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In my ongoing effort to clean out my freezer and pantry for the Spring Pantry Challenge, I decided to make corn and cheddar cakes. Replacing the flour with masa harina yields an unusually light, soufflé like breakfast cake. We often like to eat breakfast for dinner so this was a perfect weeknight meal. I served them with a mixed green salad for a well-rounded meal. This recipe was adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe. I was able to use up some corn and chopped red pepper from the freezer, a little leftover buttermilk and sour cream from the fridge and some masa harina I had in the pantry! Corn and Cheddar Cakes 4 eggs 3 Tbsp masa harina 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 Tbsp butter, melted ½ tsp salt pinch of pepper 2/3 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen thawed) ¼ cup chopped seeded red bell pepper ½ tsp jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese ¼ cup sour cream 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Whisk together the egg and masa harina in a bowl. Add the buttermilk, butter, salt and pepper. Fold in the corn, peppers and cheese. Spray 4 (1 ¼ Read More […]

The end of winter I usually try to start using up items in our freezer or pantry to make room for the next season’s harvest. I needed to make a dinner that made use of food we already had. A simple meal of pasta, canned tomatoes and leeks sounded perfect. I was able to use up some of the leeks I had previously frozen. Pasta with Leeks and Tomato Cream Sauce 2 Tbsp butter 2 large leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced thin. (I used the leeks I had frozen) ½ cup dry sherry 1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes, drained, halved, seeded and chopped (you can also use home canned tomatoes) ¼ cup heavy cream 1/2 tsp  dried tarragon 1 pound of pasta, I used linguine Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium size skillet. Add the leeks and sauté until softened. Add the sherry, tomatoes, and simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and cook another 2 minutes. Add the tarragon and salt and pepper to taste. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil to cook your pasta. Cook until al dente and drain. Toss the pasta with Read More […]

You may remember hearing about my friend Laur and our adventures of cooking together. We love creating meals together and this was one we created a few weekends ago. It was simple and delicious. Perfect for a laid back Saturday. Simple Saturday Supper 1 pound Kielbasa, cut into 2 inch chunks 2 pound bag of sauerkraut, rinsed 2 apples, cored and cut into chunks 1 large onion, cut into chunks ¼ cup beer Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place  the sauerkraut in a large bowl. Combine with 2 Tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Add apples and onion to the sauerkraut mixture. Mix well and add the kielbasa and the ¼ cup of beer. Place the mixture in a large shallow casserole. Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly. Delicious served with a hot dog and baked beans. Linked To: WhatToDoWeekends, FoodieFriendsFriday, FridayFlashBlog, #FoodieFriday, FreedomFridays, FoodieFriday, WeekendPotluck, #FridayFrenzy, #GetHimFed, SaturdayShowAndTell, TheWeekendRe-Treat, ShowStoppedSaturday, CreateItThursday, FullPlateThursday

Perhaps when you think of tomato soup from a can you think of Campbell’s. Isn’t that what we grew up with? Comfort food at it’s finest is tomato soup served alongside a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s also a quick and easy meal. However, did you know you could make your own tomato soup? I have a wonderful recipe from my mother for a tomato soup that can be canned for later use. Perhaps you didn’t have a garden last year. You can also enjoy homemade tomato soup with ingredients you probably have on hand in your pantry. Can’t Believe It Came Out of a Can Tomato Soup 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Cups diced onions 1 Tbsp minced garlic ½ tsp ground allspice 6 Tbsp chopped fresh dill leaves (optional) Salt and pepper to taste 6 cups of chicken broth 2 cans (28oz each) plum tomatoes, drained and chopped 1 tsp sugar Melt the butter in the olive oil in a heavy pot over low heat. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another three minutes stirring. Sprinkle the allspice over the onion garlic mixture and cook for Read More […]

Sometimes you just want to enjoy some comfort food. This is one of those recipes that isn’t fancy and doesn’t require an expensive cut of meat. Just simple home cooking. Gram’s Country Fried Steak ‘n’ Gravy 3 cups of beef broth (preferably homemade) All-purpose flour seasoned with garlic salt and pepper 2 eggs, beaten Breadcrumbs, optional 1 pound cubed steak, cut into 3-4 smaller pieces. 3 Tbsp butter 1 ½ large onions ¼ cup flour Place the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls. Coat the steak pieces with egg; then generously dredge both sides with flour, then with the bread crumbs. In a deep frying pan, heat the butter then add the steak pieces. Fry until brown on both sides. Remove steaks from the pan. Add diced onion and cook until the onions are lightly browned. Add the flour and stir to coat the onions. Then add your beef broth. Stir and heat until bubbly. Add seasonings to taste. Place the steaks back in the pan and cover with the gravy. Cover and simmer for 20 -30 minutes. Tastes great with mashed potatoes or noodles. Linked To: FridayFlashBlog, WeekendRe-Treat, RealFoodFridays, FreedomFridays, #FoodieFridays, FoodieFriendsFriday, WhatToDoWeekends, FridayFavorites, FoodieFriday, WeekendPotluck, #GetHimeFed. Read More […]

There are certain items that you will usually find in my pantry, one of my basic staples’ in oatmeal. I have rolled oats in my pantry. Oatmeal is one of the most popular hot cereals but it can be used in many other recipes. I use it to make granola, cookies, bread and even in soup.  You can use oats as an extender in meat loaves. When ground oat flour makes rich thickeners for soups, gravies and stews. Oat flour will also add nutrition to your breads, muffins, crackers and desserts. Did you know that you can use 25% oat flour in making bread and the natural vitamin E in oats will help keep your breads from going stale so quickly? It also has numerous health benefits such as lowering your cholesterol due to its soluble fiber content. Oats are also rich in the B vitamins, contain the anti-oxidant vitamin E and oats are mineral rich as well. Oats contain high levels of complex carbohydrates, which have been linked to reducing the risk of cancer and the better control of diabetes. Oatmeal is ground oat groats, it can also be ground oats, steel-cut oats, crushed oats or rolled oats. The Read More […]

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