• Breaded pork kotlety
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    Breaded Pork Kotlety

    Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted beetroot. Classic Polish/ European food at its best! Ingredients  Makes 8 pieces 1 small bun or bread roll (preferably several days old for dryness) milk or water to soak the bun 1/2 kg minced pork (or substitute ground turkey or chicken) 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 egg 1 teaspoon of salt + 1/2 teaspoon of black ground pepper about 1/4 cup of cold water breadcrumbs for coating oil for frying (olive oil or coconut oil) Preparation Soak the in milk  for about 10 – 15 minutes. Add the minced meat to a large bowl, along with the onion, egg, salt and pepper, and…

  • Kotleti - Polish Hamburgers
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    Kotlety (Polish Hamburgers)

    Ingredients 1 slice white bread (stale) 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk 3/4 pound ground beef 1/4 to 1/2 pound pork (lean ground) 1 small onion (finely chopped) 1 large egg (slightly beaten) Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste Directions In a large bowl, soak the bread in milk until soft. Add beef, pork, onion, egg, salt, and pepper, and mix thoroughly. If mixture feels too mushy, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs. Divide the meat mixture into 4 to 6 portions and form each into a round or oval hamburger shape. Lightly coat a skillet with cooking spray and very slowly fry the patties thoroughly until done. For food…

  • Slow cooker pot roast
    Beef,  Main Course

    Linda’s Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast

    There are a few tricks to a really good roast.  First, start with the best cut of beef you can get. Next, remove the roast from the fridge and bring to room temperature before braising.  This usually takes about 1 hour.  Pat the roast dry with paper towel before braising.  And ALWAYS braise the roast in hot olive oil in a pan BEFORE oven roasting or putting in the slow cooker – this sears in the juices.  Let roast rest for about 15 minutes after removing from oven or slow cooker before carving. Since I got my slow cooker about 3 years ago, it is the only way I will…

  • Slow cooker pot roast in tomatoe sauce
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    Tangy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

    I have two versions of this slow cooker pot roast recipe because I crave variety. So when I find a recipe that sort of becomes one of my go-to staples, I like to  tweak it up a bit to create a variation so that we don’t tire of eating the exact thing too often.  Scroll further down the page to see the second version of this recipe.  If you want my all time favorite pot roast recipe click here for it.  “Its the BEST”, as my mom used to say. l make pot roast in my slow cooker fairly often because its true comfort food. And I love the ease…

  • Beef stew recipe
    Clean Eating,  Main Course

    Savory Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    I made this stew for dinner this evening and it was really quite lovely. Its springtime right now, but I can see this being be a nice bowl of warm comfort on an autumn night. I made a few modifications to the original recipe – largely to “healthify” it and make it “clean eating” compliant, and it turned out awesome. For instance, instead of using all purpose flour which is highly refined and basically offers no nutritional value (all the food stuff – the fiber – has been refined out), so all its good for is unhealthy blood sugar spikes… I substituted oat flour, which is simply quick oats that…

  • Apple Glazed Meatballs Recipe
    Appetizers,  Main Course

    Sweet and Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

    Sweet-and-spicy meatballs make wonderful party appetizers — or enjoy them with rice and a green salad for a quick lunch. From Better Homes and Gardens  | Makes: 12 serving, Serving Size: 4 meatballs each Ingredients Meatballs 1 egg 1/4 cup milk 2 slices white or whole-wheat bread, torn 1 pound 85% lean ground beef 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Apple Glaze 1 cup apple juice or pear nectar 1/4 reduced-sodium soy sauce 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 6 green onions, chopped

  • Moussaka recipe
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    Moussaka

    This was my second attempt at Moussaka; the first, which I made in Spring 2009, was very close to Papa Georges. Unfortunately, I didn’t record the recipe – much to my surprise (horror!). Must have been an oversight. I’m really surprised I didn’t record it – that was utter stupidity.  It was as close to spot on as I’d have expected to be able to come, except the Bechamel sauce. Tried to locate the same recipe online and this one was the closest I could come. Not as good, but we can work with it. The Bechamel sauce was pretty good this time though, with my modifications (based on research).…

  • Slow cooker pork chops
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    Slow Cooker Herb Roasted Pork Chops

    Had this dinner tonight (Jan 14, 2016). Chris LOVED this. RAVED about it all through dinner and immediately after!  Said is was so perfectly tender, and packed with delicious flavor. He LOVES my slow cooker too (YAY!) which is cool since he wasn’t looking very happy when I met up with him in the checkout line at Walmart with this in my arms back in the fall. Didnt want me bringing home another kitchen gadget/appliance that never got used. Well, not this one!  Our little slow cooker is in use ALL the time, and he loves what comes out of it!  We had to run out for a quick round…

  • Wendys Chili
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    Wendy’s Chili

    Made this just now on 12/12/2015 .  Turned out not too shabby. Good enough to make it to the collection. Nice when I want a change from my long time, standby chili recipe. As I typically do when I make chili these days, I used chicken instead of beef to keep it consistent with our “healthified” eating plan. I also left out the beans since they are carbs, but I’ll make it some time with them. I didnt have tomato juice so I went with a generous amount of tomato sauce (I cut the recipe in half, and used i very large can of tomato sauce).  Finally, I left out…

  • Picadillo Stuffed Zucchini Boats
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    Picadillo Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    From a very old booklet called The Best of Beef. Got from my mom years ago when I started cooking. Looks like its from the 70s or 80s. No copyright date. Was a promotional booklet for the beef industry in Canada. Great recipe. A neat way to get creative with all those garden zucchinis we grow in the summer. 4 medium zucchini 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic cove, minced 1lb ground beef (I use ground turkey or chicken) 1/4 raisins 1/4 c slivered almonds, toasted 1/2 c chopped apple 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 – 5 1/2 oz can tomato paste  …