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Sunday, January 30, 2011

NFL Superbowl Worthy Sloppy Joe's Made Easy!

These Sloppy Joe's will e a huge hit with the Men watching the Superbowl game as well as the kids. This easy recipe can be made any time as well as being made ahead and reheated.

  • 2 cups onion chopped
  • 3 lbs. ground beef or ground chicken or ground turkey
  • 2 cups Open Pit Barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup yellow prepared mustard
  • 1/2 Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • slices of cheddar or American cheese (optional)
  • 24 slider buns or 12 hamburger buns
Heat 1 1/2 tbsp oil in large pot. Saute the chopped onions 3 to 4 minutes until just tender.

Add the ground beef, cook until browned stirring often. Drain.

Add the cooked ground beef back to the pot and add the barbecue sauce, mustard, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer about 15 minutes. Spoon onto buns, top with cheese and serve.

You can also set up a Sloppy Joe Bar, in small bowls have several toppings for your guests to create their own version of a Sloppy Joe some toppings are:
  • jalapeno peppers
  • hot sauce
  • cole slaw
  • cooked bacon chopped
  • shredded lettuce
  • sliced tomato's

You can keep the Sloppy Joe's warm in a crock pot on the buffet and have everyone self serve them selves.

Go Team!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Robin's Cheesy Shredded Hashbrown Potato Casserole

My Family loves "Company Potatoes" however, I don't make them very often. They take so many different ingredients every time I think I can make the recipe I am missing an item!

My Friend Robin made these Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes for New Years Eve and my Family LOVED them! I have to say they move the Company Potatoes to the back of the line. The best part, they are SO EASY!

  • 1 - 2 lb bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns (remove from freezer to slightly defrost)
  • 1 - 1 lb package of low fat (or regular) Velvetta Cheese
  • 1 medium onion chopped small
  • 1 cup of mayo (olive oil mayo is healthier)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • salt/pepper
  • 4 slices of raw bacon chopped (or you could use bacon bits)
Preheat oven to 350, rack in the middle.

Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick spray.

Break up the Velvetta cheese into a large micro proof mixing bowl, heat in microwave until melted, stirring occasionally.

Combine the melted Velvetta cheese, onion, mayo, milk and dash of salt and pepper. Stir.

Add the shredded hasbrowns mixing to combine well. Pour hashbrown mixture into prepared pan.

Top with chopped bacon.

Cover with tented foil and bake for 1/2 hour. Remove foil and continue to cook for an additional 40 minutes.

We served these wonderful potatoes with my Valentines Veal Chops Made Easy! and with the Wine Pick Of The Day! Guenoc Meritage Red Wine 2006!

Serves 6 - 8, reheats in oven nicely the next day!


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Wine Pick Of The Day! Guenoc Meritage Red Wine 2006

Wine Pick Of The Day: Guenoc Mertiage Red Wine 2006 from Lake County, California.

We served this with the Valentines Veal Chops Made Easy! It's a lovely wine that went great with our dinner.

Made with Bordeaux style varieties of grape from the estate acquired in 1888 by Lilie Langtry a famed Victorian actress and vintner. We found it smooth and layered. Even from the first sip!

Definitely a thumbs up and do recommend for your next dinner.

Enjoy ;)

Valentines Veal Chops Made Easy!

Valentine Veal Chops made easy!

Why not treat your someone special to something a bit special. Try Veal Chops!

Go to your local Butcher and get a fresh cut Veal Chop (one per person). There was some in the case but I asked if they had some in the back and they said yes and they would be cut fresh ;)

The color will be bright pink and will have no smell.

Season with salt, fresh cracked black pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Let sit and bring to room temperature.

Preheat your grill or grill pan to med high heat.

Here I used a cast iron well seasoned grill pan.

When the grill is good and hot place your Veal Chop on the grill cook for three to four minutes on each side depending on how well done you would like your meat. To keep from serving "cold" meat in the center, make sure you bring the meat to room temp prior to cooking.

Remove from heat add a dab of butter, cover and let the meat rest for about five minutes before serving.

Serve with Cheesy Hash Browns and Wine Pick Of The Day! Guenoc Meritage Red Wine 2006


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Superbowl Football Game Day Bratwurst Simmered With Beer, Peppers and Onions!

Get ready for some Football!

Superbowl Football Game Day is a big event and why not make a big splash with some great half time food. Here is a simple way to have some great Bratwurst or even Italian Sausage that will be a crowd pleaser for everyone.... even those who don't like peppers!

To make a pan full of Sausage or Brats you will need a disposable 1/2 sheet pan size deep aluminum pan. A grill if you have one.

1 to 2 Brats or Sausages per person
3 Large Bell Peppers (1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow) sliced
1 Large Sweet Onion, sliced
2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
1 Tablespoon Dried Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
3 Bottles of Beer

Grill your Bratwurst on the grill like shown above, do not over cook, cover and set aside.

Bring a large skillet to med high heat with about 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil. Add the sliced peppers and onions, season with Oregano, Salt and Pepper.

Cook just until onions are tender.

Combine the beer, onion and peppers mixture into 1/2 sheet pan. Keep on grill on low heat or stove. Add the Bratwurst or Sausages and simmer until all the flavors combine and the Brats are heated through.

Pile on large Hoagie buns with plenty of Deli Mustard! The Brats will stay juicy and have tons of flavor. Even those who don't like to eat peppers can just grab the onions. Even the little ones like this recipe and everyone keeps coming back for more.

Happy Superbowl Game Day!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Different Wine Glasses for Different Occasions with Michael Green at Ack...

Do you know what correct wine glass to use while drinking your fav glass of vino? Are you having a dinner party and "need" to know now? Well here you go.

Directly from my Friend Michael Green a how to video on wine glass etiquette:

I learned a few new tips from Michael watching this did you? Leave a comment, let us know what you learned :)

Happy Winter ;)


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