Archives for March 2009

And the winners are…..

Random Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:34…winner of the $100 AMEX Gift Card41..winner of a cookbook66..winner of a cookbook49..winner of a cookbookTimestamp: 2009-03-19 00:45:44 UTC Congratulations to all of you. Even if you didn’t win, remember you are all winners in my eyes!(insert your eye rolling here)Winners, could please email you address so I can […]

Happy St Patrick’s Day To Ya

I made my famous Guinness Shepherds pie, But I will post about it another time. I just want to wish you all a Happy St Patrick’s day. I hope you all are wearing green to prevent the pinching! I always have on green 365 days a year. I have a Shamrock tattoo lurking somewhere on […]

Almond Joy Bark

DONT FORGET MY $100 GIVEAWAY!!! My Peppermint Bark was soooo yummy when I mad it during the holidays. It was a Huge hit. I was watching the Food Network today, and Big Daddy’s house was on. He made a bark with cherries, almonds and something else, I just don’t remember what it was. A light […]

KICK ASS GIVEAWAY!!!!

CLICK ON MY VIDEO FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!! Go to Beef Its Whats For Dinner for all your beef info. Go to Natural Springs Pools for all your Tampa Pool needs!

Sirloin

DONT FORGET MY AWESOME GIVEAWAY FRIDAY!! (I’m so excited!) I love love love steak. My favorite cut is the ribeye, HANDS DOWN. But my favorite lean cut is Sirloin (pictured above). It is such a versatile cut of meat that you can do just about anything with. I prefer mine on the grill. I used […]

Asian Beef with Broccoli and Noodles

Never in my life would I have ever thought I would buy another pack of Ramen noodles. Remember Ramen noodles? I ate my fair share of cases and cases of them when I moved out after High School. Spending more money on beer and alcohol was totally a priority. Who needed a well balanced meal? […]

Easy Beef Stroganoff

I am first going to apologize to my veggie lovin friends. My next 3 posts are going to be all about beef. But my carnivore friends will love them. However, have no fear veggie friends, at the end of the week I will be having a VERY generous giveaway.I was contacted by the Cattlemen’s Beef […]

Pound Cake for National Pound Cake Day

In honor of National Pound Cake day, I thought it was only fitting to post, um, Pound Cake! Duh! My mom gave me this recipe after I bitched about my failed pound cake attempt a while ago. Well this pound cake was FAR from a fail. It was moist and delicious. But don’t you dare […]

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And the winners are…..

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
34…winner of the $100 AMEX Gift Card
41..winner of a cookbook
66..winner of a cookbook
49..winner of a cookbook
Timestamp: 2009-03-19 00:45:44 UTC

Congratulations to all of you. Even if you didn’t win, remember you are all winners in my eyes!(insert your eye rolling here)
Winners, could please email you address so I can mail you your prizes.

#34..Anonymous said…
Where’s the beef???? Oh you have it… damn you!! From the one & only…. guess who??? Filet Mignon is where it’s at in da’ hood!! Luv me… ;-)PS ~ i have a pool too…
March 13, 2009 1:30 PM

#41..stacief said…
Pick me, pick me! I like Filet Mignon! Your pool is beautiful.
March 13, 2009 2:46 PM

#66.. JennyMac said…
OH leslie, you say you like the chillier areas…I live in VA…so let’s trade houses….hahahahha. Unfortunately, you’d get the short end of the deal on THAT one! lol. I love making flank steaks…so easy to marinate, grill, slice thin and tender to eat…Did I say how much I love them!I already have that cookbook from being a FACS teacher, they gave them to us for free! It’s cool for sure! I will take my chances for the card though! If I happen to win the cookbook….I just let you pick another winner!
March 14, 2009 11:07 AM

#49.. Dawn said…
My favorite kind of beef is a filet, grilled served sauted mushrooms, a baked sweet potato and asparagus. Yum! If I win I won’t find out for a week because I’ll be on VACATION! Hope I win!!!!
March 13, 2009 7:26 PM

Happy St Patrick’s Day To Ya

I made my famous Guinness Shepherds pie, But I will post about it another time.

I just want to wish you all a Happy St Patrick’s day. I hope you all are wearing green to prevent the pinching! I always have on green 365 days a year. I have a Shamrock tattoo lurking somewhere on my body to celebrate my Irish-ness.

I am sad to sad I will not be partaking in the Irish festivities today. Our whole family, even my husbands 80 year old Grandma(VERY IRISH) usually go to the local Irish Pub at like 10 am and proceed to get silly drunk. Drinking beer from 10 am till oh about 4 will get you pretty toasted.

It is always a great day. But with this damn recession, I don’t feel like spending $300+ on beer that I am just going to pee out. So I will stay home sulking, wishing I was drunk(keep in mind, I am not a drinker, I only drink a few times a year, but boy when I do, there are stories to be told, most of which I don’t recall!!!!)

Soooooo, someone have a beer on me and do something you WILL regret the next morning, will ya?
Oh, and One more day for my GIVEAWAY

Almond Joy Bark

almond joy bark candy
DONT FORGET MY $100 GIVEAWAY!!!

My Peppermint Bark was soooo yummy when I mad it during the holidays. It was a Huge hit.

I was watching the Food Network today, and Big Daddy’s house was on. He made a bark with cherries, almonds and something else, I just don’t remember what it was. A light bulb went off in my head, so I ran to a piece of paper and wrote down my idea. You see, if I don’t write things down, I totally forget everything! Sometime I even forget why things are on my list. Yes, It is BAD!

So my Almond Joy Bark has probably been done before. But I didn’t even check on google, because I wanted to think I came up with something original damn it! So don’t go bursting my bubble, k?

ALMOND JOY BARK

12 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 tsp coconut extract

1/8 tsp almond extract

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup coconut

Melt chocolate over double boiler. Add coconut and almond extract . Mix well. Spread over a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Don’t worry about spreading it to the edges. Spread it however thick you want it to be.

Sprinkle with almonds and coconut.

Throw it in the fridge for 45 minutes to harden. And chop it up into shards when hard!

This takes like 5 minutes to throw together and it is sooooooo very addicting!!!

Sirloin


DONT FORGET MY AWESOME GIVEAWAY FRIDAY!! (I’m so excited!)

I love love love steak. My favorite cut is the ribeye, HANDS DOWN.

But my favorite lean cut is Sirloin (pictured above). It is such a versatile cut of meat that you can do just about anything with. I prefer mine on the grill. I used to slather my steaks with all sorts of seasonings. But now the only thing I ever put on my beef is Kosher Salt and freshly cracked ground pepper. There is no need to hide its wonderful flavor with all the other junk.

And how do I eat my meat?? Cut of its horns, wipe its ass and slap it on my plate! Yes I like my beef rare, I always have. The second it gets cooked over medium, it is ruined in my opinion!

Sirloin is also very low in fat when it comes to red meat for 3 ounces it only has 1.9 g of saturated fat and 4.9 g of total fat. Not too shabby for such a flavorful cut of beef.

Check out this neat little cheat sheet of all of the lean cuts of beef that lists the fat content of 29 cuts of beef.

Also take a gander at this, a nifty cooking guide on how different cuts of lean meat can be prepared in a variety of ways. Very cool!

Here are a few beef recipes that I found on Beef Its Whats For Dinner that peaked my interest

Beef and Smoked Mozzarella Stuffed Focaccia

Beef Spring Rolls with Carrots and Cilantro

Stockyard Steaks with Mushroom and Peppercorn Sauce

Please take a look at Beef Its Whats For Dinner , anything and everything you ever wanted to know about beef is there, including a TON of recipes!!!!

Asian Beef with Broccoli and Noodles

Never in my life would I have ever thought I would buy another pack of Ramen noodles. Remember Ramen noodles? I ate my fair share of cases and cases of them when I moved out after High School. Spending more money on beer and alcohol was totally a priority. Who needed a well balanced meal? I am surprised I don’t have some sort of High Blood pressure issues because of them because and their high sodium content.

However, this recipe called for 2 packs of them. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and act like I was 20 again! Hey, they are still really cheap, .24 a pack. Hmmmm, maybe I should start living on them again to try to save some money.
This meal was surprisingly very good. The meat had a great flavor. I did add another Flavored Sodium packed to the noodles while they were cooking which the recipe didn’t call for. And it totally needed it

ASIAN BEEF AND BROCCOLI WITH NOODLES

1-1/4 pounds beef top round or top sirloin steak, cut 1 inch thick
2 packages (3 ounces each) Oriental-flavored instant ramen noodles, broken up
1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound broccoli florets
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon grated orange rind (optional)
Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. Combine seasoning from ramen noodles with cornstarch mixture in large bowl. Add beef; toss.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Stir-fry broccoli and carrots 1 minute. Add noodles and 1-1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender and most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove; keep warm. **don’t forget to add a season packet to the noodles.**
Heat remaining oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Drain beef, discarding marinade. Stir-fry 1/2 of beef 1 to 2 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove. Repeat with remaining beef. Serve over noodles. Sprinkle with orange rind.

Nutrition information per serving, using beef top sirloin steak: 431 calories; 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 50 mg cholesterol; 933 mg sodium; 35 g carbohydrate

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Easy Beef Stroganoff

I am first going to apologize to my veggie lovin friends. My next 3 posts are going to be all about beef. But my carnivore friends will love them. However, have no fear veggie friends, at the end of the week I will be having a VERY generous giveaway.
I was contacted by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to help get the word out about LEAN BEEF. That’s right, not all beef is Fatty Patty Beef McFatty!
I don’t know about you but I often stare at the meat case, not knowing what meat is what.

So check out Beef Its Whats For Dinner for all of your life’s burning questions about beef and for some great recipes.
Everyone loved the dinner. My husband said it reminded him of a really good Hamburger Helper( I don’t think I have even bought Hamburger Helper in probably 10 years).

beef stroganoff

Sorry the photo is sooo BLAH. You see, me and beef have a beef. I cant seem to photograph it very well.

EASY BEEF STROGANOFF

1 pound beef round tip steaks, cut 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick
1 clove garlic, minced
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced (1/2-inch)
1 package (3/4 ounce) brown gravy mix
4 cups uncooked wide egg noodles (about 5 ounces), cooked
1/4 cup dairy sour cream
Instructions
Stack beef steaks; cut lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1-inch wide strips. Toss with garlic.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1/2 of beef; stir-fry 1 minute or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove. Repeat with remaining beef. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in same skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 2 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat. Add gravy mix and 1 cup cold water; blend well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute or until sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. Stir in beef; heat through. Serve over noodles. Pass sour cream.

*****I actually added the sour cream to the brown sauce.
Make sure to use lots of salt and peper!

Nutrition information per serving:
383 calories; 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 109 mg cholesterol; 420 mg sodium; 30 g carbohydrate; 2.0 g fiber; 31 g protein; 6.2 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 1.4 mcg vitamin B12; 3.7 mg iron; 48.7 mcg selenium; 4.7 mg zinc.
This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc

Pound Cake for National Pound Cake Day

In honor of National Pound Cake day, I thought it was only fitting to post, um, Pound Cake! Duh!

My mom gave me this recipe after I bitched about my failed pound cake attempt a while ago.

Well this pound cake was FAR from a fail. It was moist and delicious. But don’t you dare put a glaze on top because it is plenty sweet enough. Next time I make it I might even decrease the sugar by just a tinsy tiny bit. I did however make some homemade vanilla bean whipped cream to make it cute since I already had the whipping cream out for the cake. I think she told me she got the recipe from an old Southern Living
Cookbook.

Come on folks, whip you up one of these bad boys in honor of the Holiday!

WHIPPING CREAM POUND CAKE
1 cup butter, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs, room temp
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
Beat butter until creamy, gradually add sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well.
Add flour and whipping cream alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Pour into a greased and floured Bundt cake and bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.