Monday, July 28, 2014

Menu Monday ~ July 28, 2014

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Monday:
  • spaghetti with homemade sauce
  • green beans
  • salad
  • garlic bread
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
  • pork chops with fresh peach glaze
  • seasoned rice
  • buttered peas
  • fresh pineapple
Thursday:
  • barbecue chicken
  • homemade potato salad
  • corn on the cob
  • fruit salad
Friday:
I had my dates wrong last week. Dinner out with friends to celebrate a birthday is THIS Friday. 

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Don't forget the Dee's Kitchen giveaway! For a chance to win, go leave a comment telling me what your favorite meal is on this post. The drawing is August 5th. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Giveaway!

Giveaway

Finally, the long-promised giveaway! Several months ago I posted on my Dee's Kitchen Facebook page that as soon as it reached 500 "likes" I would have a giveaway. Well, that goal was met and passed some time ago but I've been so busy with our new business that my personal blogs have had to take a backseat. But I'm hoping to get back to posting more - we'll see...

If you'd like a chance to win this New Orleans cookbook, plus another little surprise, leave me a comment on this post telling me what your favorite meal is. I'll draw an entry and announce the winner on August 5th. Be sure your comment includes a way for me to contact you. If you aren't already following this blog I would be ever so grateful if you did. And if you are on Facebook and haven't "liked" the Dee's Kitchen Page, please do. Feel free to share with friends, as well. 

Oh, would you like to know my favorite meal? It's hard to narrow it down to just one but here goes:
  • fried chicken 
  • mashed potatoes and gravy (homemade, of course!)
  • green beans cooked with bacon and onion
  • homemade biscuit
  • fresh peach cobbler
Your turn!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Monday ~ July 21, 2014

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Monday:
Tuesday:
  • grilled burgers
  • lettuce and homegrown tomatoes
  • corn on the cob
  • seasoned waffle fries (frozen organic)
  • fresh fruit
Wednesday:
I think we will likely have dinner at Rib Crib while attending one of our shows. 

Thursday:
  • vegetable and sausage medley (red potatoes, onions, bell peppers, apple gouda sausages)
  • rice
  • salad
  • fresh pineapple
Friday:
Dinner out at local Mexican restaurant with friends to celebrate a birthday. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Monday ~ July 7, 2014


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Monday:
David is out of town tonight. My mom invited Chris and me over for tacos with them. Yay, for tacos!

Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
We didn't end up eating out last week so I think we'll go listen to one of our bands (Rowdy Folk) and eat Italian food at Papa Gjorgjo's North

Friday:
Time to try some of those Pinterest recipes!

Saturday:
We'll use up leftovers from the week and then Sunday we are going to Kansas City. We are seeing Journey and Steve Miller Band in concert Monday. Can't wait! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Menu Monday ~ June 30, 2014

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We've either been out of town or so busy that I haven't done much of any real cooking in the past couple of weeks. I'm ready to get back to it.

Monday:
  • broccoli rice casserole
  • candied carrots
  • salad
Tuesday:
This is our daughter's birthday and we are all meeting up at a local wine and dessert bar to play Trivia and celebrate. I'll make the potato salad earlier in the day so dinner will be quick to prepare and clean up after. 
  • grilled hot dogs (Applegate Farms organic)
  • corn on the cob
  • potato salad
  • fresh fruit
Wednesday:
  • spaghetti with homemade veggie pasta sauce
  • salad
  • garlic bread
Thursday:
This is going to be a busy day. I have a hair appointment at 1:30, piano lesson at 4:00 and am volunteering at a local soup kitchen from 5-7. An easy dinner is definitely in order. I might even cook the bacon earlier in the day. 
  • BLTs
  • leftover homemade potato salad
  • fruit
Friday:
  • enchiladas
  • Mexican rice
  • salad
  • tortilla chips and guacamole

Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Monday ~ June 16, 2014

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Monday:
  • salad with sliced leftover barbecue chicken
  • corn on the cob
  • green beans with leftover red potatoes
  • fresh fruit
Tuesday:
  • salad
  • broccoli cheese soup
  • fresh fruit
Wednesday:
As soon as David gets off work we will leave for Oklahoma City. We have an early flight Thursday morning to California so we are going to spend the night in OKC in a hotel not far from the airport. I'm not sure where we will eat up there. 

Thursday:
We will be in California visiting relatives. Our flight arrives around 10:30 a.m. and we plan to meet my aunt for lunch (In n Out burgers?). We will then pick up David's mom and sister whose flight arrives mid-afternoon and drive to the desert. I don't know what our dinner plans will be. 

Friday:
This is our 33rd wedding anniversary and we plan to go out for dinner at the Crown and Sword Room, the restaurant which was the scene of several special date nights when we were teenagers. 

Saturday:
I'm not sure what we will be doing for dinner but afterwards David and I will drive to Dana Point and spend the next two nights at my aunt's beach house.

Sunday:
We plan to meet up with my cousin and her family for at least one meal together. Then Monday morning we will drive back to the desert, spend the day and night there, then leave Tuesday morning for the airport. It's a fairly short trip but we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see David's mom. We had been talking about how we needed to make a trip to Idaho to visit her so when we found out she'd be going to California we decided that was even better. We'll also get to visit David's brothers who live there, as well as my aunt, cousin and her family. I also have another aunt and uncle in the desert whom I hope to be able to see, as well. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Guest Post Friday ~ Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Cheese Grits


Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Cheese Grits
by De Ann Sales-Lohmann

Ingredients:
  • Creole seasoning (*homemade version below or something like Tony Chachere's)
  • Frank's RedHot sauce (or other hot sauce made with cayenne peppers, such as Crystal's)
  • 6 slices bacon, fried, drained and crumbled (reserve grease)
  • 1 link andouille sausage, sliced and fried
  • 1 pound of shrimp
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (more or less to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
For grits:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup grits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter


Directions:

Make grits by bringing the water to a boil then adding grits and salt. Cover, reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally. When done (according to package directions; instant or 5-minute variety will take less time than regular grits) remove from heat, stir in butter and cheese. If it needs a little more liquid add some chicken stock. Cover and set aside to keep warm. 

Season shrimp with Creole seasoning and Frank's Red Sauce to taste then sauté in reserved bacon grease until pink. Add the sliced green onions, parsley, lemon juice, minced garlic, crumbled bacon and andouille sausage. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Place grits in bowl, top with shrimp/sausage mixture and enjoy!
Serves 4. 

*Homemade Creole seasoning: 
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Mix together and store in closed jar in cool, dark place. 


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De Ann's bio: Eleven years ago, I hung up my badge and gun, then moved to Southeast Texas in pursuit of a much calmer and less dangerous life. Two years later I met my husband Brad and we live on a cattle ranch in Winnie, Texas with our four Yorkies, two cats, four donkeys, two horses and a growing herd of Angus cattle. We also own a trucking company, so my life has been everything but calmer. I love gardening, playing the piano and swimming but my favorite place on the ranch is in my kitchen. I started cooking at age 14 and after my first "eggshell" cake, I learned that just because a recipe says "add one whole egg", this doesn't mean you add the whole ENTIRE egg! I have been cooking ever since and it's my stress free time. I am always trying new recipes and right now I am taking dishes I have always cooked that are not figure friendly and making a healthier version. We have four grandsons, with the fifth one on the way, and this Nana wants to be around to enjoy watching them grow up.

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, De Ann. It definitely sounds like something right up my alley. I've got almost all of these ingredients on hand right now so it just might show up on next week's menu.