If you’ve been reading any of the recent posts here at Mommie Cooks, then I’m sure you’ve heard it mentioned that our kitchen is without a working stove or oven. Not that I’m counting the days or anything, but we’ve now been without these important cooking appliances since the first week in June. It began as a renovation, but quickly changed to broken equipment when we discovered upon opening the box that a forklift had literally smashed through both the oven doors with it’s tines. Oh yes it did. Here’s a picture of the damage taken by my contractor….
Smoky BBQ Ribs the Masterbuilt Way
It’s no secret that my husband is a meat lover. When I cook a meal, the sides are merely a reliable method of filling up any open spaces that might just happen be left on the plate once the dead carcass has been skinned, prepped, cooked and dropped in front of him for consumption. So as you can imagine, when Masterbuilt contacted me and asked if I wanted to review one of their electronic meat smokers, he practically wrote the reply for me.
Bacon, Apple & Gouda Stuffed Pork Chops and a Free Jug of Better than Bouillon
Mention the word “Stuffed” to me in reference to food and my eyes will almost always light up with anticipation. I can see you nodding your head in agreement with me. And why wouldn’t you?
While food in itself is delightful, food stuffed with more food is usually double the pleasure. It only makes sense when you stop to think about it. Seriously, why eat a lonely graham cracker when you can have one with chocolate and marshmallow in the middle? Peppers and mushrooms are perfectly capable of standing on their own two feet, but drop in a little cheese and crumbled meat if you really want to see them dance. And of course there’s pasta shells. They’re just begging to be stuffed with any and all form of culinary delight.
Squash, Spinach and Sausage Stuffed Shells
Sweaters; leaves of gold, red and orange; pungently sweet spices; the return of my skinny jeans (ok, maybe not this year but dang it, every year thereafter); Halloween; Thanksgiving.
These are just a few of the reasons I relish the return of the fall season. Even hot weather fans can’t deny the magic in that first cool day when the air conditioners abruptly turn off and the windows subsequently fly open in order to allow the crisp autumn breeze to gratefully flow in.
Grilled Sausage Pepper and Onion Flatbread
Grilling season is here once more and having grown up a diehard cheesehead myself, I know that the flame kissed meal is an essential part of summer time eating. Who doesn’t love a bratwurst hot off the coals? Combine it with a melted topping of Wisconsin cheese and you’ve got yourself one heck of a tasty treat.
If you’ve never thought of grilling up a pizza over the coals, now’s the time to try it. Zip up your cooker as hot as it will go and you’ll discover a magic formula for crispy, delectable pizza crust that will rival any thin crust joint you’ve frequented in the past. If you’re not in a grilling mood or are looking for a quicker option, this pizza can be made in the oven as well. Simply grab a store bought crust, add your toppings and cook until the cheese is melted and golden bubbly brown.
Sausage, Bean and Basil Dinner Time Crepes
A new week calls for a fresh line up of recipes and this go round I determined it high time we dove into the land of crepes. Crepes, for me, are the best of all worlds. They’re versatile, they’re stuffable and, greatest of all, they’re delectable. They work well for company because you can make them ahead of time and they work well for kids because they’re fun to eat.
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