

 

To prepare it; Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the Squash on a sheet pan and drizzle with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Peppercorn and toss well. Arrange the squash in one layer and roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the Squash is tender, turning once with a spatula. And done, very easy to prepare. With the small amount of Seasoning and Olive Oil, it really brings out the flavor of Butternut Squash! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn with a Coke Zero to drink.

 

 

 

 

Walleye Nutrition Facts

1 – 6 ounce serving
Calories 148 Calories from fat 17
% Daily Value 1
Total Fat 1.9g 3%
Sat. Fat 0.4g 2%
Cholesterol 137 mg 46%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Total Carbs. 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 30.4g
Calcium 174.9 mg

Alfredo Pasta w/ Chicken Breasts (This was Dinner last night)

January 19, 2018 at 6:28 AM | Posted in Bear Creek Products, chicken, Perdue Chicken Products | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Alfredo Pasta w/ Chicken Breasts

 

Wow, I must have been tired last night. Forgot to post this!

 

To start this morning off I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin and topped with some Smucker’s Sugarless Blackberry Jam. Outside this morning it was 17 degrees but the good about today is we are above freezing! 34 degrees and Sunny! After Breakfast I headed out to the Grocery Stores! I was having the dreaded Cabin Fever and I couldn’t wait to get out! I first stopped at Meijer for all my items and then on to Kroger for Mom. They say 50 degrees on Sunday but rain. I’m fine with that, just slow down the snow! So for Dinner tonight Alfredo Pasta w/ Chicken Breasts.

 

 

I’m having the Bear Creek Alfredo Pasta Mix tonight for Dinner. Love all the Bear Creek Products I’ve tried so far. Comes packaged with the Pasta and Sauce Mix. I’ll add the Chicken.

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare it; I added 4 cups of water to a 2 1/2 quart saucepan and brought to a rolling boil. Whisked in the Pasta and Sauce Mix. Brought it back up to a rolling boil. then reduced the heat to a medium boil. Cooked for 15 minutes, stirring often. Removed it from the heat and let it sit for 8 minutes. The sauce thickened up perfectly. I like my sauces on the thick side and this one turned out great.The Pasta was good size with good taste and as I said the Alfredo Sauce was spot on! A great dish from Bear Creek to have in the Pantry.

 

 

 

For the Chicken I used Perdue Perfect Portions Boneless and Skinless Chicken Breasts – Italian Style. I love using these, just keep them in the freezer until needed. To prepare them; Lightly coat a skillet with Pam Cooking Spray. Heat the pan over medium-high heat, add breasts and brown 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 10 minutes, to 170ºF internal temperature, turning frequently. Fried and done! These also bake up perfectly also.

 

 

 

 

To serve everything I took a bowl and made a bed of the Alfredo Pasta, sliced up 1 of the Chicken Breasts and added them to the top of the Pasta. And topped everything off with some Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. Excellent dish! Past and Chicken is a natural. I think I may be having leftovers for Dinner tomorrow night! Also had a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink. For Dessert later a bowl of Smart Pop – Pop Corn.

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Creek Alfredo Pasta Mix

The kitchens of Bear Creek® are always cooking up family pleasing dishes. Like our savory pasta sides. Just add water and in minutes you have a dish that’s hearty and creamy. With 7 delicious varieties to choose from, the only problem will be deciding which is your favorite.

Alfredo
A classic Italian dish given a bit of a ripple by Bear Creek®. Hearty mafalda pasta enveloped in a creamy, buttery Parmesan sauce.

Yields about 4 one-cup servings.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 CUP PREPARED
Servings Per Container 4.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories
Calories From Fat 80 Calories
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9.0 g 14.0
Saturated Fat 4.5 G 23
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 5 Mg 2
Sodium 610 Mg 25
Total Carbohydrate 44.0 g
Dietary Fiber 1 G 4
Sugars 5 G
Protein 8.0 g
http://www.bearcreekcountrykitchens.com/pasta.php

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