Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fresh Roasted Turkey Sandwiches on Semi Homemade Rolls

Today we are roasting a turkey breast. It's such a simple thing to do, and it is so much tastier than buying turkey from the deli. It's also great practice for Thanksgiving!!
Fresh Roasted Turkey Breast
Turkey Breast
2 Carrots
1 stalk Celery
1/4 of an Onion
Rough chop the carrots. A rough chop is used a lot when 
you are making pot roasts, or baking chicken or turkey.
To rough chop, you are chopping the item with no
regard to identical size. You don't need to worry about the
look because you are only using the item to flavor during the
roasting, then throwing it out.
Rough chop the onions.
Rough chop the celery.
Place the turkey in a pan with a roasting rack under it.
Mine looks this way because my roasting rack and roaster
are still in storage from when we moved. So, I improvised.
Sometimes we have to!! Place the veggies in the pan.
Add butter, cut in 4 pieces, and pepper on the turkey.
Roast the turkey, at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
During that time, the butter will melt, and using a spoon 
or a baster drizzle the butter on the top of the turkey breast.
Keep an eye on the turkey. I turned the breast over 
about 1 hour into the roasting. I should have put it this way
when I began the roasting. Insert a thermometer.
You can do this at the beginning if you wish.
Cook the turkey to 170 degrees.
Take the turkey out of the oven, and let it rest for about
15 minutes.
Once the turkey has rested, cut the turkey from the bone.
Isn't it beautiful?
Let's make our rolls.
Remember these?
We used them here.
We are using them again for these sandwiches. They are
a family favorite.
I took 1 loaf and cut it into 8 pieces.
Put it on a cookie sheet, and let it rise in a warm spot.
Cook at 350 degrees for 9 minutes,
then let the rolls cool.
Make your sandwiches. I used romaine lettuce, onion,
roma tomato, and 1/2 of an avocado. I added a small dab
of mayo on the warm homemade buns. Sooo Good!

Thanks for joining me today!
There is nothing as good as a fresh made turkey sandwich,
made from a turkey roasted in your own oven.

Tomorrow we will be making our Mountain Trail Mix.
 Stop by and grab a handful!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Very Berry Parfait

Our salad this week is a Very Berry Parfait. These are great for picnics, for parties, or for a quick snack. They can be made a few hours ahead of time, and refrigerated. To take on a picnic, or to transport anywhere, cover the top with plastic and use a rubber band to hold it on. Oh, and they taste great!

 Very Berry Parfaits
Oatmeal Raisin Granola
Vanilla Cherry Yogurt
I used 8 ounce plastic cups to construct the parfaits.
Place granola in the bottom of each.
Add a scoop of yogurt on top of the granola.
Add a layer of raspberries.
Add a layer of yogurt and then a layer of blueberries.
Add a layer of granola.
Add more yogurt.
Add a layer of strawberries.
Top the strawberries with some granola.
Add another layer of yogurt, then add 2 pieces of each 
berry as a topper.

Thanks for joining me today for this weeks salad!

Tomorrow we will be cooking a Turkey Breast, so we
can make fresh Turkey Breast Sandwiches for our picnic.

I hope you will join me!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Homestyle Salsa & Baked Tortilla Chips

The salsa we made today is the perfect appetizer. It is easy to transport for our picnic, and it is bursting with flavor that keeps on coming. I used flour tortillas to make the baked chips. They are a little healthier anyway! It's hard to describe how tasty this is. I think you are just going to have to make this and check it out for yourself!
Homestyle Salsa
6 Roma Tomatoes
Pinch Salt
2 tablespoons Lime Juice
1/4 cup Yellow Onion~finely chopped
1 clove Garlic~minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper
2 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro~chopped
1 teaspoon Mexican dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Mexican Ground Cumin
Flour Tortillas
1 Egg
Cut the top off the tomatoes.
Cut the tomatoes in half.
Cut the halves in half.
Take your knife and slide it under the pulp and 
take the seeds and pulp out. Throw the 
pulp away. Do this to each tomato.
Slice each piece of tomato, then
slice it the other way, so it is diced.
It should be in about 1/2" pieces.
Do this to each piece of tomato.
Place the diced tomato in a colander, add the pinch of salt,
and let the tomatoes drain for about 15 minutes.
Finely chop the onion.Place in a bowl.
Chop off the top of the Jalapeno. Finely chop the piece
into fine pieces.
Trim the Jalapeno. Discard the seeds. Slice down 1/2 of 
the pepper, and then chop the slices.
Add the Jalapeno to the onion.
Add the finely minced garlic, and the chopped cilantro.
Add the oregano and cumin.
Add the tomatoes and mix well.
Cover and place in the fridge for about 1 1/2 -2 hours.
This will give the salsa time to let the flavors intermingle,
and really makes it taste good. You can eat it right away if
you need to.
Cut the tortillas into triangles. Place on a cookie
sheet in a single layer.
Make an egg wash. Crack an egg in a bowl, 
add 2 tablespoons of water. Whisk together.
Brush each chip with the egg wash.
Sprinkle the chips with garlic powder.
Cook in the oven at 350 degrees for at least 10 minutes
For darker chips, bake longer.
Enjoy this delicious appetizer!

Thanks for joining me today!
I hope you like this appetizer as much as I did!

Please join me tomorrow for Very Berry Parfaits!

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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
Lime Juice
Yellow Onion
2 cloves Garlic
1 Jalapeno Pepper
Fresh Cilantro
Dried Oregano (Mexican if possible)
Ground Cumin
Flour Tortillas

Very Berry Parfait:
Vanilla Yogurt
Plastic Cups

Turkey Sandwiches on  Semi Homemade Rolls:
 Frozen or Fresh Turkey Breast
1 Carrot
1 Onion
1 Celery
Rhodes Frozen Loaves of Bread

Sierra Nevada Trail Mix:
Unsalted, Roasted Cashews (Trader Joes)
Golden Raisins
Mini Marshmallows
Banana Chips

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

Happy Shopping!

Join me tomorrow for Homestyle Salsa!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

It's That Time of Year!!

I know. I should hang my head in shame. To even bring up the fact of the holidays coming up in a few months is horrible. To admit that I have honestly put some thought into them. Well. I should live in the moment and all that stuff.  But,I can't. I am a planner. I have to know what I am doing. I am not a fly by the seat of your pants type of person. I have tried this. I does not work for me. It has had very, very bad results.  So, here I am. Planning, (just a little) for the holidays. Here's what I do: During the holidays, (by which I mean Halloween through New Years) I bake a lot. I seem to become possessed by the spirit, and everyone I know must have something baked by me! I can't explain. Then there is my husband. He doesn't admit anything like this, but I can not count how many times he has said to me, "Can you make up a basket of cookies for (insert the many names here)?" This is usually done with little to no notice.( Meaning he is walking out the door in the next three minutes, and wants the goodies with him) He is not a planner. But the last few years I have wised up. I start stockpiling baskets, tins, trays, plates, ribbons, boxes, cello paper and anything else that is cute and holidayish(yes, it's a word, it's just new). I only pick up things that I think are a good deal, or when I have a coupon, like at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. So anyway, this is what I have so far this year.
It's not much yet. But I will let you know when I find a good deal I think you might be interested in.

 These colors are perfect for fall. They were at Walmart
discounted to 75 cents. A tray of cookies will look 
great on these.
This black tray and the black bowl and orange trays
are perfect for Halloween parties or gifts. The tray and the 
bowl were a little high ($1.99 each at Target) but I think they
are probably more usable for party service than gifts.
I seem to have a hard time finding black when I need it,
so I scooped it up. But, a bunch of Halloween pumpkin 
cookies would look great on the black tray! I can see the 
orange tray being used for black cauldron cookies,
or maybe green frankensteins.
 I also bought some red and green trays for Christmas
when I was at Walmart. I wanted more, but they were out.
I bought this pack of 4 plates at Walmart for 75 cents.
These will make great bases for smaller Christmas
plates of cookies or breads.
I love these 2 buckets I got at the Dollar store.
They are light weight and will be perfect for little gift baskets.
Although I love baskets, I mail a lot of things, and the handle 
on the baskets just makes it too difficult for mailing.

Isn't this tray cute? I got this at Big Lots for $5.00.
Last year for the SuperBowl, I made an entire tray of
chocolate covered strawberries decorated like footballs.
This would have been the perfect way to display them.

So there you have it.
I will let you know when I have more deals that you can get.

See you later for our Menu and grocery list for next week.

Thanks for joining me.