Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Quick Dinners Day 2: Pork Medallions with Cranberry Apple Stuffing

Well today is day 2 of my quick dinner journey. After surviving the day running on coffee, diet coke and Peanut M&M's I pretty much just wanted to stuff my face with whatever was in arms reach, not cook a meal. Why do I eat so little throughout the day you may ask. The answer to that question is because my daily lunch breaks consist of me driving to my sons daycare (baby school as I like to call it) and feeding him. Then I run any errands I have on my list or grocery shopping. I am generally left with about 15 minutes to eat. Usually it is trail mix, nuts, or in starving desperate times a cheeseburger. Today Little E was being too cute and I had trouble I hung out in his classroom for my entire lunch. So I snuck candy at my desk. It was the best tasting candy I ever had! By the time I got home I was so geeked out on all the sugar that I was like a tornado running through my house. I was hapy that this recipe seemed more simple than yesterday because I was impatient and famished. I was pretty pleased with the outcome!

Day 2: Pork Medallions with Cranberry Apple Stuffing

2 pork tenderloins (1-1/2 lb.)
1/4 cup KRAFT Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing
1 Tbsp. GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 apple (I used Macintosh) cored peeled and chopped

Cut each tenderloin crosswise into 6 slices; pound to 1/2-inch thickness. Cook in large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. on each side or until browned on both sides. Mix dressing and mustard; pour over meat. Cook on low heat 3 min. on each side or until meat is done and sauce is thickened. Meanwhile, prepare stuffing as directed on package, but reducing spread to 1 Tbsp. and adding cranberries and chopped apple to water along with stuffing mix. Spoon stuffing onto serving plates. Add meat; top with sauce.

The Verdict: Not too shabby! I was unsure about the mustard based sauce for the pork mixed with the sweetness of the stuffing but I was surprised with how well they went together. I served it along some steamed asparagus and liked that pairing. I think my husband would have liked some bread (hello...stuffing?) but he did comment that this recipe was a keeper. I give this recipe a B+/A-.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm back! 4 Quick Dinners by Kraft Day 1: Steak StirFry

Wow...has it really been almost nine months since I have last posted? Sadly it has and boy did I miss my kitchen. If you read my blog previously you would know that I was expecting a little bundle of joy and my posts became all but non-existent. My only excuse is that my feet looked like swollen sausages and standing was hardly an option.Well I am back and ready to attempt to blog again. Since you last heard from me, I have given birth to that little bundle and he is already three months old!! I have also gone back to work full time and take on a 45 minute trek to take Little E (the bundle) to his Grannys a couple times a week. With that being said my days of having hours to prepare a meal are pretty much over. I have approximately one hour to fix dinner for my husband before he leaves for work. This week is dedicated to those fast meals...I found this weeks recipes on Why only 4 recipes you may ask? Well this Mama likes to take a break now and then and lets Pizza Hut do all the work every once in a while. If that laziness offends you take it up with this ferocious bear.

Day 1: Beef Stir Fry

2 cups instant brown rice, uncooked
1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen stir-fry vegetables, thawed, drained
1/4 cup KRAFT Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
1/4 cup lite soy sauce

Cook rice as directed on package. Meanwhile, heat large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat and garlic; stir-fry 2 min. Add vegetables, dressing and soy sauce; stir-fry 3 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender and meat is done. Spoon rice onto platter; top with meat mixture.

The Verdict: This was VERY easy to make. My family usually doesnt lean towards brown rice but my husband didnt even notice. The sauce was pretty tasty but I felt it needed a little extra salt. Overall I would probably make this again and I might even try it with chicken or shrimp next time. I give it a solid B.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Out of Hibernation and ready for some Whoopie...Pies.

Ok so wow!! Almost two months of no posts. This has lowered my blogging status to super lame. But as you all have read I have been a little under the weather thanks the the human being I am currently growing. :) Well I am now alsomt 15 weeks along and am finally feeling better! No more gagging as the though of food. No more running away from smelly things. And thankfully I have my appetite back! Oh goodness...this has been one of the worst experiences a foodie can go through. But I know it is all worth the end result! And what is extra awesome is that the "little nugget" is due on my birthday! What an awesome birthday present.

"Little Nugget"

So now since I have my appetite I am ready an rearing to go. Now I am gonna come clean and say that I did make this recipe a week or two ago but I did not get to enjoy them.....sadness! But I figured I need to post these bits of red velvety awesomeness because, well, they are awesome! I had never attempted to make a whoopie pie before so this was interesting. They acutally had more of the consistency of an oatmeal pie but they were still pretty tasty. I made a marshmallow/cream cheese buttercream concoction for the filling and I think that is what pushed them over the top. My husband and his family gobbled them up while I watched in misery. So here they are! Red Velvet Whoopie Pies....Enjoy :)

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 ounce milk chocolate, chopped
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 heaping table spoons marshmallow fluff

Make the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the semisweet and milk chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 50 percent power until melted, about 2 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Whisk the melted butter, sour cream, eggs, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring in a bowl until combined. In another bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in four equal batches, whisking each batch completely before adding the next. Stir in the melted chocolate. Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter onto the prepared baking sheets and smooth the tops with a damp finger. Bake until the cookies spring back when lightly pressed, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the filling: Beat the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff and butter with a mixer until smooth. Beat in the confectioners' sugar. Sandwich a heaping tablespoonful of filling between 2 cookies; repeat with the remaining cookies and filling. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.
Source: Food Network


P.S. To all my followers....thanks for coming back and reading! I missed you all....and your awesome food.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lobster Cakes

What happens when a foodie loses her craving for food? What does she do when she is making a huge dinner and has to run out of the room because the smell is too overwhelming. What happens when the only thing that can be kept down is cheerios and water? Hmmmmm.......?

Well I am not really sure what to do! hahah! Hopefully I wont have to endure this for the next nine months because that will be unbearable! Yes you read that right.....nine months, well actually seven and a half months. :) To answer the question in your head...yes! I am expecting! My blog has been a bit dead because I seriously have not been able to stand the smell of cooking food. This problem has lessened a bit this weekend so I finally fed my poor starving husband (yeah right) a homecooked meal. When I asked him what he wanted he immediately said "Crabcakes!!!" Well I couldn't find any crab so I used the next best thing....lobster. I decided on lobster cakes served over broccoli slaw. It looked so yummy I even ate some of it. :) Enjoy!

Lobster Cakes

1/2 pound cooked lobster, chopped ( I used two tails)
1/8 cup fresh minced chives
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir together Maine lobster, chives, lemon juice, mayonnaise, mustard and 1 tablespoon panko in a large bowl. Season the mixture to taste with sea salt and fresh pepper. Cover the mixture and chill. Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan over moderate heat. Sauté the minced garlic until golden and fragrant. Remove the garlic, add 1/2 cup panko and cook, stirring, until crumbs are golden brown. Cool crumbs. Divide lobster mixture into 4 mounds on a sheet of waxed paper. Form into patties and coat each patty with crumbs. Sprinkle any remaining crumbs on the top. Line a sheet pan with foil, transfer cakes to pan. Bake in the oven at 400°F (205°C) until just heated through, about 15 minutes. Serve over slaw or with a yummy remoulade :)


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Well I have been on hiatus thanks to a crazy holiday season. I felt like I never even had enough time to breathe let alone cook or blog. So I am officially back and rearing to go. If you see healthier options this year there is a be disclosed in a later blog. But for now I just want to thank all of my followers and people who check out my blog, you have made 2010 great......bring on 2011!