easy dinner

Beef Burgandy, Even I can do it!

Posted in cooking, easy dinner, recipe on October 24th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

I’ve tried a few recipes lately (like shepard’s pie and creamed corn casserole) but they just don’t seem to turn out right the first time.  Frank tries his best to convince me they are delicious but I think he’s just trying to make sure I’m not discouraged so that I might try again … On the other hand, whatever Frank tries turns out delicious.  His new one, which I was able to replicate on my first try, is not only delicious but it’s really, really, really easy.  Honest!

Take out your crockpot and put in:

  • a can of mushroom soup
  • a half a cup of red wine
  • a pound of elk steak cut into small pieces
  • your imagination (I’m not sure what he meant by imagination so I just crossed my fingers, closed my eyes tight for a minute and hoped for the best!)

Set the crockpot on low for the day and serve over rice or egg noodles.   It’s my favorite easy and fast recipe for elk meat.

Chicken Curry

Posted in easy dinner, recipe on February 1st, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

One of the few dishes I make well is chicken curry and since I’m not a big fan of cooking I’ve worked hard to perfect not just the flavor but to minimize the amount of time it takes to prepare.  This at one time was a Betty Crocker recipe but I’ve modified it drastically.  Here it is.  Don’t worry too much about the measurements and feel free to substitute and experiment.

Take out a crockpot.  Add (in any order):

  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 can of diced tomatos
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • spoonful of sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons of curry
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 stick of butter

Then chop and add:

  • 1 apple (green ones are best)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 pound of ham (lunch meat works fine)
  • 1.5 pounds of raw chicken
  • 1 clove of garlic

For an added bonus, about an hour before you eat, you can add:

  • two handfuls of cashews

Cook on low for 4-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

If I could eliminate the chopping it would be the easiest recipe in the world!

Lobster Tails

Posted in cooking, easy dinner, lobster, New Year's Eve, recipe, seafood, traditions on January 8th, 2007 by stormy – Be the first to comment

Lobster Tails

At our traditional New Year’s Eve dinner, the main dish was lobster tails.  Yum!  Frank also says they are easy to make.

  • We bought 4 oz lobster tails – two for each person.
  • Wash the tails in cold water.
  • Take poultry shears, split the shells from the top to the tail.
  • Crack open the shells and pull the meat out.  (This is just to make it easier to eat later.)
  • Put them in a baking dish.
  • Put a clove of crushed garlic on each tail.  (Make sure all your dinner guests eat at least one tail so you all smell like garlic!)
  • Slice a stick of butter the long way and put a slice on each tail.  (The slice will just cover the tail.)
  • Sprinkle the tails with seasoning salt.
  • Put the tails in the oven on broil on the very top shelf.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Yummy and easy!  I saw that we still have some more frozen lobster tails in the freezer so I’ll have to request them for dinner soon!

Planning ahead: The simple dinner

Posted in easy dinner, pasta, preparation on December 20th, 2006 by stormy – Be the first to comment

LasagnaSince I got to stay home today I felt like I should cook.  I was staring into the freezer trying to decide what I could do to chicken (or should I say with chicken) when Frank reached over my shoulder and said, "let’s have lasagna."  Last time he made lasagna he made another panful in a tin pan and we froze it.  Today we let it thaw all day and then put it in the oven for an hour at 350.  Lasagna is a great food to have on a snowy day by the fire place.  Luckily we had a half a bottle of wine to go with it.

Next time we’ll write the directions directly on the foil since we had to look up the cooking time and temperature.