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

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

It was another busy week here. When is it NOT busy?! Apparently, busy is our new norm. I don’t like that, though. It will get better when my mother is discharged from the hospital. I think!

 

Anyway, we had a mix of homemade and convenience foods this week. My daughter and I tag teamed on Sausage Pasta Skillet one night. This is a family favorite.

 

skillet sausage skillet

 

Another night, we had frozen lasagna and garlic bread knots from the bread department. I much prefer homemade lasagna, but it is time consuming. With all the bad food in the freezer section these days, lasagna is not a bad choice.

 

lasagna

 

One day while I was out, my daughter called and asked me to pick up brownie mix and ice cream on the way home.  So I did. Even though I prefer homemade brownies.

 

brownies

 

We had the brownies with ice cream for a snack that night. My daughter had 2 friends over, so it was a big hit with family and friends.

 

ice cream brownie

 

This week, I have all homemade meals on the menu (Monday thru Friday). Except for the meatballs. They are from the freezer section.

 

I guess time will tell if I can actually pull it off! 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- Pizza

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Sandwiches for lunch, get your own for supper – I had salad and a chicken strip

Monday – chicken or turkey – Lemon Pepper Chicken, rice, broccoli

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti & meatballs, peas, salad

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

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

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

I was able to fit in a little more cooking last week. And I even tried a new recipe! That I forgot to take a picture of! That annoys me. I am often so immersed in eating dinner with my family that I forget to take pictures. That’s a win for the family. I just wish I would remember to take a picture before we start eating.

 

I did remember to take pictures of the venison roast I made in the slow cooker.

Venison Roast

 

Believe it or not, I had some left over. So the next night, I cut up the meat, put it back in the gravy, and served it over mashed potatoes. There were some carrots left, so I served them with gravy, too. I served it with corn, too. Serving leftovers over mashed potatoes, or some kind of pasta or rice, is an easy way to stretch leftovers into another meal.

 

And my family will pretty much eat any thing served over mashed potatoes. lol

 

Venison Gravy mashed potatoes

 

I went to a college open house with my daughter and we stopped for cake afterwards. She ordered plain cheesecake. I ordered this 7 layer chocolate cake. It was huge! I, a admitted chocoholic, could not finish it! The slice was at least 4 inches wide. Huge! But oh, so good!

 

chocolate cake cheesecake

 

I have another new recipe on the menu this week. A pan fried venison steak with pan gravy from a venison cookbook that I have. I think the family will like it. If not, it’s a good thing I’m serving it with mashed potatoes! 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- Dinner out

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Fish fillets with homemade tartar sauce, french fries, sugar snap peas

Monday – chicken or turkey – Chicken strips, macaroni & cheese, stir fry vegetables

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti & meatballs, peas, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- Venison roast with potatoes, onions, carrots

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

 

 

In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

We still had easy meals last week, but I added some new meals to the menu.

 

While at the hospital at found some easy recipes to try. Since we stopped at the store and did our weekly shopping on the way home, I tried one recipe that very night. Veggie Mac & Cheese. It uses boxed mac and cheese, and frozen vegetables. I deviated a little from the recipe, since some of the kids didn’t want the veggies mixed in the mac & cheese. Instead of cooking the veggies in with the macaroni, I cooked them separately. Those that wanted them mixed in, did it themselves.

 

Fish Filet, Veggie Mac & Cheese

 

It was very good. Even though I’m not a fan of boxed mac & cheese. Easy to make, and was nice with the fish fillets. Some of the kids had chicken, since they don’t like fish. I have a feeling, though, that some of the kids will be asking for boxed mac & cheese all the time now.

 

One of my families favorite meals is homemade meatball subs.  Last week, we had semi-homemade meatball subs. I bought frozen meatballs, jarred sauce, and sub rolls from the deli. They are seriously easy. Dump the meatballs and sauce in a pan. Heat until meatballs are hot. Serve on bread with cheese. We used provolone and parmesan. Because 2 cheeses is better than 1! lol

 

Homemade Meatball Sub

 

I have another new, easy recipe on the menu this week. Orange Pepper Steak. Hope the family likes it!

 

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- Fish Filets with homemade tartar sauce, Veggie Mac & Cheese

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Homemade Meatball Subs, we had some leftover from the other night

Monday – chicken or turkey – Chicken strips, tater tots, green beans

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – pizza, carrots & celery

Wednesday – Taco Night- Venison roast with potatoes, onions, carrots

Thursday – pork or beef – leftovers

Friday venison  – Orange Pepper Venison Steak, oven roasted potatoes, broccoli

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday