If you don’t own a Gooseberry Cookbook, I’m telling you, you’re missing some great recipes! I have one that’s for entertaining that is full of promises of happy things! There’s not a recipe in there that’s not been really good!! I recently pulled it out looking for a quick and inexpensive lunch-type food I could serve for after church Sunday night. I came across this recipe for Easy Stromboli and was sure I’d found a winner…I was right!
This is appropriately named Easy, becuase it was a cinch to make. Frozen bread dough also makes the prep fast and inexpensive. I bought a package of 5 loaves for a little over $4 at Kroger. I also made it and baked it before we went to church. Then when we got home, I just warmed it in the microwave. It was a quick light meal to use to entertain friends!
Here’s a picture of the easy steps:
1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
2 eggs, separated
2 T. oil
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried parsley
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. pepper
4-oz. pkg. sliced pepperoni – I used Turkey Pepperoni
8-oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese
Roll out bread dough into a 12×15-inch rectangle; set aside. Combine egg yolks, oil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder and pepper together; spread over dough. Arrange pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on top; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Roll up; place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Brush with egg whites; bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Makes 8 servings.
I served it with some pizza sauce alongside for dipping. Yum!
Have you ever had Stromboli? I’m not sure I’d had it before I made this, but it will definitely be on repeat from now on!
With love from my country kitchen,
I’m not sure what it is about fall and winter that bring a variety of foods to our mind, but aren’t we all thinking about comforting casseroles, warm soups, and pumpkin everything? I thought I’d gather together some of my favorites in those categories and highlight them all in one post for you today! My recipe index here on my blog could be overwhelming, so maybe this list of a few favorites will help your October to be delicious!
Nutty Orange Coffee Cake – Perfect for breakfast or brunch!
French Breakfast Puffs – Breakfast or brunch
Butter Dips – Delicious with supper!
Low-Fat Baking Powder Biscuits – Any time you need a biscuit – breakfast or supper!
Pumpkin Muffins – Great addition to breakfast or a fall supper!
Pumpkin Roll Step by step instructions in my post! You can make this!
Pumpkin Crunch Cake – Fast and incredible!
Pumpkin Bread – Make small loaves to share.
Pumpkin Scones with Berry Butter – Oh my goodness, these are fantastic!!
If you’ll be hosting any fall event, having guests over, or cooking supper for your own family and want to try something new and delicious, here’s a great list to pull from! These are some of my favorite fall foods that are tried and true!
If you need suggestions for other categories – salad, easy bread, breakfast, etc.) just leave a comment. I’ll be happy to help you!
With love from my country kitchen,
For a fantastic ending to a great summer, we enjoyed our first Family Vacation! We were blessed to have our daughters, sons-in-law, and grandsons all join us for a two and half day get-away! Let me just start by sharing a few of the highlights:
- Coming up with our hashtag for the time away! We wanted pics to remember this event by, so we needed a hashtag for Instagram! We settled on #hamfamvacay2017. Some of the other running options were – #picvacay2017 #hammingitup2017
- Having time to just be together. When you have babies in the group, it’s just easier not to be running all over, and we were happy with that! We gladly opted to just stay near the condo and only go out one time. We truly just wanted to be able to visit and be together.
- Having time in the Word as a family. My husband gathered everyone together on the patio and we opened God’s Word to read a chapter and share our “Ah ha” verses. How thankful I am that we could all contribute and share from the riches of the Bible. I do not take for granted having a family filled with believers!
- Meal time! What’s better than home-cooked food, enjoyed at “home” with those you love?
It can be a little tricky feeding lots of people, but we came up with a plan that made it doable. Today I’m linking up with my daughter, Whitney to share how we managed six meals for six people, adding in the complications of two who were dieting, one who had a birthday, and one (kind of) picky eater!
Because we were staying at a Wyndham resort, we had cooking capabilities and decided we would eat all our meals “at home” rather than eating out. Aside from being a money saver, it’s also so much easier to visit in the quiet of the resort, than at a restaurant. But how do you bring enough food and give what everyone likes when there are six adults eating six meals? Here’s what we did:
- I offered to make supper for both nights, knowing that they would be the more costly meals.
- I suggested that the girls either:
~each take a day and make both breakfast and lunch on their day,
~one take lunches for both days and the other the breakfasts for both days. They chose the latter.
Another component in cooking for a crowd is dietary restrictions, or even likes/dislikes. One of the couples was on a diet that restricted grains, dairy, sugar, and several other things. One in our group isn’t too adventurous with foods. We decided that we would do our best to provide a main meat that everyone could have, and then let them fill the gaps with what they could/would eat. It can be nearly impossible to please everyone – right? This way, the options was theirs to eat what the cook provided, or add their own items to the meal.
We were glad to be able to cook, but no one wanted to be spending lots of time preparing the food. For my supper meals, I opted to do a grilled meat one night and an oven-prepared meal the next night. Here were my supper menus:
For that first supper, everyone ate the steaks and potatoes, but the dieters didn’t have corn, bread or cupcakes. We were celebrating a birthday that night, so I got creative with what I had and made a slice of a diet friendly birthday “cake” which also fell on the day of the eclipse!
Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas –
(Everyone could add or leave off what they didn’t like)
Spanish Rice – (The dieters fixed Sweet Potato fries)
After everyone else left, my husband and I had the blessing of finishing out the week at the resort, so we needed breakfast and lunch meals for those days as well. To keep things easy, I tried to get double use out of items I brought. For example:
- Bacon – Used for breakfast or BLT’s for lunch
- Bread – Toasted for Steak night, Toast and jelly for breakfast
- Leftover fajitas for lunch
- Fresh tomatoes and fruit – salad, dessert and snacks!
Mealtimes were a huge success! There was no flurry of wondering where we would go or what we were going to eat. It was laid out simply and everyone had plenty of good food!
You can go here and check out Whitney’s post to see what she and her sister fixed for the other meals!
What does your family do to make mealtime happen on vacation?
With love from my country kitchen,
The meal I’m sharing today reminds me of childhood, only we’re going to take something simple and make it a little more special!
I love fish, but I especially love a fish sandwich! I recently tried a Cooking Light recipe for…
It was as amazing as it sounds! I used frozen catfish filets and we grilled them. That alone added a great flavor to the fish, and of course it cooked up in no time. This peanut sauce takes it up a whole new notch, adding great flavors to the sandwich!
Also, I don’t often make dessert for us on a weeknight, but for this meal, I wanted a little something sweet afterwards. So, I did a flashback dessert, making a pudding parfait. Again, it was bumped up a whole notch by doing two things:
- I used the new natural flavored Jell-O Pudding mix. Have you tried them? The Vanilla and chocolate have both been really, really good, and I’m not usually a fan of the instant varieties!
- I made fresh whipping cream instead of Cool Whip! Yum. The end.
Let’s get on with the recipes!
Catfish Po’boy with Hoisin-Peanut Sauce
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup Thai chile sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 (6-ounce) farm-raised catfish fillets
- Cooking spray
- Remaining ingredients:
- 4 (2 1/2-ounce) hoagie rolls, split and lightly toasted
- 2 cups shredded napa (Chinese) cabbage
To prepare sauce, heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and ginger; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Add hoisin sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, and sugar; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; set aside.
Prepare grill or broiler.
To prepare catfish, combine chile sauce and garlic in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add catfish; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.
Remove fish from marinade; discard marinade. Place fish on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Cook 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Spread 1 tablespoon sauce over bottom half of each hoagie roll; top each serving with 1/2 cup cabbage, 1 catfish fillet, and top half of roll. Serve immediately.
Sometimes we overthink dessert. Why not do a simple dish like pudding and make it a little more special with fresh whipping cream and a berry!
Mix up a package of Jell-O pudding. Let set until firm (about 5 minutes). Then you can either layer the pudding and the whipping cream, or you can line the dish with the cream and put the pudding over the top…Pudding in a Cloud!
I add a little powdered sugar to the whipping cream to sweeten it.
Top with a strawberry!
A fish sandwich and Pudding…it doesn’t get any more reminiscent or delicious than that!
Do you remember this pudding dessert as a kid?
With love from my country kitchen,
Happy Monday! First let me start with sharing a new recipe that I made as a special treat for my cobbler-loving husband! If you need a treat for Fourth of July these would be perfect. You can make one, or you can multiply the recipe to make as many as you need. These are Berry Cobblers, served in individual ramekins, making them a perfect size and also easy to serve!
I found the recipe here on this site. They were so easy to pull together, and with no sugar added to the fruit, I think they’re a really healthy little dessert, well, maybe the ice cream added some fat and calories, but you can’t eat cobbler without ice cream!
- NOTE: These directions are per each serving so multiply it by how many servings you plan to make.
- ½ cup berries or fruit of choice
- 2 tbsp oatmeal
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp brown sugar, slightly packed
- 1½ tbsp softened butter
- pinch of salt
- pinch of baking soda
- a couple drops of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place berries/fruit In a ramekin or other small baking dish
In a separate bowl, Mix all other ingredients….oatmeal, flour, sugar, butter, salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Use your hand or a fork to make sure all ingredients are incorporated well.
Sprinkle oatmeal mixture evenly over berries/fruit.
Place ramekin on a baking dish (just in case it boils over a little bit) and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until topping is beginning to brown.
Do you ever look at people’s You Tube videos of their food and wonder if they really eat? I mean, sometimes it’s more about the tableware and presentation than the food. To me, the most important part of mealtime is the food! We really enjoy our food over here and I want it to be delicious and pretty – not just pretty!
So, I’m going to close today by giving you a little look at my plates from this past week so you can see what we really ate.
Here’s a real look at our meals:
I don’t just take pictures of pretty food – we eat real meals every day at home. Presentation is part of that, but also good food, prepared and cooked at home to nourish body and soul! Also the time at the table, sitting and talking as we eat, sip on glasses of tea, or nibble on sweet treats like this berry cobbler! Meal time is a huge part of family time. Let’s make dinner delicious, nourishing, pretty and memorable!
What have you made this week that your family loved?
From my country kitchen,
I love to take the leftovers from a great entree and turn them into something completely different – you know hide the fact that we’re eating leftovers!
I found a great way to use pork tenderloin this week that was so delicious and so different from the way it was originally served, that there’s almost no way someone would have know that Sunday dinner was being revisited (isn’t that better than saying, “leftovers?!”).
Enter the Pork Tostada! I ask you – does this look like boring leftovers?
Grilled Pork Tostadas
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
2 Cups Chopped Pork Tenderloin, cooked
1 cup peppers, multi-colored, chopped
1/2 Cup Red onion, chopped
1 1/2 Cup Mexican cheese
Toppings – lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, cilantro, lime wedges, avocado
Combine oil, cumin and salt. Pour half of mixture over vegetables to coat. Pour the other half over the meat, stir to coat.
Cook vegetables in small amount of oil until tender. Add meat, cook until meat is warmed.
Brush tortillas with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Toast tortillas in 400 degree oven until crisp. Top with vegetables, meat, cheese and return to oven and allow cheese to melt.
Serve immediately. Serve with added toppings.
I served this with Spanish rice and fresh fruit and it was sooo good!!
Roast a tenderloin and grab the remains so you can make these!