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Citrus Marinated Flank Steak

Rarely do I ever feel the need to prepare red meat or want to eat it.  Something inside of me was craving flank steak.  My grandparents had prepared us some wonderful marinated flank steak the last time we were visiting.  Mr.Picky was a fan of this great flank steak, even though he is often not a fan of this cut of meat.

Looking for my recipe I was given, I was having no luck.  I searched everywhere for my disc full of recipes and could not find it.  Somewhere in our move I lost it, well not lost but put it somewhere special.  I remember just before we moved I came across it in an odd spot and put it somewhere for safe keeping.  I don’t often misplace things and searched every logical place.  One day I will find it.

Until I find it I found this recipe for Citrus Marinated Flank Steak.  The flavors seemed similar to what we ate and I figured it would do until I can get my hands on the right recipe.  This recipe turned out great, not quite as much flavor as I was expecting even after I  marinated it longer.  Mr.Picky approved and said I could prepare it again.

Marinated Flank SteakMarinated Flank Steak:

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic,crushed
  • 1 Tbs chipotle chili powder (I used regular so the kids could eat it)
  • 3 Tbs cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 lb. Flank steak

Score steak on both sides.

Place all ingredients besides the stead in a jar or blender, blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Place steak in a plastic bag and pour in marinade.  Allow to marinade at room temperature for 2 hours.  Or overnight in the refrigerator.

Prepare the grill until high heat is reached and the coals are red hot.  Grill about 3-4 minutes on each side.  Move away from direct heat and cook another 10 minutes longer.  Meat should reach about 145 degrees.  This process took us a bit longer because we were cooking in the snow.

Remove meat to a cutting board, cover in foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Slice meat against the grain in thin strips to serve.

Marinated Flank Steak
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Quinto Baked Beans

Quinto Baked BeansYears ago Mr.Picky was searching for a baked bean recipe.  We found one in a Better Home and Gardens Grilling Cookbook, although he strayed from the recipe a bit.  This is Mr.Picky’s recipe to make when he is grilling and preparing dinner.  Over the years I think we have perfected this variation of baked beans.

Quinto baked beans give you a variety of five beans and textures alongside the sweet yet smoky flavored sauce.  These beans are not swimming in sauce but are nicely covered and can easily be served on a plate without mixing with everything.  Of course it has a bit of bacon in it which adds flavor and a nice bite when crisped up.

For the next event, or bring a dish meal try throwing these together.  Everyone will love them and they are a good hearty hot dish.  I think I forgot to mention you make them in the slow cooker which just makes everything easier.

Quinto Baked Beans:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pork and beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-16 oz.) can garbanzo beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can butter beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can white kidney or cannellini beans
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs prepared or yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce

Saute bacon until partially cooked, drain off as much fat as you can.  Add in onion and garlic and continue to cook until bacon is fully crisp.

Beside the pork and beans, drain and rinse all the cans of bean.

Place all beans, the bacon and onion mixture, and all remaining ingredients in the slow cooker.  Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4 hours.  Stirring every so often to prevent burning of the sugars.

Enjoy, enjoy it even more along some good BBQ.


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Easy Creamed Spinach

How do you get your family to eat their spinach? You add cheese of course and make it creamy. This recipe is so simple. My mom made something similar and I followed her footsteps in my way. Mr.Picky likes it which is huge so give it a try.

This may seem like a lot of spinach but if you have ever cooked fresh spinach before you know how it shrinks.  Just think they think they are eating a little spinach when it is actually a cup or two of fresh.  Sneaky little trick.  As far as how much garlic to use that all depends on how much you like garlic.  We are all garlic lovers so I added 3 cloves.

Next time I make it I might try adding a Tbs or so of minced shallot which I think would add a lot of depth.  A splash of cooking sherry would brighten the dish as well.  Stay tuned for updates to an already great recipe.

Easy Creamed Spinach:

  • 1 1/2 pounds, washed baby spinach (whole or coarsely chopped)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 Tbs cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

In a medium sauté pan heat oil over medium/high heat.  Add in the garlic and sauté about 30 seconds until fragrant.

Easy Creamed Spinach

Add in spinach and continue to stir until wilted.

Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in the cream cheese until melted and then sprinkle with parmesan until it all comes together.

Easy Creamed Spinach


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Crockpot Refried Beans

When looking for a simple refried bean recipe I came across Refried Beans Without the Refry Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  This was so easy and my family fell in love.  My daughter is constantly asking when I will make a pot of beans.  Not only is the an inexpensive side dish but is makes a large quantity that can be split and frozen for later uses.  You are controlling what goes into the beans including the amount of salt.

I make these beans as a side dish usually with mexican food.  We eat them up through the week by making bean and cheese burritos for lunch or into a tasty late night snack dip.  Give these beans a try you can’t go wrong.  I gave the recipe my own tweaks after making them multiple times now.

Crock-pot Refried Beans:Crockpot Refried Beans

  • 1 1/2 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 cup dried black beans
  • 9 cups water
  • 1 medium to large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic,crushed
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cumin

Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker.  Cook on low for 8 hours.

Placing a colander over a bowl strain the mixture of all liquids (but reserving the liquids).

Return the beans to the slow cooker.

Using an immersion blender pulse until desired consistency adding about 1/4 cup of liquid at a time as needed.  You can also mash beans with a potato masher for a coarser bean.

Taste for additional salt if needed.


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Baked Southwest Chicken Flautas

I enjoy making and eating Spinach Chicken Flautas but was feeling creative the other night when I started to prepare them.  This is how I came up with Southwest Chicken Flautas.  I combined the other recipe with what was on hand in the fridge and these turned out even better.

These flautas are not as dry so you can eat them without dip.  The sweet corn plays nicely with the spice of the pepper and spices.  Mr.Picky said these ones are way better and took many to work with him the next day.

Baked Southwest Chicken Flautas:

These have been cut in half to cool for the kids!

These have been cut in half to cool for the kids!

  • 6-8 8″ tortillas
  • olive oil spray or cooking spray
  • 4 cups cooked chicken (thighs or breast), shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 jalapeno or 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 1-2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mexican cheese blend (or half Colby jack and half cheddar)

Prepare a cookie sheet by lining with foil and lightly spraying with olive oil or cooking spray.

In a small saute pan combine jalapeno, corn, minced garlic, baby spinach, and 1 tbs olive oil.  Saute until corn starts to brown and the spinach wilts.  Set aside.

In a large bowl combine all of the remaining ingredients and the vegetables that have slightly cooled.  Mix until evenly combined.

Using the tortillas cut them in half.  Spoon about 2-3 Tablespoons of filling on the straight side of the tortilla.

Roll the tortilla tightly from the straight edge to the round edge.  Place on the prepared cookie sheet seem side down.  Lightly spray the tops of flautas with cooking spray or olive oil spray.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, flip and cook 5 minutes more until golden brown.  Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

We served our flautus with refried beans and guacamole.

They reheated great in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes for a quick lunch the next day.

Reheated Flautas for lunch

Reheated Flautas for lunch

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

I had a pork loin tip roast in the freezer and needed something new to make for dinner.   Knowing we would have the pork one way or the other I had pulled the pork loin out of the freezer the night before to thaw.  I had a new bottle of balsamic vinegar to try out and had the time to marinade, so I went for it.  I came up with a marinade that was amazing.

Mr.Picky thought it was the best pork loin roast I have ever made.  It was very flavorful without being too spicy for the kids who both had seconds.  In my mind the tangy brightness from the vinegar paired great with the garlic and herbs on this mild flavored meat.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Roast:

  • 2-4 lb. pork loin roast (or tip roast)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 Tbs Morton’s Nature Seasoning (bought or made)
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, pressed or minced

Morton’s Nature Seasoning:

  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs dried parsley
  • 2 tsp celery seed

Combine all of the following in a container with an air tight lid.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin RoastRoast:

Place vinegar, both seasonings, and garlic in a plastic sealable bag.  Mix until seasonings began to dissolve.

Add in olive oil and squish around again.

Place pork into the bag and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

In a glass baking dish place pork and marinade, cook in a 350 degree preheated oven.  Cook about 1-1 1/2 hour or until the internal temperature reached 140 degrees.  Baste with marinade a few times during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Remove from oven and tent with foil to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

I am a chili lover, especially if the chili is made with kidney beans.  Growing up my mom always made chili with kidney beans. To this day I swear I can eat chili breakfast, lunch, and dinner as long as it is homemade.  My mother’s chili is very similar but usually uses ground beef and omit the pumpkin and pumpkin spice.  Chili is so simple, versatile and forgiving, and is a one pot meal.  A slow cooker would work as well but as long as I am home I love to just simmer my soup in a dutch oven on the stove.

A few years ago I had come across a recipe that added pumpkin.  In the fall if I have any pumpkin in the freezer or extra from baking I make this chili.  The pumpkin purée added a depth and richness to the chili without a pumpkin flavor.

Of course chili can not be served without fresh cornbread.  Sour cream and cheddar cheese are optional.

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Turkey Pumpkin Chili:

  • 1 package ground turkey breast (16-20 oz.)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 green pepper,diced
  • 1  cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (26 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or (1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp allspice)

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

In a large pot brown turkey, add in onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant.

Add remaining ingredients and bring up to simmer, continue to simmer on low for at least 1 hour.

Serve with cornbread, tortilla chips, or with some cheddar cheese.
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