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New England Boiled Dinner

New England Boiled DinnerHere we are about to sit down to our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner! The brining process went perfectly. The taste is amazing. For your New England Boiled Dinner simply rinse off your corned beef in cool water … Place the meat in a deep pot and cover slightly with water … Bring to a simmer with quartered yellow onion, more pickling spices 2T or not, putting them into a tea strainer … Add more garlic if you are into it … Simmer on low heat about 4 hours with cover. Cook the vegetables right in the pot with everything else. Add carrots 1 1/2 hours prior to end of cooking time. Add potatoes and cabbage about 40 minutes before the end of cooking time. It’s that simple! Don’t forget the soda bread!


Corned Beef Brine

Corned Beef BrineIt’s just fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day even if you aren’t Irish. Maybe like me you just don’t like the list of ingredients on the corned beef package. It’s not just the Insta Cure, a sodium nitrite that is usually added to impart the red color and the distinctive cured meat flavor, but the tenderizers and who knows what else. So, this year I’m giving my own try at Corned Beef Brine without the Insta Cure, tenderizers and other chemicals. If this is scary for you … you may want to try one of my other ‘sorta’ Irish recipes. You see, until about 6 years ago I thought I was part Irish. It’s not 23andMe that has me convinced otherwise. We are from a different part of Western Europe than previously thought. We are now Scottish Royalty instead according to my Mother. No, I’m not buying it!

If you are into it but want the redness of Corned Beef check out this lovely site. Not into Corned Beef at all? Take a look through my recipes below. I have even included a Chicken Shepherd’s Pie. Happy St. Patrick’s!

My version of Irish Stew. Yep, it has beer!

My version of Irish Stew. Yep, it has beer!

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage. It's just delicious!

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage. It’s just delicious!

Potatoes & Cheese, one of my favorite combinations.

Potatoes & Cheese, one of my favorite combinations.

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash, amazing!

Chicken Shepherd's Pie

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Red Cabbage Salad

Red Cabbage Salad

Meat or Fruit-filled Scones

Meat or Fruit-filled Scones

30 Minute Beef Stew

30 Minute Beef Stew

Brisket and Cabbage

Brisket and Cabbage

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Girl Scout Cookie Crust

With Grasshopper Filling

girl scout cookie_What do you do when you buy too many Girl Scout Cookies? You use the cookies for pie crusts. Yes, all varieties will work! The secret is to have a good blender capable of pulsing the cookies to a fine crumb. This pie is an adult recipe with, yes, crème de menthe. Just in time for St. Patrick’s!

Mint cookies were used for this crust and it required approximately 3/4 box to acquire 1 1/2 cups of crumbs. The finer the crumb the more cookies used. The whole box can be used not to exceed 2 cups of fine crumbs. Will make one 8 or 9 inch pie crust. I recommend baking the crust prior filling. It just holds together better. Cool completely to room temperature before filling.

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Pasta with Sautéed Kale

Pasta and KaleA tweet shared with me goes something like this, “A Sister asked this Priest (apparently a good cook) for a kale recipe.” His advice … “Chop it up, toss it in the garden and grow something good!” I must say I’ve met more with this attitude about kale than not. As for me, I haven’t met a green I didn’t like! In this dish I simply sautéed the closely chopped kale separately and layered the pasta mixture right over the top. There’s just enough sweetness in the pasta sauce to counter the usual slight bitterness of kale. I love this dish for so many reasons. If you haven’t tried gnocchi shaped dried pasta you must. The pasta cooks up beautifully. And look how it holds the meat sauce perfectly!

Here’s a homemade version of gnocchi I believe you will enjoy too!

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Chile Colorado

Earthy beefy Chile Colorado! Thinking quickly I turned the last little bit in the serving dish into this quesadilla. That’s what I get … attempting to do a food photo while everyone is eating. Wait! Two slices of flat bread hot off the skillet, slathered with Chile Colorado, sprinkled with cheese and slapped together. Beyond expectations. Luckily I got in a couple of snapshots before this too was gone.

Check out my Red Chile Sauce here. You’ll need two cups for this recipe. It’s worth doing from scratch.

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Mom’s Favorites

Celebrate with us my Mother’s 94th birthday with her favorites.

Country Beans & Cornbread

Old Fashioned Tamale Pie & more

Tostada Compuesta Estrada’s Taste Alike

Delicious Prune Cake

California Style

Baked Beans

Portuguese Rice Pudding

Banana Cream in Meringue Shells

Coconut Cake with Caramel Rum Sauce


Hatch Red Chile Sauce

Hatch Red Chile SauceHatch Chiles from New Mexico make this red sauce. The ornamental cluster of dried pods was a gift from a good friend. Now one of my best friends! Ha! My Enchiladas are more amazing. And today I’m making my first Chile Colorado Beef dish. This sauce has some heat, moderate … just enough to give a little bite but not hide the flavor. I’d like to give credit here but the printed recipe card was simply slipped into the bag with the string of dried pods and has no author. It’s a recipe that won’t disappoint! Give it a try! Don’t know where to buy Hatch Chiles? Try Amazon for dried pods and powder and here for the fresh product. You won’t need luck with this recipe!

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Red Chile Sauce

Hatch Red Chile Sauce

Hatch Red Chile Sauce

 

Amazing gift from a friend who traveled through New Mexico. He just knew I’d love this ornamental dried pod arrangement. What he didn’t know is these are more than ornamental! They cook into the best red sauce in the world. Okay, I don’t know if they meet this claim to fame but it’s the best Red Chile Sauce I’ve ever eaten. What better way to spend a rainy day! Cooking this simple recipe! What makes the sauce is not a complex recipe but the Hatch Peppers.

You might enjoy this short article, the Hatch Pepper, a New Mexico icon, here. And yes, these dried pods are available on Amazon. The recipe for Hatch Red Chile Sauce will be coming soon in another post!

These recipes can incorporate this Red Chile Sauce easily. Enjoy!

Mexicali Casserole

Mexicali Casserole

Enchilada Casseole

Enchilada Casserole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burritos

Burritos

Cheese Enchiladas

Cheese Enchiladas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Apple Raisin Cobbler

Apple Raisin CobblerThis is so quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast. My Valentine had this for his breakfast! Very little added sugar, salt & fat. In fact, you could cut back on all three without poor results. Amazingly rich! Yes, you must love raisins! This old recipe is taken from my Mother’s favorites. Charlotte, one of Mother’s best friends, put this together. You might have enjoyed Charlotte’s Pineapple Cream Angel Food Cake, here. Now another terrific recipe … both must haves.

A recipe so easy you might believe it can’t pass as a company dessert. Just know these ladies were into classy. Everything they cooked was perfect for guests. Enjoy!

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