Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010 · Posted in Improving Family Life · View Comments 


Summer Brings Local Farmer’s Markets

June 19, 2010 · Posted in Community Service, Improving Family Life · View Comments 

Summer Brings Local Farmer’s Markets

Every Saturday throughout the summer in Nevada City, you can enjoy a beautiful morning at the local Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market is the community’s source for LOCAL fresh produce and music, educational demonstrations, face painting, and good old fashioned fun for the entire family. Shopping at your local farmer’s market is an enjoyable activity that brings the community together for food and friendship. It is an educational opportunity for many. You can learn directly from farmers and other experts about growing practices, crop seasons, and even cooking tips.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

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Caribbean Chicken

June 18, 2010 · Posted in Chicken, Main Dishes · View Comments 

A fellow colleague and I were talking about recipes one day and I mentioned to her I’d like to try a new recipe in my chicken menu. I’d like to create a dish that not only brought out different flavors but kept to the easy weeknight meal. I wanted to use simple ingredients that I have on hand everyday in my pantry. Here’s what I came up with. I hope you enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon oilve oil

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 20-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice

1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks, reserve juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon Jamaican Jerk rub

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1/4 cup raisins (optional)

Directions:

In a large skillet pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Slowly add the chicken breasts. Cook and turn chicken breasts until they start to lightly brown on both sides approximately 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken breast from skillet and drain any excess oil and juice.

Return chicken breasts to skillet; add diced tomatoes with juice and pineapple chucks.

In a small bowl, add pineapple and lime juice and spices. Whisk ingredients together. Add to chicken mixture. (If you would like to add raisins or currents, you would add them to the dish now. As the dish cooks, the raisins become plump.) Bring chicken mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 25 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

You may serve this dish over hot rice or as I did here with elbow macaroni noodles. (Kids choice.) This would also be very good with mango substituted for the pineapple.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

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Meal Planning With Seafood:Seafood Dinner Ideas

June 15, 2010 · Posted in Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes · View Comments 

Seafood is not something that is on my family’s menu very often. My last trip to the grocery store, I decided to introduce at least three different seafood meals. Meals that were very basic and that I could introduce easily to our kids. The first dish was a Marinated Toasted Black Pepper Tilapia, which was recommended by a fellow consumer at the grocery store. It was already perfectly marinated and our first experience tasting this type of fish was delicious. It wasn’t too salty nor bland. I just popped the fillets in the oven, and added a salad as a side dish. You could also serve this with your favorite rice dish, and you would have an exceptional seafood dinner in no time.  It will definitely be on my grocery list for future menu planning. I served the Tilapia with a Spinach and Nectarine Salad with a Honey Dijon Vinaigrette.

 

For Sunday’s menu, I wanted something simple and quick for our meal that didn’t require the use the oven. An easy sandwich sounded like a good idea for our lazy Sunday night menu. We’ve had Chicken Salad Sandwiches on our Sunday Dinners before and I wanted to try making a refreshing sandwich using the imitation crab that I picked up on my last grocery trip. Crab flavored seafood is simply Surimi. It is inexpensive and can be stored unopened in the refrigerator for up to 2 months and in the freezer for up to 6 months. If opened, it must be used within 3 days. It’s a  perfect ingredient for creating salads, sandwiches, casseroles and soup.

Crab Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

1 pound crab flavored seafood

1/4 cup mayonaise

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon fresh lemon

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 green onions, chopped

Directions:

Open package of crab flavored seafood and blot with a paper towl to remove exces water from meat. Place into a bowl and with a fork pull apart meat to make it slightly ”stringy”.

In another  bowl mix together the mayonaise and cream cheese until smooth and creamy consitency. Add lemon juice, stir. Add crab mixture and lightly stir. Add celery and onion. Mix well and refrigerate one hour before serving on your favorite sandwich roll. I served mine on a homemade roll; recipe to post soon.

What are some of your family’s favorite seafood meals?

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Homemade Salad Dressings:Honey Mustard Lime Vinaigrette

June 13, 2010 · Posted in Miscellaneous, Recipes · View Comments 

Homemade Salad Dresings

 During the summer months, we are always out by the pool or entertaining with friends and family. When the weather’s warm, everyone enjoys a refreshing salad with fresh vegetables, crisp lettuce, and dressed with a delicious dressing. Tangy salad dressings during the summer are my favorite and I feel they always make a refreshing and unforgetable salad. I like to experiment with different ingredients until I get just the right flavor I’m looking for. I’ll also try to incorporate fresh herb from the garden too. Making your own dressing with ingredients you have on hand is also easy on your food budget.

Honey Mustard Lime Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 Tablespoons water

1/4 cup pure wildflower honey (any honey will work, I like this particular one because it’s darker, and thicker)

Juice of 1 lime

1 teaspoon orange juice

2 garlic cloves, pressed

1/2 teaspoon dill

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

Directions:

  Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk. I recycle my leftover jelly or jam jars and mix alll the ingredients directly in the jar. Place all ingredients in the jar, place lid on tight and shake.

Easy Recipes And Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms

June 13, 2010 · Posted in Main Dishes · View Comments 

The Seasoned Ground Beef  make-ahead mixture in this recipe is so versatile for a busy mom and a fun creative alternative to your Twice Baked Potatoes recipe. 

Zesty Taco Topped Potatoes

Ingredients:

4-6 baked potatoes (bake in oven at 425 degrees for 1 hour or microwave on high for 12 minutes)

1 1/2 cups prepared Make-Ahead Seasoned Ground Beef

1/4 cup water

2 teaspoons taco seasoning(reserve 1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon cumin

3/4 cup shredded taco cheese blend

1/2 cup ranch dressing

Directions:

Wash and scrub potatoes. Prick several times with a fork. If you have the time, you can place the potatoes in the oven and cook or on a busy night, place potatoes in the microwave and microwave on high 12 minutes.

Add 1 teaspoon of the taco seasoning to ranch dressing. Mix and set aside.

Meanwhile, place seasoned beef mixture in a skillet on low heat, add water, taco seasoning and cumin. (If making this recipe immediately after making the seasoned ground beef mixture, you can omit the water and add ingredients to sauce.) Cover and simmer 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.

When potatoes are fully cooked, slice potatoes lengthwise and fluff with fork. Top with ground beef mixture, cheese and ranch dressing. Other topping such as olives, peppers or sour cream can also be used.

Family Dinners:A Protective Factor For Your Kids

June 11, 2010 · Posted in Improving Family Life · View Comments 

 
Watch CBS News Videos Online

On the Today Show was an interview with Dr. Jennifer Harstein is discussing how important it is to reconnect with your kids.  Technology can sometimes take over our lives and take us away from that important quality time.  Reearch shows that a family dinner can be a protective factor for your kids.  Let dinner time be the “No Tech Time” and make it “Family Time”. Reconnect with your kids. Talk about their day, activities, the news, really engage with one another.

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

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Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms:Seasoned Ground Beef

June 10, 2010 · Posted in Main Dishes · View Comments 

Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms

Discover an easy way for make-ahead meal planning and getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. Later in the week on my meal planning day, I’ll share with you step by step instructions on how you’ll be able to to create two different meals with this simple main ingredient recipe.

Seasoned Ground Beef

Ingredients:

*Recipe Note: For a family of six or more, double your ingredients

2 pounds lean ground beef

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, pressed

1 cup finely chopped celery

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce

2 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce

Directions:

Place ground beef in a large family skillet. Cover and cook over medium heat 12-15 minutes or until no longer pink, mixing and chopping beef turning it into crumbles. Drain. Set aside.

Add onions, garlic and celery to skillet. Saute until onions are golden. Add ground beef, stir until mixture is combined. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer 15-20 or until thickens. Remove from heat and cool.

Spoon about 2 cups into a freezable container, leaving 1/2-inch space at the top. Seal and label containers. Freeze. Use within 3 months.

For use during your weeknight meal, simply put 2 cups into a refrigerator container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

This recipe is a lifesaver on those extra-busy days.

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Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Ideas:Recycle Cloth Napkins

June 7, 2010 · Posted in Kitchen Tips · View Comments 

Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Ideas:Recycle Cloth Napkins

There are many types of fabric, textures and colors of cloth napkins. Every once in awhile I’ll come up short in a set and find other ways to use them. To make use of napkins left over from a set, try making bags out of them by sewing two napkins together…then you can either make a drawstring top, or sew one of them into a wire coat hanger. You could use them for just about anything. Hang in your pantry and store your plastic bags in them.  

You could make smaller ones to hold your plastic lids or jar rings. Try using the napkins in a bread basket to compliment your occassion. You could even get more creative and crafty and create gift bags, table linens, valances, throw blankets, and more!

As always, my quick and easy recipes for Busy Moms can be found on my website Noel’s Kitchen Tips.com.

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Casual Cooking:Pork Loin With Brown Sugar Pineapple Rum Glaze

June 6, 2010 · Posted in Recipes · View Comments 

When the weather turns warm, my attention usually goes to outdoor grilling or simmering something delicious in the slow cooker. To me, it’s always been time spent in the kitchen entertaining with family and friends is the best part of the day. This Pork Loin recipe is not only savory but sweet. My huband asked if I put jelly in the recipe to make it this sweet. The gravy is the perfect compliment to this delicious meal.

Pork Loin With Brown Sugar Pineapple Rum Glaze

Ingredients:

1 boneless pork loin

2 garlic cloves, pressed

salt and pepper

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, divided

1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon Pineapple Rum Sauce

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Wash pork loin roast, trim any excess fat, pat dry, and place in slow cooker. Press garlic and rub on pork loin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then prick the roast all over with a fork or skewer.

In a cup or bowl, combine 1 cup of the brown sugar, the mustard, Pineapple Rum sauce and vinegar.

 Rub all over the roast.

Cover and cook on LOW setting for 6 hours.

Combine the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar with cinnamon; Spread the mixture over the top of the roast. Cover and continue cooking on LOW setting for 1 hour longer.

When pork loin roast is finished, remove from slow cooker and place on cutting board to rest. Cover with foil.

Meanwhile, pour juices from pork loin roat in a saucepan, removing any excess fat. On medium to low heat, bring to a slight boil. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup milk with 2 Tablespoons of corn starch. Add to meat juices. Stir until juice mixture becomes thick and gravy consistency. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Serves 6.

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