09/5/14

Big Changes at SimplySmartDinnerPlans!

Free weekly meal plans

Dear SimplySmartDinnerPlans Friend:

Please read this whole message. I promise it’s NOT a sales pitch…though it might start out sounding like one, lol.

I want to let you know about a major shift that’s happening with our SimplySmartDinnerPlans.

After almost three years of sending folks simple, delicious, healthy dinner recipes for each night of the week, along with itemized grocery shopping lists to make store trips quicker, easier, and more affordable…we’re changing some things up.

We love what we do, and the positive feedback we get from our customers on a weekly basis tells us that we’re on the right track!

However…

We’ve come to realize that, in our current economic times, even a $10/month commitment is a stretch for some folks, and people are becoming more and more leery about having their credit card information stored somewhere online. As Chef Terry, Chef Chris, and I continue to grow our outreach programs to feed the hungry, mentor at-risk youth, and teach young people how to cook healthy and affordably, we’re struggling more and more with the idea of charging people, even this small amount, for a basic life-skill that we passionately believe that everyone needs and deserves.

So…and please don’t think we’ve gone crazy…effectively immediately, the weekly meal plans and shopping lists will be FREE.

Yes, you read that right. No more monthly subscription fees, no credit cards, no PayPal required. The weekly plans and shopping lists, as well as the usual access to blog posts, recipes, and Q&A will be completely free of charge!

The Plan…

Our plan is that, with this new offer, we’ll not only be able to help folks feed their families healthier meals (without adding an additional burden to their budget), but that we’ll attract enough followers and visits to the blog to begin building a lucrative ad income, and attract corporate sponsors to help support our own families, and continuing outreach programs like our MY KITCHEN classes.

This is where YOU come in…

To make this work, we’re going to need YOUR help!

Please take this opportunity to let your friends, family, and co-workers know about who we are, and what we do. If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social media groups, please let them know that they can sign up for SimplySmartDinnerPlans at no cost or risk, effective immediately. I’ve added a very brief form letter, below, that you can copy and personalize, or post as-is, to spread the word, if that helps.

To sign up at no cost (ever), just go to THIS LINK , and choose which menu you would like. You can check out the meal plan options at the Meal Plans tab at the top of the website, as well.

Obviously, you can cancel this no-risk subscription at any time, with one simple email.

What this means…

You will see an occasional ad or banner on the main page of the blog, or imbedded into a post or recipe. You will NOT be receiving 3rd party ads, offers, or SPAM of any kind via email, nor will your contact information EVER be shared with any other company. Any advertisements that you choose to click on, or visit, will be totally up to you, and require your action to do so (for you web-savvies – this means there will never be an auto-redirect to an advertiser’s website…ever.)

Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have ANY questions. As always, we will be available at any time via Facebook, email or text, to answer any meal plan or cooking questions you might have.

Thank you everyone, we’re very excited about this new phase of SimplySmartDinnerPlans, and we’d love to have YOU be a part of it!

Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

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SAMPLE LETTER TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, & CO-WORKERS

Dear Friend’s Name,

Hey…I just wanted to let you know about this fantastic meal-planning deal. I’ve been a subscriber to SimplySmartDinnerPlans for a while now, and I love their healthy, easy-to-prepare dinner recipes and shopping lists.  It makes planning the week’s meals SO much easier!

Well, they just announced that, starting today, their weekly meal-plans will be free!

To join SimplySmartDinnerPlans at no cost, just go to THIS LINK  , and choose which menu you would like. You can check out the meal plan options at the Meal Plans tab at the top of the website, as well.

They include Classic, Heart-Healthy (& diabetic friendly), and Gluten Free plan options!

Have fun!

Your Name

05/24/14

National Clean Your Grill Weekend!


Happy “National Clean Your Grill Weekend!”

Okay, I made that up…but let’s face it, for a lot of folks today (and tomorrow) are when we pull the trusty ol’ Webers or gas grills out of the back of the garage to kick the tires and light the fires.

How to clean a grill for Spring.Even though I tend to keep the bbq running year-round, I do look forward to the more favorably weathered outdoor cooking months, as I tend to have more company around the grill.

Shirt-sleeves, chilled adult beverages, lawn chairs, and lots and lots of beautiful smoke!

However, if your grill needs to come out of hibernation, here are my top 5 tips for spring cleaning and tunin’ her up for summer…

(In step-by-step order)

5. Kick the tires

At least once a year (and this is as good a time as any) I recommend disconnecting, cleaning, and reconnecting all tubes and hoses. Things swell, shrink, rot and rust in cold weather––and propane leaks can take all the fun out of that first bbq of Spring!

A good rule of thumb: if I see something that makes me think, “I wonder if I should replace that?” I should. Is there a loose wheel, or a squeaky hinge that’s going to bug you for the rest of the year? Take it apart and clean, tighten, or replace it now…you’ll be too busy cooking later.

Dragon Claws Recipe

Dragon Claws (click on pic for the recipe)

Oh, make sure to sweep out and hose down your favorite grill spot on the deck or patio. Leaves, branches, pet toys, and other miscellany…in other words: tinder…have a habit of gathering in those corners over the winter.

“A little clean up now will make that first BBQ party of the year much more enjoyable. Making sure everything is in good working order will pay off big, later.” – Chef Chris

4. Clean the Interior

If you haven’t already, shut off, then disconnect the gas supply to your grill.

Remove the cooking grates and, using a soft wire brush, clean any loose debris from the insides of the body and lid. If your gas jets aren’t removable, I recommend covering them with a length of tape before you start cleaning. This helps minimize the chances of gunking up the holes with loose debris.

Remove the cooking grates and, using a soft wire brush, clean any loose debris from the insides of the body and lid. Scrape your "flavor panels" with a putty knife or scraper, and use a wire brush to remove ash. Remove the plates and brush any gunk off of burners with a wire brush.

Scrape your “flavor panels” with a putty knife or scraper, and use a wire brush to remove ash. Remove the plates and brush any gunk off of burners with a wire brush. Brush all debris from inside the grill into the drip pan, and dispose of it.

Oh, and just one guy’s opinion: I never line my drip pans with aluminum foil. I know it makes for easier clean-up, but it can also prevent the grease from flowing properly, which can be a fire hazard (not to mention it can negatively affect the flavor of my food). Scrape out the pan with a putty knife or scraper, and all the debris should be scraped into the grease trap.

3. Prep the Grates

This is an easy way to clean grill grates and get them ready for Spring.Now, I know this has never happened to you, but I’ve heard of some folks who open their grill in the spring and find the remnants of the meal they cooked on it last season.  Lucky for them, cleaning these nasty, neglected grill-grates is actually easier than most people realize, and you can usually forego the brushes, a dirty sink and a bunch of elbow grease, if you start the day before.

Lay a plastic bag on the ground, top with damp newspaper, then lay your grate on top. Give the grates a healthy spray of oven cleaner, and cover with another layer of moist newspaper (dampening the newspaper keeps it from sticking to the grates). Follow this with another plastic bag. Batten down the edges so the whole mess doesn’t end blowing into the next yard.

Grilling the perfect hamburger

Grilling the perfect hamburger…click the pic to learn how!

The next day, hose down the grates thoroughly, and then wash off any remaining oven cleaner residue with hot soapy water. Rinse the grates again, dry, and coat lightly with vegetable oil, and you’re good to go! (Just a note: only use this method after checking with your owner’s manual. Some manufacturers warn against using oven cleaner on any part of their grill.)

Lastly, plan to fire up your grill for 30 minutes or so (on High) to burn off any possible remaining residue, before the first use.

Cleaning grill grates is easier than most people realize, and you can skip the brushes, a dirty sink and a bunch of elbow grease, if you start the day before.

2. Pretty up the Exterior

Let’s face it, we eat first with our eyes, and I’ve eaten more than one perfectly good steak that probably would have tasted a lot better if the grill hadn’t looked like it had been yanked out of the bottom of a drainage ditch just before cooking.

First things first, power hose the exterior to get rid of any dirt, crud, or creepy-crawlies. Next, use a bucket of hot, soapy water, an old towel, and maybe bristle brush, or a putty knife, and clean every nook and cranny.

You don’t want to use abrasive cleaners to clean any painted, porcelain or stainless steel parts. I’ve found that a mild dish-soap (the stuff made for hand-washing) works just fine. Porcelain enamel components must be handled with additional care (read your user’s manual, or contact the manufacturer).

Touch-up enamel, and high-heat spray paint is available from your dealer.

Exterior grill surfaces should be cleaned while warm to the touch, with warm soapy water.

How to grill the perfect hot dog

How to grill the perfect hot dog – Click pic for our tips!

1. The Test Run

My number one piece of advice, when gearing up for grill season, is to do a full blown test run…on a night when failure is an option.

The last thing you want, when the boss and his wife are ready for their rib-eyes, or you’ve got a house-full of hungry dinner guests, is to discover that the reverse glamfram widget in the secondary intake fluxuator has burned out and your grill won’t throw enough fire to thaw an ice-cube.

Plan a simple grilled dinner for the family, using all the burners, and any special accessories on your grill (have the local pizza-joint’s number on speed-dial, just in case), and make sure that everything works, from fuel, to ignition, to temperature control.

Grill a dinner for the family, using all the burners, and any special accessories on your grill to make sure that everything works, from fuel, to ignition, to temperature control.

Makes notes of any issue that arise, or improvements you’d like to see, and make those upgrades before the boss is standing there with an empty plate!

Also, when you clean up your grill, be sure to clean up your cooking area as well. Patios and decks can gather a lot of debris (read: tinder) in the off season, so make sure you give them a good sweep before lighting the fires.

Speaking of which, have a great Memorial Day weekend, and sometime during all the fun, laughs, and great good, take a moment to reflect, remember and send up a thank you to the brave men and women of our armed services who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free.

Happy Grilling!

-Chef Perry Simply
SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

05/2/14

Simple Poached Salmon with Lemon-Parsley Orzo

Simple Poached Salmon

Chef Chris and I had a great time doing cooking demos at last night’s “Ladies Night” event at the Portland Sportsman’s Warehouse, supporting Royal Family Kid’s Camps!

The turnout was awesome, and we enjoyed the opportunity to show folks a great, almost full-proof way to prepare a delicate, moist, and delicious salmon dish, regardless of their level of cooking experience.

As promised, here are the recipes!

Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans.com

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Simple Poached Salmon
4 five-ounce salmon fillets
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs tarragon
4 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Lemon juice to taste

3Season the salmon pieces with salt and set aside. Choose a heavy pan just large enough to fit the salmon snugly in one layer and add the wine, tarragon, and just enough water to come halfway up the salmon pieces (but do not add the salmon yet).

Season with a good pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, immediately turn the heat to very low so it’s barely simmering. Add the fish pieces and cook for 3 1/2 minutes (add an extra minute or two if using steaks), then carefully turn the pieces over and cook for 3 minutes more to finish. Ensure that the water never gets hot enough to boil.

Remove the fish pieces to a warm plate then turn the heat to high to reduce the liquid by half. Whisk in the butter and season to taste with salt and lemon juice, if necessary.

Pour the sauce over the fish and garnish with a little chopped parsley.

Orzo with Lemon and Parsley
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves (thinly sliced)
3/4 lbs orzo (cooked)
1 lemon, juice & zest
1/2 bunch of flat leaf parsley
salt freshly ground pepper

4Cook orzo in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Rinse with cold water; drain well.

In a small Dutch oven over medium-low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant but not browned, about 2 minutes. Gently fold in the cooked orzo, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper until well mixed.

Transfer the orzo to a serving bowl and serve warm.

03/7/14

What’s New at Hautemealz

1551712_719287194762404_1321413378_nHey everyone,

We’ve seen some big changes to hautemealz.com since we launched our 2.0 initiative on January first, and the feedback has been awesome. We’re so glad to hear how you’re enjoying the expanded menu options each week.

But, as the old saying goes…you ain’t see nuthin’ yet!

One of the challenges that we’ve had in the past is that the name “hautemealz”, because of its pronunciation and spelling, is difficult for folks to remember, doesn’t play well in audio marketing, and does not convey a clear meaning of what we offer – many folks still assume that we deliver “hot meals” to their door!

ILP1Also, as we do more and more community outreach, and other food-related adventures, we want to make sure that we’re not muddling the message by having “all of our eggs in one basket” (and under one name).

So, after much consideration, and input from several top marketing professionals, we’ve decided it’s time to re-brand ourselves.

As part of this re-branding phase of 2.0, we started working on some new business name ideas.  We came up with 20-plus snappy titles, narrowed those down to our top half-dozen, and then submitted those to some of our amazing friends in the marketing and promotions fields.

The new name had to clearly define the purpose of our meal plans – quickness, nutritional value, and ease of use –  be easy to spell, and easy to remember.

What we came up with (and are VERY excited about) is…

SSDP NEW LOGO tweaked

Is that what we do, in a nutshell, or what?

As you can see, we’re keeping the hautemealz.com name and style…but it will become the “umbrella” over our various culinary projects.

Under that umbrella are SimplySmartDinnerPlans (the weekly recipes, shopping list, blog, and helpline), as well as our local private chef services, personal tutoring and workshops, and our community outreach programs (to be named soon) as well as whatever else the future brings.

cleaning retroSo, all of that to say…please pardon our dust, over the next few weeks, as we start shifting our branding of the meal plans to the new format, but never fear…Terry, Chris, and I will still be here for you, and we will remain “the chefs at hautemealz.com!”

Also, please feel free to share the news with anyone and everyone you know who’s life might be made a little easier with dinner plans that are, well…”Simply Smart!”

What do you think?

-Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans

PS – Just to say thank you, for reading to the end...here’s a yummy (and super-simple) dessert, just for you! Our “Chocolate Peanut-Butter Pot de Creme!”

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02/21/14

The Secret to Winter Grilling – The Rotisserie

Rotisserie Grilling Tips
“Spit-roasting is one of the world’s most ancient and universal forms of grilling, and there’s nothing like it for producing exceptionally moist meat with a crackling crisp crust.” – Steven Raichlen

Okay, it’s cold out there, and grilling might be the last thing on your mind, but never fear…you CAN have your delicious, flame-kissed goodies, and still keep feeling in all of your fingers and toes…

The secret is that unsung hero of the backyard bbq…the rotisserie!

You can literally run out to the grill, fire it up, run back in and prep your food, then run back out, load it up, close the lid and go back inside until your timer goes off! The rotisserie just chugs away out there, evenly cooking and self-basting your dinner while you chug your cocoa (or hot toddy) and warm your toes in front of the fire!

I like chicken just about any way it can be prepared, but for the juiciest, most flavorful bird, I’ll hang my hat on rotisserie grilling, even more so now with the grill accessories that are available. This even-heating, self-basting method ensures a perfectly cooked bird, with crispy skin all around. Using a grill (with a rotisserie burner) is especially convenient when cooking for parties or holiday get-togethers, as it frees up the oven and stove-top, and you don’t even have to remember to flip or baste your entrée!

Start with a good dry rub, end with proper treatment of the finished fowl, and you’ll have a winner chicken dinner that folks are going to remember!

Plus, rotisserie cooking is thought to be the oldest cooking technique known to man… so that’s pretty cool, too.

Here are 5 things to remember when grilling a chicken rotisserie style:

Dry rub 8-24 hours in advance

Rotisserie Grilled ChickenA dry rub is a combination of salt, spices, herbs, and sometimes sugars, that’s used to flavor meat in advance of cooking. Unlike a marinade or brine, a dry rub forms a crust on the outside of the meat when cooked.

The salt draws out the juices in the meat, making it more moist and tender, while the sugars caramelize and form a seal that traps in flavor and juices.

You can add just about anything you want to a rub (and you should experiment with some of your own favorite flavors) but here’s my go-to dry rub for chicken: 2 Tbsp. sea salt + 1 Tbsp. each: dark brown sugar, coarse black pepper, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, onion powder, and Italian seasonings. Combine all in an airtight container and mix until completely blended.

Once you’ve sprinkled, then rubbed the spices into (and under) the skin, and trussed it, wrap the whole bird in plastic wrap and refrigerate until 1-2 hours before you plan to start cooking it. Be sure to sprinkle some of your seasonings into the body cavity of the chicken or turkey, as well.

Truss the bird

3Trussing (tying up) a whole bird before cooking is always a good idea as it helps keep it moist and promotes even cooking (and a prettier presentation), but for rotisserie grilling it’s absolutely essential. A non-trussed bird will loosen up on the bar, legs and wings floppin’ ever which-a-way, and start burning at the extremities long before the rest of the chicken is cooked through to the bone.

Trussing isn’t particularly difficult, but it does take some practice to perfect. Google “How to truss a chicken” for any number of excellent videos and step-by-step guides to trussing.

Watch the heat

4I like to preheat my grill (burners on full, lid down) before putting the pre-loaded spit (the rod that holds the meat) in place. Watch the bird closely, checking every few minutes at first, and adjust your flame as needed to avoid hot spots or burning the skin.
Cook to the right temp

Figure about 25 minutes per pound to cook a chicken on a rotisserie, but what you’re really looking for in an internal temp in the thickest part of the thigh of 175 °F. A lot of variables can affect the number of minutes it takes a bird to cook to the bone, including starting temp of the meat, the heat of your grill, and the weather while cooking, but 175 °F is done regardless of outside influences.

Give it a rest

Once your chicken is removed from the heat, it’s vital that it be allowed to “rest” for 15-20 minutes, tented loosely in foil.

Resting allows the meat to relax and reabsorb its own juices back into the muscle fibers as they cool. The reason for tenting in foil is to keep the surface temperature from dropping much faster than the internal temp, which can lead to drying.

Once the chicken has rested go ahead and snip away the trussing (I use a pair of kitchen shears for this), cut the bird up as you see fit, and serve.

Oh, and be sure to save those lovely roasted bones and extra bits for making stock or flavoring soups or gravies. It’s gold!

Enjoy!

Chef Perry

02/10/14

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls

Here’s another in a series of cheesy recipes I’ve been toying with, last week we looked at Roast Beef and Horseradish Cheddar Pretzel Subs (and yes, they’re as good as they sound), this week we’re going to take it to the next level with…

Seriously Sharp Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls.

Mac & Chese Egg Rolls

Yeah, we said that.

Thanks again to the folks at Cabot Creamery, who were kind enough to send me samples of several of their cheddar cheeses.

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Founded in 1919, Cabot Creamery is a cooperative of 1,200 dairy farm families located throughout upstate New York and New England. They manage four plants in three states, employing over 1,000 people, who make award-winning cheeses, premium butter, light cheddars, flavored cheddars and rich Greek-Style Yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream.

You can follow Cabot Creamery on Facebook, as well.


Seriously Sharp Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls.

Mac & Cheese
1/2lb macaroni or other medium tubular pasta
2 Tbs. butter
2 Tbs.  flour
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1.5 cups 2% milk (1 1/2 gal + 1 cup)
2 cups + 1/2 cup Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, grated
1/2 lbs thick bacon, cooked & crumbled

Egg Rolls
8 (7 inch square) egg roll wrappers
2 Tbs flour
2 Tbs water

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Cook bacon. Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking, and return to the pan you boiled it in. Set aside. (Mix in a little butter to keep the noodles from sticking)Over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. of butter.

Add the flour, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and the smoked paprika. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture has thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg RollsTurn off the heat then add 2 cups of the freshly shredded cheddar cheese and stir until smooth.

Stir in the milk. Keeping on medium heat, whisk constantly for about 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Add bacon.

Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls
Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles and toss  gently until all noodles are covered. Let cool to room temp.

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In another large skillet heat oil to about 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) or medium high heat. While oil is heating, combine flour and water in a bowl until they form a paste.

Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg RollsLay out one egg roll skin with a corner pointed toward you. Place about a 1/4 of the mac & cheese mixture, and a little of the remaining shredded cheese on egg roll paper and fold the bottom corner up over the mixture.

Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg RollsFold left and right corners toward the center and continue to roll.

Bacon Mac & Cheese Egg RollsBrush a bit of the flour paste on the final corner to help seal the egg roll.

Mac & Cheese Egg Roll
Place egg rolls into heated oil and fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown.
Mac & Cheese Egg Roll
Remove from oil and drain on paper towels or rack. Let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.
Mac & Chese Egg Rolls
01/6/14

Three Cheese Italian Style Meatballs

eOur friends at Johnsonville sent us some complimentary products for review awhile back, and one of those products was the Three Cheese Italian Style Meatballs.

(We also reviewed their Mild Italian Sausage Slices, check out the review and our recipe for Italian Sausage Potato Soup)

I will admit some skepticism, as someone who has suffered through more than his share of Big Box Store mystery-meat meatball dishes out of crock-pots and potlick casserole pans.  You know what I’m talking about…that “fake beef” flavor (1 part Worcester, 1 part beef bullion, 2 parts plastic-wrap)  In fact, I had decided that if I didn’t like them, I just wouldn’t post, as I don’t do negative reviews.

Once again, I was very pleasantly surprised. I’m telling, straight up…these meatballs taste like meatballs.

Really good meatballs!

Are they better than my Nona Perkins’ meatballs? Not a chance, but when I don’t have 14 hours to prepare Grandma’s recipe…I’d be happy to serve these.

As important as the favor, the consistency is right…it FEELS like meatball. None of that over-processed “soft-meat” mushiness, These feel like finely ground beef, firm and solid without being dry or mealy.

Pasta sauce with meatballs is a no-brainer, but I can’t wait to try these with my Meatball Pho, and Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, as well!

However, for this test, I decided to earn a few brownie points and make one of my wife’s favorites, Sloppy Joes…

(One thing I really like about this recipe is that it’s less “sloppy” than the  traditional ground-meat Joes. If you’re in a big hurry, a canned “Thick & Chunky” sloppy joe sauce will work…but it’s not going to be as good as this!)

Oh, and my wife said these were the best sloppy joes she’s ever had. So there!

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The Amazing Sloppy John(sonville)
1/2 bag of Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian Style Meatballs, thawed
4 soft pub rolls, split
4 tsp. butter, softened
1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese

For the sauce:
2 tsp. Better Than Bullion Beef Base
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 diced green bell pepper
3 cups hot water, divided
3/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon  each salt and ground black pepper

Slice meatballs into thirds, and brown in a pan with a little oil, until edges are crisp. Set aside.

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Place 1 cup of the hot water, beef base and onions into a large skillet and put over medium heat. Cook stirring until the onions begin to brown and the broth is reduced by half.

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Add the garlic and green pepper; cook stirring for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula to dissolve any browned bits.

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Stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, and last cup of water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been evaporated. Add the sliced meatballs, stir, top with cheese, and let rest 10 minutes (off heat) until thick, rich and tender.

While the meat and sauce are resting, butter the split pub rolls, and brown lightly in a hot, dry pan.

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Assemble sandwiches and served with crispy fries and bread & butter pickle chips (optional)

Note: Double the sauce recipe (it freezes great) and make this dish in a flash, next time!

Enjoy!

-Chef Perry

09/11/13

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Paprika and Cumin

Carrot Salad

I love Moroccan food, especially the numerous “small dishes” that lead up to the entree. The cold carrot salad is one of my favorites, and this is my favorite recipe for that dish.

Enjoy!

Chef Perry
hautemealz.com

Moroccan Carrot Salad with Paprika and Cumin

1 lb. fresh carrots
4 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, partially crushed
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Slice carrots into 1/2 inch thick rounds, and boil in salted water until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain, and immediately cover the carrots with cold water to stop further cooking. Once cold, drain again.

In a medium pot or skillet, gently sauté the garlic cloves in the olive oil for two or three minutes over low heat. Discard the garlic, and add the carrots, lemon juice, cilantro, mint, and spices. Sauté over low heat for another two minutes, and remove from the heat.

Serve either warm or chilled (I prefer chilled).

 

 

 

09/7/13

Apple Pie Burritos

Apple-Cinnamon Burritos

Chef Terry’s Apple Pie Burritos from this week’s Classic Meal Plan.

I made them last night….so easy, and a-freakin-mazing!

-Chef Perry
SimplySmartDinnerPlans

Apple Pie Burritos

Active Time: 15 min.
Total Time: 35 min.

· 2 lg. Granny Smith apples
· 1 orange
· 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
· 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
· 1 tbsp. cornstarch
· 2 tbsp. cold water
· 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
· 4 (7 to 8-inch) flour tortillas
· 1 tbsp. butter, melted sugar

Mise en Place

Quarter the apple length-wise and remove the core from each then slice quarters crosswise into thin slices.

Zest and juice the orange. Combine the cornstarch & water. Chop the nuts. Melt the butter. Pre-heat oven to 375° F.

Lightly grease baking sheet.

Preparation

Combine the apples, orange juice & zest in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and gently boil 5 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon and cook 2-3 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Add the cornstarch mixture and bring sauce to boil for 1 minute.

Place apple filling in a bowl and stir in nuts. Fill each tortilla by placing filling in center and folding edges to enclose. Place each on baking sheet, brush with butter and then sprinkle with sugar.

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Bake 20-25 minutes. Let burritos rest for 20 minutes, cut in half diagonally and serve with vanilla-bean ice cream.

If you like your dessert less crispy, wrap each assembled burrito in plastic wrap, and reduce the oven temp to 300F.