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Beef Stroganoff Picture Tutorial

13 Aug

It is so like me to wait until I’m in the grocery store parking lot {waiting out the late afternoon typhoon pouring down from the heavens to pass} to pull up a recipe for Beef Stroganoff on my phone, write down the ingredients and have the bright idea that this would be a good meal for dinner … tonight … at 8:30pm. Who does that? Anyhow, I got home a little bit later and got to work chopping mushrooms, {which I hate but thought I would give a try again for the sake of a good dinner} shallots and beef. I honestly think I’m the only person who decides to tackle a “real dinner” after 8pm. Regardless, the dinner came out quite delicious and I wanted to share it with you all…. Enjoy!

You will need: 6TBSP of butter {yes}, 1 pound of top sirloin or tenderloin cut into thin strips about an inch long, 1/3 cup of chopped shallots {this seemed like a lot, I didn’t use that much and just kinda eyeballed it}, 1/2 pound of cremini mushrooms sliced {yuck, yuck but I did it anyways. I couldn’t stand to measure them so I just chopped up half a container and called it a day}, 1/8 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of dry tarragon and 1 cup of sour cream at room temperature. {By the way … I LOVE SOUR CREAM!}

 

Beef Stroganoff Ingredients

 

It’s actually quite simple.  You’re going to want to do all your chopping first … get your water boiling for the egg noodles. {Oh, did I mention those already? Well, you’ll want to serve this with egg noodles, potatoes or rice.} Next heat up a pan with three tbsp of butter.  The idea is to brown the meat on both sides quickly as to not dry out the middle. Make sure to salt and pepper it well while it’s doing its thing … Once you’ve browned the pieces on each side for a few minutes, put the meat in a bowl and set aside. 

Beff Stroganoff

 

Looks yummy doesn’t it?!  After you set aside the meat, add the extra 3 tbsp’s of butter and bring the heat down a bit.  Saute the shallots for a few minutes until tender and then take them off the heat and add them to the meat.  Do the same thing with the mushrooms.  I’m assuming that they wanted me to do these two steps separate like I just described to you … but I got a little over zealous when I was chopping and added the shallots and mushrooms to the same bowl and there was no way that I was going to sit there and pick them out … so everything got sautéed together and it turned out just fine. 

No mushrooms

 

Notice something missing in the picture above? …. Mushrooms perhaps?  Yes, I spent “a few” minutes chopping mushrooms that I hate because I was going to give them the benefit of the doubt, until the foodie bf came along and threw half of them down the garbage disposal. Yeah, he doesn’t care for them either.  So, the moral of the story is that Beef Stroganoff can be made with little to no mushrooms and still taste wonderful!  Next comes the good part, the sour cream.  You’re going to want to add a cup of sour cream to the mushrooms {or the mushrooms AND shallots if you combine them like me} being careful not to bring it to a boil … apparently sour cream can curdle.  {Add salt and pepper at this point if you’d like}

Beef Stroganoff Picture

 

Lastly, you’re going to return the meat to the pan and cook for just a bit longer to bring the meat back up to temperature from sitting patiently in that bowl.  A little note: When I browned the beef I got a lot of moisture that came out of the mean and so I had a good bit of liquid in my meat bowl. In hindsight, I added a bit to much of it to the sour cream and made it a little bit too runny for my liking.  Next time I will drain the meat, saving a bit of the liquid in case the sauce is too thick and I can add a bit in at a time.  But, that’s cooking for you … a learning process.

 

So there you have it my friends.  The dinner that was born from waiting on the rain to pass in the parking lot of the grocery store at 8:30pm on a Friday night.  I’m sure there are other people out there like me… it may just take me a while to find them!! {ha} Enjoy Y’all …

Carne Asada {Picture Tutorial}

21 Feb

 

It was almost warm today! And, nothing makes me happier than a sunny day! Last year, I really got into a Carne Asada kick… we were living near the beach, and almost every weekend during the summer we would marinade some beautiful meat, head to the beach for a few hours, and come home and cook some delicious Carne Asada & Cheese Dip, and drink a few Coronas! It really was the perfect plan for a summer weekend! We hadn’t cooked this meal in what seems like forever so, when I saw the sun out this morning … I knew it was the perfect time! {And, I hadn’t blogged about it yet… oh, ya the pictures!}

 

According to Wikipedia, Carne Asada literally means “roasted meat” … My definition? … Heaven! Let me show you why…

 

You will need:

{Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.com}

  • 2 pounds of Skirt Steak
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (I’m a garlic lover, I used approx 7-8 cloves)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large handful of cilantro, finely chopped {There is great flavor in the stems – don’t be afraid to chop them too}
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

And, here’s what you do!

Lay the skirt steak out on a flat surface and season generously with salt and pepper. Rub it in with your hands. Let the meat sit while you make the marinade. To make the marinade, combine all the above ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

{are the striations on this skirt steak not the most beautiful things you have ever seen?}

 

Once you have completed the marinade, pour over the meat in a bowl or dish which you can cover.

 

 

Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. {Trust me, it’s worth it!} Meanwhile…. let’s talk about Cheese Dip {yes, please}

 

If I had known how easy cheese dip was to make, I would have made it years ago … {and, I’d be a heck of a lot larger than I am now!} This dip an amazing appetizer to this Carne Asada … and will hold you down until the meat is ready. Just grab a few Coronas and you’ll be alright! To make the cheese dip you will need:

 

  • Cajun Chef – Nacho Slices Jalapenos, minced {2-3 large spoonfuls}
  • 1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • Approx 1/2 pound of White American Cheese
  • Milk

The process is crazy simple – Set yourself up with a double boiler. If you don’t have one, get two pots {one smaller than the other} fill the bigger one half full with water, and float the other one inside it. You just don’t want to burn the cheese – and puting it directly on the burner will do that! … Cube the cheese, mince the jalapenos, and brown the ground beef.

Add the cheese and jalapenos. Add milk until the cheese cubes are about halfway covered.

Let cheese cook slowly until fully melted – then add meat. Cook a little bit longer on low, string occasionally. Serve with corn chips.

 

 

Now, back to the meat!!! After you let the meat marinade for 3-4 hours, prepare your grill {or if cooking inside, a large fry pan}. Remove the meat from the marinade and try to get excess off so it  does not burn. Grill meat for a few minutes on each side. Depending on thickness. This should only take a few minutes total. When done, remove from heat and let sit for approx 5 minutes.

 

 

To Serve: Warm some corn tortillas in a fry pan over medium/high heat for approx 20-30 seconds each side. Serve with chopped cilantro and onion. {Yes, in America you’d be piling on the sour cream and cheese, but think outside the box. This is how it is served at roadside stands, and it’s good – I promise}

 

 

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do! There is something about this meat that is so delicious. And, combined with the cheese dip and some good ‘ol Corona .. it is the perfect meal for a sunny day or summer afternoon! Keep your fingers crossed – warmer weather coming our way! Night ya’ll!

Beef Stew A-La-Package {Picture Tutorial}

2 Feb

 

Ok, foodie friends… I have a question: Would you consider it cheating to use a pre-packaged seasoning packet? {for say, chili or stew} I’ve always thought of those packages as all your spices rolled up into one so you don’t have to spend $30 buying all the full size spice bottles that you may only use once in a blue moon. {mmm, blue moon. I need a beer. It’s been a long day} Anyhow… if you consider it cheating, I cheated. I however, think I’m a smart domestic maven who just saved herself a boat-load of money! {although the spice cabinet will continue to lack at this rate}

 

First of all, I don’t have a slow cooker or crock pot, so this whole “bag” idea is perfect for me! {just perfect} Wait until you see how this whole meal comes together in a bag!! It’s pretty impressive for whomever invented it!

 

Beef Stew a-la-package. Your cast of characters …

 

{Not pictured is the second package of meat I used & the flour which the package calls for}

 

My Irish ancestors are rolling in the graves … stew, from a package?!

 

This whole meal is pretty straight forward. Cut up some potatoes, celery, onion, and baby carrots. {I’m in a house with carrot-haters, so I added some peas for their liking} Season meat with salt/pepper. Mix the seasoning package with some flour and water. Throw all the ingredients in the really cool plastic bag. Pour the seasoning mix over the ingredients. Tie the bag, cut some slits, and bake for an hour and a half.

 

 

 

Are you not just utterly amazed at the coolness of this plastic bag… and the fact that it isn’t going to melt away into my potatoes? Love it. Without further delay .. I give you my From a Plastic Bag, Make your Ancestors Roll in their Grave, Save you $30 in spices, Beef Stew a-la-package!  Enjoy!!!

 

Chicken Broccoli & Rice Casserole {Picture Tutorial}

1 Feb

 

Ever wander around the grocery store just praying that dinner will jump in the cart on its own? I swear I walked up and down the aisles pushing my cart for a good thirty minutes before I came up with a dinner idea. Most people probably have an idea before they go to the store …. but I’m not most people. Clearly. So, tonight we are having Chicken and Broccoli Casserole. {the chicken just begged me to jump in the cart} I blogged about it once before: here, but never posted any pictures. Tonight, you get pictures.

 

Here’s what you need:

4 TBSPs of Butter

1/3 Cup of Flour

1 TSP of Salt

1/8 TSP of Pepper

1/8 TSP of Garlic Powder

1 Cup of Chicken Broth

1 1/2 Cup of Milk

1 Bag of Instant Rice (you know, ‘Boil a Bag’)

2 Cups of Chicken (Tonight I used fresh chicken, but you can use the frozen Tyson kind that comes in cubes too!)

1/4 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (I usually use much more cheese than is called for!)

3/4 Cup of Frozen Broccoli (I use the small florets, and also use more than is called for!)

Bread Crumbs for Topping

 

 

And, here’s what you do:

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and start the rice. I’m using fresh chicken tonight, so I’m starting by cutting up the chicken and cooking it with a little butter and salt/pepper.

 

 

Remove the chicken from pan. Melt butter over low heat. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Slowly add to the butter until paste starts to form and gets bubbly.

 

 

Once paste is smooth and bubbly, add chicken broth and milk. Whisk constantly, over medium heat, until mixture becomes creamy and smooth. Let boil for about one minute {continue to whisk}.

 

 

Mix in remaining ingredients: chicken, cheese, rice, and broccoli.

 

 

Pour into casserole dish, and cover with thin layer of bread crumbs. Put in oven for approx 40-45 minutes, or until bread crumbs start to brown around edges. Let stand for 5-10 minutes to thicken before serving.

 

 

This dinner turned out great, and was exactly what my tummy wanted tonight! Perfect comfort food for a chilly night {and easy too!} I love making this too, because it makes great leftovers. A lot of times leftovers don’t get used in my house … but this one never fails! I hope you have time to make it and enjoy it when you do! And, as always – I’d love to hear all about it! Night Ya’ll!

 

Quick & Easy Chili Recipe {Picture Tutorial}

25 Jan

 

**Update: This blog is getting a ton of visitors from Pinterest {Thanks y’all!} … Yes, I forgot to mention that you need to throw a can of dark red kidney beans a pinto beans into the mix. They’re in the picture, but I must have been too busy eating chili to realize I left it out of the instructions. Just make sure you drain them and you’ll be good! Enjoy and thanks for all the nice comments! – Amy **

I was really craving some seafood tonight – scallops to be exact – but somehow I managed to end up with a big bowl of chili. Let me tell you though, I cook some mean chili! And, don’t forget, it’s ridiculously easy and makes your kitchen smell like you are a seasoned domestic goddess {just what I’m going for – score!} Really, all you need for this recipe is two photos: the ingredients and the finished product… it’s that easy… dump the stuff in the pot and let it cook! Now, those are my kinda recipes!!! {but, just to be nice… I’ll include the measurements}

You will need:

{Serves approx 6-8}

1 Medium Onion {minced}

3-5 Garlic Cloves {minced}

1 – 1 1/2 pound of lean ground beef

2 cans of diced tomatoes {Onion, Garlic, & Oregano flavor)

1 can of petite diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

2 TBSP Chili Powder

1 TBSP Ground Cumin

2 TBSP White Sugar

1 TBSP Salt

1 TBSP Tabasco Sauce

1 TSP Pepper

And, here’s what you do:

1. Brown the beef with onion and garlic. {Drain fat when finished and return meat to pot.}

2. Add cans of tomatoes, sauce, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, Tabasco, and pepper.

3. Simmer for at least 30-45 minutes …  but it tastes better the longer you let it simmer.

Ta’da:

Beautiful isn’t she? I like to serve mine with cornbread muffins {the kind in the Jiffy box}, a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. Some people balk at the sour cream, but I think it tastes good.

{Did anyone happen to notice the amount of chili I cooked? I told you I have a problem with portion control.}

Rave reviews around this house for the chili … why don’t you try it at your house and let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear, as always! …. On a side note, I’m discovering my passion for Marketing all over again. With this new career, almost every day brings a new opportunity to use my marketing degree and marketing knowledge … and so far, I really love it. I hope that it stays this positive for a while to come!!!

Hope you all had a great day. And, I hope you enjoy the chili recipe. {Time to go watch the Bachelor – I should be ashamed for watching such nonsense … but I’m not!!! ha} Night ya’ll!

Sweet Potato Souffle {Picture Tutorial}

11 Jan

 

I remember when I was a child, my aunt would bring sweet potato souffle to Thanksgiving dinner each year. It scared me. It was orange. And, a sweet potato. Who eats sweet potatoes? So, it never went near my plate. It wasn’t until last year at Thanksgiving {after what 20 years?} that I actually tasted the sweet potato dish. Holy dessert! I had no idea it was sweet and tasty … like cheating and eating dessert while eating dinner! Ever since, it has been a staple on my holiday menu {ok. one Thanksgiving and one Christmas} but it will be a staple from now on! I made it for my family on Sunday for our “Second Christmas Dinner” and, in the mad dash to wrap up the meal, only got a few pictures … but I think you will get the idea! So, here we go:

 

Sweet Potato Souffle {Simple, Easy, Delicious}

{Serves Approx 6}

{Adapted from: Cooks.com}

 

You will need:

Two 16 oz cans of Sweet Potatoes (I only had one large can, and it worked just fine)

1 cup brown sugar

Approx 2/3 TBSP salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 eggs beaten

1/2 cup butter

1 pkg of small marshmallows

 

And, here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease casserole dish with butter. Mix all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Place half of mixture in dish. Place a layer of marshmallows on top. Top with the other half of the mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Top with layer of marshmallows. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until marshmallow topping is lightly browned. Serve.

{Top of plate} Of course, I didn’t get a picture before it left the dish.

 

This truly is an easy, delicious, classic dish. I hope you enjoy & as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear all about it! Night Ya’ll. {for real this time}

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball {Picture Tutorial}

11 Jan

 

Sweet. Chocolate. Cheesy. Goodness.

 

I had been waiting for an opportunity to make a Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball, and visiting my family and cooking them a ‘Second Christmas Dinner’ was just the opportunity! I made it early in the afternoon, chilled it, and served it while everyone was chatting and waiting around for me to emerge from the kitchen. And, it was perfect for me to make with my new mixer! Of course, I brought my camera with me … and had it in hand for a picture tutorial. So, here we go:

 

Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

{Help yourself appetizer type dish. Serves plenty}

 

You will need:

One 8 oz package of cream cheese

1/2 cup butter softened

1/4 tsp vanilla

2 TBSP brown sugar

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

3/4 cup {or a bit more} mini chocolate chips

Graham Cracker sticks or pieces

 

And, here’s what you do:

1. With your wonderful mixer that Santa just brought you for Christmas, mix the softened {room temperature} cream cheese with the butter and vanilla.

2. Slowly add in the brown sugar and confectioners sugar.

3. Fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Mold into a ball by rolling mixture in saran wrap … or line a bowl with saran and smush the mixture in to take form of the bowl.

5. Chill for at least an hour before serving with Graham Cracker sticks or pieces.

 

Simple. Easy. Delicious. I could easily sit down and eat this whole thing by myself. You know the food is good when you serve something to a ‘chatty’ room and you hear the hush come across the house. The sound of satisfied, full mouths! As always, I’d love to hear all about it if you make it! Enjoy!