Dorrito Pie

This sounds crazy but it is so good!!! Sort of like a trailer park pie! Unique and tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 pkg taco mix
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese ( I used whatever I had)
  • 3 cups crushed dorritos
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 stick melted butter ( I used 1/4 cup)

Steps:

  1. Cook ground beef according to package. Cook. add mix, add water drain grease.
  2. Take crescent roll triangles and lay into pie pan, tips of triangle arranged in middle, and press seams together.
  3. sprinkle half of dorritos into crust
  4. spoon ground beef over
  5. mix sour cream and salsa, spoon over pie.
  6. cover with cheese
  7. cover with rest of dorritos
  8. pour melted butter over
  9. bake in oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins or until golden brown.

I topped with lettuce, olives and tomatoes!

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Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza

This was a recipe Alyssa made us for Tuesday night dinner one tuesday this summer. When Joe, Erik and I were having a pizza bake off, I decided to make this pizza. I knew what was on it but didn’t have a recipe so I did it my own way. The problem with this pizza is it tastes SO GOOD. But the ingredients are SO expensive.

Ingredients:

1Onion

1 Tbl butter

Figs ( I used figs in their juice from stop and shop)

Goat Cheese

Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

Nan Bread (plain)

 

You can switch up the ingredients but this is what I used. First caramelize the onions, with butter and bit of brown sugar.

Spread onions over Nan bread, along with fig, and fig sauce,  crumble goat cheese and sprinkle that over pizza. Finish with mozzarella in any empty spots. Throw into oven until everything is melted.

Makes a good app or a meal! It tastes so good!

Caldo Verde Soupas

I had this in a restaurant a few weeks prior and knew that it would be a simple recipe for me to duplicate. I had a yucky head cold, and wanted to make something to cure me. I am pretty certain this did the trick. I recruited a friend my Uncle Joe. We walked over to Uncle Joes house and he cut up all the ingredients, he was so speedy at it. He did all the prep work, and thats where most of work lies in this one. Next time I make it, I may use the instant potatoes because my aunt says thats what all the restaurants use anyways. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts cold water ( I used room temperture chicken broth)
  • 6 ounces linguica sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound kale, rinsed and julienned

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in 3 tablespoons olive oil for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes more. Pour in water, bring to a boil, and let boil gently for 20 minutes, until potatoes are mushy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat, cook sausage until it has released most of its fat, 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Mash potatoes or puree the potato mixture with a blender or food processor. Stir the sausage, salt and pepper into the soup and return to medium heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, stir kale into soup and simmer, 5 minutes, until kale is tender and jade green. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and serve at once.

I will def make this one again! 

Stuffed Corn Beef and Cabbage

This one my cousin paul found through a friend. Entered into the New York State Fair, Culinary Arts Competition. We found it pretty tasty.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Lbs Corned beef

4 NYS Russet potatoes

6 Carrots

½ Cabbage head

1 Onion,

sliced 6 Cloves

3 Bay leaves

1 Tbsp Butter

6 Black pepper corns

1 Tbsp Horseradish

Water

¼ c Brown mustard

Salt Corn oil

DIRECTIONS FOR COMBINING INGREDIENTS

1) Rinse beef.  Place corned beef, bay leaves, cloves, pepper, onions, and water (to cover) into a pot.  Cover, bring to a boil.

2) Reduce heat and simmer for 1.5 hours

3) Add carrots and simmer for 10 minutes.

4) Add cabbage and simmer for 15 minutes.

5) Remove meat, allow to rest, and drain the vegetables.

6) Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.

7) Wash potatoes well, rub with corn oil, and lightly salt.

8) Place potatoes in oven and bake for 60 minutes.

9) While warm hollow out each potato and place ¼ Tbsp. of butter in each.

10) Shred cabbage, meat, and chop the carrots and layer into the cavity.

11) Combine mustard and horseradish.  Serve with a dollop of the mixture.

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Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

Dying to make this soup for years: this rainy fall day proved to be the perfect time! I brought it over to my cousins house to enjoy for dessert and little Audrey couldn’t get enough of it. She kept wanting more bowls and when we cut her off she kept saying I wish I could have more!!!  Thanks Cinnamon and Spice! 

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced ( didnt use celery I hate it)
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 + 1/2 cups half & half
2 cups cooked white meat chicken, shredded or cut into small bites
1 pound potato gnocchi ( Found this at target)
3 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil ( I didnt use this)
fresh grated Parmesan and/or Romano, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven heat the butter and oil together over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Sprinkle the flour into the pot and stir into the vegetables, cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the chicken broth 1 cup at a time, followed by the half & half.
  3. Add the cooked chicken. Bring up to a simmer and maintain for 20 minutes stirring often. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cook the gnocchi separately according to package directions. Add them to the soup along with the spinach. Simmer until spinach is wilted. Stir in basil. Serve with grated cheese.

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Taco Salad- The Unhealthy Kind

I randomly decided to make this one day when one of my coworkers asked me if I have ever made it before, I said no but I did know how to make it , so I decided to put my skills to the test! My speciality is Paleo Taco Salad, but I decided for the dirty kind.

Here is how I cooked the meat: Just like Paleo Style: Paleo Taco Salad 

To make Dirty Taco Salad

  • Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Cucumbers
  • Catalina Dressing
  • One bag of Nacho Dorritos

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Asian Salad

I had this recipe has a party, and I modified it to make it something that I would enjoy. The dressing is so tasty, and it wen’t great with my Ah- So Ribs. A great summer dish! You can add grilled chicken for protein, if you don’t want to do the ribs!

For the Salad!

  • 1 plastic square container of mixed greens
  • 3 romaine lettuce (package)
  •  red pepper (1-2 sliced)
  • grape tomatoes (1-2 packages)
  •  pea pods (1 package)
  •  1 bag of LaChoy chow mein noodles
  • sliced almonds

For the Dressing!

  • • 1 cup Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  •  1/2 cup sugar
  •  1/2 cup cider vinegar •
  • 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  •  2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • a couple of dashes of sesame oil Topping

 

Ah- So Sauce

I love chinese food! I thought this would be a great way to incorporate it into Tuesday night Dinner.

I picked up pork loin. Rather than park chops, I marinated it in ah so sauce over night, and then threw them on the grill.

Use with caution because we started a small grill fire. I also wish I chopped up the pork to thinner slices to taste more of the marinade.

I found the ah so sauce in my local supermarket in the international foods isle!  BTW this stuff tastes like boneless spare ribs! :) 0003068490647_500X500

Herman the German Friendship Cake

I saw this one of the many times I was scouring the internet, and I LOVED the idea. The concept is you make bread and it takes ten days, at the end of the ten days, you divide the batter into four, and give it to three friends, and bake a cake with it your self.

Here is the how to:

Herman the German Friendship Cake

It feels so cool to make this cake it is so Old Fashioned, and Fun! What a great way to bake, and realizing how timing is so important to baking. I am a bit nervous making the starter, but I think I did alright, I am on day three, and my herman is VERY bubbly, I think I added to much yeast… I have not decided who I am going to give my Herman portions too yet either, I want to make sure it is someone who can keep him alive!! I am hoping who ever I give it too, will give it back to me, so I can make more.

What is awesome about this, when it is finished, so will my Whole30, so I Will be able to enjoy the Cake! :)

I will keep updating as the ten days progress! Can’t wait to meet & eat Herman.

Update: The ten days is OVER! and so is Herman!  After ten days he was looking good and I baked him into a tasty cake!!

The cake has a very unique taste because it it is sourdough, and next time I would like to just bake the bread, and not add any ingredients.

 

Here is Herman before the oven

 

Herman all baked and tasty!

 

I divided Herman up and tried to decide on what Loved Ones would love him the most. First I picked Audrey and Amy (my baby cousins). They were SO EXCITED to receive herman. They were speaking of him as if he was a real person and Amy says “Look at his bubbles Lindsey HE IS SOOO CUTEE”

Here is Herman going home with Audrey and Amy- look how excited.

 

Her face covered in chocolate from Chocolate Peppermint cookies. 

The next person is Vavo! She loved the idea of it and thought it was so funny that I gave her a gift that she had to make. She said it was the most unique thing she has ever received.

 

There are so many other people I would like to give Herman to but I only have one more left, and no car :( so I am hoping herman makes it somewhere soon!

I hope Herman comes back to my one day, and we get to hear all about his new adventures!

 

Steak Asparagus Wrap

So I saw a picture of this online and just tried to re create it myself. I went to Stop and Shop and looked for thinly cut meat, which was only like 2.63 for five pieces, which completely blew my mind, what a great cut of meat of a college budget, I also picked up a bundle of asparagus, not as cheap.

Used my skillet with coconut oil of course, and spiced the meat with random spices I found in my cupboard, I think Slap Ya Mama, and blackened spices.  I also added chopped onions for the aroma and taste. Meanwhile I coated the asparagus lightly with olive oil and salt and baked them in the oven on a tin foil covered cookie sheet for about 20 minutes.

When the steak was done I took three or four asparagus, and wrapped them with steak, holding them in place with tooth picks.

The steak was not as flexible as I was hoping, and it didn’t cover much of the asparagus. Next time I will look for a little bit different cut of meat, it tasted good, and it was fit my Paleo Diet, so I was happy. My mom liked it too.

I will call this one a half way Success.