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Beef stir fry with quinoa

I bought some assorted packages of meat (chicken, pork and beef) at the local grocery store and one of them was a beef package of “stir fry meat.” That’s where I got the inspiration for my meal. I’ve made stir fry many times in the past, and decided to use my hoisin garlic marinade on this meat, since it’s what I had on hand. Keep in mind that this is about 2-4 servings for me, when I am not stuffing myself full, and plan accordingly. This would also be good with fried egg or bacon in it. Here comes the recipe!

Ingredients:

One package of stir fry meat (I used beef that was pre-cut, about 1 pound)
Green onions
Red (or other) bell pepper
1/8 bag frozen peas and carrots
1/2 of an onion
3 cloves of garlic
Any other vegetables as desired
Sesame oil (for cooking)
Marinade (if desired, I used this)
Cooked quinoa (or rice)

Recipe:

1. Cook your quinoa or rice according to package instructions (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water).

mmmm quinoa

2. Chop all ingredients to desired size (meat and vegetables).

peas and carrots already ready

red bell peppers are my favorite

green onions smell so good

regular chopped onion with garic

3. Heat your sesame oil in a pan and add your meat.

sesame oil smells great

look at all that raw meat

4. Flip your meat when the bottom starts to brown, to ensure even cooking.

evenly browning

5. Add your garlic and onions.

garlic-y

6. Add your frozen peas and carrots.

peas and carrots please and thank you

7. Add your chopped bell pepper and top it off with your green onions.

so colorful! like a rainbow of meat and vegetables

8. Cook thoroughly. Be sure not to overcook, or leave the meat too raw! It is a delicate balance. Then serve over your rice or quinoa and enjoy!

enjoyable

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

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Orlando Adventure Day One: 4 Rivers and French macarons

I went to Orlando over Veteran’s Day weekend to visit a friend and we went out to eat a couple of times and to Disneyworld, among other things. I’ll tell you about a couple of them below. 🙂

I think I’ll split these posts up  a bit to keep it to a readable level.

On Friday, after I arrived, we went to 4 Rivers Smokehouse and had some delicious piles of meat, accompanied by bread.

I opted for the Brisket Sandwich and my two sides, BBQ beans and bread pudding.

We also took a look at the Sweet Shop in the back of 4 Rivers, and it turns out that they carry a dorito and mountain dew cupcake, but none of us wanted to try it that badly. That’s the green/orange one on the top tier below, surrounded by much more normal options.

That night we also headed to the Wine Bar, which was a fun experience and reaffirmed in my mind that my favorite type of wine is an Italian Moscato. Hope I got that right. I didn’t try any red wines, because that’s not generally what I like.

That night we also walked around Park Avenue (where the wine bar was located) and stopped at Le Macaron.

I picked out 2 delicious macarons (which I didn’t end up eating till Saturday night, but they were still very good.)

 

After that, we went out to visit Universal CityWalk (not sure about the spacing there) and to Dave & Buster’s. It was my first time there and it was really fun! I won a bunch of tickets on the Wheel of Fortune game (which I thought I didn’t get to keep unless I solved the puzzle but I GOT THEM ALL ANYWAY.)

We also spotted this Doodle Jump game, which I was happy to see because I love playing it on my phone. We ended up leaving with a pint glass and a stick of candy each.

Next, I’ll post everything about day 2 (and may combine day 3, depends on how many pictures I decide to keep in there.)  🙂

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Bacon cheeseburgers and garlic cheese fries

Thick-cut bacon is AMAZING. And the basis of this meal.

Colin, who had a pound of 80-20 fat ratio ground beef in his freezer, decided burgers were the perfect way to work with what he already had. He also had buns, onion, garlic, two types of cheese, and potatoes.

We, of course, had to GET BACON.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef (burgers)
Hamburger buns (burgers)
Onion (burgers)
Bacon strips (burgers)
Cheddar cheese (burgers)
(Other toppings, like avocado, tomato, lettuce, etc.)


6 medium potatoes (fries)
6 cloves of garlic (fries)
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese (fries)
Oil for frying in electric skillet (if you want – fries)
Salt and pepper (fries)

Recipe:

1. Thaw the meat! (SO IMPORTANT, we never remember to thaw it ahead of time.)

2. Form the meat into patties. (We made 4.)

3. Heat up the oil in the electric skillet.

4. Cut up the potatoes (to desired fry-size/shape.)

5. Salt and pepper the fries and mix to distribute seasoning; add garlic.

6. Cut up the onions into rings and cut cheese slices for burgers.

7. Mince the garlic and grate your cheese.

8. Get your other burger-toppings ready.

9. Fry the fries and melt the mozzarella cheese on top in the microwave (though we did it later in a grill pan.)

10. Take all your burger-materials out to the grilling area.

11. Grill bugers, onions and bacon. (We chose the cast-iron skillet for the bacon)

12. Put together your burgers and serve with fries.

13. Enjoy! Try eating outside if it’s nice enough. ^_^
These go great with the peach iced tea.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz


Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is more of a “fall” food but after this rainstorm:

Summer doesn’t seem like summer anymore. So we went ahead and made it anyway. Colin makes the BEST pie crust ever and now I really want to bake a normal pie, like a blueberry pie because they are the best berries! Anyway, this is just a simple pie made with steak and garlic mashed potatoes. I’m going to include the pie crust recipe in this post, but you can use a pre-made crust if you would like.

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds steak
salt and pepper
A splash of lemon juice
Grated Pepperjack cheese
One package of garlic mashed potatoes (or a package-sized amount if you make your own)
pie crust
(For pie crust: I wish I could site where this came from! I’m sorry. It’s the recipe I use.)
 

You can always choose to just use a pre-made crust, or your own favorite crust recipe. I will include the pie crust pictures and recipe in another post.

Recipe:

1. Make sure steak is thawed. Stick in pan over medium heat.

2. Cut into sizeable chunks and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

3. Brown steaks in a pan.

4. Cut into strips.

5. Tear strips into small, shredded pieces with your hands.

6. Make your instant, (or from scratch), garlic mashed potatoes.

7. Bake your pie crust for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

8. Add your meat, topped with your potatoes and cheese, to the pie crust.

9. Bake until potatoes are slightly golden/crispy.

10. Enjoy!

You can also add so many other things to this, like peas, carrots, corn, gravy, bacon, etc.  Just experiment. 🙂
I never thought that I would like Shepherd’s pie but I LOVED this. I can only imagine how much I’d like it with corn and bacon (or even bacon bits to keep it simple.) I totally recommend this for those cooler summer days. And the pie crust is even better, in my opinion, when filled with fruit! Try a peach pie for something different.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz and Melissa Rook


Ciabatta double-meat sandwiches with pesto

Here it is, as promised! My favorite sandwiches. These are great for lunch or dinner, but they are best served soon after cooking because they are delicious warm. You can use whatever meat you’d like, as long as it’s lunchmeat. I would recommend beef but pork would be ok too. I wouldn’t use chicken, but if that’s what you like then go for it. You can also use your favorite cheese. I think provolone and pepperjack both work well, but another cheese I’d recommend is asiago as it’s my favorite. 🙂

Ingredients:

2-5 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 T olive oil
Pastrami (lunchmeat)
Black pepper beef (lunchmeat) 
Ciabatta bread (you can learn how to make your own HERE.)
A little less than a cup of less-liquidy basil pesto, stirred (homemade or store bought)
Cheese of your choice (but we are using provolone, I got tired of pepperjack!)

( A pound of meat makes about 4 sandwiches)

Recipe:

1. Mince garlic.

2. Bring olive oil to medium high heat in a pan and add garlic. Sautee garlic until golden brown.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Add meat to pan.

5. Cook meat until slightly charred at edges.

6. Cut ciabatta bread into desired sandwich-sized pieces and in half.

7. spread one half of each sandwich with pesto and the other half with cheese.

7. Stack meat on pesto side of sandwiches.

8. Place in oven and check every 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

9. Enjoy!

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? Have you ever tried pesto? If not GO FOR IT. I definitely recommend the homemade bread. 🙂

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz


Beef + Pork Combo Meatballs

Hello everyone!

Today I’ve decided to share a recipe for beef and pork meatballs. These can be used in a variety of ways, including on top of spaghetti (all covered in cheese…), served plain, on top of rice, or with a variety of sauces. I used whole grain thin spaghetti and Classico spicy tomato and basil sauce. This is a perfect summer food for those cooler days, but it reminds me of fall. This recipe makes about 2 dozen meatballs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
2.5 T cumin
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced (depending on preference)
1 T black pepper
1 T red pepper flakes
1 T chili powder

Optional: Spaghetti noodles and sauce, or other additions to your meal

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure meat is entirely thawed ahead of time.

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine spices in bowl.

3. Mince garlic cloves.

4. Knead ground pork sausage and beef together in bowl.

5. Add minced garlic and spices.

6. Continue kneading until thouroughly mixed.

7. Grab a meatball-sized piece of mixture.

8. Roll the mixture between your hands into a spherical shape.

9. Place meatballs 1/2 inch apart on baking sheet or pizza tray.

10. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, then flip and continue cooking.

11. Continue cooking for 7 minutes or so, checking every so often. (When I cooked these they were done after 35 min.)

12. Remove from oven and prepare for serving.

13. Enjoy!

Have you ever made homemade meatballs? What is your favorite way to serve/eat meatballs?

Photos by: Colin Diltz
Post by: Melissa Rook