Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Blues - Week #2

Good Gawd. Can I take a break from canned biscuits? I still have 3 left on my list to prepare….(WTH was I thinking?…LOL) I will do those later on (only because I still have cans of biscuits to use up!)….stay tuned.

Another Sunday Blues….

What do I have to do to get it to SNOW around here!!!! I am so bummed reading some of my fellow foodies about how they were cooking this on a snowy day or….cooked this dinner for their kids who came to visit and shoveled the driveway….GRRRRR. Can’t YOU people SHARE? I want some snow TOO…(sniffle, whimper)

What the problem is really, that the DC area has a protective screen most times….called the Appalachian Mountains. If the snow does venture over it seems to trickle over to western Maryland. Now don’t get me wrong….we’ve gotten POUNDED a few times. And this teacher was dancing around in her jammies when she got snow days but we’ve also had to make up our ‘too many days’ off with workdays becoming school days, extending the school day hours, tacking on extra days in June. Now that we’ve gotten extra days plugged in our school year calendar, we don’t ‘get them back’ like we used to if we didn’t use them up and got out a few days earlier in June. Sux. They’ve been calling for some icy mix days…..bah…nuffin! Just freakin' rain.

BUT.....Next week is our last week for the grading period and my students are just sewing like crazy. I am so proud of them. Now watch….I am pressed to get all our projects completed….THEN WE’LL GET MY SNOW….

Cooking always helps to ‘unblue’ me….

Awhile ago, I saw this recipe on the Food Network with Sunny Anderson’s Cooking for Real and I thought it was a nice ‘tweak’ It’s not meatloaf really or stuffed peppers but when you put the two together…

Pan Fried Meatloaf in Tricolor Peppers
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2-pound ground beef
1/2-pound ground turkey
2 slices white bread, cut into cubes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes with basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 egg
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped sage leaves, plus 6 to 8 whole leaves, for frying
A few dashes Worcestershire sauce
A few dashes hot sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1-tablespoon oil
Vegetable oil, for frying

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove core and seeds from peppers. Slice into 1 inch rings and place on nonstick baking sheet. You should get about 3 rings per pepper. In a large bowl mix together beef, turkey, bread, 1/2 cup of the tomatoes, garlic, egg, onion, chopped sage, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Press meatloaf mixture evenly into pepper rings. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add oil. Sauté meatloaf rings on both sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Add remaining tomatoes to skillet and bake until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with sage leaves.

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