Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!



Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving ... and don't forget to make yourself a Hot Brown with the leftover turkey (recipe will be reposted) ... 

Count your blessing, an remember how many things there really are in life to be thankful for. We forget on a day to day basis how blessed we really are. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hot Browns - the Glorified Open Face Turkey Sandwich

I'm not a big Thanksgiving fan ... and every year, Hubby and I will lay in bed one night leding up to the big feast and discuss my 'issues' and what memories we have. Him? He LOVES Thanksgiving ... and it's a big deal when it comes down to it.

My only real vivid memory is the scolding, ridiculing and just plain misery as I wouldn't eat any of 'that' food when I was a kid. Picky? You bet. Which is why I can sympathize with the Boy and why I always make sure to make a large tray of mac and cheese ... just one of those things that I can so relate to ....



I like turkey nowadays ... thankfully, but after 2 full days of breakfast, lunch AND dinner, I get a little fed up with it ... so after we had this at the Brown Hotel a few years back, I had kept it tucked away in the back of my mind ...

I made it a few times ... but never really after Thanksgiving ... and then it became a Saturday or Sunday night tradition ... 

So if  you are like ME and get a little tired of all that turkey leftover stuff ... give this a try ...

Hot Browns ...

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, room temperature and beaten
Salt and black pepper to taste
Dried parsley as desired
8 slices toasted texas style bread, crust removed and cut in two triangles
1 pound cooked turkey breast, thickly sliced (or chunky)
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
8 bacon slices, fried crisp
One medium size tomato cut in quarters and halved again (8 quarters)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Gradually add flour, whisking constantly, until smooth and free from lumps.

Gradually stir in milk and cream until sauce comes to a gentle boil, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Add Parmesan cheese and stir until melted and well blended.


In a small bowl, beat egg. Gradually add 1 cup of hot sauce, 1/3 cup at a time, to the egg, stirring constantly. Gradually add egg mixture to remaining sauce, stirring constantly until well blended; add salt and pepper to taste with parsley.


For each Hot Brown sandwich, place two slices of toasted bread on a metal (or flameproof) dish.

Cover the toast with a liberal amount of turkey. Pour a generous amount of sauce over the turkey.

Nestle a tomato wedge in one corner and then other corner (2 total). Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until the sauce is speckled brown and bubbly. Remove dish from broiler and cross two pieces of bacon over the top, and serve immediately. *Honestly, I think in the future I would skip roasting the tomato slice as it's doesn't really do a whole lot for 'me'*

Admire, and eat. Remind yourself that this is day xx of eating leftover turkey and think, wow, life is good!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sauteed Butternut Squash

I am not a huge fan of veggies, I'm sure you already know that!

And of course, butternut squash is running rampant at the grocery stores lately, with Whole Foods having the organic stuff at 89 cents a pound! Really? Nothing is ever 89 cents a pound at Whole Foods, you know, so yes, I grabbed a small squash.

Mind you, every 2 weeks, I get the bug, and pick up a butternut squash, a spaghetti squash, an acorn squash AND some zucchini. Generally it's the pretty display and the less than $1 per pound sign that lures me in ... after all, it's Frugal and it's supposed to be good for you ... so hook me up and reel me in, every time.

Then, 10 days later, I see the variety of squash STILL sitting in the guest kitchen refrigerator and end up tossing them out ... FOOD WASTE EXTRAORDINAIRE! There. I said it. :-( Boo.

So this time around, it's a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I've left the butternut and spaghetti squash sitting on the counter in the MAIN kitchen, so every time I do something, I have to move the damn things. But at least they were constantly in sight, which is why I decided to do something with the butternut squash, at least!

First up was figuring out how to manhandle the thing. Geesh.

I ended up cutting off the top and the bottom, and then peeling the skin off with a vegetable peeler. Well. That wasn't so very bad or difficult.


Then I cut it in half, which took a little more work. And at this time, my left finger pads were getting numb and tingly. Odd.

So I scrubbed my hands and put on some gloves. Way better now.

Then I sliced the halves into slices, about 1/4 inch thick, somewhat and cut those in to cubes. Like so.


Cutting the cubes was by far way easier than cutting the slices! I really should have made a better attempt at cutting them a little more uniform in size, but oh well, I'm not a perfectionist and never insinuated I was ;-)

Then I melted some olive oil and butter in a large skillet. I am LOVING the Kerrygold Butter I picked up for $2.00 each. Yes, I know that's $4.00 a pound, but so is regular butter. Doh. I've stashed quite a few in the freezer along with the decent deal on grass fed ground beef I picked up.


Dump in the squash and add a generous amount of salt, pepper and chili powder.


Stir well to mix up and then let it cook for about 10 minutes or so til softened and a little golden color ...


At the last minute,  I decided to dump in the leftover diced onion I had in the fridge along with some garlic ... so glad I did ... this definitely changed things up so by all means, add some onions and garlic!


Done and ready to eat.

This will come to work with me for lunch this week ... I'm pretty stoked as it tasted way better than I anticipated. Yes, I still act like a kid sometimes when it comes to trying new veggies but this may be a new favorite. Step aside, green beans!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Frugal Tip - Freezing Bread

It's been a while since I've done a Frugal Tip ... so here you go!

I bought a large loaf of udi's gluten free bread from Costco a while ago knowing full well that no one but ME would most likely be eating it ... and of course, I try not to eat a whole lot of bread ... so what's a girl to do?

Freeze it!

But, oops, have you seen the insides of my freezers? No way a whole loaf was going to get squished in any of them, not to mention, I sort of wanted to protect this pricey bread from freezer burn AND be able to use a little as I go along ... not the whole loaf.

Brainstorm!

Remember those sandwich bags I picked up to freeze the chicken breast?

Remember the concept behind freezing the chicken breast individually?

Yup, applied the same thought process to freezing the bread.




I simply froze 2 slices in each baggie. Folded them close and stuck them in a LARGE freezer style ziploc bag and stored that bag in the door of the garage freezer.




Sweet.

So now, when I get the urge to have toast, generally after a night of drinking unhealthy beverages, I just grab a little baggie, toss it on the counter for about 15 minutes and then toss it in the toaster while my eggs and bacon are cooking away .... 



Sweet!

Honestly, this is really a no-brainer and I would highly recommend it for those of you who have bread that goes bad in the pantry (here, here, it seems no one eats bread and then when they DO want some, it's a science project gone bad) ... I can't believe I didn't think of this before!

Do you freeze your bread?

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