30 Minute Beef Stew Revisited

Chicken Divan-Cordon Bleu Dish Coming Up next

30 Minute Beef Stew

I have lots of company coming! And I may love to cook but family first! So, its got to be quick. Yep, I’ll be cooking every night now until Thursday’s big meal. My plan is to put together meals that are quick and pretty much one dish … Like this 30 Minute Beef Stew. The Baked Chicken with Roasted Vegetables is another really good choice. Click on these links for the recipes. Sunday I’m putting together a new recipe combining all the good things in Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Divan. Stay tuned to see the outcome. Until tomorrow!

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta Fazool)

Pasta And Beans

Pasta Fagioli

Dean Martin certainly created a curiosity about pasta fazool with his song “That’s Amore.” But it wasn’t until I heard a friend’s remark, he was driving around in his corvette when the rest of us were eating pasta fazool, that my curiosity was pushed enough … I needed to know. (Thanks Paulie) Simply put, this is a traditional Italian dish made with, you guessed it, pasta and beans … Originally a peasant soup usually made without meat.

Since those days I’ve tasted many versions of this soup and pretty much love them all. I’ve heard the chain, Olive Garden, has their version as well. So, I jumped on the bandwagon and created my own Pasta Fagioli.

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Candied Pecans and Candied Yams

Eat together or Separately

Candied Pecan Topped Candied YamsCandied Pecans are a great addition to recipes. Or eaten alone. Make this pecan recipe no more than a week ahead for optimum freshness and store nuts at room temperature. I’ve used these nuts in my candied yams for an added touch. And these would have worked well in my Apple and Cranberry Chutney. My favorite ‘though is eating a mixed greens salad with feta and candied pecans with a balsamic vinaigrette … And toss in a few dried cranberries.

Candied Yams are included here too. No surprises in the recipe except the potatoes are baked the day before and candied the following day. Why this two step process? My oven will be stuffed during the holidays and this reduces the baking time on the day of. Of course it all can be done in the same day.

Both of these recipes are easy and delicious.

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Skillet Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

I’ve never met a vegetable I didn’t like … almost never. The thing about brussels sprouts is they can be bitter. I understand there’s a new hybrid reducing bitterness but I’m sure it hasn’t found its way to my grocery store. There are a few tricks to reduce bitterness and I find caramelization the most effective. Martha Stewart, I believe, recommends doing a quick boiling method and then caramelizing. I’m always into the least amount of cookware and time involvement. Sometimes it works and sometimes no. First try to purchase the freshest brussels sprouts you can find. Pick through looking for the smallest ones. Smaller may be less bitter.

Next when you caramelize the more surface being caramelized the sweeter the outcome. So, when I heard my nephew Christian chops up his brussels sprouts before cooking and my brother saying they were amazing I agreed this not only was a delicious idea but one skillet easy too.

I have another successful recipe with brussels sprouts. I hadn’t analyzed my method of cooking them until today. When preparing Chicken Breasts with Roasted Vegetables I sometimes include yams and carrots with the brussels sprouts, and other vegetables. The sweetness of these two vegetables (yams and carrots) eliminates the bitterness. Finally, adding a bit of brown sugar to brussels sprouts while caramelizing may decrease bitterness as well.

This recipe is so simple. Few ingredients and not a lot of prep. I added the bacon and blue cheese as a garnish after visiting Christy’s Cooking Creations. She has a delicious Brussels Sprout Recipe. Check it out!

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Chocolate A Favorite Flavor

Easy Chocolate Pie

It’s no secret … I’m easily a chocoholic. And I’ve found over time good chocolate matters. If I’m taking the time to put together a chocolate dessert and investing the calories when consuming it I want the best chocolate for the recipe. I still have some candy bar favorites from the Parish’s Market days but if chalky or waxy I’m over it. Yes, candy bar ingredients have changed.

I’m in a chocolate kinda mood. And I’m looking at my chocolate dessert recipes. This one can’t be improved. Why change a good thing! But I have a cookie with a bad rap.The pictures just didn’t capture how amazing they are. I had one follower on Facebook mention in his words, looking similar to dinosaur poop. Nope, he wasn’t a paleontologist but a CEO. Hmm, does that explain it?

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“Tac Quitos” For Kenzie With Guacamole

Taquitos and Guacamole

For Winter Solstice our family will celebrate with Mexican Cuisine. We pretty much do this every year. I usually order out for the appetizers and stick to cooking the main dishes. When these are so easy, why? After making my Shredded Beef these Taquitos were a cinch! And I cheated a little with the Guacamole. It’s my son’s, Ian, and his wife’s recipe. Thank you Ann. Ann received her inspiration for their Guacamole from the California Avocado Commission. Check out this site for great avocado recipes of all kinds.

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