Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Just Making It Up As I Go Along

Before I get to today's post I just want to say thank you so much for all of your kind and encouraging comments.  I can feel that y'all are just as excited as I am that I am feeling so much better and getting back to my normal.  It really is such a gift to me to have such wonderful friends as y'all cheering me on.  Thank you. :D

Now it is "recipe time" Tadpoles. :)

The gang here are huge fans of stuffed green peppers and have been hinting since I started back to cooking that they really wouldn't mind if I made some for dinner.  Not a problem.  They are so easy and tasty I thought "Yum. I am in the mood for those too."

Usually I make the filling simple with hamburger, rice [both uncooked], spaghetti sauce and a little salt and pepper.  I put them in a casserole dish, cover  them in more spaghetti sauce, lid on and in an hour we have dinner with a side of steamed corn. Definite yummy comfort food.

Since I don't cook too much with hamburger anymore I decided I would stuff them with ground pork instead.  I also added additional diced green pepper, diced onion along with the spaghetti sauce and uncooked rice.  In   [what I hope was] an inspired cooking moment I added a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix* and mushed it all together before stuffing the peppers.   15 minutes before they finish I am going to sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese over the top.   Fingers crossed, but right now my kitchen smells wonderful.  I will let you know if it is a thumbs up or down after I ask the all important question, "Do you want me to make it again?"

In other fabulously wonderful food news guess what I found on my front porch this afternoon?  A huge cooler filled to the top with roasts, chicken, stew meat, hamburgers and premium hot dogs.  It was sent express mail to us from our beloved Dad [In Law.]  Isn't he sweet?  He didn't even tell our Mom[IL].  I think he took to heart our problems with the freezer last week, with all the meat we lost, and decided to surprise us with a bonanza of meaty goodness.  If you have ever had Omaha Steaks' products then you know what I mean. If you haven't tried it yet it is a great way to splurge for a special occasion or to hint to family that it would be wonderful to :ahem: be given the gift of meat! :)

UPDATE: Holy Moley - these pork stuff green peppers are FANTASTIC!  I don't think I will make them the other way again. Wow!  If you like stuffed peppers you should try these. I guarantee they will be a hit!

*Lipton Onion Soup mix is very high in sodium so I limit my portion of the meat filling to 3/4 cup [no cheese either] with steamed rice and corn mixed, on the side. It is more than enough for a meal and I left the table one stuffed, happy Momma. :D

Have a great Thursday Tadpoles.  We'll see you on the flipside!

17 comments:

Tracy said...

You can make your own onion soup mix. I'm sure it is lower in sodium. We got the recipe online. Of course I don't remember what is in it but it tastes just as good.

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

Never heard of them but they sound like something hubby would like, not me I am too fusy when it comes to food.....lol

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Phew! You had me worried when you said you used onion sop mix. All that sodium! (I shoulda known better.) I'm sure the green peppers were wonderful. And I know you felt wonderful to be well enough to be cooking them again.

Becca said...

Omaha Steaks is the SH*T!! *L* and I order a chest-freezer full of their products whenever we can afford to do so, and that freezer lasts us about three months or so. SO WONDERFUL!

The stuffed peppers sound pretty amazing. I want to try them SO BAD, but I'm allergic to almost every pepper known to mankind (except like the seasoning pepper. That's fine. Just fruit peppers). It sucks massively.

*hugs!!*

Sally said...

I'm am so very happy to hear about all of your feeling better activities! The pork stuffed peppers sound delicious! Unfortunately, my husband doesn't like peppers so he won't even just eat the meat ;-/ Maybe I'll have to make them and then just freeze them individually for myself :-)

Thisisme. said...

Yay for Skippy cooking again! We all do things every day that we take for granted, but for you now to be able to do these things again, must be quite unbelievable and something that you would never see again. I am SO proud of you!! The stuffed peppers do sound yummy, and how sweet was that of your father in law to spring that wonderful surprise on you with the meat. Enjoy! Hugs coming your way my little friend.

Crystal Pistol said...

I am so so happy you are feeling better!! YAY! Enjoy your soup. :)

Rudee said...

Stuffed peppers sound good. Mine are meatless, but so delicious. It's the perfect Good Friday dish, so I guess I should go shopping now.

Jeannie said...

Free MEAT! Woohoo!!! Thanks Dad downstairs!

You know what? I'm going to try those stuffed peppers! But Gary doesn't like green peppers so I'll have to use ripe ones. And we're dieting, so I'll leave out the rice and add mushrooms and whatever else I find. Tonight!!! Thanks for the idea!

sapphireblue said...

I'm craving stuffed bell peppers now. Yum!!

ellen abbott said...

well, I guess I missed the post about the freezer but what a wonderful gift from your father-in-law.

Eva Ason said...

I am happy to hear that you're feeling so much better my friend :) That sounds just delicious !
Enjoy the rest of your Thursday - it's going on 10.30pm over here and I am still up [hehe]. Big hugs to you!

Eva

Juli said...

I SO wish I could get Tony to eat Stuffed peppers. I miss them.

mybizzykitchen.com said...

I am so happy that you got that boat load of meat! Woot!

You know if I lived near you I would be bringing you dishes every night, don't you?

I hope you have a wonderful Easter Skip!! Hugs to you and the family!

Julie said...

I wanna come to your house to eat!!
Sorry not been here much - things kinda got on top of me and i haven't blogged much - and i've missed it!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

those peppers sound delish. i'm going to have to give them a try. yum yum yum!

mybizzykitchen.com said...

Hope you had a wonderful Easter Skip! Hugs, Biz