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Beef Kebabs

 Beef Kebabs

 

 

I love a great BBQ recipe and I have tried a few different ones lately, but I wasn’t pleased with the taste…UNTIL I found this one!

I paired it with cherry tomatoes because I just love how tomatoes begin to pucker when they get hot and sprinkled with a little salt, they are delicious!

For this recipe, just make up the marinade and let it sit for a minimum of 15 minutes. 

Then pull the beef out and place it on skewers.

Beef Kebabs for Cooking with Crystal

Place it on the grill and let cook 9-12 minutes. Add the tomatoes onto skewers at the end, because they only need a minute or so to cook.

Beef Kebabs for Cooking with Crystal

When they are all done, place on a platter and enjoy!

Beef Kebabs for Cooking with Crystal

 

 

 

Beef Kebabs
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  4. 1/2 tsp cumin
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1/8 tsp pepper
  8. 24 cherry tomatoes
  9. 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes
Instructions
  1. Make up the marinade by stirring in the first 7 ingredients into a bowl. Pour a little of the marinade into another bowl, then toss it with the tomatoes. Add the beef to the remaining marinade and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Thread the meat and tomatoes onto separate skewers and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the beef over medium-high heat, turning several times for 9-12 minutes. Grill the tomatoes until they're heated through and the skin begins to pucker, about 1 minute per side.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

 

 

 

filed under Beef, Main Dish


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S’more Brownie Bites

Smore brownie bites at cookingwithcrystal.net

 Sometimes I just have a craving for something S’more related, but don’t have the time to start a bonfire. So today I whipped up these S’more brownie bites and the kids loved helping me “pop” the marshmallows in and watch them sink. 

These S’more Brownie Bites are the perfect little snack to get your s’more fix!

 

You will need:

box brownie mix, I like the fudge type

marshmallows

graham crackers

 

To make:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray the mini muffin tin (24 size) with cooking spray.

Then in a mixing bowl, make the brownies according to the box directions. Fill each muffin tin half full and push either half of a regular size marshmallow or 2 mini marshmallows into the center and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. 

Bake for 20 minutes or until marshmallows begin to brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Smore brownie bites at cookingwithcrystal.net  

Recipe adapted from babble.com

S'more brownie bites
When you have a craving for a little something s'more and you can't make it to build a bonfire....this little goodness hits the spot!
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Ingredients
  1. brownie mix
  2. marshmallows
  3. graham crackers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray the mini muffin tin (24 size) with cooking spray.
  2. Then in a mixing bowl, make the brownies according to the box directions. Fill each muffin tin half full and push either half of a regular size marshmallow or 2 mini marshmallows into the center and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until marshmallows begin to brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

filed under Brownies/Bars, Dessert


Spaghetti with spinach, lemon, and garlic

 
This is a great throw together right quick dinner.
You can even add shrimp or chicken to it and it would be the perfect meal.
I like to add lots more lemon, so I add more juice than the 1 lemon, but play with it and see what you prefer!
You will need:
1 lb spaghetti or angel hair
6 Tbsp evoo
8 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon, ( i like more)
10 oz bag of baby spinach
 
To Make:
In a skillet heat 6 Tbsp evoo over medium/low heat. Add garlic and cook 10-12 minutes to gently cook the garlic. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
 
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain pasta well and transfer to a large bowl. Immediately add spinach and garlic lemon oil and toss everything together. 
 
 

filed under Main Dish, Pasta, Vegetarian


Penne, basil, pine nut, and cheese Casserole

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I have to say that I’ve never cooked with pine nuts before, and I was pleasantly surprised!
This recipe calls for toasting them which gives a really great flavor.
This casserole was devoured by our entire family!
 
 
 
You will need:
8 oz (3 cups) penne, cooked and drained
2 cans (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes in thick puree
2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup slivered fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
3/4 tsp salt
fresh pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup firmly packed grated swiss cheese
freshly grated parmesan cheese for sprinkling
 
To Make:
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Place pasta in a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish lightly coated with cooking spray or oil.
 
*toasting pine nuts*
Place pinenuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium/high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until toasted, 4-5 minutes.
 
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stir together tomatoes, pine nuts, basil, salt, parsley & pepper. Simmer 2-3 minutes.
Mix with pasta in casserole, and stir in swiss cheese. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese on top.
 
Bake uncovered until bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
 
Recipe Source: The big book of casseroles by Maryana vollstedt
 
Penne, basil, pine nut, and cheese Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz (3 cups) penne, cooked and drained
  2. 2 cans (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes in thick puree
  3. 2 Tbsp toasted pine nuts
  4. 1/4 cup slivered fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
  5. 3/4 tsp salt
  6. fresh pepper
  7. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  8. 1 cup firmly packed grated swiss cheese
  9. freshly grated parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Place pasta in a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish lightly coated with cooking spray or oil.
  3. *toasting pine nuts*
  4. Place pinenuts in a small nonstick skillet over medium/high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until toasted, 4-5 minutes.
  5. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stir together tomatoes, pine nuts, basil, salt, parsley & pepper. Simmer 2-3 minutes.
  6. Mix with pasta in casserole, and stir in swiss cheese. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese on top.
  7. Bake uncovered until bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Adapted from The big book of Casseroles by Maryana Vollstedt
Adapted from The big book of Casseroles by Maryana Vollstedt
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

filed under Casseroles, Main Dish, Pasta


Spicy Lemon, Tomato, Chicken Pasta

I love a simple recipe for when the evenings are a bit chaotic and this is a great one because it’s all cooked in one pot together. Paired with a salad and sourdough bread and you’ve got a great meal!
You will need:
1 pound chicken breasts
2 Tbsp evoo
1 Tbsp minced garlic
 2 1/2 cups fusilli pasta (dry)
1 cup grape tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
juice from 1-2 lemons, depending on how much you like
1 cup water
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup shredded Mozzerella

Instructions: 
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add chicken and cook until just browned.
Stir in the pasta, tomatoes, chicken broth, lemon juice, water, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil and continue to stir often, uncovered, for about ten minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Remove from heat, sprinkle cheese on top, and cover for ten minutes or until cheese is melted and remaining liquid is absorbed.
Recipe Source: Yellow Bliss Road

filed under Chicken, Main Dish, Pasta


Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

This recipe has me swinging from chandeliers! 
I watched the Pioneer Woman make it on her show and I knew that I just had to try it.
I’ve never made from scratch scalloped potatoes and with the addition of bacon, they were swoon worthy!
I cannot wait to make these again.
Ingredients:

3 pounds Russet Or Yukon Gold Potatoes, Washed Thoroughly
2 Tablespoons Butter
3 cups Diced Ham
1-1/2 cup Half-and-half
1-1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 cup Flour
Black Pepper To Taste
1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
Chopped Parsley (optional)
To Make:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Butter a large casserole dish.
Heat butter in a large skillet. 
Add ham and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine half-and-half and cream in a microwave-safe container and nuke for a minute or so, until no longer cold. Whisk in flour and black pepper until totally combined. Set aside. 

Combine the two grated cheeses. Set aside.


Using a mandoline, slice potatoes into 1/8-inch slices (very thin.)


 Layer 1/3 of the potato slices in the buttered casserole dish. 

Sprinkle on 1/3 of the ham mixture, then 1/3 of the cheese, then pour on 1/3 of the cream mixture.
Repeat this twice more, ending with a sprinkling of cheese and a pouring on of the rest of the cream mixture. 


Cover dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes at least, or until bubbly and hot.


Cut into squares and serve. Sprinkle on chopped parsley if you’d like!

*Tip* To speed up the process, you can also boil the sliced potatoes for 3-5 minutes before assembling the casserole. Just drain before putting it all together.
Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman

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