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roasted zucchini and carrots

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You’ve seen this pork chop before! Find the recipe for it here.

 
This recipe isn’t really a recipe but more of a new cooking method – roasting. I wasn’t completely unfamiliar with the idea of roasting food, but I just didn’t know how to do it myself. Thanks to this recipe now I do. It’s a pretty simple concept actually and produces great results.

Russell and I decided that this is now our favorite way to eat carrots. Sadly, I have tried roasting zucchini twice since I discovered this recipe, but both times it turned out bland and soggy. If anyone has any helpful hints on how to season zucchini to keep it from being bland, I’d love to hear them.

Also, this recipe isn’t restricted to just zucchini and carrots – try other veggies like bell peppers, cauliflower, or even green beans, or try non-veggies like sweet potatoes.

 
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Roasted Zucchini and Carrots
From the Kitchen of: Voracious Vander

Prep Time: 30 mins
Servings: however many you want to serve
Difficulty: Easy

{Ingredients}
whole zucchini
whole carrots
olive oil
seasoning(s) of choice

{Instructions}

Preheat oven to 425° F/ 220° C. Line a baking tray with parchment/baking paper and a light layer of olive oil. Set aside.

Cut zucchini and carrots into 3 inch/8 cm sticks, making sure they are even in thickness. Place veggie batons into a bowl (preferably one with a flat bottom). Add a little olive oil (start with 1 Tbsp and add more if needed but not too much) and seasoning of choice, then lightly toss veggie batons to coat. I took the lazy smart option requiring less dishes to wash and just shook the bowl to coat the veggies.

Note about seasoning options: Keep it simple with salt & pepper or try other spices, such as paprika, cumin, rosemary, sage, or crushed red pepper. You could even try spice blends like Italian, Mexican, or Old Bay.

Spread out veggie batons on prepared baking tray and roast about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until golden and slightly browned on the edges.

 


-♥-
Katy

 

 
 
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Parmesan Pork Roast // Cheesy Zucchini and Rice Casserole // Cream Cheese Corn

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cheesy italian quick bread

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This bread is the reason that I requested a pastry blender for Christmas this past year. I had no idea that pastry blenders existed until I saw that this recipe required one. The first time I made the recipe I tried using the 2 forks/knives method to cut in the butter, but it was just time-consuming and frustrating. I briefly researched pastry blenders and discovered that they are a very useful kitchen tool and fairly inexpensive – under $20! I have used the pastry blender a few times since I received it, and it just makes baking bread so much easier!

 
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Cheesy Italian Quick Bread
From the Kitchen of: Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Prep Time: 30 – 40 minutes
Servings: 8+ (depends on how generous your slices are!)
Difficulty: Easy

{Ingredients}
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
3 Tbsp cold butter
1 egg
½ cup plain Greek yogurt (I used a 5.3 oz individual serving)
½ cup milk
spray butter, an extra Tbsp butter, or garlic spray (optional)

{Instructions}
Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray a 9-inch round baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients – flour through oregano – and mix well. Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender (or two knives/forks) until mixture looks like fine crumbs.

Kitchen Tip: If you are new to bread baking like I am and have no idea how to cut in butter, here are some handy videos showing three different ways to cut butter into flour: pastry blender method, 2 knives method, 2 forks method.

Also, you may be wondering “how will I know when the butter is completely cut-in?” Like the instructions say, the mixture is done when it looks like fine crumbs. I tried to take a picture of my crumbs, but they wouldn’t photograph well. Just trust me that it will make sense when you make the bread; the mixture really will look like fine crumbs.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg, Greek yogurt, and milk. Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened – do not over mix! If your dough is still a little dry, add a splash of milk. (NOTE: Dough will be thick and soft – similar to Bisquick drop biscuit dough.)

Spoon into prepared baking pan and spread dough to edges of pan. Top with remaining
¼ cup cheese and extra butter, if desired. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

{Notes}

  • Sometimes I like to double the seasonings (garlic, Italian, basil, and oregano) to pump up the flavor of the bread.
  • If you use extra butter on top of bread, the cheese will crisp up and add a nice contrast to the soft bread.

 


-♥-
Katy

 

cheesy zucchini rice

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Zucchini is a relatively new vegetable to me.* It’s not that I didn’t like it until now; my family just never ate zucchini when I was growing up and, therefore, I didn’t have any recipes using zucchini. Thanks to Pinterest and some awesome food blogs I am slowly collecting recipes that use zucchini. This is one of my favorite zucchini recipes that I have found so far. (Not to be confused with Cheesy Zucchini and Rice Casserole, which is also tasty.)

 
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Cheesy Zucchini Rice
From the Kitchen of: Buns in My Oven

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy

{Ingredients}
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp butter
1 medium or 2 small zucchini, shredded (you can use a food processor or cheese grater)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
½ tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
splash of milk, as needed

{Instructions}
Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add rice and stir to coat. Toast rice, stirring often, just until it starts to turn golden.

Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Remove from heat and add butter, zucchini, cheddar, and garlic powder. Stir until well incorporated. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

Stir again and add salt and pepper, to taste, and a splash of milk until the rice is your preferred consistency. (Adding milk is completely optional; I don’t usually add any at all.)

{Notes}
I have tried this recipe with and without the garlic powder; though both are good I actually prefer to omit the garlic.

{Fun Fact}
*Is zucchini actually a vegetable?

“In a culinary context, the zucchini is treated as a vegetable, which means it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Botanically, however, the zucchini is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower.” – Wikipedia

 


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Katy

 

restaurant recreation: red lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits

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I’ve been told these biscuits are better than the real thing. I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison, but I can tell you that the replicas are really, really good!

 
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Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Slightly Adapted from the Kitchen of: sgrishka on BigOven.com

Prep Time: 30 mins
Servings: 12 biscuits
Difficulty: Easy

{Ingredients}
2 ½ cups Bisquick baking mix
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
¾ cup 2% milk
6 Tbsp butter, divided and melted
¾ tsp garlic powder, divided
½ tsp dried parsley flakes
2 dashes salt

{Instructions}
Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Combine Bisquick with cheddar cheese, milk, 2 Tbsp melted butter, and ¼ tsp garlic powder in a medium bowl. Mix until well-combined. Splash with milk if dry.

Drop approximately ¼ cup portions of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Combine ¼ cup butter with ½ tsp garlic powder, parsley flakes and salt. Brush mixture over the tops of each unbaked biscuit. Set aside leftover melted butter.

Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown. Remove from oven, and brush rest of melted butter on top of biscuits. Serve warm.

 
 
These biscuits would pair well with Sour Cream Noodle Bake or Baked Salmon with Browned Butter Sauce!


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Katy

 

beef with snow peas

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I think this is one of the very first things I pinned after joining Pinterest over a year ago. Like many new people to Pinterest I pinned anything that looked remotely interesting so now my boards are littered with no-longer-interesting things. I recently decided to start at the bottom of my food board and work my way up, deleting recipes that no longer appeal to me and actually trying ones that do.

I knew I had this recipe on my board but just kept skipping over it when making my meal plan for the week. Well, last week I finally decided to make it for dinner, and I am so glad that I did. It is delicious! I am seriously thinking about making it again this week because it was that good!

 
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Beef with Snow Peas
From the Kitchen of: The Pioneer Woman

Prep Time: 30 – 45 mins
Servings: 6 – 8
Difficulty: Easy

{Ingredients}
1 ½ lbs flank steak
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce (I used regular soy sauce)
3 Tbsp sherry or cooking sherry
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger (I used ⅛ tsp ginger powder)
8 weight oz fresh snow peas, ends trimmed
5 whole scallions or green onions, cut into half-inch pieces on the diagonal
salt, as needed (use sparingly)
3 Tbsp peanut or olive oil
crushed red pepper, for sprinkling (optional)
jasmine or long grain rice

{Instructions}
Cook rice according to package directions.

Trim fat from flank steak, then slice very thin against the grain. Cut the meat slightly on a diagonal rather than a ninety degree angle to the grain. (I forgot to cut on a diagonal but my meat turned out just fine.)

Mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger. Add sliced meat to bowl of liquid and toss with hands. Set aside. (If you prefer, pour half the marinade into a separate bowl before adding the meat; it will be used in the stir fry later.)

Heat oil in a large, heavy skillet (iron is best) or wok over high heat. Add snow peas and stir for 45 seconds. Remove to a separate plate. Set aside. (Don’t crowd the pan; cook in 2 or 3 batches if necessary.)

Allow pan to get very hot again. With tongs, add half the meat mixture, leaving most of the marinade still in the bowl. Add half the scallions. Spread out meat in a single layer as you add it to pan, but do not stir for a good minute. (You want the meat to get as brown as possible in as short amount of time as possible.) Turn meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove to a clean plate. (Again, don’t crowd the pan; cook in several batches if necessary.)

Repeat with other half of meat, allowing pan to get very hot again first. After turning it, add the rest of the cooked meat, the rest of the marinade, and the snow peas. Stir it around over high heat until it bubbles up and boils, about 30 seconds, then turn off the heat. Check seasonings and add salt only if it needs it. Mixture will thicken as it sits. (Note: It does not bother me to boil the same liquid that was used for the meat, but if you poured off half the liquid before soaking the meat, just pour the extra liquid in here.)

Serve immediately over rice. Sprinkle crushed red pepper over the top to give it some spice.

{Notes}
This is a really simple stir fry recipe that can be adapted in any number of ways: use chicken instead of beef, change up the vegetables, etc. Just make sure you let the pan get very hot before adding the ingredients!

{Fun Fact} / {Kitchen Tip}
I was curious why this recipe (and others I have seen) called for a heavy pan. Here’s what I found:

Heavy-bottomed pots and pans are thicker at the base, meaning they tend to absorb and distribute heat from a stovetop burner more evenly than a thin pot or pan. Thin pots and pans are more prone to “hot spots” — areas that heat more quickly than others; hot spots, if not watched carefully, can cause your food to burn. A heavy-bottomed pot or pan will heat and cook your ingredients more evenly. […] It’s a good idea to use a thick, heavy-bottomed piece of equipment when cooking or heating any items that can burn or break easily. – LA Times

 


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Katy

 

impossible ham ‘n swiss pie [with tutorial]

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This is my first successful tutorial! I have tried to make one for a couple other dishes, but I would forget to take pictures along the way. I don’t know how other bloggers make tutorials for every recipe. It’s a lot of work and hand washing!

This dish is very similar to a crustless quiche, which make it great for either breakfast or dinner. It reheats well, so it could start out as dinner one evening then turn into breakfast the next morning (like mine did). Oh, and don’t let the name of this recipe fool you! Despite its name this recipe is quite easy to prepare.

 
What you’ll need: smoked ham, Swiss cheese, onion, eggs, milk, Bisquick, salt, and pepperimpossible ham 'n swiss pie  I  frozen pizza, again?

 
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 10×1 ½ inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.impossible ham 'n swiss pie  I  frozen pizza, again?

 
Sprinkle ham, cheese, and onion into dish.impossible ham 'n swiss pie  I  frozen pizza, again?

 
Beat remaining ingredients until smooth.impossible ham 'n swiss pie  I  frozen pizza, again?

 
Pour into dish.impossible ham 'n swiss pie  I  frozen pizza, again?

 
Bake 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. impossible ham 'n swiss pie  I  frozen pizza, again?

 
Let set for 5-10 minutes before serving.
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Enjoy!
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Impossible Ham ‘n Swiss Pie
From the Kitchen of: my mother-in-law

Prep Time: 45 mins – 1 hour
Servings: 4 – 6
Difficulty: Easy

{Ingredients}
2 cups smoked ham, fully cooked and cut up
1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
⅓ cup green onions or yellow onion, chopped
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup Bisquick baking mix
¼ tsp salt (optional)
⅛ tsp black pepper

{Instructions}
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 10×1 ½ inch pie plate with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle ham, cheese, and onion into dish.

Beat remaining ingredients until smooth – 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into dish.

Bake 35-40 minutes, until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let set for 5-10 minutes before serving.

{Notes}

  • This dish is similar to a quiche in both texture and appearance.
  • When you take the pie out of the oven it will not look done, due to the swiss cheese. As long as it is not runny/liquidy when you insert a knife or toothpick it is completely cooked. The pie will set as it cools.
  • My MIL recommends letting the top get brown and crispy before taking the pie out of the oven to act as a sort of crust.


-♥-
Katy

cheesy potato casserole

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Russell liked this dish so much that he ate the leftovers several meals in a row!

One great thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to thaw the hash browns before baking, which makes it a super easy dish that you can throw together in less than 10 mins and then let the oven do the rest.

 
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Cheesy Potato Casserole
From the Kitchen of: Life as a Lofthouse

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 mins
Servings: 6-10 (depending on if it is a side or main dish)
Difficulty: Easy

{Ingredients}
1 (2 lb) bag frozen hash browns (shredded or diced)
2 (10 ¾ oz) cans cream of mushroom soup
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1 small yellow onion, chopped OR 1 bunch green onions, sliced
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup corn flakes, crushed
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1-2 cups diced ham (optional) – I used an 8 oz package of diced ham

{Instructions}
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9”x13” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix together both cans of soup, sour cream, onion, and 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese. Mix together well. Season with salt and pepper.

Add in frozen hash browns and chopped ham (if using), and mix together well. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.

Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.

While potatoes are baking mix together corn flakes, butter and remaining ½ cup of shredded cheese. Set aside.

When potatoes are done, remove from oven and sprinkle the top evenly with the corn flake mixture. Place back into oven and bake another 15 minutes or until top is golden and bubbly. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

{Notes}

  • The next time I make this I will double the topping for an added crunch. Maybe also add some water chestnuts or sliced almonds to counter the soft texture of the potatoes.
  • If you use both green onions and ham they add a nice color contrast to the potatoes, as you can see in my photos.

 


-♥-
Katy