What I’ve Been Eating


Oh and some new toys for mother’s day, at the end ๐Ÿฅฐ

Cast iron skillet (perfect med rare inside) ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Steak (enameled cast iron ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ), fried zucchini, steak fries (air fryer), salad

Fork tender; not the sear I like on outside, but…damn delicious

Air fryer

Seared pork roast
Slow cooker pork roast
Adobo Seasoning
Yum ๐Ÿ˜‹

Quesadilla – pulled pork

Pickled red onions & green chile went on quesadillas
Using what I find for macaroni salad

I could eat this without the macaroni…or anything else ๐Ÿ˜œ

Chicken and rice; I added roasted red peppers ๐ŸŒถ ๐Ÿ˜‰
Easy one pot meal…and we love it ๐Ÿ˜€
Jambalaya keeps being in rotation. Oh and I added a big spoon of gochujang this time; it didn’t hurt ๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŒถ

Jambalaya the next day for brunch, with egg on top ๐Ÿ˜‹
And more hot sauce ๐ŸŒถ

Hobo dinner aka foil dinner aka foil packet dinner ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ call it what you want, it’s tastes good, especially with sausage added on top of ground beef…adding flavor AND juices.

Easy one pot ground beef and tortellini

New dishes ๐Ÿคญ

Chicken salad…keeps being in rotation also ๐Ÿ˜‹
Usually use grapes but I had cranberry relish

So yeah…our regulars…

Breakfast for dinner ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜‹

Speaking of breakfast, my daughter likes waffles ๐Ÿง‡ with Nutella ๐ŸŒฐ ๐Ÿซ, banana ๐ŸŒ& maple syrup ๐Ÿ

#liquidgold … ๐Ÿ” I sure #cook with a lot of it ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜œ #chickenbroth #bonebroth #chickenfeet ๐Ÿฅ #chickenjelly #bonejelly

Pork Chops

Old Fashioned American goulash

A little parm on top ๐Ÿง€

So there you go….for my last couple weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do take OUT too. ๐Ÿฅก๐Ÿ•

Bear ๐Ÿป checks every box that comes now…to see if it’s from Chewy ๐Ÿ˜„
Look…when you live where summer is over 100ยฐ you’re not going to use the regular oven ๐Ÿ˜

Mixed Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade Bruschetta or Crostini ๐Ÿซ’ ๐Ÿฅ–๐Ÿ˜‹ flexible to your liking ๐Ÿ˜‰ TASTE


1 cup kalamata olives (pitted)
1 cup green olives (pitted)
1/4 cup roasted red peppers
1 clove garlic (minced)
3 anchovies
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1 teaspoon lemon juice, plus zest
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon capers
10 oil-cured olives, pitted

Combine all ingredients in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until olives are finely chopped.

my favorite is from Queen Creek Olive Mill. Although I’d like mascarpone, I had cream cheese ๐Ÿง€ I toasted some sliced fresh sourdough baguette that I drizzled with EVOO & rubbed garlic on, spread on cream cheese & tapenade… left it a choice between the olive tapenade or roasted red pepper spread. DAMN DELICIOUS ๐Ÿ˜‹

Sheetpan Quesadilla

Beef barbacoa quesadillas

Oven on 450ยฐ

Line flour tortillas slightly overlapping sides & hanging over edge of pan on lightly buttered sheet pan; note pictures below ๐Ÿ˜‰

Spread cheese ๐Ÿง€ then meat (we’re going with beef barbacoa), other favorite toppings, ie jalapeรฑos, etc..I like pickled red onions, then more cheese. Fold tortillas over filling, use extra tortillas for center. Brush top lightly with butter. Place another sheet pan on top of quesadillas. Bake 15-20 minutes.


Halfass Jambalaya
But damn deliciousโ€ผ๏ธ

This recipe omits the seafood but still is loaded with flavor.
I had to use up my striped bell pepper! I didn’t “feel like” acing knife cuts. ๐Ÿ˜œ
And I went in different order, also coated rice before adding broth. Just little differences but same flavors.

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon oil
8 ounces cooked spicy sausage
2 medium yellow, green and or orange bell peppers, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 small red onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 14.5-ounce cans no-salt-added stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 cup chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1 cup uncooked rice
1 teaspoon hot sauce or more to taste

Coarsely snipped fresh Italian parsley, optional

In bowl, combine chicken and Cajun seasoning; toss to coat.

Heat oil in an extra-large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sausage; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken begins to brown, stirring frequently. Add sweet peppers, onion, celery and garlic; cook 2 more minutes.

Add tomatoes, breaking up large pieces of tomatoes with a spoon. Stir in chicken broth. Add the bay leaves and the rice. Cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until the rice is tender and all the liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaves, stir in hot sauce and serve sprinkled with parsley, if desired.

Adapted from โ€œBetter Homes and Gardens Skillet Meals”

I cooked the chicken, then sausage first, set aside….
Sautรฉed veggies….
Stirred in rice …
Added tomato & broth….
Bring to boil, reduce to simmer & cover for 25 minutes…
Fluff up, add parsley or chopped green onion (optional)…. hot sauce ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ˜œ

Garlic Parmesan Wings

#garlicparmesanwings ๐Ÿ˜‹ delicious & easy ๐Ÿ˜
Cut wings & save tips for stock. Drizzle with olive oil, season w/salt, pepper (โ—๐Ÿ˜‰) & garlic powder, toss so evenly coated…with your best tools in the kitchen ๐Ÿ‘ your hands. Place skin side (?) up on  baking sheet with rack. Bake at 400ยฐ for 55 minutes. Toss wings in bowl of 1 stick of melted butter, 4 cloves of minced garlic, chopped parsley & about 3/4 to 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese ๐Ÿง€ I serve with extra parm of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ a little parsley. More specifics below NOTE – do not add grated parm to hot butter. I melt butter before putting wings in oven; that way it has almost an hour to cool, then I stir in parm before tossing wings; otherwise you could end up with a big glob of cheese ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ˜ฑ the other ingredients can go in melted butter from start ๐Ÿ˜‰

– from my recipes โคต๏ธ


  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • ยผ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ยพ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • ยฝ cup (4 oz.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsp.)
  • ยผ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 cup), divided



  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 400ยฐF. Set a wire rack inside 2 rimmed baking sheets.
  • Step 2 Toss together wings, oil, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the black pepper in a large bowl to coat. Divide wings between baking sheets, and place in a single layer. Bake in preheated oven until browned and crispy, about 50 minutes, turning halfway through.
  • Step 3 When wings are almost finished cooking, heat butter, garlic, crushed red pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a small saucepan over medium-low until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in 3/4 cup of the Parmesan.
  • Step 4 Remove wings from oven, and immediately transfer to a large bowl. Add garlic butter mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

We LOVE this stuffโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‹ Can’t stop eating it! Recipe here โžก๏ธ https://dawns-ad-lib.com/2019/05/26/mexican-beef-barbacoa/ or read in pics below ๐Ÿ˜‰

I do little deviations from recipe, but stick to the basics, ie. chile, spicy tangy w/touch of sweetness, measurements, timing, etc..I used 3 different chile/peppers ๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŒถ guajillo, ancho & chipotle, Hatch New Mexico chile…oops, that’s 4 ๐Ÿคญ; use what you have, but those add smokey fruity flavor with little heat; okay…depending on your tolerance ๐Ÿ˜€ We use this beef for tacos, nachos, bowls,burritos…or straight on a fork! ๐Ÿ˜‹ You can see a little of my differences in pics.

2 different roasts

Still used brown sugar AND a touch of honey ๐Ÿฏ

Pork Chops & Potatoes with Onion Mushroom Gravy

Season, taste, season…taste….

Step by step, browned well seasoned pork chops, set aside, in same skillet sautรฉed onions & mushrooms, made a roux, added cream & broth (to desired consistency) to make a onion mushroom gravyโ€ฆto pour over sliced potatoes (par boiled) ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฅ” & drizzled over pork chops that top the potatoes. Ready to go in oven. Since that’s done ahead.. I’m thinking corn ๐ŸŒฝ on the cob too ๐Ÿค”
One greasy mess ๐Ÿ˜„ yes, I love sautรฉed onions & mushrooms ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿง…๐Ÿฅฉ

Onion mushroom gravy smothered #porkchops & potatoes w/ #cornonthecob ๐ŸŒฝ


Shawerma Seasoned Chicken with Carrots

Below I added pics of when I made this again with sweet potatoes, dates & olives ๐Ÿซ’๐Ÿ˜‹ this seasoning works deliciously with sweet potatoes ๐Ÿ˜‰

#shawerma seasoned #chicken ๐Ÿ˜‹ YUMM! I cut slits in chicken, rubbed with olive oil, then rubbed a generous amount of seasoning, put in plastic bag, added orange juice (it was there ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ had to use it; evidently my family doesn’t like Tropicana; now I know ๐Ÿ˜‰ I usually use fresh oranges off tree), lime juice, garlic, onion slices, peppercorns & put in fridge till dinner time. Turned oven to 475ยฐ , put chicken skin side up on a bed of carrots (works like a rack for chicken) in roasting pan, brushed on Turmeric & smoked paprika, sprinkled with Portuguese Sea Salt & baked for 55 minutes. This chicken was so damn delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Served with rice pilaf.

Swedish Meatballs



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Panko*
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, ground pork, Panko, egg yolks, allspice, nutmeg and cooked onion; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/4-to-1 1/2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet. Add meatballs, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. To make the gravy, melt butter in the skillet. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in beef broth and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in sour cream; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Stir in meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through and thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Umm…I did these meatballs one handed โœ‹๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿคฃ I have a cut on a finger … sooo kinda a little like flat tires, but hey…they taste just as good!๐Ÿ˜‹

One Pot Crispy Chicken and Rice

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/282524/one-pot-crispy-chicken-and-rice/ – By NicoleMcmom

I did make a salad ๐Ÿฅ— too ๐Ÿ˜‹

I followed above recipe (aside from extra seasoning and crisping/frying longer ๐Ÿ˜‰) and it turned out GOOD ๐Ÿ˜‹ EASY chicken dinner.


Seriously good!