Friday, June 24, 2016

Peach Dumplings

This is another recipe from Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. These peach dumplings are a variation on apple dumplings using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Check out the recipe here!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Grocery Store Score!

I am constantly searching for healthy lunch and snack items. When I heard some mom friends talking about Boar's Head EverRoast Chicken, I had to give it a try. SCORE! My kids love it. This oven-roasted chicken is great on sandwiches, lettuce wraps, or just by itself. The herbs and spices around the edges of the meat give it THE BEST flavor! Luckily, my grocer's deli section carries Boar's Head. Hope your grocery store has it too!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I Think This Is A Frittata #Vegetarian

I'm sure I didn't invent this dish, but I'm not finding it on the interwebs today, so I can't link to a pretty version.

So I had some leftover spaghetti and some mushrooms and broccoli that were about to go to Jesus. I chopped up the mushrooms and broccoli and fried them in vegan margarine. Then I put in the drained spaghetti and cooked that until it was kind of crunchy. I beat some eggs (actually, I think it was one duck egg from the Lind farm, which equals three chicken eggs) with a bit of milk and poured that over the spaghetti and veg and covered the skillet. When the eggs were almost set, I slid the whole thing out and flipped it back into the skillet. In a minute or two, I slid it out again, folded it in half, and cut that in half so each of us had a wedge. I sprinkled the top with shredded cheese.

REALLY, REALLY GOOD!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Cap'n Crunch Chicken Strips


DSC_4257You read that right--Cap'n Crunch! My daughter discovered this recipe by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. Check out the recipe here. :) 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How Did You Find Your Fish, Madam?

I looked under the Lima beans.

Jasmine rice. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

Frozen tilapia. Melt margarine in a skillet. Sprinkle the tilapia with seasoned salt and dot it with margarine. Maybe sprinkle on some celery leaves and parsley. Put it in the hot skillet and cook it on medium heat for about seven minutes. When the margarine gets melty, sprinkle thickly with seasoned bread crumbs. Turn it over and cook it for about seven more minutes.

The bread crumbs get all toasty and the tilapia thaws and cooks just right.

I put the tilapia on the rice and the Lima beans on the tilapia and paprika on the beans.

What a feast!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ham and Cheese Omelette For Two

This recipe comes from Serious Eats and can be made in fifteen minutes.


Just as with scrambled eggs, the method by which the eggs are heated and stirred is the primary factor that determines what kind of omelette you end up with. This is my basic technique for diner-style omelettes with large, tender, browned curds and plenty of space for fillings.

This recipe is excerpted from J. KENJI LĂ“PEZ-ALT's book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science.




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Whisking the eggs with salt and letting them rest breaks down their protein structure, allowing the omelette to retain more moisture and stay tenderer as it cooks.

Combining the hot ham with the cheese gives it a head start on melting.
Finishing the omelette off-heat keeps it tender and moist.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Soda Pop Pop-Tarts

My family loves orange soda! We drink it straight out of the can and especially love it in an ice cream soda with a scoop of vanilla or orange sherbet. Years ago, I worked at a movie theatre. Taking advantage of the employee perk of free popcorn and soda, I found that orange soda was the absolute best beverage for washing down salty popcorn. Well, yesterday my husband requested that I buy Orange Crush Pop-Tarts on my next grocery trip. I never knew there was such a thing! The Pop-Tarts have an orange filling and vanilla frosting. If root beer is your thing, they have those too.