Monday, October 31, 2011

Menu Plan Monday #21

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We're doing lots of tried and true recipes this week. I'm hoping next week to get a better menu planned out to where I'm not spending out that wazoo for groceries. I've been doing horribly with saving money lately!

Monday
Caramel Apple Rolls, Leftovers, Loaded Potato Soup

Tuesday

Wednesday
French Toast, rice and yogurt, Jalapeno Popper Burgers

Thursday
Caramel Rolls, "Lunchables", Chili's Monterey Chicken

Friday
Blueberry Muffins, Chicken nuggets and fries, Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas

Saturday
Cereal, Leftovers, Tex Mex Pork Chops


Sunday
Blueberry Crumb Coffeecake, Pizza crescents, Cheese Stuffed Meatballs and spaghetti

Secret Recipe Club: Brisket & Veggies

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Secret Recipe Club

My debut post for a new little shindig that I decided to participate in. :)

As most of you know, I love to share. If you haven't noticed, I love to share other sites, in addition to recipes. So I was happy to stumble across Secret Recipe Club (and CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE). Each month, I will get assigned a blog (SECRETLY) and I choose one recipe off their site to make and share with you all.

This month, I got the pleasure of getting a blog from a lovely lady in FRANCE. How cool is that? I haven't had the chance to travel the world yet, so I adore any chance to be connected to someone on another side of the world. I'm so happy to share with you a recipe from Karen Booth from Lavender and Lovage.

Karen has an incredible journey through the culinary world and takes some phenomenal photographs of the dishes she makes. Make sure you check out her blog!

I chose her Slow Cooked Brisket of Beef with a Medley of Root Vegetables. I've always been curious about brisket and I was reminded while watching an episode of Big Bang Theory...Wolowitz's mom made him some and it looked delicious. I guess I forgot about it again, so I was pleasantly pleased to find this recipe on Karen's blog! :)

I had to make some modifications to the recipe - one of which I was incredibly mad about. Our commissary had brisket the week before - the size I needed and all, but their meat always goes bad quickly so I held off to get it. Boy was that a mistake! I ended up having to buy a preseasoned one...it's all they had, unless I wanted to spend $80 for a huge one. It was also "enhanced with a solution" - ew! I'm hoping to get a unseasoned one next time I make this recipe so I can get more of the authenticity of it.

(Printable Version)
What you need:
  • Around a 3 lb. beef brisket
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 4 onions, sliced into thick rings
  • 6 carrots, peeled and sliced thickly
  • 1 cup water with a beef bouillion cube dissolved in it
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
*Karen's recipe also includes a swede (rutabaga), 2 large parsnips, and 1/2 turnip - none of which I could find...thanks to our lovely selection of produce here in New York - hint of sarcasm...did you pick up on it? She also uses 1 tbsp. mushroom ketchup - I've never heard of this and had no clue where I might find it. My family doesn't like mushrooms though, so we just omitted.

Directions:

Season brisket with salt and pepper and mustard powder.

Place all veggies into the bottom of your slow cooker.

Add the brisket on top of the veggies.

Mix your Worcestershire sauce into your beef "broth" and if you have mushroom ketchup, mix it with it too. Pour over the veggies carefully, as not to get it on the meat. Cook on low for 8 to 11 hours.

You can make a gravy out of the juices,  if desired. Serve with greens and/or potatoes!
We're also using our leftover brisket for another recipe later this week :)

Recipe from Lavender and Lovage

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

**Sunday Social - 10.30.2011**

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Little late on today's post because we were Halloweening it up at our friends' last night. Look how awesome we looked - we did Lady Gaga in Born This Way and her little counterpart guy.
Matthew didn't want to wear his costume and Cami was too interested in the kittens to slow down enough for me to get one of her. Today we're carving pumpkins and watching spooky movies. :) I really love this time of the year! So now on to some good foodie finds!

{Fantastical Favorites this week}


And check out my favorite Pinterest food this week: HERE

{Around the Web Favorites this week}
The photos below are the property of the owner of the blog that has been linked to! do not own any rights to these photos at all. I just wish to share the deliciousness with you! All recipes have been Stumbled and Pinned :)


Salted (& Other) Caramel Apples ~ Pioneer Woman

Source: thepioneerwoman.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Twix Caramel Popcorn ~ Two Peas and Their Pod

Source: twopeasandtheirpod.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Berry Cream Cheese ~ Beantown Baker

Source: beantownbaker.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole ~ Recipe Girl

Source: recipegirl.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Candy Bar Pudding ~ Taste & Tell

Source: tasteandtellblog.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Carrot Cake Truffles ~ Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Source: confessionsofacookbookqueen.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Caramel Filled Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats ~ Real Mom Kitchen

Source: realmomkitchen.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole ~ Evil Shenanigans

Source: evilshenanigans.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Ooey Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Blondies ~ Two Peas and Their Pod

Source: twopeasandtheirpod.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Raspberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast ~ Beantown Baker

Source: beantownbaker.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Pumpkin Twinkie Dessert ~ Life as a Lofthouse

Source: life-as-a-lofthouse.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Cheesy Potato Skins ~ Favorite Family Finds

Source: favfamilyrecipes.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Homemade Crispy Potato Tots ~ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Source: sweetpeaskitchen.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Spiced Pumpkin Martini ~ My Life as Mrs.

Source: mylifeasamrs.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Hope y'all have a great week and a spooky Halloween!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Beef Fajita Nachos

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So I got a little lazy on the original recipe and kind of fused Ree Drummond's recipe with my steaky hita recipe and this is what I came up with. The only real difference is that she marinated her steak.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

~Twisted Thursday - 10.27.2011~

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting #15

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I need to calm down on my sweets pinning but I can't help it...all these droolworthy pictures.


Reese's Cheesecake Brownies

Source: chef-n-training.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Christmas Cookies - must make these!! So cute!

Source: ouritaliankitchen.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Cherry Crisp in a Jar - I love cherries!

Source: mykitchenaddiction.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Reindeer Feed - this too.

Source: utahdealdiva.com via Sarah on Pinterest

S'Mores Cookies

Source: realmomkitchen.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

Source: sisterwisdom.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Pumpkin Crunch Cream Pie

Source: mrfood.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake

Source: painlesscooking.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Raspberry Limeade Slushies

Source: fuckyeahfitspo.tumblr.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Salted Caramel and Vanilla Baked Cheesecake

Source: greedygourmand.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Praline Crumb Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Source: bettycrocker.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Chili Seasoning Mix

Source: aseasonforallthings.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Hairy Legged Spider Cookies

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Pumpkin Poppers

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Lunch Lady Sloppy Joes

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Plan Monday #20

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I'm really excited that I didn't have to choose most of this myself, but I absolutely love trying new recipes out. The brisket is in the crockpot and Pioneer Woman's French Toast with Berry Butter was epicly delicious! I hope to have the crescent rolls up soon because they were also too too delicious.

Monday
French Toast with Berry Butter, Eating Out, Brisket with Root Veggies

Tuesday
Caramel Apple Rolls, Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese and Chips, Cheesy Tuna Shell Casserole

Wednesday
Blueberry Muffins, Leftovers, Texas Trash (with leftover brisket)

Thursday
 Goody Poody Pancakes, Mac'n'cheese (probably with hamburger and Rotel), Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

Friday
Mini Frittatas, Pizza Crescents, Hamburger Casserole with Hawaiian Sweet Bread
 
Saturday
Morning Mix Up, Leftovers, Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar
 
Sunday
Caramel Rolls, Amazing Homemade Pizza Rolls, Chili's Fajitas Copycat
 
Extras 
Pumpkin Crescent Rolls, Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats

Chicken, Jalapeno, and Cheddar Casserole

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This was one of my husband's choices for our menu this week. I think he'd eat anything as long as it had chicken, jalapenos and cheese in it.

(Printable Version)
What you need:
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into rings
  • 3 jalapenos, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 onion, cut into half-rings
  • 1 garlic clove or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Generously salt and pepper your chicken and place in a dish.
Cut/slice all veggies and heat oil in a pan. Saute until they are soft.


Top chicken with veggies and bake for 20 minutes.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic or garlic powder.

Add flour and mustard powder, stirring to prevent lumps. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add milk while stirring. 
Then season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne, if your jalapenos are more mild.

Add cheese and stir until melted. Adjust seasonings accordingly.

Take chicken out and adjust oven temperature to 475.
Pour cheese sauce over chicken and veggies, then cook for another 10 minutes.

Serve with noodles or rice (top with cheese sauce), if desired.
    Recipe from Kayotic Kitchen

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