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Monday, November 26, 2012

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

No need to get fancy or creative with the title this time around.

The recipe is simply:

CINNAMON BUN PANCAKES.

Yes. I felt the need to shout that out to you ... just in case you missed it ...

Easy folks. So stinkin easy. I made these for Sonny Boy this weekend as he was looking a little on the thin side, in my opinion ... and well, he's my boy ...

They are so very easy to make and what can I say, delicious on top of it ...

1 1/2 c white flour
3 tbs sugar
1/2 tbs salt
4 tsp baking powder (um, mine has the date of April 2011 ... its on my list)
1 tbs cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tbs maple syrup (used the last of the real stuff)
1/4 c melted butter
1 tbs vanilla

Whisk the dry ingredients in large bowl. Add liquid ingredients and whisk til well combined

Heat griddle til water bounces around when a drop is tested.

Cook til both sides are brown



Frosting:

1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbs melted butter
2 tbs milk

Whisk all together til well combined and smooth, pourable mix. If too thick, add a bit more milk, too thin, add a bit more sugar.



Drizzle pancakes with a generous amount of frosting and serve.



*Note: The first time I made these, back in August, I OVERCOOKED my first batch. They were brown and well, that's how I tell when the pancakes are ready to be flipped. Just keep an eye on them :)

I still say that I may never feel the need to make the time consuming cinnamon rolls again ...

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Menu Plan - Week 48

Happy Monday ... it's time to plan!

I got Sonny Boy back home on Sunday so nothing got done around here as far as food prep goes. I do know that  I need to get focused and stay on track. Going to try and use up what we have on hand STILL with a minimal trip to the store for salad stuff, milk, eggs, and laundry soap. Doesn't that sound like an exciting shopping trip?

I had planned to stop at Costco on the way back from dropping off Sonny Boy since I'd be somewhat closer to the store on my way back ... but they close at 6pm and well, that would have been pushing it to get there in time. The thought of getting off the interstate and driving inland, and then be disappointed by a store that was CLOSED just kept me heading south, towards home. It's a good think in the end, but I will pay twice as much for the salad stuff and eggs. Not a very happy thought.

So here's what I'm planning:

Sunday - leftover Hot Browns. Unfortunately, these do NOT taste great as leftovers


I have new pictures, just not the time to upload them yet ...

Monday - stirfry turkey (leftover) and a veggie mix (freezer)

Tuesday - Shrimp (freezer) with a pineapple sauce and asian coleslaw (both new recipes)

Wednesday - white chili with turkey (leftover/freezer)

Thursday - Cranberry, Taragon and Turkey salad (instead of chicken)

Friday - Grilling out ... chicken and veggies of some sort ... as always, will most likely have a few friends over for dinner

Saturday - Hubbys choice ...

Cash is going to be tight this week for me ... $120 in gas spent for Sonny Boy, plus $60 in his pocket, plus our grocery stop at Publix ... made me a few hundred poorer than I was ... not to mention, my dads social security check is $100 less than it was supposed to be which I can not get ANYONE to speak with me, even with POA ... and the damn bank in small town Indiana is charging a $33 every 5 days he's drawn. Vicious cycle AND they keep telling me to make a deposit at an ATM ... ummm, hello, I can't ... only allows withdrawals, balance inquiries and transfers (and transfers are between checking and savings) ... frustrated beyond belief which means that I need to send a check via fedex now and make sure to get my dad out to open a local account. So there's another $150 that I'm putting out unexpectedly. AND then another $100 for rent this week, outside the usual grand I put out. Just typing that gives me anxiety.  Calgon, take me away!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hot Browns - Glorified Open Face Turkey Sandwiches

I'm not a big Thanksgiving fan ... me and Hubby had actually laid in bed the other night til 2am talking about memories. My only real vivid memory is the scolding, ridiculing and just plain misery as I wouldn't eat any of 'that' food when I was a kid. Picky? You bet. Which is why I can sympathise with Sonny Boy and why I always make sure to make a large tray of mac & cheese ... just one of those things that I can so relate to ....

 Crappy Crappy picture ... does NOT do justice to the food!

I like turkey nowadays ... thankfully, but after 2 full days of breakfast, lunch AND dinner, I get a little fed up with it ... so after we had this at the Brown Hotel a few years back, I had kept it tucked away in the back of my mind ...

I made it a few times ... but never really after Thanksgiving ... but this year? Hell Yeah, it's going on for SATURDAY night's dinner ... and I promise to take BETTER pictures!

So if  you are like ME and get a little tired of all that turkey leftover stuff ... give this a try ...

Hot Browns ...

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, room temperature and beaten
Salt and black pepper to taste
Dried parsley as desired
8 slices toasted texas style bread, crust removed and cut in two triangles
1 pound cooked turkey breast, thickly sliced (or chunky)
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
8 bacon slices, fried crisp
One medium size tomato cut in quarters and halved again (8 quarters)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Gradually add flour, whisking constantly, until smooth and free from lumps.

Gradually stir in milk and cream until sauce comes to a gentle boil, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Add Parmesan cheese and stir until melted and well blended.


In a small bowl, beat egg. Gradually add 1 cup of hot sauce, 1/3 cup at a time, to the egg, stirring constantly. Gradually add egg mixture to remaining sauce, stirring constantly until well blended; add salt and pepper to taste with parsley.


For each Hot Brown sandwich, place two slices of toasted bread on a metal (or flameproof) dish.

Cover the toast with a liberal amount of turkey. Pour a generous amount of sauce over the turkey.

Nestle a tomato wedge in one corner and then other corner (2 total). Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until the sauce is speckled brown and bubbly. Remove dish from broiler and cross two pieces of bacon over the top, and serve immediately.

Admire, and eat. Remind yourself that this is day xx of eating leftover turkey. Wow, life is good!



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Menu Plan - Week 47

It's that week ... the one where everyone gets all giddy about the BIG feast!

Me? Not so much. I am NOT a huge Thanksgiving fan ... the food doesn't do a whole lot for me ... but as I've gotten older and learned to cook 'better', it's been more of an experiment ...

One of our best friends is a HUGE Thanksgiving fan ... he grew up on a farm and that was like the end of harvest time and for that family, it was a BIG event ... so John always gets me hyped up ... even if I don't do the cranberry/stuffing stuff ... fry me a few turkeys and I'm good to go.

Hubby and I went to the store together on Saturday ... not always a smart move: $35 at GFS (includes a 13 lb turkey) and $119 at Publix (includes a 19 lb turkey) ... I will still need to buy bread and rolls and a few other things (tin pans ... how did we forget the tin pans?)

Sunday - leftover pork roast with black beans and rice

Monday - Burgers and dogs on the grill ... driving to pick up Sonny Boy and back which is a 6 1/2 to 7 hour round trip ... the things  I do.

Tuesday - Pasta with garlic bread (hey, Sonny Boy is back in town)

Wednesday - I'd like to go out to the Tomato Farm but have a feeling we won't ... so leftovers or maybe just order a pizza ...

Thursday - Turkey, what else? Mashed taters, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberry stuff, pie, mac and cheese, gravy, cornbread (possibly) and a whole mix up of appetizers. There will be us 4, John and his son (22), my dad, Princess has a few friends (3 or 4) to come over also. I of course will NOT be indulging in adult beverages as I need to give my dad a ride home ... probably when I get back and we are all picking the leftovers is when I'll pop open a beer or something. I do have 4 bottles of champagne that I wanted to share, so maybe I will still ...  we will probably have a few friends stop in early evening to visit after they are done with their family festivities

Friday - Gnocchi Soup (new recipe, watch for review as soon as I make)

Saturday - Hot Browns (stay tuned for updated pictures ... those are HORRIBLE)



What are you planning for the week? Linking up with Menu Plan Monday!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Revisted Chicken Tuscan Garlic Style

I haven't made this in a while and when I pulled it up again, I was like "wow, this stuff was delicious" ... I didn't get around to making it again as too many things did NOT go according to plan last week ... but it's definitely on my radar now to make asap ...

So here you go ... let me tempt you to try this!



Here's what you need ...

2 large chicken breast - butterflied (simply slice in half all the way through so you have 2 thinner pieces)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tbs salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp black pepper
olive oil (5 tbs total, but I know I don't use that much)
4 cloves garlic, minced (hopefully you been prepping your garlic!)
5 sweet mini peppers, finely diced, or 1 regular colored pepper
6 ounces fresh spinach
3/4 cup half and half
3/4 cup milk
2 tbs corn starch
1/2 cup chicken broth

Ready to make some yummy chicken stuff? Lets get to it!

Heat large non stick skillet and add some olive oil.

Mix flour, salt, black pepper, basil, oregano in a shallow dish (cake pan, pie plate, whatever)



and dredge chicken on both sides, shake off extra and place in pan. Cover with a splatter screen and let them babys brown on one side before turning over. DO NOT MOVE THE CHICKEN. Let them cook. Once they are turning white on top, they should be sufficiently brown, so give them a flip (gently) and finish browning. Once done, place on a baking sheet lined with foil and stick in the oven at 350 to finish cooking (15 to 20 minutes).


Wipe out the skillet if you have too much oil in it still and reheat pan over medium heat. Add oil (2 tbs) and saute garlic and sweet peppers til softened. Stir in 1 tbs flour (NOTE: I used the season flour from dredging, whether you are comfortable doing THAT is up to you), and use a whisk to stir constantly for a minute.



Slowly pour in the chicken broth and bring to simmer. Continue whisking non stop til thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.

Whisk cornstarch in with half and half, pour in to pan, along with milk and spinach. Give a quick stir and bring to a simmer.


Stir occasionally til spinach is wilted (stand back and say, ohhh that looks good).

 

Just about there...where's the cheese?


Once the spinach is wilted, add the parmesan cheese, stir and let melt.

Hopefully you've also been saving your pasta in the freezer ... it will save you a lot of time and you won't have to wash another pan this evening ... otherwise, you need to be boiling some water and get your pasta ready ... while you make your sauce (boil your water while doing the chicken and cook the pasta while doing the sauce) ...

Take half the sauce, add to the cooked, drained noodles and stir to coat. Serve up the pasta on a plate and top with a piece of chicken and top the chicken with a little of the reserved sauce.

To make it easier, I put the sauce in a dish for topping and dumped the
pasta in the skillet with rest of sauce

waiting on the chicken


I served all of it with a side of salad and Hubby's favorite Olive-Y Garden dressing I had made earlier in the day ...

Just plain romaine (wait, I don't think I told you how much I love Costco's lettuce! 6 heads for about $4 ... and it's GOOD, not all wilty and brown)

Yummy dressing

My hands were really bothering me today ... I can see how swollen they are here


I cut our chicken up and THEN put it on the pasta, easier to eat

Go ahead, give it a try ... yummy.

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