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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Monthly Menu, Recipes, My New Journey

So This is where it starts.. A week ago today i decided to follow a menu. Here we start my Journey and my New Goal.Trying new recipes and sticking to the monthly menu. Ill do my best to keep you updated.   First of all i started on July 29, 2012 with ...

Sunday July 29
8 to 12 chicken legs
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. salad herbs
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce
Wash and dry chicken legs; remove skin. Mix flour, salt, seasoned salt, and herbs. Roll chicken pieces in the flour mixture, then in the beaten eggs, then in the flour again. Place coated pieces into a buttered, shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with melted butter. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 25 minutes longer. Sprinkle with teriyaki sauce and bake another 5-10 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken to hot platter.

Here is the Menu i have set up for this
 past week. I have done my best to go
 by the menu.So far so good. 
 So far every recipe my family says is
 a keeper. Week one is a success.

Awesome Pepperoni Pizza
Monday July 30
This is a very quick pizza to make, that is why it is called Awesome!!!
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. (1/4-oz.) dry yeast
1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. olive oil
3/4 cup pizza sauce
12 oz. mozzarella, sliced
1-3/4 oz. pepperoni slices (about 25 slices)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400*F. Lightly grease a 12x9" baking sheet. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the yeast. Make a well in the center and add olive oil and 1 cup lukewarm water. Mix until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for 5 minutes.
Roll out dough and press into prepared baking sheet. Cover allow to rest for 10 minutes at room temperature, then bake for 5-7 minutes.
Remove crust from the oven and spread the sauce on top, leaving a 3/4" border. Arrange the mozzarella on top and then the pepperoni. Sprinkle with oregano and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until golden, 15-20 minutes.
Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, slice the pizza into 6 square slices. Serve hot.
NOTE: You can add many of your own toppings or a mixture.

Here we made more than one
 pizza. We used pepperoni, red
 bell pepper, onion, cheese and cilantro as toppings.
My husband said that when we master the crust not being so thick they will be perfect pizzas. These were the best pizza's we have had.

BoneLess Chuck Roast
Tuesday July 31,2012
Prep time:30 min    Baking time 2-3 hrs    Oven time 300*F    Serves 4-6
3lbs boneless beef chuck
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
4 small onions, peeled
2 stalks celery quartered
1 large can (1lbs 12 oz) tomatoes… ( I used 1 large jar of home canned whole tomatoes)
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
Fresh parsley for garnish
1.       Sprinkle meat with salt and black pepper. Place into heavy casserole with tight lid. Add onions, celery, parsnips and carrots. Pour in the tomatoes and juice.
2.       Sprinkle with thyme and add bay leaf.
3.       Cover. Place into cold oven. Bake at 3008F for 2-3 hrs.
4.       When ready to serve, remove vegetables and meat onto serving platter. Discard bay leaf.
5.       Heat pan juices to boiling. Boil over high heat until reduced, thickened and shiny. Wisk in mustard during boiling. Reduce juices to about 1 ½ cups.
6.       Spoon over meat and vegetables to glaze. Sprinkle with parsley.

Sausage Frittata
Preparation: 20 minutes    Serves 4   
Wednesday August 1, 2012
 ½ lb pork breakfast sausage, bulk style
3 green onions, sliced
8 eggs
¼ cup water
Black pepper to taste
¼ cup butter or margarine
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Brown sausage with green onions until sausage is well cooked. Pour off excess fat.
Beat together eggs, water and black pepper.  In an 8inch omelet pan, heat 1Tbsp butter until frothy.
Pour in ¼ of the sausage mixture, tomato and cheese. Continue to cook until eggs are set and cheese is melted.
Slide out onto serving platter and fold in half. Place in warm oven. Repeat with remaining ingregients to make 3 more omelets. 

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: about 20 minutes. Serves 4 to 6.
Thursday August 2,2012
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp. chopped onion
1 egg
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbsp. oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1 med. onion, chopped
1 med. green or red pepper, chopped
1/2 c. ketchup (i used homemade)
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1 can (8 oz.) pineapple chunks or crushed pineapple (reserve syrup)
2 tbsp. sherry (opt.)
Chopped green onion
Here's my Sweet and sour Meatballs.
1. To prepare the meatballs, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Form into small meatballs.
2. Fry a few meatballs at a time in butter, until browned and cooked through. Drain on paper toweling. Set aside.
3. Prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the salt, onion and green pepper. Cook until tender. Drain oil.
4. Combine the ketchup and vinegar. Stir into the onion-pepper mixture.
5. Make a paste with the cornstarch and reserved pineapple syrup. Add to the vegetable mixture. Cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.
6. Stir in the pineapple chunks and sherry, if used. Simmer for 3 minutes. Mix in the meatballs. Heat through.
7. Transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with green onion. Serve.

Friday and Saturday i left open for left overs, Bbq and evenings out.

I'll do my best to keep up with the recipes.. our views, and a picture. You see i have this problem that i normally like many others.. just fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to cooking.. i figure out what we have that day and pull something out last minute.. Well let me tell you.. it's nice not stressing over what i am gonna fix for supper. I even let the kids help me set up the calender. At the beginning of the month we shop for the meats and most of the ingredients that we need or don't use everyday that we will need for the recipes. So we all get to pick and have different things. So as i add the recipes.. i hope you enjoy looking around.. feel free to use what i post.. that's why we post things up.. is to share with others so they might use and pass along. Right?! I thank you for stopping by and hope you will keep checking back to see what i have going on. Have a wonderful and Blessed day.


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