Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

If you're one of those people that thinks you don't like blue cheese dressing, I might be able to change your mind.  The reason may be that you've never had a good quality, homemade blue cheese dressing.  To me, there is nothing better than a great steakhouse dinner that begins with a salad topped with a good blue cheese dressing.  Not only is this wonderful as a salad dressing, it is perfect with Buffalo Wings, and a great veggie dip too!
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing...Yum!
Combine mayonnaise and milk...
Add sour cream.
Season with garlic salt.
Add blue cheese.  Combine in food processor
OR simply mix together in a bowl
for a chunkier dressing.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sausage & Red Wine Casserole

If you search sausage and red wine casserole on Google, you get lots of interesting combinations.  Most of the recipes appear to be British in origin.  And then some recipes use Italian sausage.  And then my recipe uses Polish sausage.  So apparently my dish is suffering from heritage confusion.  All I know is it came about while I was researching ideas for a couple of packages of Polish sausage.  It seems for some reason I always over buy them and they are lost forever in the depths of my deep freeze. Most of the variations of casseroles using sausage called for French-style green beans or mushrooms.  You know all of the things I did not have in my refrigerator the day I was determined to use the Polish sausage.  So...Here's what I came up with.  My husband loved it.  He said it was the best preparation I had ever made using Polish sausage.  I served it over mashed potatoes.  I think maybe he was drunk on mashed potatoes.  But come to think of it, it was pretty darned good.
Sausage & Red Wine Casserole,
unusual but delish!
The ingredients...
Only 5?  Can't beat that.
Saute sausage in oil.
Add green onions and cook until
sausages are lightly browned.
Add red wine.
Cover and simmer 1 hour.
Remove from heat.
Stir in chopped fresh parsley
and serve.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rosemary Smashed Potatoes

I live in a never ending baked potato rut.  They're just so easy and unless someone wants to peel and make me wonderful hand-cut french fries on a regular basis, then I would have to say baked potatoes are my favorite starchy side dish.  Mr. DD would argue in favor of mashed potatoes, but I don't want to peel them.  And they seem so rich and heavy sometimes.  I found a great solution to the potato dilemma.  Rosemary "Smashed" Potatoes.  Not mashed, SMASHED.  The best part?  Just a few ingredients.  Oh yeah, and a great use for the tons of fresh Rosemary growing on my patio.

Just a few simple ingredients for an elegant side dish!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thyme Rubbed Roast Beef

One of my favorite memories from my childhood was visiting my Granddaddy Guy and Grandmother Mary's house on Sunday.  Even after I was well into high school, I still chose to sit at the "kid's table."  Where we dined on pizza, moon pies, popsicles, candy bars, ten thousand flavors of cola, boston baked bean candy, and all the giant gumballs we could chew.  Which to a kid is the ultimate Sunday dinner.  In hindsight, I should have been in the dining room with the grown ups.  Sitting on Grandmother Mary's dining chairs with the blue velvet seats.  They were dining on things like pot roast or chicken and dumplings.  But regardless of what we were having, the family was gathered together on Sunday evening for dinner.  This thyme-rubbed roast is the ideal main course for a Sunday dinner.  Served with your favorite potato and vegetable, your family will want to gather around the table.  I love that idea, and I want more than anything to bring that tradition back with my own family. It may take awhile, my nephew is in South Texas and Little Devil is away at college.  But someday, hopefully they'll live close enough to gather around my table every Sunday for dinner.  Incidentally, I have my Grandmother Mary's dining table and chairs.  I recovered the seats, but every time we sit in them I think about the fabulous meals and love that were served  at that table.  I only hope to serve more of the same to my family.
A perfect Sunday meal dish...
Just a few simple ingredients
If you haven't tried a "probe-style" thermometer, I love mine.
The probe is inserted into the meat before cooking,
and remains in the roast during the cooking process.
(A long wire comes out the oven door, attached to the
thermometer where you can monitor the cooking temps.)
This is the easiest way I have found to get meat
to come out at our desired doneness.
Serve with your favorite potato dish
for a delightful Sunday dinner.
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