Even dinner’s starting to look a LOT like Christmas 🎄

Pepper Steak Stir Fry


Pepper Steak Stir-Fry

★★★★★

Asian, Stir Fry

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. beef round (I just use one steak, no matter the size)

1 clove fresh garlic, minced

¼ cup soy sauce

 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced

¼ cup peanut oil

2 green onions, sliced thin

2 celery stalks sliced in 1″ squares

1 green pepper, sliced in 1″ squares

1 red bell pepper, sliced in 1″ squares (optional but sure gives nice color)

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 cup water

DIRECTIONS

Cut beef across the grain into thin strips.Combine soy sauce, garlic and ginger in bowl, add beef. Toss and set aside while preparing veggies.

Heat oil in wok (or large non-stick skillet). Add beef and stir fry til browned. Turn heat up and add vegetables and stir fry til tender-crisp (about 10 minutes).

Mix the cornstarch with the water; stir and add to pan. Cook and stir until thickened. Serve over hot rice.

Mongolian Beef 🥡🥢

“Forget the fast food–this take on Mongolian Beef delivers all the flavor without the insane sodium and fat levels. This vibrant, Asian-inspired dish brings just the right amount of spice to the plate.” – Cooking Light

Mongolian Beef

Mongolian Beef

Asian, Main Dish,

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons dry sherry

2 teaspoons hoisin sauce

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons peanut oil

1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

1 pound sirloin steak, thinly sliced across the grain

16 medium green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces

DIRECTIONS

Combine first 8 ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced ginger, minced garlic, and beef; sauté for 2 minutes or until beef is browned. Add green onion pieces; sauté 30 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture; cook 1 minute or until thickened, stirring constantly.

NUTRITION

237 calories; fat 10.5g; saturated fat 3.5g; mono fat 4.3g; poly fat 1.1g; protein 26g; carbohydrates 9.1g; fiber 1.7g; cholesterol 60mg; iron 2.7mg; sodium 517mg; calcium 67mg.

Savannah Bee’s Lemon Pound Cake with Whipped Lemon Honey Frosting

I already have a to-die-for Lemon Cake recipe but I’m REALLY tempted to try this:

Granny P’s Pound Cake with Whipped Lemon Honey Frosting

Cakes

INGREDIENTS

Cake Ingredients:

12oz jar of your favorite honey

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 cups flour

1 stick butter

1 cup shortening

7 large eggs

1/3 cup fresh orange juice

1 1/2 Tbsp. almond extract

1 Tbsp. salt

Frosting Ingredients:

Whipped Lemon Honey

1 cup (stick) of Philly Cream Cheese

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.Cream together sugar, honey, butter, and shortening.

Add in flour and salt.

Combine wet ingredients (eggs, almond extract, orange juice) and add into the mix.

Pour into greased and floured pan.

Bake at 300 for 90 min.

Let pound cake cool for 10 min.

Place plate over baking dish and flip cake onto plate – you may have to go around the edges with a rubber spatula carefully pulling the edges off of the dish.

Using a different plate, flip the cake once more so the cake is upright. The top forms a crunchy candy shell that’s always everyone’s favorite. (If you leave the cake in the pan, the cake will continue to cook and sink in the middle).

FROSTING:

Cream together 1 cup of Philadelphia Cream Cheese with 1/2 cup of Lemon Whipped Honey (about 1/2 of the large jar).
Drizzle over cake and sprinkle with lemon zest (optional).

Drizzle over cake and sprinkle with lemon zest (optional).

It may be a Pandemic but we’ve never eaten better …🦀

Last night’s entree 🦀

We’re pretty landlocked when we’re up north, so finding a reliable source of great seafood is truly exciting. It’s even better when you’re purchasing directly from an Alaskan fisherman.

Not only is their fish fresh, it bears the name of the vessel that caught it. Even their packaging is sustainable. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Sitka Salmon Shares

9 Month Premium Sitka Seafood Share

Pan Roasted Sesame Salmon

Pan-Roasted Sesame Salmon

Main Dish, Seafood

INGREDIENTS

4 scallions, whites and greens separated

1 clove garlic, grated

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus more for garnish, toasted

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon mirin

1 ¼ pounds skin-on salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Finely chop scallion whites and place in a small bowl (chop and reserve greens for garnish). Add garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, honey and mirin and stir to combine.

Pat salmon dry and sprinkle with salt. Heat canola (or grapeseed) oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, skin-side up, and cook until the underside is browned and releases easily from the pan, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the salmon and spoon the sauce over the top.

Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the salmon flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle the salmon with scallion greens and more sesame seeds, if desired.

NUTRITION

265 calories; fat 13g; cholesterol 66mg; sodium 561mg; carbohydrates 6g; dietary fiber 1g; protein 29g; sugars 3g; exchange other carbs; niacin equivalents 10mg; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 354IU; vitamin b6mg.

Carrot 🥕Cupcakes 🧁

I just made this recipe for carrot 🥕cupcakes. It only makes 6 and there’s just 3 left. THAT’s how much I cannot resist cream cheese frosting🙃

INGREDIENTS

Carrot Cupcakes
★★★★★
Makes 6 servings
Source: Two’s Company – a cookbook for couples

Carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting 🧁

½ cup flour
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
dash salt
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
1½ teaspoons vanilla
¾ cup carrots — grated

DIRECTIONS

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and stir to combine well. Stir together oil, egg, and vanilla, and pour into flour mixture. Add carrots and stir well.

Grease 6 muffin cups and pour batter in to come 2/3 the way up the cups. If batter almost fills cup, make a 7th cupcake. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then carefully work a knife around the edges of the cupcakes, to gently remove each one to cool thoroughly.

Prepare frosting. When cupcakes have cooled, spread each top generously with frosting. Either serve immediately or refrigerate. If refrigerating for more than a few hours, chill first to firm up frosting and then loosely cover cupcakes with plastic wrap.

Makes 6 generously frosted or 7 adequately frosted cupcakes.

FROSTING:

3 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

Cream together cheese, butter, and vanilla until light.

Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar.

with Sprinkles 🧁

Turn Leftover Mashed Potatoes into Fluffy Biscuits

DIRECTIONS

Start by preheating the oven to 400°. Using a cheese grater, grate ½ stick of butter. The long, thin strands of butter guarantee a biscuit that’s flaky AF. To keep the butter cold, which also promises a well-layered biscuit, pop it into the freezer once it’s grated. While you’ve got the grater out, shred some cheese—you can use any kind of hard cheese you like, but I’m partial to a super sharp cheddar—until you’ve got ¾ cup cheese, plus a little extra for topping the biscuits.

In a large bowl, whisk together 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 Tbsp. baking powder. Gather up whatever herbs you’ve got and finely chopped enough so that you’ve got 2 Tbsp. I like a combo of rosemary, sage, and thyme. Chives, parsley, or dill all work well too.

Add the chilled, grated butter to the dry ingredients and toss lightly just until the butter is coated in flour. Then, add 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes and continue tossing lightly until the potatoes have broken down into pea-sized pieces. There’s no need to worry so much about whether your mashed potatoes are super fatty or plain Jane—I’ve made this recipe with both, and both work great.

Using your hands, make a well in the middle of the ingredients. Fill the well with ¾ cup buttermilk. Slowly mix the ingredients together until a dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and pat down into a 10-inch circle.

To cut the biscuits, grab an empty soup and remove the lid from the bottom so you have a hollow cylinder. Using the empty can, cut 10–12 biscuits. (If you’d rather use a 3-inch biscuit cutter, that works too.) Once cut, place them into a 10-inch cast-iron pan.

Brush the tops with buttermilk and top with more cheese, a sprinkle of herbs and a pinch of freshly cracked black pepper. Bake the biscuits for 20–25 minutes or until they’ve doubled in size and are golden brown on top.

Enjoy the biscuits warm, with a slather of butter, served alongside some eggs or, for the ultimate leftover treat, break open a biscuit to build a slider-sized, but also superior, turkey sandwich. Once you’ve tried ‘em, I can all but guarantee that next Thanksgiving you’ll peel an extra potato or two with the next day’s biscuits in mind.

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

Roasted Chicken Soup

★★★★★

Soups & Stews

Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients:

For broth:

1 leftover turkey or large chicken carcass (or 2 store bought)

5 quarts water

1 onion (skins left on, cut in half)

4 rough cut stalks of celery

2 rough cut carrots

For Soup:

5 qts broth

1 cup celery chopped

½ cup celery leaves chopped

1 cup onion chopped

7 chicken bouillon cubes

1 tablespoon salt

1 bay leaf

1 cup carrots sliced

½ cup parsley chopped

¼ tablespoon pepper

4 cups egg noodles (fine)

Directions:

In a large kettle simmer turkey or chicken carcass with onion and celery (one onion roughly chopped and several chopped stalks of celery) until tender. Strain all, keeping only the broth. Add ingredients to broth with meat (reserving noodles) and simmer until tender (about an hour). Add noodles and cook uncovered for 10 more minutes.

OPTIONAL **Melt 1/4 cup of butter in frying pan and stir in 1/4 cup of flour. Cook stirring until slightly browned. Stir into boiling soup Reduce heat and continue to simmer 5 minutes. I do this if using store bought roast chicken, but you really don’t need it if home roasted.

I use EVERYTHING from a roast chicken dinner, including gravy & stuffing, in my soup.

No Peel Applesauce 🍎🍏🍎 in your Pressure Cooker👌🏻

No Peel Instant Pot Applesauce

Fresh Fruit, INSTAPOT/Pressure Cooking

INGREDIENTS

6–8 medium to large apples, or more. (Honestly, it really doesn’t matter, just keep the number of apples under the fill line.)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Wash the apples

Cut up the apple — any size you want – toss the cores and seeds

Place the sliced/diced apples into the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water

Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Close the lid and set the valve to “sealing”

Pressure Cook or Manual for 4 minutes.

Do a QUICK RELEASE

Drain excess liquid — AND KEEP THE LIQUID. (I love the cinnamon flavored apple juice and use it in a smoothie or on my oatmeal or yogurt.)

Transfer the apples to a food processor, blender, or use an emulsion blender and blend until it’s the texture you like.

Enjoy!

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

★★★★★

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Crock Pot/Slow Cooker, Mexican

INGREDIENTS

4 medium, (about 6 oz each) sweet potatoes, skin on

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon garlic power

1 cup enchilada sauce, I recommend my homemade (recipe below)

chopped scallions, for serving

1/4 cup light sour cream or Greek yogurt

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon chopped scallions and/or cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Wrap the potatoes individually in foil.

Season the chicken with salt and garlic powder and place on one end of the slow cooker, cover with 1/4 cup enchilada sauce.

Place the potatoes on the other end, stacking 2 on top of 2.

Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until potatoes are tender.

When done, remove the potatoes and chicken.

Transfer chicken to a small bowl and roughly shred with 2 forks and add the remaining enchilada sauce.

Split open the sweet potatoes, then top with 2/3 cup of the enchilada chicken.

Drizzle each half with 1 tablespoon cheese and place under the broiler 2 to 3 minutes, or until melted.

Garnish each potato with 1 tablespoon sour cream and scallions or cilantro.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1potato, Calories: 413kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 4.4g, Cholesterol: 101.5mg, Sodium: 809.5mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g Blue Smart Points: 8 Green Smart Points: 10 Purple Smart Points: 3

The Best Homemade Enchilada Sauce

★★★★★

Mexican, Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1/2 tsp olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 -1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth

3 cups canned tomato sauce

2 tablespoons chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, chopped (to taste)

1 tsp Mexican hot chili powder, or more to taste

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

fresh black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add the oil and garlic; sauté until golden, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, chipotle chiles, hot chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 7-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use. Makes 4 cups.

NUTRITION

Serving: 1/4 cup, Calories: 21kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 355mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g Blue Smart Points: 0 Green Smart Points: 0 Purple Smart Points: 0 Points +: 1

Marcella Hazan’s Famously Quick & Easy Tomato 🍅 Sauce

Bon appetite

★★★★★

Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1, 28-ounce canned tomatoes, puréed or hand crushed

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium yellow onion, peeled, halved

Kosher salt

1 pound dried pasta of your choice, but for extra saucy goodness 8oz. fills the bill

Parmesan cheese, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Simply toss the tomatoes, butter and onion in a saucepan over medium low heat. Season with salt and bring to a steady simmer. Allow the sauce to simmer for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, making sure to scrape the sides of the pot. Adjust the seasoning and remove the onion (although I’m told it’s pretty delicious in its own right.)

Boil the pasta according to the package instructions, drain and toss the pasta into the hot sauce. Keep tossing until every strand is well coated. Serve among two warm bowls and scatter with Parmesan cheese.