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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cucumber Onion Salad


Simple Salads that's what life is all about, keep it simple and easy. Plus vinegar is good for you.
Try this easy salad.

what you need:
1 Cucumbers
1 medium-sized Vidalia onion
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, finely minced
black pepper (optional)

How to make them:
Peel cucumber and slice to your liking.  Peel and slice onion.  Combine in a
large bowl.
Combine vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and garlic and pour over cucumbers and
onions.
Allow to sit at least an hour before serving.  Sprinkle with black pepper


Monday, June 18, 2018

The Best Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters


This is the best ever Oven Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters You won't bother going out for Chicken

Serves 4-6
What you need:
4 chicken leg quarters (about 3 pounds)
4 tablespoons of butter
Seasoning to taste

How to make it:
First to really add flavor to your chicken, marinate your chicken with
the seasonings you want, place in a large gallon baggie or a marinating
storage container and refrigerate at least 4 hours or even better over night.
When ready to cook
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Place the chicken leg quarters in the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet or a baking dish.
Melt the butter and brush it over each chicken leg quarter.
Sprinkle generously with seasoning of choice.
Cover the pan with foil and bake for one hour.
Increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes until the skin is crisped to your liking and the chicken registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
When it comes to seasoning, you can go as simple as salt and pepper, you can use your favorite seasoning blend (like Everything But the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s, Montreal Chicken Seasoning, Lemon Garlic, or anything else), or you can make your own magic season salt by combining 1/4 cup kosher salt, 4 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional. I just toss everything in a little mason jar, add the lid, and shake to combine. This is a great basic season salt recipe.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Asparagus and Green Beans



Fresh Vegetables are the best. This recipe is full of goodness and what an easy way to cook these.

What you need:
12 fingerling potatoes
Handful of asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed
Handful of green beans, ends trimmed
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Either powdered Garlic or minced(optional)

How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Pre-cook the fingerling potatoes for 5-6 minutes in a large pot of boiling water.
Remove from water and let cool. Line a baking sheet with tin foil for easier
clean up then spray with cooking spray. Slice the potatoes into half, lengthwise
and put in a gallon size baggie, then add the Asparagus and Green Beans gently, then
drizzle with  the olive oil and season with salt and pepper,
I also add a little garlic(powder or minced) to taste.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. If they aren't crisp enough cook
for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the veggies are tender but still a bit
crisp. Enjoy.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Instant Pot BBQ Five Spice Pork Ribs


Do you know what 5 Spice is? Well many times when you east Chinese food you get 5 Spice in some of it, I make my own 5 Spice and use it for a lot of recipes. I like it. Stir fry is wonderful with it and then I thought, those ribs you see on Chinese buffet have 5 Spice flavor so why cant I make 5 Spice Ribs and that's just what I did, and best of all...I did it in the Instant Pot

Ingredients:
3 pound pork ribs
1 1/2 tsp.  five spice powder
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup apple juice
3 tbsp. cider vinegar or herb vinegar
2 tbsp. soy sauce

Trim fat from the pork ribs if they aren't trimmed already. Check to make sure the ribs will fit in
your instant pot. If not, you can trim it to fit or roll them around
it where they will fit. Rub the meat lightly with oil
Rub the ribs with five-spice powder. Place ribs in instant pot.
Stir together apple juice, vinegar, and soy sauce in a bowl.
Cover and cook on high setting for 25 mins Let release 10 mins
Then be careful and open the lid after all pressure is released, I cover my pot
with a towel so it doesn't spray the kitchen.
Next I cover a baking sheet with foil and place ribs on it, then I brush them with
a good sweet BBQ sauce and broil for 15 minutes or so, keep an eye on them, ovens vary so cook them how you like yours.
There you have 5 Spice Ribs

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Spicy Crock Pot Cheesy Hamburger Sausage Dip



~ The BEST Cheese Dip Made in Your Slow Cooker! Perfect for a Party, Game Day or Just Because! This Appetizer Will Have You Coming Back for More! Add a salad make it a meal!
We cut this recipe in half for dinner and eat the leftovers for lunch

Servings: 16
Calories: 310 cal
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 lb Velveeta cubed
1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 16 oz jar Mild Pace Salsa
1 lb hamburger
1 lb Hot Jimmy Dean Sausage
3-4 cloves of garlic minced
1 onion minced

HOW to MAKE IT:
In a large skillet fry hamburger and sausage until cooked through, drain grease, then add garlic and onions cook till tender.
Mix all ingredients together in large crock pot.
Cook on low for 2-3 hours or until cheese is melted, stirring occasionally.
Serve with tortilla chips

Roasted Parmesan Pepper Carrot Fries!!


I was bored with vegetables and then I got the idea to make these roasted carrots and they are the best. Tasty, crispy and just a little cheesy you need to make these.

What you Need:
bag mini carrots
olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
garlic powder
salt and pepper

Cut a bag of carrots in half lengthwise
In a bowl add cut carrots, fresh garlic, lots of parmesan cheese, olive oil, Italian bread crumbs, salt & pepper. All ingredients add the amount to your personal taste.
Place on a cookie sheet spread carrots evenly place in oven at 325 for about 45 min. I check on them occasionally. Remove from oven when they are tender and golden. Enjoy with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO SPINACH SALAD


This salad is fresh and fruity and it has a zesty Poppy Seed Dressing It's really good and a little different from traditional salads. Which we all get tired of right?

Serves: 6-8
What you need:
6 oz baby spinach
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1 Tomato chopped(OPTIONAL)
1 Large avocados, chopped
1 Red Onion diced(OPTIONAL)
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup feta cheese

Creamy Poppyseed dressing:
⅓ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup 2% milk
3 Tablespoons Sugar
4 teaspoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons poppyseeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
How to make it:
In a large salad bowl, combine spinach, strawberries, avocados, almonds, and feta cheese.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, sugar, cider vinegar, and poppyseeds. Pour about half over the salad and toss to coat. Add more of the dressing if needed.
Serve salad immediately and garnish with more feta cheese and almonds if desired.