Posted in Recipes

Cheeseburger Stuffed Peppers

 

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Cheeseburger Stuffed Peppers

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound
    Ground Beef
  • 1 medium
    Onion
  • 2 cloves
    Garlic (minced)
  • 2 red or yellow
    Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup
    Grated cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • ketchup

Cooking Directions

  1. brown ground meat in a fry pan with garlic and onion until cooked through.
  2. Slice peppers in half and de seed.
  3. Fill pepper half with beef and cook in oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top.
  5. Place back in the oven until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from oven and top with lettuce, tomato, pickles and ketchup.

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Posted in Cooking Tips

All Natural Food Coloring

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I was cleaning up after my daughter’s birthday yesterday and was disgusted at the frosting from the cake. The blue frosting stained the plates, the kids hands, the table cloth. I could only imagine what it was doing to the kids insides.

In our house we don’t eat a lot of sweets or junk food. So I don’t think too much about what I serve at a party. I consider it a special treat. But after seeing what the food coloring had done, I started to wonder if there was a more natural way to decorate the cake.

The fact is, that it has been known for awhile now that artificial coloring in food can be potential toxic and should be avoided. Artificial coloring has been linked to a variety of tumors and also is know to cause hyper activity in children. I can always tell when my son has had a red Popsicle, he ends up with “ants in his pants” and can’t sit still. So between the fact that artificial food coloring cause cancer and are behavior altering, I went looking for a more natural solution.

Here is what I came up with:

  1. Reds or Pinks: To make a natural dye for foods you want to be red or pink you can use beets , raspberries or pomegranates.

Steep the beets in boiling water until the water turn a nice bright shade of red. Then you can strain out the beets and allow the water to cool ,use a dropper to add small amounts of the red water to the frosting to get the desired color.

The raspberries can be put in cheese cloth and squeeze the juice out of them into a bowl. slowly add the juice to the frosting until it gets to the color you want.

2.Orange: To make a natural orange food dye, boil carrots in water until the water turns orange. Strain out the carrots and allow the water to cool. Add small amounts to the frosting to get the desired color.

3.Yellow: Saffron, yellow Beets or Dandelion fluff can all be used to naturally dye foods yellow. You can boil the beets the same as the carrots or red beets. With the saffron and dandelion fluff it can be added directly to the frosting. I highly recommend the dandelion. It has a naturally sweet flavor similar to honey.

4.Green: To make green food dye, spinach is the way to go. Boil the spinach same as the carrots or beets to dye the water.

5. Blue or Purple:  To make various shades of blue or purple you can experiment with straining juice from blue berries and blackberries. Add small amounts of the juices until you get the desired color. Boiling purple cabbage is another way to get a nice natural purple color food dye.

Next year’s birthday cake will not be staining my kids with unhealthy artificial food dyes.

Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Baby Dragon Tail (Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Pork)

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The first time we made this my kids were little and they thought the rolled up pork loin tied with twine looked like a baby dragon’s tail. So that is what this dish is know called in our house.

Baby Dragon Tail (Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Pork)

 

Ingredients

  • 2 table spoons
    olive oil
  • 1/4 cup
    diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    dried time
  • 2 cloves
    minced garlic
  • 2
    apples, peeled cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup
    dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup
    apple cider
  • 1 (2 pound)
    boneless pork loin (butterflied)
  • 1 teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/2 cup
    chicken stock

Cooking Directions

  1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion, thyme, sage and garlic. Saute until the onion is tender. Stir in stock, cook until liquid is almost evaporated (about 5 min) Add apples and stir often until lightly browned. Stir in the cranberries and apple cider. Cook until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. lightly oil a roasting rack and set inside a roasting pan.
  3. Unroll pork roast. Sprinkle both sides of the roast with salt and pepper. Spread the apple mixture over the roast. roll up the roast like a jelly roll. secure in 1 inch intervals with baking twine.
  4. Place on the roasting rack. Roast for 15 minutes. Then lower the oven temp to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook until pork temp reaches 160 degrees. About 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes. Slice roast into 1 inch think slices and serve.

 

Cooking tip:

How to Dice An onion

How to Core an Apple

 

How to Butterfly cut a pork roast:

 

Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade Corn Tortillas

 

Recipe by Foley Family Table

Ingredients for Homemade Corn Tortillas:

  • 1 cup
    masa harina
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup
    hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    salt

Cooking Directions for Homemade corn tortillas:

  1. Mix the masa harina and salt in a bowl
  2. slowly add hot water and mix until a dough forms that you can shape into a ball
  3. form into a ball and set aside for 30 to 60 minutes
  4. Divide dough into 8 sections and roll each section into a ball
  5. place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and press until flat with a tortilla press or between two cast iron pans.
  6. Remove the parchment paper.
  7. Heat a skillet on medium to high heat and pour in a small amount of oil to grease the pan. Fry tortillas for 1 minute, flip and cook for an additional minute on the other side.

Try these Homemade corn tortillas with Seared Chicken with Tomatillo Salsa

 

Posted in Main Dishes, Recipes

Seared Chicken with Tomatillo Salsa

Seared Chicken with Tomatillo salsa

 

Recipe by Foley Family Table

Yield: Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients for Seared Chicken and Tomatillo Salsa

  • 3
    tomatillos
  • 1 cup
    pealed and chopped avocado
  • 1/2 cup
    sliced radish
  • 1/4 cup
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 table spoon
    fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon
    red pepper flakes
  • 4
    boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon
    poultry seasoning
  • 2 table spoons
    oil

Cooking Directions

  1. Remove and discard husks from the tomatillos, wash tomatillos under running water.
  2. Finely chop. In a bowl combine tomatillos , avocado, radish, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and red pepper flakes. Gently mix.
  3. Rinse Chicken breasts and pat dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with the poultry seasoning.
  4. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 min. turn chicken over and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly all the way through.
  5. Slice the chicken and serve over homemade tortillas with the tomatillo salsa.

 

Recipe for Homemade Corn Tortillas click here!

 

Easy Salsa Verde:

 

Posted in Cooking Tips

How to Cook and Peel a Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Hard boiled eggs can be tricky to cook and peel  if you don’t know the tricks tricks to making it simple. You can’t see when the egg is done. So if you don’t use a timer, it  can be difficult to get the egg cooked to the perfect hard boil. Here is the secret:

  1. fill your pot with cool water. Place the eggs in the pot while the water is still cool. Make sure all the eggs are completely covered with the water.
  2. Put on the stove top and bring the water to a rolling boil.
  3. As soon as it starts a rolling boil, remove the pot from the heat , cover it and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Immediately remove from the hot water and place in a bowl of ice water for 5 to 10 minutes.

Then use this super cool trick to peel your eggs perfectly without a hassle:

 

Cool right? No more chipping off the shell piece by piece or taking half the egg off with it!

If you love hard boiled eggs check out these recipes for Deviled Eggs 4 Ways

 

You can also check out these other cooking tips:

How to Cut an Avocado

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How to Store Bacon in the Freezer

How to freeze bacon

 

How to Make Mason Jar Butter

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Cook Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs!

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Posted in Cooking Tips

Misfits Market Produce Box Reveal

It Is no secret That my family loves to cook and eat great food. But it can get expensive to buy the yummy ingredients needed to keep up this habit. We are always shopping around and looking for the best ways to cut back out grocery budget without sacrificing the tasty recipes we want to make.

I saw and advertisement for Misfits market on face book and decided to look into it. It is a company in the Northeast that buys all the produce that grocery sores don’t want ton the shelf because it doesn’t meet their visual standards. Still perfectly good to eat and taste the same, but might be a little small, a little too big, or a funky shape. They offer a box of this “ugly” produce to be delivered to your house for a lower price than you would pay at the store. But it depends on what is in season or what is available to the company, what’s in the box. Its a mystery until it arrives.

You can choose if you want to just buy one box or if you want to sign up for a box every week. There are also different size boxes to choose from. I choose the smallest box which is 12 pounds of produce. Since I only wanted it one time, it cost me $23. If I had it as a subscription it would have only been $19. But I wanted to check t out first before signing up for the subscription. I really like the idea of cutting down on food waste and also cutting some money off our budget. But I wanted to make sure it was something we would use before I sign up for a weekly box delivery.

You can watch the video to see what was in our first box. I will include the links to some of the recipes we have made using our box ingredients. All in all I was pleased with the box and the produce. The apples were a little bruised but other than that the produce was all fresh and delicious. I liked that it challenged us to not only try some new vegetables that we had never eaten, but it also gave us inspiration to come up with new ways to cook what we were sent. I would definitely do it again. I don’t know if I want a box a week though. It was a lot of vegetables to use in a week.

Misfits Market Produce Recipes:

Rosemary Sea Salt Rolls

Baked Rosemary and Sea Salt Sweet Potato Rolls
Baked Rosemary and Sea Salt Sweet Potato Rolls

Roasted Turnip, Sweet Potatoes and Chickpea

Baked Turnip, Sweet Potato and chickpea
Baked Turnip, Sweet Potato and chickpea

 

Easy Warm Turkey Avocado Sandwich

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Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

 

 

Easy Cilantro Guacamole

Easy Guacamole recipe
Easy Guacamole recipe