Friday, June 22, 2018

Grilled Zucchini with Montreal Steak Seasoning

I haven't put this on the blog because I figured everyone has tried it... But then I thought, what if someone hasn't tried it? So here's my super simple, extra quick side dish, Grilled Zucchini (and/or Summer Squash) with Montreal Steak Seasoning. The key to this is to start with a screaming hot grill pan or wok. I like to leave mine on the grill as it heats up. The second tip is don't add the seasoning and let it sit on the veggies too long, it will start drawing out water and they can get kinda mushy, I like to aim for crisp tender zucchini. And the last tip, once you think you've added enough seasoning, go ahead and give it one more shake:@)

Ready for the grill and looking good enough to eat:@)

And here's a pic of my favorite grill pan/wok. I found it at Marshall's/TJ Maxx many years ago. 
It's stainless steel and the round shape cleans up easily with a metal scrubbing pad (I like the copper colored ones at Dollar Tree 3 for $1).

Grilled Zucchini with Montreal Steak Seasoning
Zucchini and/or Summer Squash cut in half lengthwise then into 1/2" slices
Onion, large chop-as much as you'd like
Olive oil
Montreal Steak Seasoning
  1. Place veggies in bowl, a few minutes before grilling toss with liberal sprinkle of olive oil and then shake on a generous amount of seasoning.
  2. Add to hot grill pan/wok and close grill lid, cook over medium/hot about 3 minutes, stir/turn and cook for about 3 more minutes uncovered.
Let's fire up the grill, give zucchini some lovin', and have a happy weekend:@)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pumpernickel Bread -Bread Machine Recipe

If you like hearty breads folks, this Pumpernickel Bread made in a bread machine will not disappoint! I have to say it rose well, had a beautiful smooth top, a very robust taste and we were all very pleasantly surprised. Another nice bonus, this makes really, ~really~ good toast too. This recipe gets my 'darn good' label and will be in our dinner rotation often! One of the best things about a bread machine... It doesn't heat up the kitchen in the summer:@)
Can this be made without the vital wheat gluten? Probably, but I haven't tried it. 
I found a jar on clearance at Walmart and stuck it in the freezer so I'd have it for just this sort of recipe.
My recipe is for a one pound loaf, you can click the link for larger loaves of bread.

My favorite bread machine:


Pumpernickle Bread-from Bread Machine Recipes
~printable recipe~
3/4 C warm water
1 Tblsp vegetable oil
1/4 C molasses
2 Tblsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp caraway seeds, optional-I added them
1 tsp salt
1 C A/P flour
1/2 C + 2 Tblsp rye flour
1/2 C + 2 Tblsp whole wheat flour
1 Tblsp vital wheat gluten
1 tsp yeast
~Add everything to bread pan, select basic cycle/soft loaf and let 'er rip.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)


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Monday, June 18, 2018

88¢ Grilled Frozen Cauliflower with Curry Powder, Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Lime Juice

On today's episode of Frugal Living-Squeeze that penny til it squeals...
Here's the deal folks, I love cauliflower... But I don't love $3+ per head. On a whim I checked the frozen foods isle of Walmart and found a 12 oz bag for 88¢ -whhaaat??? Needless to say, I brought some home and have a couple ideas for it. First up, Grilled Frozen Cauliflower with Curry Powder, Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Lime Juice. It cooks from frozen to plate in 15 minutes and is truly a little different than our normal grilled side dishes. I also like the hearty bite, and look at that great color and yummy char!

Grilled Frozen Cauliflower with Curry Powder, Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Lime Juice
12 oz bag frozen cauliflower
drizzle of olive oil
1 tsp curry powder, divided
1 tsp Lawry's Original Seasoned Salt, divided
juice of half of a lime
  1. Light grill on high, place grill wok/pan on grates while grill heats up.
  2. Pour frozen cauliflower into bowl and drizzle with olive oil, toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp curry powder and 1/2 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt, toss well.
  4. Sprinkle with last 1/2 tsp curry powder and 1/2 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt, toss well.
  5. Grill frozen cauliflower over high heat for 15 minutes, stirring/turning half way through.
  6. Remove from heat, squeeze lime juice over cauliflower, toss and serve.
Eat well, economically, and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday Snippets -Junkin' Battery Operated Cookie Press, Pool Noodle Cushions and Sunny Days

I was so glad we stopped by the thrift store this morning! This Hamilton Beach Super Shooter Battery Operated Cookie Press has been on my wish list for a long time. While my fingers were crossed it would still work with the batteries (and yep, it does:@) I figured I could always push the dough out manually if need be. One of the things I really like about this press is, the cookies are a little bigger than standard spritz, the discs are 2 1/4" across.

 Another reason I wanted this set...
I ~love~ that little car disc!
Big plans for that later this year... Stay tuned:@)

I have a metal yard swing under my carport and it's my favorite shady seat during nice weather. I purposely keep it as simple and understated as possible, easy to hose off and the only upkeep is to paint it every five years or so. (As well as the cinder blocks behind it I'm scraping now...) I've been kicking around the idea of cutting a Dollar Tree Foam Pool Noodle to size, adding a slit long ways and sliding it over the arm and head rests. Such a small change but it really feels nice! Gonna keep my eyes open for white noodles...

Now, I'm not saying this is going to be featured in Better Homes and Gardens, but then, 
that's not what Pig In Mud is about... 
We're all about a cheap, easy 5 minute project and a comfortable seat!

It's a gorgeous weekend here in Philly!
Nasturtiums begging to be added to a beautiful salad...
Gonna fire up the grill and futz around the yard:@)

I hope it's nice where you are too!
Have a happy day:@)

Friday, June 15, 2018

*Houston*... We have zucchini!

My planters are starting to grow and the first zucchini are getting big! Sounds like Shish-Ka-Bob season is about to start:@)
Goldbar Squash, aka Yellow Zucchini
From Specialty Produce: Gold Bar squash is a long, slim summer squash aptly named for its bright, golden yellow skin. Its exterior is shiny and smooth, oftentimes with subtle pale yellow striping running the length of the squash. The ends of the squash are capped with bright green at both its blossom end and stem. Its interior flesh is creamy white with a firm yet succulent texture and moist seed cavity. Its thin skin is tender and need not be removed prior to consumption particularly since most of the squash's nutrients are located in it. Its flavor is nutty, grassy and subtly sweet both when raw and when cooked. 

Happy Weekend Everyone:@)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fried Battered Zucchini Using Bisquick Type Baking Mix

Oh, this was naughty folks:@) It's very rare that I deep fry something and this Fried Battered Zucchini was a nice little treat! The baking mix batter makes a soft puffy breading surrounding tender, yet still has some bite, zucchini sticks. I enjoyed them as is, any ideas what might be a good dipping sauce? Ranch maybe? Que the ominous music... Much like shark week during the summer, zucchini season is coming! Let's start saving recipes to use it up.

Half of the recipe is more than enough for one large 10"-ish zucchini. 

 In my world this counts as eating my vegetables...
Please just humor me:@)

Fried Battered Zucchini-adapted from jiffymix.com
~printable version~
Zucchini cut into approx 3" long sticks about 1/2" thick
Batter:
1 C baking mix-either Jiffy or Bisquick type mix-I used the Aldi brand
1 egg
1/4 C plus 1 Tblsp milk-I used Half and Half
1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning or your favorite seasoned salt
oil for frying
salt
  1. Add baking mix, egg, milk and seasoning to bowl. Mix well.
  2. Dip zucchini in batter, allow excess to drip off, and fry at approximately 375 degrees until nicely browned. Turning occasionally as needed.
  3. Remove from fryer to paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy.
Eat well and have a happy day:@) 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sour Cream Spritz Cookies

I saw this old hand written recipe for Sour Cream Spritz Cookies on Pinterest and just had to try it. What makes these cookies a little different, besides the sour cream, is that the only spice called for is nutmeg. If you want them to be a bit more summery, you could sub lemon zest for the nutmeg. But I do have to say, and my crew agrees, the nutmeg is very good! Some red, white and blue sprinkles or stars would be perfect for the 4th of July. Yep... Spritz aren't just for Christmas any more folks:@)

This dough might feel a little thick and dense, if it does, add a little more sour cream, just until it feels like play dough.

I used this fun disc from a set I found on Ebay:




Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day:@)

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