Thai Chicken Burgers

Thai Chicken Burgers

I’m sitting in what seems to be the red meat capital of the world, folks. Right smack dab in the Midwest. At my folk’s in a small town outside of Sioux Falls. (We even went to see bull riding last winter!) So it might be considered a bit of a stretch to serve my fave octogenarians a chicken burger. And Thai Chicken Burgers, no less!

Thai Chicken Burgers

Thai Chicken Burgers

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Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

The best stuffed mushroom, ever! I mean, bacon! Creamy, cheesy and so much flavor.

There’s something that’s very gratifying about cooking for my folks – I teasingly call them my victims because they get the brunt of my new recipes and various concoctions. You’d think at their age they’d be a little jaded about food so I love it when their eyes light up and I get the little happy noises when they eat.

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheddar, Bacon & Jalapeno Stuffed Mushrooms

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Grilled Vegetables with Tonkatsu Sauce

Good news! I was just outside and there was a cool wind! By cooler, I mean cool (85 degrees F) compared to what we’ve had. I think that nasty old heat dome is passing by! I wanted to throw up my arms and dance. And maybe I did, just a little. 🙂 I was like Rose in The Titanic. Well, older, chunkier and without Leanardo DiCaprio…or the ship. Ok, so I was just an old lady smiling into the breeze. 🙂titanic-rose-jpg_152711

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Asian Inspired Individual Meatloaves

An old family favorite, long-buried away in my box, a great price on ground beef inspired me to pull out this recipe for individual meatloaves with a little Asian flair. It is a crazy cultural mix up but the results are outstanding! A gorgeous, crusty exterior hides away the moist interior and the little gingery/soy kick lends a subtle teriyaki flavor – not a sweet teriyaki, but something more reminiscent of a Japanese teriyaki.

Individual Asian Inspired Meatloaf

Individual Asian Inspired Meatloaf

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Chicken Cordon Bleu – Naked & Deconstructed . $2.88

Super easy casserole with all the flavor of chicken cordon bleu!

Ha – I got your attention with that “naked” huh? 🙂 This is a dish I’ve been running into here and there. All the marvelous flavor of Chicken Cordon Bleu, none of the hassle. Here’s mine: Chicken, Ham, a Swiss Mornay, a touch of Sherry and the most marvelous Herbed Bread Crumbs. My only regret? Not making this sooner.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Deconstructed, piping hot from the oven.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Deconstructed, piping hot from the oven.

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The Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Breaded Pork Tenderloin BPT

The Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwich & Some Friendly Fire

Sometimes called the Breaded Pork Tenderloin = so classic, so good!

I recently came under some “friendly fire” from Ginger of Ginger&Bread. She threw the kitchen mitt down with a challenge, given innocently enough. It went something like, “Why don’t you make a recipe of German origin as it is made in the States, and I’ll make it as it is traditionally made in Germany?” “What great fun it would be!” I replied.

The Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwich Breaded Pork Tenderloin BPT

The Iowa Pork Tenderloin Sandwich – a classic

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine . $2.35

A fantastic budget item for the buffet, these Stuffed Mushrooms are a bit different from some. A moderate amount of Sherry or Marsala adds a lot of flavor, but they’re dry roasted in the oven. The mushroom flavor intensifies, and these are every bit as good with a plain old button as they are with any of the fancier mushrooms – even better as they’re a bit more tender.

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms with Wine

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Sparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger . $3.75 for 8

These Veggie Burgers are amazing!! A bit of work but totally worth it!

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger – early version, I fixed the “cracking” flaw.

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Almost Alton’s Oven Roasted Broccoli

Ya know, oven roasted broccoli was something I used to make a lot. Maybe you did, too. So simple, it was hardly a recipe, I’d toss it with a bit of oil, throw it in the oven and when it was done, it was done. Sometimes it was great, others, not so much. The problem, I think, was too many variables. How the broccoli was cut was a big one, usually spears of various dimensions.

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Oven Roasted Broccoli

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