Monday, August 24, 2009


This will be more of a Mary's lunch. Steve told me he doesn't like Couscous. And I'm not sure we can still be friends because it's one of my all time favorite foods. It's super easy and fast. You can dress it up a thousand different ways. After all, it's just pasta but little itty bitty bits of it. Here is one of my favorite ways.

1 1/4 c couscous in a bowl
1 1/2 c boiling water or broth
two handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1/2 package frozen spinach thawed and drained
1/2 container feta cheese (small container)

Place tomatoes on a pan and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Roast at 400 for 30 minutes. Thaw spinach in the microwave and wring out in a kitchen towel. Bring Broth or water to a boil. Pour on top of couscous, cover the bowl and let it rest for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes remove cover and fluff couscous. Toss with tomatoes, spinach and feta.

*I ate this hot and cold. Steve took one bite and made a gross face. The next day I finished it off. maybe I'm not too upset he doesn't like it, I did get to eat the entire thing myself :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Believe it or not Steve actually enjoys this one. The first time I made it he wanted seconds of "the meat stuff". I said "you mean the eggplant." He was surprised that's what it was. So now we grow our oun eggplants just so we can have this dish in the summer. Everything in it is from our garden, it's such a great feeling to feed your family from less than a quarter acre of land, haha!

1 medium eggplant peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch slices
2 eggs beaten in shallow dish
1/2 c Italian bread crumbs
1/2 c canola oil
1/2 container Feta cheese
1 large tomato sliced
1 large onion cut in half and sliced
1 c mozzarella
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Make a breading station for the eggplant. Egg in one dish, bread crumbs in the other. Heat the canola oil over medium heat. Dip eggplant in the egg and then coat with bread crumbs. Cook in hot oil 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Discard oil and add a little olive oil and saute onions for 5 minutes.

Arrange eggplant slices in the bottom of a baking dish. Layer onions on top, then sprinkle the feta and then layer the tomato slices, salt and pepper to taste, drizzle lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 mins.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kalua Pork

This has got to be the most flavor for the least work in my book. I could eat this every day all day long, I LOVE it! It has been compared to the Luau pork made in Hawaii. I don't know about that but it's still to die for.

1 pork roast
liquid smoke
salt and pepper

Seriously that's it! You put the pork roast in your crock pot and cook for 4-6 hours. Sprinkle the salt and pepper to coat the roast and then your liquid smoke. I usually douse it with liquid smoke a couple times. Be careful though you don't want it to be too strong. I would suggest using the liquid smoke in another recipe first so you are familiar with how strong it is.

If I had to guess on the measurement I wold say no more than 1/4 cup, and that would be pushing it. Try 3 tablespoons. Shred the pork ans serve over rice.

*I have been told the roast to use is the picnic roast that is all tied up when you buy it. I just use whatever and it still tastes good.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Teriyaki BBQ Meatloaf

I do not like meatloaf. I don't think I have ever personally cooked it. I have been known to eat it, but have never really craved or enjoyed it. This recipe sounded interesting so I took it for a whirl and was quite pleased with the outcome.

1 lb ground beef
1 sm. onion finely chopped (or grated)
2 slices bread torn into small pieces
1 egg beaten
1 T mayonnaise
1/4 c milk
1/4 c Teriyaki sauce
2 T sugar
1 T powdered ginger

Mix all ingredients. Line a cookie sheet with foil and form 4 individual loaves. Bake at 350 for 30 mins.

* I did change some things about the original recipe. I used Teriyaki sauce instead of soy sauce. I think maybe next time I will leave out the sugar cause the sauce was sweet enough. Don't tell Steve ;) This would also be a very easy recipe to double, just don't double to onion. Last thing, I formed it into individual loaves so every one got the caramelized parts that are so yummy. You don't have to do this, if you want just put it in a loaf pan and cook for about an hour.