Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 11, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pam to the rescue……….

Using Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray in measuring cups before measuring sticky ingredients like honey and syrup, makes them slide right out. Easier to clean also!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

January 17, 2015 at 6:23 AM | Posted in cheese, Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save time cleaning…….
Coat your cheese grater with nonstick spray for delightfully clean, easy shredding.

Shrimp and Andouille Sausage w/ Grandma Maud’s Premium Black Beans and Rice and Cornbread

September 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM | Posted in beans, Johnsonville Meats, rice | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Shrimp and Andouille Sausage w/ Grandma Maud’s Premium Black Beans and Rice and Cornbread

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It’s been a cool and cloudy day out today. I took Mom and Dad over to a med Center Store, dad needed a new walker and a couple of items and back home. Been sort of a long day. My best friend, who’s more like a brother to me, is awaiting the results of blood work. It looks as though he may have Cancer. I’m hoping and praying for the best, we’ve been through a lot together. For dinner tonight I prepared Shrimp and Andouille Sausage w/ Grandma Maud’s Premium Black Beans and Rice and Cornbread.





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Shrimp, Andouille Sausage, and Red Beans and Rice – You know it has to be one of those lip smacking delicious dishes! I had a bag of Grandma Maud’s Premium Black Beans and Rice Bean Meal in the pantry and as I was looking around for something for dinner that just sounded right! I also used a bag of Kroger Jumbo Shrimp and Johnsonville Andouille Sausage. I started by slicing the Andouille Sausage into 1″ slices. Then in a medium skillet I cooked the Sausage till it was browned on both sides and sat aside till a bit later. As my Sausage was getting done I boiled some water for my Shrimp. I didn’t boil the Shrimp until it was time to add to the Black Beans and Rice.





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To prepare the Black Beans and Rice just boil your water, add your mix, boil and simmer for about 30 minutes and your done, stirring often. After 20 minutes of cook time I added the Andouille Sausage, then after 25 minutes of cook time I added my Shrimp. Oh the aroma, that alone makes your mouth water! To serve it I used a bowl, sprinkled some Cilantro on it and a few shakes of the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. Then Enjoy! So, So, Good. I love the Grandma Products, so easily prepared and just flat-out delicious. Not to mention the addition of the Shrimp and Sausage. I also made a small Cast iron Skillet of Cornbread. As always I used Martha White Corn Meal Mix. For dessert later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Chocolate Ice Cream.






Grandma Maud’s Premium Black Beans and Rice Bean Mealgrandma mauds
Grandma Maud’s Premium Bean Meals are loaded with wholesome flavors to serve as entrees or side dishes. These premium delicacies replicate the flavor profile of “it’s been cooked on the stove all day” dishes in minutes. Beans are a miracle food containing lots of protein which makes it one of nature’s perfect sources of strength, stamina and health. What we did was give you that perfect source of protein in a short time while keeping a delicious flavor with one of the lowest sodium counts for a product of this kind and without adding meat. Our Black Bean and Rice has the lowest sodium count for products of its kind and it’s still delicious!
Precooked Dehydrated Black Beans, Precooked Long Grain Enriched Rice (Rice, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine and Folic Acid), Maltodextrin, Dehydrated Onion, Sugar, Dehydrated Potato Flakes, Salt, Less than 2% of Modified Food Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Spices, Hydrolyzed Soy and Corn Protein, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavor, Natural Smoke Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Caramel Color, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil.



Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 0.25 cup
Servings Per Container 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 480mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%


Johnsonville Andouille Smoked (Rope) SausageJohnsonville Andouille Split Rope


These products are fully cooked and ready to eat out of the package or be prepared to your liking!

Place sausage in a skillet.
Add 1/2-inch of water.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low.
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until heated through, turning links once.

For freshness, keep refrigerated and use by the date stamped on the package. Opened packages should be consumed within 7 days, or freeze no longer than 30 days.


Pork, water and less than 2% of the following: salt, corn syrup, beef, spices, sodium phosphate, paprika, dextrose, onion powder, dehydrated garlic, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, flavorings, collagen casings.

Serving Size: 2 oz. (56g)
Servings per Container: 7
Calories: 170
Calories from Fat: 140
% Daily Value *
Total Fat: 15g 24%
Saturated Fat: 5g 26%%
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Cholesterol: 35mg 12%
Sodium: 530mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%
Sugars: 0g
Total Protein: 7g

Seasoned Turkey Breast Steak w/ Steam Crisp Sweet Corn Kernels, Mashed Potatoes,…

February 7, 2014 at 6:21 PM | Posted in Green Giant, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Turkey Breast Steak w/ Steam Crisp Sweet Corn Kernels, Mashed Potatoes, and Baked French Bread



Another sunny but frigid day out again, minus 3 with the wind chill. Got out this afternoon and finished clearing the driveway again. From that to, I went to the bank, post office, and stopped by Walmart to pick up a few items and a prescription. For dinner prepared the Jennie – O Seasoned Turkey Breast Steak. Tonight I prepared a Seasoned Turkey Breast Steak w/ Steam Crisp Sweet Corn Kernels, Mashed Potatoes, and Baked French Bread.



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I came across the Jennie – O Turkey Breast Steak at Walmart a while back, and been using regular ever since! It comes Seasoned and it’s only 130 calories and 3 carbs per serving. You can prepare it several ways, I pan fried mine. To prepare it just preheat a large skillet over medium heat, spray it with nonstick spray. Cook the steaks, turning 2-3 times until meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat reached 165°F, approximately 19-21 minutes. Covered with lid for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from stove top, cover, and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Then you have a fine and tasty Turkey Breast Steak! As usual it’s another winner from Jennie – O! It was well seasoned, I did add a couple of shakes of Sea Salt while it was cooking.



For one side dish I heated up a can of Green Giant Steam Crisp Super Sweet Yellow and White Kernel Corn, my favorite canned Corn. Then I tried a new Mashed Potato, Betty Crocker Creamy Buttery Mashed Potatoes. Comes in a microwavable container, just add water and heat. It came out very good. I normally buy the Idahoan Mashed Potatoes but Walmart had the Betty Crocker ones on sale so I went with that. Then I baked a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. Lightly brushed the top of the loaf with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkled Sesame Seeds on top before baking. For dessert tonight a Healthy Choice Dark Fudge Swirl Frozen Yogurt.



Jennie – O Turkey Breast SteakJennie O Turkey Steak
A leaner, great tasting grilling option with only 130 calories and 23 g of protein per serving.
* 97% Fat Free
* Gluten Free
* Great on the Grill
* 16 – 24 oz package


Cooking Instructions:
Preheat a large skillet over Medium heat.
Spray with nonstick spray.
Cook steaks, turning 2-3 times UNTIL meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of meat reaches 165°F, approximately 19-21 minutes.
Cover with lid for the last 5 minues of cooking.
Remove from stovetop, cover, and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.


Nutritional Information
Serving Size 112 g Total Carbohydrates 3 g
Calories 130 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Calories From Fat 30 Sugars 1 g
Total Fat 3.0 g Protein 23 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g Vitamin A 0%
Trans Fat .0 g Vitamin C 2%
Cholesterol 60 mg Iron 4%
Sodium 510 mg Calcium 0%
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Buffalo Bone in Ribeye Steak w/ Sauteed Mushrooms and ….

January 24, 2014 at 6:21 PM | Posted in greenbeans, mushrooms, potatoes, Wild Idea Buffalo | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Buffalo Bone in Ribeye Steak w/ Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans w/ Potatoes


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Another below zero morning to start the day, minus 7. The day didn’t warm up any at all, it may have hit the teens but the wind chill kept it around zero. Went to the store early this morning since I probably won’t be able to do it over the weekend due to more snow coming. After that I came home and I wanted to get this last snowfall off the driveway and salted before the next one comes in later tonight. Even in a wheelchair shoveling snow is a workout, and a pain the butt! Done for the day until dinner. For dinner I prepared a Wild Idea Buffalo Bone in Ribeye Steak w/ Sauteed Mushrooms and Green Beans w/ Potatoes.



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This was my last Bone in Buffalo Ribeye Steak (Cowboy Steak). I had ordered a Wild Idea Holiday Package of Buffalo, which included 2 – T-Bone Buffalo Steaks, 2 – 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye Steaks, 2 Packs of 1/4 lb. Buffalo Burger Patties, and a 1 lb. Package of Buffalo Brats. What a beautiful cut of meat the Ribeye are! It’s about 1 1/2″ thick with just enough of marbling to make it perfect. To prepare it I rubbed it with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and then seasoned it with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn. I pan fried it using a Cast Iron Skillet that I preheated on medium heat. When it was ready I placed the Ribeye in the pan and on the first side fried it about 4 1/2 minutes then flipping it to the other side for another 4 1/2 minutes. I then removed it from the pan and let it set covered with foil for 7 minutes. I had it an internal temperature of 140 degrees for a medium rare, and it came out perfect. So moist and tender and with that distinct Wild idea Buffalo flavor. Way to big for one meal as the other one was, I’ll have the leftover for breakfast or lunch tomorrow. Thank you Wild Idea Buffalo!



For one side I had some Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms. Sateed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and seasoned with Sea Salt, Dried Rosemary, Dried Thyme, Roasted Ground Cumin, and a 1/2 Pat of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. Then I also heated a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans with Potatoes. I also had a slice of Klosterman Wheat Bread. Great sides to go with one mouth-watering Bone in Buffalo Ribeye Steak. For dessert later a bowl of Del Monte No Sugar Added Mango Chunks.



Wild Idea Buffalo Bone In Ribeye Steak
Wild Idea Buffalo 16 oz. Bone-In Ribeye Steak (Cowboy Steak)
The Ribeye cap and bone add the extra richness to this cut. Our Bone-In Ribeyes make for a perfect presentation, and luckily they aren’t just for cowboys. Our bone-in ribeye was a featured winner of the 2012 Cooking Light Artisan Products Award. Cut to 16 oz. each.



Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans & Potatoes with Ham Style FlavorDel Monte Cut Green Beans and Potatoes

Del Monte’s tender blue lake green beans and hearty potatoes are grown in the best soils in America. Del Monte green beans and potatoes are harvested and packed at the peak of ripeness to capture delicious flavor and essential nutrients. Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans & Potatoes with Ham Style Flavor have a dash of sea salt and no artificial flavors. Brighten your plate with this easy side dish or add to soup, casseroles and salads.

Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans & Potatoes with Ham Style Flavor:
* Low fat
* With natural sea salt
* Kosher


Nutrition Facts
Del Monte – Cut Green Beans & Potatoes Drained
Servings: 1 1/2 Cup
Calories 30 Sodium 240 mg
Total Fat 0 g Potassium 160 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 7 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 1 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 1 g
Trans 0 g Protein 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Vitamin A 6% Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 4% Iron 2%

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