Teriyaki Beef Skewers

I love any type of steak!… whenever I order chinese food, I always get the  beef teriyaki on a stick. I love the sweet flavor of  teriyaki sauce. I found this recipe and decided to give it a try! The marinade was so easy to put together,  Then I let the steak marinate in the juices for hours, the result..delicious!! I used sirloin steak strips. These were tender, juicy and very flavorful! I served them with rice. My family loved it, Including my picky son!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 pounds flank steak, cut into thin strips
  • 32 wooden skewers (8 inch long) soaked in water
 
 
 

Directions

  1. In a large resealable bag, combine the soy sauce, olive oil, water, molasses, mustard powder, ginger, garlic powder and onion powder. Seal and shake the bag to mix together. Add steak strips to the bag and seal. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours to marinate.
  2. Preheat the oven’s broiler. Thread meat onto skewers and place on a broiling rack.
  3. Broil the steak for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Arrange on a platter to serve.
 
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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

Summer time is for entertaining by the pool!! Like I’ve said, ” I LOVE to entertain’! With summer being so hot this year in New England, there is nothing better than an evening on the deck by the pool! A little grilling, kids jumping in the pool, some cold beverages, and one of my favorite party foods…Appetizers and Dips!  Easy food that you don’t have to raise the temp in your house by running the oven!   One dip that was a big hit this summer was Loaded Baked Potato dip.  I saw this on pinterest and it looked delicious.  It was a definite hit, and so easy to make! It tasted just like a loaded baked potato, and paired up with potato chips….YumLoaded Baked Potato Dip

Yield: About 4 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

16 ounces sour cream
16 slices (12-ounce package) bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions or chives

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to meld together. Garnish with extra shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and chopped chives. Serve with your favorite potato chips or pretzel crisps. Dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Hawaiian Pizza

My dad came to visit this week from Florida for my sons birthday! We were so happy to see him! One of  traditions we have when we get together is making homemade pizza!  We ALWAYS do this when we get together! I love pizza, and I love this tradition!  Here’s what we do..we each get our own pizza to make, whatever kind we want.There is 4 of us, so yes, that’s 4 large pizza’s!! Then my dad and I go shopping for all the ingredients, including the dough. Then we spend the evening creating our pizza’s over beer/ wine and conversation! It’s so much fun! My dad is a pro at his pizza making. One of our favorites is Hawaiian pizza! I’ll post some others at a later time!

Ingredients:

1 refrigerated pizza dough (allow to rest and rise a bit)

Jar of pizza sauce (or homemade pizza sauce)

2 cups mozzarella cheese

8 oz diced ham

1 can of crushed pineapple

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Spread dough onto greased pizza pan

Spread about 1 cup sauce

Next spread cheese over sauce, followed by the diced ham and pineapple

Sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese on top (or a little grated parmesan)

Bake in oven 12-16 minutes until done, let cool, slice and enjoy!!

Chocolate Chip, M&M Cake Mix Cookies

Yesterday my son had a craving for m&m cookies. He’s been on me to bake some! When I came across the recipe for make cake mix cookies, I decided I HAD to try these. I had 3 boxes of cake mix in the pantry. So I went with the yellow cake mix and made my son his much anticipated chocolate chip m&m cookies!  These were so easy to do and came out soft and delicious! Literally was a snap to whip together. Cant wait to try other  flavors!
 1 pkg. any flavor Pillsbury Plus Cake Mix
/2 c. margarine or butter, oftened
1 egg
Combine all ingredients at low speed until thoroughly moistened.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. Cool two minutes; remove from pans.
Tips: If using chocolate cake mix, add 2 Tbsp. water to ingredients
If desired, stir in 1 c. chocolate chips or 1/2 c. chopped nuts.
If desired, frost cookies with your favorite flavor of frosting

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

I am literally obsessed with steak and cheese subs! Around here, they are subs. Whether they are hoagies, heroes, sandwiches or subs…nothing says comfort food like a cheese steak sandwich!! They are easy, quick and yummy!  oasted sandwichesSince time was short tonight, melted philly cheesesteak sandwiches in toasted buns fit the bill!
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Rachael Ray1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 softball-sized onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons steak sauce
1 cup beef stock
Salt and ground black pepper
4 dinner rolls
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 cup provolone, shredded

In large skillet over medium-high heat add the oil and then brown the ground beef, about 5-6 minutes. Add the onion and green pepper and cook another 3-4 minutes, until the vegetables start to get tender. Stir in the steak sauce and beef stock, season with salt and pepper, bring up to a bubble and cook about 2 minutes.

Split open rolls and remove most of the soft insides, leaving a bed to hold the meat mixture. Toast the rolls and set aside.

While the meat is cooking, melt the butter in a medium-size pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour and cook about 1 minute. Whisk in milk, bring up to a bubble and let thicken, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in the cheese.

To serve, place a scoopful of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the rolls, then top with the cheese sauce and replace the top of the roll.

PUMPKIN GLAZED BISQUIT DONUTS

Bisquit donuts have been makin ther way around pinterest…I love pinterest, there are soooo many great recipes so I figured I’d give these donuts a try. Looked easy enough!  My picky son loves glazed donuts. Every time we go to dunkin donuts, he has to get a glazed donut and a chocolate glazed donut!! Well…after reading how tasty and easy bisquit donuts are to make..I HAD to give this a try! The result? Easy and delicious! A big hit! Perfect for morning entertaining or holidays! Give em’ a try!!
 
 INGREDIENTS
2
cups vegetable oil for frying
4
cups powdered sugar
4 1/2
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1
tablespoon canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
3
to 4 tablespoons half-and-half
1
can Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits)
 
  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat to 350°F to 375°F.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin and just enough half-and-half with whisk until smooth and thick glaze forms. Set aside.
  • 3 Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Using small round lid or cookie cutter, cut hole in center of each biscuit.
  • 4 Gently place 2 or 3 biscuits in hot oil. (Biscuit holes can also be fried!) Fry on one side until golden brown. With tongs, gently turn each biscuit over; fry until other side is golden brown. Remove doughnuts from oil; immediately dip into pumpkin glaze. Place doughnuts on cooling rack; cool 3 to 5 minutes or until glaze is set before serving.

BACON WRAPPED BUTTER BROWN SUGAR LIL’ SMOKIES

I LOVE to entertain!! For me, there is nothing better than gathering friends together at my home for good food, good company and lots of laughs! Whether it be a casual get together by the pool, or a gathering around the kitchen for  appetizers, drinks and dinner….It is always so much fun! I love being the host, because that means I can go through all my recipes and come up with just the perfect menu for the guests. I could spend a week just doing that! (yes, I am a recipe freak!) Here is one of my all time favorite “go to” appetizer recipes! These lil bacon wrapped smokies are a definite crowd pleaser!  They are never leftovers with these little yummies!

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 375F. Cut the bacon into thirds and wrap each smokie. Place all the wrapped smokies in a single layer in a baking dish. Then melt the stick of butter and then 1 cup of brown sugar and stir until mixed well. Pour the butter and brown sugar mixture on the smokies and bacon. Then take the other cup of brown sugar and sprinkle evenly over the smokies. Bake them for about 15-20 minutes and then turn the heat up to 400F for about 5 minutes or longer until the bacon becomes crispy.I guarantee if you make these, they will be gone! I made them for a gathering and everyone just kept eating them, and eating them …

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Bacon, Cut Into Thirds
  • 1 pound Smokies
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar