Delicious Distractions to get us through the days.

Simple recipes for those with simple chef skills.

Seasoning Packet Dinners March 29, 2011

I never really thought of myself as an ingredient snob until my neighbor told me about her BBQ pulled pork dish. I was reluctant to believe that a pre-made seasoning packet could yield something as yummy as she claimed.  Then she had me try it. And oh my, oh my, oh my! It was one of those dishes that was so delicious I just couldn’t believe it. And it was good the next day!  So over the months I began my mission to find other easy and quick seasoning packets. These are the ones I came up with and all I completely recommend. I think I need to contact McCormick and ask to be a taste tester.

McCormick Grill Mates Garlic, Herb, & Wine

McCormick Slow Cookers BBQ Pulled Pork*

McCormick Enchilada **

McCormick Produce Partners Great Guacamole

* This is the packet my neighbor gave me.

** This was good for a sauce but I would substitute my own meat and topping recipes.

McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Marinade

McCormick Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon Marinade

Jack Daniel’s Mesquite EZ Marinader***

McCormick Grill Mates Baja Citrus Marinade

McCormick Grill Mates Southwest Marinade

***I would like to just say “PHENOMENAL”!!!!!! I could eat this one everyday, all day long. But I do not recommend trying in the slow cooker on pulled pork. I should have just stuck to the above pulled pork recipe.

I also tried a McCormick Garlic Lime but didn’t keep the packaging.

Each one of these packets has it’s own distinct flavors and you won’t be bored with eating each one all in a row like we do sometimes.

 

Colorful Kabobs May 27, 2010

Filed under: Dinner,Holiday,Steak,Summer,Themed Post,Uncategorized — christinedel @ 12:29 am

This dish is as colorful as it is tasty and tender. And a great color addition to the table.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Rib Eye Steaks, cubed
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Green bell pepper
  • 1 Yellow bell pepper
  • 1 Cherry tomato container
  • 1 zucchini, sliced

Alternative choices:

  • Shrimp
  • Limes, quartered

Directions:

Soak the skews while you are prepping the food.

For larger slices of onions, slice the onion in half then peel off the outer layers.  Slice the outer ring to desired size, about one inch wide.

For the red, green, yellow bell peppers quarter then gut the insides. Cut about one inch wide pieces.

Once all items are cut, start screwing them in desired order making a colorful rainbow across the skewer.

Cook on the BBQ until meat is tender and desired wellness is achieved.


 

5 Ingredients/30 minutes Vol 1: Pasta Cream Sauce April 27, 2010

Filed under: 5 Ingredient/30 Minute Meals,Chicken,Dinner,Uncategorized — christinedel @ 12:54 am

After cooking so many dishes I finally realized how similar some where. I narrowed down the ingredients and realized with just a few different rotating ingredients it doesn’t feel like we were eating the same thing over and over. This is what I came up with:

5 ingredients/30 minutes Vol 1: Pasta Cream Sauce

Staple Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast per person
  • ½ cup of heavy whipping cream per person
  • Pasta: Serving size per person of either bowtie, Orzo, Penne, or spaghetti

Rotating Ingredients:

  • Half a box of frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 bunch of Japanese mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed and chopped
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon pesto sauce
  • serving size of shrimp per person, cooked

Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Place large skillet over medium heat and a medium skillet over medium heat.

Meanwhile, prep your chicken. Where I live there is no such thing as fresh chicken, it is all frozen so I defrost and salt and pepper mine while the skillets are heating up.

Once the chicken breasts are mostly cooked through, I add the heavy whipping cream to the large skillet and simmer. Cut the chicken breasts into strips with a kitchen scissors. Cook thoroughly.

While the chicken is cooking thoroughly, add the your choice of rotating ingredients to the cream, stir, and let simmer to thicken cream. When the cream is thick to your liking, add the chicken and cooked pasta. Stir and serve.

Enjoy!

 

T-minus 10 days June 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — christinedel @ 5:30 pm

10 more days until I return to my kitchen after 3 months of being away.  Oh how I miss my kitchen, my house, and my bed.

 

Foods from Travels. April 6, 2009

Filed under: Travel,Uncategorized — christinedel @ 5:21 pm

Inspired by my families recent and upcoming travels.  I think this blog needs some of the stranger and not so strange meals we have eaten over the years.  Now, I just need to hunt down those pictures…

 

Singapore March 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — christinedel @ 12:05 am

Well, we are currently in Singapore.

I begged my hubby to bring the little one and me along on his business trip.  And after much thought he caved.   So here we are in a strange land.  But at this moment I am watching the little one waking up and seeing how she always manages to get her left arm out of her swaddler.  Sneaky little child…

Until we get our kitchen back…