Grilled Marinated Veal Chops

Grilled Marinated Veal Chops, Salt Potatoes, and Tossed Salad

     Bob loves Veal Chops and grilling them is one of his favorite ways to cook them.  First he marinates them overnight in Lupo’s Marinade.  You can use your favorite marinade.  He prefers his Chops medium/rare, so 5-7 minutes per side. 

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DUMP-IT SEAFOOD PASTA SALAD

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Dump-it Seafood Pasta Salad (2)     You’ve heard of dump-it cakes.  Have you ever heard of a dump-it salad?  Well, let me introduce you to an outstanding mix of seafood, pasta, and whatever!  That’s right.  You put the main ingredients in the bowl and dump in whatever you have on hand.  I wanted seafood in mine.  I always want seafood.  In anything.  And here you have my latest creation . . .  Dump-It Seafood Pasta Salad.  And boy, is it ever good!

BASIC RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

Cooked pasta.  I used Farfalle here

Mayo

A bit of sour cream to add creaminess

2 hard cooked eggs, chopped

Seafood – I used cooked jumbo shrimp and some crab meat

Veggies:  I used peas, corn, chopped mini sweet peppers, onion, cherry tomatoes, and celery.  I definitely would have added sliced black olives, but I didn’t have any.   A bit of cucumber from the garden might have been nice. …

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Raspberry White Chocolate Cake

     We all loved the Orange White Chocolate Cake so much I decided to make a Raspberry one.  It would be a great cake for the holiday weekend!! 

INGREDIENTS:

White Cake Mix (3 egg whites, 1/3 cup Canola Oil, 1 ¼ cups Water)

One 4 Serving Size Box of Instant White Chocolate Pudding

2 cups Cold Milk

1 tsp Raspberry Extract

Optional:  2 drops Red Food Coloring

GANACHE:

1/4 cup Good White Chocolate Melting Disks or White Baking Chocolate

1 ½ TBSP heavy cream

PREPARATION:

     Butter the bottom of a 13” x 9” cake.  Bake cake according to package directions.  Let cool for 5 minutes. With a 5/8” * handle of a wooden spoon, randomly poke holes in the cake.  Brush off any crumbs.

     Mix Pudding with Milk, Extract, and Food Coloring.  Beat vigorously for about 90 seconds with a whisk.  Pour immediately over partially cooled Cake. Chill at least an hour.

Ganache Prep:  In a microwave-safe bowl, cook White Chocolate and Heavy Cream for 20 seconds.  Stir.  Heat another 5 seconds, stir, and it should be melted.  Let cool for a minute or two, and then drizzle over Pudding.  Let chill for a few hours.

My secrets for success:  You will find that a ½” or smaller handle will not make big enough holes for the Pudding to sink into them.  If you don’t have a 5/8” wooden spoon, look for a screw driver handle, a magic marker handle or something else that’s close to 5/8”.

Don’t over beat the Pudding or it will begin setting up, and again, will not sink properly into the holes.  Don’t let the Pudding sit too long after preparation or again, it will set up and won’t want to sink into the holes. Mix it and pour it immediately.  A few light bangs on the counter will also help settle the Pudding.

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MEATBALLS, The Versatile Food

     Pictured is a Meatball Sub with Beef Meatballs, Spaghetti Sauce and melted Mozzarella Cheese

     What’s not to like about a Meatball? They’re round. They’re made of meat. With a little imagination, you could go wild in your kitchen! 


       Freezing Meatballs is always handy when you need a fast meal because they thaw quickly.

     Serve them with Red Sauce or Marinara over Pasta, Meatball Subs, Teriyaki, Brown Gravy over Noodles or Mashed Potatoes, Mozzarella stuffed, Meatballs in Marsala Sauce over Noodles or Mashed Potatoes, Lasagna, Pizza, Meatball Stroganoff, or any one of many different ideas. 

     Today I will share a basic recipe and you can take it from there.

INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 20-24 Meatballs

1 lb Ground Beef, or Italian Sausage, or a mixture of Ground Chicken and Ground Turkey, Veal, or Pork
3-4 TBSP Milk
¾ tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Egg
A few dashes each of Salt and Pepper
1 tsp Parsley
1 Tsp Basil
½ tsp Garlic Powder
¼ cup Sweet Onion, chopped
½ cup Plain or Seasoned Bread Crumbs

PREPARATION:

In a bowl, break up the Meat. Make a well in the center and add Milk, Worcestershire, Egg, Salt, Pepper, Parsley and Garlic Powder. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Lots of people use their hands, but I just can’t.

Add the Onion and Bread Crumbs. Mix again until incorporated. Form into balls (I use a cookie scoop. I don’t have to touch them that way and the size is uniform. They will have one flat side, but who cares and nobody will notice.

Now you have your choice of frying or baking. Either one is just as good. Fry them in a skillet until browned on all sides. Or bake on a foil or parchment lined cookie sheet in a 400° F oven for about 18-22 minutes until browned. If you’re making smaller cocktail size balls, check them after 15 minutes.

NOTES: If using Chicken and/or Turkey, make sure the temperature is 165 in the center.

If making Italian Meatballs, you can use sweet or hot. You can use ground meat or links. (Just remove the skins if you’re using links.)

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My Favorite Chicken Salad, Mediterranean Eating Friendly

Chicken, Fruit, Veggies, Greens, and a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. What could be better?

   Have you ever eaten something with a Balsamic Vinegar reduction drizzled over it?  Fruit, Cheese, Tossed Salad, etc?  Have you ever ordered a Caprese Salad appetizer in a restaurant?  Very expensive for a few slices of Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, and drizzled with Olive Oil and a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.  SO easy to make your own.  Anyway, I made a Salad out of various Greens and Veggies.  I placed cut-up Fruit around the edge, and plopped a leftover grilled Chicken Breast on top.  I drizzled with a Balsamic Vinegar reduction, and dug in!!!  So healthy.  So good!

     Feel free to grill your Chicken just for this dish, but to me it makes sense when BBQing Chicken to grill a few extra pieces to save for this delicious Salad!  For an informal dinner, I think putting out various containers with all the Salad Ingredients and letting people make their own would be fun!

PREPARATION OF BALSAMIC VINEGAR REDUCTION IS SIMPLE:      Simply pour your favorite Balsamic Vinegar in a pan and let it simmer until it’s the consistency you want.  It only takes a few minutes, so don’t walk away.  (Some people like to add Honey, but I think the Vinegar reduction is sweet enough).

    Feel free to drizzle a little Olive Oil over the Greens also. 

Here’s what I put on my Salad:

Grilled Chicken, your choice of cut

Baby Spinach

Arugula

Fresh Basil

Romaine Lettuce

Onions, sliced

Green Olives

Kalamata Olives

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Strawberries

Raspberries

Grapes

Watermelon

For Cheese, either sliced Fresh Mozzarella or Feta would be great.  Stop looking for the Cheese on my Salad.  There isn’t any ☹  I was out of both.  Yes, I cried a little.

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