Conroe Saturday AM market

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Tomato and Green Peppers sauce

The Tomato and green Pepper ends were piling up in the fridge. Three - 1 quart containers were waiting to turn into something. I decided on the way home I would need to create something and throwing away the product was not an option.

In the fridge I located 2 cups of Turkey broth and 2 0z. of Baby Carrots. I chopped up the carrots and added them to boiling broth. Next I started chopping up Green pepper ends making sure none were on the verge of spoiling. With the Peppers returning to a boil it was time to start adding in chopped Tomato ends. This created more juice. With a third of the Tomato ends in the pot I had a brainstorm for thickening the sauce that I was creating.

I started filling my food processor with Tomato ends. And taking juice from the boiling pot, pouring it in with the tomatoes in the processor. Grinding up the other 2/3 of tomatoes and pouring it back into the simmering sauce. Now for the seasonings, Oregano, Meat first chicken base, Southwest sauce, and left over sweet Marinara sauce from the fridge. I now have 1 gallon of a Wife approved Tomato sauce that I will turn into various meals the rest of this week.

Also I saved back 2 cups of processed tomatoes, seasoned with chili and cumin so we have something to dip chips in for the Superbowl.Tim Tebow's team did not make it to the Superbowl so the Wife and I may only watch it for the halftime show.

 


 
 

Green Beans, Okra, Bakers, Braided Herbed Bread R Good Eats

Each item listed was featured in a dish when I returned home this afternoon from Conroe's Saturday am Market. Okra was my favorite vegetable to create with because the result was Chicken Sausage Gumbo;

I started by sauteing bulk Breakfast sausage, adding in chopped up pieces of Bell pepper and Tomato ends. Covered with water and meat first Chicken base. Brought to a boil and added in 1/2 inch Okra, Celery and cubed Chicken breast. Seasoned with ground Black pepper, and Gumbo File. When I retrieved a chunk of Chicken and it was cooked I shared my creation with the Wife.  The braided herbed bread was sliced, buttered and used for dipping into the Gumbo. This dish will probably be taken to family group bible study tomorrow night.

 

 

The other dish on the agenda tonight was Fresh Green beans cleaned and sauteed in maple Bacon with Turkey stock added after sauteing was done. The Bake potatoes were peeled 1/2 inch diced and boiled with Salt and Black pepper. All this was then tossed together for one of the Wife's favorite meals. You could hear the umm and ahh's along with other Lip smacking noises as she polished two bowls.. Mission Accomplished !!

 

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Turkey Pot Pie that was Sooo! Good

If you had to freeze any leftover Turkey over the holidays; bring it out now and thaw it out. And then do what I have done. From your local market, Farmer's or otherwise, buy Maple flavored bacon, Meat first Chicken base, Bake potatoes, Celery, Baby carrots, Baby spinach and and Onions.And for the crust we will use Filo dough.and Parmesan cheese 

Now start a pot of water(2qts) and 2 Tbsp. of chicken base. Dice up 2 lbs. unpeeled potatoes,and 1lb. Baby carrots. Bring this to a simmer and add in all the Celery top leaves shredded. In a saute pan fry up the maple bacon with diced Onion and Baby spinach. Add this to the poy of veggies and turn off the fire. Now take all your thawing Turkey remove from bone and seperate any sinew (most found in Legs). Chop up the Meat. My Turkey had been cooked with Fresh peeled Grapefruits and Lemons. This was also choped with the meat. Bring it all back to a boil. Add Fresh Thyme, sage and black pepper. thicken with Roux ( Heated Butter and Flour) or corn starch and water, or whatever method you use for thick gravies. Pull pot from fire.

Now the fun begins, Spray or oil the bottom and sides of a casserole dish. And begin covering the bottom and sides with 3 layers of Filo Dough. Brush butter or oil between layers.Bake in a 375 f oven for 30 min till Dough is golden brown. Pull from oven and pour cooling Filling into pan 1/4 inch from the top. Add Filo sheets one at a time brushing each layer with Parmesan cheese and melted butter. when you are finished assembling ( approx. 6 more sheets ) top the final Filo dough sheet with extra Parmesan Cheese 

Understand that if you want the family to explain that this is sooo! good Be sure to use the Filo dough and Parmesan Cheese. And recall all the happy holiday memories.

 
 

The fridge had to be cleaned

Yes, it was fridge cleaning day. Spilled sauces, leaky fruit, jigggled drinks. It was time. All drawers and shelves were removed and warm soapy water went into action. With all this happening it meant tonight was another fridge clean-out  meal.

Rice from Saturday was combined with  Thursday's Polish sausage. Fresh Baby spinach from Sunday was placed in the bottom of the casserole dish. Then came the rice and sausage. SamM salsa from Saturday was placed on top. Sweet tea from Sunday was poured in and all of this was placed in a 300 F. oven. When the Wife called to say she was on her way home, the oven was cranked up to 425 F. the casserole was topped off with  Wednesday's Parmesan cheese. And Thursday's Apple Strudel bread with Brown sugar and Blue agave was toasted in the oven.

"Oh Boy the house smells great" , she said as she walked in the door. "And you made the great Bread again" " Of the 5 pieces how many can I have ?" I said nothing and gave her three. It was good to have her home excited about the dinner I created from last weekend's left overs. From a now sparkling fridge.

 

 

 
 

The last of the Champagne BBQ was served tonight

The last of the Champagne BBQ sauce was used tonight. And quite the mouth watering meal. I brought the Fresh Green beans to the living room to prep and the Wife took over. That left me with handling other important details of the meal.

I started with Large bake potatoes oiled in a 420 F oven; turning over one time after 30 min. of baking. The Chicken breasts that had been marinating for two days were placed in the oven.The maple flavored bacon was diced up small and placed in a hot pan, half of a diced white onion was added. When the Wife said the beans were ready, in they went. And the cooked juices from the half cooked Chicken breast were then added. Meat first Chicken base was added to taste. And the half cooked Chicken Breasts were sliced thin and returned to the 420 F oven.

The Baked potatoes were the critical part of this meal. The Chicken slices were pulled from the oven to rest, The Green Beans were left on the stove top sitting in the bacon and Chicken stock. When the Potatoes were soft to the touch we were ready. All this took 90 minutes and what an awesome meal it turned out to be.

 

 
 

An aspiring new Baker comes to Market

A talented young aspiring Baker found her way to Conroe's Farmer's market today. Ready to make her mark, in her corner of the world. Gluten free breads. Brownies, Muffins, and cookies. I was sold on the large loaves of bread and Peanut butter cookies. 

Peas Farm produce was offering several varites of Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Winter squash. Cassava root was also available and I understand it is tricky to prepare. 

Good Eats 2 Go  was ready with Hot Chocolate , Baked potato soup, Sausage, and Chicken Salad sandwiches.

 A great day for eating and enjoying the outdoors in downtown Conroe TX.

When I returned home the Wife and i broke into our White loaf of bread. And what a pleasant surprise. Bologna was readily available, Mayonaise on the bread first, Baby spinach leaves then SamM Salsa (Diced tomato,White onions, & Apple cider vinegar). Bologna was last. After I realized how wonderful the bread was I decided not to use any more processed Bologna. And I made 2 more sandwiches during the course of the evening with the veggies only. Sharing this experience with you causes the juices to flow and I may make another veggie sandwich before retiring tonight. 

 

 

 

 
 

Fancy Dinner and a dose of Suze Orman

The Wife taped America's Money Class w/ Suze Orman As I was finishing an exciting meal of Chicken Teriyaki, class was in session. Where ever we are in life most of us can learn how to better manage our self esteem. Suze does not want our money problems to define who we are and be honest with everyone. Especially those closest to us.

This dinner cost me next to nothing. I am allowed to bring home a 6" inch sandwich or salad from work each day. So here is what I did to make an affordable exciting meal for the Wife and I tonight. It started last night when I brought home Sweet Tea, BBQ Lays chips and a Baby spinach salad with a handful of sliced Red onions, sliced Tomatoes, Green bell peppers, 5 oz. of marinated, cooked Teriyaki Chicken, 2 oz. of Teriyaki marinade and Sweet onion sauce. Tonight I repeated every thing switching out the sauces for Grated Parmesan. On the way home at the grocery store I bought a Fresh Pineapple and Grandpa's Apple Strudel bread. Baby carrots were waiting at home in the fridge.

Now for the assembly: First pre-heat the oven to 350 F. Start cooking the rice in boiling Sweet Tea. Slice the Apple strudel bread, lay in a baking dish top with brown sugar and place orange sections on each slice. Finish with Tablespoon of soft margarine and place in oven.

Heat oil in the saute pan. Place two quartered, peeled pineapple rings in the hot oil and brown. Add the sliced Red Onions, Bell peppers, and sliced Baby carrots. Mix in Baby spinach, Diced tomato, Chicken and Teryaki marinade.Crush the BBQ Lays and add in. Place in the oven.

When the rice is satisfactory it is time to plate up. Rice in the bottom of a bowl with grated Parmesan . Chicken and vegetables next and top off the dinner with the heated Apple Strudel Bread. The Modified bread slices received rave reviews from the Wife.

And the only costs I incurred in all this was 6 baby carrots, 1/2 a loaf of Apple strudel bread, Two slices of fresh Pineapple, 8 oz. rice. 4 Tbsp. Brown sugar and margarine. And one sectioned Orange. Fancy dinner on a Budget while listening to Suze Orman's Money Class.


 
 

Holidays are over Market opening this Saturday !!

It has been an exciting 2 weeks in Southeast Texas at our house. Blog entries have been sporadic due to Market being closed and unexpected family in for the holidays.I did post once near Christmas when I made a special breakfast for our long lost Son. He has returned to college to practice for the 2012 Olympic Trials and The Wife and I are getting back to our routines.

Dinner tonight was a combination of several Holiday dinners. I had taken the Ham bone from Christmas dinner and browned it off. Added water and fresh tomatoes and cooked Black Eye Peas for the New Year. I also had diced ham and rice in cheese sauce from another after Christmas dinner. Freshly cooked tonight; was Chicken Thighs in Ranch dressing. All of these elements were combined together for one last hurrah as I anxiously await the opening of the Conroe Farmer's market on Saturday.

Other additions to tonight's dinner that The Wife enjoyed were Orange sections in Chocolate sauce and cubed Herbed French bread to sop up the juices.

 
 
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