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Full Plate Thursday 5-1-14

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather
Happy May Day!

I wanted to share a little breath of Spring with you today. This is a little flower garden at the back of our Herb Garden and you can see the Vegetable Garden in the distance, the onions are doing great. Come on back to the garden, we will just have our food tables out here it is so beautiful today. I am so glad that you could come today, we will love to try what you are bringing to share. I am leaving tomorrow for my annual Women's Spiritual Retreat and I am so excited about going. I began hosting the Retreat 21 years ago and it is always great to see old and new friends.
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This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Sausage Breakfast Wrap at Kitchen Hospitality Morning Snack No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bar at Table For Seven Lunch Spring Vegetable Soup at Simply Fresh…


Carne Asada

My husband and I both grew up in a part of the country where the Mexican culture had a big influence on our local cuisine. Rancher Beans, Tacos, Burrito's and Carne Asada all very familiar menu items in our home. Carne Asada a Mexican term that means grilled meat and is usually grilled on an outdoor grill or on a grill indoors. It is usually a flank or skirt steak that has been marinated in a well seasoned marinade before grilling. Carne Asada is one of the most popular dishes in Mexican cuisine, and originated primarily in the northern and western parts of Mexico, making it's way to Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. It is one of my husbands favorite Mexican meats and I am happy to share this recipe with all of you today.

Carne Asada

Carne Asada Miz Helen's Kitchen Ingredients 2 pounds flank or skirt steak 2 lemons, sliced thin 1 orange, sliced thin 1 onion, sliced thin 1 cup fresh cilantro,chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon chili…


Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-27-14

We are out on the Upstairs Garden Patio this morning having our coffee it is just beautiful weather, at last! I have been busy making sure there are meals in the freezer for my husband because I am going on my Ladies Spiritual Retreat next weekend. I just make up little meals for him and all he has to do is heat it up in the Micro Wave and add a salad, I also leave little love notes with the meal sometimes, he just loves getting those. We can do little things like that along the way to let our family member's know just how much they are loved and appreciated.

Sunday Citrus Herb Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Onions, and Swiss Chard

Grandmothers Buttermilk Pie



Monday Add The Left Over Chicken and Vegetables To The Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
For Chicken Vegetable Soup

Cheesy Dill Biscuits
Left Over Buttermilk Pie

Tuesday Grilled Herb Pork Chops

Fresh Collard Greens

Corn and Green Chilies Casserole


Strawberry Shortcake
Wednesday Slow Cooker Mexican Pot Roast Tacos


Guacamole Left Over Strawberry Shor…


Full Plate Thursday 4-24-14

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather
Come on in, I am so excited to see you today, we are all on the back porch just visiting while we are waiting for everyone to arrive with all the wonderful food that we are going to have today. I am so excited that we can be outdoors again and enjoy this beautiful spring weather we are having,(at last)! We have several beverages on the beverage bar today and some great snacks that the ladies brought. I am sharing a Citrus Herb Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Onions and Swiss Chard for the party today. Be sure and read the story about how that recipe came to be. Lets get all this food on the table so we can eat!
Citrus Herb Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Onions and Swiss Chard


This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Egg Brunch Casserole at Olla Podrida Almond Buttercup Green Smoothie at Belle of The Kitchen Morning Snack Strawberry Wonton Cups at Best of Long Island and Central Florida Lunch Maple Bacon Wrapped Pear Salad at T…


Citrus Herb Chicken,Roasted Potatoes,Onions and Swiss Chard

Sheet Pan Citrus Herb Chicken with Swiss Chard
I am a meal planner and every week I check the weather before I plan my meals especially if we are planning to grill outdoors. That is exactly what I did with this Citrus Herb Chicken, we had planned to grill out, and the weather went crazy, it was pouring rain. Sometimes that is how we get a new recipe, by an unplanned event. This recipe became a "Rainy Day" recipe that we will enjoy rain or shine in the future.


Orange Tea Muffins

I love visiting different tea rooms, they are always so much fun and have the greatest food. Our local tea room, always serves a little muffin with tea or on a luncheon plate. The little tea room muffins are my inspiration for this recipe. I have afternoon tea just about every afternoon, it is a time of rest, reflection and just a little quiet time that I look forward to enjoying everyday. I don't always have a special little treat, but these are one of the special treats that I have with my afternoon tea. It's exciting to share tea with you today, sure hope you enjoy it.

Orange Tea Muffins

Orange Tea Muffins Miz Helen's Kitchen Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 cup buttermilk 2 eggs Zest of 2 Oranges 1 teaspoon orange extract Directions In a electric mixing bowl, mix the butter and sugar until it becomes creamy Add the eggs one at a time and mix until completely blended well Add the Orange extract and mix well Add th…


Whats For Dinner Next Week 4-20-14

The cottage has been so busy this past week preparing for the big celebrations at the end of the week, Easter Egg Hunts, Church Services, great food with friends and family. I always love this time of the year when everyone comes together for a great renewal of spirit and life. We have some traditional foods that we love this time of the year and look forward to serving them. This coming week we will be using some of the left overs from the big feast, that is one of the great things about meal planning you can use every bit of food with very little waste.
Sunday Easter Sunday Menu Link I posted the Easter Sunday Menu With Last Weeks Menu's For All The Readers Who Wanted Meal Planning Ideas For The Special Holiday Meals.

Monday From Left Over Ham Herbed White Bean Soup

Tossed Green Salad


Corn Muffins de Provence



Left Over Lemon Coconut Cake


Tuesday From Left over Ham Ham and Pasta Casserole

Tossed Green Salad
Garlic Bread
Man Cookies


Wednesday (Enough Ham Already)
Apricot Glazed Chicken


St…


Full Plate Thursday 4-17-14

Full Plate Thursday Where The Greatest Cooks On The Planet Gather
We are having a great feast today with wonderful food coming in to fill the tables and I am so glad that you are here to share all of it with us. This is a very special time of renewal for Passover and Easter and just the spring after such a long winter. Come on in and find a place at the table, I am serving a Sunrise Breakfast today and sure hope you enjoy it. You'al bring the most amazing food every week and I can hardly wait to see what you have in that basket today.
Sunrise Breakfast Link Recipes For Ham, Red Eye Gravy, Buttermilk Biscuits, Jalapeno Strawberry Jam  Lemon Asparagus and Poached Egg

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed Pancakes at Cooking On The Front Burners
Morning Snack Double Peanut Breakfast Bars at 3 Boys and A Dog
Salad Luncheon Black Eyed Pea Salad Stuffed Tomato at Elegantly Gluten Free Ham Salad at A Palatable Pastime Avocado Bowl Quinoa Salad at The Scent of Or…


Sunrise Breakfast

We love to have a big breakfast on weekends and sometimes we even have breakfast for dinner. One of our favorite breakfast in the spring is our Sunrise Breakfast, which consist of Ham, fresh Asparagus, Poached Egg, Biscuits and Red Eye Gravy. Of course we have our butter and Strawberry Jam to go right along with the meal. I like to sear the Ham in a big iron skillet so that we have lots of wonderful meat drippings for the Red Eye Gravy. We like to put that Poached Egg right on top of the Asparagus and let all that yellow goodness of the Egg help to flavor the Asparagus. This is a real simple country meal that I hope you really enjoy.

Sunrise Breakfast

Sunrise Breakfast Miz Helen's Kitchen Country Ham Ingredients 1/2 a Ham Steak for each person Directions In a large very hot, (no oil) iron skillet sear the ham steak and heat through then turn the steak and sear, when heated through, remove from skillet. Place the ham steak in a serving dish and keep warm until serving.
Red Eye Gravy
Ingre…