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Bev Loves Food

This is a blog dedicated to great food. I love food and want to share my favorites with you.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:21:00 +0000

Now that is is fall, I am starting to make soups again. One of my favorites is Butternut Squash Soup. I adapted this recipe from the Americas Test Kitchen. When I made it, I subsituted whole lactose free milk for the heavy cream. It makes it easier to peel the squash in you warm them in the microwave until just hot to the touch.

2    tablespoons unsalted butter
1    onion, chopped fine
3    pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
5    cups low sodium chicken broth
2    sprigs of thyme
      pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup heavy cream
      salt and peeper to taste

1. Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook until soft.  Stir in squash, broth, thyme, and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the squash in tender, about 20-25 minutes.

2. Remove thyme sprigs and puree in a blender until smooth.

3. Return soup to the pot and stir in the heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper.  Enjoy!

Thousand Island Dressing

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 21:13:00 +0000

This is the best tasting thousand island dressing I ever tasted.  Everyone that tries it raves about it.  It is very simple to make from ingredients you probably have on hand.  Do not substitute relish for the sweet pickles, the flavor of the relish is overpowering. You can substitute low fat mayonnaise if you wish.

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup minced sweet pickles
1/4 cup chili sauce
4 green olives with pimentos, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Whisk all of the ingredients until smooth. The dressing can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Homemade Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 20:32:00 +0000

This recipe is so easy! I miss Girl Scout Cookies during the year and these are a great replacement.

1 box devil's food cake mix
2 eggs
2 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup cocoa
1 12ounces package of chocolate chips
3 drops mint extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, cooking oil, and cocoa. Blend well, this will be a sticky mess. Let stand for 20 minutes, then shape into 1/2 inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Spray a large spoon with Pam and smash dough down to flatten. Bake for 8 minutes and let them cool to room temperature.

Heat chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler. When completely melted, stir in mint extract.  Spread melted chocolate on cookies or dip them in the chocolate.

Taco Chicken

Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:38:00 +0000

This is an easy recipe. You can double the recipe and freeze the extra packages for later. This is also a great camping recipe as you can put the packages in a campfire or barbecue.

Prep:  10 min.  Total:  50 min..

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
4 teaspoons Taco Seasoning Mix
½ lb. red potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
½ cup Chunky Salsa
¾ cup  Shredded Four Cheese Mexican Style Cheese
¼ cup Sour Cream

Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Sprinkle chicken with seasoning mix. Place ½ cup of
the potatoes on center of each of 4 large sheets of heavy-duty foil; top evenly
with chicken, salsa and cheese.

Bring up foil sides.  Double fold top and both ends to seal each packet,
leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place in 15x10x1 inch baking pan.

Bake 30 to 35 min. or until chicken is cooked through (165ºF).  Remove packets
from oven.  Let stand 5 min.  Cut slits in foil to release steam before
opening.  Serve with sour cream.

Makes 4 servings, 1 packet each.

Easy Cocktail Sauce

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 20:58:00 +0000

This cocktail sauce is so good and easy to make, I do not know why anyone buys the bottled  stuff. You can adjust the spiciness by adding more or less Tabasco.
1 cup catsup
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
dash of Tabasco
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon pepper 
Stir all ingredients together an enjoy.  

Gruyere Glazed Pork Chops

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 22:19:00 +0000

I get asked for this recipe every time I serve it.  It's very easy to prepare.  The sauce is so rich, only one pork chop per person is needed. Serves 4

4 pork loin chops, 1" thick and trimmed of excess fat
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup apple juice or cider ( you may substitute white wine)
1 1/2 cups finely grated Gruyere Cheese
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Pat chops dry. Heat oil and butter in a flame-proof casserole over moderately high heat. Brown chops for 4-5 minutes a side. Add salt, pepper, and apple juice. Bake uncovered 50-60 minutes, until chops are tender. Meanwhile, blend together cheese, mustard, and cream. The mixture will not be smooth. Spread the cheese mixture over the top of the pork chops. Broil 3" from heat for 2-3 minutes until lightly flecked with brown.

Herbed Cream Cheese with Tuna and Scallions

Sat, 13 Dec 2008 21:30:00 +0000

This recipe is good as a dip for vegetables and crackers. It is also good as a filling for wrap sandwiches.

3 scallions or green onions roughly chopped
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp dried basil or 1 tbl fresh
2 tsps lemon juice
8 ounces light cream cheese
6 ounce can of tuna, drained and broken into small chunks
salt and pepper to taste

Process scallions, zest, and basil in a food processor until minced. Add lemon juice and cream cheese; pulse until combined. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in tuna and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate

Turkey Chilaquiles

Sat, 06 Dec 2008 19:12:00 +0000

 Turkey ChilaquilesServes 6 Prep time:1 hrStart to finish:1 1/4 hr The colloquial translation of chilaquiles is “broken-up old sombrero,” that uses up stale corn tortillas. For the holidays, it is a great way to use up leftover holiday turkey. For tortilla strips 3 cups vegetable oil 2 (8-oz) packages corn tortillas, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips For chilaquiles 1 large onion, chopped 1 (14 1/2-oz) can chicken broth 1 1/4 lb shredded cooked turkey meat (4 cups)1 jar of salsa verde (green  or tomatillo salsa)  6 oz Monterey Jack, shredded (1 1/2 cups) 1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream 1 1/2 tablespoons milk 1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs 3 oz shredded mexican cheese or crumbled feta Fry tortilla strips: Heat oil in a 3 1/2-quart flameproof nonreactive shallow casserole or deep skillet to 375°F. Fry tortillas in batches, turning occasionally, until golden, about 1 minute, and transfer to paper towels to drain (return oil to 375°F between batches). Carefully pour off all but 1 tablespoon hot oil into a large metal bowl to cool before discarding. Make chilaquiles: Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook onion in oil in casserole over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened. Add broth and turkey and simmer, uncovered, stirring, until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups salsa and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and toss with Monterey Jack and tortilla strips. Bake chilaquiles, uncovered, in middle of oven until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Whisk together crème fraîche and milk. Serve chilaquiles topped with crème fraîche, cilantro, and cheese. [...]

Pork Roast with Winter Fruit and Port Sauce

Sat, 06 Dec 2008 18:15:00 +0000

December 2008 Ever dream about bringing an impressive roast to the holiday table with equally impressive ease? Now you can. Stuffing and preparing the pork a day ahead leaves you free to entertain and makes the meat especially flavorful as well. Bacon wrapped around the roast keeps it moist as it cooks. Prunes and dried apricots simmered in Port bring a fruity but not overly sweet intensity to the pork and its sauce. For stuffing 1/4 lb California dried apricots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 lb pitted prunes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2/3 cup ruby Port 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 small shallot, finely chopped 3/4 stick unsalted butter 1 tart apple such as Granny Smith, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces For roast 1 (6-lb) bone-in pork loin roast (10 ribs), frenched, at room temperature 1 hour 9 or 10 bacon slices For port sauce 1/2 cup ruby Port 1 small shallot, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups water, divided 2 teaspoons arrowroot Make stuffing: Simmer apricots, prunes, and Port in a small heavy saucepan, covered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Cook onion and shallot in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add apple and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until apple is just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in apricot mixture and cool. Stuff and roast pork: Preheat oven to 500°F with rack in middle. Make a pocket in center of roast by making a horizontal 1 1/2-inch-wide cut into 1 end of roast with a long thin knife, repeating from opposite end so pocket runs all the way through. Then make a vertical cut through center (forming a cross) to widen pocket. Push about 1 cup stuffing into pocket using a long-handled wooden spoon (you may need to stuff from both sides if roast is long). Reserve remaining stuffing for sauce. Season roast with 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and put in a large flameproof roasting pan. Wrap with bacon, between rib bones, tucking ends under roast. Roast[...]

Cranberry-Apple-Orange Relish

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 22:21:00 +0000

This is a great recipe for the holidays. It makes 2 cups 
1 large sweet apple , peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
1 (12-ounce) bag cranberries 
1 whole orange , cut into quarters ( even the rind)
3/4 cup sugar 
1 teaspoon ground ginger 
Pinch salt
Pulse all ingredients in food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 days for flavors to fully develop. Serve.

Ginger Lime Halibut

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 20:32:00 +0000

This is a terrific low fat, low calorie recipe. You can substitute swordfish or any firm white fish. Serves 4

2 teaspoons grated lime rind
fresh juice from 2 limes
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced green onions
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
4 fish steaks about 3/4 inch thick
salt and pepper

Preheat broiler. Combine line rind, lime juice, honey, ginger, green onions, soy sauce, and garlic in a small saucepan. Dip fish in sauce. Place fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Broil 10 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork. While fish is cooking, heat sauce over medium heat until reduced by half. Serve sauce over the fish.

Preparation tip: I buy fresh ginger and peel it. I then freeze it until I need it. I grates much easier when frozen. This way I have ginger on hand.


Sat, 01 Nov 2008 19:16:00 +0000

Everyone loves these margaritas. There is a secret ingredient that no one will believe, beer!

6 oz frozen limeade, undiluted
6 oz tequila
6 oz sweet and sour mix
6 oz beer

Add all ingredients to a blender. Fill blender with ice so that it is 3/4 full. Blend on high. Enjoy.

Pan Seared Steaks with Red Wine Sauce

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 18:50:00 +0000

My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so he loves this. A well caramelized exterior is the key to a great steak. Make sure your pan is really hot and after browning allow to rest under a tent of foil to keep it warm while you make the sauce. Serves 4

4 boneless beef steaks about 1 inch thick
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Red Wine Sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 minced shallot
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
3 tablespoon chilled butter
1 teaspoon mince fresh thyme

Pat the steaks dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over high heat until the oil is smoking. Brown the steaks on the first side and flip over until they are the desired doneness. Transfer steaks to a plate and tent with foil.

Add the remaining oil and heat until it is shimmering. Saute shallots until softened. Stir in broth, wine, and brown sugar. Scrap up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in meat juices from steak plate. Turn the heat down to low and whisk in the butter. Off heat stir in the thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over steaks.

Marjoram Pork Chops

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:42:00 +0000


This is one of my families favorite recipes. It is delicious and low in fat and calories. It makes 4 servings

Marjoram Pork Chops

1 pound boneless pork loin
3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
2/3 cup evaporated milk
6 oz chicken broth
1 tsp dried marjoram or 1 tbl fresh
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cooking sherry

Preheat oven to 357 degrees F.

Slice pork loin into four equal slices. Using a heavy metal mallet, pound the pork chops until they are thin. If you do not have a mallet, use a heavy skillet. Spray a medium skillet with vegetable spray and place over medium high heat. Brown each slice and set aside. Add the chicken broth and stir in mushrooms. Reduce heat and stir in the evaporated milk, marjoram, paprika, salt, and sherry. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Do not boil.

Place browned meat in a shallow baking dish and add mushroom sauce. Bake for 30 or until pork is tender.

Chili Verde

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 23:25:00 +0000

(image) Ingredients:
10 oz. Very Lean Pork Shoulder - 1 inch cubes
3 tsp. Olive Oil (divided)
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Red Onion, Chopped
3 cups Tomatillos, Chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers
3 tsp. Garlic, Minced
1 cup Cilantro, Minced
4 6-inch Flour Tortillas

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the Red Onions, Tomatillos, Jalapeños, and Garlic with 1-1/2tsp. Olive Oil and spread on a baking sheet. Roast until soft about 20 minutes, stirring twice. In a large Dutch oven, add the remaining oil and brown the cubed Pork Shoulder in batches. When browned, add it back to the pot with the roasted vegetables and add the Chicken Broth. Cook the chili until tender, 1.5 hours. Garnish with minced Cilantro and serve with warm Flour Tortillas. Serves 2
Note: If you have never heard of tomatillos, they are resemble a green tomato covered by a paper thin skin. They are used primarily in Mexican cooking. My husband took one look at them and was reluctant to try this recipe. He loved it! Most grocery stores now carry them in the produce section. They can be also found in Mexican grocery stores. If you can not find them fresh, you can substitute canned ones.

Bev Loves Food

Thu, 16 Oct 2008 23:11:00 +0000

This is my blog to celebrate my love of great food. I will be sharing my favorite recipes, healthy food recipes, cooking tips, and cooking with kids.

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