Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our Main Course for Today~The Philly!!

It's hard to beat a philly steak sandwich. I mean, it has everything~tender, juicy, thinly sliced steak, sweet, sweet, sauteed onions, cheesy, chewable, provolone cheese, an oh so soft, and beautifully lightly browned sub roll, and sweet, creamy, philadelphia cream cheese. WAIT! What!..........Oh yeah!
There is nothing better than a philly with cream cheese lightly spread on the bun. The first time I was served a philly with cream cheese was at the Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach, Florida. It is the most beautiful place, and is also Florida's oldest continually running saloon. But the last time I was there I was told they do not serve food anymore. So Sad!! Well, now it is up to us to keep this tradition alive. Just try it. I know you will like it!!

Here's what you will need:

1/2 pound sirloin sliced very thin
medium onion cut into small slices
provolone cheese slices
super soft deli roll
cream cheese~whipped or regular

 Slice your sirloin very thin, If you are having trouble getting it as
thin as you want it to be,heres a little trick.  Put it in the freezer for
about 30 minutes.This will enable you to have
better control as you are slicing.
Slice your onions into thin rounds, and then cut them in half.
Once they reduce in size by sauteing, they are the perfect bite size!
Start by cooking your onions. I like to saute on medium high heat 
with a little butter. If you saute on too high of heat, your butter will burn.
Go ahead and add your sirloin just as your onions start to saute.
Move your onions and sirloin as they cook.
This is what it should look like when fully cooked.
Drain any excess juice.
Add your Provolone Slices to your meat while it is in the pan.
If you don't have a lid for your pan, you can improvise.
 I used another similar size pan to make my lid.
I have even used cookie sheets when I don't have anything else.
There is no wrong way. You are just trying to melt your cheese.
Prepare your sub roll with the Philly cream cheese. Now, I know
some people like mayo on their philly. So put it on!
There is no wrong way to enjoy the food you like!
You can add tomato and lettuce if you would like.
It's all good!
Use a spatula to put your meat on your roll.
Dig in!

There are some variations you can use to make your philly cheesesteak
more appealing to you. You can saute red, green, and/or yellow peppers
to add to you sandwich. If you want to do this, then put the peppers
on to saute before the onions. Let them cook a little and get a little
soft before adding the onions and meat. Peppers take a little
longer to cook. You can also add mushrooms.Put them
 on to cook early like the peppers. 

Thanks for joining me today. Tomorrow we will make our side dish!
See you then!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dinner Salad w/Homemade Herbed Vinaigrette

Hi Everyone! Today we are making our side dish, a dinner salad with a homemade herbed vinaigrette. Here is your recipe:

Herb Vinaigrette

3/4 cup salad oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
salt & pepper

Salad Mix

1 head Romaine Lettuce
2 Roma Tomatoes
1 Cucumber

Combine the mustard  and vinegar in a glass bowl and whisk together.

Put the mix in the blender with the oil, tarragon, salt and pepper. Pulse your blender for 10 seconds. Add a few more seconds if it isn't totally combined. If you don't have a blender, use a whisk and mix thoroughly.

Transfer to a glass bowl and let it stand for 30 minutes so the flavors can meld.

Wash and chop your romaine lettuce. Lettuce leaves are the best when they are bite size pieces.  They can be cut larger, but then you have to cut your salad with a knife. If you would rather use the pre-cut lettuce pieces from the grocer, just remember to wash them before you eat them. I know they say they are washed, but it's a good idea to wash it yourself anyway.
Slice your tomatoes into small slices, and slice your cucumbers into bite size pieces.
A really well prepared salad is one that does not have to be cut after it is served.

Give your dressing a good whisk immediately before serving.

I am sorry about no pictures today. Technology and I are not the best of friends. But, my camera will be fixed by tomorrows post.

Thank you for stopping by. See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Steak Bite Scoops

Today, we are going to make Steak Bite Scoops! They are delicious, easy to make, and addicting.
Here's what you need:
Tostito's Scoops
Sour Cream
Diced Onion
Chopped Avocado
Muenster Slices
1/4 pound Sirloin Steak
This menu is not specific in amounts because I am not sure how many Steak Bites you might 
want to make. I would recommend making a lot. They are tasty!!
In my case, I made 9 bites.
Go ahead and cook your steak to your liking. I love medium rare. Then, 
cut your steak in small bite size pieces. 
You need to make them bite size, because you don't want to have to work at biting the steak. 
They should be small enough to fit into the scoop.

Dice your onions, and chop your avocado. Make sure they are bite size also.

Place your scoops on a microwavable plate.

Fill each scoop with chopped onion. If you like onion, put in a lot.
Place your pieces of steak on top of the onion.
Take your Muenster Cheese pieces and cover the scoops like in the picture. Microwave
on high for about 18 seconds for nine pieces. 
They will look like this when done in the micro.
Separate the pieces so they are no longer attached to one another by cheese.
Add a dollop of cream cheese to each scoop.
Add a piece of avocado to top each piece.
Doesn't that look good? 

There are some variations you could make on this appetizer. 
Pieces of chopped sun dried tomato would add a hint of sweetness and a splash of color.
The tomato would look good placed under the avocado, on top of the sour cream.
You could also use chicken. A chicken breast seasoned with fajita seasoning would taste great, especially when topped with chopped onion and chopped roma tomato. You could then top it with 
shredded cheddar, sour cream and avocado. Yummy!
When you get to brainstorming, there are a million different variations!!!
That good become my new hobby!

I hope you enjoyed today's appetizer. Tomorrow we will be making a 
crisp dinner salad with a herbed Vinaigrette.

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow!!

This Weeks Menu & Shopping List

Hi Everyone! Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's!!

This weeks menu is one I know you will enjoy:

Appetizer~Steak Bite Scoops
Soup/Salad~Dinner Salad with Homemade Dressing
Entree~Philly Steak Sandwich with Cream Cheese
Side~Corn on the Cob
Dessert~Individual Fruit Trifle

This is your list of things you will need:

Steak Bite Scoops

      1 bag of Tostitos Scoops
       1/4 pound Sirloin Steak
              1/4 pound Muenster Cheese ( sliced)
       Small Onion
        Sour Cream

Steak Bite Scoops Ingredients

Dinner Salad w/ Herbed Vinaigrette

3/4 cup Salad Oil
1/4 cup White Wine Vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoon chopped Parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
salt & pepper
1 head Romaine Lettuce
2 Roma Tomatoes
1 Cucumber

Philly Steak Sandwich w/ cream Cheese
1/2 pound Sirloin
medium onion
provolone cheese slices
whipped cream Cheese
Sub Rolls
Philly Steak Sandwich Ingredients

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob
Salt & Pepper
Corn on the Cob Ingredients
Individual Fruit Trifle

2 medium Strawberries per Trifle
1 cup Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 Strawberry/Banana Yogurt
Nestle Toppers
Fruit Trifle Ingredients
I am looking forward to cooking these recipes with you this week. I hope you are too!
Please join me tomorrow.
The Steak Bite Scoops are incredible!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Do I Really Need This?

What is it? It is a handheld juice squeezer.
Do you need this?
Well, no.
Is it worth having?
Oh, yes!
I used this juice squeezer to make lemon bars. In the past, when
I made anything that required fresh squeezed juice, I would simply, roll the  lemon, lime, or orange on the
counter, until the juice has broken from the pulp. 
Then I would cut the fruit in half, and squeeze the halves into my
measuring cup. But this is so easy.
 I cut the top and bottom off of the fruit, cut it in half, put it in the squeezer,
and squeezed right into the measuring cup. The two pieces squeezing together
makes sure that there is only pulp left in the fruit. Then takeout the seeds!!

The best part? I bought this item of convenience at Dollar Tree!!
For a $!!!
Isn't that great?
So, if you see this item, buy it!

Here's a recipe for lemon bars that I love, & I'm betting that you will to.
You also get to use your juicer!

Let's Make The Dough First! 

  2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. If you have
a food processor combine your flour, sugar,
and butter in the bowl. Pulse until it's 
dough. But don't over mix.If you are using a mixer, 
combine the flour, confectioners' sugar, 
and butter until butter is in very small crumbs.
 It should look like this!
Press into the bottom of a 11x7 inch pan. 
 Smooth out your dough. My rolling pin was too long to fit in this pan,
so I had to improvise with the cover from my candy thermometer.
Maybe a mini rolling pin would make a 
good kitchen gadget for this blog!!
Bake for 18-20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and lightly browned.
It should look like this. Isn't that pretty?!!

Now, Let's Make The Filling.
4 eggs
2 cup confectioners' sugar
4 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons finely grated lemon peel
sifted confectioners' sugar
Here is your chance to use your fruit squeezer. It will take about
4 lemons to make your 1/4 cup.
Beat your eggs.
Blend together your sugar, beaten eggs, flour, lemon juice
and lemon peel. When you make your lemon peel, use a zester,
or microplane. (sorry, I forgot the picture!!)
When you zest, run your zester over the washed lemon,
but DO NOT get any of the white skin in with your lemon zest.
The white makes the zest very bitter.
Pour your mix over the crust you just baked.
Return to oven and bake at 325° for 20 minutes. 
 Loosen around edges, cut into bars and sift confectioners' sugar over the top while warm. 
I hope you enjoyed this little treat of a recipe.  
(It's adapted from a taste of Home recipe)
I know you will make this over and over again. 
It's that good!
Thanks for joining me this week. Come back tomorrow for the shopping list for next week.
Here's a hint~Think Steak!
See you then!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Finale!~Tiramisu Mousse

My favorite part of just about every meal is dessert. What can I say? I have a sweet tooth! I truly do believe there is absolutely nothing wrong with having dessert first!!! The dessert for our Homestyle Lasagna Dinner is Tiramisu Mousse. I have made this many times; as it was quite a popular choice when I worked for a catering company. It differs from the classic Tiramisu because we won't be using ladyfingers soaked in coffee. But you will love it. A good thing about this dessert is that it must be made ahead of time so that the mousse has time to set. So there are no last minute preparations to do. You can make this dessert and leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. Here's what you need:

1 cup Mascarpone Cheese
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup Brewed Coffee
2 Egg Yolks, beaten
1 cup Whipping Cream, beaten to soft peaks
Cocoa Powder or Semisweet Chocolate Bar

Put your Mascarpone Cheese in your mixing bowl.
Add your Sugar.
Add your Brewed Coffee.
Add your 2 beaten Eggs.
Mix your ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, mix your heavy whipping cream. We have 
made this before back on 7/16/10. If you don't recall, just go to
Beat your cream to soft peaks, like this.
Fold the cream into the Tiramisu mix.  
Carefully pour the mousse into
individual goblets.
You can make these about 3 hours ahead of time, then
chill in the refrigerator. When it's time to serve, pull them o ut, and shave 
chocolate over the top, or sprinkle cocoa powder over the top.
Isn't it pretty!!
Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you enjoyed our recipes,
and learned something you didn't know.
Remember, please email me anytime if you have 
questions or comments.
See you tomorrow!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Garlic Bread! What Else Could It Be?

Today we are preparing the side dish for the Homestyle Lasagne Meal!   I thought about what else I could put with this meal as a side dish. I even had a few ideas. But really, what else would you want other than garlic bread? I mean, it's really a necessity. You need the bread to sop up the sauce right?  This is really simple, and here is what you need:
Loaf of French Bread, cut into slices
2 tbl. minced or chopped Garlic
stick of Butter

 Melt the stick of butter and add 2 tablespoon of chopped or 
minced garlic. If you don't think it has enough garlic
taste, add more. You can even add garlic powder if you want.

Brush your bread slices with the garlic butter.

Place the garlic bread slices under your broiler. Watch  it carefully. 
I like to put my broiler on high, put the oven rack on the second 
shelf, and keep an eye on it almost the entire time. When it 
gets the browned, toasted look that you like, it's done.

Isn't that pretty?!!!


I hoped you enjoy this short but savory side dish. 
Tomorrow we will make the finale, Tiramisu Mousse!
Thanks for stopping by!