Cooking with Misstakenid: Quick Red Beans and Rice

I have been making my quick red beans and rice as a staple over the past couple of weeks so I decided to share with you. First let me say that this can be made with white or brown rice.  Also if you don’t like any of the ingredients you can make it without them, just use your seasoning to make it taste the way you want it to.

What you need(quick recipe):

1 can red beans

Rice or Brown Rice (your choice)

Onions (I use a sweet onion)

Turkey sausage/turkey bacon (can be made without meat or with pork products)

Butter

Salt

Pepper

Cajun Seasoning (I used Mad Chef’s Cajun Nola) ( You can find it here: https://chefgonemad.com/)

Garlic seasoning (Mad Chef’s Smoked Garlic and Herb Seasoning)

Make the rice first. Use one cup of rice to two cups of water bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. (If you want you can use boil in bag rice)

  1. Start with melting butter in a skillet (or you can use olive oil)

  2. Chop the sausage or bacon

  3. Chop the onions

  4. Sautee’ onions in the skillet until tender

  5. Add the sausage or bacon to skillet

  6. Add rice to skillet

  7. Stir to combine ingredients

  8. Next open the can of Red Beans, drain.

  9. Then add the red beans to the skillet.

  10. Season to taste.

Serve and enjoy.

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In case you missed it in the post you can find  the seasoning I used at this site:

https://chefgonemad.com/

 

My Easy Lobster

 

Often times people ask me how I make my steamed/boiled lobster. I always tell them that it is an easy process and everyone always looks at me a little blown away. I say it only takes 20 minutes or less depending on the size of the lobster and they always say,  “Tell me how?”.  So here goes.

Things needed: 

1 live lobster

1/4 teaspoon Old bay seasoning

1 tablespoon Butter

1/4-1/2 Lemon

1/8 teaspoon Chef Gone Mad Smoked Garlic & Herb Seasoning

Adobo Seasoning ( 2 shakes)

Water (2-3 inches deep in the pot)

Steamer or Large Pot

The most fun part of making lobster for me is going to the market and picking a live one out of the tank.  I always go for the fiesty one or the one that is fighting everyone.

I feel like the more fiesty the lobster, the better they will taste. (Just my theory) 

Once I pick the lobster they box it up and I take it in the car for a ride home.   Most times you will hear the lobster making some type of noise in the box (either moving around or “blowing bubbles”), there is nothing alarming about this.

Once I get it home I get out my big pot.

I put about 3 inches of water in it and put it on the stove to boil. I sprinkle about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning. 1/8 teaspoon of Chef Gone Mad Garlic & Herb Seasoning and about 2 shakes of the Adobo seasoning into the water. I cut the lemon in quarters and add to the water.

Once the water is boiling I add the live lobster head first and then cover.

I let the lobster boil on high heat for about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the lobster. Once it turns bright red I know that it is done.

I before I take the lobster out of the pot I sprinkle just a bit more Old Bay Seasoning over the top of the lobster.

Take it out of the pot, plate and serve. 

There you have it my simple lobster!

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Seasonings: Butter (Not Shown), Old Bay Seasoning, Lemon, Chef Gone Mad Garlic & Herb Seasoning, Goya Adobo.
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Once you add the seasonings to the water in the pot and get it ready to boil. 
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Live Lobster
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Live Lobster
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All Done!
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My Easy Lobster. All Done!

I should record myself doing this one day, it would be fun.  The most dramatic part for me is taking the live lobster from the box to the pot.

 

Cooking with Misstakenid: My thoughts

While drinking a glass of wine sitting here watching the movie “Julie vs Julia”, it makes me think of the great joy I get from cooking and eating my own food. This movie highlights a young woman that decided to cook her way through a famous cookbook. Even though I have no desire to do such. I realize just how much I love food.

As I was cooking my dinner last night of Lamb shoulder chops, roasted potatoes, green beans, and spinach, I realized how much joy I get when listening to music and cooking. I also experience a greater feeling of joy when I see someone take the first bite of their meal and say how good it was. There is a feeling of bliss when I taste my own food and it tastes great to me.  I know that this may sound conceited but I really enjoy the taste of my cooking as anyone should.

(This post is just an outpour of my thoughts today, just so you know.)

There is also something nice about my new white plates. When I plate anything on them, whether it is an amazing meal or ramen noodles it just looks beautiful to me.  I don’t know why it just does.

These are just  a few of my thoughts today,

Is there anything that makes you happy about cooking or eating? Please comment.

 

Cooking with Misstakenid: My Simple Spaghetti

One of my favorite quick comfort meals is my simple spaghetti. So I decided to share it with you.

1/2 Sweet Onion

3/4 Bell Pepper (1/4 Red, 1/4 Green, 1/4 Yellow)

1 box Thin Spaghetti Noodles

1 lb Ground Turkey

1 Jar Spicy Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Season to taste (Ground Pepper, Red Pepper flakes, Garlic Salt, Italian Seasoning)

1 tsp sugar

Olive Oil

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Ingredients

Step 1: Cut up the onions and peppers ( I do a rough cut, because I like chunky vegetables)

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Chopped Onion & Peppers

Step 2: Pour Olive Oil in a skillet and sautee the Veggies on Medium heat (Use some of the seasonings listed to season the veggies lightly)

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Sauteed Veggies

Step 3: Move the veggies to the side of  the skillet, and add the ground turkey. Season the meat to taste using the seasonings and add pasta sauce.  Lower the heat of the skillet to low.

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Add Ground Turkey and Sautee
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Add Pasta Sauce

Step 4: Boil water, add a pinch of garlic salt and splash of olive oil. Boil the noodles until desired tenderness, strain in a colander.

Step 5: Season noodles with italian seasoning lightly

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Spaghetti Noodles cooked

Now get your bowl or plate and pour yourself a delicious drink.

Put the noodles in the bowl, cover with your pasta sauce and serve. 🙂

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Finished Product

 

 

Cooking with Misstakenid: My first Turkey Pepperoni Pizza

Hello friends,

I decided that I wanted to make a pizza.  I am not able to eat pork or beef so I always feel some type way when I see a pepperoni pizza. I finally had enough and decided I was going to make my own, so that I could have one too.  I went to the grocery store, grabbed a few ingredients and made my pizza.  It was the first time so it wasn’t very pretty, but here is my recipe.

1/2 sweet onion

1 pack Hormel Turkey Pepperoni

1 pack sliced fresh mushrooms

1 container of Classico Pizza Sauce

2 packs of Mozzarella shredded cheese

1 Pillsbury pizza crust

1 tablespoon of Crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon of sugar

I did a rough cut on the veggies. Meaning I didn’t chop them into small pieces, I just ran the knife through them.

I placed the sauce in a pan and seasoned it a little with some crushed red pepper and a teaspoon or less of sugar. To make a sweet and spicy sauce.

I rolled and kneaded the pizza dough (like I was a pizza chef)

I heated a pizza stone in the oven on 425 degrees and sprinkled it with flour to prevent sticking.

I placed the pizza dough in the oven to heat up for 8 minutes.  Then I took it out and topped my pizza, probably too much.

I sauced the dough placed my toppings on and topped with cheese.  Then I topped the cheese with more turkey pepperoni and onions. At this point I realized that I have topped the pizza too much but it was no time to quit.  I placed my topped pizza on the pizza stone for another 8 minutes.

The cheese melted and I had a nice Turkey pepperoni pizza. Pictures are below, however the taste was way better than the pictures. It was delicious and cheesy, which I liked.  My next one will be better than the first.

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My first pizza.
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sliced up with a beverage

Cooking with Misstakenid: Lobster topped Turkey Burger

I actually saw a picture of a burger and that is what inspired me to make this meal.

Ingredients

Ground Turkey /Turkey patties pre-made

2 Lobster Tails

Lettuce

1 Tomato

1/2 Onion (I used sweet onion)

Pickles (I used hot & sweet pickles)

Cheese (I used Havarti slices)

Hamburger Buns (I used Hawaiian Bread)

Egg/Flour

Salt

Pepper

Goya Adobo seasoning (found in international isle of stores)

Garlic/Garlic Powder

Butter

Steps to putting the meal together:

First, make your turkey burgers.  I use salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, Goya Adobo seasoning, garlic, and onion to season my turkey meat.  I season everything to taste.   Make your turkey patties  and add a little flour or egg to make sure that the turkey doesn’t separate.

If you choose to go the quick route get some pre-made patties from the grocery store and season them.

I broil my turkey burgers for about 8-11 minutes on each side to make sure that they are well done.  Once they are done you can take them out of the oven to rest.

While the oven is still warm, place your burgers back in covered with cheese of your choice. (I like Havarti, so that is what I used) Let the cheese melt over your burger and take them back out of the oven.

Get your lobster tails cut them in half, remove the meat from the shell.  Cut the lobster into chunks that you desire.  On the stove melt some butter (about 2 tablespoons) on medium heat with some garlic and drop the lobster chunks in to saute’.  Use some of the Cajun/seafood seasoning to season the lobster lightly. The lobster will be done in about 5 minutes or less.

Once the key ingredients are done, prepare your toppings for the burger. Slice up your onions, tomatoes, and break up your lettuce.  Grab your pickles and get ready to top your burger.

I like for my burgers to have everything on them, so I warmed my bun used some mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, and hot & sweet pickles.  Placed the burger on the bun and topped it with the lobster chunks.  I also spooned a little drizzle of the garlic butter over the lobster chunks on top of my burger.

I must say that this was delicious. I actually had some potato chips with it and a hard cider.

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Cooking with Misstakenid

This is a segment that I have been thinking about for a while.  So I decided to go ahead and get it started.

You will never hear me say in a statement “I can cook!”.  I just say that I put things together well.  This comes from me thinking about the way people talked about my Mommy’s meals.  People would always say “Your Mom can cook!”, with such enthusiasm and even to the point where they would ask her for meals for holiday gifts.  So, I don’t ever say that I can cook, because I believe that would be a comparison to her greatness and I am my own person.

How did I learn how to cook?

I am usually amazed at how my food turns out, because at times I take risks on food in my opinion and put things together that sometimes wouldn’t be paired. Some people learn to cook from being in the kitchen with their Mom, and I didn’t ever want to be in the kitchen watching, I would be watching tv, reading a book or doing anything else other than sitting in the kitchen with my Mommy.  So often times she would say , “You aren’t going to know how to cook” , “You are going to have a chef, when you grow up”. I used to hear her say it and laugh with her saying, you are right.  I probably won’t cook when I grow up.

Little did she know that I am an auditory learner and so I listened to her make every meal. I heard her talk to herself as she talked about how much seasoning to put into something, how long it took certain things to cook, and how to make sure something was done and those things stuck with me.

I only remember making her one meal.  I am sure that I helped with others but this one specifically stands out in my memory.  She wasn’t feeling good one day and she asked me to make some pork chops. (I know what some of you are thinking, I don’t eat pork now as an adult.  I actually have developed a food intolerance to it, but that came later in life.)

So she sat in the kitchen and talked me through how to fry her some pork chops for dinner.  I will never forget how she told me each step and as she sat at the table she laughed and was telling me how to make sure that they were right.  This memory I cherish because when I finished they were fried golden brown and were seasoned to perfection.  She said in adoration with her unmatched laughter, “These are good, they might taste better than mine”. This moment was one of the better memories of my childhood as I was able to show her that maybe I could make something that met her approval in the kitchen.

My Mommy passed away when I was 15, so even at that time I wasn’t trying to make any real meals, but was making some simple things from memory.  I also called myself practicing for one day when I would have a family. So some things I would stand at the kitchen and make over and over to make sure that I would have some idea of how to make them.

Fast forward to my adult life.  I didn’t do a whole lot of cooking in college. I made really simple meals, but I found out that certain things I could just make from memory.  If I didn’t have any idea of how to make something I would just make it up myself.  For reference, I kept Mommy’s old school Betty Crocker Cookbook and Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook, she made little notes in them.

However, now I just “wing it”, if I think of something. I figure out how I want it to taste along the way.  I look at certain spices and seasonings as staples in my kitchen.

How does the magic happen?

I tend to get started with some fresh ingredients, my pink apron, and some good music.  This makes cooking fun.  I also find it comforting and little spiritual.  At times when I am cooking I like to think that my Mommy comes to visit and we are having a party in the kitchen.  Sometimes it makes me so emotional and the food usually turns out amazing.  The amazing, is only partially my belief.  The people who have been here to eat with me usually think the same thing. I feel like my cooking is a blessing and I hold it dear to my heart.

With this little brief history on my cooking I hope that you enjoy this segment of my Blog called Cooking with Misstakenid. It will feature recipes that I enjoy cooking and some drinks that I enjoy making.  Just a little glimpse into my world.