Monday, January 29, 2018

Lamb Shoulder Chops With Garlic, Rosemary, and Butter

We love lamb at our house and I'm always coming up with new ways to make these delicious shoulder chops.

Normally I broil the lamb chops but in this recipe I pan fried them. I must say they were excellent.


  • 5 lamb shoulder chops
  • canola or vegetable oil
  • 2-3 Tbs of unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 Tbs of dried rosemary 
  • salt to taste


  1. In a small bowl combine and mix the butter, garlic, rosemary, and salt
  2. Evenly spread the mixture over the lamb chops
  3. In a large skillet or electric frying coat the pan with oil (I had my electric frying pan set to 350)
  4. Place the chops buttered side up into the pan and cook for ten minutes
  5. Flip the chops over and continue to cook until for another ten minutes or until desired doneness
  6. Serve and ENJOY!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Oven Ready Noodles Lasagna Recipe

When it comes to lasagna at our house my family always enjoys homemade over store bought or restaurant food. With the following recipe you can opt to change up the meat or make it without meat. Cottage cheese can be used instead of ricotta cheese.


  • 1 pound of lean ground beef fried and drained
  • 1 tbs of canola oil
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves sliced very thin
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. of Italian seasoning
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 container of Ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 of a cup of Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound of Mozzarella cheese
  • oven ready lasagna noodles
  • cooking oil spray

  1. Early in the day I make my lasagna sauce starting by frying and draining the lean ground beef.
  2. Next saute the chopped onions and sliced garlic cloves in a tablespoon of canola oil.
  3. In a large saucepan add the ground beef, onions, garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and fresh ground pepper.
  4. Bring all of the above to a boil then turn your heat down and simmer for about half an hour. 
  5. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  6. Grate the Mozzarella cheese and set aside.
  7. In a medium size bowl combine the Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt to taste, and 2 eggs. Mix well.  
  8. Spray your lasagna pan with cooking oil.
  9. In the bottom of the pan add 1 1/2 cups of sauce spreading it evenly.
  10. Lay 3 - 4 lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
  11. Spread 1/3 of the Ricotta cheese  over the noodles.
  12. Next add more sauce followed by 1/3rd of the Mozzarella cheese.
  13. Continue to layer the noodles, sauce cheese mixture, and Mozzarella cheese 2 more times.
  14. Place in the oven for 35 - 45 minutes.
  15. Remove from the oven and let your lasagna sit for about 5 minutes.
  16. Slice, serve, and ENJOY!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Honey Garlic Noodles With Shrimp

While in the grocery store this past week I found a recipe on the back of a Knorr Sidekicks package that I wanted to share with you. It is not only an easy dish to prepare but also delicious.

Served with vegetable spring rolls


  • 2 packages of Knorr Sidekicks Honey Garlic Noodles prepared according to pkg. directions
  • 1 - 2 pounds of medium sized raw shrimp peeled \
  • 2 Tbsp. of soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. of canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp. of lime juice


  1. Once your shrimp is peeled, place in a bowl and toss with soy sauce
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan on medium high heat
  3. Add the shrimp to the frying pan and cook approximately 3 minutes or until shrimp is pink
  4. Add the honey garlic noodles to the pan and stir
  5. Next pour your beaten eggs over the entire mixture
  6. Turn your heat down to low
  7. Cover the frying pan with a lid until the eggs are firm
  8. Add the lime juice and stir
  9. Serve and ENJOY!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pampered Chef Baking Stone Review

One of the best purchases I've ever made was the Pampered Chef Pizza Stone. I had been invited to a Pampered Chef home party back in 1998 I believe, if memory serves me correctly. After listening to and watching demonstrations on various products I knew I had to have this rectangular stone.
Mine has lasted for years and is still going strong. At the time I felt a little guilty for spending money, as we were about to buy our first home. I think my husband thought I'd lost my marbles when my stone arrived, by the look on his face. It's funny now when I think back to that time years ago as he uses the stone just as much as I do.
Not only for Pizza.
When I make prepackaged frozen fish I always grab the stone. The reason being is that I can pop it into the oven for the required bake time and not worry about having to flip or turn the fish over at the half way point. I discovered this one time when I'd forgotten to turn the fish over.
The stone is great for heating and cooking appetizers and h'orderves.
We love nachos at our house and quite often if we're making a small batch for two us the stone is perfect.
Breads baked on the stone give the bread a nice crisp crust.
Easy to Clean
Once the stone has cooled off simply run it under hot water and wipe clean. The stone I bought came with a little square scraper which works great for getting off any baked on food such as cheese.

My well used Pampered Chef Heritage Pizza Stone
© 2013 Susan Zutautas

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Grilling on a George Foreman Grill

By Len Rizzi 
I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes. Does that song get your mouth watering for a big juicy hamburger? For me every time I hear this Jimmy Buffet song I long to run out to Burger King, Wendy’s or McDonalds. But then I think no it is just not the healthy choice.

The Healthier Choice

Hamburgers fried or barbecued are good, but lately the best way I like them cooked is Foremanized. You may be wondering what the heck foremanized is. Cooking on a George Foreman Grill of course. With this method of cooking I get to eat a hamburger, do not have to worry as much about the fat content, therefore feeling less guilty about eating a burger, and I can see all that grease escape and collect in the handy dandy grease catchers under the grill.

Best Things About Using This Grill

  • The taste is great.
  • Food cooks faster than in the frying pan or on the barbecue.
  • I can use it all year round right on the kitchen counter.
  • No more treading through the snow in the winter to brush off the barbecue.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 18 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Not Just For Hamburgers

I use my George Foreman grill quite a bit for other foods as well. Steaks, pork chops, lamb chops, shrimp and vegetables. The list is endless to what you can make on these grills.
One of my favorite things to cook on this grill would be vegetables.
Grilled Vegetables Ingredients
  • 1 large onion sliced thick
  • 1 large green pepper cut in chunks
  • 1 large red pepper cut in chunks
  • 6 mushrooms sliced thick
  • 1 zucchini sliced thick
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Slap Ya Mama or any type of seasoning you prefer


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl making sure everything is covered with the oil.
  2. Heat your grill, then place contents of the bowl on the grill and close and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
I use my grill so often that I have taped on the inside of one of my kitchen cabinet door a chart, like the one shown here. One day while my step-sister was visiting she saw the chart taped there and said to me "Who's George, is that the person you bought the house from". My reply was no just me being organised, it's for my George Foreman grill.

Cooking Chart

Burgers 3/4" Thick
4 ounces
8 minutes
Burgers 1" Thick
8 ounces
10 minutes
Frozen Burgers 3/4" Thick
4 ounces
12 minutes
Frozen Burgers 1" Thick`
8 ounces
15 minutes
Chicken Breast
9 minutes
Chicken Breast
With Bone
23 minutes
Frozen Chicken Breast
13 minutes
Sausages 1/2" Thick
7 minutes
400 DegreesF
Fahita Beef
Sliced Thin
2 minutes
T-Bone Steak 3/4" Thick
12 ounces
4 - 5 minutes
You can find many of these charts online or in the booklet that comes with the grill

Potato Peel Antitoxins Health Benefits

The Healthy Side

Many people do not realize the health values of potato peels. There are many vitamins nutrients, fiber and antitoxins in the skin that people tend to peel and throw away. Eating the peel can help with the protection against cancer and heart disease.
Vitamins in the peel
Vitamins and minerals that are in potatoes as well as potato skins are vitamin C and B6, potassium, manganese and copper. When leaving the skin on the potato when cooking it you are keeping the nutrients in the potato itself.

Save Time

When I prepare mashed potatoes I always scrub the potatoes really well and very rarely do I ever peel them. A great benefit of doing this other than the healthy aspect of it is that you save so much time. The peel mashes up just as well as the actual potato. When adding to soups and stews I chop them up just like any other vegetable leaving the peels on.
Healthy Fries
There are so many ways in which you can prepare potatoes to enjoy them and reap the healthy benefits. French fries and baked potatoes loaded with butter and sour cream do not fall under the healthy way in which to eat this vegetable. Whenever I crave French fries I use the following recipe.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Five people

Ingredients For Oven Fries

  • 4 Large potatoes (do not peel)
  • 8 cups ice water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper (optional)
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Scrub potatoes and cut into ½” strips. Place the strips into a large bowl with your ice water, cover, and chill for about an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 475 F Remove the strips and dry well with paper towels.
  3. Put all the spices into a plastic bag and shake to mix. Put potato strips into a bowl and coat with oil. Add the potatoes to the plastic bag with the spices and shake to make sure that the strips are well coated.
  4. Place on a non-stick shallow pan and cover with foil and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove foil and turn strips over, then continue to bake for another 15 – 20 minutes.

© 2010 Susan Zutautas

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gourmet Garlic Grater Review

Anyone that uses garlic will absolutely love this Garlic Grater Gourmet Tool. It not only peels your garlic with such little effort but it also grates and purees the garlic into a smooth paste. Spread the grated garlic right onto bread to make delicious garlic bread. This three-piece tool is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe.
Set consists of one ceramic 5 1/4" round plate, silicone garlic peeler and a kitchen brush.

Other Useful Uses
  • Grate ginger the same way in which you used this tool for the garlic.
  • Have this tool sitting right on your table to grate Parmesan cheese onto a salad or your favorite pasta dish.
  • Next time you need lemon or orange zest get out your Grate Gourmet tool.
  • Chocolate nuts and hard spices are very easily grated.
  • Drizzle a freshly grated strawberry over some ice cream.
  • Add fresh grated nutmeg right into eggnog.
  • If you are making soups and stews or any sauces, marinades or dips that require garlic or ginger and you want that wonderful flavor to stand out in the dish try grate your ginger or garlic and brush right into the pot.
  • Just think how wonderful your next steak will taste using grated fresh garlic.
  • Add grated garlic right into mashed potatoes.
  • Make fresh salad dressing and add fresh garlic, ginger.

How to simply peel garlic cloves

Put the garlic clove in the silicone cylinder and press down on the peeler while rolling along your counter. The peel will quite easily be removed.
Holding the root end of the garlic grate along the plate. Once grated take the brush and brush off the plate.
Use the same method for grating ginger, chocolate, lemon peel, strawberries, nuts, hard cheeses and more.
Here I've grated one large garlic clove to be used in a recipe I'm making.