Sooooo, my whole family is out of town this week! I’m cooking for one, which is something that I’m not good at! It has been imbedded in every fiber of my being that “having too much is always better than not having enough!” My mamaw would sit in her dining room/living room and literally shove food at people as they came in her house. I’ll always remember her, sitting at her dinner table, hands clasped over the table, hair and makeup perfect, waiting for someone to come in and see her. The first thing out of her mouth would always be, “Have ya’ eat yet?” and it would be immediately followed by, “Let me get ya’ a little bite of something,” no matter what your answer was! You could say, “Oh Mamaw, I just had a sandwich,” and she’d say, “Well, that’s not enough you need a little bit of something else.” She loved to feed people, she passed that along to my mom, who in turn passed it on to me. Not saying my mom didn’t teach her a thing or two. My Mamaw was my dad’s mom; my mom and her mom didn’t always see eye to eye and when my dad brought my mom home to meet the parents, Mamaw immediately took Mama under her wing. One thing my mamaw did NOT do, was use any kind of pepper, or much seasoning at all for that matter. When Mama started cooking with Mamaw, they both had to show each other a few things. Mamaw would go behind Mama adjusting temperatures and Mama would go behind Mamaw adding salt and pepper. Back to my original point though, Mamaw always told us, “Make sure you have enough; we don’t want anyone to leave hungry.” That was the type of woman Mamaw was. She didn’t want anyone to leave her house unless they were full as a tick and smiling like a fool! Gosh, do I miss that sweet woman! So, in turn, I do NOT know how to cook for just a few people. My whole life, it didn’t matter if it was just going to be me and her, or me and my whole family, we were cooking plenty for everyone. When I moved to Starkville, I lived alone for most of my time there and it killed me trying to cook for one person. I ended up surviving on frozen meals, take out food, and fried egg and bacon sandwiches. Or I would invite friends over to eat so I wouldn’t have to cook for one person. That being said, this is going to be a hard week for me to blog. 🙂 But, never fear! For I am not one to give up so easily! Tonight, I’m going to tell you about a place that I absolutely LOVE to get take out from… It’s what I ate tonight 🙂 and I’m going to give ya’ll a couple simple recipes that would be pretty easy to make for one! First of all, Angelo’s Eatery.
Angelo’s is located on Weisenberger Road in Madison, right near Gluckstadt Road. It has a little bit of everything! It has Barbeque, Pizza, Pasta, Salads, and Sandwiches! My new favorite appetizer in the whole wide world is at this restaurant! That is the wonder that is Toasted Ravioli.
These bad boys are AWESOME!! Cheesy and crunchy, fried and delicious, and their marinara sauce, while they don’t share their recipe with me, I think has a little touch of jalapeno in it. Just enough for you to taste the flavor but not enough to be spicy. It may be something besides jalapeno but it sure tastes good!! Now, they make their own pizza dough! Which just adds to the deliciousness of the pizza that I am totally in love with! It’s not on the menu… I know, leave it to me to create my own pizza 🙂 Actually, a friend of mine created it and introduced me to it and I fell in love. It’s just a pesto, grilled chicken, feta, and mozzarella pizza and OH MY GOSH is it delicious!
Now, it’s confession time! While these are not the only two things I get here at Angelo’s, it’s what I get most often. I have gotten the Soprano Sub, which is grilled chicken, pesto, mayo, and mozzarella. My mom has had the lasagna and several of my friends have recommended the Mac and Cheese bites; everything that I’ve tasted from here has been awesome, between the food, the excellent service, and the atmosphere this place is a gem! Ya’ll have to go check it out!
But since I can’t give ya’ll any recipes from there, I will give ya’ll some other recipes that you’ll be sure to enjoy! Something simple, easy, and quick that I recently made for my family is a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich! Okay, so I know that doesn’t sound all that simple, easy, or quick but believe me it is! This is what you’ll need:
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches:
1 pkg beef, sirloin, tips- packaged at your local grocery store,
1 small onion,
1 small green bell pepper,
3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce,
1 tbsp. olive oil
A pinch of each- garlic powder, salt, pepper, McCormick Cowboy rub,
4 slices American cheese,
2 to 3 whole wheat hoagie buns.
First things first, slice those onions and bell peppers. It doesn’t matter how you cut it, you can cut into big chunks, dice them finely, or have medium sized slices. It’s really up to how you like it… my nephews are ok with onions and peppers as long as they can’t see them; but, I like mine to be a little bigger so I separate my meat from my veggies. But, most people are less picky so I’m doing this together… The most important part of this recipe is to cook the onions and the peppers to the right consistency. You don’t want raw onions and peppers, it’s just not done! So I put the steak, onions, and peppers in the skillet all at the same time (and let them cook for the same amount of time and in the same seasoning when I’m separating them,) after I put the meat and veggies into the skillet, I pour in Worcestershire, salt, pepper, garlic, and the cowboy rub. Let it all cook until the steak is cooked to your desired temperature and remove them from heat. Now, open up your hoagie buns, spoon in enough of the meat and veggies so that you’re happy, place a slice of cheese on top, and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. You can also use chicken, I just LOVE steak! Also, the beef tips are already chopped into chunks so it’s less time and energy. You can use the same exact ingredients, you can add a little soy sauce, do some swiss cheese instead of American, add some mayo, and different colored bell peppers to dress it up! This is something that you can do SO much with and in a very short amount of time. Heck, you can even add shrimp!
This next recipe is perfect for the summer, perfect for baby and bridal showers, and perfect for a dinner or lunch for one or two! Pimento and cheese is a Southern staple. It’s right up there with sweet tea and grits! It’s also super easy to make!
Roasted Pepper & Jalapeno Pimento & Cheese:
1 8 oz. block sharp cheddar cheese,
1 8 oz. block pepper jack cheese,
1 8 oz. block Monterey jack cheese,
2 tbsp. roasted red peppers, chopped,
2 tbsp., diced, pickled, jalapenos,
2 cups mayonnaise,
Okay folks, the hardest part of pimento & cheese is grating the cheese. Can you buy shredded? Sure, but if you buy the block cheese and grate it yourself the cheese is much softer and velvety. It’s purely about texture! So, bare with me and break out that grater, put some elbow grease into it! If you notice that you’re having a trouble with your cheese crumbling, you can stick in the freezer. The colder the cheese, the easier it is to grate! Once it’s all nicely grated, throw it in a bowl, and pull out the peppers. The roasted peppers are sold in 7oz. jars in the grocery store, I used Cento brand. When you take the peppers out of the jar, you’ll notice they’re in long slices, so you’ll need to take about 8 peppers (depending on the size), and chop them up. The jalapeno’s also come diced in a jar. You don’t have to use jarred, you can use fresh if you like but I like the taste that the jarred gives it; plus, jarred is a little less spicy. Same with the roasted red peppers but it takes a LONG time to roast peppers! But, to each their own! Anyways, as I was saying, once you’ve grated the cheese and chopped the red peppers, add the jalapenos, Tony’s, salt, and pepper and give it a good stir. Finally, add the mayonnaise and stir well. It may take a little more mayo or a little less depending on what you like. It’s kinda tough to stir all that cheese, don’t worry about making it pretty though! Just stir it until all the ingredients are mixed all together. You can eat this on crackers, toast points, chips, regular white bread, or even croissants. A good idea is to spread a little butter on two pieces of bread, spoon some pimento and cheese on to one piece, top it with the other piece, and throw the whole thing into a skillet for a grilled pimento cheese sandwich! You can set out a bowl of this, add some Ritz crackers, Mezzetta Jalapeno stuffed Green Olives, and a little deli meat and you have yourself a party platter for your friends! You can also wrap it in some saran wrap, form it into a ball, refrigerate for 1 hour, sprinkle on bacon bits, and have yourself a pimento and cheese cheeseball!
Well, I guess that’s it for tonight folks! I’ve been trying to think of what to post for the 4th of July. Most of my family will be out of town, but my sweet brother has invited me to come spend it with him and his family. He and I are always “fighting” about who’s the better cook. He can master a grill, so can I; he knows his way around the kitchen, but I play with flavors and recipes and make them my own; he can smoke the devil out of some meat, I can’t even begin to tell you how to start a smoker. So this 4th of July, he’ll be making the meat, and I’ll be making some potato salad and the BEST pound cake you could possibly imagine! A co-worker has also asked me to make a few things for her so I think I’ll be making some crockpot pulled pork, chicken spaghetti, and something I call goulash! I may even throw a steak in there tomorrow night! 😉 Ya’ll stay tuned for what’s coming your way and don’t forget to sign up down below to follow my new blog posts! Have a good night!