200th Comment!

Wow!  I can’t believe that you guys keep coming back…but I’m happy that you do!  🙂

At Groovy Noms, I received my 200th comment…from The Queen!

I feel like Sally Fields, as in “You like me, you really like me!”.

Thanks for reading, and letting me know what you think.  Input IS appreciated.  😀

Kitchen Kat says thanks, too!

He looks angry, but he’s not.  He’s just waiting for me to go back in the kitchen…

Beef Tips with Mushrooms

I’ve come to the conclusion that posting every day is just not going to happen here.  I don’t cook anything new some days.  Some, I don’t cook anything at all.  If I did, I have no idea where I’d put it, as the fridge is usually stuffed to the point of exploding!

Over the weekend, I made some chicken vegetable soup with noodles.  Of course, I forgot to take any pictures of it until it was at the leftover stage, and not looking all that pretty anymore.  😛

Yesterday, I made beef tips with mushrooms.  It was delicious!  And easy!  😀

And warm and beefy, too.

The ingredients list here is fairly short.  Olive oil, red wine, beef, mushrooms, shallots, garlic, and carrots.  I forgot to put the carrots in!  Really, I probably shouldn’t drink and cook.  😛

You’ll need about 2 1/2 pounds of beef.  I got a boneless shoulder roast and cubed it myself.  Stew meat is always rather fatty, I think, and a roast isn’t that much trouble to cube.

Saute 1 cup of shallots and 4 garlic cloves in about 2 tbsp of olive oil.  This is my favorite part.  It smells SO good!

Add the cubes of beef, and brown.

They will get quite juicy!

When the beef cubes are brown, empty the skillet into the crock pot.

I decided to do the mushrooms separately, so they would be nice and brown without being mangled by the meat.

I do love browned mushrooms!

They go in the crock pot also.

Now, the wine.  Some for me…and you…

This was a really tasty Zinfandel, by the way…for under $10!  And my beautiful Christmas-themed glass by Lolita is always fun to use.

Add 1-1 1/2 cup wine to the crock pot.

Cover, and cook on low 6-8 hours.  When the beef tips are tender and almost ready to serve, add 1 bag of frozen carrots (12 oz), or a small bag of baby carrots.  Then, cook until tender.  Serve over egg noodles, or rice.

Bon Appetit!

I actually put some frozen peas into the crock pot, after I had served dinner.  As leftovers, this was even better.  I don’t know if it was the peas, or just because somehow the flavors always meld a bit more overnight.

Either way, this was a win with the family.  And that makes every day a good one.  😀

Parmesan Chicken

It’s still cold outside.  Well, if you consider 50-something cold…  I’m a Gulf Coast dweller.  Stop judging me!  🙂

Rat Boy is always asking me to make this for him, and it’s so easy, I probably should more often.  But then he’d just be tired of it, and it wouldn’t be a treat then.

So, I had this chicken.  And I was wondering what I’d cook today.  So I decided to make Rat Boy happy.  🙂

Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this.  It keeps really well, and is good cold on a sandwich, or even by itself, so make plenty!

Butter a baking sheet (with sides) well.  Really well, as the butter will kind of fry the chicken to heavenly.

Slice teh breasts in half crosswise to make them thinner.

This is so much easier and less messy than pounding them thin.  🙂

You’ll need 2 small bowls, one for breadcrumbs (I used panko and they were awesome) mixed with Parmesan cheese…

and one for a beaten egg.  Using a shallow, wide bowl for the breadcrumbs works the best.

Dip the chicken pieces in the egg.

Then into the breadcrumb/cheese mix.  You can press it on to get a nice thick layer.

Your fingers will be goopy, but it’s really worth it!

Lay the chicken in the melted butter on the baking sheet.

Pat any remaining crumb mix onto the bald spots, then bake at 350F for about 20 minutes.  Flip the chicken pieces over, and bake another 10-15 minutes, until the pieces are nicely golden brown and crunchy.

If your oven is a hundred years old like mine, you’ll need to rearrange the pieces so they are evenly cooked!

Then enjoy the crunchy deliciousness.  🙂

Oh, and don’t forget the wine.  You deserve it!

Please ignore all that stuff in the background.  I was washing up while the chicken was baking.  Now, I can enjoy the wine!

Caturday…with yoga!

We are spending the day today driving out to the piney woods of east Texas to have a holiday meal with my Great-Aunt-Mary-Jane.  Should be a good day overall…at least the out-of-the-car part.  Can’t say I’m too fond of hours in the car.

Unless I hang my head out the window like a dog.  That can be really fun!  Unless you suddenly encounter a large insect, hurtling through space then impacting your head like a brick.

But all the bugs in life cannot be avoided.  Thus a lesson in serenity from our feline friends…

Breathing in, come into all fours,  breathe out and we’ll meet in downward kitteh.

Remembering to scoop your tail and draw your shoulders down your back…

With mindfulness,  lower the top of your head…

At the end of practice, we all want this:

And nobody wants this:

Hope y’all have a most excellent and relaxed Caturday!

Spicy Chicken Pasta

Guess today is an unintentional 2-for, as I posted the Christmas Cake last night around 10, and it was already today on server time.  I am now convinced the server must be out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean somewhere, since I am so far behind server time!

It’s still cold.  Amazing in Texas to have the same kind of temperatures for 4 or 5 days, but the sun is back, so doubtless it will warm up soon.

Meanwhile, a bit of spice was in order to keep us warm, at least on the inside.  😛

Let’s hear it for the comfort food!

Slice boneless, skinless chicken breasts into thin, about 1 inch pieces, and brown with garlic, onion and celery.  Brown in a skillet with a bit of olive oil.  I used the Dutch oven, as I was planning to finish this off in the oven.

Wow!  Did I actually just say planning?  That’s a word that doesn’t see much use at our house!  😛

The cast of players tonight, include squash (of course), tomato, and chicken.

Thinly slice the chicken, and brown in olive oil with diced garlic, onion, and celery.  I used 3 cippolini onions I happened to have on hand for a sweeter flavor, but really couldn’t tell the difference when everything is smothered in tomato!

Salt and pepper to taste while browning.

Thinly slice some peppers.  I matchsticked these, a poblano and 2 jalapenos, just to be different.  🙂

Drop in the peppers when the chicken is almost finished browning, so they get a bit charred, too.

Then add 2 cans of diced tomoatoes.  I’m using the fire roasted with garlic variety.

Stir the whole mess together well, and add a cup or two of broth, veggie or chicken.

Stir together well, and pop the whole thing into the oven at 250F for a couple of hours.  I had planned to add red wine to this, but didn’t.  So I drank it instead!  😛

About 20 minutes before you want to serve, slice some squash, and add it to the sauce, making sure the squash is down in the liquid.  I used yellow squash and zucchini this time.  Stir in some tomato sauce, if you want thicker gravy.

 

Back into the oven for 20 minutes, while you make the pasta, and it’s ready to serve!  2 thumbs up from Rat Boy!  😀

Christmas Cake

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought today I’d better get busy.  I decided that this would be just the thing to share, as I’m sure we are all experiencing the anticipation and excitement of this time of year (along with the stress).

This cake has a bit of a kick, as it has BOOZE in it!  NOT for the faint of heart…

Begin by sampling the Cuervo to check its quality.  Pour 1 ounce, and drink.  You may add salt and lime.

If the BOOZE meets with your approval, beat 1 cup butter until it is light and fluffy.

Add 1 cup sugar, and continue to beat.  Check teh tequila again to make sure it’s still OK.  🙂

While the mixture is creaming, check tequila.

Turn off mixer thingy.  Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl.  Stir well.

Have a bit more BOOZE!  It’s Christmas by golly!

Chuck a cup of dried fruit into the batter.  Whatever kind you like will be just fine!

Pick the friggin’ fruit off the floor.  Mix on the turner, and put the fruit in there.

Sample the Quervo to check for tonisisticity.

Turn the nister on low.  If fruit gets stuck in the beater, just pry it loose using a splatula,

Then, sift 2 cups salt, or something together in a small vole.

Check the Quervo.

Now shift lemon juice and strain nuts.

Add a stable of sugar or whatever you fine.  Greashe the oven at 350-.

Turn the cake tim and flour.  Try not to fall over.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl out the windoer, and finder the Quervo.  Try not to trype over the kat.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Cougar Town?

This morning, I got nuthin’.  It’s the weekend here, though I realize ‘normal’ people went back to work yesterday.  We are far from normal most every day!  😛

After laughing hysterically yesterday at some goofy stuff on You Tube, I thought I’d share a funny.  Then, I’ll go cook something to share!

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