Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crabby Crackers

I'm having a fun afternoon in the kitchen
preparing for my annual New Year's Eve dinner party

Appetizer Numero Uno: Crabby Crackers

Ritz Crackers, Homemade Crab Dip, Radish Garnish

Love my new knives...sliced those radishes like soft butter!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Steak Tenders

What's better than chicken tenders?  Steak tenders!  Slice a thin skillet steak into strips, dip them in an egg wash, then in some cornmeal/flour/seasoning, and  fry them up with just a little bit of olive oil.  (My breading didn't really stick...probably should have floured the steak before the egg wash.)

Serve up the tenders with some sweet potato fries.  Yummmmmmm.

the chopped steak with one of my new kitchen "toys" (love my new knives!)

olive oil "art"

Secret Ingredient #1 : Pheasant

I have a slight obsession with the cooking show Iron Chef.  I love seeing what the chefs do with the secret ingredients.  Sometimes I get good ideas for my own cooking.  Sometimes I just drool over the yummy looking food...

Last night C decided to bring me a secret ingredient to make dinner out of.  It turned out to be Pheasant.  I was going to slice up the meat and pan-fry it or something...but then I realized that it still had all the bones.  So I stuck the birds in a pot with some bacon grease, sprinkled them with garlic powder and rosemary, put the lid on, and cooked them up, turning them over occasoinally.  I also put some home-made mac n cheese in the oven, and steamed some fresh pole beans and leeks.  And then I fried some bacon to add to the veggies. 
burnt cheese perfection!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Whiskey Corn

Caramel Corn with a Kick
Brought to you by GMcD's Kitchen...where crazy new food ideas are always welcomed and encouraged.

pop enough popcorn to fill a large bowl
in a saucepan, melt/combine 1 stick of butter, 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/4 c sugar, 1/4 c whiskey, 1/2 tsp salt
pour the sauce over the popcorn and gently stir to coat as evenly as possible
spread coated popcorn on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato Alfredo
Shaved/Sauteed Parsnips and Carrots

Foccaccia with Avocado

Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio

Friday, December 23, 2011

Scrambled Avocado Eggs

Yes, you read that right. I put avocado in my scrambled eggs yesterday.  And some cheese.  I woke up and was all excited to eat my regular chocolate-chip pancake...and then discovered that I had no chocolate chips left.  I didn't have any potatos to fry, and scrambled eggs all alone are boring and not that appetizing, so I had to liven them up with something.  Worked out pretty well.  Avocado goes with everything...right?

Breakfast sandwich of champions?

I made sure to stock up on chocolate chips when I went grocery shopping yesterday this morning I got to have a normal breakfast again.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Pasta Primavera with Salmon

pasta with carrots, onion, zucchini, green beans, and salmon in a light sauce of olive oil/mustard/pesto

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

comida sabrosa

and tonight for your food-viewing pleasure...

chicken tenders

sweet potato fries w/ketchup, chicken tenders w/honey mustard, asparagus stems, leek mac n cheese

and here's some popcorn I popped a couple of nights was tasty

and here's some salmon-salad I had for lunch this past weekend

 it made a very tasty sandwich with tomato and avocado

the broccoli wasn't too bad either, nor were those sweet potato fries you can see in the distance

that's all for now folks.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sweet Potato Fries

preheat oven to 450

peel 1 sweet potato

slice the potato into thin fries

put them in a bowl

sprinkle them with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt

pour some olive oil on top

mix it all up (the fries should be only very lightly coated with olive oil)

spread the fries on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 12 minutes

turn the fries over and put them in for another 5 minutes

eat them

which will the fries go better with, the ketchup or the ranch?

Baked Chicken & Stuffing

There is never enough stuffing at Thanksgiving Dinner.  There never will be, as long as it continues to be everybody's favorite food.  I had just enough on Thanksgiving to remind me of how long it's been since the last time I ate stuffing, and of how delicious it is.  So of course I came home wanting more.  So, earlier this week, I decided to try making some.  Of course, it can't quite compare to Thanksgiving stuffing that's been cooked in the turkey, but it's not too bad. 

Chicken/Stuffing, Green Beans/Leeks, Mashed Potatos

 1/2 loaf whole wheat bread
 1 tbsp butter
 1 egg, beaten
 1 12 oz can of chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350.
I took the bread out of the fridge and laid it out to air dry.  I think it ended up sitting there for a day or two before I had time to actually make the stuffing.  I broke the hard bread up into bite sized chunks and threw them in a large bowl.  Then, in a seperate boil, I beat together the other ingredients.  I poured that over the bread crumbs, mixed it up, let it sit and soak for a bit, mixed it up some more, repeat, repeat repeat, until all the bread is moist.  Then, I smashed the bread down into a baking dish.  On top of the stuffing, I laid b/s chicken breast which I had cut into very thin slices, slathered with ranch, and dusted with cornmeal. 
Bake for 45-60 minutes