Murphy’s Meal Moments

California Eggs Benedict
5/1/2019- 5/14/2019

California Eggs Benedict
Recipe retrieved and adapted from

English Muffins
Poached Eggs
*optional* Candaian Bacon or Bacon
Hollandaise Sauce (recipe below)

Cook Canadian bacon or bacon and set aside.
Slice tomatoes and avocados, set aside.
Toast English muffins.
While muffins are toasting, poach your eggs (one for each half of muffin).
Once muffins are toasted, layer ingredients on each half: bacon, tomato, egg, and avocado.
Spoon hollandaise sauce over the top. Serve promptly!
Serving Suggestion:
If you’re making breakfast in bed for Mom, don’t forget the flowers and orange juice (or mimosa)!
Blender Hollandaise

2 large egg yolks
1 generous tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (a little more is good)
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

In a saucepan melt but do not boil the butter and lemon juice.
Put the egg yolks, salt and cayenne in the blender and whip until it’s almost white then slowly pour the lemon butter into the blending yolks.
Pour on whatever!  Yum.

5/1/2019- 5/14/2019

Recipe retrieved and adapted from

1 pound of cooked shrimp
Salt water or clam stock (optional)
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup peeled, diced cucumber
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 jalapeno, minced
1 1/2 cups of freshly chopped tomatoes with their juices
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Juice of a lime, about 2 Tbsp
Hot sauce
1 avocado, cut into chunks

Cut half of the shrimp into large chunks, leaving the other half whole and set aside. (for a more attractive presentation).
Then, in a large mixing bowl, Toss chopped shrimp with other ingredients: chopped onions, cucumber, celery, jalapeño, tomatoes, ketchup, cilantro, lime juice and hot sauce.
Gently stir to combine, and chill.
*Optional* Stir in salt water or clam stock (fish sauce might also work) until you reach desired flavor and consistency.
Add salt and more hot sauce to taste and gently mix in the chopped avocados.
Serve in parfait glasses or in small bowls. Dip the whole shrimp in the cocktail and arrange them on top.
Serving Suggestion:
Serve with tortilla chips or crackers! Yum!

3/20/2019 – 4/2/2019


Organic Tomatoes
Organic Hass Avocados
The Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
2 TBS Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Slice tomatoes about 1 inch thick – place in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Slice or cube avocado and lightly toss with lemon juice. Add in sliced fresh basil leaves.
On a hot grill, quickly sear tomatoes for 2 minutes on one side, and 1 minute on the other.
Arrange on a salad plate, alternating avocados and tomatoes – or lightly mix together in a bowl.
**Optional: serve with spinach and feta cheese!

Serving Suggestion:
Serve with strips of grilled tri tip! Yum!

Orange Chicken
2/20/2019 – 3/5/2019

Orange Chicken

1 chicken breast per person
The Juice of 1 and 1/2 Oranges or 4 Mandarins
Salt and Pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Bring the EVOO to medium/high heat and place the chicken breasts in the oil.
When one side is brown, turn and cook the other side until brown.
Lower heat to simmer and add the juice of one orange or 3 mandarins to the pan.
Cover and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes.
Check frequently to make sure the juice does not evaporate. If it does, add more juice or a little water.
Remove when done, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with the remaining juice.

Serving Suggestion:
Serve with white rice.

Poached Salmon and Roasted Asparagus
2/20/2019 - 3/5/2019

Image retrieved from
Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Roasted Asparagus

1 Bunch Asparagus
Extra Virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Salt & Pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350.

Wash asparagus and dry with a towel or paper towels.
Cut 1/2 inch off the bottom of the bunch.
Place on a jelly roll pan and drizzle with EVOO, salt and pepper.
Roll them around a bit to make sure they are covered well and place in 350 oven for 30 minutes.
If you like your asparagus more crisp, cook 25 minutes.  More cooked - cook 35 minutes.

Poached Salmon
*find a similar recipe from here

1 to 1½ pounds salmon fillets, pin bones removed
½ cup dry white wine (a good Sauvignon Blanc)
½ cup water
1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced or a few thin slices of onion
Several sprigs of fresh dill or sprinkle of dried dill
A sprig of fresh parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
A few slices of fresh lemon to serve

Sprinkle Salmon with a little salt.
Put the wine, water, dill, parsley and shallots/onions in a saute pan and bring to a simmer on medium heat.
Place the salmon skin side down on the herbs and wine and cover.
If the fillet is thin, cook 5 minutes, if it is thicker, cook 10 minutes.
Remove from pan and sprinkle with salt, ground pepper and lemon slices.

Pear Pork Chops
12/26/2018 - 1/8/2018

Pear Pork
*Recipe retrieved from Genius Kitchen


2 teaspoons oil
2 ripe pears, peeled and chopped
34 teaspoon cinnamon
18 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
12 teaspoon vanilla extract
34 teaspoon salt
12 teaspoon paprika
14 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 14 lbs boneless center cut pork chops, 1/2-inch thick

Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Add pears, 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Cook, stirring frequently and mashing the pears with a spoon, until thick and pears are tender, about 4 minutes.
Remove pan from heat; stir in lemon zest and vanilla. Set aside.
Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, salt, paprika and pepper in a bowl.
Rub mixture over pork.
Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add pork and cook until well browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side.
Serve with sauce.

Serving suggestion:
Instead of pan searing, grill the pork chops and serve with grilled pears! Nice easy clean up!

Blender Hollandaise and Cranberry Chutney
(For Rib Roasts)
12/12 - 12/25

Blender Hollandaise

2 large egg yolks
1 generous tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (a little more is good)
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

In a saucepan melt but do not boil the butter and lemon juice.
Put the egg yolks, salt and cayenne in the blender and whip until it’s almost white then slowly pour the lemon butter into the blending yolks.
Pour on whatever!  Yum.

Cranberry Chutney

1 can of whole cranberries (or 2 cups fresh cooked)
1 navel orange  1 gala or Fuji apple
1/8 tspn each cinnamon, all spice, ginger, salt
Optional: ground nuts

Peel and chop orange. Shred ½ half apple add to can of cranberries.  Stir in seasonings. Refrigerate for an hour.
It’s best if you make it the night before!

Standing Rib Roast with Roasted Vegetables
12/12 - 12/25


Rib Roast Rub (option 1)
1/4 C black pepper
1/4 C Kosher Salt
2 TBS Light Brown Sugar (packed)
1 TBS Dried Oregano
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
Olive Oil

Rib Roast Rub (option 2)
2 TBS Black Pepper
2 TBS Kosher Salt
2 TBS Minced Fresh Rosemary
2 large garlic cloves - minced
Olive Oil

Roasted Vegetables:
Your favorite vegetables cut into 1.5-2" cubes
Olive Oil
Sea Salt (optional)
Pepper (optional)


Rib Roast
The night before cooking, rub the roast all over with olive oil, and generously sprinkle it with your selected blend.
Place the roast uncovered in the refrigerator overnight, then let it come to room temperature for two hours before you put it in the oven.

Cooking the roast:
Remove from refrigerator and let it sit for around 2 hours to let it come to room temperature (for pinker meat, this isn't completely necessary).

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Place the meat in a roasting pan that's slightly bigger than the roast itself. If the pan is too big, the juices from the meat will spread out in the pan and evaporate. For a boneless roast, it's best to use a roasting rack.

If you've chosen a bone-in roast, the bones themselves will serve as your roasting rack. One side of the meat will have more fat on it; you want the fatty side facing up so the meat will baste itself as it cooks.

Don't add water to the pan, and don't cover it!

Cook in preheated oven for about 17-20 minutes per pound.

**Some information was gathered from all For the full article, and more ideas and details, click here!

Roasted Vegetables

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Cut your favorite vegetables into 1.5-2” cubes.  For asparagus and green beans, you can leave them long or cut them in 2-3” lengths. You should plan on 1.5 cups of veggies per person as they cook down.

Place veggies in a large bowl and pour on 1 tsp of olive oil per cup of vegetables. Sprinkle on a pinch of kosher or sea salt per cup (optional) and a smaller pinch of pepper per cup.

Roast 30 minutes.

Homemade Maple BBQ Sauce
10/3/2018 - 10/16/2018

Maple BBQ Sauce

1 (14 OZ) can of tomato sauce
1 can (6 oz.) of tomato paste
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Continue to mix and simmer for 10-15 minutes so all the ingredients can meld together.
Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to several weeks!

Blueberry Red Wine Reduction
7/25/2018 - 8/7/2018


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dry red wine
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Stir water, sugar, dry red wine, fresh lemon juice and cornstarch in medium saucepan over medium heat until cornstarch dissolves and mixture boils.
Add blueberries. Boil until sauce thickens enough to coat back of spoon, stirring constantly (about 5 minutes).
Cool 10 minutes.
Stir in spices.

Serving suggestion:
Serve over grilled or baked chicken or grilled or roasted pork!

Cindo de Mayo Fajitas!
5/2/2018 - 5/15/2018


2 lb  Favorite veggies cut into ½ inch strips (We like onions, fresh, seeded peppers and asparagus!)
1 bunch fresh cilantro - chopped.
2 large chicken breasts cut into 1 inch strips
½ TSP Cumin
1 TSP Chili powder
1 TSP garlic
Olive or chili oil
Corn or flour tortillas warmed.

In a large wok or pan, turn to med-high heat and pour in 2 TBS of oil. Add chicken and cook 10 minutes.  Put aside in a large bowl.
Wipe out pan, put 2 TBS of oil, add the most dense (like asparagus) veggies first, cook a couple of minutes then add softer veggies.  Cook for 12-15 minutes.
Add chicken, spices and half a bunch of fresh cilantro.  Quickly mix together and take off heat and put in bow.
Serve in warm tortillas with your choice of garnish.
Try with sliced avocado, more fresh cilantro, cheese or sour cream!

Mmm Meatloaf! Italian Style!
(4/4/2018 - 4/17/2018)

Italian Meatloaf
Pre-heat oven to 400

2 lb’s 80% lean ground beef
1 lb Murphy’s Italian sausage
1 jar Newman’s Own red sauce (or 3 cups of home-made)
1 TBS (heaping) Italian seasoning
3 Cloves (at least!) Garlic minced
1 Medium sized onion (chopped and caramelized)
2 Eggs
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 cup Parmesan

Sauté garlic and onions then set aside.
In a large bowl add 1/3 jar of red sauce, 1/3 c of parmesan and the rest of the ingredients.  Mix really, really well!
Place meat mixture in a greased 9x13 pan and shape like a loaf place in pre-heated oven and cook 45 minutes.
Pull out loaf when cooked and cover with remaining red sauce and parmesan cheese.  Place back in oven for 10 -15 minutes.
Take out of oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Murphy's South of the Border Delights!
(2-21-2018- 3/6/18)


1 Tbs Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
Bunch of fresh cilantro

For dry rub:
Combine all dry ingredients.
Finely chop up cilantro and set aside.
Generously run preferred meat with dry rub (pork, chicken, beef, etc).

For easy tacos, rub the mix on pork shoulder and cook in crock pot. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and cook until done.
Pull apart the pork with a fork and serve on tortilla with avocado and top with more cilantro.

For a quick and easy fajita, rub mix on skinless chicken thighs, pan sear with your favorite vegetables and serve with warmed tortilla.

Spanish Rice makes a great side dish!

Ohh Meatloaf!
(1/24/18 - 2/6/18)

2 lbs 80-90% lean ground beef
1 lb breakfast sausage
1 red onion diced and caramelized
1 bottle honey barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon Lawrey’s season pepper
1 c unseasoned bread crumbs
2 large eggs (optional. Makes the loaf stay together)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Separate and reserve half of your barbecue sauce.

Put the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl or mixer and mix well.

Put into greased 9x13 pan and bake for one hour, remove from oven and pour rest of the barbecue sauce over the top and cook another 10 minutes.
Let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.



Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
(1/24/18 - 2/6/18)


5 C Thinly sliced Gold Potatoes
1 CAN  Cream of Mushroom soup
2 Green onions, thinly sliced
¾ - 1 C White cheddar cheese
2 Tbs Butter
¼ - 1/3 C Milk or cream
Salt and pepper (to taste)

Heat oven to 375.
Thinly slice potatoes and onions.
Place in a bowl and toss with milk, soup, half your white cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.

Layer into a greased 9x13 baking dish, cover with foil and cook for 50 minutes.
Uncover and cook for 20 minutes more.  (check to make sure your potatoes are soft, if not, cook 10 minutes more)
Let sit for 5 8 minutes before serving.


J.M.'s Crockpot Chuck Roast
12/27 - 1/9

Serves 10-12

2 chuck roasts up to 6 lbs
Approx. 7 slices of bacon (or more – depends on how much you like bacon)
½ tsp Salt
½ Pepper
3 Medium white or yellow onion - diced to thumb nail size
2 Cloves garlic - minced
1  (8 oz) Can of Italian seasoned tomatoes
1/2  C  Whiskey (optional)
3 TBS Bown sugar
½ tsp Chili powder
½ tsp Dry Mustard
¼ C  Cider vinegar

Step one:
Fry bacon to favored crispiness.  Dice onions and mince garlic.  When bacon is done, brown both sides of each roast in bacon grease.   Place the roasts in your Crockpot so they are leaning against the sides.  You’ll line your pot with them.

Brown onions and garlic in bacon grease until onions are translucent, then add whiskey and tomatoes.  Cook til light boil then add to  center of crock pot.

Cook 6 hours on high or 8 – 10  hours on low.

Step 2:
Mix cider vinegar, chili powder, dry mustard and brown sugar together until sugar is dissolved.  When you get home, or when the meat starts to fall apart, start adding the brown sugar sauce to the crock pot.

Eat or save bacon for BLTs.  Serve with mashed potatoes - use sauce for gravy!  Woot!

Triple Nut Pie
12/13 - 12/26

photo retrieved from

1 C Karo Dark Corn Syrup
3 Eggs
1 C Sugar
2 TBS butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ C Pecans
½ C Almonds
½ C Walnuts
1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crust (frozen or unbaked)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon. Stir in nuts. Pour filling into pie crust.

Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes. Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving.  (Cook to 200 degrees in the center or insert a knife in the center and it comes out with no liquid on it.)


Chicken Thighs with Cranberry-Avocado Relish
11/29 - 12/12

Chicken thighs
4  Boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1/4 C  Gold Medal Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Garlic Granuals
3-4 TBS Olive or Avocado oil

Avocado Cranberry Relish
1 can whole cranberries
½ tsp Garlic Salt
1 Hass Avocado
1 Cutie Tangerine

Wild Rice
1 Package/Box  Wild Rice
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp Salt (optional)
1/4 C  Pine Nuts

Chicken thighs

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Mix flour, garlic and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Lightly pound chicken thighs and the bathe in the flour mixture.
Heat oil to medium high and place thighs in skillet until light brown on each side.
Put thighs on a jelly roll sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

Cranberry Relish
Cube the Avocado
Juice the tangerine (reserve), then chop
Mix all ingredients and set aside.  Serve at room temp.

Wild Rice w/ Pine Nuts
Follow instructions for wild rice on package or container. When done, add poultry seasoning, salt, and pine nuts.
Mix well and serve!



Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
10/18 - 11/7

3 boxes vegetable broth
1 chicken  (or 3-4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts)
¼ C Oyster sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
Udon or Buckwheat noodles
1 can bamboo shoots
4-5 cups of your favorite greens (rainbow chard, kale, spinach or a combo of all)
½ tsp. Black pepper (or to taste)
Optional:  Siracha, water chestnuts

Pour broth in large pot, add sesame oil and pepper then the chicken. Cook at a boil for 10 minutes then 35 minutes on simmer. Chicken juice should run clear. Remove chicken to a large bowl and remove meat from bones (or, thinly slice breasts to 3” strips). Add oyster sauce, stir in to broth then add 1 full pack of Udon noodles.  (cook to package directions)

When the noodles are done, add in greens then your chicken and bamboo shoots. Stir well. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Serve in deep bowls and eat with chopsticks!

Oven Roasted Rosemary Chicken
10/18 - 11/7


Whole chicken


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Rub chicken generously with butter, rosemary and sage.
Place in roasting  pan and cook in preheated oven for 1 hr 15 min,  to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F.

White Chili
10/18 - 11/7

White Chili

2 lbs boneless chicken breast or thighs
2 cans diced green chilies (mild)
2 - 28 oz cans of green enchilada  sauce
2 - 28 oz cans of  white hominy
1 - 28 oz can of ​ white navy beans
2 Cups cream cheese  (or non dairy alternative)
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp White pepper
1/4 C White grits

In a large pot, place enchilada sauce and chicken breasts, simmer 30 minutes. Pull chicken from the pot and add chilies, hominy, beans cumin and pepper.  Simmer. Cut chicken into bite sized cubes then add back into pot. Whip or stir cream cheese until very soft and whisk into chili pot until smooth.  If the chili seems thin, add in half of the grits and stir for 10 minutes.  If you want it thicker, add more grits.

For additional spice, add jalapenos by taking out the seeds and dicing and cooking in a small amount of corn oil until slightly browned and soft.  Add into the chili!   Or...cheat with pickled jalapenos - dice and toss in the pot!

10/4 - 10/17

Raw shrimp (peeled), your favorite squash (1 acorn or butternut squash for 2 people), STAR olive oil, fresh garlic, shallots, capers,  Mahatma Rice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Halve your squash long ways, and clean out center.
Brush flesh with EVOO and place in roaster with 1” of water in the bottom
Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until flesh is very tender.

1 lb shrimp
EVOO 4 Tbsps. or Butter ¼- 1/2 stick
1-10 cloves garlic (depending on just how much you love garlic!)
Capers 1 Tbsp.
Salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan (sprinkle on top when served)
White wine – after you sauté your  garlic, splash in some white wine, bring to boil, drop in shrimp, cook til pink and serve.

Follow directions on package