August 26, 2014

Steakhouse Swiss Mushroom Meatloaf

Steakhouse Swiss Mushroom Meatloaf, steakhouse taste but in a meatloaf. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
And then the heavens opened up! Finally I am getting relief from working every weekend! We been so short staffed that we have had to work every weekend since, well March. I only been getting 1 weekend off a month. What happened? Well, they finally hired 2 part timers who have to work every Saturday and one my co-workers went to part time due to school, so she has to work every Saturday. So that means the ones that left we only required to work 1 Saturday a month for 2 hours now! I am doing a happy dance! I am getting weekends back!!!

I know sometimes it sucks to work on health care, but This last year has been the worse I have seen in 17 years. Between my co workers being, well very immature, but most them are now gone, and working short, it been brutal. Finally to have some much needed break from the craziness I been putting up with, it a huge sigh of relief.

What has me thinking about all this craziness I put up with is because the other day one my co workers, who is a male and is also much older then me, suddenly lost it at work. He was very upset because the negativity the one co worker has and her attitude. Truth be told, she caused me a lot of grief, in fact I talked about it in the Crock Pot Cheese Soup recipe.

She is our troublemaker, she lies very badly, in fact I have told my boss and a few others, "that girl lies worse then a rug on the floor." Everything is drama with her. Let's put this way, she always wants to be the center of attention, and will never compliment you. Example, I got a hair cut, It was huge change for me, everyone was loving it. She says to me, "You got your hair cut? Good luck growing that out." What the hell kind of compliment is that? Another time:

"Dee did you get a new purse?" 
"Yes, I did I got at JustFab." 
"I was going to say that looks like a knock off Prada purse."

Cant she just say, nice purse or, I like that color, or even, I heard about JustFab. No she has to be, well negative, it isn't about her. Back when I wrote the post for Crock Pot Cheese Soup, I actually had to put up with 3 of them. There was 2 others just like her. They are all around the same age 23-25 and they were all friends. They just have the worst attitude. So my male co worker had no idea what I had to put up with, so that was another reason I had him read that post, besides for the saying my mom told me about dealing with those, well for a lack of a better term, oh let be honest, "bitches. Trust me they really were that, and that is being nice believe it or not.

Things are changing, we got fresh blood, only have one the three bitches left. The new people have seen through her act, and I got my weekends back. I think we need a happy dance, dont you agree? But what? I know lets put on something corny shall we? Let's have some fun!

So, old things can have a freshness to it, no not that video, you can tell was 80-90's video. I don't think could add freshness to it. Usually, anything can have a reinvention, just like my work situation and meatloaf. Meatloaf have be reinvented several ways, it all depends on what you want to do with it to make it better. For this recipe, I decided to stuff it with saute onion and mushrooms and Swiss cheese. The real secret is this new seasoning found from McCormick's Grill Mates, it was called steakhouse mushroom. I admit this probably the best meatloaf I made in a long time.

1 lb of ground sirloin
1 package of Grill Mates Steakhouse Mushroom
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup of breadcrumbs
3-4 slices of Swiss cheese
4-5 mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion chopped
2 tablespoon butter

In a saute pan, melt the butter, then add the mushrooms and onions. Saute them till the onions turn clear.

Take them off the heat and set them aside. Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.

 In a bowl, add the sirloin, the Grill Mates, Worcestershire sauce, milk, egg, and bread crumbs. Mix it all together well. If it is too wet, add a little more bread crumbs, and mix it again.

Grease a loaf pan and set it aside.

On a piece of parchment, press out a flat,  rectangle of the meat mixture. Down the center, lay the cheese slices.. On top the cheese slices, add the mushrooms and onions.

Carefully, roll up the meat starting on the short end. You will have to keep shaping the meat into the loaf, also keeping the filling from coming out.

Place the meatloaf, seam side down in the pan cover with foil and bake the meatloaf for about 60 minutes. Remove the foil, and let bake another 10-15 minutes till the top has a nice brown look to it.

Take it out the pan, slice it up and ENJOY!


August 23, 2014

Roundhouse Princess Pumpkintini

Roundhouse Princess Pumpkintini, a sweet pumpkin flavored martini that is fit for a princess. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
Fairy Godmother where are you? Have you ever just wished you had a fairy godmother who would make your wishes come true? She would just wave her magic wand and presto, you have what your are desiring. Then again, if there was a real thing as a fairy godmother, life would not be interesting.

What do I mean by that? Well, think about it, if someone just gave you every thing you desired, wouldn't you be board? If you didn't have a, well for the lack of a better word, struggle, to get what you do have, could you honestly say you would not have enjoyed the success of getting it as much? The fun in getting something is actually the struggle to get it.

I will admit I do wish from time to time my fairy godmother would show up, at least in this dating department. Yikes, yep I met some "princes" so far, and trust me they really are not my type of prince. I admit I am being too picky, call me crazy, but a job is kind of is a big thing with me. What kind of job? I don't care as long as they have one.

So why all this talk about fairy godmothers and princes? I was "challenged." Not the ice bucket challenge, but a recipe challenge. I had to create a cocktail based on a cartoon. The rules are simple, be inspired by a cartoon, and develop a drink that is the cartoon. Create a post that would be fun. Finally, challenge 3 other recipe blogs to do the same. So now that told the rules, I am challenging the following blogs, who I think would have a lot of fun coming up with a cartoon cocktail are:

So, Disney Princesses came to my mind, my favorite one is Cinderella. What comes to mind with Cinderella, mice, a pumpkin, fairy godmother, a princess, the color blue, glass slipper, midnight. Hmmm, well seeing as no one would drink a mouse flavored cocktail, that is out. What else is one the list?

Pumpkin, hmmm, I have from Roundhouse The Pumpkin King Cordial. I love using Roundhouse Spirits in many of my drink recipes. If you want a great crafted spirit, you need to check out the Roundhouse line. You can buy their products online at Drink Up NY.

Perfect, the scene most remember is when the fairy godmother waves her want and turns the pumpkin into a carriage. Lets make a little more sweet, bibiti bobbity boo.  Now you have a cocktail for a princess.

1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces whipped vodka
1/2 ounce of Roundhouse Pumpkin King Cordial

Pour the simple syrup and vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well.
Add the Pumpkin King.
Shake again.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and ENJOY!.


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August 21, 2014

Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta- 200th Post

Italian Sausage and Peppers Pasta, an easy Italian dish that is full of flavor. A recipe from Seduction In The Kitchen.
200 posts, I cant believe it, 200 posts! And a few days ago I hit 5200 likes on Facebook and I am very close on Twitter to having 500 followers. If memory recalls, when I had 100 posts, I hit 1000 likes on Facebook. So I wonder what will 300 posts have in store for this little recipe blog?

It is amazing to sit and watch this recipe blog grow. When it comes to blogging, you have an idea, but as you keep writing and posting, you watch the blog take on a life of its own. You may start off with an idea, but then that idea evolves. Ask anyone who does blog in food, crafts, photography, well anything actually, your blog, at one point becomes your baby.

I am slowly making over some the old posts, and I see what I wrote a year ago, take the Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, originally that post was a huge rant about something happened between me and Virgin Mobile. A year later, I decided I don't want that negativity on that post, so I replaced it with something more upbeat.

It is ok to change, I been saying that since the beginning of the year, change is good. I am very open to change, especially when it is needed in order to evolve and grow. So with that said, I am looking to move Seduction in the Kitchen to Wordpress platform.

The main issue with me moving platforms are a few minor things, but by October I will be on the Wordpress platform. It is time for this move, I know this, I been told by so many, that I need to switch, I haven't only because I not familiar with the platform as far as coding, and I also, well I have to pay for hosting, and money is tight. I have found a web developer, and he is will be helping me with the move, hosting, and a new design, but It wont be happening till October.

A change I am going to be doing soon, is, I am a Libra, we love being creative, I am getting tired of my background I do for my photos, this one for this sausage pasta recipe is the exception, only because I took it at my mother's house in Pittsburgh. As you see, most have the brown and pinkish marble. So looking to build a new background. I am not 100% sure what I want yet, but I will know when I see it.

I need to do stuff like this so Seduction in the Kitchen continues to grow. This is my baby, and my baby is growing! Which makes me very happy to see this success.

So let's celebrate this success and milestones. The best food for celebration in my opinion is ITALIAN FOODS! So for this special post, I am giving you a very simple Italian recipe. What makes this special too, when I was visiting my family in Pittsburgh, they let me cook a dish! Yep this dish! If you recall from past recipe posts, I have mentioned, my family, doesn't like to come out the comfort zone when comes to flavoring foods. I am in a way the odd ball, I like to step out the comfort zone and like change. Spices to them is salt and pepper and that is it. So trust me when I can get to try something it a huge success! That was what this is a huge success, plus it tastes really good.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb ground Italian sausage,
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 large yellow onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 1/2 cups stewed tomatoes
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons Romano cheese
Rotini noodles, cooked

In a large,skillet brown the sausage until it is cooked through. Drain the fat and drain the sausage on paper towels.

In the same pan heat your olive oil add and sauté the peppers, and onions, until the onion is translucent,then add the garlic and sauté gently but do not brown your garlic.

Stir in the tomatoes,basil, spices, Romano cheese and sausage. Cover the pan and simmer all over a medium-low heat for 8-10 minute.

Put the noodles on your plate and then spoon the meat mixture over. Sprinkle with the Parigiano-Reggiano and ENJOY!

August 18, 2014

New England Creamy Lobster Roll - Skinny

New England Creamy Lobster Roll, a skinny version that has a great taste to it. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
I admit, I do understand most things that are high tech, I may not catch on right away, but I do understand to point. I designed this blog, I can text, I know how to turn the computer on. You know what I can not figure out? These texting abbreviations! It one this to text something like SMH or ROFL in a text, you can pretend you understand and blame auto correct is you don't know what it is. When you don't understand something in a text just blame auto correct, seems to work most the time!

Anyway, now these abbreviations have gone to social media and, well real life conversations. I was talking to someone, face to face and they said to me, OMG LOL. We face to face, you tell me you can not just laugh, you actually have to say LOL instead of laughing? I don't get it. Another time had someone say SMH, I have no idea for the longest time what SMH was, so I asked and I got, "Oh Dee, that means shaking my head." Ok, so why don't you just shake your head back and forth in the conversation, why you have to say SMH.

You know, the actual art of conversation is lost. As you guys know I am starting out in dating word again, and I have come to find out, I like actual conversations with someone, Texting, it ok. But conversation you learn so much more. Take this saying: "Oh Wow" Depending on your tome in your voice it can mean so many things. Example, say it with a surprise, like you were not expecting it. Say sarcastic, you being sarcastic, say with saddness, it can be sad.Say excited, it can mean happy. That tone in your voice can make the difference. People want to know why they don't communicate in relationship, well put the electronics down and actually talk, you be surprised.

Ok, I will get down from the soap box now. Truthfully, why are these abbreviations in our vocabulary. Truthfully, I saw this on Facebook, I admit, yep I agree!

So I went to a seafood sale, that was disappointing at the local grocery store, but they had lobster meat on sale at it. There was a sign that said: Make Lobster Rolls. Hmmm, I have only had  lobster rolls one time and that was at a restaurant. I really liked it. So I took the recipe card, and got the lobster meat. Well, I decided it needed something, so looked at a few recipes online, and seem most all done mostly the same, mayo on the lobster meat on a hot buttered bun.

Well, Ms Dee, here is trying to lose weight, so I thought why not skinny this recipe up a bit, do it a little different. So I added a little sour cream instead all mayo, and skipped buttering the bun, with the sour cream it made it very creamy, but gave a great taste. I had a friend who is from the New England area try some, she said, "this does have a New England taste, but purest  New Engenders wont like it, but I think it is really good, great recipe for my neck the woods." So here it is, a skinny version of a New England classic.

14 oz cooked lobster meat
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 celery stalk, chopped,
1 carrot, chopped
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Hot dog buns
Melted butter (optional)

In a bowl, combine the lobster meat, onion, celery, and carrot together.

In another bowl, mix together the sour cream, lemon, mayonnaise, then pour it over the lobster mixture.

Mix everything together.

If want stay traditional, brush the buns inside with melted butter, if want stay on the skinny side, then don't do the melted butter for this recipe. Add some the lobster mixture and ENJOY!


All photography images and content by Deanna Samaan/Seduction in The Kitchen/Lovely Pink Diva