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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chicken and Sausage - A Crock Pot Dinner

After getting home from vacation, I got back into the kitchen. I guess I am a little strange, because while on vacation, I sometimes think about the food I will cook for my family when I get home – strange I know.

Anyway, I made this little dish in my crock pot, and I think it turned out really well. My husband really liked it and he also said that leftovers were great.

Chicken with Italian Sausage

10 oz bulk or mild Italian sausage – I used pork and salsica sausage

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 can – about 15 oz – cannellini or great northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 can – about 15 oz – red beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup chicken broth – I used stock that I had made

1 medium onion chopped

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp salt

Chopped fresh parsley

Brown sausage in large skillet over medium – high heat, stirring to break up meat. Drain, spoon sausage into slow cooker

Trim fat from chicken. Place in chicken, beans broth, onion, pepper and salt into slow cooker. Cover; cook on low for 5-6 hours

Adjust seasonings if desired. Slice each chicken thigh on the diagonal. Serve with sausage and beans. Garnish with parsley if desired.

I think for next time, I will put some seasoning on the chicken before I add to the crock pot just to give it a little more flavor and punch. I was thinking along the lines of cumin and garlic along with more salt and pepper.

Have a great day! Talk to you soon.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Yummy Margaritas

Quick post – I made margaritas from scratch. They were tart and wonderful. I squeezed fresh lime juice, added tequila and triple sec. I found a citrus juicer on sale at Bed, Bath, and Beyond yesterday. I have enough lime juice to make more!!!!! Yummy! I got the inspiration from a party I went to this past spring. We had margaritas made from scratch and we fell in love with them.

1 ½ oz Tequila

½ oz Triple Sec

1 oz lime juice


Rub rim on cocktail glass with lime juice, dip rim in salt. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into the salt-rimmed glass, and serve.

I recommend this. Try it the next time you want to have a simple fresh margarita! If the limes are tart, you might have to add a little more triple sec to smooth it out. Have fun!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Outer Banks - Rest of Trip

The rest of our vacation in the Outer Banks was busy for us. We first went to Grave Digger’s Dungeon – he is from the Outer Banks originally, you know. Anyway, we got to see someone working on him as he got crashed in Philly on Saturday night. We wanted to have the boys take a ride on the play course they had, but it was closed. Instead we walked around, saw the older Grave Diggers on display outside and left to go find lunch. We were going to have lunch at Mel’s Diner, but they were closed as well. We ended up eating at a local brewery – powered by the wind, and then headed to the Wright Brother’s Memorial in Kitty Hawk.

What an inspiring place. To think that two men decided to conquer flight is just amazing to me. We looked at each of the markers for their first four flights and walked up to the monument that was built in 1928 and dedicated in 1932. Raised in Ohio, the brothers came to the Outer Banks specifically to fly. The last time I was there, I was pregnant with Sam and didn’t climb to the monument – too tired that day.

We ended the day at the Carolina Seafood buffet. While it was very good, we decided to forgo buffets in the future. Some of the items were very overcooked by the time we got to them. On the bright side, steamed items, like crab, clams, and shrimp were brought to the table to order – the clams were fantastic. My little one tried and really liked them. He also tried fried oysters and enjoyed them as well.

On our last day in the Outer Banks, we hung out on the beach in the morning, and spent the rest of the day playing with go-karts and miniature golf. The boys had a blast. For our last meal, we chose to go to the Lone Cedar Cafe. It was, fabulous!!! They gave us way too much food, but oh well. I ordered the pasta of the day – shrimp and soft shell crab on a bed of pasta with roasted tomatoes, spinach, and garlic, served in a white wine sauce. It was soooo good. I have to say that I was so surprised to see four crabs on the pasta. Not only were there four crabs, there had to be at least ten shrimp and a half pound of pasta. There was too much, but we took it with us and ate the rest at our hotel in Asheville the next night.

One night we went to a restaurant at the Nag's Head Fishing Pier - we had been there one other time, when I was pregnant with my oldest. It was really neat to go back. The food was great; I had soft shell crab that were sauteed in garlic and butter. I think they were the best soft shell crab I ate on the trip. We walked out on the pier both before and after dinner to watch the fishing. We saw a boy named Tyler catch a stingray - he threw it back. My boys said that next year, they want to fish.

My family had a great time. It was the first time we took the boys on a big trip, and they enjoyed it so much. They are already excited about next year’s trip. Have a great evening. Talk to you soon. I will have recipes and great food – I hope!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Outer Banks Day 3

For our third day in the Outer Banks, we lazed by the pool in the morning, and drove up to Cape Hatteras in the afternoon. There we climbed 257 stairs to the top of the lighthouse – the tallest lighthouse in America. I have wanted to do that since the first time I saw the Bodie Island lighthouse when I was pregnant with my oldest child.
Climbing up the spiral staircase was very easy – I was sweating, but I was 90 degrees in the unairconditioned lighthouse. We went out on the observation deck where the winds were about 20
miles an hour. I have to admit that I was a little freaked out by the height. Anyway, the climb up the stairs was much, much easier than the climb down. Since I have no, and I mean no depth perception, climbing down was just a little freaky for me. Hubby said I was walking like an old lady – whatever. I was also wearing flip flops; probably not the best idea I have ever had.
I was surprised to learn that this lighthouse was moved 11 years ago, because the shoreline changed. There is much interesting history out here.

I have no food pictures to post for this third day of vacation. We ate sandwiches for lunch and went to a seafood buffet for dinner. There really weren’t any picture opportunities. The buffet was good; I think the soft shell crabs were the best, followed by the steamed clams. They brought the clams fresh from the kitchen every time. Hubby tried the different types of fish that were on the buffet, but he wasn’t impressed. I guess the fish just kept cooking and was dried out by the time he got to the buffet. The boys tried clams from the shell, and my little one tried oysters. Overall a good meal and a great day.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Outer Banks Day 2

The second day of our vacation was nice and relaxing. After getting a late start, I took the boys to the beach where my oldest promptly fell into the ocean. I think he was very surprised – he took it pretty well though. After splashing for a bit, we drove around for a while and settled on our lunch place – Dirty Dick’s. I don’t like the name at all, bu the food was very good. We started with fried gator, which the boys loved, and moved on to sandwiches for us, tenders for the oldest and a Meatball Sundae for my youngest. He loved it and ate every bite!

We spent the remainder of the afternoon at the beach, watching the boys get “hammered” as they said by the waves. They had so much fun. I got to do what I have always wanted to do – sit at the beach and read a book. It was so relaxing just sitting, reading a book, and watching my kids play in the water. The sound of the tide was almost rhythmic, and the birds – gulls I think, that flew by all added to the perfection of the day.

When I get time, I will post more of our vacation to the Outer Banks. Talk to you soon!

Friday, June 11, 2010

First Vacation Meal

We arrived at our hotel in Nag’s Head the first night and our first order of business was dinner. We hopped over to Panico Jacks – a steak and seafood place, and ate outside on their deck. It was great to sit and be able to hear the surf. Such a calming sound.
Our waiter was great. He got the kids squared away with spaghetti – they scarfed it down; he also brought bread for them later while we were eating. He must have known they would still be hungry. Since it was so dark outside, we ordered what he recommended.

For me it was the grilled yellow fin tuna; scallion fettuccine, tomatoes, baby oak mushrooms, scallions, feta cheese, in a reduced cream sauce. Soooo good!!!!! Hubby ordered Soft shells and shrimp, served with a vegetable medley and mashed potatoes. We love soft shelled crab – I actually made it once at home, and have been looking forward to eating some here. Our meal was great. Be back with more adventures from our trip!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

BBQ and Summertime

Summer has started and the grill has been busy. While I am glad that school is out, the first week of my summer vacation has been busy as well. We kicked summer off with a party at the pool. Some of the teachers and their kids from my school brought great food to my house and we celebrated the beginning of summer vacation as well as the engagement of one of the teachers. It was a hot day – perfect pool weather.

The next day was my kids’ last day of school – they went for an hour. We picked them up and spent the day together; lunch at Imo’s and the afternoon in the pool. A perfect 10 according to
my son.

The next week was just as busy. A friend and I took the boys to the Botanical Gardens, there were baseball games, scout camp, and a host of other activities that have totally occupied almost every waking minute of our days.
What I share with you today is something that I have shared before, but wanted to post again, because it is so good. Butterflied Cuban Style Pork Chops are a Bobby Flay recipe that I saw on Grill It. The combination of the pickles, ham, pork and cheese is terrific! I never thought I would like pickles with meat; I don’t eat them with hamburgers, but I love them in this dish. If you get a chance to try these, I highly recommend them.

We also had the third annual Jakey in June BBQ contest. My kids entered the kids’ Q, while I judged the big contest as well as the Margarita competition. It was a fabulous time, and I can’t wait until next year’s BBQ. I have some pictures that are from the “Anything But” part of the competition. That is where the BBQers’ can enter into the competition anything but pulled pork, ribs, brisket, or chicken – the items that are judged in the main part of the competition. While I didn’t judge that part of the competition, I heard the food was fabulous.

I judged the main meat part of the competition and got to take home some gooood BBQ. Hubby was excited to try my “winnings”

The funniest part of the entire BBQ was when I stood in line for almost 2 hours to try pig snoots. Yes, you read correctly, pig snoots. I have to say that the wait was long - some people gave up and left the line - their loss. The snoots reminded me somewhat of pork rinds. The snoot was very crunchy on the outside, but tender and chewy on the inside. Ed’s BBQ, from Troy, MO brought them. Along with the pulled pork nachos from HQ; I had some great food.

The next time you hear from me, we will be on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.