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Chicken, Broccoli, Pasta with cream sauce

From Natalie:

This is one of my son Jonathan’s favorite meals.  It is very tasty and can be pulled together in about 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Farfalle pasta (14.5oz.)
  • 1 crown of broccoli
  • 1 jar of Bertolli alfredo sauce
  • 1 1/2 lbs. of chicken tenders
  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Canola oil

Beat the egg with 1/4 cup of milk and put into a bowl.  Put 2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs into another bowl.  (I added garlic powder to the breadcrumbs for extra flavor.)  Cut the tenders into bite size pieces.  (I put the pieces of chicken in a zippered plastic bag and hammered  them out to tenderize them.)  Put the chicken into the egg bath and then the breadcrumbs.  Cook in a frying pan with canola oil.

At the same time, steam the whole crown of broccoli.  When it is tender, cut off the tough stalks.

Boil the pasta.

I have to confess I have a double standard when it comes to sauce.  I always make a red sauce from scratch, never do I buy a jar.  I do, however, buy the white sauce in a jar.  For this recipe, I use Bertolli’s alfredo sauce.  It is delicious and enables this recipe to be pulled together quickly.

Put the pasta, broccoli and chicken into a large bowl.  Pour the sauce over everything.  (I don’t even heat the sauce because everything else is hot.) Toss.  Enjoy!

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LOBSTER SALAD

From a tiny BEACH kitchen: 

This wonderful lobster salad recipe comes from my Dad, John Hoss.  He serves it with crackers for an elegant appetizer.  Or simply tucks the lobster salad into a warm, toasted hot dog bun.  Hot or cold, lobster salad sandwiches are best served with Cape Cod potato chips.

I had the 2 beauties pictured above cooked at Brant Rock Fish Market.  I simply shucked the lobsters in my kitchen.  Yes, you can buy lobster meat already shucked – just bring your wallet – it costs a fortune!   Shucking a lobster  is really not all that hard.  However, I’ve been doing it all my life and so am probably biased.

For you virgin shuckers out there, simply follow the pictures below.

~ Sheryl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 “chic” lobsters (weighing 1 pound each)
  • 1 TBSP Hellman mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper
  • Flatbread crackers or 2 hot dog buns

Shuck lobsters.  Dice into bite size pieces.  Combine with mayo.  Use just enough mayo to hold it all together.  You don’t want the lobster meat dripping with mayo.  Add fresh cracked pepper and salt.  Serve warm or chilled.  As Barefoot Contessa says, “How easy is THAT?”

Whole Cooked Lobster:

Getting the sweet lobster meat onto your fork may seem like a daunting challenge to some. There are 2 solutions to this; you can buy already shucked fresh lobster meat, or once you have cooked your lobster you can follow these simple steps:

Claws: Remove the lobster claws by twisting them from the body. Using a nutcracker, seafood shell cracker or pliers, crack the shells of the claws, and pull out the meat. Don’t forget to push the meat from the knuckles – some feel this is the sweetest part of the lobster.

Tail: Arch the back of the lobster until it cracks or twist the tail to separate it from the lobster’s body. Break off the tail flippers, insert a fork, and push the tail meat out in one large piece. Peel back the thin piece covering the tail and remove the anal cord.

Body: Unhinge the back shell from the lobster’s body. You’ll see a green area (called the “tomalley”) that is considered a delicacy by some, and the coral-colored “roe” which is also edible.

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Crack the lobster’s body by pulling it apart sideways. Lobster meat can be found in the four pockets where the larger legs attach. There is also a small bit of meat in each of the walking legs.

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CHICKEN BROCOLLI & ZITI

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:
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You can have a great dinner on the table any night in just 20 minutes.   Use whole wheat pasta if you prefer.  The broccoli is sautéed – so it has a slight crunch.   A hint of  lemon adds terrific flavor to the sauce.  And the leftovers are perfect to bring to work the next day.       ~Sheryl
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb chicken, cubed
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 lemon slices
  • 1 cup broccoli (use fresh or frozen), or more!
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lb ziti pasta, cooked
  • 2 TBSP olive oil or butter
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Cook pasta according to package directions.
  1. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large heavy bottom skillet.
    Add chicken cook over medium heat until browned on all sides.
    Add broccoli, sauté  for about 3 minutes.
    Add lemon slices, sauté for 2 minutes.
    Add garlic, cook until fragrant (about  a minute).
    Add chicken broth.  Scrape bits off bottom of pan.
    Add in cream.  Cook until pan boils.
    Lower heat and reduce to thicken sauce a little bit.
    Off heat.  Stir in cooked pasta.
    Serve on a decorated platter.
    Grate Parmesan Reggiano cheese on top.  (Yes, it is expensive, but worth EVERY penny.  A little goes a long way.)

Rita’s Greek Meatloaf

From Rita:

I was invited to compete in a meatloaf contest at our yacht club.   Growing up in a Greek home with a YiaYia (aka: grandmother), as well as a mother who only cooked mostly Greek cuisine,  meatloaf was NEVER made.. really and truly NEVER! Not being sure about how to  make a meatloaf,  I decided to take the flavors that I loved best and create my own meatloaf recipe.  I must say it came out tasty and I actually placed in the top 3–  I was elated!  You can also use this same recipe to form patty’s to make Greek burgers.  Either way, you will WOW your friends with a flavor I can guarantee they will love.

  • 1 pound ground beef (85% variety)
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 medium onion finely minced
  • 15 pitted Kalamata olives, finely chopped ( supermarket olive bar)
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 level tablespoons dried oregano ( rub the dry leaves in the palms of your hands before dropping into the bowl to awaken the flavor)
  • 2 level tablespoons dried granulated garlic powder( not garlic salt)
  • 1 teaspoon salt ( do not overdo as the Feta will add salt to the meatloaf)
  • 1 tablespoon pepper ( freshly ground is best)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2-3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1  15 oz. can unseasoned petite diced tomatoes, drained really well
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Do not mix it to death,  just enough to bring it all together evenly.
Lay a long piece of foil on a counter and rub olive oil on it.   Pour the mixture on the foil. (See below)  Here is where you will form the loaf.   It goes into the oven to cook through – about 50 minutes.  Remove.   Let meat rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

OLD FASHIONED BEEF STEW

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

Here is another classic crockpot recipe…… I don’t have a picture of the finished dish.  Oops!  We ate it all before I realized I didn’t get the finished shot- the stew was THAT GOOD!   (Use your imagination.)

I did, however, take a shot of the actual beef stew recipe I have been using forever.    The recipe booklet came out of the crockpot box many years ago.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • paprika
  • salt and pepper

Roasted Pork with Apple Cranberry Sauce

From Natalie:

Krisann made this dish for Bill and I a few years ago and it was fabulous!  She shared the recipe so I could make it for our celebration.  I was surprised that it was so easy because it really comes out delicious and the presentation is quite impressive.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork roast (This recipe calls for a roast this size, however, I made a roast that was 5 lbs. so I tripled the recipe.)
  • 2 Red Delicious apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup of Craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Crazy salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Garlic powder

Put the roast in a roasting pan and coat with Crazy salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Cook at 325 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.  (Meat thermometer should read 165 degrees in the center.)

In a medium saucepan, add the apples, craisins, barbecue sauce, brown sugar and 1/4 cup water.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring often.  The sauce should be slightly thickened.

Put the pork on a serving platter.  Slice roast and pour sauce over the top.  Enjoy!

(This recipe was adapted from Weight Watchers Simply the Best cookbook)

 

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Baked Chicken ~ seasoned with white wine and cinnamon

From Rita:

I have been making this dish for many years and have seen many dinner guests licking their lips over this one.  It is wonderfully fragrant as it cooks in your oven it causes those salivary glands to kick into high gear.  You almost can’t wait for it to be done.  So very simple and so very tasty.  I have added some things to make it a complete meal and the cooking process remains the same.  One pan clean up always works for me.  Hope you enjoy.

  • 1 – 4 lb. whole chicken cut up into pieces or you may use split breast or drumsticks
  • 1 large vidalia onion sliced into 1/2″ rings and broken apart
  • 1 box white mushrooms cleaned and left whole
  • 4 red potatoes, washed and cut into 1 1/2″ thick slices
  • 1 1/2-2 cups dry white cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Simply toss everything into a large bowl and use your hands to toss and coat all ingredients well.  Line a cookie sheet or roasting pan with non-stick aluminum foil ( most important) and spread out evenly in a single layer.  Preheat the over to 400 degrees and cook for approximately 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through.  The finished product should be beautifully browned and not dry!

BEST GRILLED SWORDFISH RECIPE

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

Light the grill this weekend!  Swordfish is MADE to be cooked on a grill.    When choosing swordfish, look for the little strip of dark meat to be red, not brown.  If it’s brown, the meat is old.

It’s okay to use the broiler if you don’t have a grill.   You don’t need a fancy “fish” contraption to hold the fish on the grill, just try to only flip it over once.  When cooking swordfish, think medium rare steak.  It should be cooked the same.  Make sure to leave the skin on when you grill, but take it off to serve:  The skin is rubbery, but helps keep the meat moist.

The mayo in this recipe serves 2 purposes.  First, it keeps the fish from sticking to the grille.  Second, it keeps the meat moist and succulent.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup light  mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 TBSP Old Bay seasoning
  • juice of  one lemon
  • 1 lb. swordfish (one inch thickness)

Pre-heat the grille to medium-high.   Rinse swordfish steaks well under cold water; pat dry.  In an small  bowl, combine the 4  ingredients.  Brush mayo and seasonings liberally on both sides of swordfish.  Place fish on hot grill for 5 minutes.   Flip once.  Cook for another 4 minutes.

Remove swordfish from grille to rest on a platter covered with foil for 3 to  5 minutes before cutting into portions.   Do NOT overcook- or you will dry out the fish.

A good rule of thumb:  Fish will cook in approximately ten minutes per inch of thickness.  Any thick white fish can be cooked this way… striped bass, tuna, mahi – mahi, grouper, etc.

~SHERYL

Easy Baked Lamb Shanks (ARNI STO FOURNO)

From Peach:

This dish is much easier to make than one might think.  Simple and delicious and does not need much attention once it is together in the oven.  It can be topped off with some crumbled feta when it is piping hot or not.  Growing up in a Greek home lamb was plentiful and made in many ways..this being my favorite.  Give it a try and I bet it will become your favorite too.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 lamb shanks trimmed of as much fat as possible.
  • 1 box white button mushrooms
  • 1/2 box orzo
  • 1  15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • beef broth
Place trimmed lamb shanks in a large roasting pan.  Combine tomato sauce and enough beef broth to fill pan 3/4 way up the sides. Seal tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 2 1/2 hour.  Do not disturb during this time.
Remove foil and add mushrooms and orzo and stir gently.  Put back in oven uncovered and cook stirring occasionally till orzo tender.  The lamb will brown beautifully during this part of the cooking process.  Total cooking time is about 3 hours. (This will ensure the lamb will be very tender).
KALI ORAXI EVERYONE.

“SO GOOD” BAKED SEA SCALLOPS RECIPE

 From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

These are “so good”- which is what you’ll be hearing from scallop fans at your dinner table.   Not sure if you’re a scallop fan?  Try this recipe and you will become one.  Fast. 

Do you buy big or small scallops?  The most obvious difference between sea and bay scallops is their size.  Sea scallops are much bigger, generally running 10 to 20 to the pound, while you will get something in the range of 50 to 90 bay scallops for the same weight.   Both sea and bay scallops lend themselves to the same dishes.  Avoid overcooking, which is fatal to flavor and texture.  

The ingredients are kept minimal and the taste is right out of the ocean.  Serve alone or as part of a surf and turf.  Simply follow along with the pictures below.   

Ingredients:

  • 1 -1/2 pounds Sea Scallops
  • Juice of one  REAL Lemon
  • 2 TBSP Butter, divided
  • 1/2 sleeve of Ritz Crackers
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Put one tablespoon of butter in bottom of casserole dish.  Place in oven for a couple minutes to melt.   Pull out of oven.  Place scallops in casserole dish.  Season with salt and pepper and pour juice of one lemon over the scallops.   Crush 1/2 sleeve of Ritz crackers.  Sprinkle on top.  Place cut up tablespoon of butter on top of crackers.  Bake 10-12 minutes.   Do not overcook!  Just keep checking on the scallops after 10 minutes and give them another minute or so afterwards.  They will remain juicy.   Serve with slices of lemon on the side.

 Let me know what you think about this recipe.   

Did you hear “these are so good” when you served them?

~SHERYL

 

 

YOU CAN DO THIS: MAPLE GLAZED SALMON RECIPE

From a tiny BEACH kitchen…..

Having friends over for dinner is one of our favorite things to do.  We love to simply sit on the porch with a glass of wine and watch the waves (or the surfers!) crash while something simmers on the stove, or cooks itself in the oven.   This dinner is perfect for doing just that.   Enjoy your friends enjoying healthy food.

The salmon is done in 13 minutes with minimal prep time.   Add some steamed veggies, (gotta love those microwave bags!) and rice.  Or not.  Just prep a salad and some crusty bread.  This dish is unbelievably tasty and simple.  

I’d bet you probably already have everything you need to make this recipe in your pantry…. well, except for the fresh salmon.   I made 2 pounds for four people and we had plenty left over for lunches the next day. 

Note:  Please, please, please use “real” maple syrup in the glaze.  It is a natural sugar.  You do not need alot and it does make a difference.  Less IS more.  The taste is subtle.  Be certain it is pure maple syrup and none of that corn-syrupy fake stuff.  If the bottle looks like a lady in an apron, throw it out. 

(And of course, please use a real lemon for heaven’s sake.  If your “lemon” comes from a squeezable plastic container, throw that out too!)

Ingredients:

           …see my notes for the glaze pictured below ~ per one pound of salmon.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Salt and pepper salmon.  Place skin side down in baking dish.  Cook salmon 8 minutes.  Remove salmon from oven.  Brush salmon with marinade.  Return salmon to oven 4-5 minutes.  Done!

Let me know how you liked this recipe! 

~ SHERYL

PERFECTLY CRISP PAN-SEARED CHICKEN BREASTS RECIPE WITH LEMON & CHIVE SAUCE

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From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

Cooking is often about time.  This is one of those recipes that takes a little bit more time and is totally worth the effort.  A mixture of 3 parts flour to 1 part cornstarch creates a thin, brown, crisp coating that keeps the chicken moist.   The chicken comes out tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.  It tastes better than real chicken skin. 

Do you have a few more minutes?  Then take 5 minutes and make this Lemon and Chive Pan Sauce to pour over the chicken.   Add a green veggie on the side ~ and you are DONE!

Note: An instant read thermometer is key if you do not want to overcook meat.   Without one, you will often  slice into the meat to check for doneness- then the juices run out before they set- leaving the meat dry.   Make a small investment in this kitchen tool.  It will change your world.  Well, you know, not really, but it does have a small WOW factor.  

Ingredients to Pan Sear Chicken:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz each)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 TEAspooon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

POKE AND SALT:  Salting chicken seasons the meat and keeps it moist.  Poking thicker parts of the breasts with a fork ensures even seasoning.

COVER AND BAKE: Place chicken in 13 x 9 baking dish and cover tightly with foil.  Bake in a 300 degree oven until instant read thermometer reads 145 degrees.  (30 to 40 minutes)   Baking at low temperature in a foil covered dish cooks the chicken evenly and keeps it from drying out.

Remove chicken from oven and transfer to plate lined with paper towels.  Pat dry with paper towels.  Heat oil in 12″ skillet over medium heat.  While pan is heating, whisk butter, flour, cornstarch, and pepper in a small bowl.  Light brush top of chicken with coating. 

BRUSH ON COATING:  Brushing melted butter, flour and cornstarch onto breasts creates “skin” to protect meat during  searing.

SEAR QUICKLY:  Place chicken in skillet and cook until browned.  3 to 4 minutes. While chicken browns, brush with remaining mixture.   Flip with tongs.  Cook 3-4 minutes until second side is browned and thickest part of chicken registers 160 degrees on instant read thermometer.   Transfer chicken to large plate and let rest 5 minutes.   Prepare sauce……

Lemon and Chive Pan Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 medium shallot, minced (about 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 TEAspoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 TBSP minced fresh chives
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter, chilled
  • salt and ground pepper

Add shallot to now empty skillet and cook over medium heat until softened- about 2 minutes.  Add flour and cook 30 seconds, stir constantly.  Add broth, increase heat to medium high, bring to simmer, scraping pan bottom to loosen browned bits.   Stir in any accumulated chicken juices from baking pan, simmer 30 seconds.   Turn off heat.  Whisk in lemon juice, chives and butter.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon over chicken and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Adapted from COOK’s, Number 103

Easy and Delicious Pork Tenderloin

From Krisann:

Ingredients:

  • Pork Tenderlion
  • Olive Oil
  • Sweet and Hot Mustard
  • Crazy Salt and Pepper

In a large saute pan heat olive oil over medium heat (just enough to lightly coat pan).  Cover all sides of the pork tenderloin with the mixed up salt and pepper.  (Jane’s mixed up Salt and Pepper can be used on many items and is a staple in my kitchen).  Once the oil is hot add the pork and turn to sear on all sides.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place the pork in a baking dish, spread mustard all over the pork and bake for 30 minutes.  Let stand for 5 minutes and slice and enjoy.

SIMPLE CROCK POT ROAST RECIPE

FROM a tiny BEACH kitchen:

This dinner can feed a hungry crowd and makes for great leftovers.  Don’t have a crockpot? Go buy one.  Definately a  must have in a busy kitchen.  This recipe is just for the roast and gravy.  (You can add potatoes and carrots to the crock pot if you like).  Simple.   

You can assemble this meal in 15 minutes in the morning. Go about your day.    When you come home, your house will smell amazing!   We were home all day while it was cooking and dinner could not come fast enough.   Some great sides….. mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, green beans.  Don’t forget the Cabernet Sauvignon.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 pound chuck roast
  • cup of beef broth
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • package of baby portabello mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper

Wash chuck roast.  Season generously with salt and pepper and crushed garlic.  Coat with flour.  Place in oiled skillet and brown lightly on all sides.

While browning roast.  Add diced onions to skillet and saute until tender. 

NOTE:  When dicing onions, peel onion but leave the “stem” on the onion.  Put slices in onion but  do NOT slice all the way thru to the stem- turn onion halfway and add more slices- again, do not slice all the way thru to the stem.  The STEM will hold the onion together until you dice top to bottom.   I saw this trick on the food channel and it has changed my life.   Onion is diced in seconds and I don’t have to grab for the  kleenex to wipe my teary eyes.  I used to have to wear swim goggles dicing an onion.  Quite a sight!

Transfer roast and onions to crock pot sprayed with Olive Oil.  Toss in garlic and bay leaf.   Add mushrooms.  Pour in the beef broth, and add salt and pepper.   Cook on low 8- 10 hours. 

The crockpot will be full of tasty beef broth.  You can serve broth as is, or put a cup of the broth in a saucepan with a tablespoon or 2 of cornstarch to thicken into a gravy. Stir. Stir. Stir!   

~SHERYL

 

 

  

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