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Baked Chuck Roast

Just before going into the oven
All done!!!  YUMMY!

What you’ll need:

4lb. Chuck Roast

One Red Onion – Cut into rings

1.5 cups of flour

1 tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Gallon size zip loc baggie

Can of Swanson Beef Broth

6 Red potatoes washed and cut in half

4 cups of baby carrots

What to do!
Preheat to 250 degrees.  I’m using a large black roaster pan with lid (same one I did the ribs in) and an oven baking bag.
Line the bottom of the pan with onion rings.  Mix flour, Old Bay Seasoning and pepper in zip loc bag.  Coat chuck roast with mixture and place on top of onion rings.  Surround roast with potato halves, carrots and top with left over onion rings.  Pour can of beef broth around the roast, on top of the veggies, so it goes to the bottom of the pan.  Cut slits in the four corners of the oven bag down to just above the rim of the pan so it will lay flat over the edges.  Cover and bake 5hrs.  There will be plenty of liquid to make gravy with if you’d like 🙂

Marinated Shrimp – Round 2 – Another AWESOME recipe!

What you’ll need:

2 pounds uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1 cup dry white wine
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

What to do:

In a bowl, combine the shrimp, oil, garlic, rosemary, oregano and bay
leaves. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
Pour shrimp and marinade into a large deep skillet. Add wine or
broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for
10-15 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally.
Discard bay leaves. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a serving dish.
**  Tip **  Put a stoneware serving dish in the oven at 350 for about a half hour and serve the shrimp in that… Not only does it sizzle, but it keeps them warm too!

Baked Crab Dip in Bread Bowl

What you’ll need:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
2 cans (6 ounces each) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
2 cans (6 ounces each) shrimp, drained
1/2 can of black olives, chopped
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
Ground red pepper to taste
2 round loaves (1 pound each) unsliced white, sourdough or Italian bread
Additional sliced green onions, optional (We used more onions than just the 4.. I liked that better)
Assorted crackers (I used Triscuits)


* In a bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream; mix well. Fold in crab, shrimp, cheese, olives, red pepper and onions. Cut the top third off each loaf of bread; carefully hollow out bottoms, leaving 1-in. shells.  Spoon crab mixture into bread bowls. Place on baking sheets.
* Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until the dip is heated through. Garnish with green onions if desired. Serve with crackers.

Tip: The bread can be filled earlier and refrigerated until 1-1/2 hours before serving. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Fall off the bone ribs…

These are absolutely awesome…. You’ll impress when you serve these ribs for supper…

What you’ll need:

One rack of baby back pork loin ribs

Old Bay’s Seasoning
2 cups of water

One bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce

Liquid Smoke

2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

2/3 cup of brown sugar

With a serrated knife, score the backside of each rib by running the knife down the rib in a diagonal pattern cutting and separating the membrane on the backside of the bone. Score from end-to-end, the long way several times as well. NOTE: Be careful when scoring the ribs as to not cut too deeply causing the ribs to break apart when cooking.

In a deep baking pan (I used a black roasting pan with lid), add water and some type of liquid smoke. Mix well. Use a shaker and thoroughly coat each rib with seasoning until thoroughly coated. It may be necessary to rub seasoning onto bare spots only. Place ribs in the pan – alternating – bone side / meat side / bone side … with bone side against the pan. Cover. The pan must be tightly sealed to maintain the moisture of the ribs. Place pans in 225 degree F oven and bake slowly until done, approximately six to eight hours. Ribs are fully cooked when the bone in the center pulls freely from the meat. At this point, remove from the oven. Drain pan of liquid.

Combine BBQ sauce, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in medium-sized bowl. Heat grill to medium-high heat and place 2-3 ribs sections on at a time, lathering completely with BBQ sauce mixture.

Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until it gets that good BBQ flavor and BBQ sauce gets cooked onto the meat.  I used a grill brush and lathered them as well while they were on the grill.

Place finished ribs on upper rack of grill to keep warm and to keep getting that smoky flavor while you are grilling the other ribs. Serve hot with remaining BBQ sauce.

You can increase the ingredients based on the number of slabs of ribs you plan on cooking.


Incredible Shrimp Marinade

What you’ll need:

Thawed, uncooked shrimp
Extra virgin olive oil
Old Bay Seasoning
Garlic Powder (or minced fresh garlic)
Jerk Seasoning (optional if you like it spicy)

Combine and let marinade… I like to put the shrimp then on skewers and grill.. you can cook them however you’d like.  These critters are incredible!

Chicken Pasta Primavera with Portabello Mushrooms

What you’ll need:

1 whole boneless chicken breast (two boobs as I tell the folks at the meat counter)  😉

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 cup of sliced portabello mushrooms


Old Bay’s Seasoning

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 pkg of angel hair pasta

1 pkg of frozen mixed veggies (I’m using broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)

4 tbs. shredded parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

What do do……
Sprinkle thawed chicken breast with Old Bay’s Seasoning.  Grill.  Cut up into cubes and set aside.  Cook sliced mushrooms in butter on stove until tender.  In a 3.5 quart sauce pan, combine soup, cheese, milk, mushrooms (with butter drippings), garlic and vegetables over medium heat and bring to a boil… stirring occasionally, cover mix and simmer on  low for about 10 minutes or until veggies are tender-crisp.  Stir in chicken cubes and cook until mixture is again hot and bubbling… Serve over drained, unsalted angel hair pasta 🙂  Enjoy!!

Easy, Yummy Chili :-)

What you’ll need:

1lb of ground beef
1 can of Mrs. Grimes Chili Beans
1 can of chopped tomatoes
Tomato Juice
Chili Powder – If you want to spice it up 🙂

Brown 1lb of hamburger and drain off. Cut up some onion and peppers if you like… Throw in pot with hamburger, one can of chopped tomatoes, one can of Mrs Grimes Chili Beans, chili powder to your taste and some tomato juice… Simmer until onions and peppers are soft…. Serve with sour cream and Fritos.. Mmmm nummy!

Easy Meatballs

I learned this one from a friend of mine 🙂  Super, duper easy and yummy, too!
Here’s what you’ll need:

One package of frozen meatballs

Can of cream of mushroom soup

Small container of sour cream

Mix together in bowl, throw in crockpot until heated through… Seriously, that’s it!  If you like them a bit soupier, another can of cream of mushroom wouldn’t hurt.  I brought these to a Super Bowl party and they went over great 🙂

Baked Alfredo with Hamburger

Another easy does it….  also another recipe that started at Vi’s house (the kids’ daycare provider)  I modified it into a bake to dress it up a bit.  You can save some time and  skip the bake it step, but that’s what makes it taste ohhhh so good 🙂

What you’ll need…..

1 pound of ground beef (I prefer the 93% lean because there’s less to drain off)

Angel hair or spaghetti

Jar of alfredo sauce – I like Bertolli Mushroom Alfredo with Portobello Mushrooms 🙂


Fresh graded or Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Ok here goes…  Heat oven to 350.  Brown the ground beef and drain off…. Then boil water and start your noodles.. Use as much as you think you might need to feed your family.  Lol, if you’re like me, you’ll have enough to feed the neighbors too 🙂  Add salt to the noodles while they cook if you like.

While those are cooking, pour your alfredo sauce into a sauce pan and heat on low/medium.  It will boil quickly and need plenty of stirring so keep and eye on it.  If you like, saute’ some mushrooms, onions or peppers in butter and add to the sauce …MMmmmmmmm

When the noodles are done, drain off the water and add in the alfredo sauce.  Mix the noodles, ground beef and sauce together thoroughly.  Use a splash of milk in the alfredo jar and swish it around getting all the alfredo from the sides of the jar.. Add to the mixture. 

Put the mixture into an oven safe baking dish with lid… Spread parmesan cheese over the top and cover.  Place in oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.  You’re done!!

There are so many other things you can add to this to spice it up.  To keep it from drying out, make sure you use the milk.  To really go all out a bit of butter is good too.  Oh and you can’t ever have enough cheese… Mixing in different kinds of cheeses adds something different too.  Hope you enjoy!