Monday, June 18, 2018

Smoked Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries

Dinner Tonight: Smoked Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries




For Breakfast this morning I lightly fried a couple of al fresco Country Style Chicken Sausage Breakfast Patties - With a hint of Sage and Thyme. I love these, they're fully cooked so they fry up in
6 to 8 minutes per side. One of the best Breakfast Patties I've found. Great seasoning and the perfect size for my Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffins. So I made me and Mom a couple of Breakfast Sandwiches. I also added a 1/2 a slice of Boar's Head Vermont Cheddar to the Sandwich. So Mom had a couple of errands to run and I had to do a few things around the house. I had the wooden deck repaired a while back and my neighbor came over did some touch up painting for me this afternoon. It's another hot and humid day out again, 99 degrees. Later on I went through my closet and dresser gathering up some clothes that were too small or I just didn't wear anymore. I then took them to the local Goodwill Store. I also gave them Dad's old clothes and some things that my Mom had gathered up also. So for Dinner tonight I prepared Smoked Turkey Sausage Dogs w/ Baked Fries.


I used the Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage. I cut the Sausage Links into Bun length
pieces. I absolutely love the Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage. It’s got such a fantastic flavor and always cooks up just right. To prepare them I used a large skillet, added about a 1/2 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and preheated it on medium heat. Put the Sausage in the skillet when it was heated up and covered with a lid. I turned the Sausage every few minutes to get an even char on them, cooked about 11 minutes total. As always they came out just bursting with flavor and flat-out delicious! I served it on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Hot Dog Bun and topped with French’s Spicy Brown Mustard.



To go with the Sausage Dog I baked up some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries. Seasoned them with Morton’s Lite salt and Ground Black Pepper. Baked them at 425 degrees for 16 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right.! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. Served with a side of my favorite Ketchup, Hunt’s Ketchup. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop - Pop Corn with a Coke Zero to drink.







Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage
14 oz. | Servings: 7

Try Butterball’s fully cooked Smoked Turkey Dinner Sausage. Now you and your family can enjoy the great taste of hardwood-smoked lean turkey sausage with less fat than pork or beef smoked sausage. Serve with your favorite side dish for a quick and easy meal solution that always tastes great.

Skillet:
Cook in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently.
Always heat thoroughly.
Serving Size 2 oz. (51 g)
Servings Per Container 7

Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 50
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 610mg25%
Total Carbohydrates 4g1%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g16%

Ingredients: Poultry Ingredients (Mechanically Separated Chicken, Mechanically Separated Turkey), Water, Corn Syrup, Salt. Contains 2% or less of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Autolyzed yeast, Dextrose, Modified Food Starch, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Phosphate, Flavorings, Potassium and Sodium Lactate.
http://www.butterball.com/products/turkey-sausage-and-franks/every-day-smoked-turkey-dinner-sausage

One of America's Favorites - Fool's Gold Loaf

Fool's Gold Loaf is a sandwich made by the Colorado Mine Company, a restaurant in Denver, Colorado. The sandwich consists of a single warmed, hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with the contents of one jar of creamy peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon. The sandwich's connection to Elvis Presley is the source of its legend and prolonged interest. According to The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley, it was the focus of a midnight sandwich run by Elvis Presley and his friends. Taking his private jet from Graceland, Presley and his friends purchased 22 of the sandwiches and spent two hours eating them and drinking Perrier and champagne before flying home. The story became legend and the sandwich became the subject of continued media interest and part of numerous cookbooks, typically focused around Presley's love of food.

There are two accounts on the origin of Fool's Gold Loaf. According to Graeme Wood, the Fool's Gold Loaf was created by Cindy and Buck Scott, owners of the Colorado Mine Company restaurant. Wood writes that Elvis obtained the recipe from the Scotts, so his personal chef could make it, but noted that "the Fool's Gold Loaf never made a recorded encore".

According to Nick Andurlakis, he helped create the sandwich while he was working at the Colorado Mine Company as a chef and suggested the Fool's Gold Loaf to Elvis. Andurlakis claims that he personally delivered the sandwiches to Elvis on the famous night.

The sandwich was named to fit the mining motif of the restaurant. At the time of Elvis's famous outing, the Fool's Gold Loaf cost $49.95 (equivalent to $215 in 2017).

The recipe has been repeated by numerous sources, including The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley and Andurlakis, a chef at the Colorado Mine Company.

The Fool's Gold Loaf begins with a loaf of French white bread that is covered in two tablespoons of margarine and baked in the oven at 350F/180C until brown. One pound of sliced bacon is fried in oil until crispy and drained. The loaf is sliced lengthwise, hollowed out, and filled with peanut butter, grape jelly and bacon.

According to Andurlakis, he personally served Elvis the Fool's Gold Loaf with bacon, peanut butter, and blueberry preserves on a loaf of French bread. The specific type of preserves was allegedly Dickinson's blueberry preserves.

David Adler's book contains a detailed account of the event that made the Fool's Gold Loaf sandwich famous. On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley was at his home at Graceland in Memphis, entertaining Capt. Jerry Kennedy of the Denver, Colorado police force, and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado's Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began discussing the sandwich, and Presley decided he wanted one right then. Presley had been to the restaurant before, while in Denver. Kennedy and Pietrafeso were friends of the owners and hung out there often, so they were driven to the Memphis airport and boarded Presley's private jet, the Lisa Marie, and flew the two hours to Denver. When they arrived at Stapleton International Airport at 1:40 AM, the plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by Buck Scott, the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, and his wife Cindy who had brought 22 fresh Fool's Gold Loaves for the men. They spent two hours in the hangar eating the sandwiches, washing them down with Perrier and champagne. Presley invited the pilots of the plane, Milo High and Elwood Davis, to join them. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis without ever having left the Denver airport.



"Meatless Monday" Recipe of the Week - Baked Rice Primavera

This week's "Meatless Monday" Recipe of the Week is - Baked Rice Primavera. A Italian-Style Baked Rice and Vegetable Casserole Dish. It's from the CooksRecipes website. You can find this recipe and variations of it on different sites but I went with this one at the Cooks site. The Cooks site is loaded with delicious and healthy recipes so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!  https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Baked Rice Primavera
A hearty, Italian-style baked rice and vegetable casserole.

Recipe Ingredients:
10 large mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
5 teaspoons olive oil
4 cups cooked rice
1 (15-ounce) can chunky Italian-style tomato sauce, or 2 cups homemade sauce
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Wisconsin Swiss cheese
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (flat-leaf)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Wisconsin Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 - Lightly butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish; set aside.
2 - In large roasting pan, toss vegetables and oil until ingredients are lightly coated. Roast at 425°F (220°C) for about 35 minutes, or until vegetables are nicely browned, stirring occasionally.
3 - Reduce oven temperature to 325°F (160°C).
4 - In large mixing bowl, combine roasted vegetables and remaining ingredients, except Parmesan cheese.
5 - Spoon mixture into reserved baking dish; smooth to make an even layer. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top. Cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through.
Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/baked_rice_primavera_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

Strawberries...................


Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Salmon Pesto Pasta and Baked Garlic Loaf Bread

Dinner Tonight: Salmon Pesto Pasta and Baked Garlic Loaf Bread



For Breakfast this morning I just had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I went to McDonald's to
pick up Breakfast for Mom. Mom went on to Church and I went to the Cemetery to put flowers on Dad's Grave for Father's Day. Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there! I decided to take a ride over to our old house in Ross, Ohio. When we left Ross back in the early 80's it was just starting to grow. And now it's still growing! A ton of changes compared to how it was back then. Still a beautiful small town though! Back home did a couple of loads of laundry and did a little cleaning outside. But it is hot and humid out. 99 degrees and a heat index well over 100 degrees today. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Salmon Pesto Pasta and Baked Garlic Loaf Bread.



A small section of the Cheese Dept. - Jungle Jim's
This recipe was inspired by a recipe I came across on a WordPress Blog (The Cooking Diaries) and it
sounded and looked delicious. Plus it looked light and fresh, which is how I like hot weather dishes! I needed a few items to make the dish so I went to Jungle Jim's International Market. They are the only store in area anymore that carries the Ronzoni Smart or Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta Products. I love shopping at Jungle Jim's! They carry Anything and Everything, I'm serious! You could spend an entire day in there. The Deli, Produce, and Seafood Departments are my favorites.




So to make the Dish I'll need; 1 can Pink Salmon (Fresh or Canned), Extra Light Olive Oil,
McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Grinder Peppercorn Medley, Lemon Juice, Ronzoni Garden Delight Trio Italiano Pasta, Sliced Black Olives, a few small Anchovy Slices in Olive Oil, Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese, and 1 tube Just Add Basil Pesto. I added a few Ingredients and dropped an Ingredient from the original recipe, the original recipe and the web link are at the end of the post.






To prepare it; I first made my Pasta. Boil the Pasta according to the box; drain the Pasta and let it cool. Once cooled add the Pasta to a large bowl and add all the ingredients and fold in everything including the can of Pink Salmon. You can warm the Salmon if you prefer before adding it. Put the Pasta Salad in a large plastic bowl with a lid and set it in the fridge until your ready to use it.








The Pasta, Salmon, and Pest went great together! Everything tasted light and fresh. Excellent Dish. I also baked a loaf of RiverRoad Bake House Multi Grain Oval Loaf Bread. This has become the family’s favorite Baked Bread. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Coke Zero to drink.










Ronzoni Garden Delight Trio Italiano Pasta

Trio Italiano from Ronzoni Garden Delight
Trio Italiano is a combination of three shapes in one box: Rotini, Penne & Shells. With three shapes
in three colors RONZONI GARDEN DELIGHT Trio Italiano is perfect for showcasing the vegetables in any meal, but is especially appealing in cold salads.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value* Total Fat 1g 2% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 20mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 40g 13% Dietary Fiber 2g 8% Sugars 3g Protein 8g


See more at: http://ronzonigardendelight.newworldpasta.com/pasta_nutrition.cfm?prodId=071300800690#sthash.kx8fjPTl.dpuf




The Cooking Diaries
https://thecookingdiariesblog.wordpress.com/

Salmon Pesto Pasta
Ingredients
-1/3 pound salmon

-1 tsp olive oil

-1 tsp seasoning salt

-1/3 cup frozen or fresh peas

-pinch of salt and pepper

-a few squeezes of lemon juice (1-2 tsp)

-1/2 cup pesto

-1 1/2 cups rotini pasta

-shredded parmesan for toppings

Directions
1 - Cook pasta according to directions while doing the following steps.
2 - Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Salt salmon with seasoning salt.
3.Add salmon skin side up and let cook for 3 minutes (salmon will look golden). Flip and cook on other side for 3 more minutes (skin will crisp up).
4 - Remove salmon and break it up (removing the skin).
5 - Add peas to same pan and a little bit of water (to cover the peas). Cook for 3-5 minutes and add some salt.
6 - Drain peas and add salmon back to pan. pour cooked and drained pasta into pan along with pessto and mix well. it’s okay to add more pesto if you think it needs more too!
7 - Squeeze lemon over the top and serve. Enjoy!
https://thecookingdiariesblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/salmon-pesto-pasta/ PastaRonzoni Garden Delight Trio Italiano Pasta

Trio Italiano from Ronzoni Garden Delight
Trio Italiano is a combination of three shapes in one box: Rotini, Penne & Shells. With three shapes in three colors RONZONI GARDEN DELIGHT Trio Italiano is perfect for showcasing the vegetables in any meal, but is especially appealing in cold salads.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value* Total Fat 1g 2% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g Monounsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 20mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 40g 13% Dietary Fiber 2g 8% Sugars 3g Protein 8g


See more at: http://ronzonigardendelight.newworldpasta.com/pasta_nutrition.cfm?prodId=071300800690#sthash.kx8fjPTl.dpuf




The Cooking Diaries
https://thecookingdiariesblog.wordpress.com/

Salmon Pesto Pasta
Ingredients
-1/3 pound salmon

-1 tsp olive oil

-1 tsp seasoning salt

-1/3 cup frozen or fresh peas

-pinch of salt and pepper

-a few squeezes of lemon juice (1-2 tsp)

-1/2 cup pesto

-1 1/2 cups rotini pasta

-shredded parmesan for toppings

Directions
1 - Cook pasta according to directions while doing the following steps.
2 - Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Salt salmon with seasoning salt.
3.Add salmon skin side up and let cook for 3 minutes (salmon will look golden). Flip and cook on other side for 3 more minutes (skin will crisp up).
4 - Remove salmon and break it up (removing the skin).
5 - Add peas to same pan and a little bit of water (to cover the peas). Cook for 3-5 minutes and add some salt.
6 - Drain peas and add salmon back to pan. pour cooked and drained pasta into pan along with pessto and mix well. it’s okay to add more pesto if you think it needs more too!
7 - Squeeze lemon over the top and serve. Enjoy!

https://thecookingdiariesblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/salmon-pesto-pasta/

Soup Special of the Day.......Cajun Gumbo

This week's Soup Special of the Day is a Gumbo, but just not any Gumbo a Cajun Gumbo! Made Chicken Thighs, Crab Meat, Shrimp, Crawfish, Oysters, and more! Everyone leaving the table will be smiling! The recipe comes from one of my favorite recipe sites, the CooksRecipes website. The Cooks site has a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, or cuisines so check it out today! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!  https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Cajun Gumbo
Gumbo combines ingredients and culinary practices of several cultures, including French, Spanish, German, West African and Choctaw. The dish is the official cuisine of the state of Louisiana.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 pounds chicken thighs
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth or water
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 dried bay leaf
1 (10-ounce) package frozen sliced okra
1 1/2 pounds crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish, lobster and/or surimi
1 (10-ounce) jar medium oysters, drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Cooking Directions:
1 - Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 - Place chicken thighs in a single layer on a shallow baking pan and season with salt and pepper. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan and set aside to cool. Deglaze pan with a little water, scraping the bottom to remove any browned bits and pour pan juices into a fat separator and set aside. When chicken is cool enough to handle, pick meat and discard skin and bones.
3 - Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour, reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add garlic, and cook for 2 more minutes, or until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes (undrained), chicken broth, red pepper flakes, thyme and bay leaf. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened. Cover and and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, pan juices (discard fat) and okra. Return to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in crab, oysters and parsley. Cook gently 5 to 10 minutes or until oysters begin to curl and crab is thoroughly warmed (if using shrimp, shrimp should be pink and opaque throughout). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve over rice in soup bowls.

Makes 4 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/cajun_gumbo_recipe.html

Top 50 Grilling Recipes

From the EatingWell website and Magazine its - Top 50 Grilling Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Grilling Recipes like; Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce, Grilled Shrimp with Melon and Pineapple Salsa, and Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce.So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!  http://www.eatingwell.com/

Top 50 Grilling Recipes
Our best recipes for grilled salmon, grilled chicken, grilled pizza and more.


Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce
In this recipe for gai yang, or Thai grilled chicken, the chicken marinade is enriched with a little coconut milk, which keeps the meat moist during grilling. Prepare the sweet-and-spicy dipping sauce the day you want to use it, because it loses freshness quickly. If you prefer to use chicken breasts instead of thighs and drumsticks, use 3 bone-in breast halves and cut each in half crosswise for 6 servings total............


Grilled Shrimp with Melon and Pineapple Salsa
Grilled shrimp is perfectly accented by this light, summery pineapple-melon salsa. The flavors are bright and fresh, just right for a hot day. Use just one melon or any combination of melons--including watermelon--for the versatile salsa. For best flavor marinate the shrimp overnight..........


Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce
The tangy peach barbecue sauce that glazes these pork chops is incredible on grilled chicken or salmon as well. Bone-in pork chops (as opposed to boneless) are less likely to dry out. Just make sure to trim away as much fat as possible for healthier results...............



* Click the link below to get all the - Top 50 Grilling Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22321/cooking-methods-styles/bbq-grilling/top-50/slideshow/top-50-grilling-recipes/