It’s been kinda quiet around here hasn’t it?

With the holidays and work and life… well, you know how that goes 🙂

But. Even so. There’s been no shortage of cookin’, that’s for sure!

As we start off the new year, I just can’t help but share at least a few pics.

And soon, some new recipes too!

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Veggie fried “rice” made with a farro, cole slaw mix, eggs, soy sauce and sesame oil then topped with fresh tomato, onion and avocado.

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Fresh caught mahi tacos from a Key West fishing trip topped with slaw, cheddar, and avocado.  Singing songs of summer… sigh!

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Whole wheat toast topped with smashed avocado with lemon, a fried egg, and shredded Parm served with baked parmesan tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms. Let me tell you, feed this to a skeptical meat eater and watch them smile!!

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Nanny’s classic “piggies” but this time stuffed with a venison mixture instead.  I always love serving a family classic to anyone who thinks “pigs in a blanket” are corn dogs wrapped in bread…

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And sesame noodles with a peanut sesame sauce topped with peanut sesame chicken thighs. An old Cookinfanatic classic, and a sauce I could eat straight from a spoon!

Hope you’ve been doing some delicious eating too 🙂

Meet. The electric skillet.

My new best friend?

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We are still working kitchen-less out here in the country. And now. Without a kitchen sink!

Have you ever done dishes in the bathroom sink? Like, a lot?

Jealous, aren’t you?

But. We do have cabinets! And new counter tops! And appliances!

kitchen cabinets

Getting there… 🙂

But since we are still without a hooked up stove, it was time to look to my new bff the electric skillet for some dinner inspiration.

This recipe is the perfect solution to a flavorful one dish meal. Which fits the bill for a kitchen-less dinner. But also just for a super busy weeknight meal as well!

It’s super easy to throw together, and involves the use of a few short cut items…

aidells sausages

I’ve always liked these Aidells sausages. And if I can find them at a Food Lion in the midst of the cornfields, I know that you can probably find them pretty much anywhere! 😉

A couple packages of pre-cooked rice also helped with the no-stove situation too.

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After a few minutes in the skillet it’s time to serve things up with a little extra spice!!

sausage and rice

An easy one dish weeknight meal. Whether it’s from a plugged in skillet or a pan on the stovetop, it’ll definitely be devoured!

 

Well. For the first time since college. I am kitchen-less!!

What happened hereeeee??

demo kitchen

Yep. Kitchen renovation is in full swing!

And I’ll tell ya what. Not having a kitchen sure does spark some creativity, especially now that post-college, Ramen noodles are no longer an acceptable meal of choice 🙂

Take these huevos rancheros. Which I had been craving ever since they were ordered by a friend at brunch a couple weeks back.

huevos rancheros

Even though I didn’t order them, I couldn’t help but staring (longingly) at them the whole time.

But huevos rancheros with no kitchen? Could it be done?

I knew that this needed to be a yes and that I needed to figure out how!

There’s nothing like a kitchen renovation to help you remember how much you enjoy a home cooked meal 🙂

huevo ingredients

So. I got to work.

I used this 48 (?) year old slow cooker to throw together a simple pinto and black bean mixture.

If they still made these slow cookers, I’d tell each and every one of you to go buy one. It’s not a crockpot (see the difference here). Just a way to cook anything and everything perfectly every time. I adore this thing!

But of course you could use the stove, or even the microwave too.

I also threw together a quick fresh salsa using goodies from my patio vegetable garden.

garden veg basket

That’s right. The country sure does lend itself to giving a try at your green thumb!

This year I think I’ve succeeded. The bounty has been plentiful.

Even with these guys around 🙂

deer

Next year it’s onto in-ground crops me thinks.

But I digress. Back to the meal at hand.

The rest of this dish is just a matter of stacking ingredients on a plate. And lightly frying the tortillas and eggs.

Simple enough, right?

I used an electric skillet for the above. But for those of you that have a stove (oh those were the days!), that would work just fine too.

Here’s a quick outline of the recipe in case you want to give it a whirl.

It received two thumbs up in our house and I think it will in yours too 🙂

Now if only eating this huevos rancheros would transport me back to the Mexican Riveria as well, right?