Tuesday, August 14, 2018

#Vegan Feast With Okra #OmitOkraToTaste

Me, I've come to like okra. Used to hate it. Slimy. Ugh! But now I think of it as liquid silk. Heavenly!

ANYWAY, we had this:
All from the local farmers market. Cucumbers and yellow tomatoes. Yellow squash sauteed in just a mere glaze of vegan margarine and sprinkled with Penzeys Old World Seasoning (I don't get paid to boost Penzeys, I just LOVE their seasonings). Small-to-medium okra pods drizzled in olive oil and salted, roasted at 400F for about 20 minutes, turning often. Just pick 'em up and bite 'em off at the stem. Yum!

I'm posting at my own blog about a NOT-vegan chicken stew.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Pot pie is one of those quick and easy meals that everyone likes. This version from Betty Crocker can be even more of a time-saver if you use a rotisserie chicken. As an added bonus, you can throw in any leftover vegetables you have handy if you need to use them up.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie


1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken 
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg


Heat oven to 400°F. In an ungreased 9-inch pie plate, stir vegetables, chicken, and soup.

In a medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.

Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Benedictine #Vegetarian

I grew up in Louisville, so I've been eating Benedictine all my life. I was surprised to learn it wasn't universally known, but it was invented by Jenny Carter Benedict, a caterer and restaurateur in Louisville and is pretty much regional. Like Hot Browns, which is WAY NOT vegetarian.

ANYWAY, summer is the best time for Benedictine, because you can get fresh cucumbers.

Here's my Benedictine:
and here's how I make it:


  • 1 8-oz package of cream cheese
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped or sliced
  • onion juice, powder, or minced
  • salt

Put the cucumber in a strainer or sieve over a bowl and sprinkle to taste with salt. Let sit for a bit so some of the juice runs out.

Miss Jenny only used the juice, but I and thousands like me use the cucumber, only adding the juice if necessary.

Put the cucumber, cream cheese, and onion to taste into a food processor and blend well. You can crush the cucumber with a fork, if you prefer, and mix everything with a fork. The result should be a very pale green. You can add a drop or two of food coloring, if you want to. I don't.

This is very refreshing, and great on toast, bagels, crackers, or croissants.

I'm posting at my blog today on the subject of a wonderful summer spread.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, August 3, 2018

One-Pan Pasta

This one-pan pasta dish from Martha Stewart is a delicious time-saver that helps you include healthy, wholesome ingredients. It cooks up in under ten minutes.

One-Pan Pasta


12 oz. linguine
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 1/2 cups water
12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 sprigs basil
Course salt and freshly-ground pepper
Parmesan cheese


Combine pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, oil, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and water in a large straight-sided skillet. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil mixture, stirring and turning pasta frequently with tongs until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated (about 9 minutes).

Season to taste with salt and pepper, divide among 4 bowls, and garnish with basil. Serve with oil and Parmesan.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Naan Pizza--YES!

Charlie has been buying commercially produced naan bread at the grocery, because they have it on sale nearly every week. In case you don't know what naan is, it's a flatbread, like pita.

He's still on his pizza kick, so we make pizza on naan bread.

We cut a piece in two, because he likes his with almost nothing on it, and I like mine piled with stuff. Here's a picture of mine:
That's olives, chopped summer sausage, and about fifteen cheeses. Ordinarily, I would also put mushrooms and onion on it, but I was too hungry to take the time to slice up the extra ingredients.

I'm posting today at my own blog about a new shipment from Penzeys Spices. Mmmmm.....

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, July 27, 2018

Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy

Leave it to Southern Living to come up with a simple but healthy meal which will also give you peace of mind when it comes to weeknight dinner preparation.

Below is the recipe, but please click on the link for photos and complete information:

Hamburger Steak with Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy


2 honey-wheat bread slices 
1 pound ground round 
1 large egg, lightly beaten
 2 garlic cloves, minced 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 
1 (1.2-oz.) envelope brown gravy mix 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms 
1 medium-size sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced 

How to Make It 

Step 1 Process bread slices in a food processor 10 seconds or until finely chopped. Place breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl; add ground round and next 4 ingredients. Gently combine until blended, using your hands. Shape into 4 (4-inch) patties. 

Step 2 Whisk together brown gravy mix and 1 1/2 cups water. 

Step 3 Cook patties in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or just until browned. Remove patties from skillet. Add mushrooms and onion to skillet, and sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in prepared gravy, and bring to a light boil. Return patties to skillet, and spoon gravy over each patty. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes. 

Step 4 Note: To make ahead, proceed with Step 1 as directed. Wrap each patty individually in plastic wrap, and place in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw frozen patties in refrigerator 8 hours; proceed with Steps 2 and 3. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Cauliflower Masala #Vegetarian

I don't know where this stuff comes from, but our grocery store sometimes puts out clearance items that I've never seen on the shelves. Maybe they're there and I just don't see them.

ANYWAY, a week or two ago, I saw and bought this.

I should have known better. It says Medium Heat, right on the package. Indian medium heat is like super hot heat to Charlie. So he didn't like this dish, but I did. Yay! I got to eat most of it!

That's chopped mushrooms and cauliflower florets. I wanted some peas in there, but I didn't have any, alas!

I'm posting at my own blog about a non-vegetarian dish I made in the Instant Pot.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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