Dec 18, 2009

Jack’s Recipe for Instant Banana Cream Pie

I got several emails about making deserts and what I recommend.
As you know, I am a simple down home style cook.
Also many ask why I never add pictures, so hopefully this recipe responds to both request.

So here is one of my favorites and it's easy to make...
Jack’s Instant Banana Cream Pie, yummy, the kids will love it.

Cooking Items:
Baking Tray.
Large Mixing Bowl.
Measuring Cup.
Parring Knife.
Baking Spatula.
Here are pictures of these items .....
















































Steps:
First buy all the necessary ingredients, see below.
4 Ripe Bananas
1 Quart of Whole Milk
1 Can of Reddi Whip
1 Large Box of Jello Brand Instant Banana Pudding
1 Package of Frozen Pre-made Pie Filling Crust with Pie Tins



You will need the following:
Bananas-
Get them when they have started to recipe or leave on counter until they do ripe before starting to make the pie.
See the picture as to what they should look like.











Whole Milk-
Buy regular milk, not reduced fat. I usually buy what's on sale, the store brand. If you're not a milk user, a quart will do.
See picture.













Reddi Whip in a can-
This should be in the same section the milk is in. I do not substitute brands on this one.
See the picture as to what they should look like.
















Jello Brand Instant Banana Pudding, large box.
No substitute brands on this either.
See the picture as to what they should look like.
















Pre-Made Frozen Pie Crust with Pie Tins.
See the pictures as to what they should look like.



















Preparation and Instructions:
Place frozen pie crust with tin on a baking tray, heat in oven, follow pie crust instructions on package these vary slightly with product.
While pie crust is in oven baking, prepare Jello Instant Banana Pudding, again follow instructions on package, but use whole milk.
When pie crust is done, remove from oven allow to cool to room temperature.
Cover and place banana instant pudding mix in refrigerator and cool.
When banana instant pudding mix and pie crust are ready, pour pudding into pie shell. Use spatula and smooth level.
Now peel and slice 4 ripe bananas. I usually cut the bananas into 1/2-inch slices. Cover the entire pie.
Now use the Reddi Whip in a can, shake very well. Start at the outer edge of the pie and cover the entire pie with the Reddi Whip Cream.
Place back in refrigerator for at least one hour before eating.
This is how the Banana Cream Pie should look like when you are done:








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Nov 29, 2009

Jack's Turkey Leftover Recipe No. 3: Turkey Stew

This is one of my personal favorites for Leftover Turkey. Fast and easy to make, you can freeze the what's left.

In a large pot (5 quart or bigger with lid)
Add the left over Turkey Gravy and pan drippings (strain first) – you will need about 2 quarts.
Add one can of chicken stock.
Add 1 1/2 can of water.
Add in one whole onion, I prefer a yellow onion chopped.
Add 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic (optional).
Add about 1 Tablespoon of L&P Sauce.
Add about 1 Teaspoon of table salt.
Add about 1 Teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper.
Add in some fresh copped garden Parsley, about 2 tablespoons.
Add in 1 or 2 Bay Leaves.
Cover with lid.
Bring to a boil.
Add two stalks of fresh celery, cut length in half and then into diagonal small 1 inch pieces.
Add about a cup of Baby Carrots.
Add in Two Fresh Mushrooms (sliced), I prefer the brown button mushrooms but the button whites will do.
Cook for about 20 minutes on medium heat, stir as needed.
Next – add a bag of frozen peas.
Cook for another five minutes.
Next – Add two cans of small white Whole Potatoes (cut in half or buy them pre-sliced in can).
Add the remaining Turkey Meat (de-bone first), best to use the Dark Meat if possible, use about one pound.
Cook on low heat for about five to ten minutes.
Stir gently.
Taste, add additional salt and pepper as needed.
Remove Bay Leaves.
Serve in soup bowls.

Some Serving Ideas:
Place on top of Bread with a side order of Mash Potatoes –or- just eat plain from a bowl.

NOTE:
If you need it to be more on the liquid side add an additional can of Chicken Stock plus one full can of water (do not add salt)
You can Freeze what portion of the ‘Turkey Stew’ you don’t eat. It will keep for several months. I put my frozen foods in Tupperware in the 2-quart tubs.


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Nov 27, 2009

Jack's Turkey Leftover Recipe No. 1: The Turkey BLT Sandwich

This is a great item for lunch -
And, some people even like it for breakfast ....

Items Needed per Sandwich:
Toaster.
3 Slices of Bread per sandwich, I usually use Whole Wheat Bread.
Mayonnaise.
One Slice of American or Swiss Cheese.
3 Strips of Crispy Bacon.
Lettuce (Romain or Ice Berg, wash before using, pat dry with a paper towel).
Sliced Tomato (wash before using).
Leftover Turkey Slices.

Preparation:
Cook the Bacon until crispy. Easiest way is place bacon on a plate cover with a paper towel in the microwave.
Toast the 3 slices of bread.
On the first piece of toast put Mayonnaise, One Slice of Cheese; and the Turkey.
Place the next slice of Toast on top.
Then add Lettuce, Bacon, and Tomato.
Place the last piece of Toast on top.
On the last piece of toast put Mayonnaise.

Slice sandwich in half and serve on a plate.
Serving Note: I found with younger children, that plain bread is often preferable over toast, so ask them.
Some children don't like crust, so remove it for under children.

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Nov 19, 2009

Jack’s Thanksgiving Turkey Holiday Dinner with Stuffing and Side Dishes

Please Enjoy The Recipe -

This is a simple way with short cuts to make a Full Turkey Dinner.


Notice .. Many people feel Turkey is a tradition for Thanksgiving Day Celebration in the United States. Also, many people often feel the ‘Turkey’ meat is dry. Here is a way to prepare your ‘Stuffed’ Turkey or Whole Chicken (stuffed) and it won’t come out a dry bird!
Follow these simple instructions, and I assure you the ‘Meat’ will be moist and tender.......

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Please read everything here before starting!
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This meal easily feeds 4 adults:

Turkey Ingredients and Amounts:
Helpful Hint: Young turkey’s are more tender, so buy a small one, the flavor is better and the meat will not be dry and stringy when cooked.
12 to 14 Pound Young Frozen Turkey (brand unimportant). If you have more people and need 20 to 24 pounds of turkey, and have the oven space then prepare two 12 pound turkeys.

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Pre-Cooking Turkey Preparations:
Remove the Turkey from Freezer, or if buying close to T-Day, and place in refrigerator 24-48 Hours before attempting to bake (do not remove from rapper). If frozen solid (very hard) this probably will require a full 72-hours.
Start early. When removing the Turkey from the refrigerator and it is still frozen, place in the sink in cold water until thawed. It should be ready in about 1 – 2 hours (try and avoid this). Do not use hot water.
Defrosting in microwave can make the bird very tough.
Never defrost at room temperature.
Caution: Some Turkeys do not come frozen, so put the bird in the refrigerator (ice box) until ready, do not freeze.
Start cooking early in the day. I start my Turkey preparations no later than 9:00am.

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Make sure you have all the ingredients before Turkey Day:
2 Fresh Celery Sticks
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil
Table Salt
1/2 Stick of Butter
1 Can of Turkey Gravy (any brand)
Parsley Flakes (dry, found in spice section of grocery store)
2 Boxes of Instant Stuffing Mix (I usually buy the Chicken flavored, if you're bold try the cranberry flavored).
Ground Sage (comes in a small spice container, it’s best to buy this fresh every year, found in spice section of the grocery store)
Optional - One Fresh Ripe Naval Orange.

Necessary Cooking Utensils for Turkey:
Large Roasting Pan (you can buy disposable aluminum pans just for Turkey, they will also be in the grocery store)
Important Safety Tip: If you use a disposable aluminum pan place a large cooking tray underneath and pick the baking tray up not the aluminum tray or it may collapse and burn you!
Roll of Aluminum Foil
Large 2-prong Meat Fork (optional)
Carving Knife
2 Large Meat 3-prong Forks (for lifting Turkey out of pan, highly recommended)
A Baking Thermometer (a must, very important, I do not recommend relying on the pop-up device many Turkeys come with)
Basting Brush (a must)
Large Roll of Paper Towels
Some String
Small Metal Mesh Strainer
Basting Device (hollow plastic tube with rubber ball you squeeze, use this for basting the turkey, this is absolutely required).
Baking Ties or Baking Nails (don’t use something from the garage, buy these at the cooking dept in Wal-Mart, etc.)
Mash Potato Device.

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Recommended Vegetables and Side Dishes for your Thanksgiving Day Diner, I have found most people eat the following:
-Mash Potatoes
-Whole Kernel Corn
-String Beans w/bacon
-Gravy
-Stuffing
-Baked Beans in the Oven (one of my favorites, my mother’s recipe)

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Vegetable Ingredients and Amounts for every 4 people:
One Large Can (16oz) of Whole Kernel Corn
One Large Can (16oz) of Cut Whole String Beans
Two Large Cans (16oz) of Baked Beans - (I like Campbell brand)
1 Fresh White Onion
Brown Sugar
Golden’s Spicy Brown Mustard
Dark Molasses
Ketchup
L & P Sauce (original)
Louisiana Hot Sauce
2 Sticks of Butter
4 Large White Rose Potatoes
Fresh Milk (for added richness you can use half-half, instead of milk)
Fresh Bacon (I generally like Oscar Meyer Pork)
One clove of Fresh Chopped Garlic

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Turkey Preparation Directions:
Before starting the Turkey, prepare the Instant Stuffing Mix (see below)

Approximately 5 hours before you want to eat prepare the Turkey for cooking...
Remove the covering.
In cold tap water, remove all the innards, clean the Turkey thoroughly inside and out. I throw away the gizzard and other parts that come with the Turkey. Remove from water, damp dry the Turkey (or chicken) with paper towels.

Now Stuff the Neck and Back of the Turkey with the stuffing you have prepared.
Pack the stuffing in tight. Use the baking ties or nails to close-up the neck and bottom holes you stuffed (this is so the stuffing doesn’t fall out when in the oven cooking).

Optional: In the Turkey neck add Naval Orange (cut in half and place the orange halves in the neck without any stuffing), this adds a unique taste. Don bot squeeze. I generally do this with my Turkey for Christmas.

Get your pan and alum foil out and ready.

Using the Large 2-prong Meat Fork, stab the Turkey thoroughly all over including the bottom, sides, breast, wings, and legs. Stab deeply to you hit the bone.

Using the string, tie the legs, and wings around the turkey body tightly, but not as to cut into the turkey breast meat.

Pre Heat Oven to 325 Degrees.

Next lay the Turkey in the Pan on its backside (breast down).
Cover thoroughly with Olive Oil (do not use Virgin Olive Oil) using the basting brush (I usually pour lightly from the bottle then spread around with the brush).
Sprinkle lightly with table salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Sprinkle lightly with Dry Parsley Flakes.
Flip the Turkey over and repeat on the breast side, legs, wings, etc.
Now add the Ground Sage, sprinkle heavily all over the Turkey.
Cut the 2 Celery Stalks into 4 to 6 equal pieces and lay in bottom of pan around the sides of turkey.
Add about 1 inch of water covering the bottom of pan.
Slide the cooking thermometer into the thickest part of ‘Breast of the Turkey’ on an angle so it is in flat, near the bone, but slightly elevated position so you can read it.
Important Note: Do NOT trust the cooking pop out device on the turkey. Don't remove this though until the turkey is cooked.
Cover the Turkey with the cooking pan lid or alum foil. I always use foil do the lid doesn't stick to the turkey skin.
Very Important: Cook the Turkey until thermometer reaches 185 degrees no matter what the size or pound of the Turkey.
Note: Make sure you cook ‘Breast Side Up.’
Health Warning: Never under cook any type of foul.

Place in oven for 45-minutes, remove and bast. Then approximately every 30 - 45 minutes, remove Turkey from oven, close oven door, remove cover and ‘Baste’ thoroughly. Replace cover and place back in oven, continue to bake. The more often you baste the more moist it becomes.
I personally prefer every 30 minutes after the initial 45-minute period.
Safety Tip: When using the basting tool make sure you do not suck up the hot juices into the ribber ball or it may ruin the basting instrument and burn you.

Melt about 1/2 stick of butter. When the turkey reaches 180 degrees, remove cover, baste top with melted butter using brush (breast, wings, and legs, this allows outer skin to get golden brown), place back in oven until done without cover. When turkey reaches 185 degrees, remove place on rack or top of stove.

Open the can of Turkey Gravy and lightly add some black ground pepper (no salt) and parsley flakes. Heat in a pan, stirring making sure it doesn’t burn.


Once bird reaches 185 degrees, remove, allow the bird to sit for 5-minutes.
Remove turkey from the pan and place on large serving tray (use 3-prong serving forks to lift).
Remove the string, pop-up device, and cooking nails.
Remove stuffing and place in with any remaining stuffing not used, mix, reheat in microwave for about 2 minutes. It's ready to serve.
Before carving, using a knife cut meat around the wings, and legs and remove placing on a serving platter.
Carving the Turkey -
Slice the turkey on a diagonal cut, following the breast from top down starting on the outside of the breast downward in slices. Repeat until you reach the backbone. Then flip to opposite side and repeat. Placing all the carved meat on a serving tray.
Do not remove the skin, some people like this, it also helps keep the moisture in until eating.

Now using the strainer and a large spoon, dip up about a coffee cup amount of the Turkey Drippings from the bottom of the pan, strain it, and add it to the can gravy. Reheat, place in a bowl and serve.
Strain and save the remaining gravy for other uses.

Turkey Cooking Notes:
(1) The turkey will have approximate cooking time on package when you buy it, but a guideline is about 20 Minutes (cooking time in oven) equals One Pound of Turkey.
(2) This recipe works for all turkey sizes, so if you are buying a large bird, over 18 pounds, I would baste it ever 20 minutes after the initial 45 minute period.
Important Note - I take the turkey out of the oven completely, closing the oven door as not to lose any heat, place on an elevated rack, or on top of the stove (burners off), Basting should be done quickly and turkey put back in oven to continue cooking.

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Instant Stuffing Mix Cooking Directions:
Prepare BEFORE Starting the ‘Turkey.’
Follow instructions on package.
I have learned to add into the water / pre mix package the following:
About 1 Teaspoon of dry parsley flakes.
Light Ground Black Pepper (Do Not Add SALT).
Half Stick of Butter.
Bring to a boil. Simmer, cover as instructed, add stuffing in Turkey as instructed.

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Oven Baked Beans Preparation and Cooking Directions:
Prepare this the day before Thanksgiving -
Place 2-large cans of Campbell’s Baked Beans in a glass or coring ware Oven Dish with lid.
Add 1 Tablespoon of Golden Spicy Brown Mustard.
Add 4 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar.
Add 5 Tablespoons of Dark Molasses.
Add 1 Tablespoon of Ketchup.
Add 1/4 finely chopped fresh White Onion.
Add 1 Clove of finely chopped Garlic.
Lightly add some table salt.
1 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Stir thoroughly.
Bake in Oven at 350 Degrees for one hour.
Remove, stir, cool.
Place in refrigerator.
Just before serving the Turkey, remove the oven baked beans, heat in microwave oven for about 5 minutes. Place in bowl and serve.
You may want to cooked these one day before if you have limited oven space then just reheat the beans.

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Mash Potato Cooking Directions:
Start about 45 minutes before you're ready to serve the Turkey.
Place Potatoes in cold water, bring to a boil, with a small amount of salt added.
When done (fork tender), remove, cool for about 5 minutes, and remove skins.
In a large bowl, cut potatoes into cubes, then mash.
Add 1/2 stick of butter.
Add 1/2 cup of milk; or half-and-half.
Mash until creamy.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add more milk or butter as needed, and to taste.
Place in bowl and serve.

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Remaining Vegetable Cooking Directions:
Dish # 1 - Cut Whole String Beans.......
Using 4 strips of Bacon, place on a plate, cover with paper towel, and microwave until very crisp.
Open Can of String Beans, place in pan on top of stove.
Crush Bacon into beans.
Add 1/4 stick of butter.
1 Teaspoon of L & P Sauce.
Very light amount of Table Salt.
Light amount of fresh ground black pepper.
Stir, until light boil or bubbles, remove, place in bowl and serve.

Dish # 2 - Whole Kernel Corn......
Remove from can.
Add 1/2 stick of butter.
Add lightly some fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Add about 1 Teaspoon of Louisiana Hot Sauce.
Place in microwave bowl such as corning ware, cover with lid or heat on top of stove until light boil and Serve.

Optional Healthy Side Dishes:
---Fresh Garden Salad: Make things easy on yourself today, buy a fresh garden salad bag pre-made from the grocery store, also buy some croutons. Don’t forget your favorite salad dressing.

---Baby Carrots: Buy a small bag of Baby Carrots (these are sweeter than the large garden carrots). Place in a bowl of water (do not cut), heat in microwave until fork tender (do NOT over cook). Remove, drain water and add the following:
1/2 stick of Butter
1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
Table Salt to taste
Light Ground Pepper
Mix and serve.

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Desert Dish:
Try this......
From the grocery store buy a large already baked Apple Pie
Get some French Vanilla Ice Cream
Cut pie into slices, place in soup bowl, heat in microwave for about 1 minutes, add one large dip of ice cream, serve with spoon.

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From the grocery store buy a pumpkin pie with a can of whipped cream (I usually buy the original 'Ready Whip' brand in a can, you find this in the refrigerated section near the milk).
Cut pie into slices, heat for 10 seconds, add whipped cream, and serve.

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Making Turkey Stock:
Now de-bone the remaining parts of the Turkey.
In a 5-quart pot with lid, place about 2-quarts of water.
Place the bones from the body of the turkey and any items not handled or eaten by the diner guest in the water.
Add in the celery stocks that was in pan.
Bring to a boil.
Turn down to simmer, and rotate the bones.
Cook another 20-minutes.
Remove the bones and celery.
Use a Tupperware 2-quart container and freeze for future use.

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FINAL NOTE:
Allow meat to cool. You can Freeze what portion of the ‘Turkey Meat’ you don’t eat. Simply put in a freezer bag; or wrap with freezer wrap and aluminum foil. Will stay good for about 3-months.
Or, you can serve it as leftovers or use in a Turkey Stew or Turkey Soup (other recipes available from Jack).


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Nov 12, 2009

Jack’s Recipe for Chicken and Dumplings

Some Southern Home Cooking:
With the cooler weather upon us, this is a great dish, inexpensive to make, and filing.
The following recipe will feed approximately 4 to 6 people ....

Ingredients and Amounts:
3 pounds of ‘Chicken’ Pieces (preferably breasts and thighs with bones) 

1 medium Yellow Onion

2 Whole Carrots (for sweetness you may want to use 15 baby carrots)

3 Fresh Celery Stalks
3 
Fresh Garlic Gloves 

Whole Dried Bay Leaves

Fresh Dried Thyme 

Fresh Parsley 

Table Salt 

Fresh Ground Black Pepper 

Cayenne Pepper 

Crushed Dried Oregano
all-purpose Flour 

Baking Powder 

Fresh Milk
L & P Sauce
Sugar


You Will Also Need:
Large Cooking Pot (5 quarts or bigger) with Lid
Paper Towels
Large Cooking Spoon
Sharp Paring Knife
Medium Mixing Bowl
Teaspoons
Tablespoons
Measuring Cup
Large Diner Serving Plate
Soup Bowls
Soup Spoons


Preparation Directions:
Chopped the medium yellow onion
Finely Chopped 3 gloves of garlic
Chopped about 1/4 cup of fresh parsley
Cut the 3 celery stalks diagonally into 1/2 inch long pieces
Cut the 2 large carrots sticks diagonally into 1/2 inch pieces
Wash the Chicken thoroughly


Cooking Directions:

Step # 1:
Chicken and Stock Preparation …
In a 5 quart pot add water about 1/2 full
Place chicken in pot with onion, carrots, celery, parsley, and garlic
When water starts to boil … Add in the following:
2 bay leaves.
1 teaspoon dried thyme.
2 teaspoons table salt.
1 tablespoon of L & P Sauce.
1 tablespoon dried oregano.
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper.
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
When chicken is almost done, remove, place on a large diner serving plate and let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove skin, remove chicken from bones, place back in stock.
Add in about 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Stir thoroughly.
Reduce the heat to low, cover with lid, and simmer.
Cook for about another 15 minutes (make sure chicken is done).
Remove bay leaves from the broth, and discard.
Skim as much fat as possible from the surface of the broth.
Heat broth to a slow steady boil.
Taste and adjust seasoning (salt and pepper to choice).
Turn fire off. Leave on stove covered with lid.

Step # 2:
Dumpling Preparation ....
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine -
1 cup of all-purpose flour.
2 teaspoons of baking powder.
1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Stir in 1/2 cup of fresh whole milk.
Beat until batter mix is stiff.

Step # 3:
Turn fire back on, bring back to boil, reduce to medium heat.
Drop batter mix, approximately 1 tablespoon, at a time into the boiling broth.
Cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
The dumplings should be puffed and floating (remove one and taste to see if done).
Place in bowl and serve immediately.
I usually serve this in a large soup bowl with a soup spoon.

NOTE: This makes a small ratio of dumplings to chicken and stock.
I prefer my portion heavy on ‘Dumplings.’ To achieve a heavier dumpling ratio double the ingredients above (makes twice as many dumplings).


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Oct 30, 2009

Jack’s Recipe for Pasta in Alfredo Sauce:

Here is another easy to prepare Italian Pasta Dish.
One of my favorites …


Ingredients:
I Box of Fettuccini Pasta
1/4 cup butter or margin (I personally use Country Crock all natural original)
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
1/2 cup grated Parmesan / Romano Cheese (I buy it all ready to use)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red peppers (spice section of grocery store)
1 teaspoon of Dry Oregano (spice section of grocery store)
Olive Oil
table salt


Cooking Items and Utensils:
1 large metal cooking spoon
1 Measuring Cup
1 Whisk
1 Paring Knife
Diner plates and forks
Teaspoons
Tablespoons
Large Pasta Strainer
1 Medium sauce pan
1 Large 5-Quart Pot with lid (any pot will do) (I personally like to use a cast iron pot with a glass lid, things usually don’t stick to these, remember to treat them periodically).


Preparation Directions:
Peel and finely chop Garlic Gloves (enough for 1 full heaping Tablespoon)
Chop Parsley (about 1/4 cup)


Cooking Directions:
Step # 1: Cook Pasta
In 5-Quart Pot, fill with approximately 2/3 water
Cover with lid, heat on ‘High Heat’
While heating, remove Fettuccini Pasta from package, break in half, place on a clean dry diner plate.
When water comes to a boil, add approximately 2 tablespoons of oil, and
1 tablespoon of regular table salt
Pour in Pasta, stir.
Follow instructions for Pasta cooking times.
Do NOT overcook.
Pour and Drain into strainer, do not wash with cold water, lightly stir and let sit.
Drizzle some Olive Oil over pasta and stir, this stops the pasta from sticking together.
Immediately Wipe out Pot, you will use this again.

Step # 2: Cooking the Sauce
When Pasta is about half way done, start the sauce.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
Add cream turn heat to simmer, and cook for 5 minutes.
Caution: never spill any type of milk product on stove or burners.
Then add garlic, and Parmesan / Romano Cheese, and whisk quickly, heating thoroughly.
Stir in parsley, red pepper flakes, and fresh ground black pepper.

Step # 3: Combining Pasta and Sauce
Heat large pot again on low heat.
Pour pasta back into large 5-quart pot.
Immediately pour sauce over pasta, stir thoroughly.
Immediately remove and serve.


Serving:
Makes 4 servings
Dip out serving onto plate or into a bowl
If desired, Add more grated Parmesan / Romano Cheese


For you Hungry Man Types:
Serve with a fresh garden side salad
Serve with a Red Diner Wine or Ice Cold Beer
Also goes well with Garlic Bread

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Oct 15, 2009

Jack’s Oven Baked White Fish with Veggies:

Healthy Eating....

I prefer Cod, but you can use another White Fish such as haddock or halibut.

Ingredients and Amounts:
1 to 11/2 pounds of Fresh FISH
Note: The fish usually comes in long pieces, so get the butcher
to cut off just the upper 1/3 of the fish, the thick part. The tail has remnants of the scale and is often tough. The thicker portion is best for baking. If the butcher refuses, you may have to live with it, scrap the scales or throw the lower portion away – a chefs choice, you decide.
Old Bay Seasoning
Table Salt
Garlic Powder
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Creole or Cajun Seasoning (dry powder form, not liquid)
One bottle of Ranch Salad Dressing
Olive Oil
Butter – margin is ok.
Fresh String Beans (produce section) – about one handful
Fresh Bean Sprouts (produce section) – about one handful
Snow Pea Pods (produce section) – about half of one handful
One Fresh Garden Red Ripe Tomato (firm, not soft) (produce section)
2 Large Fresh Mushrooms, I prefer the brown but the white will do just fine (produce section)
Fresh Celery (produce section)
Spring Onions (produce section)
Baby Carrots (produce section)
1 White Onion (produce section)
Fresh Garden Parsley (produce section)


You Will Also Need:
Large Ceramic or Glass Baking Dish approximately 9” x 13” x 2”
Aluminum Foil
Paper Towels
White Rice (instant is ok.)

Preparation Directions:
Vegetable Preparation …
** Remember to wash all food before using **
Cut the Fresh Green Beans on a diagonal cut about 1 inch long.
Cut about 3 Baby Carrots into small slices.
Cut One Celery Stalk in half-length way, and then cut into diagonal pieces about 1 inch long.
Do NOT cut the Bean Sprouts or Snow Pea Pods.
Chop a small amount of Parsley 1/4 cup.
Chop 1/2 of the White Onion.
Slice the Mushrooms.
Cut 2 Spring Onions into small pieces.
Slice the Tomato into thick slices.
Pour a light amount of Olive Oil into the baking dish, then use a small piece of paper towel to coat the dish bottom and sides.
Wash the Fish and pat dry with a paper towel.
Lay the Fish in the baking dish.
On both sides medium coat the Fish with the Cajun Seasoning, Old Bay Seasoning, and Garlic Powder.
Cut Butter into thin slices and lay on Fish.
Lay the Tomato on the Fish.
Now lay the cut Veggies around the sides and on top of the Fish.
Pour the Ranch Salad Dressing and cover completely, use the whole bottle.
Add table salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
Lightly sprinkle some additional Garlic Powder, or you can slice some fresh garlic if preferred.


Cooking Directions:
Pre Heat Oven to 350 Degrees
Cover Fish with Aluminum Foil
Cook for 35 Minutes (warning – do not over cook)
Remove, using a fork; test the fish to see if it is done (It should fall apart at the touch).


Serving Instructions:
Best served with rice.
I personally put about a 2 scoops of rice in a large soup bowl, then one piece of fish, and veggies with sauce.
Serves 3 to 4 people.


Hungry Man Types - you may also want to try:
Serve a nice White Wine with diner.
Most ‘Men’ will find that Beer goes with about anything.
A good appetizer is Cold Peeled Large Shrimp (about 6 per adult).
Afterwards, a nice Sherbet goes well, I like raspberry myself.


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Oct 11, 2009

Jack's Recipes: Today is a Consumer Cooking Health Aert

Subject: Pyrex dishes

I HOPE EVERYONE TAKES THE TIME TO READ THIS MESSAGE.

Got any new Pyrex dishes in your cooking utensils? This is a must read.
I Checked at Wall Mart and all the warnings are there.

One Scary Story....
About 5:30 PM there was a loud bang from the oven. Sylvia opened the oven door and the Pyrex dish had shattered into a million pieces.
The roast beef (our first in many months) was peppered with small shards of very sharp glass. Normally,I am quick to inform Sylvia she did something stupid. However,this time she was nowhere near the stove when it blew. I shoveled the glass and the now mashed potatoes into a bucket with two putty knives. I then sucked the remains with the shop vac. I let everything cool down and then scrubbed the oven with Simple Green and some hot soapy water. It took over an hour to clean up the goo. Upon completion I ran the oven empty to see if the temperature controller was working okay. I suspected the oven got too hot and the dish simply blew. This was not the case however.
The oven came up to temperature and cycled normally. We threw a disgusting frozen pizza in the oven and it cooked okay.
What is going on you ask?
I Google exploding Pyrex dishes and got ten million hits.
Exploding Pyrex is very common....
Here is the story: A long, long time ago in a country we all know and love was a company named Corning. They made Pryex dishes. The material they used is called borosilicate glass. This stuff is indestructible.
But like everything else, the Bottom Liners had a great idea: sell the technology to another company. The Chinese discovered that using soda lime glass was almost as good as borosilicate glass and a lot cheaper. Today, Wal-Mart is the largest distributor of Pryex products. Corning not only sold the technology to a company called World Kitchen, they also sold the rights to the original Pyrex logo.
Seamless. The consumer will never know.
Now it seems people are getting hurt using soda lime Pyrex. We were lucky because the dish broke while the oven was closed and the damage was limited to the oven cavity. Others have been less fortunate. Some dishes explode when they are lifted from the heating rack in the oven with devastating results. Some people are heavily scarred. World Kitchen is in denial. They say that the dishes are another brand, not theirs. Contrary to their denials the victims usually have more than one of these dishes and the Pryex logo is clearly visible.

If you buy a Pryex dish beware.
The label on the front says oven safe, freezer safe, microwave safe. The instructions on the back tell another story. You cannot move a soda lime Pyrex dish from the freezer to the oven and expect it to survive. The fine print goes on and on about what you are not allowed to do with the Pyrex dish. The fine print has prevented World Kitchen from being sued because they have warned the consumer that their Pyrex dishes are junk from the get go. And they are the same price as the original Corning dishes.
What a bunch of losers we all are for buying this crap.
What to do?
If you own borosilicate Pryex dishes, no fear. They have to be more than 25 years old to be sure they are indeed Corning dishes. I am not sure if the old Pryex dishes have anything stamped in them that indicates they are made by Corning. You may continue to use the soda lime dishes for holding stuff. Just do not attempt to roast or microwave with them as the hazard is very clear.

The reason the soda lime dishes let go is that over time they develop micro-cracks. Once a few micro-cracks are present and once some liquid finds its way into the cracks you have the bomb situation. The liquid is like shoving a crowbar in the dish and pulling it apart. Super heated liquids expand rapidly and it is the super heated liquids that force the soda lime glass to shatter into tens of thousands of shards.

Since Corning no longer makes Pyrex and Sylvia proudly holds a large collection of the soda lime Pyrex, we decided that one bomb in the kitchen is enough. The Pyrex dishes will go bye-bye in this week's trash. I do not know what we will use for cake and pie dishes going forward. If you have some suggestions we are listening.

I strongly urge you not to use the soda lime Pyrex for the oven, stove top or microwave. The slightest invisible crack is all it takes to have a mess and a possible injury.

As to World Kitchen: Them and their cheap dishes. In case you are wondering: World Kitchen is not a USA company.

This is one more thing we can thank Congress for - selling out America. Just think Obama and Congress just approved the sale of the Hummer, the U.S. first line of defense for our American Fighting Men and Women, wonder when they will start failing, breaking down, and blowing up?

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Oct 2, 2009

Jack’s Recipe for Irish Stew with Mash Potatoes:

Notice...
This recipe requires time, do not rush it or take short cuts.
Please follow instructions or your beef will be tough.

Ingredients and Amounts:
1/4 cup Fresh Green Garden Standard Parsley
1/4 cup Fresh Italian Parsley
4 Bay Leaves
1 Tablespoon of Dry Basil
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Chopped Garlic
1 Standard Size Bottle of Red Diner Wine (Merlot)
4 Large Brown Mushrooms
4 Large White Button Mushrooms
1 Tablespoon Table Salt
1 Tablespoon White Sugar (not artificial)
2 1/2 to 3 Pounds of Lean Beef Shoulder cut by butcher into 4 equal cubes (excess fat removed)
1 Teaspoon of LP Sauce (original)
2 Fresh Celery Stocks
1 Large Red Onion
3 Spring Onions
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Large Bag of Baby Carrots
Butter
Olive Oil
4 to 6 White Rose Potatoes (Medium Size)
1 14-Ounce Can of Chicken Stock
2 Sticks of Butter or Margin (I personally prefer butter for
Mash Potatoes).
1 Pint of Half and Half or Milk
See Options Below

Note: Because of the time required to prepare and cook this dish, I usually do the marinate in the morning around 10:00am. Then the next day around Noon I start the cooking process. By the time you are done with everything you should be able to have diner around 6:00pm.


Kitchen Items and Utensils:
1 Large 5-Quart Pot (I personally use an Iron Pot, seasoned,
with a glass lid).
1 5-quart large mixing type bowl (I personally use glass).
1 3-Quart or larger Stove Top Cooking Pot, I use Revereware.
I kitchen cutting knife or paring knife.
1 Fork for cooking.
Tablespoons.
Teaspoons.
Pair of Tongs.
Mash Potato Utensil
Paper Towels.
Saran Type Plastic Wrap.
Can Opener.
Cutting Board.
Long handled metal or wood cooking spoon.
Wine Corkscrew Opener.
Large Diner Plate or Bowl for handling the meat.


Preparation Directions:
In a Large glass or ceramic bowl (3-4 quart size)
 place the following ingredients in the bowl …
Using a diagonal cut - Cut 2 Celery Stalks into 1-inch pieces
1 Cup of Baby Carrots (keep whole)
Slice a whole Red Onion into 1/2 inch long cuts, then cut in half (but don’t dice)
Slice the Mushrooms into 1/2 inch long cuts, then cut in half (but don’t dice)
Dice the 3 Spring Onions
Dice Green Parsley (remove stems)
Dice Italian Parsley (remove stems)
Add the (see quantities above) Sugar, Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Basil, Chopped Garlic, L&P Sauce, Bay Leaves, and 1/2 the bottle of Red Wine .. then Stir (mix thoroughly)
Take the Beef Shoulder Pieces – with a fork poke each side about 3 to 4 times (this allows the wine to get into the meat) (do not tenderize or over poke the meat)
Place the Meat Cubes into the bowl, move vegetables around the sides of the meat, sprinkle lightly on top of each meat cube some Olive Oil, then add the remaining Red Wine.
Cover with Clear Plastic Wrap - Marinate and refrigerate over night (at least 12-hours but preferably 24-hours).


Beef Stew Cooking Directions (follow these closely):
Using a 5-Quart Iron Pot with Glass Lid
Remove marinate from refrigerator.
Remove ‘Meat’ only, place on a plate, remove any clinging veggies, pat dry each piece with a paper towel.
Open can of Chicken Stock.
Preheat Iron Pot on High Heat.
When Hot, Place 1/2 stick of butter and about 2 Tablespoons of
Olive Oil.
Sear Meat Cubes on ALL 6 Sides, – do NOT overcook (if needed add about another Tablespoon of Butter).
As meat cooks, remove place on plate.
When meat is completed, turn off fire, remove liquid from pan, dispose of liquid, wipe bottom of pan with a paper towel (use tongs).
Next, turn fire back to high heat
Quickly add the Chicken Stock plus one 1/3 can of Water.
Place all the meat back into the Pot
Bring to a boil.
Add the remaining Marinated Ingredients and Wine.
Add an additional 1 Cup of Baby Carrots.
Reduce to Medium Heat – cover with lid.
Once it comes to a boil, stir with metal or wooden spoon.
Place Pot on Simmer (may be separate burner on your stove).
Keep Covered - Simmer for approximately 5 hours (or until meat is fork tender and falls apart), lightly stir approximately once after the first 30 minutes, then lightly stir again once every hour.
After about 2-hours of simmering remove all bay leaves.

Helpful Hints: It should be done when about 1/3 of the liquid is cooked off and absorbed.
Taste before turning off .. add salt, pepper, or a very small amount of sugar .. heat for another 10 minutes if additional seasoning was added.
Turn Off Stove, leave covered.
Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.
Do NOT cut or slice meat.


Potato Cooking Directions:
Place Potatoes in boiling water with a small amount of salt added.
When done, remove, cool for about 5 minutes, and remove skins.
In a large bowl, cut potatoes into cubes, then mash.
Add 1/2 stick of Butter.
Add 1/4 cup of Half and Half or Milk (I prefer rich and creamy so I use half and half).
Mash until creamy.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add more Milk or Butter as needed and to taste.


Serving Instructions:
Place mash potatoes on plate.
Dip up Irish Stew and serve.
Cover mash potatoes with gravy.
Adults get one piece of beef.


Optional Cooking Hints and Ingredients:
--- You can substitute the Italian Parsley with Cilantro but reduce the amount to about 2 Tablespoons (no stems).
--- You can substitute Baby Carrots for large garden carrots. If you do, cut into 2 inch diagonal cuts. I personally like the Baby Carrots better they are sweeter.
--- After adding the ingredients above you may also add
1 Tablespoon of A-1 Steak Sauce ( I have tried this but it gives the sauce a ting).
--- If you are a true Meat Lover, you can substitute the Chicken Stock with Beef Stock but this will give it a somewhat of a stronger taste, some like it that way, you will have to add 1 can of water, everything else remains the same.

You can Freeze what portion of the ‘Irish Stew’ you don’t eat. I store my leftovers in Tupperware Plastic Tubs. It will last about 3-months in the freezer. The mash potatoes will have to be eaten the next day.

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Sep 25, 2009

Jack’s Garlic Shrimp with Pasta or Rice:

Some people refer to this as Shrimp Scampi.
Serves 2 Adults

Ingredients:
1 pound of large fresh uncooked shrimp (butcher / seafood section of grocery store) (large you get about 21 to 25 shrimp per pound).
Grated Parmesan / Romano Cheese (I buy it all ready to use).
Fresh Garlic (produce section of grocery store).
1 medium size lemon (produce section of grocery store).
Olive Oil.
Butter (not margin).
Louisiana Hot Sauce.
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (spice section of grocery store).
Cajun Creole Dry Seasoning (spice section of grocery store).
Garlic Powder (spice section of grocery store).
Dry Crushed Oregano (spice section of grocery store).
Fresh Parsley (produce section).
Fresh Black Ground Pepper (spice section of grocery store).
Table Salt.
Instant or Fresh Rice; or Angel Hair Spaghetti.


Cooking Items:
1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
1 large cooking spoon
1 medium deep frying pan
1 small paring knife
Paper Towels
Plastic Wrap
Small Mixing Bowl
2 Diner Plates or Large Soup Bowls
2 Diner Forks (you may want to try and eat this with a soup spoon if you're having it over rice, it works better, I learned this when I lived in Asia).
1 rice cooker or pot for boiling instant rice.
Note: Instant Rice is good when you are in a hurry.
Pasta – needs pasta strainer and large deep 5-quart cooking pot.


Cooking Directions:
STEP # 1 ….
Clean, peel and devain the fresh one pound of Shrimp.
Place in mixing bowl.
Sprinkle with the following …
-- Cajun Creole Seasoning.
-- Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
-- Garlic Powder.
-- Small amount of table Salt.
Stir thoroughly, cover with plastic wrap and place back in refrigerator.


STEP # 2 ….
Prepare Rice.
Prior to cutting lemon, lightly shave the lemon skin, about 1/2 teaspoon. This is called Lemon Zest. Next, cut Lemon in Half.
Finely Chop the Garlic, you will need about 2 tablespoons.


STEP # 3 ….
When Rice -or- Pasta is done remove and place in soup bowl or on diner plate.
Cook the Shrimp as follows …
Remove Shrimp from refrigerator.
Get spices, lemon, lemon zest peelings, butter, and garlic
ready to use.
Using a medium size deep frying pan, preheat pan.
Add about 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil, roll oil around to cover pan.
Add in about 3 tablespoons of butter.
Add in 2 tablespoons of Fresh Chopped Garlic, stir quickly.
Add in all the shrimp, stir.
Add in some Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Add in a small amount of Table Salt.
Add in 1 teaspoon of Dry Oregano.
Add in 1/2 teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes.
Add in 1 teaspoon of Hot Sauce.
Add in 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Zest.
Add in 3 tablespoons of Fresh Parsley.
Continue to stir, shrimp cooks fast. Do NOT overcook.
When Shrimp is done, squeeze juice from whole Lemon.

Remove quickly, pour ½ onto each Bowl or Plate of Rice.
Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of Grated Parmesan Cheese.
Serve while hot.


For you Hungry Man Types:
Serve with a fresh garden side salad.
Serve with Red or White Wine, or an Ice Cold Beer in a Frosty Mug.

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Sep 18, 2009

Jack's Recipe: Fried Fresh Mozzarella Sticks with Portabella Mushroom Ragu Sauce and Conchiglie Pasta

Ingredients
1 Package of Conchiglie (Seashell shaped pasta)
1 pound fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
all-purpose flour
Eggs
Milk
Dried Bread Crumbs
Olive Oil
Unsalted Butter
White Onion
Fresh Parsley
Fresh Garlic
2 pounds fresh Portabella Mushrooms
1 28-ounce can of Crushed Tomatoes (any brand)
Tomato Paste (buy in a tube)
Dried Thyme (spice section)
Dried Oregano (spice section)
Dried Basil (spice section)
1 can Chicken Stock (buy low sodium)
Parmesan / Romano Cheese (I buy mine all ready made)


Cooking Items and Utensils:
Can Opener
Cutting Board
Large Kitchen knife
Paper Towels
Long Handled Spoon
Pasta Strainer
Teaspoons
Tablespoons
Bowls
Plate
Frying Pan / Skillet
5 quart pot with lid (I use a cast iron pot with glass lid)
3 quart pot with lid (I use revere ware)



Cooking and Preparation Instructions:

Fried Fresh Mozzarella Sticks-
Preparation....
1 pound fresh Mozzarella Cheese, cut into 8 (1/4-inch) slices
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten with 2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups dried bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
Season both sides of the cheese lightly with salt and pepper.

In three separate bowls -
First Bowl – all purpose flour
Second Bow - season the egg wash and milk with salt and pepper.
Third Bowl – Bread Crumbs
Dredge each slice of cheese in the flour, tapping off any excess, then dip each slice in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Dip the cheese in the bread crumbs, coating completely.
Put on plate.
Set aside.

Cooking Instructions:
In large saute pan, over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil.
Pan-fry the cheese until the crust is golden, about 2 minutes on each side.
Remove and drain on paper towels.
Note – Start this while the Ragu is cooking.


Preparing Conchiglie (Seashell shaped pasta):
In a 3-quart pot, fill 2/3 with water, cover, place on high heat until boiling.
Remove lid add in 1 tablespoon of salt.
1 tablespoon of oil
Pour in pasta
Stir
When water starts to boil again, reduce to low, cook as per instructions on package.
Pour Pasta into pasta strainer, do not wash with cold water.
Shake thoroughly removing as much water as possible.
Drizzle lightly with Olive Oil, stir, this prevents pasta from sticking together.



Portabella Mushroom Ragu:
Preparation ..... 

Open 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
Open 1 can low sodium Chicken Stock
Chop 1/2 cup of white onion
Chop 1 tablespoon of fresh garlic
Chop 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
Slice the Portabella Mushrooms into strips

Cooking Instructions:
Pre-heat In 5 quart pot with lid
place the following....over medium-high heat
2 tablespoons Olive Oil 

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Once the butter melts and starts to foam, add

1/2 cup diced white onion 

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Stir for about 2-minutes
Now add in 2 pounds Portabella Mushrooms
Stir until starting to cook, add more Olive Oil if needed
Next Add
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon basil
Add in...
Can Tomatoes
Can Chicken Stock
Fresh Chopped Parsley
2 tablespoons of Tomato Paste
Stir
Turn heat to high until it starts to boil.
Reduce heat to low, cook for about 20-minutes to thicken, stir often.
Cover, turn heat to simmer, cook for another 20-minutes.



Serving-
Place pasta in pasta bowls or onto serving plates.
Spoon the Portabella Mushroom Ragu Sauce over pasta, add some Parmesan / Romano Cheese.
Arrange 2 pieces of the Fried Mozzarella Cheese Sticks on top of the Mushroom Ragu Sauce and Pasta.

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Sep 11, 2009

Jack’s BBQ Recipe for Deep Frying Oysters with side dishes:

Lets wrap up BBQ season with a little untraditional outdoor cooking.
These foods can be cooked indoors, but Outdoors is safer, so that’s why I like them during the summer months when I can use my BBQ Grille.

Menu:
Fried Oysters
American Fries
Corn on the Cob
Watermelon


Cooking Items and Utensils:
A BBQ Grille
Metal Cooking Thermometer with a lip (so it can hang on Deep Fry Pan or Chinese Wok without dropping into oil and you don’t have to hold it).
Pair of Heavy Cooking Gloves (BBQ Mitts)
Sharp Paring or Kitchen Knife
Mixing bowl
Wax Paper
Chopping Board
Diner Plates (paper plates are fine)
Paper Towels
Alum Foil
Dinner Forks
Pasta type Strainer
Set of BBQ Cooking Tools (utensils)
Chinese Cooking Strainer or Slotted Long Handled Cooking Spoon
Cast Iron 5-quart Pot with glass lid
Gas Wok with stand (note: do NOT attempt to use an electric wok)




Item # 1 – Fried Oysters:
Ingredients …
Oysters (I buy mine in the deli / butcher section, they come in a jar, get two jars to be safe). If you live where you can get fresh Oyster, get a dozen.
Canola Oil, Vegetable Oil will surfice
Table Salt
Cayenne Pepper
Cajun Dry Seasoning
all-purpose Flour
Yellow Cornmeal
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Garlic Powder

Directions …
Shuck fresh Oysters or Remove Oysters from Jar.
Place in bowl and wash with fresh cold tap water.
Gently drain off water.
In a separate bowl or dish, mix the following ingredients:
3/4 Cup of all-purpose Flour.
3/4 Cup of Yellow Cornmeal.
1 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
1 Teaspoon of Garlic Salt.
1/2 Teaspoon of Table Salt.
1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper.
Mix thoroughly.
Roll the Oysters in the flour mix and set aside on waxed paper.
Heat oil in Wok or BBQ side deep fryer to 375°F (use thermometer).
Deep fry oysters in batches (3 or 4 at a time) until golden, about 2 to 4 minutes. They will start to float.
Do not overcrowd, Do not overcook.
Using a large diner plate, cover with about three layers of paper towels.
Remove Oysters using Chinese Strainer or Slotted cooking spoon.
Sprinkle lightly and immediately with some Cajun Dry Seasoning.
Serve immediately.


Item # 2 - American Fries: 

Ingredients …
3 large baking potatoes (russets do best, about 2 pounds).
Canola Oil, for the fry frying 
Table Salt

Directions …
Peel and cut potatoes into matchstick slices 1/4-inch thick.
Place the potato slices in a bowl of water.
Let stand 15 minutes.
Drain using strainer, rinse under cold water, and drain again.
Pat dry with paper towels.
On BBQ Grille using side burner, if you have one, and using a Wok,
heat enough oil to come to about 4 inches up the side of the Wok, about 3 or 4 cups.
Heat the Oil to 350 degrees F. Use a thermometer.
Add the potatoes in batches and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
Using a large diner plate, cover with about three layers of paper towels.
Remove the American Fries from the pan with a Chinese Strainer (or slotted cooking spoon) and drain on paper towels.
Sprinkle with salt and serve hot with other diner items.
Note: We refer to these as ‘American’ Fries now versus French Fries.


Item # 3 - Corn on the Cob: 

Ingredients …
2 ears of corn per person (white or yellow fresh corn).
Butter or Margin.
Table Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper.

Directions …
Just before cooking, husk the corn, pull off the silky threads, and cut out any blemishes with a pointed paring knife.
Cut the Ears in half, easier to cook and handle.
Place Iron Pot with lid on top of BBQ Grille Grate or side burner.
Drop the corn into the large cast iron pot filled with boiling water, add salt.
Cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered.
After about 5 minutes, remove enough ears for a first serving.
Remember - You can keep the remaining corn warm in the water for another 10 minutes without becoming tough or soggy.
Serve with lots of butter and light salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Cooking Options:
(1) This can be cooked inside.
(2) Instead of 5 minutes, cook for 4 minutes, remove from water and place directly on BBQ Grille Grate rolling over until brown, about one minute, use the BBQ Tongs.
(3) Either, method, for children, cut the corn from the cob and place on plate with butter.


For you Hungry Man Types:
Ice Tea for Lunch.
Gatorade for the children (healthy).
Cold Beer in Frosty Mug for Diner (requires 24-hours in freezer).
Potato Chips on the side.
Fresh Garden or Caesar Salad.
For outdoors deserts, serve up watermelon.


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Sep 3, 2009

Jack's Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

You can use chicken as a substitute .....

Items Needed:
Cutting Board
Paring Knife
Can Opener
Tablespoons
Teaspoons
Deep Frying Pan with lid
Cast Iron Cooking Pot with lid
Plastic Saran Wrap
2 Mixing Bowls
Plates
Serving (eating) Bowls
Note - if you don't have a lid you can use aluminum foil


Ingredients:
2/3 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
1/4 cup flour, plus seasoned flour for dredging
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 pound pork butt, cut into 1-inch cubes (if you don't want to cut it yourself, the butcher will do it for you)(or use boneless chicken breasts)
Kosher Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 ounce honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/3 cup large diced yellow onion
1/3 cup large diced celery
1/3 cup carrots sliced 1/4-inch thick, on an angle
1/3 cup large diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup large diced green bell pepper
1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into 1-inch cubes
Rice



Preparation:
In a large bowl, combine soy, garlic, ginger, flour, and cornstarch. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper. Place the pork in the bowl and toss to cover. Cover with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
Next Day - Drain off any excess marinade and dredge the pork in flour seasoned with salt and pepper.



Cooking Instructions:
In a large deep frying pan heat 1-inch of oil to 350 degrees F.
Fry the pork in batches, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Heat a bowl or dinner plate in microwave for 1 minute, place pork on plate to keep warm.
In a separate bowl, combine the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, and honey. Whisk to blend.
In a small roasting pan heat the canola and sesame oils. Place the pork and vegetables into the pan and cover with the ketchup mixture. Cover, bring to a simmer, cook on low heat until the pork is tender.
While cooking, make some rice, white rice referred for this dish. Instant rice is okay.


To Serve:
Dip up a large scoop of rice, cover with sweet and sour (pork or chicken)

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Aug 27, 2009

Jack’s Recipe for Stuffed Green Peppers:

Ingredients:
From the butcher section-
1/2 Pound Fresh Ground Hamburger Meat (Beef)
1/2 Pound Fresh Ground Pork
Taste Note: Buy meats fresh same day, do not use meats from your freezer
2 Whole Fresh Mushrooms (produce section)
1 Medium White Onion (produce section)
6 Large Fresh Green Peppers (buy these firm)(produce section)
1 Can of Tomato Paste
1 Large 28-ounce Can of Tomato Sauce
Olive Oil
Oregano (spice section)
Garlic Powder (spice section)
Fresh Ground Black Pepper (spice section)
Table Salt
A1 Steak Sauce (original)
L & P Steal Sauce (original)
Fresh Large Grade A Eggs
Bread Crumbs
Small Bottle of Red Merlot Wine
White Sugar
Parmesan Cheese
Rice, instant rice is okay
Sour Cream


Cooking Items and Utensils:
1 medium Baking Dish approximately 5” x 9” preferably glass
1 medium Sauce Pan
Can Opener
Measuring Cup
Sharp Knife
Large mixing bowl
Chopping Board
Diner Plates (paper plates are fine)
Paper Towels
Aluminum Foil
Tablespoons
Teaspoons


Preparation and Directions:
Step # 1: Meat Filling
In Large Mixing Bowl
Add the following Ingredients …
Use half of the Medium White Onion - Finely Chopped
2 Mushrooms - Finely Chopped
Place Ground Hamburger Meat (Beef)
Place Ground Pork
1/2 Tablespoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon of A1 Steak Sauce
1 Tablespoon of L & P Steak Sauce
1/2 Cup of Bread Crumbs
1 whole Egg
1 Teaspoon of Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon of Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1/2 Can of Tomato Paste
1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese
Mix very well with hands


Step # 2: Green Peppers
Wash 6 Large Fresh Green Peppers
Cut top out carefully
Core out center of each Pepper (keep pepper in tact)
Wash inside of Peppers make sure all the seeds and membranes
are removed
Stuff Peppers with Meat Filling using a clean tablespoon
Note: Pack tightly being cautious not to split open pepper
Coat Baking Dish lightly with Olive Oil (bottom and sides)
Place Peppers Upright in Baking Dish


Step # 3: Tomato Sauce
In a Medium Sauce Pan on top of the stove
Add One Can of Tomato Sauce
Remaining 1/2 Can of Tomato Paste
1/2 Cup of Water
1 small bottle of Red Merlot Wine (about 1 cup)
1 Teaspoon of Oregano
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon of Table Salt
Heat until boiling, turn off, let cool to room temperature
When cool, stir, poor liquid over Peppers, cover dish with lid
or Alum Foil.


Step # 4: Cook Rice


Cooking Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees
Bake Peppers for 15 minutes
Reduce temperature to 350 Degrees and cook for an additional
45 minutes


Serving Instructions Per Person:
Place about 1/2 Cup of Rice on plate
Serve One Green Stuffed Pepper
Add some additional Parmesan Cheese on Pepper
Add about One Heaping Tablespoon of Sour Cream on Pepper


For you Hungry Man Types:
Beverage – Red Wine or Cold Beer in frosty mug
Also goes well with Ice Tea


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Aug 14, 2009

Jack’s Recipe for Meat Loaf with Brown Gravy and Side Dishes

Notice .. I have two Meat Loaf Recipes, this is the first one, I will post the other one later.


Menu:
Meat Loaf with Gravy
String Beans.
Mashed Potatoes.
Beverage.


Ingredients and Amounts:

Part 1 – Meat Loaf …
2 Pounds of Ground Beef
Fresh Chopped Garlic
3 Large Brown Mushrooms
Table Salt
LP Sauce
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil
1 Can of Beef Gravy
1 Small Yellow Onion
A1 Steak Sauce (original flavor)
1 Small Fresh Green Pepper
Fresh Eggs
Bread Crumbs

Part 2 – Side Dishes …
4 to 6 White Rose Potatoes (Medium Size)
1 Stick of Butter
Milk
1 Can Cut String Beans
1 Pound Bacon Strips
2 Fresh White Mushrooms
Fresh Green Parsley
Fresh Chives


Cooking Items and Utensils:
1 Oven Rectangular Baking Dish – I personally use a Pyrex Glass Dish with lid (approximately size 9” x 5”).
1 Medium Sauce Pan.
1 2-Quart Corning or Pyrex Dish with lid.
1 Can Opener.
2 Mixing Bowls (3 to 4 quart size).
1 Measuring Cup.
1 Whisk or Diner Fork.
1 Paring Knife.
Dinner plates and forks.
Paper Towels.
Teaspoons.
Tablespoons.
Oven or Cooking Mitts.


Cooking Directions:
Step # 1 - Meat Loaf Preparation Directions:
In a Large Size Mixing Bowl (3-4 quart size)

Place the following ingredients in the bowl …
2 pounds of Ground Beef.
1/2 cup of finely chopped Yellow Onion.
1/4 cup of finely chopped Green Pepper
1/2 cup of Bread Crumbs.
Mix with Hands thoroughly ..
Next –
In a Measuring Cup …
Break Two Fresh Eggs, beat and mix well
Add in …
1 Tablespoon of LP Sauce.
1 Tablespoon of A1 Steak Sauce.
1/2 Teaspoon of Table Salt.
1 Teaspoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Mix thoroughly
Pour into Mixing Bowl with Ground Meat.
Again, mix thoroughly with hands
Next –
In Glass or Ceramic Rectangular Baking Dish coat bottom and sides lightly with Olive Oil.
Place Ground Beef Mixture into dish. Form in an Oval Shape.
Place small 1 inch wide 1 inch deep grove along top of beef center length ways (I use back side of a tablespoon, pressing down lightly).
Next –
In a Medium Sauce Pan on top of stove
Add in …
1 Can of Beef Gravy.
1/2 Can of Water.
3 Brown Mushrooms finely chopped.
1/4 Stick of Butter.
1 Tablespoon of finely chopped Garlic.
Heat on medium heat until simmering, stir thoroughly.
Wait to Cool ..
Stir again …
Pour over Meat Loaf in Glass Dish
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
Bake for about 90 Minutes
When done, remove from oven, remove lid, allow to stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.


Step 2 - Potato Cooking Directions (side dish # 1):
Note: I usually start this when the Meat Loaf has been in the oven for 60 minutes.
Do NOT Peel Potatoes, cut into quarters.
Place Potatoes in cold water with a small amount of salt added.
Bring to boil, turn heat to low, cook until fork tender.
When done, remove, cool for about 5 minutes, and remove skins.
In a large bowl, cut potatoes into cubes, then mash.
Add 1/2 stick of butter.
Add 1/2 cup of milk.
Mash until creamy.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add more milk or butter as needed and to taste. Some people like their potatoes firm, others soft and creamy.
When served add some Finely Dice Green Parsley (remove stems). Also add some fresh finely chopped Chives.


Step 3 – String Bean Cooking Directions (side dish # 2):
Well in advance, take 5 strips of Bacon, place on dinner plate, cover with two paper towels on top of Bacon, place in Microwave for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove, let cool, crush into pieces.
Note, watch the bacon, some microwaves do cook faster than others. You want the bacon crisp but not burnt.
In a Medium (2-quart) Corning Ware or Pyrex Dish with lid …
Place Can of String Beans with liquid.
Add in …
Crushed Bacon.
Finely Chopped 2 White Mushrooms.
1/2 Tablespoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
1/2 Stick of Butter.
Place in Microwave Oven for 3 minutes.
Remove, stir.


Diner Serving Instructions:
Place dinner plates in microwave oven for 30 seconds prior to placing food on plate (helps keep food warm, caution plates will be hot, use oven mitt or pot holder to remove).
Slice Meat Loaf into thick slices, place on diner plate.
Place mash potatoes on plate.
Place string beans on plate.
Add gravy or additional butter as desired.


Options:
This dish goes well with Ice Cold Beer or a nice Red Wine.
Add a Garden Side salad if needed.

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Aug 7, 2009

Jack’s Chinese Stir Fry Veggies Recipe

This taste good and is healthy.

Ingredients:
5 Gloves of Fresh Garlic (produce section)
1 Lemon (produce section)
1 Large Fresh Green Whole Cabbage (produce section)
1 Red Onion (produce section)
Fresh Garden Celery (produce section)
4 Large Fresh Mushrooms (2 white, 2 brown) (produce section)
Fresh Garden Parsley (produce section)
Handful of Fresh String Beans (produce section)
Handful of Snow Pea Pods (produce section)
Handful of Bean Sprouts (produce section)
Bag of Baby Carrots (produce section)
Orange Juice, pulp free (unfrozen)
1 small can of water chestnuts (usually in Asian section of grocery store)
Table Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Garlic Powder (spice section)
1 Uncooked Boneless Chicken Breast (butcher section)
6 uncooked large shrimp (butcher section)
Soya Sauce (regular)
Olive Oil
Rice (instant rice is Ok)


Cooking Items and Utensils: 

1 Chinese Wok with lid 

Medium Size Pot or Rice Cooker
1 Large Metal Cooking Spoon
Can Opener
Measuring Cup

Sharp Paring or Kitchen Knife 

Chopping Board
Large Bowl

Soup Bowls 

Paper Towels 

Teaspoons 

Tablespoons
Zest Scrapper Tool


Preparation Directions:
Step # 1: Lemon Zest and Juice ....
Using Zest Tool, peel about a one tablespoon of lemon skin zest, set aside.
Cut lemon in half.

Step # 2: Chicken ....
Clean (wash Chicken thoroughly).
Cut chicken into 2-inch wide strips.
Place in mixing bowl
Add the following …
3 tablespoons of Soya Sauce
1 tablespoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
stir, set aside

Step # 3: Vegetables ....
Slice Mushrooms.
Cut 2 stalks of Fresh Celery – cut length in half and then into diagonal small 1-inch pieces.
Chop about 1/3 cup of Fresh Parsley.
Chop 1/3 of cup of Red Onion.
Cut Green Whole Cabbage in half, using half only, remove white center, separate leaves, wash, drain. Cut into approximately 2 inch long by 4 inch wide pieces.
Finely Chop 5 Gloves of Garlic.
Cut 5 Baby Carrots into smaller pieces.
Wash, cut ends off string beans, diagonal cut into 1/4 inch pieces.
Wash and drain snow pea pods and bean sprouts (leave whole,
don’t cut).

Step # 4: Shrimp ….
Wash, peel and devain the 6 Large Shrimp.
Place is bowl, add one tablespoon of lemon juice, some fresh ground black pepper, pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, stir thoroughly.

Step # 5: Water Chestnuts ….
Open can, drain off water.


Cooking Instructions:
First Cook RICE and set aside.

Stir Fry Cooking Instructions:
Step # 1 …
Place Wok on top of stove. On High Heat for about one to two minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil once wok is hot.
Add in shrimp.
Using large metal cooking spoon, stir frequently, cook until they turn orange and curl, remove, set aside.

Step # 2 …
Still on high heat.
Add about another 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil.
Pour in Chicken Strips with Liquid Sauce mixture.
Using large metal cooking spoon, stir frequently, cook until done, but do not over cooked.
Remove, set aside.
Place in same bowl as shrimp.

Step # 3 …
Still on high heat.
Add about another 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil.
Add in the following Ingredients …
Baby Carrots.
Celery.
String Beans.
Red Onion.
Sliced Mushrooms.
1 tablespoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Using large metal cooking spoon, stir frequently until almost cooked.
Now add in the following Ingredients …
On Medium Heat ..
Snow Pea Pods.
Bean Sprouts.
Chopped Garlic.
Parsley.
1/2 Cup of Orange Juice.
Lemon Zest.
Stir frequently, bottom to top, turnover, until almost cooked.
Now add in the following Ingredients …
1/2 Cup of tap water.
Water Chestnuts.
1 tablespoon of Soya Sauce.
Chicken.
Shrimp.
Cook about 11/2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Now add in Cabbage.
Sprinkle lightly with table salt.
Stir.
Cover Wok with lid. You can use aluminum foil.
Cook until Cabbage is tender but not too done.
Turn off fire, remove lid, stir thoroughly.


Serving:
I usually serve this in a Large Soup Bowl.
Dip up one good large metal spoon full of Rice.
Cover Rice with Stir Fry Veggies, Shrimp, and Chicken.
Serve. Feeds about 4 adults.
This is a meal in itself.

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Jul 31, 2009

Jack's Fresh Pasta with a Spicy Clam Sauce:

Items Needed:

5 Sweet Italian Sausage Links
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped white onions
1/2 cup chopped celery (1 celery stalk)
1/2 cup chopped carrots (I use baby carrots, about 10 pieces)
Salt
1 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes (1 tablespoon)
Sugar
Fresh Parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 cup dry white wine (any brand)
1 can crushed tomatoes (Romano are best)
1 teaspoon of thyme
1 tablespoon of oregano
2 cups clam juice (I buy two 8 oz bottles)
14 littleneck clams, scrubbed and washed in salt water, then rinsed
1 box of linguini pasta, angel hair works well for larger amount of claims 24 or more)
Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil on pasta after cooking
1/2 tablespoon of basil
Parmesan Romano Cheese (I buy mine all ready grated, store brand)
Spring Onions (2 sticks)
Pasta Water
Note: you can substitute the littleneck claims with mussels if you prefer.


Preparation and Cooking Instructions:
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.
Add in the sweet Italian sausage; remove when brown cut into 2-inch pieces
Add the onions, celery, and carrots. Add some additional olive oil if needed.
Season with table salt, fresh ground black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Sauté for 2 minutes.
Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute.
Add in the one teaspoon of Tabasco Sauce,
Deglaze the pan with the white wine and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute.
Add the can crushed tomatoes, the herbs, and remaining seasoning.
Continue to cook for 4 minutes.
Stir in the clam juice and bring to a boil.
Add in a 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, stir well.
Add in 1/4 cup of fresh parsley
Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add in 1/2 cup of pasta water.
Stir in the clams, cover and continue to cook for 10 – 12 minutes or until the clams completely open their shells.
Any clams that do not open, discard.


Corresponding Cooking Instructions:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Add the pasta and cook until tender, but not mushy.
Remove and drain the pasta. Toss with extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan Romano Cheese.
In a large serving bowl or pasta edged tray, toss the pasta.
When the claims are cooked, removed with the tomato sauce and cover the pasta.
Add fresh finely chopped parsley and spring onions.
Serve on plate, pre-drizzle lightly each plate with extra virgin olive oil.
Add additional Parmesan Romano Cheese to taste.




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Jul 23, 2009

Jack’s BBQ Recipe - ‘Chicken Melts’ on the Grille with side dishes

Good for lunch or diner ....

Menu:
Grilled Boneless Chicken Breasts
Spinach Salad
Corn on the Cob
Mexican Tortilla Chips with Salsa
Fresh Fruit Juice Smoothies


Cooking Items and Utensils:
A BBQ Grille.
Pair of Heavy Cooking Gloves (BBQ Mitts).
Sharp Paring or Kitchen Knife.
Chopping Board.
Large Mixing Bowl.
Small Bowls.
Large Serving Style Dinner Plate.
Dinner Plates (paper plates are fine).
Paper Towels.
Drinking Glasses.
Steak Knives and Forks.
Saran Plastic Wrap or Alum Foil.
Set of BBQ Cooking Tools (utensils).
Can of Pam Cooking Spray or Vegetable Oil.
Meat Tenderizer Hammer.
Measuring Cup.
5-quart Pot with lid.
Blender.
Ice Cubes.


Important - Preparations:
---First clean the Grille. Scrap any food particles off. Wipe the grille down with a damp cloth or wet paper towels, let dry naturally.
---Check the Gas Propane Container Level. If natural gas, check the fittings on either type of gas grille. If charcoal make sure you have briquettes, a lighter stick, and fluid.
---Make sure your BBQ cooking tools are clean.
---You might want to consider wearing an apron to avoid messy accidents.
---Just ‘BEFORE’ you light the grille, spray the grille rack with Pam, this prevents sticking). Never spray this or any item onto a hot grille or directly into a flame.


Item # 1 – ‘Chicken Patty’ on the Grille:
Ingredients ....
Fresh Boneless Chicken Breasts (butcher section)
Taste Note: Buy fresh same day, do not use chicken from your freezer.
Do NOT put chicken in freezer, even if you buy it one day in advance. Store in butcher’s paper in rear of refrigerator on shelf.
Purchasing Note: One Chicken breasts refers to a whole breast
(2 halves for eating).
Fresh Ground Black Pepper.
Table Salt.
Olive Oil.
Provolone Cheese Slices.
Fresh Garden Whole Red Tomato (buy red, firm, no brushes
or soft spots).
Romaine Lettuce.
Kaiser Rolls.
Mayonnaise.

Directions ....
Step # 1: Chicken Breasts
Remove the Chicken from the butcher’s paper about 15 minutes before use. Wash with cold water cut away fat. Wrap in plastic Saran type wrap. Using the jagged edge of a meat-tenderizing hammer, pound both sides of chicken. Flatten the chicken.

Step # 2: Chicken Preparation …
When ready to cook, remove saran plastic wrap, place chicken on large diner plate.
On BOTH sides including edges, rub heartedly with Olive Oil.
Now, on one side only – lightly place Fresh Ground Black Pepper, and a light amount of Table Salt.

Cooking Instructions:
Spray BBQ grille grate with Pam or rub with vegetable oil.
Get grille hot, turn to medium heat.
Using BBQ Gloves (mitts) and flat turner or tongs, place coated
side of chicken down on grille, close lid for about 5 minutes.
Open lid, cook for another 3 minutes.
Turn Chicken over, cook until done.
Note: Chicken is difficult to cook, Grille cooking times vary with type of grille. Experiment until you get it right. Try cooking just one first,
When Chicken is done, lay one or two pieces of Provolone Cheese on top, close lid, cook for about 30 seconds.
Remember, different grilles cook differently.
Avoid flipping chicken, cook one side at a time only !!
Place Chicken on Kaiser Roll.
Add sliced tomato, romaine lettuce, and mayonnaise.
Serve .. you have a grilled chicken fillet sandwich.

Item # 2 – Spinach Salad:
Ingredients ....
1 package (bag) of Baby Spinach (serves two people).
1/2 cup of chopped Red Onion
5 Baby Carrots (they come in a bag)
4 Brown or White whole Mushrooms
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 teaspoon of Table Salt
1 teaspoon of Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoons of Dry Oregano
1 Tablespoon of Dry Parsley Flakes
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese (buy this already made, like Craft brand)
1/2 Pound Bacon.
1 Box of Croutons.

Directions ...
Step # 1: Vegetables
Chop a Red Onion.
Using about 5 Baby Carrots, cut in half-length ways, now finely cut into pieces.
Slice the Mushrooms.

Step # 2: Bacon
Either brown bacon in frying pan on stove or use microwave oven (easier)
Bacon needs to be crisp.
When done. Remove grease.
Let cool, then crumble into pieces.

Step # 3: Preparation
In a large Mixing Bowl Place the ...
Table Salt
Garlic Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Baby Carrots
Mushrooms
Red Onion
Dry Oregano
Dry Parsley Flakes
Olive Oil
Sugar
Balsamic Vinegar
Stir thoroughly
Taste, adjust as needed. Add ingredients slowly in small quantities, it is always easy to add, but impossible to remove.
Cover, place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Remove, just before serving, toss again, add Croutons and Bacon.


Item # 3 – Mexican Tortilla Chips:
1 Bag of Corn Tortilla Chips
! large bottle of Mild Salsa (I personally prefer Ortega brand).
While the chicken is on the Grille, pour chips into large bowl, divide salsa into two small bowls, have everyone munch on these.


Item # 4 - Corn on the Cob:
Ingredients ...
2 ears of corn per person (white or yellow fresh corn).
Butter or Margin.
Table Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper.

Directions …
Just before cooking, husk the corn, pull off the silky threads, and cut out any blemishes with a pointed paring knife.
Cut the Ears in half, easier to cook and handle.
Place Iron Pot with lid on top of BBQ Grille Grate or side burner.
Drop the corn into the large cast iron pot filled with boiling, add salt.
Cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered.
After about 5 minutes, remove enough ears for a first serving.
You can keep the remaining corn warm in the water for another 10 minutes without becoming tough or soggy.
Serve with lots of butter and light salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Options:
(1) This can be cooked inside.
(2) Instead of 5 minutes, cook for 4 minutes, remove from water and place directly on BBQ Grille Grate rolling over until brown, about one minute, use the BBQ Tongs.
(3) Either, method, for children, cut the corn from the cob and place on plate with butter. This avoids their hands being burned.


Beverages:
Fresh Fruit Smoothies -
Directions:
Buy at least 3 different fresh fruit, not frozen. One should be seedless watermelon.
Cut off skin, cut into about two inch pieces.
Fill blender 2/3 full, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a light pinch of salt.
Fill the remainder of the blender with ice, but allow enough room for the blender lid to close all the way.
Important – Hold blender lid down tight.
Turn on blender to high speed.
Pour, you have a smoothie.

Health Note - Try and avoid soda on hot days when body is exposed to outdoor sun.

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Jul 10, 2009

Jack’s Egg, Potato and Ham Sandwich

Here is another favorite for children and men in general.

Here is an easy to prepare Sandwich.
The great thing about this sandwich it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.....


Original Ingredients:
Potatoes
Cooking Oil (butter, optional)
Sliced Deli Ham
Eggs
Mayonnaise
Black Pepper
Wheat or Rye Bread (if wheat, I usually toast it)

Optional Ingredients ….
Sliced American Cheese
Garden Tomato
Sweet Sliced Pickles
Can Potatoes, sliced if available


Cooking Items and Utensils:
1 large frying pan (skillet)
Pancake Type Cooking Utensil
Can Opener
Sharp Knife
Toaster (optional)


Preparation Directions:
If using Fresh Whole Potatoes, stab with fork, place into Microwave until done (not soft, you are going to fry them later).
Remove skin, slice into ¼ inch thick pieces.
If you are lazy, use the can potatoes, and slice the same way.


Cooking Directions:
First in a small amount of cooking oil or butter, pan fry the potato slices until brown. Remove and place on plate.
Next – add some light oil to same pan, Fry One Egg (break the yoke).
While egg is frying toast the bread and place two open pieces on a diner plate.
Mayonnaise the bread.
When egg is done place hot onto the bread add Black Pepper.
Add the Sliced Potato.
Finally lightly pan fry two slices of Deli Ham, honey ham works best for taste.
Add the Ham and your ready …
Note: This is an excellent ‘Breakfast.’

To be more creative or if you like your sandwich more hearty, especially for lunch or diner, then try adding …
Sliced Tomato
Slice of American Cheese
Some sliced Sweet Pickle


For you Hungry Man Types:
Goes well with Coffee for Breakfast
Ice Tea for Lunch
Cold Beer for Diner


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Jun 26, 2009

Jack's BBQ Recipe - ‘BBQ Shark or Swordfish Steak’ on the Grille with side dishes

This is generally considered a dinner menu item.
It is an excellent choice for entertaining guests.

Menu:
Grilled Fish on the BBQ
Portabella Mushrooms
Corn on the Cob.
Beverages.

Cooking Items and Utensils: 

A BBQ Grille. 

Pair of Heavy Cooking Gloves (BBQ Mitts). 

Sharp Paring or Kitchen Knife. 

Chopping Board. 

Large Serving Style Diner Plate. 


Paper Towels.
Diner Plates. 

Drinking Glasses. 

Steak Knives and Forks. 

Measuring Cup. 

Small Kitchen Brush for braising. 

Set of BBQ Cooking Tools (utensils). 

Can of Pam Cooking Spray. 

5-quart Pot with lid.

Preparations 

---First clean the Grille.
---Scrap any food particles off.
---Wipe the grille down with a damp cloth or wet paper towels, let dry naturally. 

---Check the Gas Propane Container Level. If natural gas, check the fittings on either type of gas grille. If charcoal make sure you have briquettes, a lighter stick, and fluid.
---Make sure your BBQ cooking tools are clean. 

---You might want to consider wearing an apron to avoid messy accidents. 

---Just ‘BEFORE’ you light the grille, spray the grille rack with Pam, this prevents sticking).  Never spray this or any item onto a hot grille or directly into a flame. 
 


Item # 1 – ‘Shark or Swordfish Steaks’ on the Grille:

Ingredients … 

Fresh Boneless Shark or Swordfish Steaks (butcher section).
Taste Note: Buy fresh same day, never freeze these items. 
Do NOT put fish in freezer, even if you buy it one day in advance. 
Store in butcher’s paper in rear of refrigerator on shelf. 

Purchasing Note: One ‘Steak’ per person, buy about 1 inch thick. 

Fresh Ground Black Pepper. 

Table Salt. 

Olive Oil. 

Butter.

Directions … 


Step # 1: Swordfish or Shark Steaks 
Remove the ‘Fish’ from the butcher’s paper about 15 minutes before use.
Pat dry with a paper towel.
Place on diner plate, cover both sides with Olive Oil. 

Note: Do NOT remove skin on edges it helps hold the fish meat together while grilling. 

Melt about 1 stick (3 tablespoons) of butter in a measuring cup using the microwave oven.

Cooking Instructions: 

Spray BBQ grille grate with Pam or wipe with vegetable oil. 

Get grille hot, turn to medium heat.

Using BBQ Gloves (mitts) and flat turner, place steaks on grille, close lid for about 2 minutes. 

Open lid, cook for another 2 minutes. 

Turn Fish Steaks over, cook until done (approximately another 4 minutes).

Note: Grille cooking times vary with type of grille.
Experiment until you get it right.
Health Tip: Do NOT eat raw or partially cook fish.
Try cooking just one first.
Avoid turning over (flipping), cook one side at a time. 

When Steak is done, using braising brush, brush melted butter on one side, lightly add salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Let sit for at least one minute before eating. 

Remember, different grilles cook differently. My cooking times are based on a Webber Propane Grille.


Item # 2 – Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms: 

Ingredients …

Large Portabella Mushrooms (allow one per person) 

Olive Oil 

Port Barrel Wine Cheese Spread (you may substitute with Mozzarella Cheese).

Directions … 

Preparation: 

Remove the Mushroom stems by gently twisting. 
Using a small paring knife or tablespoon, hollow out the bottom of the Mushrooms. 

Using the Braising Brush, add some Olive Oil to a Measuring Cup, brush entire Mushroom thoroughly with Oil.

Cooking Directions:

Using a pair of BBQ Tongs, place Portabella Mushrooms on grille. 

Turn over frequently as needed. 

They cook pretty fast, about 4 or 5 minutes. 

When done, remove from grille. 

Immediately stuff with Wine Cheese or Mozzarella Cheese. 

Let sit about 2 minutes before serving. 

Note: You can place these on the grille when you have turned the Fish Steaks over to begin cooking the 2nd side.


Item # 3 - Corn on the Cob: 

Ingredients … 

2 ears of corn per person (white or yellow fresh corn). 

Butter or Margin. 

Table Salt 

Fresh Ground Black Pepper.

Directions … 

Just before cooking, husk the corn, pull off the silky threads, and cut out any blemishes with a pointed paring knife. 

Cut the Ears in half, easier to cook and handle. 

Place Iron Pot with lid on top of BBQ Grille Grate or side burner with water about 2/3 full, bring to a boil.

Drop the corn into the large cast iron pot filled with boiling, add salt. 

Cover the pot and let the water return to a boil again, then turn off the heat and keep the pot covered. 
After about 5 minutes, remove enough ears for a first serving. 
You can keep the remaining corn warm in the water for another 10 minutes without becoming tough or soggy. 

Serve with lots of butter and light salt and fresh ground black pepper. 


Options: 

(1) This can be cooked inside. 

(2) Instead of 5 minutes, cook for 4 minutes, remove from water and place directly on BBQ Grille Grate rolling over until brown, about one minute, use the BBQ Tongs. 

(3) Either, method, for children, cut the corn from the cob and place on plate with butter.


Beverages: 

Gatorade or Ice Tea for the Children. 

Beer in Frosty Mug for the Men (remember to place mugs in freezer at least 24-hours prior to pouring the refrigerated ice cold beer). 
If you don’t drink, Ice Tea is a good choice. 

Some people like wine, white or red is fine with this dish.
Health Tip: Try and avoid soda on hot days when body is exposed to outdoor sun.

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