Showing posts with label Peg Cochran. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peg Cochran. Show all posts

Saturday, July 15, 2017

When In Rome...Indulge in a Spritz! #Recipe @PegCochran

Hubby and I recently spent two weeks in Italy--a dream vacation, a celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary and something to cross off our bucket list!  While there we were introduced to the "spritz" which could very well be the Italian national drink!

They're light and refreshing in the summer heat--light enough to indulge at 11:00 a.m. after a morning of sightseeing.

There are basically three kinds of spritzes--con (with) Aperol, con Campari and con Select.  All are infusions of herbs, roots and fruit.  Campari is also used to make a Negroni (Campari, vermouth and gin) and an Americano (Campari and vermouth.)

Select, which is available only in Venice, is a deep red and the sweetest of the three.  Aperol is next and is a vibrant red-orange.  Campari is the most bitter and adds more of a brownish color to the drink.

Upon returning home, we had to continue with our spritz addiction and I readily found the ingredients in our Italian gourmet shop.


Ingredients:
3 parts Prosecco or other sparkling wine
2 parts Aperol
1 splash of soda water





Fill your glasses with plenty of ice.


Add an orange slice--we had to make due with a clementine!


Add three parts Prosecco


Add two parts Aperol and a splash of soda water.


An olive is optional--some bars included one while others didn't.


 

Cin Cin!!

 AND NOW FOR OUR GIVEAWAY!


Nine signed cozy mysteries from the 
Mystery Lovers Kitchen crew 
and a custom designed tote bag!

To Find Out How To Enter, Click Here!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

It's our 7th Anniversary. Enter our Photo Contest!




Mystery Lovers Kitchen is celebrating its
7th anniversary!

Can you believe it? We've passed our 7 year mark 
and we are heading into our 8th year 
of 
Mystery Lovers Kitchen. 

That's 7 years of sharing our recipes, our lives, our books and giveaways! If you do the multiplication, that's way over 2,000 recipes!

We have grown to 9 authors (10 actual people) and we write lots 
of delicious mysteries for your reading pleasure.

To celebrate, we are having a 7th Anniversary Photo Contest.

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5 people will win a Mystery Lovers' Kitchen tote bag
and the 9 mysteries shown in the prize photo below - one from each of us!
Don't delay, enter today!

Here's how it goes:

1. Take a picture of any one OR MORE of our books (does NOT have to be one shown in the prize package below) in the following categories:
a) with a cat
b) with a dog
c) having summer fun
d) in a library
e) in a bookstore

Whose books?

Why the 9 Mystery Lovers Kitchen authors, of course.

Krista Davis * Cleo Coyle *  Leslie Budewitz  
Daryl Wood Gerber * Lucy Burdette * Linda Wiken  
Sheila Connolly * Peg Cochran* Victoria Abbott

...do what you gotta do! There's a sweet prize at stake.

2. Submit your picture via the gadget on the left.
Submission period ends midnight July 25th.

3. Share your entry (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or else-wise,
we'll be flexible). 

We'll choose one winner in each category!

5 chances to win! Good luck!




We've posted the link for the contest in the left column
that features our cheerleading picture! 
See it?
Halfway down - below all the congratulations
to those who have won prizes in the past!

Click it!



You can read the RULES below or when you click the link and ENTER a photo, too!

Have fun!


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Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen’s
7th Anniversary Photo Contest
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States (including D.C.) who are at least 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations.

HOW TO ENTER: Contestant (or “Entrant”) will click on “Enter Now”. Contestant will be prompted to authenticate and to supply their contact information, as well as one photo per category, showing a book written by Krista Davis, Cleo Coyle, Leslie, Budewitz, Daryl Wood Gerber (Avery Aames), Lucy Burdette, Linda Wiken (Erika Chase), Sheila Connolly, Peg Cochran, or Victoria Abbott (Mary Jane Maffini) in one of the five categories:

1) with a cat
2) with a dog
3) having summer fun
4) in a library
5) in a bookstore.
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 The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. The Contestant is providing their information to the Sponsor and not to Facebook.

NOTE: Your photograph will be posted online into a “Gallery” and viewed by other people, who will vote for their favorites.

CONTEST TIMETABLE: The Contest will run from July 5th through July 25th.

PHOTO GUIDELINES: Photos should be in one of the following formats: ,jpg, ,gif, or ,png; and should be no less than 300dpi in resolution (suggested but not required); and should not exceed a 10 MB file size. Photo must contain a book written by Krista Davis, Cleo Coyle, Leslie, Budewitz, Daryl Wood Gerber (Avery Aames), Lucy Burdette, Linda Wiken (Erika Chase), Sheila Connolly, Peg Cochran, or Victoria Abbott (Mary Jane Maffini).

For all Entries: Entries must not be inappropriate, indecent or obscene, as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion. Proof of submission or sending is not proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor shall have the right to reject any photo submitted if it does not comply with the published guidelines. Sponsor may use any photo in any media in association with the Contest without attribution or compensation to the Contestant, his or her successors or assigns, or any other entity. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which are void.

Limit: Each Contestant may enter one photograph in each category. Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address. Any attempt by any Contestant to obtain more than the stated number of photo entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that Contestant's entries and that Contestant may be disqualified.

Photographer/Copyright: Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than you. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo. In addition, by entering, Contestants represent and warrant that the entries that they submit (i) do not infringe any other person’s or entity’s rights; and (ii) have not been submitted previously in a Contest of any kind.

Ownership/Use Rights: Contestants retain the copyright to their photographs, and all rights thereto, except as follows. By entering the Contest, Contestants agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on the Sponsor’s Contest Website without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Sponsor may display winning photos in a photo gallery on their website, in their newsletter, blogs, press releases, and other communication channels at their discretion, and may make and retain copies of the photograph for archival purposes. Photos will be credited to the Contestant named in the entry form. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted is contested in any manner, Sponsors may disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph.

JUDGING: From among all submitted entries, a Review Committee as determined by the Sponsor, will select five (5) Grand Prize winners (one photo from each aforementioned category).

PRIZES: There will be five (5) Grand Prizes awarded. Each Grand Prize package will consist of one Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen tote bag and nine paperback books. Approximate retail value (ARV) of each Grand Prize: $80.

Total ARV of all prizes to be awarded is $400.

Potential winners will be notified by an email message to the email address provided at time of entry and will have 48 hours within which to respond, after which time an alternate photo may be selected by the Judges, at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. No cash equivalent for any prize is offered, nor are they transferable to another individual. No substitution for any announced prize will be made except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion who also reserves the right to substitute any listed prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT and LIST: Winners will be announced on/about July 26, 2017 at MysteryLoversKitchen.com .

PUBLICITY/PROMOTIONAL USE: Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes Entrant’s irrevocable consent and release to Sponsor and their agents to use, record, reproduce, publish, display, perform and translate: (1) the name, likeness, voice, quotations, opinions and biographical information of the Winners, including without limitation any photograph or recording, for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration; and (2) the name, likeness, voice and biographical information of the Winners’ child, including without limitation any photograph or recording, for any promotional purpose in any media, worldwide, and/or for any other commercial or non-commercial corporate purpose, including without limitation use on merchandise or for marketing, without attribution or further payment or compensation to the Contestant, his or her successors or assigns or any other entity.

GENERAL RULES: By entering or participating in the Contest, Contestants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for electronic hardware, programming or software malfunctions, or failures, or line connections, accessibility or availability, or technical failures of any kind, or unauthorized human intervention, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of any entry or other information, or for the failure to capture any such information. Sponsor and Facebook, Inc. are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or 5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Contestant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. Further, if, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by virus, bugs, worms, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest, and select the winners for the Contest, from the entries received prior to the action taken or in other such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsors.

By participating, all Contestants hereby waive and release, and agree to hold harmless the Sponsor, Facebook, Inc., and all promotions, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, advertising and promotions agencies and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents, from and against, any and all rights, claims and causes of action whatsoever that they may have, or which may arise, against any of them for any liability for any matter, cause or thing whatsoever, including but not limited to any injury, loss, damage, whether direct, compensatory, incidental or consequential, to person, including death and property, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from their acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize in the Contest, or their participation in the Contest.

SPONSOR: Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen, PO Box 523, Newbern, VA 24126.

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED



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Monday, July 3, 2017

Around the Kitchen Table: Family Food Traditions and #Book #Giveaway

We're sitting around our kitchen table with cups of coffee and a delicious coffee cake. Pull up a chair and join us!

Do you have food traditions in your family? 


PEG:  Our family had holiday food traditions but other “food traditions” as well.  Saturday was ALWAYS steak night.  We never had steak any other night and even now, as an adult, I often don’t think to grill a steak on any day but Saturday. 

Sundays we either had chicken (usually roasted) or, if we went to my grandmother’s, we had pasta with her fabulous pasta sauce.  Since we were Catholic, and this was before the rules changed, we had fish or a non-meat dish on Friday nights.  If my father wasn’t home for dinner, it was often tuna salad. 

I used to spend one week every summer staying with my (other) grandmother.  My first night there she always made my favorite meal—potato soup and what we called “German pancakes.”  The German pancakes were actually crepes filled with cottage cheese sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. 

My husband and I have a few traditions other than just the steak-on-Saturday one.  Friday night is for “fun food” – like tacos, pizza, take-out Chinese, sushi, etc.  And Sunday night is usually for “comfort” food like shepherd’s pie or roast pork with mashed potatoes.   


GIVEAWAY!!

Sowed to Death comes out tomorrow!  I am giving away one copy to someone who comments below! Let us know what food traditions (if any) you follow in your family.



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LESLIE: If we messed with the menu for our annual Holiday Brunch, I suspect half our friends wouldn't come! But beyond holiday menus, we've got just a few customs. Sunday morning breakfast is nearly always baked bacon, eggs, and muffins or scones. Sometimes I bake, sometimes I defrost -- Erin's Sunday Morning Scones (from Butter Off Dead, my second Food Lovers' Village Mystery) and Krista's Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake both freeze exceptionally well! The eggs might be scrambled, an omelet, or Omelet Muffins. Pizza night isn't as predictable as it was when Mr. Right worked in another town twice a week and got home too late on Thursday to help in the kitchen. (Now that he works at home full time, his Thursday night tradition is staying up late to watch martial arts movies with the cat. Who knew cats admire both Bruce Lee and Jet Li?)

But while we might not repeat a lot of the same foods, we do traditionally cook together. Who takes the lead depends on the recipe---he handles meats and I handle baking, although he often makes his own huckleberry birthday pie! We both took the knife skills class at the community college culinary arts school, so we can share chopping duty. And we both take direction well, thank goodness!


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SHEILA: My mother was a competent cook but not a very imaginative one. Our meals were usually meat/starch/veg, with nothing as exotic as a sauce (although there was always plenty of butter!). I don't think she tried to make a homemade pasta sauce until I was in high school, and shrimp wiggle was a staple: frozen shrimp plus Campbell's frozen cream of shrimp soup, heated together and served over rice. Sunday dinners with the grandparents were always a standing rib roast with potatoes. Would you believe I've never attempted to make one myself? Of course, now you need a second mortgage to buy one.

But it wasn't that she wasn't interested in food, because she did love restaurants. Since my grandmother lived in Manhattan, those restaurants were often rather nice (which was wasted on me since until college I was a very picky eater, but at least I knew such places existed). When we were young, lunch (while shopping at the big name department stores) was often at The Women's Exchange on Fifth Avenue, a rather odd place that served such things as corned been hash patties, and had a sale room upstairs for hand-made crafts made by impoverished but genteel ladies, which accounts for the many embroidered pincushions I still have. Dinner in the city was usually at Trader Vic's, where we always had the Pu-Pu Platter. I'm not sure what heinous acts my mother thought my sister and I would commit in a nice restaurant, but I know that as an adult I took my own daughter to all and any restaurants (including a couple in Paris), and she never made a scene.



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LUCY: I think I said this before, but I believe my mother and Sheila's mother were separated at birth! The one every-week menu at our house occurred on Sunday nights, when we would eat cheese toast, baked beans from a can, and homemade potato salad on TV trays in front of the television. We loved it! And I served it to my husband, and our kids as they were growing up. 

Now my menus are all over the place, but the one thing that cannot be altered is the chocolate cake that most people want for their birthdays. Honestly, two things have changed my cooking a lot over the last few years–joining Mystery lovers kitchen (because we have to come up with new recipes all the time), and the necessity for me to eat a low-sodium diet. So nothing is set in stone these days, which is probably good for the old brain, right?


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DARYL: I can't remember any "traditions" other than Christmas, and that was steadfast: roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, stringed beans with butter. I added to the tradition when I grew up by making sure we always had a yule log for dessert. However...it's summer, so let me share one of our summer traditions. We would go to Lake Tahoe for two weeks and my mother always served peaches with milk and sugar for breakfast. We adored mornings! We always had scrambled eggs. And for lunch, it was always tomato soup and grilled cheese or cracker and cheese. We barbecued at night. Always barbecued. It could be anything from ribs to burgers to steak, but we always barbecued and sat out by the barbecue having beverages and snacks and just lapping up the beautiful smells and sounds of Tahoe at night. These are some of my all-time favorite memories!



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VICTORIA aka MJ: I love hearing about everyone's traditions and am not above stealing ideas. Peaches with milk and sugar? Mmmm. If there's a family get together in winter, there will almost always be lasagna (which my mother-in-law always made and now my daughter and granddaughter also make as do we) but this is summertime, so it's a grilling tradition in the warm months. Although there's an out of town wedding this year, four generations usually gather at MJ's house for Canada Day. We use our big green egg, which is a type of smoker and everyone thinks that's fun. The tradition, aside from 'boys' around the grill, is that everyone brings a salad. The family favorites are bean salad, lentil salad and potato salad. I can't imagine a get together without them. Now, coming in my next post, there will be an awesome new broccoli salad, from Victoria's sister. 

Despite the fact that it has rained throughout the last four gatherings, we stubbornly continue to grill, peering at the rain through the windows. Like in Roberta's family, there is an expectation of chocolate cake, which we make with mocha buttercream icing or whipping cream with Kahlua. Sometimes it's layer cake and sometimes babycakes. Same one-bowl recipe though. We swear by buttermilk and cocoa.


Have a fabulous 4th of July and a great summer! We hope you all enjoy your family favorites. Come by and share what they are.

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CLEO: I grew up in a big Italian family with so many food traditions I'd quickly run out of space listing them here, so I'll limit today's memories to this season! And summer was all about my dad's garden...

During the Depression, my father's father kept his large family fed by working a small farm from which they sold produce. Every spring, my dad helped plant 2,000 tomato plants for his family, so he had no problem tending the 100 tomato plants that he sowed for our own little family. Fresh spaghetti sauce was always part of that yield, and for those of you who've made sauce from fresh tomatoes, you know the very smell of the sauce cooking is like nothing else on earth--and the taste has an amazing vibrancy that you simply cannot get from canned tomatoes or jarred sauces. Sadly, I lost my dad four years ago this week. He went into the hospital right after Father's Day and never came out again. Now every summer, I make this delicious Meatless Italian Spaghetti Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes. The heavenly smell that fills my house always brings back those sweet memories of my father, his garden, and my childhood home.


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KRISTA: Wow, Cleo! I can't imagine 100 tomato plants, much less 2000!

In my family, we always have a traditional Christmas goose with German potato dumplings and a yule log for dessert. The yule log was often requested as a birthday cake, so my mom called it a Lincoln Log, which made it appropriate any time of year.

When I lived in Northern Virginia, just across the river from Washington, DC, it was a tradition to watch the 4th of July fireworks from the Virginia side of the Potomac river near the Pentagon. People bring radios and everyone tunes in to the broadcast that is synchronized with the fireworks. It's always wonderful! (For anyone planning to go, be sure to park your car headed in the direction you need to go when you leave. Saves a lot of time getting out of there.) Everyone goes early to claim a great spot so we always brought a picnic dinner. It became a tradition for me to bring Barley Corn Salad. For some reason, it's very popular with men and I actually got annual requests for it. There was also the year I made my own salsa and burned my hands in the process. Ouch! Wear gloves when handling hot peppers. 

Oh, and every New Year's Eve, I make cheese and beef fondue for my friends. It's the perfect leisurely meal to linger over while catching up.




LINDA:   I like your New Year's tradition, Krista! My foodie memories from childhood aren't too exciting for the everyday fare. My Mom did the basics and although it was good, there was no flare. Except at Christmas! She went all out with traditional Swedish dishes, some I've tried to re-create (not as successfully) and others, I just long for. 

Christmas Eve always, always featured Lutefisk, the infamous white fish that's been re-hydrated in lye. Yes, lye. I remember the weeks-long process. That was served with a white sauce, perhaps to mask the taste, boiled potatoes and a veggie, also boiled. It took many years before I actually started looking forward to the Lutefisk. My sister still shudders at the thought. 

And, of course, there was tons of baking -- pepperkakka (ginger cookies), sugar cookies shaped as an 'S' (for years I thought it was because that was what our last name started with -- turns out, not so), cookies with jelly centers, and my favorite, Swedish Coffee Bread. That's the one I faithfully try to make every year. Sometimes, it doesn't turn out so well, but all times, it brings back those wonderful memories.


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Do you have food traditions in your family? 
Share with us in the comments below!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Easy and Juicy Baked Chicken #Recipe @PegCochran & #Giveaway!

I found this recipe on the blog Give Me Some Oven.  It's a basic recipe that can be played around with to suit your tastes but which will produce delicious, juicy baked chicken breasts.  I find it's very easy to dry out chicken breasts, but this recipe works like a charm.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts of even thickness, brined
1 tablespoon melted butter or olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (I used smoked paprika)

      To brine chicken:

    Place 1 quart of warm water and 1/4 cup kosher salt in a large bowl and add chicken breasts.  Brine for 15 minutes and up to six hours covered in the refrigerator.  



     To make rub:

    Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika in a small bowl and mix well.  Feel free to experiment with spices!



I used smoked paprika for a bit of a kick!

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

    Remove chicken from brine and dry thoroughly with paper towels.  Place in an oven proof baking dish and drizzle with melted butter or olive oil on both sides.  Sprinkle with rub on both sides.








      Bake for approximately 15 to 18 minutes or until thermometer reaches 165 degrees.  Remove from oven, cover dish with foil and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare your side dishes.


      Slice and enjoy! 

Giveaway! Sowed to Death
RT Magazine Top Pick!


Sowed to Death, book #2 in my Farmer's Daughter series, comes out on July 4!  You can pre-order now!  To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy 
of the first book in the series, No Farm No Foul.  
Please leave a comment below to be entered to win.

 

No Farm, No Foul
RT Magazine Top Pick!



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Swedish Meatballs #Recipe @PegCochran & #Giveaway

On Sunday night, when we tend to have "comfort" food for dinner, I decided that Swedish meatballs would be just the ticket.  I went scrolling around the web and found this recipe on Little Spice Jar's blog.  They're called "Seriously Amazing Swedish Meatballs" and hubby declared them fantastic.  I found lots of variations on the Swedish meatball theme--some with sour cream, some without.  Some also had nutmeg while others didn't. The meatballs I've enjoyed the most have usually had sour cream and nutmeg in the sauce so I decided to try this recipe.

Ingredients:
1 small chopped onion
5 TBL butter
2 slice bread torn into small bits
3 TBL milk
1 1/4 lbs. ground beef (lean)
1 large egg
1 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp each: allspice and garlic powder
1 TBL each: oil and worcestershire sauce
2 TBL flour
1 3/4 cups beef broth (or chicken, but beef gives better depth of flavor)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsps mustard

Heat 1 TBL butter over medium heat, add onions, and cook until translucent--approx. 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove to a bowl and allow to cool.

Pour the milk over the bread and press down with your fingers so bread sops up all the milk.  Let sit 5 minutes.

When onions are cool, add ground beef, bread mixture, egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg, allspice.  Mix lightly until just combined, then shape into 1 1/4 inch meatballs.



Heat 1 TBL butter along with 1 TBL oil over medium heat.  Add meatballs and cook, turning frequently, to brown and cook through.  Remove to a plate.  (Tip:  don't overcrowd the pan or the meat will steam instead of browning.  Cook in batches if necessary.)




Turn heat to low and add remaining 3 TBL butter.  Sprinkle flour over the butter and cook, stirring, until golden brown.  Slowly whisk in the beef broth.  Remove from heat and stir in sour cream until dissolved.   



Return to low heat and stir in worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and mustard.  Cook over low heat for 6 to 10 minutes until sauce thickens.  Add meatballs during remaining four minutes.




Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.



My thought:  If you wanted to make this dish during a weeknight when you're more pressed for time, you can make the meatballs in advance.  You can even freeze them on a cookie sheet then add to a plastic storage bag or container.  Then all you have to do is brown and cook the meatballs and make the sauce.


GIVEAWAY!!!

AN RT MAGAZINE TOP PICK!!



Available for pre-order. Released on July 4!


The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Lazy Noodles #Recipe @PegCochran


This recipe comes from the blog The Woks of Life.  I've made a few changes that are very minor.  When I make this again, I think I will reduce the amount of noodles so the quantity of noodles and meat is more balanced.  But that's your call.  I think I would also double the quantity of sauce because we're a saucy bunch here!  The original amounts are listed below.

The full name is 15 minute Lazy Noodles.  This was very tasty but I have to confess to being a disorganized cook because it took me longer than fifteen minutes to make but it was still a quick dinner!



Ingredients:

12 ounces wheat noodles (can use spaghetti)
1 to 2 tsps oil
1 lb. ground beef (or your choice of ground turkey or chicken)
1 onion sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic sliced (I used minced)
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sriracha or to taste

Cook noodles according to directions.

Add tablespoon or two of oil to wok or skillet and heat.  Add ground meat and cook until almost crispy.



Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is soft.



Stir in spinach and cook until wilted.




Combine soy sauce, sesame oil, honey and sriracha to a large bowl and mix.  Add noodles and ground meat and mix well.





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The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

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