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Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

Posted in Cooking, Food, Health, Hobby with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2013 by urbannight

anaheim_pepperThe Anaheim pepper is a very mild, somewhat sweet, pepper. Named for a town in California, they were developed in New Mexico and the varieties grown there tend to be a bit hotter than the ones grown in California.

My favorite way to eat these it to slice them in half, long-wise, and clean out. Mix cream cheese, crab, and cayenne in a bowl. Fill the peppers.

As we all know, everything is better with bacon, so wrap a slice of bacon around the stuffed pepper. Grill or roast until the bacon is cooked but try to avoid burning the pepper.

I’ve never seen any directions on this so I play with it every time. In fact, sometimes I start them in the microwave to partly cook the bacon and then roast them in the oven to finish. A small amount of charing on the peppers is okay. It enhances the look of them without leaving them tasting burnt.

You may want to use pre-cooked bacon because they are never cooked enough. But sometimes they are cut too thin and then the bacon cooks too fast instead of too slow.

Green Pizza

Posted in Food, Life, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by urbannight

Green Pizza or Salad Pizza

I really was not in the mood to make dinner last night and almost stopped at the Vietnamese Asian Cafe and ordered Spring Rolls to go. But I went home and forced myself to make something I already had. It didn’t really take that long. But I was in no mood and neglected to take photos. The above is a slice of my lunch today. The cheese started to cool on the long walk back from the microwave. So it isn’t the lovely pie I pulled out of the oven. But it still looks nice enough.

4 slices bacon,
1 chicken breast,
Onion to taste,
Garlic to taste,
Butter or diet butter, (I use smart balance light)
Spinach or mixed salad greens,
3/4 cup Cheese of your choice, (I used shredded Italian blend)
Crust of choice (I tried ‘Artisan’ brand, it was okay)

Cut up bacon to one inch pieces, (kitchen shears work great)
Mince onion, mince garlic, dice chicken.
Start cooking bacon pieces,
Put a layer of butter on your crust, spread minced garlic over it, put a sprinkling of your cheese down.
Remember to stir bacon between the above steps, now drain part of the grease and add onion.
Add a layer of spinach or mixed greens, (used 50/50 spinach/spring mix), sprinkling of cheese.
Add chicken, cook until bacon and chicken are all done, spread around top, sprinkle the last of the cheese.
Top with a Pizza Grinder or seasoning or cayenne or leave alone. Whatever makes you happy.

Put in preheated oven, 425 degrees, cook 8 – 12 minutes.

I liked it but the crust isn’t anything special. I think I like straight spinach better. I have friends who love arugala on pizza. I also do a variation of this where I use a large tortilla wrap for crust. I think it is better. It cooks in about 3 – 5 minutes at 400 Degrees and makes a lovely crispy thin crust. It also has way less calories.

1/4 a pizza, the pictured slice:
Calories: 509.25
Fat: 21.75
Sodium: 756
Chol: 44
Carbs: 48.25
Fiber: 2.125
Sugar: 6.25
Protein: 19.75

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Posted in Art, Education, Entertainment, Food, Life, Uncategorized, Work, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2012 by urbannight

I have not tried these yet.  I intend to soon.  Possibly this weekend.  I was in the lunch room to heat up my soup when I over heard two women talking about it.  So I got nosey and asked how she made it.

Brush the round top of the mushroom with an Italian dressing.

Remove the gills from the mushrooms.

Saute garlic and spinach until wilted.  (I would say that if you got mushrooms with stalks you might chop the stalks and add to this part.  Green onion or just chives might be good to add as well.  And I’m a big fan of Cayenne so I might add a bit here as well.)

Drizzle a little Italian dressing over the stuffing and stir in, then stuff the mushroom caps.

Sprinkle a bit of cheese over the top.

Bake in over for 18 to 20 minutes at 375. 

It sounds lovely.  Crumbled bacon or minced scallops might also be good in it.