Still Enjoying Ninja Foodi Oven

In Arizona…it’s the only way to roll ๐Ÿ˜Š thank God for these countertop ovens! It’s been 118ยฐ. And at least 6 months a year at 100ยฐ or above; I even gave my daughter one. ๐Ÿ™Œ hallelujah ๐Ÿ™

Ham & Swiss ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿง€

The second time worked better…on “toast” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Crab Cakes with Macaroni and Cheese

Dungeness Crab Cakes

If Dungeness crab is unavailable, you can’t get to the sf pier, other crab meat will produce good results. Regular mayo with 1 tsp of lemon zest and a zip of lemon juice makes a great lemon mayo in a pinch.

2 Red bell peppers (diced)
6 Stalks scallions
1 Pinch Garlic
1 Tbsp Butter
15 Table crackers
1 Tbsp Mayo
1 Tbsp Old Bay Spice
1 Egg
1 lb Dungeness crab

Sautรฉ bell pepper and scallions with garlic in butter until soft

Process crackers to consistency of kosher salt
Place cooked peppers, scallions in mixing bowl, add cracker crumbs and combine
Add egg, mayo, mustard, and old bay, fold together
Gently fold in the Dungeness crabmeat
Chill for 1 hour
Form into 2 oz cakes
*Pan sear in hot oil, flip and finish in 350 degree oven
*with NInja air fryer convection oven, I skip the pan sear & go right to 400ยฐ oven, for 25 to 30 minutes; 15 minutes, then flip, return to oven for additional 10 minutes.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

making #homemademacncheese using #sharpcheddar #mildcheddar #colbyjack #mozzarella  AND the top has, besides mix of above, #parmesan & #romano
So YES! I got carried away.
#makeitwork …it is what it is. Que serรก, serรก ๐ŸŽผ
As usual, I started out looking at a #recipe, so very ๐Ÿ˜œ loosely adapted from @phillyjaycooking ‘s “World’s Best Cheesy Baked Macaroni and Cheese”, along w/checking out the Culinary Fanatic’s “Ultimate Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese”…on YouTube
I know…he warned of this โš ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ณ BUT my plan was a SMALL dish.

SCORE! Thank you God ๐Ÿ˜Š the #macncheese turned out damn delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ™Œ So did the #crabcakes ๐Ÿฆ€ made in #ninjaairfryeroven
& it didn’t make a mess! #ninjasmartoven #ninjaDT251 hallelujah bc it’s 117ยฐ today! #ninjaappliances

#NinjaDT251 Foodi 10-in-1 Smart Air Fry Digital Countertop Convection Toaster Oven with Thermometer XL Capacity and a Stainless Steel Finish

What I’ve Been Eating..


Steak … again ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿฅฉ w/sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ  peas ๐Ÿƒ & carrots ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ˜‹

Chicken Parm w/Rigatoni

Fried chicken in cast iron skillet, then topped w/homemade marinara & CHEESE ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ… ๐Ÿง€

I didn’t go to the work of getting chicken crispy just to smother it with sauce…so I like to go a little light with that ๐Ÿ˜‰

New toys …

And just burgers ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ˜‹ โคต๏ธ

Pork Steak w/Onion Gravy

They’re so big that me & my daughter split one ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pork Steak AND Onion Gravy Recipe adapted from – ๐Ÿ‘‰ the Anthony Kitchen

Already chopped onion from freezer; yay!
Better than Bouillon vegetable base & a little of the beef ๐Ÿ˜‹

I seared seasoned pork, removed to a plate, and then put them back in the pan of gravy; because family isn’t all home at same time.

Sautรฉed onion

Made a roux aka stirred in flour, then I whisk the broth in…half of it at a time. Taste for seasoning, adjustment if necessary. Full recipe version is at link above. Not that I needed it because it’s same as mushroom or other gravies ๐Ÿ˜œ

I needed some color there ๐Ÿ˜† we were hot, tired & hungry. ๐Ÿ˜› Served it with egg noodles and creamed corn๐ŸŒฝ Salad on side ๐Ÿฅ—

Easy Eats

Omaha Steaks’ Seasoned Smoky Chicken Wings, Leftover Saffron Rice made crispy (little evoo & butter in skillet to heat rice) ๐Ÿ˜‰ & cucumber tomato dill salad ๐Ÿ˜‹

Rice in previous post.

Salad – adapted (roughly ๐Ÿ™„ adjust to your taste preference); any cut tomatoes ๐Ÿ… โคต๏ธ

ยผ cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon white sugar
ยฝ teaspoon salt
ยฝ teaspoon chopped fresh dill weed
ยผ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cucumbers, sliced
few sliced green onion
cherry tomatoes, cut

In a large bowl, mix the vinegar, sugar, salt, dill, pepper, and whisk in oil. Add cucumbers, onion, and tomatoes. Toss, and let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.

Teriyaki Steak Skewers with Saffron Rice

Most recipes call for a flank steak, however…I am surrounded by Carnicerias (Mexican Meat Markets), so it’s most often skirt steak here.

I cut it in strips and put in teriyaki marinade for at least an hour; I usually do it in the morning. Homemade teriyaki sauce is MUCH better than store bought. Below is approximately what I use, I adjust everything to my family’s preferences. Save remainder of marinade to brush on skewers when done. ALSO, I must add that I made these under broiler in Ninja Air Fryer Oven.. I stole this from stolen recipes ๐Ÿ˜œ โคต๏ธ

Recipe –


  • 1 ยฝ lb flank steak
  • ยฝ tsp salt
  • ยฝ tsp pepper
  • 12 wooden skewers 16 inch

Teriyaki Sauce

  • ยผ cup soy sauce
  • ยผ cup water
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp ginger minced
  • 2 tsp cornstarch


  1. Cut flank steak across the grain into ยผ inch thick slices. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Place skewers in water to cover and soak at least 10 minutes.
  3. Combine sauce ingredients in small saucepan and whisk. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring to boil while whisking. It should thicken. Remove from heat.
  4. Thread beef onto the skewers about 2 pieces per skewer. Place the skewers on grill over medium-high heat (350 to 400 F) and brush generously with teriyaki sauce on both sides. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  5. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and parsley.

Then I made Saffron Rice –

I’m racking my brains here because I never follow a recipeโ€ผ๏ธ I like when rice starts to brown or get crispy on bottom and/or edges, so I tried this out and it workedโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธโ€ผ๏ธ I put both butter and evoo in pan, sautรฉed onion and red pepper, then added a cup of rice and coated it in the oils, slightly toasted, then I added 2 cups of water (that I added Better than Bouillon chicken base to), pinch of salt, pinch of Saffron threads, brought to boil, turned to low, covered with lid (using a piece of dough to cover hole in my lid ๐Ÿ™„; from piece of wet bread ๐Ÿคญ), and let cook for 25 minutes. I checked on it, it was done, so I turned burner off, but left pan on burner while I made the beef Skewers. When I checked on rice….the bottom had just started to brown. That’s what I wanted. Okay so I was craving tahdig or crispy rice, but didn’t feel like doing all that. All i can say is that we (me & my family) loved this meal.

My family (except for me) puts hot sauce on everything ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒถ

Delicious Too Easy Chicken โ€“ dawns-ad-lib.comยฎ

Maple Dijon Chicken (usually ๐Ÿคญ) BUT I didn’t have Maple Syrup soooo… I went with HONEY (& heavy on the garlic), making it Garlicky Honey Mustard Chicken w/new red potatoes; that I put in oven earlier than chicken & they were GREAT w/some crispy skin.

A roasting pan full of chicken (family style)… that requires no work? I’m all in! AND everyone likes itโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿฏ


1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I had more)
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup (this time honey)
1 Tbs rice vinegar
Fresh rosemary (minced GARLIC)
Salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 450ยบF.

2. Mix together Dijon mustard, maple syrup (or honey if substituting), and rice vinegar.

3. Place chicken thighs into a foil-lined baking dish (or disposable foil baking pan). Season with salt and pepper.

4. Pour maple (honey) mustard mixture (with at least 4 cloves of minced garlic ๐Ÿ˜œ) over the thighs, turning chicken so that itโ€™s fully coated. Top with fresh herbs (optional) like rosemary, thyme, parsley, green onion/scallion, etc..

5. Put the chicken thighs into the oven, and bake for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Baste the tops of the chicken with more sauce half way through cooking time.

6. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Spoon some extra sauce over the top of chicken and sprinkle with snipped fresh rosemary.

This time I made it honey mustard with GARLIC ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿง„

Added herbs on that ๐Ÿ˜‰

A little crowded, but…make it work ๐Ÿคญ I had a big package & I am not adding another pan just for a couple/3 more.

One Pot Crispy Chicken and Rice Reload

I didn’t get my phone cam to it before family started digging in ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ‘‰ I posted this before; it’s a favorite; however…I want to add, since making it more…I’ve gotten better at it ๐Ÿ˜‰ I add diced roasted red peppers and this last time I added just a little bit of multiple colored diced bell peppers. It adds color along with a flavor that doesn’t interfere with dish. BUT…even better than that…I get the rice crispy around edgesโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹ LOVE that! ๐Ÿ˜ I used both thighs and drumsticks too. Dark meat can take the longer time in oven. ๐Ÿคซ 1 hour. To start with the oil was a little less. The rice measurement was heaping while I kept the liquid tight, figuring juices from chicken adds to it; aah ha! Made rice crispy around edges โคต๏ธ DELICIOUS


And another recipe for it; which like a LOT of chicken recipes…uses paprika; it adds color ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mise en place ๐Ÿ˜œ