Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Baked Potato Puffs


I know I promised to post my baked potato puffs. Usually I would take leftover (instant - cause I for some reason couldn't make mashed potatoes if I tried) and mix with an egg, a few tbs. of flour and cheese and then drop into oil. I would always have hot potato puffs. Yes, they were good, but I tried to be good this time.


Baked Potato Puffs

Ingredients:

2 cups or so of leftover potatoes (if they are instant, you might need to add some dry instant flakes to the mix cause they get kinda watery )

1 cup of grated cheese

2 eggs ( I used 3 because I really didn't measure out my potatoes.)

Seasoning (garlic powder, salt, pepper. I also had this cool spice mix from the veggie area at Krogers that was chives, garlic, and some other tasty bits )

Instructions:

For the mix, I mixed everything together (hold back a bit of cheese to sprinkle on top)then I brought the consistency to the batter of a fritter, hush puppy kinda.

Spray a muffin tin (really well) and put in oh, maybe a few tablespoons of the mixture. Top with a bit of cheese.

350 Oven for about 20 minutes.  Be sure to let cool a bit, they will come out easier, without tearing all up.


These were really tasty, didn't even miss that they weren't fried in oil. One of my family even reheated them in the microwave and they were still good.

So another score for me.. Another great leftover save..

If you have any to share, just holler sometime.

 I love recipes and I love sharing.

Ham Salad

Here is hoping that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that your blessings were over flowing..

We had as usual food upon food. And then some, but I use this opportunity to recreate other meals.

I pride myself on trying to use up all the food stuff I have before I go to buy more. I also try to incorporate what I have and then buy some to go with it. The price of groceries go up and I get more creative.

I had a wonderful teacher, my mother. She would make something out of nothing all the time. It always tasted so wonderful. When I make something she made, it takes me back to being little. Sometimes that is a wonderful feeling that you like to keep.

Today, I had the last bit of ham left from Thanksgiving.

I made Ham Salad. This is really easy and I think it is a great way to change up from a regular ham sandwich.

Sharing with you today..



Ham Salad

Ingredients:

Leftover chunks of ham (I cut mine into smaller chunks to put in my food processor, I sometimes use my Immersion blender, it has a little bowl to hook it to and it is a perfect size.)

sweet relish (add to your pleasing)

mayonnaise (to make it the way you would like your salad, I use very little just enough to hold it all together)

mustard (just a few squirts)

Instructions:

Process your ham done to the chunky texture you like (mine is itty small) and mix with the ingredients. Spread on your favorite bread and enjoy.

* My mother just recently told me that she started to use honey mustard in it. It is very yummy.

This is also good on crackers too.


On the saving note - here are some of the things I did with all my leftovers.

* boiled my turkey carcass and made turkey broth. I froze 6 quarts of that.

* took rest of turkey broth and put in shredded left over turkey, the peas, celery, carrots, onions and any other lonely veggie in the fridge and made a soup mixture. Made the broth really full of stuff.

* from the soup mixture I took out 3 quarts of mostly the mixture and maybe a cup of broth. Which I froze and will make into pot pies in the future..

* finally had atleast 2 quarts left of broth and veggies, which I added noodles and we finally had turkey soup.

*with my ham, I took and cubed it up and put into the snack baggies (I got about 12) and then put into a freezer bag. I then can take them as needed for pizzas, omlets, and salad toppings.

* I also took the time to make 4 turkey tv dinners. I fixed them on the sectional plastic plates I have then sealed a mealed them, plate and all. Pop into freezer.

*with the mashed potatoes I made potatoe puffs in the oven (will post that recipe on a separate post so I can keep them in some kinda order.

So there is what I have been up to..

You????

This spot is saved for a post.. will write it when i can

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lemon Pepper Salmon

I was having a terrible, horrible, terrible day. I was so down and out. Must be those menopausal hormones  combined with the really cold air which turns on that arthritis and leaves me walking like the Frankenstein. 

So I decided that I would cook a very much favorite of mine for my lunch. I am just love salmon. I usually can't afford it too often. I promise I couldn't get such a nice piece at an affordable price in a restaurant either.  A few weeks ago I was in Krogers and found some frozen that was a decent price.

I pulled it out in the morning and by the afternoon it was ready for me to make. So easy that I wanted to share it with you. You don't always have to go to a fine restaurant to find a great dish. It is as close as your refrigerator. The time was less than it would take to order it out.



Oh my, the picture just leaves my mouth watering. Actually made two pieces and fixed my dear husband a plate when he got home from work.

Lemon Pepper Salmon

lemon pepper seasoning (but if you have it I sometimes use a bit of sea salt, lemon zest and juice with grounded pepper) If you use the lemon pepper seasoning go easy, cause it is salty.

olive oil

a slice of salmon

salad greens (come pre-cleaned in a container at store)

balsamic vinegar

Easy Quick Instructions

To make the salmon, I put a generous amount of olive oil in pan and put in lemon pepper seasoning  (I pour all the pan on top of greens and it mixes with the balsamic vinegar on the lettuce, which in turns make a vinegarette)

Drop Salmon down on the oil and lemon pepper in the pan on low heat, Put a lid on. I would say just a few minutes (you can tell the flesh on the bottom start turning white, I wait till it is halfway before I flip it.)
Flip and do the other side. Do watch it, cause it can burn quick

In your bowl, put your salad greens and cover them with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. Then add the hot cooked salmon from the pan.

It is soooooo yummmmyyyyyy...

Another picture. I couldn't resist.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Stuffed Bagels



Stuffed Spinach Bagel


Hope this post is finding you and yours safe and well. I am trying really hard to keep finding new things to bring to this blog. I really love to cook, as you can tell. I also find alot of satisfaction in using up what I have. You know with the economy in the pits and I swear that groceries have doubled in price in the last year it is everything you can do to cut back on spending.

One of my favorite places, is the day old bread store. I actually love this place. When I was little we would all go to the swimming pool in Kanawha City and on the way home, my mother would stop in the bread store. She would always get bread, but also had a knack at getting really good bargains on snacks. With 6 kids you had to have some snacks and a bargain was the best. She would get the individual apple, cherry pies and pop them in the freezer. We would just eat them frozen. They are however good also heated for 30 seconds in the microwave. Chocolate donuts and white donuts were frozen too. No matter how much she bought they were all scarfed up for sure.

At my bread store, usually about Thursday, you can get 4 packages of bagels for $5.00 dollars. Same for their grain breads. I usually stock up in the freezer.

The bagels turn out to be what $1.25 for 6. Not a bad deal. My kids like them toasted, cream cheese and jelly. I keep track on whether they are getting eaten and usually when they seem like they have been sitting a few days and no ones eating them. I recreate them.

Let me explain, a great way to use these bagels.

I take a bagel, split in half and push down the inside and even take a bit of the inside and push into the hole, sealing it. It then becomes a boat. A small bowl for any kinda fillings.

Today, I had leftover spinach filling that I had last week, I even had extra that I keep in the freezer. I put about 2 tablespoons into the bagel bowl, sprinkled with shredded cheese and popped into oven.

other ideas:
*fill with scrambled eggs, sausage and cheese
*potatoes and cheese
*taco meat
*you could go sweet and maybe a peanut butter mixed with a bit of cream cheese
*or a pie filling then top with ice cream

These also would make for a nice dinner with a side salad.. I am in love with the greek salad now. So I make that all the time.

If you try this leave me a comment, I love feed back.

Well have a great day...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Corn Dog Maker

I have a new gadget I want to share...






The Corn Dog Maker.

I know, you are probably like me and flip through those magazines and look at all the neat kitchen gadgets, the popcorn machine, the cotton candy, and on and on. Well I decided to try out the Corn Dog Maker. One because my littlest eats a corn dog every morning for breakfast. Before anyone says that is not a very well rounded breakfast, this is always in addition to his other stuff, eggs, sausage and other such breakfast foods.

I posted this also on my other blog, because it can be so handy for anyone. I like it for the kids because it was quick, and very hand size friendly. For even adults it has turned out to be a quick easy meal. Really who doesn't like corn dogs.

Here is how I use it.


For Corn Dogs
(this makes almost the whole pkg of dogs, depends on how much you put in the wells)

1 box of Jiff corn bread mix (prepare like on box)

hot dogs cut in half

Popsicle sticks

non- stick spray.


Instructions:

Cut dogs in half and poke (I put it all the way in) with the sticks

Spray the cooker well. (you must do this each time)

Pour in 1 tablespoon of mix in well, press dog into it (with handle sticking out)

Pour about a teaspoon (or until you cover it) over the dog. This takes practice.

Close Machine ( I wait until the light goes on and off twice)

When cooked lift each out and let cool. They are very hot.

The finished product:


Pretty Right.

* These turned out really good today. I am experimenting with freezing them and see how they heat back up. If this works then it really will be cost effective from buying the already made ones. I will post when I get to try it out.

* Also you can wrap your dogs in a refrigerator biscuit and cook it that way too, they turned our really easy and good. Great for a party.

* You can also make a sweet batter and slip a candy bar inside and cook it. We did this and one you must cut the candy slim and then do the batter under it in the well and make sure batter is on top to complete a whole batter thing going on, so it will stay inside. Also remember to let everything cool, cause it is hot and it will burn bad.

So please if you ever want to try this gadget, It is cool in my books.

I am going to try the donut maker one next..Hahahahha...

So until I post again, enjoy my blog, sign up so I can send you one, and we will be connected..

Take care and have a great day!