Showing posts with label menu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label menu. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What We Are Cooking!

Here's what we are cooking at The Freshman Cook this week:
Appetizer
Cowboy Pockets served with Pico de Gallo and Guacamole
1 pack Wonton Wrappers
Small bag of Frozen Corn
1/4 pound of shredded Pork
Cowboy Beans
1/2 pound Queso Fresco
 8 ounces BBQ Sauce
To Make Cowboy Beans:
 1 bag Pinto Beans
8 slices Bacon
1 Jalapeno Pepper
1 Onion
2 cloves Garlic
Vegetable Oil
Salt
Ground Cumin
Fresh Cilantro for garnish
2-3 Roma Tomatoes
1 Serrano Chili
Garlic Powder
Avocado
Sour Cream

TFC Mashed Potato Bowl
1 1/2 -2 Potatoes per person
Frozen Corn
1/2 Chicken Breast per person
 Milk
1 Egg
 Garlic Powder
 Dried Basil Leaves
Paprika
Salt and Pepper
  Flour
Saltine Crackers
Gravy Mix
Shredded 3 Cheese

Sour Cream Apple Pie
1 cup Sour Cream
Sugar
Flour
Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
2 cups Granny Smith Apples
Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cup Butter
Salt
  Baking Soda
1/2 cup Sour Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
 
See you later!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 7, 2011

What are we cooking this week?

This week we are cooking some delicious things! I am still in search of many new appetizers for several upcoming parties, so we will be making a new appetizer, a delicious sandwich with fries for the side, and a fall dessert, that is sure to become a family favorite. Let's get cookin'!!!

Menu and Grocery List
Appetizer~Chutney Cheese Ball
8oz. Cream Cheese, softened
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 tablespoons Dry Sherry
1 teaspoon Curry Powder
Salt
Hot pepper Sauce or Cayenne~dash
1/4 cup chopped Scallions
1/2 cup Mango Chutney
Mango Chutney
(to go with cheese ball recipe)
2 1/2 cups Mango
1" piece of fresh Ginger
1 Serrano Chili
1 clove Garlic
Salt
1/2 cup Cider Vinegar
 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
Black Pepper

Entree~French Dip w/ a side of Steak Fries
Top Round~purchase enough to put 5-6 oz per sandwich
Soft Buns for Sandwich
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Idaho Potatoes

Dessert~Pumpkin and Cranberry Bread Pudding
Eggs
Brown Sugar
1 cup Milk
2 1/4 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Ginger
Ground Allspice
5 1/2 cups crusty French Bread
3/4 cup dried Sweetened Cranberries


Thanks for joining me!




Thursday, November 3, 2011

This Weeks Menu and Grocery List

This week is getting off to a rough start, so I will try to hurry and catch up! Here is the Menu and Grocery List for this week.

Menu and Grocery List

Appetizer~Baked Apricot Spread
(serves 8 people)
4 oz Cream Cheese Spread
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Sliced Dried Apricots
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
Crackers for spreading

Salad~Favorite Fall Fixins' Salad
(serves 1 person)
Romaine Lettuce
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Roma Tomato
Golden Raisins

Entree~ Hearty Beef Stew
(serves 6-8 people)
2 3/4 pound Boneless Chuck Roast
Flour
Vegetable Oil
Worcestershire Sauce
Garlis Salt
Pepper
Ground Allspice
Bay Leaves
4 Carrots
2 Celery Ribs
4 medium Red Potatoes
3 small Onions
Flour


Dessert~Gingered Pear-Apple Cobbler
(serves 10 people)
Cornstarch
Butter
2 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Gingerroot
Lemon Zest
Apple Juice
Lemon Juice
3 1/2 cups Granny Smith Apples
6  cups Bosc or Bartlett Pears
Vanilla
Flour
Sugar
Baking Soda
Sour Cream
Sugar

Thanks for joining me!!
There is no side dish this week because the stew pretty much takes
care of the entree and the side dish!



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Grocery List and Menu

This week at The Freshman Cook, we are continuing with our Halloween party food ideas. Here is our menu for more Halloween fun! 
Menu and Grocery List
Appetizer~Cheese Pumpkins  
8 tablespoons Smoked Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese
2 teaspoons finely chopped Peanuts
Pretzel Sticks(1 for each pumpkin)
Fresh Parsley
Crackers

Side Dish~Bloody Bones
1 loaf Rhodes Frozen Bread
Garlic Powder
14 oz. Pizza Sauce
1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Worcestershire Sauce
Hot Sauce



Entree~Pork BBQ
1 Pork Loin (enough to feed who you are feeding)
Garlic Powder
Onion
BBQ Sauce
Rolls
Cole Slaw Greens Mix
Mayo
Sugar


Dessert 1~Spider Webs
Thin Pretzel Sticks
5 ounces White Chocolate
10 small Chocolate Spiders

Dessert 2 Halloween Cupcakes
Yellow Cupcakes
Halloween Oreos
Pretzel Sticks
Brown Jimmies
Red Mini M and M's
Blue M and M's
Milk Chocolate
Tombstone Cookies
Flat Marshmallows
Orange Gumdrops
Sugar Cones
Green and Orange Pop Rocks
Cotton Candy
Candy Bones
Meringue


Happy Halloween!





Monday, October 3, 2011

Potpourri Week

This week we will be making a bunch of recipes that will help me clean out my fridge. I sometimes forget what is in there, and food gets ignored and forgotten. Like most cooks, I hate to throw food out!

Menu:
Appetizer~Beef and Bean Tostados
Salad~Tomato, Onion and Mozzarella Pearls
Entree~Pan Fried T-Bone Steak
Side Dish~Pan Fried Potatoes
Dessert~Banana Cream Pie

Grocery List:

Tostados
1/2 pound Hamburger
Tostados
Cowboy Beans~See Below  
      (http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2011/05/cole-slaw-cowboy-beans-quite-pair.htm)    
Avocado
1/2 Onion
Cheese
Sour Cream


Salad
Roma Tomatoes(1 per person)
1/2 Onion
Mozzarella Cheese Pearls
Lemon

Steak
T Bone Steak
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder


Potatoes
Idaho Potatoes(2 medium)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder


Banana Cream Pie
Nilla Wafers
Bananas
Vanilla Pudding
Milk
Whipping Cream
Sugar


There you have it. This is our week.
Hopefully it will end with a clean refrigerator!!

See you tomorrow!

By the way~I realize that I did not post the
Mile High Apple Pie on Friday,
due to logistical complications. I will try and remedy
the problem by Wednesday.
Thank you!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Shopping I will Go!

Please let me apologize for this late post!!! The last 2 days have been very hard on The Freshman Cook. Late on Friday, as I was trying to post last weeks dessert, I realized that there was really a big problem with my computer. Especially my blog! Well, I finally got the dessert posted after about 2 1/2 hours, and then I went to work trying to figure it out. On late Sunday evening, as I was pulling out my last little bit of hair, I got it to work.
It was something so simple~it's stupid. Well, actually I am! Never, never, never, (and I know this), should I download something on to my blog that I am not very familiar with. It always comes back to haunt me. And it's always expensive!!
Oh well, I hope the problems associated with this screw up were not major for anyone! Again, I apologize if they were. So here is yesterdays blog of the menu and grocery list for this week. Thanks!

This weeks menu is based on something that is near and dear to me~Las Vegas. I moved here when I was 22 years old. I have lived here for the majority of my adult life.  I finished college here, I married someone who lived here, my son was born here, most of my life's big moments happened here. When I first moved to Las Vegas the extent of my "going out to eat" was fast food! That's just the life of a college kid. But here I got to go to nice dining rooms, with fancy, grown up names, and crystal chandeliers. The food was inexpensive everywhere. At that time it was cheaper for two people to eat out than at home.

 So we ate at fancy restaurants, at bars, at casinos, at little hole in the wall dives, and at buffets. It was good! No, it was great!! Which brings me back to today! This weeks menu is made up of my old time favorites from all over Las Vegas. I tried to get as close as I could to the original. I haven't been to some of the places in a while. I hope you will join me in my walk down memory food lane!

Appetizer~Shrimp Cocktail
Soup~French Onion Soup
Entree~BBQ Beef Tips
Side Dish~Nachos Nachos Nachos
Dessert~Carrot Cake

Here's our list:
Shrimp Cocktail:
Shrimp (5 per person-medium size)
1/4 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning
2 pieces Romaine Lettuce
1 Lemon
1 stalk Celery
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Cocktail Sauce(3Tbl. per person)

French Onion Soup:
(for 6 people)
3 large Onions
 Butter
Flour
Beef Base
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
6 slices French Bread
12 ounces Mozzarella Cheese

BBQ Beef Tips:
Prime Sirloin Beef (1/3 lb per person)
Sweet Onion
BBQ Sauce
Potatoes(1 per person)
Sour Cream
Butter

Nachos Nachos Nachos:
Mission Nacho Strips Restaurant Style(1 bag)
5 Cheese Mexican Blend Cheese (1 lb) 
(shredded if you can find it)
1 Tomato
2 Onion
1/2 lb Ground Beef
3 Jalapeno
1 lb dried Pinto Beans
8 slices Bacon
2 Garlic Cloves
Vegetable Oil
Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 bunch Fresh Cilantro

Carrot Cake:
 1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
1 sm. box Yellow Pudding Mix
2 Eggs
Milk
Vegetable Oil
3 Carrots (large)
Cream Cheese(2 8oz. packages)


Thanks for joining me today. 

I hope you will come back tomorrow.
We will be making Shrimp Cocktail, Las Vegas Style!!


Monday, August 8, 2011

What's Cookin' This Week!

This week at The Freshman Cook we are going hiking! Southern Nevada has so much beautiful scenery and it is a great place to live if you like the outdoor life. However, this time of year it is too too HOT to do much hiking outside. But we happen to have a gorgeous mountain area not too far away that is cool, refreshing and down right gorgeous. So, that's where we are going, and this is what we will be eating:

Appetizer: Homestyle Salsa w/ Baked Tortilla Chips
Salad: Very Berry Parfait
Entree: Turkey Sandwiches on Semi Homemade Rolls
Side: Sierra Nevada Trail Mix
Dessert: S'Mores Rice Krispie Treats

Everything on the menu this week can be easily packed up and taken on a picnic. 
Here's a grocery list:

Homestyle Salsa w/ Baked Tortilla Chips:
6 Plum Tomatoes
Slat
Lime Juice
Yellow Onion
2 cloves Garlic
1 Jalapeno Pepper
Fresh Cilantro
Dried Oregano (Mexican if possible)
Ground Cumin
Flour Tortillas


Very Berry Parfait:
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries
Vanilla Yogurt
Granola
Plastic Cups

Turkey Sandwiches on  Semi Homemade Rolls:
 Frozen or Fresh Turkey Breast
1 Carrot
1 Onion
1 Celery
Rhodes Frozen Loaves of Bread
Mayo
Lettuce
Tomato
Salt 
Pepper


Sierra Nevada Trail Mix:
Unsalted, Roasted Cashews (Trader Joes)
M&M's
Craisins
Golden Raisins
Mini Marshmallows
Banana Chips

S'Mores Rice Krispie Treats
Honey Graham Crackers
Rice Krispies
Butter
Mini Marshmallows
Milk Chocolate Chips
4  Mini Hershey Bars(or 2 regular size)
Regular Size Marshmallows

Happy Shopping!

Join me tomorrow for Homestyle Salsa!




Monday, August 1, 2011

A Shopping We will Go!!

Thanks for joining me today. I have a menu, and a grocery list, so let's get going!!

This weeks menu:
Appetizer:     Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms
Soup/Salad:  Blue Cheese Caesar Salad
Entree:          Shrimp Portofino
Side Dish:     Rustic Homemade Bread
Dessert:        Summer Days Cupcakes

I hope you like the sound of everything. Here's the grocery list:

Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms
1/2 pound Button Mushrooms
Cream Cheese
Onion
3 pieces of cooked Shrimp
Shredded Cheddar

Blue Cheese Caesar Salad  
 Lemon Juice
Garlic
Worcestershire Sauce
Dijon Mustard
Black Pepper
Olive Oil
Blue Cheese Crumbles
Romaine Lettuce
Pecan Halves


Shrimp Portofino 
Button Mushrooms
Garlic
Butter
4 large Shrimp(per person)
Pepper
6 ounce Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Lemon 
Fresh Parsley

Rustic Homemade Bread
1 package Active Dried Yeast
Sugar
Salt
Vegetable Shortening
Flour

Summer Days Cupcakes
Yellow Cake Mix(Duncan Hines)
Butter
3 Eggs
6 Egg Whites
Salt
Cream of Tartar
Sugar
Meringue Powder
Confectioners Sugar
Green, Blue Coloring fo Icing


Thanks for joining me!

See you Monday for Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms!!
It's gonna be a great week!








Monday, July 25, 2011

A Menu & A List

This week at The Freshman Cook we will be cooking and preparing the following:

Appetizer~Garlic Shrimp

Salad~Fruit Bites

Entree~Sirloin Steaks with Blue Cheese Walnut Butter

Side Dish~Grilled Mushrooms, Onions, &  Peppers

Dessert~White Chocolate Popcorn

Grocery List

Garlic Shrimp
Olive Oil
Fresh Garlic
2 Fresh Red Chilies
1 pound Jumbo Shrimp
Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley
Salt & Pepper
Lemon Wedges
Italian Bread

Fruit Bites
Watermelon
Cantaloupe
Honey Dew
Paper Umbrellas (like for drinks)

Grilled Sirloin
6 oz. Blue Cheese
Butter
Fresh Italian Parsley
Fresh Rosemary
1/4 cup chopped Walnuts
6 Garlic Cloves
Salt & Pepper
2 Sirloin Steaks (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pound)

Grilled Mushrooms, Onions, & Peppers
Fresh Mushrooms
Vidalia or Sweet Onion
Red & Green Peppers
Butter

White Chocolate Popcorn
Microwave Popcorn
(or whatever type you like)
White Chocolate Chips
Craisins
Butter
I hope you can join me tomorrow when we will be making
our Garlic Shrimp. This is a great appetizer to start our week off with.
Everyone loves a shrimp appetizer!

My son left today to go back to school, so I apologize for my
post of little words. I am so sad, and I miss him already.

Thanks for joining me, and I will see you tomorrow, 
when I promise I will be in better spirits.

Looking forward to a great week!




Monday, July 11, 2011

Ready to Shop!

This weeks menu is designed to use as little oven heat as possible. It does use it some. But the majority of the menu is cool food. We are in monsoon season here in Las Vegas. What that means is that we have humidity every day. We also get storms in some part of the valley almost everyday. We are not used to humidity here. So the thought of turning on an oven to cook a meal is not very appealing.
The Menu
Appetizer~Fruit Cup in Meringue Shells
Salad/Soup~ Green Salad w/Champagne Vinaigrette
Entree~Trio Salad
Side Dish~Summer Salsa w/ Pita Chips
Dessert~Angel Fruit Trifle



Grocery List
Appetizer
Egg Whites
Cream of Tartar 
Salt
Vanilla Extract
Almond Extract
Sugar
Your Favorite Fruits

Salad
Romaine
Cherry Tomatoes
1 Mango 
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Champagne Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Dijon Mustard
Vegetable Oil
Olive Oil
1-Lime

Trio Salad
Eggs
Mayo
Salt & Pepper
Relish
Chicken Breast
Onion
Tuna Fish
Romaine

Summer Salsa 
Sweet Onion
Avocado
1 Orange-Med to Large
3 med Tomatoes
Olive Oil
Rice Wine Vinegar
Fresh Garlic
Salt & Pepper
Pita Bites

Angel Fruit Trifle
Cake Flour
Sugar
9 Egg Whites
Cream of Tartar
Vanilla Extract
Almond Extract 
Salt
(Ignore the above list if you want to buy
an angel food cake)
Strawberries
Mangoes(or favorite fruit)
3 1/2 cups Milk
Cornstarch
3 Eggs
Vanilla Bean or Extract
Butter


Thanks for joining me today! 
I will see you tomorrow when we make our appetizer;
Fruit Cups in a Meringue Shell!
See you then!






Monday, July 4, 2011

Grocery Bound with a List in Hand!

I love everything mini, don't you? It's so cute, and tiny. This week I thought a mini menu might be just the thing to serve, just because it's fun!

Appetizer~ Red & Yellow Pepper Cilantro Relish on a Mini Cracker
Soup/Salad~Green Salad in a Cup w/Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Entree~Chicken Fried Chicken Slider
Side Dish~Mini Rebakes
Dessert~ Key Lime Mousse Shooters

 Grocery List
Appetizer
Yellow Pepper
Red Pepper
Sesame Oil
Mild Red Chili
Fresh Cilantro
Brie Cheese

 Salad
Romaine Lettuce
Grape Tomatoes
Red Onion
Won Ton Wrappers
Olive Oil
Pomegranate Juice
Dijon Mustard
Salt & Pepper
Sugar
Red Wine Vinegar


Entree
Chicken Breasts
Salt & Pepper
Garlic Powder
Plain Bread Crumbs
Oil
Flour
Milk
Egg
Small Hawaiian Rolls
Lettuce
Tomato
Mayo


Sides
Small Idaho Potatoes
Cheddar Cheese
Butter
Bacon
Milk

Dessert
Cream Cheese
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Key Lime Juice
Heavy Whipping Cream
Key Limes

Thanks for joining me for the menu
and grocery list today.

I will see you tomorrow when we make our appetizer~
 Red & Green Pepper Cilantro Relish on a Mini Cracker.

See you then!
Happy 4th of July!!