Monthly Archives November 2010

Recipes Corresponding to Grocery Shopping List Three

November 26, 2010 Corresponding Recipes  No comments

Baked Spaghetti

Serves 2 to 4 people

  • 1 lb. of whole grain spaghetti
  • One package smoked sausage or the sausage you choose from the grocery store.
  • 2 medium sized cans of tomato sauce
  • 1/4  cup ketchup
  • 1 clove of garlic – grated
  • 1 green pepper – Diced, but still large enough to eat with a fork.
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. chili pepper flakes
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. to 1 TBSP. kosher salt (or plain old iodized)
  • parsley (optional garnish)

Remove the sausage that you chose from the grocery store from it’s packaging and begin sauteing it in a medium to large sized frying pan...

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Grocery Shopping List Corresponding to Week Three Recipes

November 26, 2010 Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

Dinners Being Served, Week Three:  (See “Corresponding Recipes” at the right, so that you can prepare these dinners.)

Monday:  Baked Spaghetti

Tuesday:  Olive Turkey Burgers with Parmesan Broccoli

Wednesday:   My Mom’s Chili – with a few additions

Thursday:  Crispy Sesame and Garlic Tilapia with a Cucumber Salad and Peanut Butter Noodles

Friday:  Leftovers

Grocery Shopping List: (Scratch items you already have in stock off the list.)

  • 1 hothouse cucumber (The kind that are wrapped in plastic, so that you don’t have to peel them.)
  • carrots (The kind that you peel and can shred; or alternatively purchase pre-shredded.  Not short-cuts.)
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 to 3 bunches of broccoli
  • celery or celery hearts
  • 1 bulb of garlic (You’ll really only need a couple of cloves.)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 bun...
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Milwaukee Food Tour Review

November 23, 2010 Reviews (restaurant and other)  One comment

So, have you heard of the food tours that incorporate walking around a city neighborhood or town with a small group of people, with stopping at various eating establishments to hopefully enjoy some food?  My husband and I participated in just such a culinary and historical adventure this past weekend in celebration of my birthday.

We drove up to Milwaukee and participated in Milwaukee Food Tour’s, “Historic Third Ward Tour”.  First, let me say that I think most people who enjoy shopping in general will minimally enjoy browsing the shops of this neighborhood.  The businesses, mostly independently owned, cater to a higher end market.  (That of the third ward.)  However, unique items can be found there as well as Goodwill’s high end resale shop, “Retique”.

Our food tour began at The Publ...

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Three Simple Dinners for the Week of Thanksgiving (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

November 19, 2010 Corresponding Recipes  One comment

Regan’s Egg Salad Sandwiches with her Sister’s Potato and Sausage Soup

Serves 2 to 4 people

The Soup

  • 4 potatoes – scrubbed and diced
  • 1/2 c. diced broccoli (optional)
  • 4 green onions, chopped (white and green parts)
  • 1 – 2 TBSP chicken base (Bullion can be substituted, but base is better; do not dilute it before using it in the recipe.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • milk
  • 1 link smoked sausage or kielbasa (Cooked and cut into bite sized pieces.)
  • 1 cup of your favorite cheese – grated

Put the potatoes in a pan in enough water to cover them plus and inch or so more.  Bring them to a boil.  Add the salt and the broccoli and cook until the potatoes and broccoli are just tender.  Drain the potatoes and broccoli and set them aside...

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THE Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce!

November 16, 2010 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDesserts  2 comments

Our Family’s Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Serves 2 to 4 people depending on your chocoholic status.

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed if you can get it.  Hershey’s or Nestle’s are fine.)
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half (You can also use heavy cream or skim milk, depending on the desired richness.)
  • 1/4 cup SALTED butter (If you do not use salted butter you’re going to need to add a healthy pinch of salt to the mix.)

Combine the sugar and cocoa powder in a small sauce pan.  Then add the milk product of you choice (see above) and stir just to combine the ingredients.  Turn the heat on medium underneath the pan and add the 1/4 cup of butter.  Stir the mixture BRIEFLY as the butter melts just to incorporate it...

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Simple Vinaigrette

November 12, 2010 Bonus Recipes/Vegetarian  No comments

This is a basic Food Network recipe, except I add a little honey to it to taste.

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • honey to taste

Whisk the vinegar and mustard together in a large salad bowl.  Season with the 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream, to make a smooth, slightly thick dressing.  Taste the dressing; if you think it’s to sour, add a little honey.  Whisk it again, then taste it again.   Continue adding a little honey and whisking until you’re happy with the taste.

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Recipes Corresponding to Grocery Shopping List Two

November 10, 2010 Corresponding Recipes  No comments

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup with Salami Sandwiches

-Such a delicious combination!

The Soup

Serves at least 4 people

  • 1 large carrot sliced width wise to make “half rounds” (cutting the carrot in half length-wise will give it stability while you chop if you place the flat side of it on the cutting board.)
  • 1 large celery rib chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp. butter (or Smart Balance with which you can cook)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage (Shred it using a chef’s or serrated knife.  This should use up the other half of the head of cabbage that you have left over after making the fish tacos earlier in the week.)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can plum tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. paprika (either kind)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Grocery Shopping List Corresponding to Week Two Recipes

November 9, 2010 Shopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

Dinners Being Served, Week Two:  (See “Corresponding Recipes” at the right, so that you can prepare these dinners.)

Monday:  Rubio’s Fish Tacos

Tuesday:  Roast Turkey Breast with Stuffing and Thyme Peas

Wednesday:  Chicken “Parmesan” and Chopped Salad     Healthy Option

Thursday:  Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup and Salami Sandwiches

Friday:  Leftovers

Grocery Shopping List: This week I shopped at Meijer.  (Scratch items you already have in stock off the list.)

  • one head of green cabbage
  • lettuce of your choice (Red, green, and romaine lettuces have higher nutritional value than iceberg.)
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh cilantro
  • red onion
  • carrots (full sized as opposed to “short cuts”)
  • celery (hearts will last longer)
  • at least one apple (Pick a crisp apple like Gala or Fuji – Honeycrisp are ideal...
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