Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 6, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Health benefits of Broccoli Rabe……………………..

It’s loaded with vitamins A, C, and K, and also packs in minerals like calcium, folate, and iron, just to name a few. Also Broccoli rabe is filled with water and fiber, which aid in digestion and can also keep you feeling fuller for longer, supporting healthy weight loss.

Fried Walleye Fillet w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus

July 4, 2020 at 11:54 PM | Posted in fish | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Walleye Fillet w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus  (Late Dinner Post)

 

 

For Breakfast this morning I Scrambled a couple of Eggs, toasted a couple of slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread, and had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. 95 degrees and mostly sunny , had a passing shower in late afternoon. I had to be at Kroger between 10 – 11 to pick up a grocery order. I’m going to start grocery pick up again. Our area has the biggest increase for the virus in the County. I sure hope and pray this passes soon. I’m still not sure what to believe about it, real or political. Anyway did a little yard work and got the cart out of the shed and cleaned it up. For Dinner tonight I prepared Fried Walleye Fillet w/ Roasted Butternut Squash and Roasted Asparagus.

 

Meijer and Jungle Jim’s always have the best Seafood and Fish selections, this Walleye is from Meijer. To prepare the Walleye I first rinsed the fillets in cold water and patted them dry with paper towel. Then to prepare it 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!

 

Then for one side I prepared some Roasted Butternut Squash, easy recipe for some delicious Butternut Squash! I purchased 2 small packages of Diced Butternut Squash at Meijer. 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, Walnut Pieces, Bacon Pieces, 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! The Walnuts work perfect with the Squash.

 

Then for another side dish I prepared Roasted Asparagus for one side. To prepare the Asparagus I just needed Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cloves Roasted Asparagus Garlic (minced), Sea Salt, Freshly grated Black Pepper, Lemon Juice, and Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a single layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle olive oil over the spears, roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of olive oil. (Alternatively you can put the asparagus and oil in a plastic bag, and rub the bag so that the oil gets evenly distributed.) Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Rub over the asparagus so that they are evenly seasoned. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick your asparagus spears are, until tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice and shredded Parm Cheese before serving. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Breyer’s Carb Smart Chocolate Ice Cream.

 

 

 

 

 


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

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 2, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Take it off the grill a little early

Much like baking, your food keeps cooking after you take it off the heat. Avoid overcooking by taking the food off the grill a minute or two before it’s perfect to you. Grill on!

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BISON STEAK – BASIC COOKING INSTRUCTIONS……..

July 1, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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No recipe this week but with the grilling season in full gear I’m passing along BISON STEAK – BASIC COOKING INSTRUCTIONS along with GROUND BISON – BASIC COOKING INSTRUCTIONS. Just follow these excellent suggestions and instructions to get the most out of your cuts of Buffalo. And if you’re having Buffalo use the best, the Wild Idea Buffalo. At the Wild Idea Buffalo website you’ll find a full selection of Buffalo cuts of meat along with Seasonings, Books, the Ranch Gift Store and Pet Food and Treats. So be sure to check it out! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BISON STEAK – BASIC COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
A note from Jill: The ingredients of Wild Idea Buffalo Meat are simple: fresh water, native grass and sunshine, producing a naturally delicious, healthy, and sustainable red meat. Wild Idea Buffalo steaks are tender, with a rich, slightly sweet taste and are very user friendly. Because Wild Idea Buffalo steaks are naturally lean, we recommend that you cook them no more than medium. I have broken the cooking suggestions down per cut, followed by grilling/searing instructions.

Gas Grilling: Ensure the grill grate is clean. Preheat the grill to high heat, 500° and close the lid. Brush the grill grate with oil. Place prepared steaks on the grill, close grill lid during grilling and follow cooking times below. Remove the steak from the grill, place on a plate, cover with foil and let the steak rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Char Grilling: Ensure the grill grate is clean. Pile coals high in the center, light and allow the coals to become white, for best heat. Using tongs spread coals around evenly. Oil grill grate and place low and close to coals. Place prepared steaks on the grill, close grill lid during grilling and follow cooking times below. Remove the steak from the grill, place on plate and rest as above.

Pan Searing: Heat seasoned (rubbed with oil) cast iron skillet over medium high heat and allow pan to become very hot. Place prepared steaks in the hot pan and follow cooking times below. Remove steak from pan and place on plate. Cover tightly with foil and let steak rest for 5 minutes.

Steak Cooking Times
The length of the cooking time depends on the thickness of the steak. Turn the steaks after 1½ minutes and repeat until cooking time/desired doneness is achieved.

*1/2” thick or for 5 & 6 oz. sized steaks: 2 minutes each side for medium rare.

*1” thick: 3 minutes on the first side and 2 minutes on the second side for medium rare.

*1½” thick: 4 minutes for the first side and 3 minutes on the second side for medium rare.

*For thicker cuts: Increase cooking time by 1 minute per half inch per side for medium rare.

Temperature Guide
Internal temperatures of meat, before resting:

Rare – 125 degrees / Medium Rare – 135 degrees / Medium – 145 degrees.

Other Cooking Tips

Resting and Freezing:
If you have the time, this little trick does make for a plumper, slightly juicier steak. After resting the steaks for two hours prior to cooking, place the steaks in the freezer for 20 to 40 minutes before grilling. This allows the steaks outside and inside to cook at a more even rate. Follow the cooking instructions as listed based on the steaks thickness and the freezer time noted below. After cooking, cover the steaks and rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.

Freezer Time Guide: 10 minutes = smaller steaks, 20 minutes = medium steaks and 25 minutes = large steaks.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/bison-steak-basic-cooking-instructions

 

GROUND BISON – BASIC COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Grilling: Cooking meat over hot coals or high gas fire. For best results, grill grate should always be clean and positioned close to heat. Inside grill temperature desired 500°. Recommend closing the grill lid during grilling time.

Pan Searing / Pan Frying: Cooking meat in an oil rubbed heavy skillet, uncovered over medium high heat to high heat.

Sautéing: Cooking meat quickly, in a small amount of oil or fat over medium high to high heat. If browning meat, sauté in small batches for best results.

Broiling: Cooking meat in the oven on broil. Second rack placement is best.

Baking: Cooking in oven at 325° to 375°. This method would be used for meatloaves and casseroles.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/ground-bison-basic-cooking-instructions

Vietnamese Oven-Baked Cornish Game Hens

July 1, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recipe for a Vietnamese Oven-Baked Cornish Game Hens. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing to make this dish are Cornish Game Hens, Spices, White Wine, Shallots, MAGGI Seasoning Sauce, Sugar, Chinese Five Spice, Honey, Rice, and more! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Vietnamese Oven-Baked Cornish Game Hens
Cornish game hens seem so upscale. These require some effort in preparation, but the results are worth it.

Recipe Ingredients:
3 Cornish game hens
2 tablespoons salt
1 1/4 cups dry white wine
1 cup MAGGI Seasoning Sauce
1 cup peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger
2 shallots, finely chopped
8 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 whole star anise pods
3 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons MAGGI Seasoning Sauce
Hot cooked rice

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cut hens into quarters and sprinkle both sides with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes in a sieve. Rinse thoroughly.
2 – Combine wine, 1 cup seasoning sauce, ginger and shallots in large bowl. Place hens in marinade; mix well. Cover; refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
3 – Combine water, sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, oyster sauce, Chinese five spice and pepper in large stockpot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
4 – Add hens to spice mixture; discard marinade. Cover; return to a boil. Turn off heat; let hens stand in hot liquid for 20 minutes to poach.
5 – Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line large baking pan with foil; grease thoroughly.
6 Remove hens from pot and air dry on paper towels.
7 – Mix lemon juice, honey and 2 tablespoons seasoning sauce in small bowl until well combined. Brush mixture on both sides of hens. Place hens skin-side-up in prepared baking pan.
8 – Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
9 – Serve with rice.
Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 450 Calories from Fat: 210 Total Fat: 24 g Saturated Fat: 7 g Cholesterol: 170 mg Sodium: 1380 mg Carbohydrates: 27 g Dietary Fiber: 0 g Sugars: 10 g Protein: 30 g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/game/vietnamese_oven-baked_cornish_game_hens_recipe.html

Honey-Glazed Game Hen

June 24, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I’m passing along a recipe for a Honey-Glazed Game Hen. To make this mouth watering dish you’ll be needing Honey, Soy Sauce, Lemon Juice, Dry Mustard, Ground Ginger, Game Hen, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, and Onion. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Honey-Glazed Game Hen
The glaze, made with honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, dry mustard and ground ginger, would be excellent with roast chicken or turkey, too.

Recipe Ingredients:
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 (1 1/2 to 1 3/4-pound) game hen, thawed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 onion, peeled and quartered

Cooking Directions:
1 – Combine honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, dry mustard and ginger in 1-cup microwave-safe measure or bowl; mix well.
2 – Microwave at HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until heated; stir to dissolve honey.
3 – Rinse game hen and pat dry. Sprinkle cavity with salt and pepper.
4 – Dip onion in honey mixture and place 2 quarters in game hen.
5 – Tie legs together with heavy string. Place game hen, breast side down, in microwave-safe roasting dish. Brush generously with honey mixture.
6 – Microwave at HIGH for 16 to 20 minutes or until juices run clean and meat near bone is no longer pink; rotate rack one-quarter turn every 5 minutes. Turn hen breast side up halfway through cooking time and glaze with remaining sauce. Remove onion from cavity and cut game hen in half.
7 – If desired, heat drippings and onion 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in microwave-safe measure; strain and serve with game hen.
Makes 2 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/2 of recipe): Calories: 363 Calories from Fat: 14% Carbohydrates: 41.2 g Cholesterol: 119 mg Dietary Fiber: 0.74 g Fat Total: 5.5 g Protein: 38.2 g Sodium: 1434 mg.

Note: Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for children and adults.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/game/honey-glazed_game_hen_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day! MONDAY

June 22, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Preheat the grill…………………

You want to wait for the grill to heat up after you’ve turned it on or lit the charcoal. If you’re using a charcoal grill and start the fire with lighter fluid, then you want to wait longer (about 10 minutes) so that the lighter fluid has burned off and doesn’t get into your food.

Healthy Pot Roast Recipes

June 21, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Pot Roast Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Pot Roast Recipes with recipes including Slow-Cooker Herb and Mushroom Braised Beef, Perfect Prime Rib, and Beef Rib Roast with Mushrooms and Fennel. 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 Pot Roast Recipes
Find healthy, delicious beef stew recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Herb and Mushroom Braised Beef
With its comforting flavors contributed by savory meat, mushrooms, onions, carrots and fresh herbs, this slow-cooker braised beef is a wonderful supper on cold-weather days. Consider freezing it into portions for busy weeknight meals. You could also shred the meat and serve it on sandwiches…………………………………..

Perfect Prime Rib
Cooking prime rib can be intimidating–it’s such a big piece of meat and you’re usually making it for a special occasion, like Christmas or a formal dinner, so you want to get it just right. But it needn’t be stressful: This easy prime rib recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients and lays out how to cook prime rib so it’s juicy, tender and full of flavor, without a lot of fuss. Cooking the prime rib low and slow safeguards the meat from cooking unevenly. See the Tips section below for more advice on making the perfect prime rib. And if you have leftovers, they make a killer sandwich!………………………………………

Beef Rib Roast with Mushrooms and Fennel
The edible wild mushrooms you can find depend on where you live. They add woodsy and earthy flavors, but cultivated cremini and white buttons are delicious here too. Well-stocked supermarkets often have cultivated “wild” varieties like hen of the woods, matsutake, yellowfoot and hedgehog–all great in this recipe………………………………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Pot Roast Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22801/ingredients/meat-poultry/beef/main-dish/pot-roast/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 21, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Storing Nuts………………..

Nuts are prone to turning rancid when exposed to air and light. The best way to store nuts is in the freezer or refrigerator in an air tight container or in vacuum sealed packaging.

Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipes

June 16, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine it’s Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipes. Bring on the Eggplant! Here’s some Delicious and Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipes with recipes including Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille, Grilled Eggplant, and Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches. 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 Grilled Eggplant Recipes
Find healthy, delicious grilled eggplant recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille
This ratatouille dish is perfect for your bounty from the garden or farmers’ market. To keep the veggies from burning, watch them carefully while grilling. If necessary, move any that are cooking too quickly to a cooler spot on the grill……………………………….

Grilled Eggplant
Master this simple grilled eggplant recipe and you’ll have the foundation for all sorts of healthy summer dishes. Serve the eggplant slices as a side with grilled chicken, fish or meat; add grilled eggplant to a salad; stuff it into sandwiches; chop it and top pizza with it; stir it into pasta dishes or grain bowls–the possibilities are almost endless……………………………

Open-Face Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches
This cheeseburger and eggplant Parm fusion recipe is a winning combination. Breaded eggplant slices are topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a delicious grilled lean beef burger–it’s American classic meets Italian restaurant favorite! To make it a complete meal, serve with spaghetti with a side of steamed vegetables…………………………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/20792/cooking-methods-styles/bbq-grilling/vegetables/eggplant/

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