Friday, August 19, 2016

Sauteed Beet Leaf and Stem

Hubby and the kids grew some beets this year so we will be eating a lot of this yummy side dish. :D

I washed the stems and leaves really well and discarded the tougher leaves and any 'ugly looking' stems.  

Separate the stems and leaves as you are chopping them up.

Saute some chopped onion in olive oil until softened. Then add in the chopped up stems. Saute the stems for approximately 10 minutes or until softened.  While the stems are cooking add in salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and parsley.  Add in more olive oil if needed. When the stems have reached desired tenderness, add in the leaves and keep stirring until they have wilted down.  Taste test to see if you need any more seasoning.  You can serve this now, as it is, straight from the pot with lemon slices, or for a variation you can place the sauteed beet leaf and stem in a bowl and add in some fresh olive oil, lemon juice, and a little salt.  Both ways, very tasty. :D 

#beets #veggies #vegetable #sides

Monday, July 18, 2016

BBQ Beef Ribs

Beef Ribs on the BBQ
One of our family's favourites right here!  Found this recipe awhile back from Plain Chicken and Christine'd it a little. My guys do not like 'sweet meat' so I left the brown sugar out and added the Montreal Steak Spice.  Also, instead of broiling the ribs in the oven at the end, we like to use the BBQ. I love that it's not much work for me. These babies spend most of the day in the crock pot and then my son takes over on the BBQ. Win/Win! :D 
Rub a dub dub.
First we start with the rub, mix this together and set aside.  
2 tbsp Paprika
2 tbsp Montreal Steak Spice (Club House)
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Pepper 

4 racks Beef Ribs
Diana Sauce or your favourite BBQ Sauce (I used a combination of Spicy, Original, and Smokehouse Diana Sauces.)

Seasoning the ribs.
Now this is very important.  Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.  I have forgotten to do this a few times and one of the times was for these photos. Ugh!  The ribs were still fabulous but when you have to chew around the membrane, they are not as enjoyable to eat.  :( 

Season both sides of the ribs with the rub and cut the racks to fit vertically into your crock pot.  Cook on low for 7 hours.

Ready for some Diana Sauce.
Transfer the ribs from the crock pot to the BBQ.  Cook on low while brushing with your favourite BBQ sauce.  
Dig in!
#Beef #Ribs #BBQ #CrockPot #PlainChicken #MontrealSteakSpice #ClubHouse

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Boiled Beet Salad

Boiled Beet Salad
This is a favourite of mine.  I didn't like beets as a child but I love them now.  First, wash your beets and place them into a pot.  Cover with water and boil until done.  (I check for doneness by piercing them with a fork.)  Once the beets are cooked, drain the water and let sit to cool off a bit.  While they are still a little warm, rub the beets with your fingers and the skin should slide right off.  This salad tastes great warm or cold.  To your cut up beets add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and oregano. Sometimes I like to sprinkle some feta cheese on top. :D  This also goes great with tuna or chicken salad.

The beets in this photo are pickled but boiled works well too with tuna salad.

Boiled Beet Salad with Chicken Salad
#beets #vegetables #veggies 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

4 cups Strawberries, cut in half
4 cups Rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups White Sugar
4 tbsp Flour
1 -2 tsp Lemon Zest

Strawberries and Rhubarb

1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 cup Oats
1 cup of Cold Butter

In a large bowl, mix the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, flour, and lemon zest together and then pour into a 9 by 13 inch, deep, baking pan. In another bowl, measure in flour, brown sugar, and oats and then cut in cold butter with a fork until it is crumbly. Spread the topping over the strawberry/rhubarb mixture.

Strawberry Rhubarb Mixture
Add the topping.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes and then switch to convection for 15 minutes more. If you don't have the convection option, bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes and then place under broil until the topping is a nice golden brown. Make sure to watch the pan when broiling, it doesn't take very long, we want it baked into a crisp not burnt to a crisp. :P We love this with vanilla and/or strawberry ice cream.  So yummy!

Just out of the oven.
#strawberries #rhubarb #crisp #dessert

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Garlic Asparagus

Garlic Asparagus 
This is my favourite way to make (and eat) asparagus for two reasons.  It tastes really good and it's really easy to make.  Win/Win!  Measurements?  We don't need no stinkin' measurements! :D  

Olive oil
Garlic, pressed
Kosher Salt

To start, rinse your asparagus under running water and then pat dry.  Snap off the bottom about an inch or so. (I bend the asparagus until it breaks.) Heat up your olive oil and butter (enough to cover the bottom of your pan). When the butter has melted, add in your pressed garlic. Saute the garlic on medium/low heat for about 10 seconds. Place the asparagus in your pan in a single layer and stir until well coated.  Add in your salt and pepper and cook to your liking.  See? I told you, easy.  ;)
#garlic #asparagus #veggies 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Panko Coated Baked Pork Chops

Panko Coated Baked Pork Chops
Pork Loin sliced into chops. 
Boneless Pork Chops, 3/4 to 1 inch thick (I cut my chops from a large loin of pork)
Hellmann's Mayonnaise

For every four chops, mix together on a plate:
1 cup of Panko Japanese Style Bread Crumbs (Kikkoman)
1 tbsp Greek Seasoning
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper

Brush the one side of the pork chops with the mayonnaise and place the chop, mayonnaise side down, onto the panko mixture.  Brush the top and sides with the mayonnaise and then spoon the panko mixture over top. Press the mixture onto the chops and make sure they are well coated. Line a pan with parchment paper and place the coated chops in the pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 - 45 minutes turning the pork chops over at about 20 minutes.  Baking time will depend upon the thickness of your pork chops.  (I will cut one open to be sure it is not pink.)  The mayonnaise makes the chops so moist and the panko gives you a nice crispy crust. Win/Win!!  As always, have fun and make it your own. :D 

Ready for the oven.
Ready for my belly. 
#Pork #Loin #Panko #Hellmanns #Kikkoman

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Raisin Roll
My daughter and I will be trying out some baking recipes from 'the list' this summer.  We made these yummy Cinnamon Rolls from Two Peas & Their Pod.  Very good, wouldn't change a thing!  Can't wait to make these again real soon.  :D  

No raisins for the kids.

Raisins for me and hubby.

Rise up!

Rise up!

How good does this look?  

The frosting is fabulous! 
#cinnamon #rolls #twopeasandpod