Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quick and Easy Dinner for a Lazy Day

I get lazy sometimes. OK, often. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my time in the kitchen developing and trying out new recipes. But sometimes I'm just not in the mood to use every pot and pan I own and then spend the whole afternoon cleaning up the resulting colossal mess that always seems to be the aftermath of my creative process (yes, I use that term loosely). 

It's true, there are times when I'm just not in the mood for standing on a stool scraping spaghetti sauce off of the kitchen ceiling. There are those occasions when I just want quick and easy. Some days just tend to get away from me. I start doing whatever the hell it is I do all day and look up to find, boom, just like that the day is over. 




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And honestly, more and more there are days when I'm really just plain lazy. 

Don't tell anyone but it's possible I'm getting a smidge older too. I blame my kids for this but chances are the passing of years has something to do with it also.
  
The crockpot is great for quick and easy, but I'm not one of those people who likes everything made in the slow cooker. I love soups, stews, sauces and meats that lend themselves to cooking slowly in liquid. And don't get me wrong, I make a lot of meals in the crockpot all winter long. I even love making many desserts in there. How amazing the house smells all day long when I do a crockpot cake

But I find that I don't like the texture of many of the dishes I've tried in the slow cooker. Often meats fall apart or have a weird mealy texture. Maybe that's just me, I don't know, but over the years I've worked to figure out which recipes will lend themselves to slow cooking for hours and which will not produce the results I'm looking for.

So last week, on one of my more and more frequent lazy days, I knew I wanted not only a quick and easy dinner, but I was looking to develop a new recipe while also sparing my hands a day of dish washing chapping and cracking. It was last minute so I didn't turn to my trusty slow cooker, I needed another option for a quick and easy meal. And ditto for the clean up. Is that too much to ask?

I searched my pantry and my fridge and an idea started to form. In the pantry I had some ramen soup packets, I always do, they're a throwback to those lean college years when 17 cents for a bowl of soup fit right into the budget. I had made Grilled Marinated London Broil just the day before and there were leftovers in the fridge that I'd planned to use in sandwiches. I had mushrooms, snow peas, green onions and bok choy in the vegetable crisper. Wheels were turning, gears were burning, thoughts were coalescing, and a recipe was coming together.

uick Beef and Ramen Dinner, a fast and easy way to use soup packages, leftover beef and a few vegetables to make a flavorful dinner | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner #beef
Quick Beef and Ramen Dinner

Now I'm not going to pretend that I'm the first person to ever use ramen soup packets in a meal, I know people have done it before me, but it was something new for me. 

To start with, I knew that I wanted to make the soup, but with less water, and let the noodles soak up some of the flavors from the provided packet. And I knew that I wanted to add more oriental flavor to the meat and the vegetables too.

And just like that, a dinner was born. Quick, easy, one pot and one saute pan so no doing dishes until midnight and, best of all, we really enjoyed it. I just may play with those ramen noodle packets more often. So many flavors, so little time!


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Quick Beef and Ramen Dinner         
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
2 packages Ramen Soup, Oriental flavor (will only use one of the enclosed seasoning packets)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 TBSP olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp sesame oil 
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 - 3/4# leftover steak (can substitute deli roast beef)
2 green onions
4 oz mushrooms  
1 cup bak choy, cleaned and sliced 
2 oz snow peas
1/3 cup roasted unsalted cashews

Directions:
*In a medium sized bowl, mix together the soy sauce, 1 TBSP olive oil, sesame oil, ginger and minced garlic.
*Thinly slice the beef, then cut each slice into (long, thin) quarters. Cut the green onion on the bias into 1 inch lengths. Slice the mushrooms. Add the beef, onion and mushroom to the bowl with the sauce. Mix well and set aside.
*Crush or chop the cashews.
*Boil 2 cups water. Add the noodles from both packets of soup, breaking up a little as you add them. Bring back to a boil, lower heat and allow to boil for 3 minutes stirring now and then to separate the noodles. Remove from heat and mix in one of the seasoning packets. Set aside.
*In a saute pan, heat the remaining TBSP of olive oil over medium heat. Add the meat, vegetable and sauce mixture from the bowl. Cook and stir for 3 minutes or until the mushrooms are softened. 
*Add the bak choy and snow peas. Cook and stir two more minutes. Drain.
*Using tongs, remove the noodles from the pot and add to the pan of beef and vegetables. Stir well. 
*To serve, top with the crushed cashews.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Skip the Pie: Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a monthly Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house. At the end of my post you’ll find links to this month’s other participants’ posts.


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College Boy was walking out the door when this little gem of a conversation took place:

College Boy: See ya. 
Me: I'll miss you.
College Boy: Wouldn't wanna be ya . . .
Me: Ha, ha.
College Boy: 'Cause you have gonorrhea . . . 
Me: Hey, that's not funny.
College Boy: And it hurts when you pee - a . . .
Me: Get out! And I take back that whole "I'll miss you" thing . . .


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Me: It's supposed to be 70 degrees out this weekend.
College Boy: Really?
Me: Yes, you should go for a walk.
College Boy: Maybe I will.
Me: To another state.
College Boy: Ouch. That's mean.
Me: Oh, did I say that out loud?



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Next day College Boy is leaving again.

College Boy: See ya.
Me: I'm not falling for that again.
College Boy: I feel the need to flee - a . . .
Me: B'bye . . .
College Boy: 'Cause you have diarrhea . . .
Me: That's not funny.
College Boy: Share that with North Korea . . . 
Me: Get out!




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College Boy: I may join you for dinner tonight, what are you making?
Me: I'm trying out a new idea, Shrimp Pot Pie.
College Boy: Oh, you're experimenting with edibles. I'm proud of you, pretty brave since it's not legal here. Could you skip the pie? I'll just have some shrimp . . . and the pot. 


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We had dinner. It was delicious if I do say so myself (and I do). I had done the laundry, dinner and everything else I'd hoped to have accomplished that day. 

Me (just sitting down on the couch): I'm tired.
College Boy: It's the pot . . . 



Shrimp Pot Pie, shrimp and vegetabless in a light sauce, cooked in a flaky crust | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner #shrimp

Shrimp Pot Pie
Shrimp Pot Pie, shrimp and vegetabless in a light sauce, cooked in a flaky crust | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner #shrimp
 getting ready to go in the oven


We have been on vacation. It's been bittersweet. I was trying not to be sad that his birthday, a big one, would be the day after we all leave to go back home. This would be the first birthday I would not spend with him, ever. And I won't see PurDude much this summer as he has an internship 5 hours further away from home so I really wanted to make the most of our time together.

Me: I'd love it if you boys would get up in the morning and walk the beach with me.
College Boy: I'll go.
PurDude: Sure.
Me: What time should we plan to leave?
PurDude: I usually wake up around 2:00 (pm) so how about 2:30?
Me: By then half the day will be over, I wanted to walk the beach in the morning, look for shells, you know like we used to when you were little.
PurDude: Fine. 2:00.


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PurDude's car registration needed to be renewed. I usually mail it in but thought that since I'd be seeing PurDude on vacation, it would be perfect timing to drive the renewal to the DMV, take care of it and have the pink paper with me to just hand to him. 

You know what they say about the best laid plans?

I made sure I had everything I needed, went to the DMV with the paperwork, proof of insurance, and a check for the exact amount. We actually have a drive up window and no one was there. The guy checked my paperwork, proof of insurance, check. Yes, everything was in order. I was so proud of myself getting this all taken care of as he sent me the new registration. And I pat myself on the back right up until he passed over the new license plates. Crap.

And that's how I came to explain to TSA why there were license plates in my carry on.




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Speaking of TSA, seems we just barely averted a disaster. 

PurDude had to renew his license. I called the DMV and they told me that he could do it online starting 10 days before his birthday. His birthday has always fallen over our vacation but, as I said, this year it would be the day after he gets back to school. We were going to renew it online while we were on vacation.

As he was leaving Indianapolis, the TSA guy happened to mention to him that it's a good thing he's flying now, as he could not fly on an expired license.

Meaning if he were going back to school one day later, as he always has in the past, they may not have let him on his plane. Yikes. He would have been stuck at the beach, poor kid . . .



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Guess you really never are too old to learn new lessons. This vacation I learned a few things. It's possible they're lessons I've learned years ago and just forgot. At my age that's always a possibility.

Anyway . . . first lesson: When you pack up your beach bag with your towel and sunglasses case and hat and cell phone case, etc. Make sure the top is securely on your water bottle before sticking it inside.

Lesson number two: On a really windy day at the beach when the sand is flying, a mesh beach bag is not a good idea. Unless you actually have some special need of a bag full of sand.



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It was great to see mom, but I felt the need to pull her aside right away and give her a bit of a warning. 

Me: If College Boy walks out the door and says "see ya", don't answer him.
Mom: What do you mean, why would I ignore my grandson?
Me: Do you trust me?
Mom: Of course.

In the other room I hear the front door open and:

College Boy: See ya . . .
Me (whispering to Mom): Don't do it . . .





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Shrimp Pot Pie
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
2 pie crusts (top and bottom)
2 tsp flour
3 TBSP olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2# large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tsp lemon juice
1 TBSP fresh chopped dill
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cooked, chopped asparagus
1/2 cup shaved carrots

2 TBSP butter
2 TBSP flour
3/4 cup half and half 

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
*Spread the 2 tsp of flour over one of the pie crusts. Carefully turn the crust over and fit into your pie pan, flour side down. Set aside.
*Mix together 1 TBSP olive oil and the garlic powder. Set aside.
*In a large saute pan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, green onion, and garlic. Cook 1 minute.
*Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink and no longer translucent. Add the sherry, chicken broth, lemon juice, dill, salt, pepper, asparagus and carrots. Bring to a boil. Boil one minute then remove from the stove and keep warm.
*In a small pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour. Cook and stir for two minutes. Whisk in the half and half. Continue to whisk until it thickens. Remove from heat.
*Move the pan with the shrimp back to the heat. Stir in the half and half mixture. Cook and stir for one minute, then carefully pour into the prepared crust.
*Top with the second crust and crimp the edges. Brush the top with the reserved olive oil/garlic powder. Cut a few slits into the center of the crust for venting.
*Bake for 35 minutes or until the top has browned.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Storms Bring in the Prettiest Shells

I have walked the beach on this island for years. More years than I'd like to admit. And you know what? It never gets old. Up to the left, past Resident's Beach and the Marriott. To the right all the way to the tip of Tigertail Beach. The sand that once was shells crunching beneath my bare feet, the morning sun warming my arms, the gulf breeze sighing gently with me. The sheer beauty. The peace. Nature's wonder on display as I search for the most colorful shells or that rare find, a whole sand dollar.  

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I talk all the time about how I bake to relieve stress. And lets face it, there's been a lot of it lately. The best way I can generally find to just take a break from it all is to grab some chocolate and hit the kitchen. Baking not only requires concentration and therefore the respite my mind needs, but it invariably culminates in sweet results and the appreciation of friends and family.

Mocha Toffee Bars, chocolate, coffee and toffee flavors in this dessert treat. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATorando.com | #recipe #chocolate #dessert

Mocha Toffee Bars
Mocha Toffee Bars, chocolate, coffee and toffee flavors in this dessert treat. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATorando.com | #recipe #chocolate #dessert

But there has never been, in my life anyway, anything that clears my mind and nourishes my soul like walking the beach. No, it never gets old.

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It does get new though. Just after a storm.

I don't want to get all warm-and-fuzzy and feel-goody here. A storm is by no means a cleansing. It is undoubtedly the result of an ugly, harmful, churning, upheaval. A disruption of the peace that had become the daily norm. There is fall out, even some destruction in it's wake. But we do not have to look below the surface to find what is there in the aftermath. 

We just have to let go of our anger at the storm itself. At its disturbance of our stagnant complacency.

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Shells collected on Marco Island | www.BakingInATornado.com | #nature #beach #shells


We have, many of us, railed against the whipping winds that signaled the incoming storm. We have convinced ourselves that it would diminish, not make landfall. We shook our collective fists at the heavens as the sky opened up and dumped on us.

It is now the day after. We can no longer deny that the storm has hit. It does us no good to continue to shake our fists. The time has come to walk the beach. Not with an air of naivete though, be vigilant about where you step. There will be an occasional man-of-war. 

But there is also beauty. Not hiding, right there in plain sight. All we really need to do is stop seeking and start seeing. 

Because storms bring in the prettiest shells.


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Mocha Toffee Bars         
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 stick margarine
1 stick butter, divided
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules, divided
1 cup brown sugar, divided
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup toffee chips

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with nonstick spray.
*Melt margarine and 1/2 stick of the butter. Mix in 1 tsp of the coffee granules. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool a bit.
*Beat in 3/4 cup of the brown sugar, then the egg. Carefully beat in the flour, baking cocoa and salt. Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes.
*In a microwave safe bowl, heat the corn syrup, remaining 1/2 stick butter, heavy cream, vanilla and 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/2 tsp coffee granules and microwave 2 more minutes.
*Mix and pour over the crust. Return to oven for 25 minutes.
*Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/4 dark chocolate chips over the top of your bars and return to the oven for 1 minute. 
*Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the bars, sprinkle with the toffee chips and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hello From the Land of the Orange: Use Your Words

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: orange ~ soup ~ sneakers ~ heirloom ~ group 
They were submitted by Minette of Southern Belle Charm.

                          
Hello from the land of milk and honey. Make that the land of the orange.


Crockpot Orange Teriyaki Turkey, a quick and simple slow cooker dinner. Turkey tenderloin infused with citrus and teriyaki flavors | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #crockpot #dinner #turkey

Crockpot Orange Teriyaki Turkey Tenderloins


Although I'm thoroughly enjoying gorging myself on oranges and grapefruits, I have to admit that I'm not eating dinners made in crockpots. No hearty soups and stews and heavy pasta meals for me. I'm visiting my mom. Reveling in lots of fresh fish, mostly grouper, giant prawns and snow crab. Biting into warm fresh heirloom tomatoes like apples right off the table at the farmer's market.

I'm wearing flip flops and sneakers. Going barefoot and relishing the feel of the sand between my toes, the salty gulf washing up my calves as the tide comes in. I'm walking the beach in the mornings smiling whenever a pod of dolphins swim by. I'm sitting out on the back deck watching the sun gently sink into the gulf with a glass of wine in my hand with my mom and my two boys by my side. Inhaling the scent of the gardenias each time I walk in and out the front door. Waking up each morning to the sound of the surf.

It was not easy getting my little group all to the island at the same time. It was logistical nightmare in fact. Well, Mom's already here, of course. But for us? I had to work around spring break so the travel days were not flexible. I was desperately trying to get the boys and I both to arrive and to leave not only on the same day but at the same approximate time. PurDude had an hour and a half drive to where he parks his car to take a shuttle to the airport so we couldn't leave too early in the morning. In order to work out the schedule I had to have 2 windows open on my laptop to compare the flight availability for him and the one for College Boy and I. 

It was an overwhelming process. At one point I almost booked us on different days. Good thing I caught that. After I booked both tickets I had a niggling thought bouncing around in my brain that I had put PurDude's birthday on College Boy's ticket. Chances are TSA would not look kindly on that discrepancy. Although, at the time I was booking I was conflicted. Maybe I should just let TSA hold onto him for a while. I bet by the time I swing back through the airport on the way home they'd be ready to let me have him back.

Lucky for him I pushed those thoughts aside. Unlucky for me I had to figure out how to get his ticket changed to reflect his actual birthday. But then a vacation is never appreciated more than when you're stressed to the limits, right?

Which brings me to today. Here I sit on St. Patrick's Day, just days before my youngest's birthday. And not just any birthday either, a big one. Yuuuuge, in fact. Trying desperately to enjoy the hell out of every single minute we're all spending together. And succeeding.


Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:


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Crockpot Orange Teriyaki Turkey Tenderloins
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Ingredients:
1 package (about 1 3/4#) turkey tenderloins
salt, pepper, paprika 
2 cups orange juice
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
1 tsp orange zest 
2 green onion, chopped
3 mandarin oranges, peeled and separated into sections


Directions:
*Spray the inside of a slow cooker with nonstick spray.
*Rinse turkey tenderloins and sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.
*Whisk together orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, hot pepper flakes, orange zest and green onion. Pour into crockpot.
*Place the tenderloins into the crockpot and turn onto high. Cook for one hour. Turn the meat, then switch the temperature and cook for 2 hours. 
*Add the mandarin orange slices and cook for one more hour. Be sure your turkey is completely cooked (165 degrees).
*Remove the turkey from the crockpot, slice and drizzle with the sauce.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Luck Gone Amuck: March Poetry

I love poetry. You probably can't tell by the way I butcher it each month in these monthly poetry posts. It shouldn't surprise you though, since I've been blathering on here on this blog for almost 5 years that I do love the written word. In all of its forms. It's why I don't limit my posts to recipes or fiction or editorials or family stories or humor or even heartbreak. It's why I say whatever's on my mind depending on my mood.

And once a month, lucky you, my mood waxes poetic. This month my friends and I picked the theme Luck. 

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Since we chose this theme last year too, I'll take this as a golden opportunity for a do over.

So sit back and enjoy. Or not. You know I've got a delicious recipe to share in case you need a bribe. Or a reward. Your choice. Either way, it's chocolate. See:

Nutella Krisp Pie, a nutella based filling with a few surprise ingredients in this delicious dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #pie

 Nutella Krisp Pie
Nutella Krisp Pie, a nutella based filling with a few surprise ingredients in this delicious dessert. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dessert #pie

Luck Gone Amuck


She was ready, so it seemed,
to catch a leprechaun, she'd dreamed,
thoughts were thought and plans were schemed,
to grab the pot of gold that gleamed.

Finally it came, the date,
only St. Patty's Day would rate.
She'd planned the trap and set the bait,
that leprechaun would meet his fate.

And there it was up in the sky,
a rainbow had just caught her eye.
Heading off and feeling spry,
this year it was to do or die.

She followed it through hill and dale,
no, this time she refused to fail.
Sometimes dark colors, others pale,
she persevered, knew she'd prevail.

Exhaustion nearly reached its peak,
when suddenly, there, by the creek,
"Is that the Leprechaun I seek?" 
She thought (she was afraid to speak).


And now, oh Lord, she had to pee,
but can't lose sight or he will flee,
just think of how wealthy she'll be,
when he hands over that finder's fee.

She knew she'd neared that pot of gold, 
Lepechanun's fate would now unfold.
When undeniable truth came bold, 
her bladder she just could not hold.

Darting for the nearest tree,
of course the leprechaun did see.
Off he danced with spiteful glee,
"again this year you won't catch me"!
 
Well isn't that just my damn luck,
Another try has gone amuck,
"curse you, bladder, you suck"
(or another word rhyming with firetruck).

And yes, next year again she'd try
for success, that pot of gold she'd pry
from the leprechaun with the gleam in his eye. 
She can't lose, and you know why?
New plan . . . a catheter she'll buy.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, friends. Hope all your luck is good.

Before you go, click on these links to more poetry by some of my friends: 


Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares The Meaning of Luck

Diane of On the Border shares (Bad) Luck of the Irish

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles shares Luck of the Draw.



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Nutella Krisp Pie
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 uncooked pie crust
2 tsp flour
1/2 cup nutella
4 TBSP butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup Cocoa Krispies or Cocoa Pebbles cereal
1/2 cup butterfingers baking bits

OPT: whipped cream or ice cream for serving

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Spread the flour over the pie crust. Carefully turn the crust over and fit into your pie pan, flour side down.
*Whisk together the nutella, butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Last, whisk in the eggs.
*Carefully mix in the cereal and the butterfingers bits. Pour into the pie shell.
*Bake for 45 minutes, tent with tin foil and bake another 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
*Store leftovers in the fridge. Bring to room temperature to serve.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Green, Egg and Ham, a St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends theme collaborations. Each month a group of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about this partnership is that it’s not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may have a recipe, sewing tutorial, crafts projects, book review and/or a technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Green.

There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here’s a peek at what we all came up with:

Blog With Friends, monthly projects based on a theme. This month's theme is Green. | Collage by Lydia of Cluttered Genius | Presented on www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #DIY #tutorial


I made a fun breakfast I'm calling Green, Egg and Ham. 

Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

Green, Egg and Ham

Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I wanted to develop a recipe that would work for that day. I also wanted it to be something fun because, from green bagels to green bread to green beer, celebrating St. Patrick's Day has always been about fun. The challenge was, though, that although all of those green tinged treats work well for that one day, I wanted to create a recipe that would work for any day.

How I took a sharp left into Dr. Seuss land, I really can't tell you. That would be up to a neuropsychologist to figure out. But between the Green theme, my desire to add whimsy, and the fact that March IS, in fact, National Reading Month, I ended up fixated on Green Eggs and Ham. 

In a nod to history and the Irish Potato Famine, I chose to make potatoes a prominent part of this dish instead of the eggs. It starts pretty easily with preparing the ingredients. I created rings from a green pepper,

Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay


chopped some spinach and green onion to add a little more color. For my ham I chose Canadian Bacon.

Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay


Mix it all together: 


Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay



The green pepper rings go into the pan and I use it to shape the potato patties. 
Cook until brown, flip, and cook the other side. It's really a quick and easy recipe.

Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay
  That's it. Plate and serve.

Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay

Green, Egg and Ham, a fun breakfast for St. Patrick's Day or any day. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #breakfast #StPatricksDay


I hope you all have a safe, fun and delicious St. Patrick's Day.

As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!


Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares a fun recipe, Green Bunny Poop.
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Kia of Think In English shares An Exploration of the Word "Green" in the English Language.
Blog With Friends, a monthly group blogging collaboration based on a theme. March's theme is Green | An Explanation of the Word "Green" in the English Language by Kia of Think in English | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com

Melissa of My Heartfelt Sentiments shares Nuggets of Fun, a box and greeting card DIY.
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 Eileen of Eileen's Perpetually Busy shares her recipe for making a Green Graduation Ice Cream Cake.

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 Kristin of Little Mama Jama shares a simple recipe for Mint Mocha Cupcakes.
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Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares What to do with all those Old Crayons.
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Tamara of Confessions of a part time working mom shares her tutorial for a Leprechaun Craft
Blog With Friends, a monthly group blogging collaboration based on a theme. March's theme is Green | Leprechaun Craft by Tamara of Confessions of a part time working mom | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com

Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog shares 10 Ways to add more Green to your Pot of Gold.

Blog With Friends, a monthly group blogging collaboration based on a theme. March's theme is Green | 10 Ways to add more Green to your Pot of Gold by Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog | Featured on www.BakingInATornado.com




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Green, Egg and Ham         
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredient (makes about 10):
2 green peppers
2 cups Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
1 egg
3 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped
1 green onion, sliced
10 - 12 spinach leaves, chopped
2 oz Canadian Bacon, chopped

vegetable oil for frying

OPT:  sour cream and chives for serving

Directions:
*Slice the green pepper into about 1/4 inch rounds. Remove the ribs and seeds inside, careful not to cut into the circle.
*Place potato shreds, egg, flour, salt, pepper and dill, green onion, spinach and Canadian Bacon into a bowl and mix well.
*Spray a skillet with non-stick spray. Just cover the bottom with vegetable oil and heat on medium until hot.
*Add 3 - 4 of the green pepper rings. Place about a TBSP of the potato mixture inside each pepper ring. Flatten to uniform thickness with a spatula.
*Cook about 5 minutes, until the bottom is well browned.
*Using a large spatula, gently flip over. Allow to cook another approximately 2 - 3 minutes until browned on the outside and cooked through on the inside.
*OPT: serve with sour cream and chives.