Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ever have an Herbed Salad?

It's never even crossed my mind - an abundant of herbs mixed with a bunch of leafy organic greens. What an incredible salad I bought at the grocery store the other day. It was a container of your typical organic salad leaves...but what I didn't discover until later, when we were all enjoying the salad, was the mixture of herbs that included cilantro and dill. Oh amazing and so delicious. I'll be making lots of herbed salads in the future.


Halibut with Pesto Cream

Here's a nice simple dinner I made tonight. I haven't had halibut in a long time, but have decided it's time to add more fish to my diet. After a weekend spent BBQing red meat and chicken, fish was a welcome change. Put two halibut fillets into a casserole dish. Set the oven to 300 degrees. In a separate bowl add about two tbsp. of pesto and mix in about four tbsp. of whipping cream and stir. Pour over the halibut, making sure you saturate both pieces. Add a little salt and pepper and put into the oven for about 20 minutes. Lovely!


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Blue Cheese Beef Dip

Oh yes, there are times I have wisps of inspiration in between laundry, dishes, and picking the kids up from school, when I just manage, without much thought, to know what to do with some left over sirloin roast beef. Pick out whatever bun you like to dip your beef sandwich into. I made garlic bread, but a nice baguette would be fantastic, sourdough would be nuts, or even a hot dog bun or hamburger bun would be fine with a little seasoning. Also, I like to pick up, every grocery trip, packages of dried fettuccine mixes, gravy mixes, and in this case, a la Au jus. So follow the directions on the package and set aside on a low heat. In another frying pan, combine the following:

Saute mushrooms in a pan with butter over medium high heat, until just soft and cooked, take out of the pan, and saute an onion in a couple of tbsp. of butter, and when soft and glisteny, add a tbsp. of sugar to caramelize, and mix up. Add the mushrooms to the pan, and turn the heat down to low, and add 1/4 cup of soft blue cheese, and then add 2 diced strawberries and stir up the entire mixture. You can then add the left over sliced roast beef to the pan to warm through. Once done assemble the blue cheese/mushroom/onion/roast beef into a sandwich and begin dipping! Serve with a nice green salad. Yummy!

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Blue Cheese Beef Dip

Oh yum this was delicious. This is a great way to use up left over sirloin roast. I was wanting to change up a typical beef dip and incorporated blue cheese into the mix and it turned out to not only be a nice change, but very popular at home.

Slice up roast and set aside. In a frying pan, saute up 1/2 cup of sliced mushrooms in unsalted butter, so it won't burn, then set aside. Add 1 sliced onion to the pan with a tbsp. of butter and saute until nice and soft, then add a level tbsp. of sugar to carmelize. Continue cooking over a medium heat for another minute or so, then add one or two diced up strawberries and continue stirring. Add the mushrooms to the onion mixture and continue stirring just to blend. Lower the heat to low and add 1/4 cup of soft blue cheese and stir until it makes a nice gravy looking sauce. Toast up split buns or garlic bread in the oven until ready to assemble sandwhiches. Add the beef to the onion/blue cheese/mushroom mixture and warm through on low.

Make a package of au jus and put into individual bowls. Serve with a nice green salad. Bon Appetite!