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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Apple Cucumber salad


I made this to go with steak tonight for dinner!

Cut one cucumber in half lengthwise and the into half moons as thin or thick as you like.

Cut one apple into chucks equal to the size of the half moons.

small dice a 1/4 onion

add 2 tbsp thyme

drizzle olive oil over salad

add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar.

sprinkle blue cheese crumbles in salad.




Monday, July 25, 2011

Yumeee Gumbo

We went out to eat and the restaurant had Jambalaya. It was so delicious I decided I wanted to make some this week. First, I researched the difference between Jambalaya and Gumbo because though it was labeled as Jambalaya, I thought it was Gumbo. I was indeed correct. Jambalaya has only andouille sausage while Gumbo has a variety of meats.

Here is what I came up with:

olive oil and 1/2 stick butter

3-4 tbs chopped garlic

1/2 bag frozen okra

1 onion julliened

1 lb stewing beef --cut into bite size pieces

1/4 cup flour- i use whole wheat flour

4 tbs thyme

1tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

1 can of whole tomatoes--WITH liquid--chopped into quarters

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup water

3 medium sized andouille sausage

one dozen medium shrimp

hot sauce to taste

2-4 cups of brown rice

The prep was done on the stove but I simmered in the crock pot after that.

In a large pot put 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp butter

heat oil and melt butter then add onions and okra

add one tbsp thyme

saute until tender crisp

put into crock pot

add 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup flour-- melt and incorporate until a chocolate brown color and consistency,

add beef and brown

add one tbsp thyme

Put beef into crock pot

in large pot-add stock and scrape the piece from the bottom of the pan with a whisk

add water

add tomatoes

add 1 tbsp thyme, salt and pepper

add liquids to crock pot

add last of thyme

Stir and cook for 4 hours in crock pot on low

take off lid and add sausage and shrimp

Cook another 30 mins-- take out gumbo for children or people who do not like spicy and then add hot sauce to taste to the remainder. I used about 1/4 cup and added more to my bowl.

Serve with rice and salad.

I made Cucumber and apple salad--cut large chunks of gala apples and cucumbers, add 2 tbsp thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar.

very refreshing to the spice of the gumbo




Monday, July 11, 2011

Sausage and Peppers

1 package of sweet sausage
1 package of hot sausage ( if you dont like spicy, leave these out)
3 tbs chopped garlic
olive oil
1 medium onion
1/4 each of red yellow and green bell peppers -- more if you like peppers, i don't LOVE peppers.
1 large can tomato sauce
2 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp italian seasoning

in a skillet brown the sausage on all sides in 2 turns of the pan olive oil. (will not be cooked through)
remove sausage to crock pot
2 more turns of oil
add chopped garlic, onions julliened as well as peppers julliened in thin slices. Thick if you like peppers.
saute to crisp tender
remove to crock pot
pour in tomato sauce and sprinkle a layer of garlic powder and italian seasoning over sauce.
stir cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Can serve with spaghetti or eat on sandwiches.