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The Mavens Monthly Cooking Club

The Mavens Monthly Cooking Club

Fresh spices make food nicest~

We are scheduling our second official Mavens Monthly Cooking Club.

Last month we made home made pierogies and home made pasta dough.

Everything turned out num-nums! ūüôā

What the menu is shaping up to be is a round the world culinary “bite”. The menu so far (subject to change with input from the other Mavens) is:

Beef Fajitas (this will either be a fresh/refrigerator dish or crock pot)

Chicken Stir-Fry (fresh/refrigerator dish)

Marinated or rubbed Salmon Filet

Cannelloni’s-Ricotta, spinach & ground chicken or turkey)- we make our own pasta dough for this and our noodles.

Mary’s Famous Pot Pies-this is a bottom crusted pot pie with panko crumbs on top-that approach cuts down on calories we also add chicken with lots of veggies. Drizzle some butter or olive oil on top and voila!

Sheppard’s Pie-Vegetables, ground beef and a mushroom gravy topped with fresh mashed potatoes.

Chicken Poppers

Daubes of Beef Roast

Pork Tenderloin Paprikash

Pork Scallopini

Cheesy Chicken Bundles

Chicken Parmesan

Apricot Glazed Chicken

Baked Broccoli Medley

Hash Brown Casserole

Roasted Cauliflower

California Quiche

We will also be making assorted blanched veggies and sides.

Recipes and shopping lists will be available and sent out via email.

Please feel free to post pictures.  We hope to share our photos here from cook day.

For those of you who are interested in forming a club, please feel free to email me.  We are in the Charleston Area, however, I am available for consultation on how to set up your club and will help with menu planning, shopping tips, and shopping lists.

I have had many inquiries into this process and I am always happy to share the positives of the practice with people. Here are just a few:

Home made food, with ingredients that you have chosen yourself. You know exactly what is in what you are feeding your family.

Time savings-We all have had a lessening of quality of life because we are all just so doggone busy. This is a way to make better use of your limited time resource.

Dinner with the family as often as possible with as little preparation time as possible. We have crock pot dinners, ready made to heat and serve dinners, all the convenience of carry-out with none of the negatives.

Money savings-we use organic meats and still save money by making our meals in bulk and with the help of friends and neighbors.

Social time with friends. We make meal preparation easy and fun!

Please contact me for more information.

The Chef.

 

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Baked Parmesan Salisbury Steak with Potatoes

 

Delicious Easy Meal

Delicious Easy Meal

Ingredients 

  • 1 to 1 ¬†1/4 pounds ¬†lean ground beef or ground Turkey or a combination of the two
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder-not salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder-not salt
  • 3 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese-from the green can is OK
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped Spinach drained & squeezed very dry-(you can use fresh, just chop it and add to meat mixture)
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup thinly sliced mushrooms- a 4oz.can is fine
  • 1 cup beef/chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushrooms
  • 2 cups of shredded hash brown potatoes-can use frozen potatoe o’brien or country¬†
  • 1 cup Frenches Fried Onions- For topping- At Aldi’s I get a cheddar cheese flavor that is delish!
  • 1 tablespoon dry red wine, optional

Directions 

  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 8×8 inch oven safe¬†pan with oil.
  3. Pour shredded potatoes in the bottom of the greased pan(the ones in the deli or frozen work just fine)
  4. Combine ground meat of choice, pepper, salt, seasoned salt, garlic & onion powder, grated onion,chopped spinach, 1/4 cup parmesan and bread crumbs. 
  5. Shape into 4 oval patties.
  6. Place patties over the potatoes in the 8×8 in pan.
  7. Mix the wine(optional), broth & mushroom soup & mushrooms. Mix until blended.
  8. Pour over patties and potatoes and cover tightly with foil.
  9. Bake until meat is done through approximately 30 minutes; make sure the meat registers at least 180 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  10. Remove foil from pan and sprinkle the other 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese, Frenches fried onions over the top and cook uncovered an addtional 10 minutes.
  11. Serve with a fresh green salad or steamed broccoli
  12. DELISH!!
  13. This dish can be made ahead and frozen in an appropriate baking dish that is made for freezer to oven baking. Thaw completely before baking OR add an approximately additional 40 minutes to baking time to recipe baking time. Times will vary depending on your make & model of oven and whether it is calibrated correctly

SHOPPING LIST:

Copy & paste into a word document for a ready made shopping list.

  • 1 to 1 ¬†1/4 pounds ¬†lean ground beef or ground Turkey or a combination of the two
  • 3 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese-from the green can is OK
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped Spinach drained & squeezed very dry-(you can use fresh, just chop it and add to meat mixture)
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup thinly sliced mushrooms- a 4oz.can is fine
  • 1 cup beef/chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushrooms
  • 2 cups of shredded hash brown potatoes-can use frozen potatoe o’brien or country¬†
  • 1 cup Frenches Fried Onions- For topping- At Aldi’s I get a cheddar cheese flavor that is delish!
  • 1 tablespoon dry red wine, optional
  • PANTRY

    Make a list of things that you use to cook with frequently and make them pantry items

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion¬†powder-not salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic¬†powder-not salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten

  • RECIPE SUGGESTIONS:
    For the meat use either all ground chuck which has a better beefier flavor or ground turkey.
    Frozen ground turkey is usually 1/2 the cost per pound as fresh and it works just as well
    For a change mix beef with Turkey for a lower cholesterol content and to make the meal a little more inexpensive
    POTATOES:
    I use frozen Ore Ida hash browns, you can use the Ore Ida potato chunks or O Brien Potatoes
    You can use the shredded potatoes found in the deli/dairy section.
    SPINACH:
    A 10 ounce frozen box works just fine here.
    Fresh spinach can be used without cooking, just chop fresh and put it into the meat mixture.
    MUSHROOMS:
    Fresh mushrooms are the best and most flavorful due to a form of natural occuring monosodium glutamate.
    a 4 ounce can of mushrooms is a great substitution.
    PARMESAN CHEESE:
    You can use the green can!
    Substitute grated romano, asiago or your favorite cheddar cheese.
    BROTH:
    Veggie broth or chicken broth can be used as well as a boullion cube with water.

    The Cooking Studio Online Blog

    Welcome to The Cooking Studio Online! I’m a Chef with 30 years of culinary experience. I have had several questions about my career as a Personal Chef, owner of a Meal Assembly Business (I’m in a 12 step MAK program to free myself from the industry!)my experience in developing menus, my test kitchen and my experience as a Corporate Executive Chef. I have been through some harrowing experiences in my day, but my foray into Bankruptcy Court was indeed the most harrowing and devastating experience so far.

    I would be happy to answer any question EXCEPT for my experience as a Meal Assembly Kitchen owner…this is a meals assembly kitchen free zone, there are other places where you can get those questions asked and answered, this is not one of them, sorry. My advice is to go to http://www.mealassemblywatch.com or unhappyfranchisee.com to find answers and ask questions.

    This is a place where I will do my professional best to answer any cooking questions I can and give you a place to share your recipes, decorating and meal ideas.

    Food is my passion and my creative outlet.

    Welcome new friends! Ask away!

    Chef Kadie