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Rice, Pickles & Fish Chowder


Is anyone out there Rice Challenged?   By this I mean – I can not cook rice on the stovetop. I have no idea why – its like a mental block.  We eat rice all the time so Thank Goodness for my rice cooker.

How did this happen?  I used to make rice on the stove top all the time – never had a problem wild rice, brown rice, basmati, jasmine – whatever!  I don’t understand how it is that I can make a 3 course  sit down dinner for  20 without batting an eyelash, but without my trusty rice steamer – plain ‘ol rice either crunchy or watery ?

The other thing I am totally challenged with is making pickles – don’t ask me – somewhere along the way I have lost my ability to make my own pickles so now I just steal  am given pickles by my Mother In Law.  (ya!) I figure if these are my two biggest challenges in the kitchen – no big deal – there are always ways to avoid them!  Hubby makes great rice!  My rice steamer and plenty of local pickle makers around for me to get my pickle fix on with!

Do you have any things that challenge you in the kitchen – that really shouldn’t?  Share!

My recipe today is our Dinner from last night – Fish Chowder – and o sooo good!

(sorry about the crappy picture quality – I can’t find my good camera) ahoy – ya ever been to sea Billy?…..Hearty Fish Chowder

Ingredients:
1/4 c butter
1/2 large Onion – chopped
1/2 each of a yellow and orange bell pepper – diced
4 dashes cayenne  pepper or Louisiana type hot sauce
3 cup fish stock
3TB (1.5oz) lemon juice
1 – 2 LB Basa Fillets
100 g shrimp (thats all I had add a LB if you have it!)
Any other seafood you want to add – scallops etc
3 cups white potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
2/3 cup chopped cooked bacon (or we use extra lean bacon style ham)

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins

2 cup 1% milk
1 – 12 oz can (370 ml) evaporated milk
1 tsp sea salt
1tsp black pepper
1 cup frozen corn
Method:
Fish or Shrimp Stock:  
Peel shrimp – add tails and peels to a saucepan filled with water, 1 large green pepper quartered, tomato (optional), 1 onion quartered, about  1TB thyme, any fish bones or skin you may have or if you are not using shrimp in the recipe – open a can of salmon (packed in water) and pour the salmon water into the sauce pan and add 1/2 a can of salmon to your stock, Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour or longer. (Hint:  make extra and then freeze it in 1 cup sections – those mini snack bags hold a cup).

Method for Fish Chowder:   In a large stock pot – melt butter, add onions and peppers and cook until soft.  Add fish stock and bring to a boil, add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Add fish/seafood, bacon, and lemon juice, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add milk and evaporated milk, salt, pepper and hot sauce.  Simmer for a few minutes add frozen corn and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Serve with homemade cornbread muffins for a heart comfort food meal!  EnJOY

I love hearing your feedback – let me know what you think!

From my Kitchen to yours Happy & Healthy Eating

Joy

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Top 3 Easy less than 6 ingredient recipes – Cajun Shrimp Pie (sorta), Penne and Cranberry Apple Pork Chops Recipes!


Here is my quick – using up the leftovers in the fridge recipes.  These are great for that busy season – and to use up any leftovers.

Now I do have to point out that the Cajun Shrimp Pie was originally a recipe my Mom made for us when were kids  and she always called it Cajun Shrimp Pie – why I’m not sure.  Now that I am older and cook I look at the ingredients and other than the thyme … and the shrimp. In any case, I (of course) switched it up a bit, but none the less its great for left over rice.

The Penne Primavera (ish) recipe is an easy way to use up a few left over veggies and lemons.

The Pork Chops – well great to use up that one last apple, and the frozen cranberries in the fridge.

Here we go!  Another culinary mission is a foot!

Cajun Shrimp Pie

I apologize – I didn’t actually take a picture until it was in the oven, and there are a couple more than 6 ingredients in this one but still easy!

Ingredients
Crust
3 cups (a little more or less is fine) cooked rice
2 eggs – beaten
1 TB butter melted

Filling:
1 Cup uncooked med shrimp + 1/4 c salted water (my mom always used 1 small tin of salad shrimp & liquid but we prefer “real” shrimp 🙂
1 small onion – chopped finely
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas

2 TB cornstarch mixed with 4 TB water

1/4 tsp Thyme

Optional 4 slices processed cheese

Optional – hot sauce – we use Bayou Butt Burner Hot Sauce (2-3 glubs of it)

In a bowl, mix cooked rice, beaten eggs and butter together and press into a sprayed pie plate to form a “crust”

In a saucepan saute onions, add shrimp (if using uncooked), when onions are softened and shrimp is cooked add milk, and bring to a slow simmer, reduce heat, add cornstarch mixture, and thicken, add peas and thyme and salted water, allow to simmer for a couple of minutes.  Pour into rice crust.  Top with slices of processed cheese (you can try brick cheese, but processed works nicely :))  Bake at 375 for about 25-35 minutes(until slightly browned) and cheese is bubbling.

Prep Time 5 minutes, baking time about a 1/2 hr.   Leftovers make great lunches!  You could also make this into a “seafood pie” by adding crabmeat and scallops to the shrimp mixture.  Play with it – enJOY.   Serves with a salad.

Easy Cranberry – Apple Pork Chops

  Ingredients:

4-5 Boneless Pork Chops (small)
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1 apple – peeled, cored sliced
1 c apple juice (or cider)
1/3 c  cranberry juice

In a sauce pan, on a med-high heat a little oil or spray with non-stick spray.
Add chops – and brown – don’t worry about cooking them through.  Once they are browned reduce heat to low-med and add juices, and rest of ingredients.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Uncover and cook for an additional  minutes or until liquid reduces a little.  Serve with a baked potato, salad and roasted demonica squash.

Hint the liquid is awesome over the roasted squash.  EnJOY!

Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15-20 min

Primavera-ish – Clearing out the Crisper Penne

Boil 1/2 or 3/4 box of penne according to directions.
In the meatime:

Heat a saucepan to med- high, add whatever left over veggies (we had some chicken so I threw that in too) you have – we had 2 small fingerling sweet potatoes (peeled and sliced into long slices), broccoli, chicken breast, onion or whatever you have (green beans, carrots, parsnips, asparagus etc) Add the juice of 2-3 lemons, and the zest of 1 lemon, add about 1 c of chicken stock (or veggie stock – I happened to have chicken stock), a ton of basil (1/4 c of dried).  Saute/simmer until veggies are cooked, add pasta and simmer for a few more minutes. Add peas.  Serve & enJOY

Prep Time – 5 minutes  Cooking time: 20 min.

Hope you enJOYed (ok ok I will give the JOY thing a rest 🙂  ) these simple and healthy (well except for the process cheese business) ready to eat in no time meals!  Don’t forget to like this post & leave a comment!

Tried any of my recipes?  I want to know how it turned out leave me a comment!

From my kitchen to yours, Healthy & Happy Eating!

Joy

Last Minute Red Beans & Rice


You know those days that you take something out of the freezer to thaw – and think – I’ll figure out a plan later then all of a sudden its 3:45pm and you have no idea what to do with it?  … or is that just me? In any case – that was my situation yesterday afternoon.  At about 3:30pm I realized I had thawed the chorizo (a Spanish sausage) and had no inspiration, and no peppers in the house. Sausage, peppers, onion and potato bake is my “go to” when I am feeling uninspired to come up with something – also a family favourite so at least it works out.  I did what any idea-less foodie would do – I called upon (tweeted) to a few of my foodie friends for suggestions!   @hotpinkapron tweeted back that she was making some red beans and rice with Portuguese sausage – and I though – YUP thats what I want! Obviously from my past posts – you’ve caught on that I really really like southern foods (see my gumbo recipe).   However – I was making dinner for  6pm or so – and didn’t have time to soak my beans and simmer them the way you should (I know I know sacrilege @MSQueenFoods)so I though – what the heck – lets do this the o’ol fashion – hmmm what have I got in the cupboard to make these with?  I gotta say – these were some of the best red beans I’ve made!  Hubby and I each had  servings, my  year old practically licked her plate and my 4 year old – ate most of his (he’s not a big dinner eater – unless its Spaghetti & Mommy’s Meatballs, Mommy’s Taco’s or Mommy’s Pizza …. go figure) . (recipes to  be posted shortly!)

The “Joy” of Red Beans and Rice – southern style – Joy-ified 🙂

 Ingredients:

  •  8 cups of canned kidney beans (rinsed & drained)
  • (this is equivalent to a large commercial 100 oz sized can of kidney beans )
  • 1 1/4LB (approx 500g) Chorizo (chopped)
  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1/2 c tomato sauce (I had some leftover homemade so I threw it in – you could just use tomatoes)
  •  1TB minced garlic
  • 2 Tsp HOT Cayenne Pepper Sauce (like Lousianna Sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  •  3-4 small (2 large) bay leaves
  • 2 TB dried parsley
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 LB onion diced
  • white parboiled rice
  • optional:  Additional hot sauce like the Gator sauces line or Melinda’s  to add at the table.

Method:
In a large saucepan saute the garlic and onion in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) for a few minutes until onions are soft, add parsley and bayleaf, add chorizo and cook until no longer pink.

Add beans, chicken stock, and the rest of the spices (except optional additional hot sauces). Simmer stirring occasionally for 45 min- an hour.   Cook rice, serve red beans over rice (some people like the rice added in and some like it over the top.  I added steamed asparagus for a veggie.

Enjoy!  From My Kitchen to Yours – Happy & Healthy Eating!

In the soup… potato soup that is!


September 1 has come and gone … what happened to the summer anyway?  With Sept bring thoughts about “Back to School” (is anyone else singing “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” in their heads when the phrase Back to School is spoken?)  Back to school, back to routine, and back to the basics – and there is nothing more basic than a nice bowl of soup.  Perhaps my mind in stuck on soup because I have a wicked head cold and the medication has me all drugged up and creative   everyone knows that soup is a great comfort food when you are sick…. or on a cold day …. or when you don’t feel like cooking …. take your pick.

Over the weekend I catered my parents 45th Anniversary Party/BBQ and we hosted a Baked Potato Bar.  Never heard of one?  They are awesome – so many people commented that it was such a great idea!  Easy to do – wash, wrap potatoes in tinfoil and roast for an hour at 400 ahead of time (we roasted more than 75!!) (hint: split them in half first or partially so they are easier to dress later), then remove from oven and put in insulated cooler to keep hot.

When you serve – take some out of the cooler and  throw them into a big bowl for people to choose (we made smaller ones as we were serving tons of food and appy’s ahead of the meal).  Toppings can be placed in bowls and let people dress them as  they want – we used:  shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, fried onions, fresh salsa, sour cream, chipotle sour cream, (real) bacon bits, butter, margarine etc.   Other things I have included are chili or vegetarian chili etc.

Now what has all this got to do with soup you are wondering! Ha! Wfell let me tell you!  We ended up having a lot of extra baked potatoes (just due to the amount of food we had not anything to do with the taste!)  so we made some hashbrowns with with left over sausages, fried onions and some potatoes (added some rosemary and sage and baked them in the oven for brunch the next day), made a bit of potato salad, and still had some left over…. what to do, what to do…. Now I LOVE (yes in all caps! LOVE) Baked Potato Soup but traditionally it is made with bacon, bacon fat, sour cream and heavy cream so I thought I would rehab it and make it a little more appealing to my lifestyle (and health style!).

Here’s what I came up with:

Joy’s Baked Potato Soup Makeover

Ingredients:

  • 6 Large Baked Potatoes
  • 4 green onions white part only – chopped, reserve green part for garnish later
  • 5 -6 c vegetable stock (I make my own)

  • 4 organic carrots – shredded (if using organic just scrub them – if non organic, peel then shred them)
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 1-2 TB Basil
  • 2TB minced garlic (to taste)

  • 1/4 tsp salt(to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)
  • dash hot sauce (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 pieces peameal bacon
  • 1/3 c all purpose flour
  • 1/3 c EVOO or butter or margarine

Use 6 large (or in my case 12 or 13 small) baked potatoes, use a spoon to scoop out the inside.  Place in bowl and chopped into small pieces (I chop it right in the bowl – it doesn’t have to be pretty!)

Add shredded carrots.

carrots, potatoes, green onions

In dutch oven or deep saucepan, fry peameal bacon.

Remove to cutting board and dice.

Add to pan (there will be very little fat so don’t rinse it) green onion and garlic saute for a minute add other spices (you can use whatever spices you like  – I used bay leaves, garlic, basil).  Mix, remove to bowl or plate  while you make the roux.

In the hot pot, add flour and EVOO (or butter or margarine), and cook stirring until thickened.   Do not let it burn!

Add milk slowly, while mixing.

Once all the milk has been added in, add 3 cup of vegetable broth, the bacon, potatoes and carrots back into the pot, stir and let simmer for 30  mins (it will thicken even more) or longer.   Add more vegetable stock as desired.  ( I kept 1 c out and added it the next day).  If you plan on freezing the soup, add a bit of extra stock and mix before freezing.

Add salt and pepper as desired.

Top with cheddar cheese, green onions, and (if desired) sour cream).

Serve with fresh cornbread muffins (not the sweet ones the real southern cornbread muffins).

The upside – besides tasting awesome – you have a comfort food that pumped up the veggies by adding the carrots, reduced the saturated fat, by using peameal bacon and 1% milk, and punched up the taste without adding too much salt (using the spices) – don’t be afraid of people adding salt at the table – then at least they have a choice of how much salt to add.

Makes about 8 cups

Breakdown:  Calories: 319.3, Fat 10.6 g Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 4.6mg, Sodium 180.7mg, Carbohydrates 46.7g, Fiber 4.7g, Sugars 8.1 Proteins 7.2g.

From my kitchen to yours …. Happy & Healthy Eating!