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In My Kitchen: Grill Inexpensive Potato Packets

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It is freeing to not cook in the kitchen during the summer. Making dinner on the grill keeps the heat out of the house and it seems to entail less cleaning up too.

There’s a  wonderful SAVE $0.75 off 1 Birds Eye Recipe Ready Item coupon available to print right now that let’s you pick up bags of frozen veggies for around $0.30 at Shaw’s after the coupon doubles.  I love the recipe ready line because the veggies are already sliced for you.  Frozen veggies a just as nutritious (or even more so) than fresh.

To make my potato packets on the grill I used:

Yukon Gold potatoes
Birds Eye Recipe Ready Tricolor Pepper and Onion Blend
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Aluminum Foil

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Wash a potato and cut into 1/4 inch slices.  Place in the middle of a square of aluminum foil.

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Next add a layer of the frozen tricolor peppers and onions.  Drizzle EVOO over the veggies and add salt & pepper to your liking.  Add a second layer of alumni foil on top and roll/fold the edges tightly to seal in the steam as they cook.

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We place the potato packets on the uppermost rack in our grill.  We keep the temperature around 375 degrees and bake them for 45 minutes.

When you open up your potato packet you will find fully cooked, steamy potatoes and veggies.  I just love them grilled this way.  No pots and pans to clean up either!

Buy using the coupon to buy the peppers and onions, and buying the potatoes on sale, I provided a nutritious side dish that cost less than $0.25 a serving for my family of 4.


In My Kitchen: Baked Eggs on Tomatoes


This is a super easy weekend breakfast for Davey Baby and myself:


4 Extra Large Eggs

1 Can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz. ( I use the variety with green chiles!)

Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly grease the sides and bottom of your baking pan with olive oil.  Spread the tomatoes (with juices) on the bottom of your baking pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and very carefully, so you don’t break the yolk, crack the eggs over the tomatoes.  Return to oven and bake for 10-12 minutes more.


I cannot tell you how delicious these eggs are on a bed of hot tomatoes!  A wonderful start to your day.  🙂

In My Kitchen: Spicy Pickled Carrots

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This weekend my mind turned itself off from jam making and turned itself on to pickling.  I truly enjoy pickling more than jam making.  You can pickle just about anything!  Cucumbers, beets, eggs, watermelon rinds, onions………. you name it…………… I’m sure there’s a way to pickle it.   Last year I discovered Put ’em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton.  Her Spicy Pickled Carrots, on pages 148 & 149, has become a family favorite.

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These pickles live up to their name.  It’s a winning combination of vinegar, garlic, jalapeno pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.

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I just love the colors in these pickles!  Don’t you?  Because they are fresh-packed, we’ll have to wait 4-6 weeks before we enjoy them.  It will be hard to be patient for that long!  😉

Have you begun pickling too?

In My Kitchen: Guiness Lamb Stew

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When I make this recipe, I usually use left over lamb from a roast we had for Sunday dinner.  Whether you use fresh lamb or left over lamb the process is the same.  This recipe makes a rich tasting and satisfying dinner. 

Tis the season for bountiful gardens and farmer’s markets!  If you can pick fresh herbs from your garden or pick them up at a farmer’s market the flavor will be absolutely wonderful.



2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin olive oil
2 large yellow onions chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh Thyme or  tsp. dried Thyme
1 1 /2 tsp. chopped fresh Rosemary or 1/2 tsp. dried Rosemary
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 lbs. boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
Freshly ground black pepper
1 12 oz. Bottle Guiness Stout
1 Tbp. tomato paste
3 Cups Beef Broth
1 Bay leaf
2 Cups peeled & cubed potatoes
2 Cups carrots, cut 1 inch thick
1/2 lb. Baby turnips peeled & quartered
1/3 – 1/2 Cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat.  Ad the olive oil, swirling to coat the bottom.  Add the onion, thyme and rosemary and sauté for 5 minutes.

While the onions and herbs are cooking, dredge the lamb in flour. Shake off excess flour and add the lamb to the sauteed onions & herbs.  Add a good coating of freshly ground pepper.  Brown meat on all sides.  You may need to add another tablespoon of EVOO if the lamb begins to stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the beer to the pan, bring to a boil, scraping the pan to loosen the brown bits.  Cook for 5 minutes or so, until the beer has been reduced to 1 cup.  Stir in the tomato paste until combined.  Add the broth and the bay leaf and return to a boil.  Cover and reduce the heat, simmer for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the vegetables, cover and simmer for another 1 1/2 hours.

When both the meat and vegetables are tender you can serve it up by ladling it into a bowl and adding a sprinkle of the chopped fresh parsley.

My recipe notes:  I substituted 3 cups water & 1 1/2 cubes Knorr Beef Bouillon cubes for the 3 cups beef broth.  I also substituted Guiness Draught for the Guiness Stout because I couldn’t find the stout at the store when I needed it.  The flavor was still really good.

In My Kitchen ~ Weekend Lunch: Mexicali Quiche

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This recipe is a hit at our house.  On the weekend I really try to stay away from sandwiches and do something a bit more special.  The flavor of this quiche is great.  It’s not too spicy and the center is just a bit like custard. 

All the men in my family have seconds when this is served!  This time I served it with cooked baby carrots and a side of fresh cucumber spears.

Mexicali Quiche


  • 1 single 9″ pie crust dough
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 4 Scallions, both white & green parts, sliced
  • 2 cups grated cheddar or Mexican Blend cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Place pie crust dough in a 9-inch pie plate.  Crimp around the edges and prick bottom with a fork.

Combine the eggs, milk, salsa, scallions and cheese in a large bowl until well mixed.  Pour into the pie shell.  Bake for 50 minutes or until  light golden brown and set in the center.  Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

Serves 6-8.


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Kitchen Tip: Grated Cheese Lids Fit Regular Canning Jars


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I first saw this tip on pinterest and knew I had to try it for myself.  When you have finished a jar of grated parmesan or romano cheese save the lid and wash it thoroughly.  (I washed mine in the basket in the top rack of my dishwasher).  These lids fit the mouths of regular pint or quart canning jars.

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I had already stored salt in one pint jar and today I transferred cornstarch to another.  No more storing baking supplies in plastic bags or boxes.  I really like using glass for storage because I can now see through it.  I love that the lid has 2 options, a shaker side and a wide opening for measuring spoons to fit in and level off.   I think these lids will keep the contents fresher for a longer period of time too.

Now I just need to break out my P-Touch and label the jars with the content’s name and expiration date.  An organized pantry is such a ‘good thing’ don’t you think?!  🙂

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My Favorite Find ~ 8/25

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Two of my favorite finds this week were garden surplus from other peoples gardens.  The first is a bouquet of Organic Genovese Basil from my neighbor’s garden.  I sell our surplus eggs at her farmstand on Fridays and Saturdays.  When I picked my cooler up on Saturday afternoon I found this gift sitting atop the cooler. 

I placed it on my kitchen window sill and have changed the water daily.  We’ve been enjoying basil all week in salads and on homemade pizza.  It’s so delicious.  When the sun hits it in the after noon, it warms the bouquet up releasing the best smell.   Thank you Barbara!

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These beauties are my second favorite find of the week.  Half I found at a yard sale.  The owner had  boxful that she was giving away for free.  The other half I found on my kitchen counter in the morning when I woke up.  It seems a coworker brought them in where Davey  Baby works the night before.

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It only takes 4 lbs. for a batch of Bread ‘n Butter Pickles!  We had a couple left over to enjoy fresh in salad or alongside sandwiches.

Those are my favorite finds this week.  What has been yours?

Kitchen Tip: How to Soften Peaches

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Every market has fresh peaches on sale right now for under $1.00.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that they’re rock hard. When they’re rock hard, no one in my home will eat them because they taste like, well, rocks!

When I was a young mom I was told, by the produce manager, to set them in a bowl on the counter and in a few days they will soften up.  Then place them in the fridge to slow the ripening process down. This was good advice, and it does work.  I’ve discovered that it’s hard to be patient for that long.  🙂

Then I read in a magazine that placing them in a paper bag traps ethylene gases, thus speeding up the ripening process. This works fast but I’ve found that the paper bag also traps moisture and the fruit will begin to rot. This process works too fast! (I’ve never been able to convince my boys that they could just ‘eat around’ the brown spots!)

Here’s a tip I learned last summer, from a wise neighbor. Place your peaches in a bowl on the counter and cover them with a kitchen towel. This traps enough of the ethylene gases to ripen the fruit and wick away the moisture. In just a day or two there will be the unmistakable smell of ripe peaches. That’s when you know to check on them. They will be ready to be eaten and enjoyed or placed in the fridge to slow down the ripening process.

My Rummage Sale Finds

Once a month I enjoy a few hours of my own.  I rise early, fill my travel mug with fresh coffee, and head south down Route 1 in Davey Baby’s truck.  It only takes me 15 minutes before I turn off the highway and into the Miles Memorial Hospital Rummage Sale parking lot.  Here I commune with strangers.  We laugh over each others purchases that we say we don’t need but must have and comment with a ‘nice find’ when someone has found what we’re looking for, but weren’t quick enough to score ourselves. 

I’ve begun to play a little game with myself.  I walk in with a $20 bill and a large, worn L.L. Bean bag.  That’s my limit.  I cannot spend more than $20 and it pretty much needs to all fit in that one bag.  Here’s what I found for $20 this morning.

I’m a bit intimidated when it comes to the clothing area.  The tables were piled high with clothes being sorted through and I just didn’t have the interest to participate.  I did spy these size 9 LaCrosse rubber boots under the Men’s table though.  They were in ‘like new’ condition.  I just wiped the dust off with a rag when I got home.  These will be stored away for either son 3 or 4.

At the pet area I found 3 new squeeker toys for our dog, Trey.  The fish bowl was covered inside and out with dirt, but it was nothing a little elbow grease didn’t wash away.  Son # 3 wants to give #4 a Beta fish for his birthday in November.  We’ll put this away until then. 

Amongst the plant pots in the gardening area a came across this cool pot that I’ll resurrect during the holidays to force paper whites in.  It will be gorgeous, you’ll see.

Over in the holiday decorations I found an unopen bag of Christmas bows and ribbon.  I can always use these!

I vowed not to spend all my alotted time in the book area this month, but I couldn’t pass up 3 soapmaking books and 1 Christmas crafts book.


Over in housewares I found a new sugar bowl & creamer set.   Sugar bowls just do not stand a chance of survival in our house.  The tile counters and floors in the kitchens ensure that they are only temporary visitors.

I found a full set of black with white speckling mugs, a Calphalon spaghetti spoon, a set of 12 denim cloth napkins, a down pillow that I discovered fits nicely in a large low basket.  The basket & pillow are our newest cat bed.  (If our kitties take a liking to it!)

My favorite find of the morning was this sleeping bag for Sawyer.  We were 1 shy of the 3 needed for our Labor Day weekend camping event. An unopened bag of bobbers that will find their way in to one of our sons stocking this Christmas and missing from the photo is a brand new tennis ball.  Sawyer and Trey already absconded with that to the front yard to play fetch!  :0

So that’s everything that I bought for $20.   It was fun and I’m already looking forward to August’s sale.

How about you?  Did you hit up any yard or rummage sales today?

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