Friday, February 22, 2008

Garlic Butter

Pillsbury Crescents were calling my name at the grocery store. I bought the Garlic Butter flavor and just baked them. YUM. I ate two as a snack. I should really think about making something for dinner. :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cranberry Pork Loin

So we had a tiny bit of snow, less than an inch and it didn't stick to anything, and my evening class was canceled. I was able to go to the grocery store and make dinner! yay

I wanted something super easy. I found a recipe for cranberry pork loin

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork

1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
1/3 cup French salad dressing
1 onion, sliced
1 boneless pork loin roast (I bought a pre-seasoned pepper and garlic loin)

In a medium bowl, stir together the cranberry sauce, salad dressing,
and onion. Place pork in a slow cooker, and cover with the sauce
mixture. Cover, and cook on High for 4 hours (I cooked for less time because I think my loin was on the small side)
I thickened my sauce with cornstarch in the end. We used it as gravy

I served it with green beans, mashed potatoes, and some fried corn things (frozen food packaged things).

Friday, February 15, 2008

Vday Theme breakfast at school

So my team chose the day after Valentines day for our turn at breakfast. I made strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles :) yum and I also made this coffee cake. I have no leftovers of this coffee cake!

Walnut Rippled Coffee Cake
from all recipes

1/4 cup water
4 eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup sour cream


1. Set aside 2 tablespoons cake mix. Place the remaining cake mix in a mixing bowl. Add sugar, eggs, sour cream, oil and water; beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour half into a greased fluted 10-in. tube pan. Combine the walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and reserved cake mix; sprinkle over batter. Top with the remaining batter.

2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

**my addition was making a little glaze for the cake. powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk, and pink wilton coloring gel**

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cold Orzo salad

I've been wanting some cold pasta salad. I bought some orzo, cucumber, pinenuts, balsamic vinaigrette and feta cheese. Right now I have the orzo cooked, the cucumber peeled and sliced into small pieces, and the pine nuts are toasted. I have the pasta with the balsamic dressing chilling in the fridge. I didnt want to put the feta on the salad until it cooled. I cant wait for lunch today!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Moroccan Chicken with couscous

So this is a Nestie on the What's Cooking Board's recipe
Ellys Says Opa

Then tweaked by me

Moroccan Chicken with Lentils
Serves 2

1-1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp allspice
4 bone-in skinless chicken thighs
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
few spoon fulls of tomato based pasta sauce (we used spicy red pepper)
1 cup chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup red lentils
salt and pepper

Mix the first 6 ingredients, along with some salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Pat dry the chicken thighs and rub each thigh, on both sides, with mixture. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the chicken and brown on both sides.

Stir in the garlic. Stir in the tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, lentils, and salt and pepper. Scoop the chicken thighs on top. Bring the mixture to a simmer and then cover. Simmer for about 35-40 minutes until the lentils are tender and the chicken is cooked through.

Then we made Near East garlic olive oil couscous
In water you add a few tablespoons butter and seasoning packet
When water comes to a boil you add couscous and take off the burner, cover and wait 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and eat.

We used a half lemon each to squeeze over our chicken and couscous.
SO GOOD. I'm sad there will be no pictures. Sorry. DH took the pictures without there being a camera card in the digital camera and the food was so yummy its gone!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Lazy Man's Cabbage Roll Casserole and Apple Pie

Lazy Man's Cabbage Roll Casserole
1 pound ground meat, cooked with garlic, salt, pepper, a little hot sauce, and olive oil
Cooked brown rice from one of the Boil in the Bags
Head of cabbage shredded

Mix ingredients together in a glass lasagna dish

Pour on tomato pasta sauce

Bake at 350 degrees until ingredients are heated through and pasta sauce is bubbling
Add parmesan cheese

I ended up with extra filling that I put in two baking dishes to just eat :)

2 pastry crusts
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash dalt
8 cups thinly sliced tart apples (Granny Smith)
3 tablespoons butter

Heat oven to 425
Put 1 pastry crust into a glass pie dish
Stir together sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; mix with apples.
Turn into pastry-lined pan; dot with butter.
Cover with top crust which has slits cut into it; seal and flute the crusts together. Cover the edges with foil to prevent excessive browning.
Remove foil the last 15 minutes of baking.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is nicely browned and juice begins to bubble through the slits in crust.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Apple pie for breakfast

I decided to make apple pie this weekend. I woke up this morning and now I have my mom's apple pie recipe baking in the oven. I had extra filling so I put it in two small oven safe dishes and I've eaten the baked extra apple pie filling for breakfast. YUM YUM