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Turning 50 and Baking Wontons

1 Dec
Baked Turkey and Stuffing Wontons with Cranberries and Gravy

Baked Turkey and Stuffing Wontons with Cranberries and Gravy

Well, the day finally arrived and I survived. I’m now officially the Big Five-O. The actual day was Tuesday, but after planning and hosting our Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Potluck at work, and then being whisked off to what I thought was a simple beverage after work with a dear friend before going out to my birthday dinner with my family that turned out to be a surprise birthday party planned by my husband, the week has just flown by and now here I am finally getting a chance to write something for my blog.

I wish I had something fantastic and new to post for you to cook. But quite frankly, our meals this past week have consisted of pretty standard fare. My husband grilled steaks one night (in the freezing cold) and baked potatoes while I cooked up some garlicky white beans. I made Mom’s Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli another night. One night we reheated some Spinach Lasagna from the freezer and made salads. Last night we went out to dinner for the second time in one month, which is unheard of in this household!

Baked Turkey and Stuffing Wontons

Baked Turkey and Stuffing Wontons

Oh, and the Baking Wontons bit in my title. Well, I did bake some Turkey and Stuffing Wontons for the potluck, which looked so pretty aside the gravy and cranberry dipping sauces, but quite frankly, they were nothing to write home about. I’m pretty sure they would have been a hit by adding some cream cheese to the filling, maybe even some yummy Laughing Cow Garlic Cheese that I actually had in the fridge, but hindsight is always 20/20. But I did take some pictures of them for you, and we can all pretend they were scrumptious together. One of my birthday presents was a shiny new muffin pan, to replace my rusted 20-year-0ld pan that had finally worn out so much even cupcake liners started sticking to it. I plan on cooking some of those neat hashed brown and egg muffins in them this weekend that seem to be all the rage on Pinterest these days.  You can look forward to that post soon! We are heading into the busy Christmas Holidays, and I hope you all find time to rest and relax in between all the hubbub and take time to truly enjoy your family and/or furkids. Cheers!

Grilled Steak and Artichoke Salad

8 Aug
Grilled Steak and Artichoke Salad

Grilled Steak and Artichoke Salad

Here is a main dish steak salad that will appease even the heartiest of appetites. Temperatures are still toasty here and I wanted to concoct a cool summer salad that would be filling enough for dinner. I used a thin-sliced top round, which is not as tender as flank steak, but marinating the meat helped tenderize it. I was going to make a homemade vinaigrette, but by the time I finished grilling, chopping, and dicing I decided store-bought dressing would suffice.

Steak Marinade

1/2 pound thin-sliced steak
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Black pepper to taste

Place the steak in a quart Ziploc baggie. Whisk the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the steak. Seal bag and let marinate for several hours or overnight. Take out and let come to room temperature about an hour before grilling.

Grilled Steak and Artichoke Salad

Marinated steak
Torn red-leaf lettuce
Thin-sliced red onion
Chopped green onion
1 can drained and rinsed artichoke hearts, quartered
Grape tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled, sliced, and quartered
Sliced white mushrooms
Black pepper to taste

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill steak for about 5 minutes each side, then place on platter and tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes.  Slice thin across the grain, and serve on top of a bed of lettuce with the other ingredients. Serve with salad dressing of choice.

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