Grilled potatoes and peppers above can be found here
These are so easy to make, one of my most requested and clean up is a breeze:
- 4 large potatoes
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 to 2 tbsp butter
- parsley or chives
- salt & pepper
Thinly slice each potato, layer one on each piece of foil, then layer sliced onion and parsley or chives. Melt butter and add garlic, drizzle equally over each potato. Wrap and seal foil. Grill, turning halfway through (about 15 minutes each side). Cook until potatoes are tender and onions crispy.
JeffreyW makes mouths water with this photo of his Beef and Barley Soup (with bonus foccacia recipe here)
It has been unseasonably cold here. Today was the first day that I could actually open the windows. So soup seemed like a good idea over the weekend. Chuck roast was on sale for the amazing price of $2.99 lb. So I bought several large pieces, cut them up to dinner size and a couple pounds up for soup and stew. First up was this soup.
Beef & Barley Vegetable Soup
- olive oil
- 1 lb chuck, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
- 6 to 8 cups of water
- 12 oz sliced carrots (frozen ok)
- 12 oz green beans (frozen ok)
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup barley
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1/2 to 1 tsp salt (more as desired. I use salt-free canned tomatoes, so I usually add more salt)
- 2 bay leaves (remove before serving)
Heat oil in saucepan, sauté onions for 1 minute, add beef and brown on all sides, add garlic and sauté for 1 minute making sure not to burn the garlic. Add remaining ingredients** and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 40 minutes to 1 hour, until barley is tender. Serve with biscuits or cornbread.
**Alternately – I blend tomatoes, and 6 oz of the carrots, 6 oz of the green beans, 2 stalks of the celery, 1 cup water into a smooth puree, to make a hearty base for the soup. Then I add the remaining veggies as directed above. I like the hearty stock.
- 4 oz can sliced black olives
- 2 oz jar sliced green olives
- 4 fresh mushrooms, washed & sliced
- 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
- 8 oz green beans, cooked & cooled
- 1 green pepper, seeded & sliced
- 1 banana pepper, seeded & sliced
- 4 green onions, sliced
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp basil, crushed
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 oz grated parmesan or Asiago cheese
Mix vegetables together in serving bowl. Blend vinegar, oil, basil & garlic then pour over vegetables and toss. Salt & pepper to taste. Garnish with cheese.
In a slow cooker it’s an 8 hour project. It takes several hours to boil one atop the stove. In my Instapot pressure cooker it took 90 minutes for the meat, and the veggies just a few minutes. There is additional time involved reaching temperature, and some spent winding down but this corned beef was so good I ran back to Kroger’s for two more that I’ll cook today to chill and slice for sandwiches.
Lots of love out there for thin crust pizza but we really like these cheese crust pies with plenty of toppings. This one has sausage, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, and pepper rings. We use the snack type string cheese to roll in the edges, it comes in various flavors and types but get the good stuff to be sure it melts nicely.I like to brush garlic infused olive oil on the crust edge and then give it a generous sprinkle of kosher salt.
I was tempted to use the entire 16 inch tannour loaf as a single gyro but better sense prevailed. (Note: That photo is of a typical tannour oven of a design thousands of years old, my loaf was made by more modern methods.) This one uses 1/4 of the loaf. Note the cunningly deployed mint stem used as a toothpick. LOL I think about buying some foil/paper wraps that street vendors use to hold one together. Every time I make these things and try to get a photo I am reminded that I have yet to do so.The slices of lamb/beef meatloaf are about the best that you can do at home, a serious gyro vendor will have a vertical rotisserie going. There are recipes all over the web for the meatloaf: I’ve used Alton Brown’s recipe to good effect. His uses all lamb, I’ve gone half and half with ground beef and added a few more spices – cinnamon and allspice. I add dill to his tzatziki sauce but mint works.
Scrolling through my recipes looking for ones I pulled together by rummaging around the pantry, freezer and refrigerator and came up with this one. Quick, easy and versatile.
- 9 oz pkg. fresh linguine pasta
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- 1 green or red pepper
- 4 green onions
- ½ tbsp crushed garlic
- 2 tsp dried basil
- ½ cup olive oil
- Optional: ¼ lb sliced pepperoni or ¼ lb cubed turkey
saucepan, large skillet
Fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
Chop tomatoes, pepper and green onions (use greens and whites). Heat oil in skillet, add onions, garlic and pepper, sauté until onions are golden, careful not to let garlic burn. Add pepperoni and turkey. Let simmer on medium to low medium heat.
Add pasta to water while ingredients simmer in skillet. Cook according to pkg. instructions.
Once pasta is al dente, add tomatoes to skillet, sauté 1-2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or pasta spoon, transfer pasta to skillet, letting most of the water drain before transferring. There should be just enough water on the pasta to create a nice sauce. If it seems too dry, add a few spoonfuls of the pasta water. Stir and serve with grated Parmesan.