Written By: kittencal on April 29, 2012 Leave a Comment

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This is a classic Greek combination of baked eggplant only enhanced by the addition of feta cheese. Serve this vegetarian dish as an appetizer, side dish, or meatless or main dish.


2 pounds of eggplants (long slender type)

olive oil for frying

4 to 5 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 pound red ripe tomatoes, diced

1/2 pound Greek feta cheese, crumbled

salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Wash the eggplants, then remove stems; slice lengthwise into about 3/4- inch slices.

 Fry lightly in olive oil until soft and only slightly browned.

Layer the eggplant slices in the bottom of a greased baking sheet..

In a bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste;  spoon the mixture over the eggplant slices.

Top with feta cheese, and bake for about 40-45 minutes.

Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

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Written By: kittencal on December 9, 2011 Leave a Comment

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You may omit the potatoes and serve this over spaghetti topped with Parmesan cheese

Two cans whole drained mushrooms may be used in place of fresh, do not substitute  crushed tomatoes for the whole tomatoes and use a good brand of Italian tomatoes, no generic here please!

If you like more sauce then process a 14-ounce can tomatoes (well drained) in with the 28 ounce can, discard the juice from the 14 ounce can and increase the oregano and basil amount to 1 1/2 teaspoons

Servings 4


1 cup all purpose flour  mixed with — 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 1-1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon paprika

2  pounds stewing beef

oil, as needed

2 medium onions, chopped

15 small whole white button mushrooms (or use as much as you like)

6 large garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes or hot sauce (optional but good to add, can adjust to taste)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 bay leaves

1/3 cup dry red wine

1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained  (save the juice to add in later)

4 potatoes, peeded and cubed

1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


In a processor process the drained tomatoes until smooth; set aside.

In a large heavy bag combine the flour with all the spices; add in beef cubes, shake the bag to coat the beef in the flour mixture.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat (use enough oil to coat the bottom of the Dutch oven, or as needed) add in beef cubes in batches browning well on all sides. Remove to a plate.

Add in onions; saute scraping up all the browned bits in the bottom of the Dutch oven, cook for about 3 minutes or until onions are softened.  Add in whole mushrooms,  garlic, next 3 spices and brown sugar; cook stirring for 3 minutes.

Return the meat to the Dutch oven along with the bay leaves, wine, pureed tomatoes and the juice from the tomatoes.

Cover and cook in a preheated 325 degree F oven for about 2 hours or until beef is tender (removing about halfway through cooking and seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed).

After about 2 hours of cooking remove from oven and add in the cubed potatoes and peas; cook 25-30 minutes longer or until the potatoes are just fork tender.

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Written By: kittencal on October 13, 2011 Leave a Comment

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One of my favorite pork roast recipes, and may also be made successfully cooked in the oven at 325 degrees F, if you like lots of gravy then double the  cranberry sauce and French dressing
Servings 6

1 pork loin roast  (about 3 to  3-1/2 pounds)

5 tablespoons oil, divided (or use as much as needed)

1/2 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix

fresh ground black pepper

1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

garlic cloves (optional or use as many as desired, I use lots!)

1/3 cup French dressing

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce (Ocean Spray is the best to use


Using a strainer separate the dried onions from the dry powder; place the dry onions in a small bowl.

Heat about 3 tablespoons oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Rub the roast all over with 2 tablespoons oil or more if desired, then season the pork loin with the onion soup powder, black pepper and garlic powder.

Brown the roast on all sides in hot oil then allow to cool slightly or enough for easy handling if stuffing with the garlic cloves (if your cloves are very large I suggest to slice in half).

Make small slits all over in the roast, then stuff with garlic cloves (this is only optional).

Place the roast in the slow cooker.

In a bowl whisk the French dressing with the cornstarch until smooth then add in the cranberry sauce and dried onions; mix until combined.

Pour the mixture over and around the pork.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for about 7-8 hours or until the pork reaches internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

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Written By: kittencal on October 10, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Before you think about making a prime rib roast invest in a good meat thermometor as the internal temperature not the time is your best guarantee for desired donensss, use nothing else but only fresh garlic a little salt and lots of fresh ground black pepper for this or you could use 1 teaspoon garlic salt using any other spices will take away the flavor nothing else is needed, cooking on very high heat then reducing the temperature will seal in all the meat juices to produce the most tender and flavorful prime rib, this actually is the method that a lot of the higher end restaurants use to make there prime rib and is the method I always use when I make prime rib roast at my home, the cooking time stated on the recipe is for a 3-4 pound prime rib, you can use this method for a larger prime rib and increase the cooking time please see bottom of directions, for a perfectly cooked prime rib roast a meat thermometer inserted in the roast should read about 140 degrees for medium-rare doneness, it is advised not to cook prime rib more that medium-rare… Important using more that the specified amount of salt will draw out the juices from the roast, you could add a little more but it is best to salt the meat after it is cooked, using a minimum amount of salt will insure a juicy tender prime rib roast, 1 teaspoon or less of salt will be fine and remember to remove your roast from the fridge about 2 hours before cooking

Servings 8-10


4 pounds center-cut prime rib roast (leave a layer of fat on the top for flavor

8 garlic cloves, sliced in half (or use as many as you like)

fresh ground black pepper (use lots!)

1/2 teaspoon white salt (can use up to 1 teaspoon or can use seasoned salt)

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 cups beef stock


Step 1 Using a knife, poke small holes all over uncooked roast, and insert a half of a clove of fresh garlic in the hole (as many holes and as much garlic as desired
Step 2 Cover roast, and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3 The next day, remove the roast from fridge and uncover; let sit out at room temperature for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours (this is an important step to relax the meat fibers, it will make for a more tender juicy roast, the length of counter-time will depend on the size of your roast).
Step 4 Set oven to 450°F and allow the oven to preheat for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Step 5 Season the roast with only a small amount of salt but lots of fresh ground black pepper pepper (that’s all nothing else but a little salt and fresh ground black pepper, using any other spices will take away the flavor from the prime rib!).
Step 6 Place the roast fat-side up on a rack in a shallow-sided pan, then insert a meat thermometer in the middle of the roast but not touching any rib bones.
Step 7 Roast uncovered at 450°F for 20 minutes (a few more minutes won’t hurt)
Step 8 After 20 minutes of high heat cooking reduce heat to 350°F and continue to roast for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes OR until the meat thermometer reads 130°F for rare doneness OR 140°F for medium-rare doneness, that is the way a prime rib really should be served, check your roast after 1 hour cooking time.
Step 9 *NOTE* It is strongly advised to remove the roast slightly before desired degree of doneness is achieved as the roast will continue to rise in temperature several degrees after removing from the oven.
Step 10 Remove meat to a carving board.
Step 11 Cover loosely with foil and allow let rest (DO NOT CUT INTO ROAST for at least 20 or more minutes or all juices in the meat will flow out).
Step 12 While the roast is resting prepare the au jus; place the roasting pan on top of the stove over high heat.
Step 13 Add in the wine; cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring and scraping any brown bits.
Step 14 Add in the beef stock; cook and reduce the juice by half (this might take about 20 minutes).
Step 15 Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 16 Slice roast (just before serving!) and drizzle with some of the juice.
Step 17 *NOTE* if desired you can cover the roast loosely with foil the first hour and then uncover and cook for the remaining time.
Step 18 APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES for the prime rib cooked at 350°F after the 20 minute cooking time at 450°F. ——- Rare; cook 12-13 minutes per pound or to 130°F. Medium-rare; cook 14-16 minutes per pound or to 140°F (I would not recommend cooking a prime rib any more than medium-rare). Since every oven cooks differently cooking times are only approximate.
Step 19 SUGGESTED SERVING PORTIONS PER PERSON —-for a generous serving of prime rib roast you should figure on 2 people per rib, that means if you plan to serve 6 people you should be able to do so with 3 ribs/ eight people with 4 ribs/ do not bother with less than 3 ribs anything less than that is not a roast but rather a steak and would be better treated as such.You will also find this recip on Recipezazz.com
Written By: kittencal on September 29, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Slow oven roasting makes these ribs tender and delicious, if you like lots of sauce then double the sauce amounts, meaty prime rib bones or beef short ribs both work well, this will also work well using a beef chuck roast or a pork roast

Plan ahead there is a 24-48 hour refrigeration time

Servings 4-6


1 (14 ounce) bottles ketchup

1/2 cup maple syrup or 1/2 cup honey

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

4-6 large garlic cloves, minced

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)

hot sauce or cayenne pepper, to taste

4 pounds meaty beef ribs


In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, except the beef, and adjust seasonings to taste (the sauce should have a good balance of sweet and savory flavors).

Place the ribs in a large bowl, and coat with the sauce.

Cover, and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours, turning the ribs every so often.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Drain the ribs (reserving the sauce).

Place ribs in a large roasting pan bone-side down; brush with sauce

Bake for 30 minutes; remove from oven and turn the ribs over, brush with additional sauce then bake for another 30 minutes.

Turn one more time, brush with the remaining sauce, and bake for another 35-40 minutes, or until ribs are tender (basting often with sauce).

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Written By: kittencal on September 18, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Step-by-step instructions to create the perfect gnocchi, use only russet potatoes or you will have a “gluey glob”!

Gnocchi may be frozen, place gnocchi on a baking sheet, freeze until firm then toss into a freezer bag, drop gnocchi into boiling water from frozen state 

Servings 6


4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 teaspoons salt, divided

1-3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour

about 3 quarts water

pasta sauce or alfredo sauce


Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until just fork-tender.

Transfer to a bowl then mash until very smooth.

Measure out 2 cups mashed potatoes then place into a large bowl (save any remaining  mashed potatoes for another use) cool the mashed potatoes slightly.

Stir in egg and 1 teaspoon salt.

Using a wooden spoon gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups flour until blended (dough should be firm and elastic, keep adding in more flour a small amount at a time if needed until you achieve that texture).

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 15 times.

 Roll into about 1/2-inch -wide ropes.

Cut ropes into 1-inch  pieces.

Press down with a lightly floured fork.

In a large saucepan bring about 3 quarts of  water and remaining 2 teaspoons  salt to a boil.

Add gnocchi in small batches; cook for 8-10 minutes or until gnocchi floats to the top and are cooked through.

Remove with a slotted spoon.

Serve immediately with pasta sauce or alfredo sauce and Parmesan cheese (if not using right away toss the gnocchi generously with oil and refrigerate until ready to use, just heat in the microwave before serving).

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Written By: kittencal on September 17, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder!

This is all mixed in one bowl well except the cracker topping, and also works well using cooked turkey

Servings 4


2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken

2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)

1 (10-3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

3/4 cup mayonnaise (do not use salad dressing)

1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained

1 celery rib, finely diced

1/2 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

1/2 teaspoon each seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, or to taste

20 saltine crackers, crushed 

2 tablespoon butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

In a large bowl, combine the condensed soup with mayonnaise, garlic powder and lemon juice until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Mix in cooked chicken, rice, water chestnuts, celery, onion, seasoned salt and pepper.

 Transfer to baking dish.

Combine the cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top.

Bake, uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.

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