Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fina'denne' or Finadene Dipping Sauce...

Fina' denne' Dipping Sauce or commonly known at Finadene Sauce. It is a versatile sauce that hails from Guam. I was at the neighbors recently for a casual cocktail party and tried their recipe for Spicy Finadene Sauce. Just a simple, little recipe brought from Guam by our neighbors and friends D & L. Big on taste and a wonderful enhancement of your food.

When I looked up this sauce I found several versions.  But the basics are the same, the main ingredients are soy sauce & vinegar. I have posted two versions. My neighbors & mine. I used the ingredients I had on hand for my recipe.  I compared their version to a few others, they are all very similar, just a few additions here or there. Both of ours was delicious. It will get spicier /stronger the longer it sits, melding flavors! You can also add a little water to tone it down after a few days if desired. * Just like most recipes, ingredients vary due to ingredients and amounts. One recipe even called for cucumbers, that sounded delicious as well.  This dipping sauce is often used for fiesta's and is a staple in most homes in Guam from what I read. And, I can see why! It is awesome ......
                 This was lunch today: Left over rock cornish Game Hem Dipped in Fina' denne'      

Fina'denne' Dipping Sauce
  The CattleQueen Cooks


2/3 cup of Soy Sauce, *low sodium worked well
1/2 cup of white wine vinegar (used what I had on hand, regular white vinegar is the norm)
1/4 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
2, 3, or 4 red peppers, seeded & smashed &/or chopped *smashing will intensify the warmth of the     peppers.
1 clove of garlic smashed and chopped or 1 level teaspoon of prepared chopped garlic.
Black Pepper to taste.
Heavy squeeze of Lemon juice.

**Tabasco may be used in place of Peppers, season to taste


Mix together all liquids, then add spices and other ingredients, blend well. Store in a glass container in the fridge.
Serve Cold.
The longer this sauce sits the stronger the flavors become.
Serve as a Dipping Sauce, a Marinade, BBQ sauce, or use over Rice or Noodles.

      Store in a glass container. The hotness will intensify the longer it melds. Store in the refrigerator.

Spicy Finadene Sauce
  Recipe by D&L

50% Soy Sauce
25% Lemon juice
25% White Vinegar

Add some Chili peppers or Tabasco sauce, freshly ground Pepper, Sliced onions and small minced ginger if desired.  All are to your taste.

Mix well. Great BBQ Sauce for ribs!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Crab Cakes...Best Ever!

it was Sunday and I have been in a clean & purge mood. So when dinner time came...I went to the pantry...I had forgotten to thaw anything doe dinner! I spied Crab in the can...don't whence...yes there are some great canned crab brands out there.  I often keep this & salmon on hand for quick dinners. Living in land & in the foothills, fresh crab is not always available ! (I wish I had had fresh crab!) So next best thing! These crab cakes were maked in a muffin tin and were so tasty. We served them with cocktail sauce & dijon mustard. My fave is to use both! YUM...kicked it over the top!

Crab Cakes...Best Ever!
  The CattleQueen Cooks

Ingredients :

3 cans of premium canned crab meat, packed in water, rinsed, drained and placed in a paper towel to remove excess water. (or 1 pound of fresh Crab)
1 cup of ritz crackers, ground fine
1 smal jar of oil packed pimentos, do not drain
1 egg
1 heaping teaspoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, chopped fine or dehydrated
1 heaping teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce

After baked: Garnish with 1 heaping tablespoon of butter, seasoned lightly with garlic salt


Place crab meat in a medium bowl, check for any fragments of shell, fork shred into small pieces
Add crushed ritz crackers , I used a food processor to do this.
In a separate bowl, mix together: The egg, pimentos w/oil, mustard, seasoning. lemon juice. and worcestshire sauce, blend well
Mix the sauce mixture with the crab meat and crackers.
In a prepared muffin tin, add the meat mixture to fill.... makes 10-12 crab cakes depending how fill you fill the muffin tin.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle 1 heaping table spoon of melted garlic butter over the top equally!  Serve immediately!

Serve with Cocktail sauce &/or Dijon Mustard, serve alone, as a meal or on a bed of lettuce.

Ornery gave this a two thumbs up between bites!!!
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Homestyle Mac 'n Cheese...Diet friendly!

Who doesn't love comfort food! Especially when you start that dang diet again! Haha... It's that time again, the "I ate too much through the Holidays, got to go on a diet NOW" time! :))))
Anyway, my daughter and have teamed up to work together support wise...as we go on our choosen diets and exercise routines! Here is my first post for the "Lean 'n Mean Cuisine " recipes....

Homestyle Mac 'n Cheese
  TheCattleQueen Cooks


1 box of DreamFields corkscrew pasta
Enough water to cover about an inch over the pasta in a deep pot or cast iron pan.
1 chicken broth soft cube, Knorr's brand. *(Or add one can of chicken broth with some water to cover as mentioned above)
1 jar of cheddar cheese dip, (Find in the Chips & Snacks aisle)
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese, about 2 cups
Season with pepper or a non salt seasoning, (the broth has plenty of sodium or use a low sodium)
1 small jar of pimentos with the oil
3 strips of bacon cooked crisp and crumbed for topping.
Chives for garnish


In a large stock pot, add the past, water, broth cube and jar of pimentos /oil. Boil until the pasta is cooked. No need for draining liquids.
Fold in the jarred cheddar cheese dip & stir well.
Next, add the shreaded cheese and blend.

Ready to serve...
Add some crumbled Bacon on top and garnish with Chives.

A  "Lean 'n Mean Cuisine" meal for a Low Glycimic Diet

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beef & Pepper Sauce (aka... Au Poivre Sauce)...

Beef & Pepper Sauce....When you sit down to dinner and at first bite....You fall in love with the flavors... & then you know.... You have a winning recipe! It's that YUMMY!

Brown, sear and simmer the ground sirloin meatballs. Shown with the lid on!
 Shown with the lid off....
 Dinner is served...
 Au Poivre Sauce...aka Pepper Sauce...OH MY, OH MY!!!
 My sautéed veggies served with the meat & sauce.  Sliced Potatoes, Zucchini & Onions.
These meatballs were the bomb!!! Big & Beefy!

We were in love with this new recipe of mine at first bite!

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Beefy Irish Pub Sandwiches...

This sandwiches are always hit! Never once have these been anything, except deliscious & devoured! :)))
Served these at Christmas this year, but we also serve them year round!  

Beefy Irish Pub Sandwiches....
Irish Pub Sandwiches
  @The CattleQueen Cooks

Serves 6-8


3 pounds of Chuck Roast, trim fat
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1/3 cup of Soy Sauce
1 cup of Coke (not diet)
2- 10.5 ounce cans of Beef Consommé
1/4 cup of minced Onion
1 Beef Bouillon cube, (I used Knorrs, soft cube)
1 teaspoon (or to taste) of Garlic Pepper (PineCreek Brand , see recipe here)
1/4 teaspoon of thyme
1 package of Knorr's Classic Brown Gravy, dry

*In addition you will need: 12-14 slices of Provolone or Jack Cheese & 6 -8 Sourdough rolls


Combine all ingredients in a large crock. Cook on low for four hours.
Fork shred the beef off the bone, discard any chunks of fat & remove bones. Return to the crock pot & gravy mixture, cook for another 2 hours on low.

To Serve:

On sourdough sandwich rolls, split and fill with beef and two slices of Jack or Provolone cheese.
Heat in the microwave to melt cheese or use an oven set at 350 degrees, until cheese is melted.

In a small bowl add some of the gravy/cooking juices for dipping if desired. (Additional gravy may be added/made for dipping as well).

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Norwegian Almond Bars...

Oh my, these are so good. One of my favorite cookies from childhood. A little labor intensive but so worth the work... Praises will be sung! I made a double batch and not a crumb is left!

Norwegian Almond Bars
  The CattleQueen


1 3/4 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, not leveled
1 cup softened butter, (2 sticks)
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons whipping cream (or milk)
1/2 cup of sliced almonds

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup of powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
3-4 tsp of whipping cream or milk


In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder & salt. Sift & set aside.
In larger mixing bowl, beat together yhr ugar and soft butter. Then, beat in the almond extract.
Next beat in the flour mixture. The mixture will be crumbly, but will get better the more you work it. Mix until dough blends together.
Divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 12 inch long roll. Place two rolls, 4-5 inches on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
Flatten each roll, with a rolling pin or your hand, until they are about 3 inches wide.
Brush the flattened cookie log with milk, sprinkle with almonds and lightly press into the dough.
Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes ( I baked mine at 13 minutes).
While the baked cookie slab is still warm, but not hot & on the baking sheet,  diagonally cut into 1 inch strips with a pizza cutter. Carefully transfer the cut cookies to a wire cooling rack and drizzle with the icing.
Store in an airtight container, with parchement or wax paper between each layer. The cookies are better the next day, but how can you resist taste testing? ? ?

Notes: This recipe doubles well.

 This is a Christmas treat for us but, any holiday is worth celebrating with these cookies...

 Simple hint: To hold down the parchment paper while you work; Spray a little cooking spray on the baking pan before placing the parchment paper on top. Works perfect to hold your paper down & in place!
 OH MY....amazing cookies!
 These are baked and glazed....
Ready to bake...

Labor intensive, but... OH so worth it!

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