Sunday, January 24, 2010

Spicy Fried Potatoes and Exquisite Meat loaf

Well, this is a moment in history... (in my life anyways), I have always made meatloaf with ketchup on the top, which is really good, but this...this is incredible!
The use of Bacon as a topping is a wonderfully added flavor... plus the mixture of Lean Beef and Pork, it is just amazing! My husband kept going on and on about it! He even said, "This is better than most steaks I have ever eaten!"... I was pretty satisfied by that... ;)

Page 155, Country Meat Loaf...

as a side dish Spicy Fried Potatoes Pg. 50

These were also really amazing! And i know this statement doesn't apply for this meal, but these potatoes would make the worlds best beef and potato burrito! But they were incredible by themselves.

Spicy fried potatoes

2 garlic cloves sliced
1/2 t crushed chillies (or chili powder)
1/2 t ground cumen
2 t paprika
2 t red or white wine vinegar
1 1/2 lbs. small new potatoes
5 T olive oil
1 red or green bell pepper
salt and pepper to taste

mix garlic chillies, wine vinegar, and spices and let sit.. Boil potatoes untill almost soft... about 15 min... drain
heat oil in large frying pan and saute/fry potatoes untill golden
add spiced garlic mixture and bell pepper
cook about 2 min longer
and there you go!

Pretty good if you ask me :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My latest apologies...

As you might have noticed, I have been lacking on my postings... This is due to a new school semester beginning... I do not, however, desire to continue falling behind... thus i will shortly catch us up to date...
I have still been cooking through the cookbook... only not posting the outcomes...

In december I made The French Apple Tart...Pg. 184

The directions seemed somewhat shaky, Makes more than one tart... a lot of effort and not that great of taste... i probably will not waste my effort on this one

I also made the Farmhouse Onion Soup: Pg. 23

This soup is amazing! And the leftovers make a gread dip for beef sandwiches made from leftover french bread! I WILL DEFINATELY MAKE THIS AGAIN!!!

2 T olive oil
2 T butter
4 large onions, chopped
4 Cups beef stock
1 1/2- 2 oz Gruyere or Cheddar Cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
and french bread

Heat oil and butter in deep saucpan and fry the onions briskly for 3-5 minutes... reduce heat and cook on low- medium heat for 45-60 minutes. When onions are a rich brown, add the beef stock and seasoning. Simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary... it is scrumptious!

I later made the New Potato salad: Pg. 46
.... Yeah....not so much... I think I will stick to Killer Potato Salad... but i made it...

That has i think caught me up to date... Next will be the meatloaf i believe... we shall see how this goes... :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sugar cookies :)

I was asked to put the recipe for the sugar cookies i made at christmas time up on the blog page... so here is the amazing recipe:

Sugar Cookies:

Prep:25 min Chill: 2 hours Bake: 6-8 minutes per sheet Oven temp: 375 degrees F.

*Makes about 5 dozen 2-inch cookies...

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

-In large bowl beat powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg using electric mixer on medium speed. stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
-Divide dough in half Roll out and cut... and bake... and then enjoy :)