Uncategorized, Vegetables

Fried Cabbage

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Cabbage can be done in so many different ways, in so many different dishes. I really enjoy making fried cabbage. My son will eat pretty much anything, except cabbage. Since this is the case, I don’t get to make this recipe too much or it’ll just go to waste. I like this recipe though, because it can feed a crowd and it’s budget friendly. I hope you love it as much as we do!

5-6 slices of bacon fried crispy, grease reserved

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cored and sliced cabbage

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste (I estimate about 3/4-1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

With reserved bacon grease add onion. Cook until onion is caramelized. Add garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds. Add cabbage and stir about 10 minutes. Season with remaining ingredients. Reduce to low and cover. Stir occasionally. Cook until cabbage is tender. This should take about 30 minutes. Add bacon and stir. Serve.

 

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Soups and Stews, Uncategorized

Chicken Noodle Soup

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It’s not just for when you’re sick, or even when you’re blue. It’s truly good any time of the year.  I make this every once in a while.  It’s one of my mom’s favorite, so whenever I make it, I know she’s going to want some, so I always set her some aside. There are even times when she asks me to  make it for her. Of course I do. Try this recipe, it’s super simple and easy to make…Doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. Best of all, it’s super filling.

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

2 chicken breasts

1 carrot, shredded

1 celery stalk, thin sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon parsley

1 1/2 cups of egg noodles OR 1 small box of spaghetti noodles OR 1/3 cup rice

(Pictured is spaghetti noodles)

Bake, or boil chicken. Boil broth and water. Simmer veggies in mixture about 15-20 minutes.  Shred and add chicken. Add noodles. Cook until noodles are finished cooking.

 

Bread, Uncategorized

Poor man garlic bread

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I know this sounds funny….But I do know all of you have had this experience before. You either have left over hot dog buns, left over hamburger buns, or….you forgot the stupid garlic bread at the store! On this night, I forgot the garlic bread. Husband and I were standing in the kitchen and he goes, Heather, you forgot the garlic bread! I replied “Oh dear husband, have no fear! We have hamburger buns.” He rolled his eyes and went to the living room.

Bread, of any nature

1/4-1/2 teaspoon Garlic

3 Tablespoons of butter

Parmesan cheese

Parsley

Mix butter and garlic. Spread on the bread. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley. Bake on 350 until the butter is melted and bread is toasty.

 

Trips, Uncategorized

Dear Lancaster…

Dear Lancaster,

Let me tell you how I adore thee. Ok ya’ll. Don’t think I’m crazy, but I have a crazy obsession with the Amish. It’s something about the way they act, their beliefs, their lifestyle that fascinates me. Most of all their cooking and their crafting have me crazy excited! We went to Katie’s Kitchen when were in Lancaster. It was the most amazing restaurant. My husband had turkey, I had meatloaf, the boys had a philly cheesesteak burrito, and a mushroom swiss cheeseburger. I actually can say I didn’t care for the meatloaf, but the turkey I stole from my husbands plate was the most amazing thing ever. Then a whoopie pie for dessert….it was heaven. I have determined that I adore whoopee pies. I also love their cinnamon rolls, I just don’t care a lot for their icing. That’s just because I’m not really into sweet foods much. Guys if you go up go to Katie’s Kitchen and to the Bake Shop in Bird in Hand, Pa. You’ll love it.

Trips, Uncategorized

Vacation Food!

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We recently went on vacation and went to many places, including New York City. I was so excited for several reasons. First off, my husband who is a veteran has been dying to go to the 9/11 Museum. This really molded what he would do in his future. It really was a special time and I’m glad we were able to do this trip. Anyway, when we were on this trip we stayed close to the museum so that we could easily just walk. It turned out that we didn’t arrive until right at 10pm the night of arrival. We knew this would happen, considering that we drove all the way from the southern part of the United States. We were STARVING! We decided that we were just going to go ahead and get delivery if we could find a pizza place open. We decided that we’d get food from a place called Little Italy. It was less than a mile from where we were staying and they were open.

This was the first time we’d had the opportunity to eat PIZZA from New York. Everyone was super excited. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly what we expected. The pizza was good, but it is definitely something I’d be ok if I never ate it again. Also the amount of time it took to get to us was crazy. It was pretty much cold by the time we got it. I felt really sorry for the delivery guy, who delivered on a bike. It was rainy. It was so bad that from the car to the front door which is less than 200 feet I was soaked. I sure hope he didn’t get soaked going back. In the end, Thank you to Little Italy. You saved us from starvation and your pizza is great….just not what we here in the south are used to eating!

 

Beef, Uncategorized

Sloppy Joe’s

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I love sloppy joes. There’s so many recipes for sloppy joes out there. Some get so fancy. Honestly, who needs fancy? I just want something simple and easy. Isn’t that the point of sloppy joes anyway? When my oldest graduated, his great grandmother made sloppy joes at his graduation get together. It was a huge hit! It’s become a family favorite.

1 lb ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 small green bell pepper

8 oz of tomato sauce, or puree.

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon of crushed garlic

dash of hot sauce

Sauté the hamburger, pepper, and onion until the meat is cooked, and the vegetables are soft. Drain fat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve. Enjoy!

Beans, Uncategorized

Quick Cuban Black Beans

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Part two of Nico’s. I wanted to do some kind of sides and not just do pork from the last post and nothing else.  I decided we needed some black beans. It was really good. All my guys loved it. I love having black beans. I think sometimes it’s an underappreciated bean. I don’t know about others, but this is not something we have at our house very often.

3 cans black beans

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 small- medium onion

1 large green pepper, chopped

2 large cloves of garlic – minced

1 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon cumin

In a skillet add olive oil. Add green pepper and onion. Sauté until soft. Add garlic. Drain beans and add to skillet. Add a little bit of water to prevent burning.  Add remaining ingredients. Reduce to a simmer and let simmer for 10 minutes.

 

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