Much Simpler menu this year, only Lyn and Me.

Normally we host about 20 friends and family but with the way things are this year it was just Lyn and I so as the title mentions was much easier than usual on me. We decided on Ravioli Puttanesca and Lyn made lemon meringue without the pie crust. both were great. Usually we would make soup, brisket, lasagna, ravs, chicken cutlets, chicken piccata, pasta, meatballs and sauce, and other stuff.

Quick Goulash with what I had

As I mentioned Lyn is fasting this week and I get to make what I want. I decided to make American Goulash and discovered that I did not a can of diced tomatoes and did not feel like opening a large can of ground tomatoes. So I ad libbed. I also used smoked paprika.

What I did was mix ketchup with the chicken broth and diced what little I had of cherry tomatoes left from Misfit Market. I had chopped green peppers and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Was a good supper and lunch today. Lyn was mad she kept complaining it smelts so good.

Right now I’m waiting for Charlie Baker to give an pandemic update and all that is on screen is his sign person who is looking very nervous walking back and forth and I think talking to himself.

Chicken thigh stir fry

Lyn is fasting this week so I get to cook what I want, wahooo. Last night I made a what do I have stir fry.

Ingredients

  • Chicken thigh cut into 1 inch pieces.
  • Diced green and red pepper
  • Diced green beans
  • unsalted peanuts
  • Diced sweet onion
  • Diced celery
  • Four mixed with pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder

Sauce

  • Nothing was measured justed mix together
  • low sodium soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • Red pepper flakes.Rice wine vinegar
  • honey
  • NOW TASTE and adjust
  • A little cornstarch and mixed again

How

  • Put the flour mixture in a plastic grocery veggie bag add chicken and shake to cover. I like to blow the bag with air twist and then shake.
  • heat over medium high heat oil in wik or fry pan
  • Shake off excess flour and add chicken – you may have to do in batches depending on how much you have.
  • Fry the chicken until just about done tossing to crisp all sides. and put aside
  • take all the other veggies and stir fry about 4 minutes until semi soft.
  • Add checien back in and mix, ass peanuts and sauce mix to coat and thicken the sauce.

NOW EAT

I normally would have added scallions but did not have any left.

Today’s lunch

Left over rice

The other day I made some rice for a side dish, nothing fancy just plain jasmine rice. For the side I added some brown sugar and raisins but did not use all the white rice. I figured I would use it for some soup but never got there.

I made stuff pepper with rice, diced sweet onion, ground sirloin, tomatoes sauce and a little red wine vinegar. I also had some green beans that were starting to look peaked so I dice them and added it. Cook inside a half of green pepper with a little water on the bottom of the pan and topped with cheese and turned on the broiler when the pepper had cooked enough.

HAd some of the filling left so today for lunch I made a burrito of sorts. Added salsa and some some cheddar cheese to top it off.

Again nothing fancy just stretching what I had.

And then…..the new air-frier attachment.

Cauliflower Coates chicken and Fry’s.

We loved the air-frier that Missy gave us a few years ago but a few weeks ago it died. We ordered the air-frier attachment for the instantpot and finaly used it tonight. Should say we ordered just as Amazon started with up to 1 month delivery for no. Essential items. What the heck do they know.

I was nervous because it seemed so much smaller so I baked the chicken and air-fried the potatoes. They actually came out pretty good and it has a built in turn food mode, in this case shake. I’ll have to fool around with the timing but feeling better about it. Ribs are calling me.

Other things I cooked during the stay in place orders

I love cooking and trying new things and being ordered shelter in place i’ve done a lot more. I’m trying to keep it interesting for Lyn but as I am sure you all we have both gained a little weight. Even with my almost daily 3-4 mile walks through the woods it’s been tough.

Baked potato tops with cheese, avocado and chilli, yes the potato is under there somewhere
Red Onion Relish
Veggie broth made from scraps good for soup base
Breakfast for supper
Salad for lunches with any leftover proteins or not
Lots of this
Salad and cauliflower crust pizza
Chicken cacciatore sort of with lentil pasta , got to use what you have
spaghetti and meatballs
Ravioli Puttanesca but added sundried tomatoes good addition
Roasted Veggies
Boredom
A very bland recipe for lettuce wraps not to be repeated
air fryer chicken
American Goulash
A much better lettuce wrap chicken cooked from the gut

And more……tonight Broiled BBQ-Spiced Rubbed Salmon

Thank Goodness we have a freezer for Butcher Box and Misfit Market

Stay safe and go wash your hands

Lyn and Steve

Slow Cooker Texas Smoked Beef Brisket

Slow Cooker Texas Smoked Beef Brisket

Yup another brisket recipe, told you I love brisket.

I usually don’t like the texture of meat cooked in a crock pot it always seems on the dry side to me. I think this is just personal preference. This recipe came out good and when topped with my BBQ sauce it was very tasty. I had this sliced and pulled on a bun. It’s a very easy recipe to throw in the slow cooker walk away and get very hungry every time you enter the room.

Ingredients

Brisket Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Cooking Brisket
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef brisket
  • Barbeque Sauce: see my Texas-Style BBQ Sauce
  • 3/4 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1/4 cup water (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/2 onion, sliced into rings

How

  1. Mix paprika, pepper, salt, brown sugar, chili powder, and cumin together in a bowl; rub evenly over the surface of the brisket. Put brisket in a large, resealable plastic bag; refrigerate 30 minutes to overnight.
  2. Stir barbeque sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke together in the bottom of a slow cooker. Lay brisket into the sauce mixture. Arrange onions atop the brisket.
  3. Cook on Low until brisket is very tender, 6 to 7 hours. Scrap the fat cap off with spatula or knife. Rest brisket 10 minutes before slicing or shredding; serve with sauce.
Steak Tips with Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce from the Boston Globe

Steak Tips with Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce from the Boston Globe

I’ve posted the Hill Top steak tips recipe before, I remember the Hill Top well, ate there 2 -3 times a week when I was a theater manager in Saugus and Peabody. There were three of us from local theatre and Big Rosie the waitress. We would take care of her with passes and she would come out halfway through the meal apologize that it was not made right and return with a new order for our take home leftovers.

From the globe: Steak tips are a distinctly New England cut. They’re sometimes called sirloin tips (because they can be cut from the sirloin, but also from the tenderloin, flank, or other tender beef), and families have been making them for weeknight suppers or backyard barbecues for decades. You can use steak tips, sliced thinly, for a stir-fry with vegetables, but they’re also a very quick dinner on their own with a little sauce. 

First let them marinate in fresh ginger, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard for an hour or a day. Then sear them in a hot skillet — this takes five minutes — and make a pan sauce with mushrooms and red wine. The downside is that the meat can be expensive, because you’re buying ends of high-priced cuts. The upside is that dinner is ready in minutes and though it’s a little retro, it’s delightfully familiar and delicious.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1½ pounds steak tips (cut from sirloin or tenderloin), cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ pound mixed mushrooms (shiitake, cremini or baby portobello, button)
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

1. In a bowl, combine the Worcestershire sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, mustard, and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Stir well. Add the steak tips, stir well to coat them all over, and cover. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 1 day, turning several times.

2. Transfer the steak to a plate and pat it dry with paper towels. Reserve any marinade in the bowl.

3. In a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the steak in one layer. Cook without disturbing for 3 minutes. Turn and cook the undersides for 3 minutes more. Remove from the pan and transfer to a clean bowl (not the marinade bowl).

4. Without wiping out the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the mushrooms with a pinch of salt and pepper. Lower the heat, and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.

5. Add the wine and stock or water with any reserved marinade from the bowl. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and let the mixture bubble steadily for 6 minutes, or until it is reduced and starts to look syrupy.

6. Return the steak tips to the pan with any juices that accumulated in the bowl. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often, or until the steak tips are heated through. Sprinkle with parsley.

Sheryl Julian can be reached at sheryl.julian@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sheryljulian.