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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Cleaning out the fridge


For last nights dinner I knew that I needed to forget about stopping by the grocery store to get some extra supplies and figure out something to make with stuff we already had. We recently had another box of goodies brought to us by the veggie exchange and I definitely did not want any of that to go to waste. So, from works started thinking about what we had that I could make something tasty and southern for dinner that night. I had my husband pull out some chicken and I figured the rest out when I got home. Standing and looking into the fridge I found beautiful fresh green beans, two huge potatoes, peaches, great looking grape tomatoes, some sour cream that was about to expire, and a pound of bacon that needed cooked. The husband wanted to use his grill for the chicken. I decided on a smothered grilled chicken breast, green beans, and a loaded mashed potatoes. All sounded very simple but as we sat down to dinner my husband told me it was one of his favorite meals ever. That is always a good thing with him. The only thing that would have made it better was if I would have had some mushrooms and onions to saute as well and a good old batch of jalapeano cornbread. YUMMY! With the peaches I decided to make a super easy peach cobbler that I kind of created in my head using up an old pre-made pie crust that I had and needed to use up. Again, the hubby thought it was one of the best desserts I have ever made. Overall, clean out the fridge night was quite a success. Sometimes all you need is a simple easy comfort meal to please all the senses.

Smothered Grilled Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 Tbsp southwest seasoning
Kosher salt
ground pepper
1/4 c. BBQ sauce
8 slices bacon, cooked
4 slices of cheddar

Season the chicken breast with the southwest seasoning, salt and pepper. Put on grill on medium heat. Cook until almost done flipping once. At the final three minutes baste with BBQ sauce and top with bacon and then cheddar. Let melt on top and serve. (This would be so tasty with sauteed onions and mushrooms as well.)

Green Beans

2 c. fresh green beans
2 slices of bacon
1 clove of garlic, diced
salt
pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 T balsalmic vinegar

Boil enough water to cover the bottom of a medium pot by about one inch. Put in the green beans. Let them simmer about 8-10 minutes. Drain the green beans and set aside. Turn the heat to medium/low. Coat the pan with the olive oil and add the bacon. Cook until bacon is almost done. Add the diced garlic and cook until golden brown. Add the green beans back to the pot and salt and pepper to taste. Add the balsalmic and let cook for about five minutes over low heat stirring occasionally. Serve.

- The balsalmic adds so much to the green beans.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

- 2 large potatoes, cubed
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- 1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 slices bacon, crumbled
- chives

Boil potatoes until tender. Drain. Add milk, butter, and sour cream and mash. Add the cheddar, bacon bits, salt and pepper. Serve and top with chives and extra cheese.


EASY Peach Cobbler

3 large peaches sliced
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c. cornstartch
1 prepared pie crust
sugar for sprinkling

Slice the peachs and combine them with the sugar, almond extract, vanilla extract, butter, cinnamon and conrstarch. Mix and pour into greased 2 qt. baking dish. Top with the prepared pie crust and cut slits in the top to vent. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes. Cool and serve with vanilla ice cream or whip cream.

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