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Steak Marinade

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Easy Peasy!  That’s what this one is.  This came off the back of Montreal Steak Seasoning years ago.  I am forever asked for it.  Here it is.

Montreal Steak Seasoning Marinade

 ¼ cup Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (I use low sodium)

2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning

Mix all ingredients and marinade for at least an hour or overnight.  


Summer Zucchini

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Zucchini is growing out our ears again this summer.  We even decided to cut back to one plant this year, but can’t seem to find enough things to do with it.  Two recipes that have been a hit with everyone that has tried them is our baked zucchini fries and one that circulated through Facebook baking it like a quiche.  Both are simple, fast and very versatile.


Baked Zucchini Fries


1              cup panko bread crumbs

3              tsp seasoning salt

1              cup all-purpose flour

2              eggs whites beaten

2              medium zucchini, cut into French fry strips


Make three stations:

Station ONE: Mix Flour, seasoning salt, and any other seasoning you like.

Station TWO: beat egg whites till fluffy

Station THREE:  Panko Bread Crumbs

Slice Zucchini into French fry strips, dredge in flour, then egg white and lastly panko bread crumbs.  Place on a foil lined baking sheet with vegetable spray and back at 400 degrees for 20 min.  Time may need to be adjusted depending on your ovens heat.

Side note:   Grated Parmesan can be added to the panko station dredge to add a bit of salt to that layer.  Also I have added McCormick’s vegetable seasoning or lemon pepper or a pinch of Cayenne pepper to the flour dredge.  Great recipe to play with spices.


Zucchini Bites

2 cups shredded zucchini (squeezed to get the water out)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg

*optional: season salt, Italian seasoning, lemon pepper or any other spice you love.


Mix all ingredients together and spoon into small muffin tin that has been sprayed with vegetable spray.  Fill to half.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 min, or till brown and crispy on the outside.

Side Note:  One of my friends added Italian sausage that she precooked and drained.  A great basic recipe to build on.

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Snacking just got Smarter

I just received samples of Smartfood Selects from a Bzzagent campaign. A bunch of girls and I decided we would try them out one afternoon while sipping a delicious adult beverage. We were blown away. These Smartfood Selects come in a variety of flavors, and do not lack in flavor, texture and it’s claims that they are lower fat, higher fiber and delicious too! We all agreed they are what we like to refer as “A do over” So if you haven’t checked them out in your local stores, give them a try next time when you are wanting that snack, but not the calories.

I am not paid to sell this product, nor did I receive it to try and sell it. I am a bzzagent that is asked to give my personal opinion on products that are sent to me.

New Glade Expressions

My Bzzkit for the Glade Expressions came today! I immediately ran down to the store and used the coupons to pick up my free Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser and Fragrance Mist. The store I purchased my kits from had one choice in fragrances, pineapple mangosteen, and I love it. If your like me, and you have a candle, or a scentsy, or other kind of room freshener in your home, you will want to give these a try.

Bumper crop of Beans

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I am probably going to date myself here, but do you remember when you were a kid and you had to pick beans in the summer?  At summers end I vowed to never eat another green bean again.  A short season, but to a kid, it seemed like an eternity.  When the season ended if you were good enough, at 2 1/2 cents a pound you might walk away with $100.00.  Oh the plans we had for that money!

Now I can’t wait for the season to start. I watch patiently as the bushes fill up and when that first bean appears on the bush it never makes it to the plate. It is eaten fresh in the garden.

This year the garden is producing more than I can keep up with. I planted what I thought was enough to eat  through the season, but with perfect weather here in the west, we are seeing a bumper crop this year.  I have steamed them, thrown them in soups, and salads, marinated, pickled, and stir-fryed them, but last night I was thumbing through Eating Well Magazine and saw a wonderful article with several recipes for green beans. One stood out for me that had both the abundance of beans I had, and the summer squash that was staring me in the face. So thanks to them, I have several more dishes to try before the crop is through.  Image


String Beans and Summer Squash

1 Tbsp EVOO

1 lb green or yellow wax beans trimmed and halved

1 large summer squash, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

1 tsp dried marjoram or 2 tsp fresh chopped

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans, squash, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

Add broth, cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the beans are tender crisp, 4 or 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in marjoram.


Note:  I used Rosemary from the garden instead of the marjoram and it tasted wonderful.  


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This is probably the most searched recipe on the blog. I thought I would reprise it and bring it up front again. Perfect bowl for summer salads with none of the fat of the original deepfried version. Enjoy!

Therapeutic Ramblings

flour-bowl.jpgWith the weather improving and working in the yard more, I like foods like this that take no time to make and are versatile.  This salad bowl takes 10-15 min. depending on how crispy you like your bowls, and can be made with Mission Low Carb tortilla’s, my favorite or any flour tortilla you like.  Once the bowls are done, let them cool and fill with whatever you heart desires.  

Find an oven proof bowl that you can form a bowl in.  Here is mine, I have three that were give


n to me by Grandma Benson and they work perfectly giving it a curve as they bake.   

Spray the bowl with PAM and press flour tortilla into bowl.  Spray the top of the shell with PAM to help it Brown. Place in a 375 degree oven.  After 5 minutes, check the shell often to make sure it doesn’t…

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