Monday, January 19, 2015

Recipe of the Day! Roasted Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers

by Reeni

Reeni says:

Italian sausage, potatoes, bell peppers and onions are roasted with fresh rosemary in an olive oil and parmesan cheese dressing...

This is right up my alley for fave recipes. Although I've never tried this as a dish, I love Italian sausage, peppers and potatoes and combined together as a one dish meal it's sure to be a winner! - Gale


12 ounces Italian sausage, cut in 2-3" long pieces
4 cups potatoes, cut in 1/2" - 3/4" cubes
3 cups sliced bell pepper, 1/2" wide and 3" long
1 large onion (sliced the same size as peppers)
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed between fingers
3/4 teaspoon coarse sea or kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil, for serving


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add the sausage, potatoes, peppers, onion and rosemary to an extra large mixing bowl.
In a separate small bowl whisk olive oil and mustard together. Add garlic, parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper, whisk until well combined.

Pour over sausage mixture and toss well until everything is coated.

Grease a large, thin cookie sheet with sides and pour out the mixture.

Spread evenly over the baking sheet. Bake 30-45 minutes until sausage is cooked through and potatoes are golden and tender.

Serve with parmesan and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.


Delicious served with crusty bread and a tossed salad.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Recipe of the Day! Salty Caramel and Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

by midwest living:

Ooo..I always buy every month the caramel bits. I add them to popcorn when I make it. I also have the rolled oats. I don't have pecans, but I do have walnuts. That will do. I will be baking these soon... - Gale

Midwest Living says:

These cookies come with a friendly warning: Chewy caramel, toasted pecans and a flurry of sea salt will make you popular. Very popular. A product called caramel bits gives these cookies great flavor and chewy texture. Some supermarkets carry them, and they're widely available online. (Search for Kraft Caramel Bits.) Take care to follow recipe directions when baking: caramel bits melt quickly...


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups rolled oats
1 11 - ounce package caramel baking bits
1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
Coarse sea salt


In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, the baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining flour. Stir in oats, caramel baking bits and pecans.

Using a small ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop 1 1/2-inch mounds of dough 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

Bake in a 350 oven for 11 to 12 minutes, until the edges are light brown. (Centers will look undercooked.) Cool on cookie sheets for 3 to 4 minutes or until cookies can be easily removed. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Recipe of the Day! Braised Short Ribs on Garlic Mashed Potatoes...

with Green Beans and Poached Tomatoes
By Chuck Hughes


Braised Short Ribs

3 large onions, coarsely chopped
3 to 4 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
4 large carrots, peeled, trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 beets, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
3 heads garlic, cut in half
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
6 beef short ribs
Coarse salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
Canola oil
2 (750 ml) bottles red table wine
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup brown sugar
Handful peppercorns
1 to 2 tablespoons butter, a nub

Garlic Mashed Potatoes, (recipe follows)
Oil-Poached Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine (recipe follows)
Green Beans (recipe follows)

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

1 head garlic 1 tablespoon good, fruity olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A sprig or 2 of fresh herbs (rosemary or thyme)
6 large Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled, and quartered.
1 stick butter
1 cup cream

Green Beans:

5 handfuls small green beans (petit haricots verts)
1 large shallot
2 tablespoons butter
Freshly ground black pepper

Oil-Poached Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine:

1 to 2 cups good olive oil (enough to just cover tomatoes in pan)
Pinch coarse or kosher salt
2 sprigs fresh herbs
1/2 head garlic, sliced in half
4 vine stems of cherry tomatoes


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the onion, celery, carrots, beets and garlic. Add the rosemary, thyme, star anise, and cinnamon stick, and set aside.

Cut the ribs between the bones, and trim all the excess outer fat. Season the ribs well with coarse salt. Dredge in flour until well coated.

In a large Dutch oven or wide soup pot on high heat, pour in enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the ribs to the hot oil, and sear the ribs so they are browned well on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the ribs, and set aside.

In the same pan, transfer all the vegetables from the bowl, and stir to caramelize, and pick up all the brown bits. Add the meat back into the pot. Pour the wine over top. Ensure all is covered with the liquid and if not, top up with water.

Add the cocoa powder, brown sugar and peppercorns, and bring to a boil, cover with a lid or foil, and place in the oven until the meat is fork tender, about 3 hours. Remove the ribs to a platter, and strain out the solids to use for something else.

Boil the cooking liquid in a wide shallow pan until it is reduced by half. It will be richer, more flavorful and thicker. Add a nub of butter at the end for sheen and flavor.

Serve the short ribs on a mound of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, topped with Green Beans and Poached Vine tomatoes, recipes follow. Slice the top off a garlic head and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and the fresh herbs. Wrap in a tin foil packet, and roast in the oven for about 1 hour.

Fill a large saucepan with water; add a few good pinches of coarse salt and the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until just fork tender. Do not overcook or the potatoes will be soggy. Drain off the water, leaving the potatoes in the pot.

Add the butter and cream to the potatoes, and mash well.

Remove the garlic from the oven. Squeeze the garlic cloves into the potatoes, and stir in. The consistency you want is rough, with some lumps. Season the potatoes with salt, and pepper, if desired.

Trim only the stem ends off the beans. Blanche the beans in a pot of salted boiling water for about 20 seconds. Drain, and immerse in an ice water bath to stop the cooking. Drain the beans on a towel. The beans should be original green in color and crunchy to the bite.

Slice the shallot into fine julienne. In a large saute pan, on high heat, add the butter and shallot. Stir until softened. Add the beans, and toss to warm through. Season with salt, and black pepper, if desired.

Serve the beans in a little mound on top of the beef short rib. Top with a poached stem of tomatoes. In a large saute pan, add about 2 inches of olive oil. Bring to about 325 degrees F - just below frying temperature. Season with salt, herbs and toss in the garlic. Carefully place the tomatoes in the oil, and poach until they swell up and almost burst, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the tomatoes and use to garnish the beef short ribs.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Recipe of the Day! Elegant Surf and Turf

by Taste of Home:


2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 lobster tails (8 to 10 ounces each)
4 beef tenderloin steaks (4 ounces each)
4 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper

Makes: 4 servings

Directions: In a small skillet, saute garlic in 2 teaspoons oil until tender; remove from the heat. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, green onions, thyme, lemon peel, salt, pepper, cayenne and reserved garlic. Set aside 1/2 cup for crumb topping.

Add softened butter to remaining herb mixture; mix well. Shape into a 1-in.-thick log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

For crumb topping, combine the bread crumbs, melted butter and reserved herb mixture; set aside.

Split lobster tails in half lengthwise. With cut side up and using scissors, cut along the edge of shell to loosen the cartilage covering the tail meat from the shell; remove and discard cartilage.

Place lobster tails on a baking sheet; top with reserved crumb topping. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until meat is firm and opaque and crumbs are golden brown.

Meanwhile, sprinkle steaks with coarse pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook steaks in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).

Unwrap herb butter; cut four 1/4-in.-slices from log. Place one slice on each steak. Serve with lobster. Rewrap remaining butter; refrigerate for 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Recipe of the Day! Banana Coffee Cake

by Betty Crocker

Another great dish with bananas. Couldn't resist putting this one up as coffee cake almost of any kind is fabulous and bananas and nuts just make this one over the top. - Gale


 Coffee Cake:

2 to 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/3 cups), plus 1 large banana, sliced
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs
2 2/3 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
Serve with: Maple syrup


  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, stir mashed bananas, granulated sugar, milk, oil, cinnamon and eggs. Stir in 2 2/3 cups Bisquick mix and 3/4 cup walnuts; fold in banana slices. Pour mixture into pan.
  • 3 In medium bowl, mix Streusel ingredients, cutting in butter with pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over mixture in pan.
  • 4 Bake 30 to 36 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into 4 rows by 3 rows. Drizzle with maple syrup just before serving.
  • 5 Make-Ahead Directions: Make as directed through step 3. Cover and refrigerate up to 12 hours. Uncover, and bake as directed in step 4.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Recipe of the Day! Crockpot Orange Chicken

by Rachel


2 large carrots, peeled and sliced about 1/2-inch thick
2 large red or green bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
8 ounces orange juice concentrate
2 cups Mandarin orange segments or fresh orange segments
2 Green onions, chopped
hot cooked rice


Put carrots, peppers, garlic, then the chicken, ginger, salt, pepper & frozen orange juice in Crockpot.

Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours. Serve chicken on hot cooked rice on platter. Top with orange segments and green onions. Serve chicken liquid in gravy boat, if desired.

Rachael's Recipe Notes:

I like to make some stir fry Chinese veggies to go with this. I use Napa cabbage, baby corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and broccoli.