Beef and Broccoli


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I happened to have stumbled across this recipe the other day and modified it slightly due to my corn allergy.  I still have not found a substitute for soy sauce so it was not totally corn free (sadly) so the allergy pills still had to be taken each time I ate it.  I decided to make just enough rice per each meal so that the rice was hot and fresh each time that we ate.  We had several meals from this dish and I took the left over gravy and froze it to use as a base for the next time that I make the dish.

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

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Ingredients:
1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 cup beef or chicken consumme or broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil (I put in 2 tbsp)
3 garlic cloves, minced (I put in 3 heaping tbsp minced garlic in olive oil)
2 tablespoons cornstarch (I used potato starch in its place)
2 tablespoons sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as desired) I used frozen
Hot cooked rice

Directions:
1. Place beef in a crock pot.
2. In a small bowl, combine consomme, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce form the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine.
4. Add broccoli to the crock pot. Stir to combine.
5. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
6. Serve over hot cooked rice.
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This is a new favorite in our home that actually got my hubby to like broccoli even more.  Hope that You like it as well.

Have a great day,

Tammye Honey

Tennessee Baked Beans


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Tennessee Baked Beans

1 diced green pepper

1 diced onion

3 tbsp minced garlic (I use on in olive oil)

2 lbs ground beef (I use a leaner for less fat)

Place in frying and brown hamburger while sauteing the vegetables.  Cover partially then add

16 oz can of pork and beans

1 24 oz bottle of ketchup

1 21 oz bottle of “Honey” Barbecue Sauce (It does make a difference)

Stir and simmer.

(The irony of this is that I originally came to Bristol TN for a wedding and got the recipe which I took back to New York State and made for a Benefit that I was supposed to cook for.  This made a great size batch as I doubled it and it was all gone in no time…people were eating it like a chili.  Now I live in Tennessee…)

Great Recipe Finds


Today’s Theme as I am checking my emails seems to be all about either Chicken or Bacon.

Starting with one of my favorites http://www.chow.com/ the specialty today was

8 Ways to Cook Chicken and Rice

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One-dish meals ofchicken and ricesimmered with aromatics, spices, and vegetables pop up all over the world, in many different cuisines. Here are eight versions Chowhounds love:

1. Lidia Bastianich’sriso alla pitocca (traditional chicken and rice) is a specialty of Italy’s Lombardy region made with short-grain Arborio rice. –chowser

2. Crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon, and an assortment of toasted nuts give Nigella Lawson’s “lovely and very easy” saffron-scented chicken pilaf a Middle Eastern flavor. –helen_m

3. West African jollof rice is a “fantastic” jambalaya-like dish seasoned with aromatic spices. –Monch

4. The Malaysian staple Hainanese chicken rice is three dishes in one, served side by side: poached chicken with a dipping sauce; rice cooked in the poaching liquid; and poaching liquid served as soup (a squeeze of fresh lime juice really brightens it up!). –sarinaL

5. Daisy Martinez’s arroz con pollo is made with achiote oil and a sofrito of aromatic vegetables, peppers, and herbs, and finished with olives and pimientos. –sparky403

6. This simpler arroz con pollo from America’s Test Kitchen is also “fantastic.” –Davwud

7. Plenty of ancho chile powder spices Rick Bayless’s red chile chicken and rice with black beans. –juliejulez

8. With flavor from tomatoes, onions, and smoky chiles, this spicy chipotle chicken and rice is “really good.” –juliejulez

Discuss: Chicken and Rice recipes?

Photo of CHOW’s Chicken and Smoked Andouille Jambalaya by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

So the next spot that I visited was  http://www.recipe4living.com

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: 10 Chicken Favorites

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 2-Step Savory Chicken: This is so simple prepared on top of your stove; in just two easy steps, this recipe shows cooking made simply delicious!

Chicken ‘N Dumplings: The dumplings in this recipe are easily made with refrigerated biscuits.

Pineapple Chicken: This rice and chicken dish is sweet and yummy! It looks great and is very colorful and easy to make.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie: Love the comforting taste of chicken pot pie but don’t want the hassle? Try this recipe for pot pie in a snap!

Chicken and Cheese Casserole: One of our most popular recipes!

Sour Cream Chicken: Slow-cooked chicken is moist and deliciously flavorful.

Crockpot Chicken Stuffing Casserole: Everything you would want in a meal, including healthful broccoli prepared for you in the crockpot.

Chicken and Potatoes: This chicken and potatoes recipe is a one-pan meal everyone enjoys. Just bake, and serve with rice and you’ve got a meal! This is a special budget recipe with approximate prices listed.

Quick & Easy Baked Chicken Soup Casserole
: For a whole meal, you can put this mixture on sandwiches. It is complemented well by potato salad or salad, too.

Chicken Enchiladas Crockpot
: When you want Mexican for  dinner without all the work, this is a great short-cut with the same end results!

Where is the Bacon you ask lol…
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Bacon Wrapped Delights

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 24 pieces

12 spears white asparagus
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 ounces enoki mushrooms
24 slices bacon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the asparagus until it is barely cooked and still crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. When done, plunge the asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking. When cool, trim the asparagus to 8-inch lengths. Wrap a bundle of 6 asparagus spears with six strips of bacon, side by side, securing each slice with a toothpick. The bacon should be wrapped around twice so that there are two layers.
  3. Trim the enoki mushrooms, and separate into 12 pieces. Stuff each enoki piece with four pieces of shiitake. Wrap each bundle with a slice of bacon, wrapping around twice, and secure with a toothpick. Place the bundles on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in preheated oven for 6 minutes, then flip the bundles over, and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until the bacon is brown and crisp.
  5. To serve, remove all 24 toothpicks, and slice the asparagus bundles between the bacon. Drain on paper towels for a moment before serving.

So now you don’t have to ask the age long question of “Where’s the bacon”.

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Happy Cooking Everyone
Tammye Honey

Recipes in Time for St. Patrick’s Day


No Pinching Here: Five Green Dishes for St. Patrick’s Day!

Mar 13, 2013
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Hello Everyone!

Looking for a green dish to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further.

We’ve got five recipes that won’t get you pinched, all created by Real Women like you in our wonderful online cooking community!

Click through our slideshow to get recipes for these delicious green dishes and test your Irish food knowledge on each slide—answers are at the end, tell us how many you got right!

Smashed Peas & Mint

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MEHMEH

posted Oct 15, 2010

I love peas mostly fresh but frozen too. I even grew my own for awhile… so good. One day while visiting my parents, my mom (not a huge veggie fan) said let’s do something different with the peas… mashed… maybe?….it has been a family favorite since then…

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 ounces 2 – 10 oz bags frozen peas
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons mint, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Thaw and drain the peas
  2. In a medium saucepan roughly mash the peas; Add the butter, 1 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp ground pepper and cook over low heat
  3. Add the cream cheese and milk until well blended; Add the mint, stirring until bubbly

Green Beans and Sautéed Potatoes

 

Smoky bacon, hearty potatoes, fresh cut green beans—we’ll be honest, you’re going to want to make this for St. Paddy’s day and then some…

GET THE RECIPE

Fresh Cut Green Beans, Sauteed with Potatoes, Bacon and Onions

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Rebecka EvansRebecka Evans

posted Aug 1, 2012

This recipes is one of my favorite summer fresh creations. Filled with flavorful memories of hot summer days in the garden with mom, the crisp cut green beans snap alongside the creamy texture of the sauteed potatoes and onions. Bacon rounds out the dish with its savory smoke flavor. The simple flavors of summer express themselves in perfect harmony in this basic side dish!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound fresh cut green beans
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 pound bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook bacon in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat until crisp, remove bacon and all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  2. melt 1 tablespoon butter in pan
  3. add potatoes and onions and cook covered, stirring frequently until potatoes are tender but not soft
  4. add cut green beans, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. serve with red wine vinegar, garnish with chopped scallions

Lettuce Soup

 

Serve up a warm bowl of green soup. Fresh mint, broth, iceberg lettuce—your taste buds will thank you.

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Minty Lettuce Soup

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MEHMEH

posted Sep 24, 2010

I love serving soup in a shot glass as an appetizer. You would never guess it’s lettuce. How many times have you had to throw out the lettuce because it turned brown in the crisper (or rotter as I call it)? Now you can put it to delicious use.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 heads iceburg lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 ounces PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put the lettuce, onion, mint and chicken broth in a large pot
  2. Bring to a boil then lower heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes
  3. Let cool slightly then place in a blender for one minute and strain the soup. (You will have to do this in 2 stages to not fill the blender too much) set aside;
  4. Melt the butter in a medium pan over medium heat, add the flour and stir one minute
  5. Add the soup and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly
  6. Remove from heat, add the cream cheese and salt & pepper to taste
  7. Tip: You can serve this soup in shot glasses; add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a fresh mint leaf to decorate
  8. Tip: You can use any lettuce you have on hand and for a vegetarian meal you can use vegetable broth

Green Guacamole

 

Rich and creamy guacamole? Make an extra batch because you won’t be able to put this down!

GET THE RECIPE

Awesome Guacamole

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Erika ChristianErika Christian

posted Aug 3, 2012

Rich and creamy guacamole, hard to stop eating!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces Philadelphia whipped cream cheese
  • 3 Ripe avacadoes
  • 1 packet of guacamole seasoning mix (your choice)
  • 1 pinch garlic salt (season to your taste)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel and remove seed from avacadoes then mash in a bowl.
  2. In the same bowl mix in the whipped cream cheese.
  3. Stir in seasoning packet and garlic salt.
  4. Place in fridge for 20 min to bring out flavor.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Green Brownies

 

They’re rich with chocolate and they’re green? What’s the special ingredient that makes these brownies pinch-free? Find out…

Green tea Cream cheese Brownies

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Yumiko EtoYumiko Eto

posted Sep 16, 2011

These brownies are rich and chocolaty, and absolutely fabulous! Green tea cream cheese mixtures make these brownies outstanding! A little bite is not enough. Every time I make these brownies, I put them as snack’s in my girls’ school lunches. After they come back from school, they tell me, ” Mommy, those brownies are very popular among my friends! Next time put more brownies in my lunch, PLEASE!!”

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 2 teaspoons green tea powder
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 325*F. Grease an 8×8 inch square pan.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter and water. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Mix together softened cream cheese, sugar, green tea powder well.
  4. Drop Green tea cream cheese mixture onto sections the chocolate mixture and use a toothpick to draw the Green Tea mix across the brownie to create a look like marble.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until brownies rise. Do not overbake! Cool in pan and cut into squares.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

I do not always copy and paste an entire article…this time I did just so you are not jumping screens.  This is such a great website for ideas.

http://realwomenofphiladelphia.com

Enjoy cooking

Tammye Honey

What Can I Make with Peanut Butter (Besides PB & J)?


Straight from http://realwomenofphiladelphia.com/blog/post/what-can-i-make-with-peanut-butter-besides-pb-j

I could not think of three ideas that are better…

What Can I Make with Peanut Butter (Besides PB & J)?

Mar 11, 2013

Happy Monday!

We love peanut butter: crunchy or creamy, it’s the perfect spread on an apple or warm slice of toast, and you can never go wrong with a classic pb & j.

But what else can we make with peanut butter?

Thanks to the talent and creative skills in this online cooking community of ours, peanut butter has been transformed.

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A. Peanut Butter fanatics, this is it: smooth caramel, decadent chocolate and that nutty flavor we LOVE! Grab this CANDY BAR CHEESECAKE SWIRL BROWNIES recipe and make these tonight!

B. Enjoy the creamy peanut butter and crunchy peanuts in this SWEET AND SOUR THAI CHICKEN recipe. Make sure there’s enough for seconds…

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C. Rich chocolate, bananas, white chocolate curls, and creamy peanut butter inside? Heaven. ThisCHOCOLATE-PEANUT BUTTER MOUSSE PIE recipe is tonight’s dessert, and maybe tomorrow’s too…

So how do you want to eat peanut butter? A, B or C? Tough choices. Leave us a comment!

Happy Cooking

Tammye Honey

Dinner In A Hurry


When I found out that I was going to have hungry grandchildren to visit yesterday I wanted to make something quick and easy so that I could sit and visit while it cooked.  Due to a time crunch on the visit as the boys had to return home to get ready for school for today it had to be a quick meal.  Their mom had said that she could pick up a pizza on the way.

Homemade and nutritious for me always wins hands down.  I said I had already started to just come and visit.

I took chicken thighs and placed them in my roaster pan where I poured Wishbone Lite Italian Dressing on them enough to well coat them.  I covered with foil and placed them in the oven at 350 F.

I then proceeded to peel potatoes.  Both yellow butter and Red potatoes since I did not have enough of the yellow butter ones.  I placed them in a pan of water cubed with a hint of sea salt and let them boil with the cover slightly ajar.

I then took one container of Vanilla Yogurt, a container of Sour Cream, several varieties of fruit that I had (Mine were canned although frozen do work well) and 1/4 cup of marshmallows  I mixed them together in the bowl and let them sit in the fridge.

I was able to sit and visit, only being interrupted by my timer every fifteen minutes to turn the chicken.

The potatoes were finished and we added one stick of butter and one container of sour cream to whip them with the beater..

The thighs were done and we ate.  The meat fell easily from the bone and was very tender.  To have the boys comment how good the chicken was felt good.

They were surprised when I said that I had dessert.  First response was “What is that?”  I handed each a fork to stick in the mixture to taste.

Each had a big bowl of it and the last one finished the bowl.  I had a bag of coconut on the side to sprinkle on the top if the wanted it.  (I do not care for coconut so it always is a side option for me.)

A side salad was the other option which was offered.  Simple cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce with a choice of dressings.

Complete meal that was quick and easy with no measuring and I was able to spend time with my guests.

Thank you for reading.

Tammye Honey

What is in the Fridge Today?


As I walk to my fridge and look I am faced as many women with the task of being inventive and still staying on budget.

So far my ingredients include

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Perhaps some chicken or beef…have not decided yet but this is my starting block for dinner.  Since it is not grocery day I have to work with what I have in the house.  I do not feel like soup so a type of empanada it is.

Hubby was no help when I asked him what he wanted and he said whatever I am having.

As I am going through our mini freezer, what do I stumble upon but a ready made meal.

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I will have to take an allergy pill but with coupons I paid next to nothing for this and the chicken was on sale too.

Contessa makes a great line of quick meals for two. Or for one with leftovers for next day. Look for coupons as they are always available too.  I add meat to mine as hubby likes lots of meat.

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Perdue is now feeding their chickens without chemicals and organic.  They are not abusive so I try to stay clear of off brands that might be a deal but not good.

Thank goodness for coupons and being able to use them…

I guess the left over chicken will be the empanadas of tomorrow… and dinner is made for tonight…so I can clean today.  Yeah! I need to read the 12 secrets to planning meals why don’t you peek at it too?  Tell her I sent you please…Thank you.

One of my readers http://stuphblog.wordpress.com has asked what is an empanada so here I am adding an explanation of one of the easiest meals to make for a quick dinner.

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I love this brand as it is made with flour base that does not have bromine and no Corn…

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I add my hubby’s favorite cheese

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Medium Heat on the stove for the frying pan or griller

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I spray the pan with Pam to not have a greasy empanada

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I cut my chicken into strips and brown them on both sides or brown hamburger or stew beef or turkey burger….

Here is where it gets fun….

You can add…Onions

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Diced up and brown in the meat while it is cooking

Green peppers or hot peppers if you so choose

Spinach if you want to be healthy

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In a clean pan that has been sprayed with the Pam cooking spray

Add your tortilla shell then on half of the shell add your meat mixture.  Around the edges I sprinkle my favorite cheese as well as across the top.

Then fold over the other half so that it seals with the cheese. Press down with your spatula.  Brown on both sides then serve with

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This is to dip your empanada in

Enjoy

Tammye Honey