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February 2012 Menu

Feb.2012 Menu and Recipes

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I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

13 thoughts on “February 2012 Menu

  1. Creamy Leek Soup

    Ingredients (serves 6)

    3 tablespoons butter
    4 leeks, thinly sliced
    2 large potatoes, peeled & cubed
    2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 cups half and half
    1/4 cup sherry

    In skillet, melt butter and saute leeks until tender.  In large saucepan, add potatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat.  Simmer until potatoes are tender.  Remove from heat and cool.  Pour into blender and mix until smooth.  Pour back into saucepan and add leeks with butter and half and half.  Simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in sherry.  Cool and freeze in a freezer bag or plastic container. 

    Reheating instructions
    Defrost soup in refrigerator for 24 hours.  Warm in saucepan over medium-low head for 25-30 minutes or until desired temperature is reached.

  2. meatballs were great and tons of sauce so perfect to add pasta.

    i was out of town when JR had the sloppy joe’s and he said he ate them as though he was in a “sloppy joe eating contest.” 🙂 so they were good! 🙂

    pork tenderloin with mango salsa was really good. it was nice to have a new taste rather than just the same ‘ol same ‘ol. nice combo.

  3. We had the pork with the mango salsa- really good flavor and seems easy enough to make again. Like Kristine said, nice change.

    The Potato Leek Soup was really yummy. I added asparagus the second day to the leftovers, it was great.

    As always the potato, sausage and pepper dinner was great. Loved Everett’s Italian sausage again.

  4. the black bean salsa chicken is really good! yes, i’m eating it right now! and it couldn’t have been easier to prepare. thank you for that! i put mine in the crock pot still partly frozen so i’m glad the directions said i could otw i wouldn’t have!

  5. the black bean salsa chicken was awesome! we had friends in town and between the 4 of it, we ate it ALL! great meal.

  6. the pork with blackberry sauce was good and even better my daughter ate a handful of spinach and green beans because she wanted to dip everything in that sauce:)

    black bean salsa very easy and good!

    Leak soup was very good

    looking forward to having the rest in the next week

  7. Chicken Mole made the house smell AMAZING! The chicken was super tender too and I was even afraid that I’d overcooked it.

    Sausage and potatoes good too!

  8. Favorites this month were the pork tenderloin and chicken mole which I cut up into bite size chunks before cooking. Added some mozzarella cheese to the leek soup to give it a little extra something.

    For some reason, the meatballs did not turn out as good as last time. Maybe needs more garlic?

  9. WE had the meatballs this week and they were fantastic!!! and lucky for us we have some left in the freezer for another meal!

  10. Loved the Meatballs too. Very versatile. We had them with the garlic bread and then had them with spaghetti one night. I thought they were seasoned great.

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