Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Nuts

A friend made a similar recipe at work for us one day last week. I thought it was quite tasty and decided to try it at home.  Here is what I ended up doing.  Simple and Delicious!

Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Nuts
(This is a single serving.  You can double it and make more!)

 

1/2 cup whole milk (Use any milk you like.)
1/4 cup steel cut oats (You can use regular oatmeal)
2 large strawberries, diced
1/4 cup mix of fruit (I used blueberries and blackberries. Ran out of raspberries! How about a nice, ripe banana? Apple with cinnamon? What do you like? )
1-2 Tablespoons nuts (I used walnuts for Kent’s. No nuts for me! You can use whatever type of nut you like!)
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees
  2. Using a 16 ounce baking dish (I used my trusty pyrex bowl) place fruit on bottom.
  3. Add honey, brown sugar and salt to fruit. Mix together.IMG_9217
  4. Add milk and oatmeal to separate bowl or pyrex cup, stir together.
  5. Pour oatmeal mixture over fruit.
  6. Place in oven for 30-45 minutes. (This will depend on the oatmeal you use.  I used Steel Cut Oats so it took 45 minutes.)
  7. If the bowl seems too full, place it in oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I am not a fan of messes!!

Enjoy!!

Peas and Macaroni – Simple and Delicious

When I was younger every Friday my dad made dinner.  My favorite Friday dinner was when he made Peas and Macaroni.  I enjoyed watching him make it (he always seemed happy). I also enjoyed eating it, lots of it!!  I know this was a meal he had when he was growing up.  This is another “Depression” food but as far as I am concerned it is definitely not depressing!  One thing though, my mom always bought the LeSeur brand canned peas.  I also still buy the same peas.   Sometimes I will use frozen peas and a can of chicken broth.  It just doesn’t seem the same.  When I make this meal all I can  think of is my dad getting home from work on a Friday night, having a beer in the breezeway sitting on the steps, then coming in the kitchen and making the most delicious meal for all of us.  Don’t knock it until you have tried it!

Peas and Macaroni

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Ingredients

1 pound pasta (I use large elbows, you can use whatever you like.  I find the smaller pastas go better with this dish.)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 large or 2 small green bell peppers
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 – 15 ounce cans of peas, not drained
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

1.  Cook pasta according to directions on box.
2. While pasta is cooking add 2 Tablespoons olive oil to fry pan over medium heat.  Add sliced onions and peppers.  Cook until onion opaque, about 8-10 minutes.
3.  Add garlic, oregano and basil. Stir together.
4.  Add 2 cans of peas. Cook over medium heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
5.  In the meantime drain pasta in colander, then put back in sauce pan.
6.  When peas are heated through add to the pasta.  Mix the pasta and peas together.

Enjoy!

Tarator (Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Soup)

This is one of Martin’s favorite soups.  Since he has moved to NYC I am moving some recipes he enjoyed at home to the front of my blog. Simple and Delicious!

Tarator

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Ingredients

1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded and diced or grated. (I generally grate)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk greek yogurt (not low fat or no fat, use the real stuff please)
1 – 2 cups water (depends on the consistency you like. I generally use 1 cup)
2 Tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 Tablespoon oil (I use vegetable, olive or sunflower oil depending on what is in the pantry)

Directions

1.  Mash the garlic and salt together in a large bowl.
2.  Add grated cucumber to the garlic and salt mixture.  Mix together.March 17 2013 321
3.  Add yogurt to above and mix together
4.  Add water.  It should be the consistency of whole milk.
5.  Add dill and season with more salt to your taste.
6.  Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

Tzatziki

Simple and delicious!

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (I use whole milk yogurt.  You could strain the yogurt.  I skipped that step.)
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped mint or dill (Actually, I prefer mint flavor over dill, kids like the dill and Kent doesn’t care!)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

Directions

1.  Grate or dice the cucumbers.  (I grated and then chopped) Wrap the diced/grated cucumber in a cheesecloth.  Squeeze over the sink and try to get rid of as much liquid as possible.  Cucumbers are very watery. ( If you don’t have cheesecloth, use a paper towel or thin dish towel.)
2.  Add the cucumbers to the yogurt along with the rest of the ingredients.
3.  Mix well and refrigerate 1-2 hours.  This is a flavorful condiment for your falafel, duner or any sandwich.  You could use as a salad dressing.

Enjoy!

Banana Bread

This recipe is from a Betty Crocker cookbook I have had forever. I have baked this bread for as long as I have been with my husband and that is 36 years.  Timeless, huh!!  Our whole family enjoys this recipe every. single time.  As always, Simple and Delicious!

Banana Bread

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Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
3 medium mashed ripe bananas (I used a fork to mash them is separate bowl)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup water
1 2/3 cup all purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts (we don’t usually use nuts)

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease bottom of loaf pan.  I use a 9x5x3 inch pan.  I also mix this recipe by hand.  No stand up mixer for this one!
2.  Combine sugar and butter in large bowl.
3.  Mix in eggs until well blended.
4.  Add bananas and water and blend together.
5.  Stir in remaining dry ingredients until moistened.  (If you like nuts, add now)
6.  Bake for 50-60 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes.
7.  Loosen sides of loaf pan and remove from pan.  Cool completely before slicing.

ENJOY!

 

Ethiopian – Doro Wat -Chicken Stew

Paige and Lily went to Chicago over the summer and mentioned they went to an Ethiopian restaurant. They really enjoyed the flavors.  I have been looking for a recipe since they put that in my mind.  Doro Wat is a slow cooking chicken stew with the main spice being Berbere. I have the recipe for Berbere below or you can get it at Penzeys in Appleton. I follow Festival Foods and saw this recipe while scrolling through Twitter over the weekend.  I enjoyed the flavors, Kent not so much.  See what you think!

Slow Cooker Doro Wat

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Ingredients

2# boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 lemon, need the juice
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, diced
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger (I used 1 teaspoon ground ginger)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 Tablespoons Berbere spice (see below)
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
4 hard boiled eggs, shelled and halved (I did not do this – next time!)

Berbere Spice  (This makes a little over 4 Tablespoons.  I used it all in my stew.)

2 1/2 Tablespoons sweet or smoked paprika (I used combination of both)
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds  (I used ground fennel for a substitute)
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions for the stew

  1.  Season chicken breasts with lemon juice and set aside for 15 minutes. (that is about how long it takes to make the Berbere)
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic and ginger.  Cook until softened – about 5 minutes.  Place onion mixture in slow cooker. (you could also slow cook in a dutch oven – 275 degrees for 2-3 hours)
  3. Place the chicken breasts on top of the onion mixture.  Add turmeric, Berber spice mix, tomato paste and chicken broth.  Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours.  (slow cookers differ in times so be sure your chicken is cooked through)
  4. Add eggs to the dish and serve warm with rice or flatbread

Simple and Delicious.  Enjoy!!

Bacon and Egg Rice Stir Fry

I found this recipe a long time ago in Bon Appetit magazine.  I have been making it for about 10 years.  Everyone in our family loves this very simple stir fry.  I make it for breakfast once or twice a month.  We always enjoy this simple and delicious meal.

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Bacon and Egg Rice Stir Fry

Ingredients

1 cup long grain white rice (I use jasmine, basmati, arborio or long grain white, depends on my mood)
2 cups water

8 bacon slices, cut into 1/2 inch strips
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I use peanut oil)
1/2 cup green onion
1 teaspoon sesame oil (I use 1 Tablespoon – no, it is not too much)

Directions

  1. Bring rice and water to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Set aside. (I make rice almost every Sunday.  That way when I make a rice dish during the week that part is done.)
  2. Cook bacon in a 12 inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until golden and crisp.  It takes about 5-10 minutes.  Pour into a sieve over a heatproof bowl and reserve bacon and fat separately.
  3. Whisk together eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  4.  Return 3 Tablespoons of bacon fat to skillet and sauté onion over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until pale golden, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs and cook, stirring until eggs are just set, about 1 minute.  Make a well in center of egg mixture, then pour in peanut (or vegetable) oil and 2 Tablespoons reserved bacon fat.
  5. Add rice, remaining salt and pepper and cook stirring about 2 minutes.
  6. Add bacon, green onions, sesame oil and cook mixture,October 25 012stirring until mixed through.
  7. Serve starving family and/or friends!

Shepard’s Pie – Simple and Delicious

Shepard’s Pie is a great comfort food.  That is what this Sunday was all about.  I had a recipe I have used for years which called for a dry onion soup mix.  I wanted to try a recipe that did not have onion soup mix in it. I found this recipe on Food Network.  Gotta love Rachel Ray.  I changed the recipe up a bit but it worked for us!

Shepard’s Pie

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Ingredients

2 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup cream
3 Tablespoons butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground beef
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon thyme or 1 sprig fresh thyme
2  cups beef stock or broth
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup frozen peas
1 teaspoon sweet paprika

Directions

1.  Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl.
2.  Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Add the butter and cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
3.  Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with ground beef.
4.  Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes.
5.  Drain the drippings from the pan.
6.  Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Mix together.
7.  In a  small saucepan over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups of broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute.
8.  Add gravy to meat along with 1/2 cup of broth & 1/2 teaspoon thyme to ground beef and vegetables. Stir in peas.
9.  Preheat broiler to high. I used the skillet as a vessel or you could fill a small rectangular casserole with the meat and vegetable mixture.
10.  Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. (If you don’t have paprika that is okay too!)

That’s it.  Simple and Delicious.  No leftovers for this one.  Enjoy!!

Asian Chicken Salad

Trying to find some new recipes.  I actually bought “The Complete Cook’s Country TV Show Cookbook” and found this recipe along with several more.  Gotta do something to get of Twitter!! The best place for destressing is my kitchen.  Why not try some new recipes while I am at it!  Here is a “Simple and Delicious” meal!

Asian Chicken Salad

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Ingredients

2 oranges (took 3 for me)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger (I used 1 Tablespoon. That was all I had and it was plenty.  Also, if you don’t have fresh ginger you can use 1 teaspoon dried ginger.)
1 Tablespoon Asian Chili Garlic Sauce (I had sweet chili sauce and added 1 garlic clove, minced)
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
4 – 6 to 8 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
2 Romaine Lettuce hearts (12 oz), sliced thin
1/2 Napa Cabbage, sliced thin
2 red bell peppers, sliced thin
1 cup cilantro, chopped (Cilantro is a challenge in my family.  I love it. No one else does!)
1 cup dry, roasted peanuts (Cashews would be nice too!)
6 green onions, sliced thin (did not have any, maybe next time)

Directions

  1. Cut thin slice from top and bottom of oranges, then slice off rind and pith. Working over bowl, cut orange segments from thin membrane and transfer segments to second bowl; set aside. Squeeze juice from membrane into first bowl (juice should measure ¼ cup).  **I only got a 1/4 cup – this is correct.**
  2. Combine orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, sugar, and chili-garlic sauce in bowl; transfer ½ cup orange juice mixture to 12-inch skillet. Slowly whisk vegetable oil and sesame oil into remaining orange juice mixture to make vinaigrette; set aside.
  3. Bring orange juice mixture in skillet to boil. Add chicken, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until meat registers 160 degrees, 10 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking. Transfer chicken to plate and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil pan juices until reduced to 1/4 cup, 1 to 3 minutes; set aside. Using 2 forks, shred chicken into bite-size pieces. Off heat, add chicken, any accumulated juices, and 2 tablespoons vinaigrette to skillet. Toss to coat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Toss romaine, cabbage, bell peppers, cilantro, peanuts, and scallions with remaining vinaigrette in large bowl. Transfer to serving platter and top with chicken and oranges.

I did not mix all together.  I put the cabbage, romaine lettuce and red peppers in a large salad bowl.  The cilantro, peanuts and chicken in separate bowls.  That way people can take what they want.  This salad did take some time but it’s Sunday and that’s what they are for – taking your time.  It definitely was delicious!!

Enjoy!!

Pizza Dough – My 2019 Go To Dough

Got a call from Martin in NYC today.  He was attempting to make pizza dough. He made me realize I needed to update the instructions on this recipe. YIKES!

Needless to say, I make pizza almost every Friday.  I have a couple of ‘go to’ recipes for pizza dough.  Any pizza dough I make I throw into a food processor.  It is quick and painless.  Here is one I have been using a lot lately.  It is a great recipe for 1 pizza.  You could split in half for 2 personal size pizzas.  Here it is;

Go To Pizza Dough 2019

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (300 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 ounces warm water (105 degrees F – 115 degrees F)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (extra for the counter when you take out of bowl)
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornmeal or semolina, for the pizza peel (if you don’t have, use flour)
  1. Place dry ingredients in bowl of food processor or stand up mixer or mixing bowl if doing by hand.  Pulse or mix the dry ingredients together.  If using stand up mixer you can use the dough hook or the beater.
  2. Add water and oil slowly through the food processor tube or into the mixer bowl. Mix until a ball is formed. If doing by hand mix the ingredients together and place the dough on a floured counter. Knead the dough into a ball.
  3. Place some oil (1 Tablespoon) on counter and place the dough on counter.  Roll in the oil and form into a small ball.
  4. Place dough in 2 quart bowl sprayed with oil.  Cover with plastic wrap.
  5. At this point you can put in your refrigerator overnight and take out 2-3 hours before you plan on using it. (When I put in the fridge overnight I use a gallon storage bag.)
  6. Or, put in draft free area, let rise 2 hours and use that day.

Put on your favorite toppings and bake at 475 for 10-15 minutes.

Simple and Delicious!  Enjoy!!