In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

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So much happens in my kitchen on a daily/weekly basis. I can’t post pictures of everything, or we’d both be here all day! lol So here are a few highlights from my week.

 

I ground 4 more pounds of venison meat from my freezer in the food processor. It’s really very easy to do. I cooked it all at once with a couple of teaspoons of beef bouillon. I used half of it, or 2 pounds, to make Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti.

 

Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti

 

I haven’t made it in many months. It was a big hit. Like it usually is.

 

I put the other half of the meat in the fridge and used it to make Skillet Lasagna another night. This was the second time I made this recipe and it’s awesome! So quick, so easy. With all the great flavors of lasagna!

 

Skillet Lasaga

 

I really need to get that recipe written up and posted!

 

I made 20 pounds of mashed potatoes on Saturday for a church dinner on Sunday. Well, I used 20 pounds of potatoes. I didn’t weight the pans after. lol Somebody else made 20 pounds of potatoes, too. We  had leftovers! I brought home one of these pans.

 

Mashed Potatoes

 

I have the mashed potatoes on the menu tonight. Then I think I’ll try to find something creative to do with the leftovers.

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Take out Pizza

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Lunch at church, get your own supper :)

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Oven roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, beets

Tuesday – pizza/pasta –  Chicken Lo Mein

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s including homemade Taco Sauce , some of us will have Taco Salads

Thursday – pork or beef – Smoked sausage with onions, homemade mac & cheese, corn

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions in the slowcooker

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 
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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

So I sent my husband shopping last week. There were 2 things on my list. He called from the store to say that they were out of one. So that left 1 thing on my list. Silly me. I thought that meant he would come home with 1 thing. Nope. He came home with 3 bags! lol

 

husband shopping

 

I sliced a beef roast from the freezer, that I had gotten on sale, to make fajitas. The secret to slicing meat is to have it partially frozen. It makes it so much easier to slice, or dice, or however you want to cut it.

 

slicling meat

 

Yum! We love fajitas. My youngest son just pulls the meat out. He hates onions if he can see them. lol

 

Beef Fajitas

 

 

We had Sloppy Joes one night and I made Oven Fries to go with them. I used planned over baked potatoes. Planned overs are when you plan to have leftovers to use for another meal. I cut the cold baked potatoes, oiled seasoned, and baked them. The came out so tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. I liked them better than making oven fries with raw potatoes.

 

Oven Fries

 

 

I tried a new recipe for Skillet Lasagna. It is now added to the favorite family meal list. So easy, and so good! So good it’s on this week menu, too! Look for the recipe coming soon!

 

Skillet Lasagna

 

On Sunday, I tried another new recipe. Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches. They were a hit with the family. Look for how I made those, coming soon, too!

 

Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches

 

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Take out Pizza

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches for lunch, get your own supper :)

Monday – chicken or turkey – Chicken strips, mac & cheese, beets

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Cincinnati Style Chili, green beans

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s, some of us will have Taco Salads

Thursday – pork or beef – Skillet Lasagna, peas

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions in the slowcooker

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

We had Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner again last week. I used more leftovers from our Easter ham that I have in the freezer. I think I have one more package left. Plus the bone. This dish is so good!

 

Alfredo Ham and Pasta Skillet Dinner

 

On May the 4th, I helped my son make Blue Milk. If you are a Star Wars fan, then you know what I’m talking about. lol

 

Blue Milk

 

We had Chicken Strips for lunch on Saturday. I only had one, but had a big salad with it.

 

Chicken Strips, Salad

 

I drink my Pink Drink every day! It’s helping me to get healthy!

 

Pink Drink

 

We had taco salads last week, instead of just tacos. I made it with some of the venison I ground in the food processor.

 

Venison Taco Salad

 

I didn’t do anything major in the kitchen last week. As you can see, we ate pretty good last week, though. I don’t have anything major planned this week, either. Just the usual meals, and lots of dishes! I do need to make some healthy snacks. I never have enough snacks, according to my family, anyway. lol

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Take out Pizza

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Sandwiches – Roast beef and cheddar, ham, with the choice of white bread, onion rolls. For supper, keilbasa & onions, mac & cheese, corn

Monday – chicken or turkey – Baked chicken, baked potato, corn, green beans

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Skillet Lasagna – trying a new recipe, peas

Wednesday – Taco Night- Beef fajitas

Thursday – pork or beef – Sloppy Joes, carrots, celery

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions in the slowcooker

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

My mother finally came home from the hospital last week! So I’ve been able to stay home more. I got quite a bit of work done in the kitchen last week.

 

I cooked up 5 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast. I baked them with some salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. I packaged them for the freezer with a little of the broth from the baking pan. I did bags of 1 and 2 pieces to make it easy to defrost just the amount I need. Some will be used for suppers, the 2 packs, some will be used for lunches, the single packs.

 

chicken for freezer

 

I cooked about 6 pounds of venison pieces in the slow cooker. I cooked them all night on low. The next day, I divided the meat into 4 freezer bags. Each bag holds enough meat for 2-3 lunches for my husband. He’ll either add this meat to rice or take as is along with a potato to bake in the microwave at work.

 

venison for freezer

 

On Saturday, we had our first cook out of the season! We kicked off the season with packet meals. That’s where you put all your food in one foil packet and cook it in the camp fire. Beneath all the vegetables in the picture below, there is a hamburger patty. This is my packet meal.  :)

 

packet meal

 

We seasoned them with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, burger seasoning, bbq sauce, and hot sauce. Not all in one packet! lol

Everyone gets to make their own packet. So, you guessed it, the kids didn’t add as many vegetables.

Then the packet meals are place over the hot coals and turned a couple of times until done. To test for doneness, you have to open a packet & check it. It’s very hot! But there really is no other good way to test for doneness. For hamburger patties, potatoes & carrots, it only takes 20-30 minutes, depending on how hot the coals are.

 

packet meals over fire

 

My husband wanted to have corn on the cob, too.  He soaked the cobs, with the husks on, in a pan of water before placing over the fire. He turned them every couple of minutes for about 10 minutes. The time depends on how hot your coals are. So the time will vary each time.

 

corn on cob over fire

 

All of our packet meals turned out great! This one is mine. Yum!

 

cooked packet meal

 

The corn on the cob came out great, too!

 

corn on cob cooked over fire

 

We are looking forward to many more cook outs this year! The next time we do packet meals I want to use chicken.

 

Have you cooked out yet this year?

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Cook out! Packet Meals with hamburgers, potatoes, carrots, onions, green peppers

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Fish fillets & tater tots, green beans

Monday – chicken or turkey – Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, beets

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with venison meat sauce, peas

Wednesday – Taco Night- Venison tacos with all the fixin’s

Thursday – pork or beef – Skillet Sausage Pasta, salad

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions in the slowcooker

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner Recipe

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I love skillet dinners! They are so quick & easy to make. All the ones that I have tried taste great, too!

 

I was looking for a way to use leftover Easter ham so I came up with this recipe.

 

This recipe, like all my skillet dinner recipes, is made in a 12″ cast iron skillet.

 

Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner

 

 

Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner Recipe

 

1 pound bite size pasta (my family prefers farfalle – bow tie pasta)

3 cups water

2 cups heavy cream

3 cups diced ham

1 12 oz bag frozen peas (no need to defrost first)

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

salt & pepper to taste

4 oz cream cheese

 

Add everything to the skillet except the cream cheese.

 

Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner

 

Cover and bring to a boil. Stir and turn down to a simmer. Cook for 11-12 minutes until pasta is done.

 

Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner

 

Stir in cream cheese.

 

Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner

 

Serve with additional parmesan, if desired. I personally think you can’t have too much parmesan cheese!

 

Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner

 

I have served this Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner to my family twice now. Everyone loves it! Well, some of them don’t like the peas. lol You can leave the peas out if you prefer!

 

 

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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

I managed to fit in some real cooking last week! Real as in no convenience foods!

 

I made pan roasted asparagus. So good! I am really looking forward to cooking with the asparagus from our garden. Hope it hurries up & grows! lol

 

pan roasted asparagus

 

I made Skillet Sausage Pasta again last week. This is so easy, and so good! My family loves it. So do I!

 

Sausage pasta skillet dinner

 

After discovering that I could grind venison meat in the food processor last week, I have been experimenting with it. I made venison breakfast sausage. I used the same recipe that I use for homemade turkey sausage. It came out great! It passed the family taste test, and they want more!

 

Venison breakfast sausage

 

I also used some of the ground venison in spaghetti sauce. Again, it was good!

 

venison spaghetti sauce

 

We also had taco salads with some of the venison taco meat I had made and put in the freezer last week.

 

venison taco salad

 

My mother is out of the hospital now (she was there for almost 4 months), so I will have more time for cooking!

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Breakfast for dinnereggs, venison breakfast sausage, toast, orange juice

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Fish fillets & tater tots

Monday – chicken or turkey – Chicken strips, macaroni & cheese, baked beans, corn

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti, venison steaks, green beans

Wednesday – Taco Night- Venison tacos with all the fixin’s

Thursday – pork or beef – Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner, peas

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions in the slowcooker

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

I was actually quite busy in the kitchen over the last week.  One night last week, we had Venison Guisado for dinner, served on tortillas. It’s taco flavored meat with tomatoes and onions cooked with it. I made it in the slow cooker for the first time, and it came out great.

 

Venison Guisado

 

I was tired one might last week and didn’t feel like cooking what was on the menu. So I quickly made breakfast for supper. Eggs, turkey bacon, toast, and orange juice. The family didn’t mind that I cooked breakfast for dinner. They like it.

 

Breakfast for Dinner

 

We usually do a big dinner for Easter with guests. This Easter, though, with my mother in the hospital, I didn’t invite anyone over. We quickly ate our meal then went to the hospital.

 

I put some Easter candy out as the centerpiece of our dinner table. The kids started eating it before I could take a picture. And before dinner! lol My daughter said I served the best appetizers anywhere. Better than any restaurant. lol

 

Easter Candy

 

Dinner was a simple affair. Ham, mashed potatoes, asparagus, corn, and Resurrection rolls. I put a chocolate bunny on the plates of my three youngest kids. My daughter surprised me and put some chocolate candy on my plate! So sweet!

 

Easter Dinner

 

Easter Dinner

 

Easter Dinner

 

Did you see those Resurrection rolls? Those things are seriously dangerous! They are so good it is hard to stop eating them! They are a little tricky to make, but they are worth it! You dip a marshmallow in melted butter, then in cinnamon sugar, then seal it inside a crescent roll. So good!

 

I lightly cooked the fresh asparagus and it came out perfect.

 

Asparagus

 

My dinner plate. And yes, I had a second Resurrection roll! It’s a good thing I only make them once a year on Easter! lol

 

Easter Dinner Plate

 

My son brought an apple pie to contribute to dinner. We also had Strawberry Shortcake. That I didn’t get a picture of! I was to busy eating it! lol

 

Apple Pie

 

I have decided to make Strawberry Shortcake our official Easter dinner dessert. It’s perfect after a big meal, and it just says spring.

 

In the Kitchen with Linda

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

 

Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?

 

Saturday – quick & easy- Dinner out

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Easter Dinner- Ham, mashed potatoes, corn, asparagus, Resurrection Rolls, Apple Pie, Strawberry Shortcake

Monday – chicken or turkey – Chicken strips, oven roasted potatoes, green beans

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Ham Alfredo Pasta – made with leftover Easter ham

Wednesday – Taco Night- Venison taco salad

Thursday – pork or beef – Skillet Sausage Pasta, green beans

Friday venison  – Old Fashioned Venison Steaks with Pan Gravy, mashed potatoes, corn

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday