Aug 062010
 

I totally slacked on taking pictures this time. However my puppy was trying to eat my house while I cooked, so cut my some slack already!!!

Pictures

the Ingredients

the Ingredients

Cooking!

Cooking!

Adding Mangos

Adding Mangos

Simmering

Simmering

Justin's Plate

Justin's Plate

My Plate

My Plate

Pork and Mango Curry
from Jerk Barbecue from Jamaica by Helen Willinsky

3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1″ cubes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 whole onion, thinly sliced
2 whole red bell pepper, or green, sliced
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoons Dry Jerk Seasoning, recipe to follow
1 1 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1 16 ounce can canned diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 whole mangos, peeled, pitted and sliced

Place the flour in a bag and add the pork cubes. Toss to coat.

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven. Add the pork and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the onion and bell peppers and saute for 3 more minutes. Stir in curry, Dry Jerk Seasoning, and ginger. Cook and stir constantly for 1 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and potatoes. Stir well to mix, the cook for 15 minutes over low heat. Add the mango slices and continue to cook until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes (SEE MY NOTES). Serve with rice, boiled green bananas, chutney and fried plantainers.

Dry Jerk Seasoning

1 tablespoon onion flakes
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons ground thyme
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons dried chives

Mix together all the ingredients. Store leftovers in a tightly closed jar. Makes 5 tablespoons

****MY NOTES****
I followed the directions and lets just say the potatoes were not close to being done after 25 minutes, and I didn’t cook on low, just medium/low. I cooked it for a total of 45 minutes (after the first 15) then the potatoes were done. I cut smallish cubes too. Also because of this the mangos pretty much disintegrated. It was still really good though. Next time I would wait to add the mangos till later so that they actually exist in the curry!

Jul 252010
 

I know it sounds strange, but I assure you it’s very delicious!! I usually just throw this together but I tried to get measurements. Just remember to have fun with and add the spices and peppers as you feel are necessary. This also makes a LARGE amount. Feel free to cut in half.

Pictures

the Ingredients

the Ingredients

El Pato Jalapeno Salsa

El Pato Jalapeno Salsa

Tomato Sauce and Meat!

Tomato Sauce and Meat!

Seasoning

Seasoning

Chopped Peppers

Chopped Peppers

Second Layer of Meat

Second Layer of Meat

More Seasonings

More Seasonings

More Peppers

More Peppers

Jalapeno Salsa on Top

Jalapeno Salsa on Top

Shredding the Meat

Shredding the Meat

All Shredded

All Shredded

First Some Cheese

First Some Cheese

Stirring up the Meat

Stirring up the Meat

Then Some Meat

Then Some Meat

Lots of Meat!

Lots of Meat!

More Cheese

More Cheese

Ready to Eat!

Ready to Eat!

Mystery Burrito Meat

5 1/2 pounds beef eye round roast (any roast will work) ( I used 2 roasts)
10 jalapenos, diced
1 habenero, diced
1 8 ounce can El Pato Tomato Sauce (it’s spicier the regular tomato sauce)
1 8 ounce can El Pato Jalapeno Sauce
8 teaspoons cumin, divided
6 teaspoons chili powder, divided
2 teaspoons cayenne, divided
flour tortillas
cheese

Remove any access fat from the roast(s). Cut it into manageable large chunks.

Spray slow cooker with Pam. Pour tomato sauce into bottom of slow cooker. Add half the meat, half the spices and half the peppers. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Cook on high for 8 hours. The meat should break up with tongs pretty easily. Fill you tortilla with meat, cheese and anything else you like.

You can also use the meat for nachos, quasadilla, taquitos, or really anything you want.

Jul 222010
 

This Justin’s favorite meal. The first time I ever made it it was for him!!

Pictures

the Ingredients

the Ingredients

Cooking the Garlic

Cooking the Garlic

Golden Brown

Golden Brown

Adding the Crushed Peppers

Adding the Crushed Peppers

Dark Brown

Dark Brown

Adding the Onion

Adding the Onion

Adding the Vodka

Adding the Vodka

Reduced!

Reduced!

Adding the Crushed Tomatoes and Cream

Adding the Crushed Tomatoes and Cream

All Mixed Up and Ready to Cook

All Mixed Up and Ready to Cook

Dinner!

Dinner!

Pasta with Vodka Sauce

6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup vodka
2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
6 tablespoons crushed red pepper * see note
2 cups cream
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 32 ounce bags ravioli, cheese-filled

Heat a little olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Make sure oil is hot. Add garlic and cook until golden brown. Add crushed peppers and saute with garlic until garlic is dark brown.

Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.

Add Vodka and reduce liquid by half.

Add tomatoes and cream.

Simmer to reduce liquid to the desired consistency.

Cook raviolis. Serve with Garlic Chicken and Cheesy Garlic Pull Aparts.

*NOTES- Again we love the spicy!!! You might not want to add this much crushed pepper. One time I made this for some friends and one of them got a nose bleed from the spiciness. We laugh about it now!!!

Jul 222010
 

This chicken doesn’t really have a recipe but I’ll do my best just for you!!

Garlic Chicken

the Ingredients

the Ingredients

the First Layer

the First Layer

More Layers

More Layers

Cooking in a Pan

Cooking in a Pan

Ready to Eat!

Ready to Eat!

Garlic Chicken

4 6 ounce boneless skinless chicken breast

4 teaspoons minced garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons crushed red peppers

Place the chicken in a bowl and just add everything to it! Feel free to add other things too. Cover it and put in the refrigerator and let it marinade for a couple of hours.

Place a skillet on medium heat and cook the chicken until its yummy!!

Now keep in mind that I love spicy food so you might not want to add that much crushed pepper. Use your own judgement. These measurement are just guesses anyway!

Jul 192010
 

This is another favorite about the house. I hope you like it!!

the Ingredients

the Crumbs

All Crumbed Up

Sauteing the Green Onions

Adding the Cheese

All Melted

Poured Over the Chicken

Cooked

Yummy!!!

Chicken Breasta Fiesta

3 ounces cheese crackers, crumbs
1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
4 6 ounce  boneless skinless chicken breast
2 whole green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter, melted
3/4 cup whipping cream
4 ounces lowfat cheddar cheese, shredded
3/4 4.5 ounce can diced green chiles, drained

Combine cracker crumbs and seasoning mix, stirring well. Dredge chicken in crumb mixture, and place in a greased 11x7x2-inch baking dish.

Saute green onions in butter in a skillet until tender. Stir in whipping cream and remaining ingredients; cook until cheese is melted; pour over chicken. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

This is cheesy, spicy and yummy!!!!!

Jul 082010
 

Everything is better with bacon!!!

the Ingredients

Getting Ready to Mix it Up

Putting them in the Oven

All Cooked

On my Plate

Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaves

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup lowfat cheddar cheese, shredded
1 whole egg
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon salt
6 strip bacon, cut into  halves

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except bacon. Shape mixture into 6 loaves. Crisscross 2 half slices bacon on each loaf, tucking ends under loaf. Place loaves on rack in shallow baking pan. Bake uncovered 50 minutes.

I crisped them up under the broiler for about 5 minutes. They tasted very meaty! We served this with Ranchero Corn.

Jul 022010
 

I made this for dinner last night. It is one of my favorites and super easy!!

the Ingredients

Putting them in the Pot

All Mixed Up

Already ready already!

Easy Taco Soup

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, ground *
1 whole onion, chopped
1 16 ounce can chili beans in zesty sauce, with liquid
1 15 ounce can kidney beans, with liquid
1 15 ounce can corn, with liquid
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 4 ounce can diced green chiles
1 1.25 ounce packet taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground chicken until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set aside.

Place the ground chicken, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chile peppers and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on Low setting for 8 hours.

* I just use left over taco meat. I always make too much so I save it for this and Taco Chicken Pizza.

You can also use ground turkey or ground beef. It just depends on what you like.

Jun 282010
 

This was SUPER EASY!!! Love it!!! I got the recipe from here.

the Ingredients

In the Crock Pot

Justin Cutting it Up

Ready to EAT!!

Chili Pot Roast

1 3 pound beef pot roast
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 14.5 ounce can diced tomato, undrained
1 4 ounce can diced green chiles
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Serve with cooked potatoes and corn or other side vegetable. Garnish the roast with a little chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.

Like I said super easy and very good. Will make this again for sure.

Jun 272010
 

Tonight we ate curry. It was a new recipe and even though I added some cayennes (from my garden!) it was just kind of bland. The meat was very tender however!

the Ingredients

Adding the Onions and Cayennes

Curry Paste!!

Pre-Coconut Milk

All Ingredients Added

After Cooking for 90 mins.

Ready to Eat!

Coconut Beef Curry

1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 whole onion, thinly sliced
3 whole cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
1 cup water
4 sprigs fresh Thai or opal basil, thinly sliced

In Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Cook and stir beef in 2 batches; brown evenly. Return beef to pan. Season with salt. Add onion and cayennes and continue cooking 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is translucent; stir occasionally. Add curry paste and continue cooking 3 minutes; stir frequently.

Stir in coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cover tightly and simmer 1-1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender.

Add basil sprigs and return mixture to a boil; remove from heat. Serve over rice. Garnish with thinly sliced basil, if desired.

Jun 222010
 

I found this recipe here.

the Ingredients

BACON!!!

Adding the Turkey

5 Patties to Be

Grilling the Patties

Mine Shown with Tomatoes and Guacamole!

Pepper Bacon Burger

Makes 5 (easily could have made 6 and probably will next time)

1 whole egg, beaten
1/4 cup bread crumbs
6 strip bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
4 whole serrano pepper, finely chopped, or 2 jalapenos
2 tablespoons milk
1 20 ounce package ground turkey
1 whole Anaheim chili pepper, seeded and cut into rings
1 whole onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
5 whole lettuce leaves
5 whole sandwich thins, or hamburger buns, split and toasted
5 slices cheddar cheese slices

In a large mixing bowl stir together egg, bread crumbs, bacon, serrano or jalapeno peppers, and milk. Add ground turkey and mix well. Shape meat into five 3/4-inch-thick patties.

Grill patties, on an uncovered grill, directly over medium coals for 15 to 18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in side of patty registers 160 degrees F, turning once.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan or skillet cook the Anaheim or mild green chili pepper and onion in margarine or butter about 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Serve burgers on lettuce-lined buns. Top burgers with cheese and pepper-onion mixture.

Now Justin and I are not a big fan of the onion so I just sauted the Anaheim pepper in butter and left out the onion all together. I thought these burgers were awesome!!! Even Justin, who is super picky, ate the sauted pepper and seemed to enjoy it.