Pizza Night

Pizza Night

I love the Portland Pie Company dough especially the Beer dough, always, well most always, have a few bags in freezer so when the urge hits me I can satisfy it. Around me Big Y carries. I have found that I get better results if I let it sit on counter for a short while before spinning it out. I don’t let it rise much more than it does in the refrigerator. The thing I love about Pizza is you can make it with any toppings you want.

Todays was shredded asparagus, cherry tomatoes, sweet Italian sausage, honey nut squash Lyn’s pasta sauce and of course two kinds of cheese. Yup another clean out the frig meal.

I preheat the oven with Pizza stone in it to 475 (lower middle rack) in the meantime I spin out the dough. when the oven is at temp I take the stone out and slide the dough on to it than add sauce and the rest of the toppings. this gives the bottom a quick start before sliding it into the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. I like to give it a 180 turn half way through. I like mine on the well done side so when the cheese starts to brown slightly my mouth starts to water.

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<strong>Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash</strong>

Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash

Adapted from eating well because it was no meat Monday.

Cumin and chili powder season a filling of turkey sausage, tomatoes, black beans and Swiss cheese for creamy acorn squash. Serve this stuffed squash with warmed corn tortillas for wrapping up bites of all the tasty ingredients.

Steve Note: I used Farro instead of sausages but you could use ground beef, chicken, turkey or wild or other wise rice.

Ingredients

  • 3 acorn squash, (3/4-1 pound each) Steve Note: you could use Butternut, Delicata Squash, Zucchini etc. I like these because the skin is edible .
  • 5 ounces bulk turkey sausage Steve Note: I substituted about 3/4 cup of cooked farro 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed (see Tip)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Several dashes hot red pepper sauce, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese Steve Note: I used Cheddar

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

Step 2 Cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out and discard seeds. Place the squash cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

Step 3 Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, beans, salt and hot sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 4 When the squash are tender, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees . Fill the squash halves with the turkey mixture. Top with cheese. Place on the baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

Tips

Tip: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (Our recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Tips

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

INSTANT POT BARBECUE BEANS

INSTANT POT BARBECUE BEANS

Serves 4 to 6
Total Time: 1% hours, plus 8 hours brining

Regular bacon can be used in place of the thick-cut bacon, if desired. If you are short on time, you can quick-brine your beans: In step 1, bring 1112 tablespoons of salt, 2 quarts of water, and the beans to a boil in the Instant Pot using the highest saute function; turn off the pot; and let the beans sit for 1hour. Drain and rinse the beans and proceed with step 2.

1112 tablespoons table salt for brining
1 pound (2112 cups) dried navy beans, picked over and rinsed 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise 112 inch thick 1 onion, chopped fine
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder 1112 teaspoons table salt
112 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken broth 1 cup ketchup
113 cup packed brown sugar
113 cup packed brown sugar
114 cup molasses
114 cup Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

How

  1. Dissolve 1 1/2 tablespoons salt in 2 quarts cold water in large container. Add beans and let soak at room temperature for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Drain and rinse well.
  2. Using highest saute function, heat oil in Instant Pot until shimmering. Add bacon and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon fat is rendered and onion is softened about 8 to 10 minutes
  3. Add garlic, chili powder, salt, and cayenne and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in beans.
  4. Lock lid into place and close pressure-release valve. Select high pressure -cook function and cook for 9 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot and let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Quick-release any remaining pressure.
  5. Carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.
  6. Stir in ketchup, sugar, molasses, and mustard. Using highest saute function, bring to simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping bottom of pot, until slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to serving bowl and let cool for 10 minutes (beans will continue to thicken as they cool). Stir in vinegar and serve.

Raosted Red Cabbage, Fennel and Butternut Squash Black bean Burritos

We love the Butternut Squash and Black Bean Burritos and it was veggie night so I added some roasted cabbage and Fennel to it. Don’t knock the burrito until you try them they are satisfying and good.

Slice the Cabbage and Fennel in thick slices

Drizzle with sesame seed oil, salt and pepper mix to coat

Roasted the cabbage and fennel in a 375 Degree oven for 10-15 minutes until

served with a side of avocado that Lyn threw together

it was a pleasant surprise and went well with the burritos.

Sorry picture not the greatest

Cashew Cauliflower Bake

Cashew Cauliflower Bake

I got some cauliflower with my last Misfits order and we wanted something different I found this from https://www.lordbyronskitchen.com/cashew-cauliflower/ .

Note: if you want to try out Misfits please use my code COOKWME-FG1DCQ so we both may save some money. Everyone who signs up with your link will save $10 on their first order—and thank you later. YOu can either go with surprise what’s in box or choose what you want froma list. Hint sign on at exactly the right time to get widest variety of choices, mine is 4PM and Google reminds me every Friday which is my day for Wednesday delivery.

Once you make this recipe for the first time, be prepared to make it over and over again.  You and your family will both love it. Heck you can always add or substitute some precooked chicken. Cashew Cauliflower is the vegetarian equivalent of the classic Chinese buffet favorite, Cashew Chicken.

This was a wicked easy bake. Other than getting vegetables on the table, and cutting down on your meat consumption, the only thing in this recipe that you might need to buy is the cashews.  I promise you that nearly every other ingredient in the list below is already in your pantry.

There are only two of us so I cut this in half not knowing how it would taste now I wish I had not.

HERE’S WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  1. Cauliflower – Pick the largest one you can find. Because, you’re going to regret not having more if you buy a little cauliflower.
  2. Cornstarch – This is used to coat the cauliflower and is also used in the sauce.
  3. Sauces – Soy sauce and ketchup are both used. One adds a familiar salty taste, while the other adds color, sweetness, and a deep tomato-y flavor.
  4. Brown Sugar – We use brown sugar for sweetness, but it will also help to thicken and caramelize the sauce.
  5. Garlic and Ginger – What’s an Asian-inspired dish without these two?
  6. Cashews – I used roasted, unsalted cashews. If you use salted, the overall dish might be a bit too salty in the end.
  7. Dried Red Chili Flakes – These are optional. I like a bit of heat, but they can be omitted.
  8. Optional- I added some cut up asparagus last night (2nd batch) was good addition. I needed to remember spring is around the corner.

Whoops forgot to Put the measurements in

For the Cauliflower:

  • 1 large cauliflower, washed, and cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 1 cup cashews, roasted and unsalted

How

PREPARE THE CAULIFLOWER FIRST:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish with olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Place the cauliflower into a large bowl and add in the 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Using your hands, gently toss the cauliflower florets until completely dusted with the corn starch.
  3. Remove the florets from the bowl, lightly shake off the excess corn starch and place into the greased baking dish.
  4. Bake cauliflower at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

NOW LET’S PREPARE THE SAUCE:

  1. In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk the water with the cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  2. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Note: last night I tried again and made sauce for 4 even though I only had 1/2 head. I had to cook a little longer once I added the sauce but was definitely worth it.

FINISHING UP:

  1. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and pour the sauce over top. Move the cauliflower around gently with a small wooden spoon to get the sauce underneath the florets. Bake for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from oven, add the cashews, and once again, lightly stir cashews into the cauliflower and sauce. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately.

IMPORTANT: READ THIS!

It is imperative that you shake off the excess cornstarch before attempting to bake the cauliflower. Once you have tossed the cauliflower with the half cup of cornstarch, depending on how big or small your cauliflower was, you might have an excess amount of cornstarch.

HOW TO REHEAT LEFTOVER CASHEW CAULIFLOWER:

  • Actually, this will be the last thing, and then I promise you can get to the recipe.  If you plan to make this ahead of time, keep in mind that the cauliflower will not hold up well to being reheated, but there is a way to get around that problem – somewhat!
  • Do not reheat this in the microwave!  It will become a steamy mush. Instead, carefully position each floret onto a greased baking sheet.  Leave room between each floret.  
  • Spray the top of the cauliflower with a little bit of cooking spray and place under the broiler.  Just a minute or so and you’ll have a reheated cauliflower dish without the mushy microwave mess.
Other things I’ve been making

Other things I’ve been making

Jicama Is a Fiber-Rich Powerhouse

Jicama Is a Fiber-Rich Powerhouse

As you may know we belong to Misfits which has been great help during these times. * If you decide to try use this code we both get a discount. COOKWME-FG1DCQ and when I saw the Jicama as a choice this week In grabbed it. It had been awhile since we discovered so i tried the ole faithful slaw and then tried chips and fries. I recently had made sweet potato chips so figure what the heck.

Jicama (HEE-kah-ma), sometimes referred to as yam bean, Mexican turnip, or Mexican potato, is an edible root vegetable native to Mexico.

The vines of the jicama plant can grow up to 20 feet in length, but the leaves and seeds are actually toxic. The root is the only edible portion of the entire plant—the tough brown skin that gives way to juicy, white flesh on the inside. The flavor is sweet and starchy—think of a cross between a water chestnut and an apple.

Many call jicama a superfood, equating it with kale, acai berries, and quinoa. Jicama, along with sunchokes, packs a prebiotic called inulin, a big contributor to a healthier gut. In addition, jicama is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Lastly, jicama is naturally low in calories, making it a smart starchy substitute for those watching their weight.

Salad or slaw depending on what you want to call it

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, then julienned or cubed (easiest to work with if you cut the jicama in half first)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 a large cucumber, seeded, chopped (optional)
  • 1 navel orange, peel cut away, sliced crosswise, then each round quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Pinch of paprika
  • Salt

How

Toss together the jicama, bell peppers, red onion, cucumber, orange, and cilantro in a large serving bowl.

Pour lime juice over all. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne and paprika. Season generously with salt.

2 Let sit a half an hour before serving.

Fries and Chips

Tried these in oven and Air-Fryer watch closely they will burn quickly

Air-Fryer
Oven
Air-Fryer

These are best served warm but did reheat nicely. You won’t get them super crispy but they good.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Jicama, peeled and cut into medium sized fries (1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
  • How
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • In a small bowl, combine spices. Gently toss the jicama fries with the oil and lime juice, then sprinkle with the spice blend.
  • Spread fries evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until fries are golden.
  • Serve immediately – they taste best hot out of the oven. 

Air-Fryer

same as above but watch closely and I turned half way through both methods. Oh the oven I made on a rack and used convection

First Pandemic Visitors

First Pandemic Visitors

I’m back, healthy and cooking. It has been awhile, but I really did not stop just hid in the house like most others these days. Being a senior, I decided to take a break from the outside world work on the house, garden and have been volunteering for some Presidential and Senate campaigns. So, if you are getting those text asking who you might be voting for or are you registered before you hit delete or ignore it could be me asking the question be nice.  Anyway, the other day we had Mike and Gail over for the first time since they became engaged. I cooked up a meal that was pretty good if I do not say so myself.

BBQ Vegetable kebabs of, yellow (summer) squash, zucchini, mushrooms, Onions yellow and, red bell pepper.

Teriyaki Steak tips from Dom’s the Patriots version is better in our opinion although these melted in your mouth. These I simply put on skewers and BBQed until done.

Herb rubbed Flank Steak see here this is one of our favorite recipes. I will add I have learned to rub off the marinade with paper towel and overnight marinating to 24 hours works best.

BBQ Corn- I soaked the corn in husk all day but I am sure 1 hour would work. Then BBQ on the grill for about 15 minutes. We were fighting a threat of a horrendous thunderstorm, SO Lyn took the husk off and wrapped in tin foil. Oh, the storm did happen we soon had a river in the road in front of the house, and it lasted for hours the storm and the river. It ahs been years since we saw storm to that extent.  

Here are a few corn you might like Roasted Corn Salad,  Local Corn, Ginger, Corn Chicken Soup

Anyway, after a little discussion and the fact that we all had been symptom free and Gail who is back to work was tested negative a few days before, that masks were not needed. Thank goodness it is hard to drink wine with a mask. Wine and cooking are just a natural thing to me. Was a great evening.

Well look at that I’m babbling something my family expects from me.

Enjoy your summer and remember to check to make sure you are registered to vote it’s easy it takes seconds click below. Encourage your friends and family to double check.