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Skillet cooked pork chops in 20 mins

Skillet cooked pork chops in 20 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • (4) 1/2 inch bone in pork chops
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 med onion cut in wedges
  • 1/2 C Apricot Preserves
  • 1TBS Dijon-mustard
  • 1tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 C water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Season pork chops with S&P.. Take a 12 inch skillet, add olive oil, and make sure skillet is hot then add onions and cook for 1-2 mins until semi-soft. Add pork chops to skillet and cook 3 mins and the turn both chops and onions and cook another3 mins.
Pork Chops & Onions cooked 3 mins each side

Pork Chops & Onions cooked 3 mins each side

2.  In small microwave-safe bowl combine preserves, mustard, water, paprika, and nutmeg. Stir and then microwave for 1-2 mins. Take out and pour over pork & onions in skillet. Reduce heat and cooked, covered, for 6-8 mins.

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3.  Divide pork & onion mixture…(I put on top of mashed Sweet Potatoes with some Asparagus) and serve extra sauce on top!! YUM….YUM…YUM!!!!

A nice COLD beer pairs well, too!!!

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INGREDIENTS:  (this fed 6 of us very well)

  • 2 boneless chicken breast cut into 1′ bite size pieces
  • 1 lb bacon with each slice cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 TBS Sriracha Chili Sauce (if you don’t have it, GET IT…one of my favorite condiments!!)
  • 2 TBS lime juice
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil.
  • 1/2 or more of brown sugar on a plate or bowl to roll your chix/bacon wrap

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees

Spray Pam or whatever you prefer on a large baking pan

Whisk the Sriracha, lime juice & canola oil in bowl and then put n gallon size zip bag.

Chicken breast cut into 1" pieces and marinated in 2TBS Sriracha, 2 TBS lime juice & 1/2 c canola oil.  Whisk those 3 ingredients, then pour into a gallon zip lock bag and add the chicken pieces and put in fridge for 30" to an hour.

Chicken breast cut into 1″ pieces and marinated in 2TBS Sriracha, 2 TBS lime juice & 1/2 c canola oil. Whisk those 3 ingredients, then pour into a gallon zip lock bag and add the chicken pieces and put in fridge for 30″ to an hour.

Take the bacon and cut each slice into 3.  Then take a piece of the chicken, roll it up and then use the toothpick to keep it together. Now, take the Sriracha sauce and brush some on that and then roll in the brown sugar.  The sauce helps the brown sugar stick AND gives it a little more kick  Place on a greased baking pan and put into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 25-30 mins.  Put it in the middle of the oven.  If you want to add some "crisp" you can turn on the broiler, but keep the oven door, ajar..and DON'T go to far..you would hate to burn these delicious masterpieces!

Take the bacon and cut each slice into 3. Then take a piece of the chicken, roll it up and then use the toothpick to keep it together. Now, take the Sriracha sauce and brush some on that and then roll in the brown sugar. The sauce helps the brown sugar stick AND gives it a little more kick Place on a greased baking pan and put into a preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 25-30 mins. Put it in the middle of the oven. If you want to add some “crisp” you can turn on the broiler, but keep the oven door, ajar..and DON’T go to far..you would hate to burn these delicious masterpieces!

Then find a really pretty serving dish and watch them vanish in a Nano-Second!!!

Then find a really pretty serving dish and watch them vanish in a Nano-Second!!!

Moist Meatballs!!

The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

 

How To Make Meatballs

Makes about 28 meatballs

What You Need

All your ingredients to make the BEST meatballs

All your ingredients to make the BEST meatballs

Ingredients

1/2 cup milk (whole, 2%, or skim)
1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 large egg
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely minced Italian parsley
1 pound ground meat such as beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or veal, or a mix
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (or grated on a coarse grater) from 1 small yellow onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced

Tools
Small mixing bowl
Large mixing bowl
Knife
Cutting board
Grater
Baking sheet
Oven

Instructions

  1. Combine the milk and breadcrumbs: Pour the milk over the breadcrumbs in a small bowl and set aside while preparing the rest of the meatball mix. The breadcrumbs will absorb the milk and become soggy.
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  3. Whisk the egg, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and parsley: Whisk the egg in a large bowl until blended. Whisk in the salt and a generous quantity of black pepper, then whisk in the Parmesan and parsley.
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  5. Combine the egg and ground meat: Add the meat to the egg mixture. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the egg into the ground meat.
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  7. Add the onions and soaked breadcrumbs: Add the onions, garlic, and soaked breadcrumbs to the meat. Mix them thoroughly into the meat with your fingers. Try not to overwork the meat; pinch the meat between your fingers rather than kneading it.
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  10. Form the meat into meat balls: Pinch off a piece of the meat mixture and gently roll between your hands to form 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Continue shaping until all the meat is used.
  11. The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

    The final product ready to go into your Spaghetti Sauce

  12. To roast the meatballs in the oven: Arrange the meatballs spaced slightly apart on a baking sheet. Cook under the broiler for 20 to 25 minutes or bake at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes. (Watch closely if cooking meatballs made with lean meat.) The meatballs are done when cooked through and the outsides are browned, and when they register 165°F in the middle on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.
  13. To cook the meatballs in sauce: Bring a marinara sauce or other pasta sauce to a simmer and add as many meatballs as will fit comfortably in the pan. Cover and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. The meatballs are done when they’re cooked through and register 165°F in the middle on an instant read thermometer. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Doubling this recipe: This recipe can be doubled for larger crowds.
  • Storing Leftover Meatballs: Store leftover meatballs, either on their own or in a sauce, in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Reheat over low heat in a saucepan or in the microwave.
  • Make-Ahead Meatballs: Meatballs can be shaped and kept refrigerated up to a day ahead. Arrange them in a casserole dish or on a baking sheet, but don’t squish together. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Freezing Uncooked Meatballs: Prepare the meatballs through the shaping step. Arrange them spaced slightly apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the meatballs to a freezer container or freezer bag, and freeze for up to 1 month. (Meatballs can be frozen for longer, but tend to develop freezer burn.) Thaw meatballs in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
  • Freezing Cooked Meatballs: Let the cooked meatballs cool completely, then transfer to a freezer container or bag. Freeze for up to 2 months. Frozen meatballs can be thawed overnight or reheated directly from the freezer. Reheat meatballs in a simmering sauce for 10 to 15 minutes or in a warm oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • ***** Thank You, Thank you…author of The Kitchn!!!!****

Mushroom Soup A La Chef D2

Mushroom Soup Full of Flavor!

Mushroom Soup Full of Flavor!

D 2’s Mushroom Soup

6 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 TBS butter (split 3 TBS/5TBS)
  • 1 TBS minced garlic (from the jar is perfect)
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 12 oz of Cremini OR Button Mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 1 C of dried mushrooms ie: Shiitake, Porcini, Morels etc ,Seeped in 2 cups boiling water for 20” then pressed in strainer to remove liquid and then chop coarsely
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth ( 2 cans of 14.5 oz)
  • 2 Cup of water from “seeped” mushrooms through coffee filter to remove dirt
  • 6 sprigs of fresh Thyme OR 2 -3 TBS of dried Thyme
  • 2 oz of Brandy (if you have on hand) AND 2 oz of Dry Sherry. I used BOTH!!!
  • 2 TBS Corn Starch
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Chopped Parsley

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In med Saucepan, melt 3 TBS of butter and add minced garlic. Once melted add onions and cook until translucent. Then add the 5 TBS of butter and ALL the mushrooms and allow them to “sweat” stirring frequently.
  2. Add the chicken broth AND the “mushroom” water , the Thyme, S & P, the Brandy and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cover for about 1 hr.
  3. At about 45 mins, take ALL the mushrooms out and put in a bowl. Then take all the liquid and put into a blender, ADD the Sherry and the 2 TBS of cornstarch and blend for about 30-40 seconds.  This should now have a “milky appearance.
  4. Put it back into the soup pot and add the mushrooms back and continue to cook on low simmer.

Then, ladle into the bowls and top with some parsley garnish and wait for the empty bowls asking for seconds!!!! ENJOY!!!!!

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This I made from the May issue of Cooking Light. So EASY and SOOO darn good!

This I made from the May issue of Cooking Light. So EASY and SOOO darn good!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked large or regular elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups prechopped broccoli florets
  • 6 bacon slices, cooked crispy, then cooled and then crumble and put in bowl and put aside
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic from a jar is just fine!
  • 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk…or whole milk..or better yet, 1/2 & 1/2
  • 1 cup chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour $
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/4 cups) and i also used some blue cheese that I had on hand!! That was yummy!

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add broccoli to same pot  during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain both
  3.  While pasta cooks, place bacon in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan, drain then crumble; reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan.
  4. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add chicken to drippings in pan; cook 4 minutes. Sprinkle with garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with turmeric; cook 30 seconds, stirring frequently.
  5.  Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, milk, stock, and flour, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened. Add pasta mixture and 2 ounces cheese; toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining 3 ounces cheese and bacon. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and just begins to brown.
  6. Let cool about 5 mins and then dish it up!! You will see nothing but empty plates and people asking for more!!

Mac & Cheese Served

This feeds 4 people with a little extra for seconds…and there WILL be seconds!!!

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
Now remember, people….I made this at the Love Kitchen where we serve over 125 people every week and we use whatever it is we have on hand,  In essence, we wing it!!!  You can use fresh, or already cooked chicken…can vegetables or fresh…milk or chicken broth…it is your pallet to do what you like.  Seasoning is important.  S & P and thyme…some garlic powder, again, whatever you choose.
We had 20 cans of Pillsbury biscuits that we had to do something with, so we decided to make that the crust…but then we ran out and went to Bisquick.
So have a go at it….it is simple and it was GOOD!!!!
INGREDIENTS:
cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Cream of Chicken & Cream of Mushroom Soup ….or even Cream of Celery
2 cups of EITHER milk or chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed 
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 
1 can mixed vegetables-DRAINED
1 can peas-DRAINED
1 can carrots-DRAINED
1 can sliced mushrooms-Drained
You can use corn, string beans, ….whatever is on hand!!! But DRAIN them
OR….you can use fresh carrots (2) celery(2 stalks) , onions ( med diced)  or whatever vegies,  and slice them  
2-3 cups of a  rotisserie chicken already cooked and cut in 1 inch pieces, or cook your own chicken breast, whole chiecken, whatever.. and chop them up…
package of Pillsbury Grand Biscuits or 10 regular refrigerated biscuits or even better, make some Bisquik Biscuits and to put on top of mixture.
DIRECTIONS:
             Preheat oven to 400 degrees
            ***If using fresh vegetables, saute them in pan with 1 TBS oil and saute until soft***
  • Stir the soup, milk, thyme, black pepper, vegetables ( that need to be cooked if fresh) and chicken in a large bowl, and mix with spoon,  then transfer to a 9×13 shallow baking dish
  • Add either the Pillsbury Grand biscuits or whatever biscuits you have in the fridge or make some Bisquick Mix ….whatever you prefer!
  • Bake at 400°F. for 20-25 mins, covered  or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling. Then take off cover and cook an additional 10-15 mins until biscuits have turned brown.
  • Take out and let cool about 5 mins and then serve.

Soooo easy and a great comfort food!

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Cilantro and Lime Fish Tacos  by Closet Cooking

Fresh, healthy and tasty cilantro and lime marinated grilled fish tacos.
Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40minutesIngredients

  • 1 pound white fish such as tilapia, cod, etc.
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 (4 inch) corn tortillas or flour tortillas
  • 1 batch tomatillo pico de gallo
  • 3 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1 batch cilantro lime crema – see below
  • 2 large avocados, sliced
Directions
  1. Marinate the fish in the oil, lime juice and zest, jalapeno, garlic, green onion, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper for 10-20 minutes.
Put marinaded fish on aluminum "boat" and cook on preheated 400 degree grill or oven and cook 5-8 mins or until fish "flakes" off when separated with fork.  **When I grilled this I did NOT flip it over**

Put marinaded fish on aluminum “boat” and cook on preheated 400 degree grill or oven and cook 5-8 mins or until fish “flakes” off when separated with fork. **When I grilled this I did NOT flip it over**

  1. Grill the fish over medium-high heat until cooked, about 4-6 minutes per side. The fish will be cooked when it flakes easily and it is no longer translucent.
Here is the finished product, ready to be brought in and be the main attraction of the fish taco!

Here is the finished product, ready to be brought in and be the main attraction of the fish taco!

 

  1. Flake the fish and serve in tortillas garnished with your favorite toppings.
Here it is....ready to go! Dig In!!! I used a flour tortilla that I heated in a hot pan on both side, spread the sour cream sauce all over then added cole slaw ( from bag in the salad isle)  next the fish and then topped with the tomatillo pico de gallo salsa and then more sour cream !!

Here it is….ready to go! Dig In!!! I used a flour tortilla that I heated in a hot pan on both side, spread the sour cream sauce all over then added cole slaw ( from bag in the salad isle) , then sliced Avocado, next the fish and then topped with the tomatillo pico de gallo salsa and then more sour cream !!

Cilantro and Lime Sour Cream

Crema filled with the freshness and brightness of summer; the perfect garnish for fish tacos.
Servings: makes 1/2 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for Sour Cream with fresh herbs
  • 1/2 cup crema or sour cream
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juice and zest
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
Directions
  1. Puree everything in a food processor.

A fresh and mild tomatillo salsa.
Servings: makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Tomatillo Pico de Gallo from Closet Cooking
  • 2 cups tomatillos, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. Mix everything and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Closet Cooking is one of my FAVORITE sites to get recipes!!!!

Seared scallops with a Honey/chili sauce over warm Arugula

Seared scallops with a Honey/chili sauce over warm Arugula serves 4

I served these last night and they were a HIT!!!! Don’t be afraid of scallops just remember to add them to a HOT pan and make sure you have patted them dry so the take on a “sear”.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8-12 medium or large scallops cleaned and patted dry
  • 3 TBS olive oil (1 for arugula and 2 for scallops)
  • 1-2 tsp finely chopped red chili (depends on your tolerance for heat!!)
  • 3 TBS honey
  • 2 cups Arugula
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • salt

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat 1 TSB olive oil in sauce pan and then add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.  Add Arugula & salt and stir until just starting to wilt.  About 45 seconds.  Take off and put aside
  • In a different pan, heat the other 2 TBS of olive oil and add the finely chopped red chili. Saute for about 40 seconds on a med-high heat, and then add in the scallops.  Cook the scallops for about 40-45 seconds (yes that is the magic number in this cooking process…hahaha) and then turn over and do the same until they are golden brown.
  • Now add the honey and stir and bring to a simmer.  Add some salt
  • Arrange the arugula on plates, then top with either 2 or 3 scallops and then drizzle the Chili/Honey sauce on top and serve!!!

YUMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Thank you Sweet Paul Blog for the idea!!!

Cook as directed and then let your mind go!!!

Cook as directed and then let your mind go!!!

What is this this thing called “QUINOA”….(pronounced keen-wha)?? Some people call it a grain…some people call it a super food…and then I have  one friend that says “it looks like dirt!!”

Quinoa looks like a grain but is actually a seed but can be prepared as you would whole grains like rice or barley. But the beauty of this grain is that it has the highest protein content than any other grain.  It is gluten-free AND cholesterol free!! Hell, you can even eat it for breakfast, like oatmeal!!!  You can make salads, side dishes and add just about everything but the kitchen sink to it. It is YOUR pallet to do whatever you want!

Here I used it as a side dish….

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 c cooked Quinoa (I cook mine in a rice cooker) but in a saucepan with the ratio of 1 c Quinoa to 2 c liquid…water or chicken broth.
  •  Now,  just add “color”.  Red, Yellow, Orange Peppers, red onion, green onions..leftover chicken, left over brussel sprouts, panchetta, toasted almonds, water chestnuts for crunch…or apples…raisins or cranraisins…cilantro..tomatoes…the choice is yours!!!!
  • Whatever I am going to add, I saute in a pan with EVOO for about 2-3 mins and then I add to the cooked Quinoa.
  • Season with S & P…and anything else your heart desires!!! I mean, this is sooooo darn easy and yet, so darn good and what a great source of protein!!

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Cranberry/Apple Roulade

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2-2 lbs pork tenderloin

1 1/2 c cubed bread ( small cubes)

1 apple peeled, cored and diced small (you do not want to chunky that you can not roll the pork)

1/2 minced onion

3/4 tsp savory seasoning or sage, thyme

salt & pepper

1 c dried cranberries coarsely chopped (again, so it will be easy to roll)

1 cup of fresh spinach

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Butterfly your tenderloin (that means DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH).

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Then, find either a grocery bag, or zip lock bag to cover the meat and start pounding the meat ( so to speak) until about 1/8″ thin.  I love using an empty wine bottle as my “beater of choice”

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I then trim the edges so it looks nice!!!

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Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the inside of the pork.

Combine the bread, apple, onion, sage, pepper, and the remaining salt and spread evenly onto the pork.

Add the spinach and dried cranberries and roll your pork tightly, being sure to leave about an inch of bare pork at the top edge.

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Then roll “tightly” leaving room on the edges so stuffing will not fall out. Start with smaller end and roll to longer end

Take your pieces of sting and put underneath the rolled pork and tie on top

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Sear the pork over high heat in a cast iron fry pan on the seam side first.

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When you have it seared on all sides, put it in the a 425 degree oven for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.

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Let it rest at least 15 minutes, and slice.

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Gorgonzola Sauce

1 T butter

1 T flour

1 c 1/2 & 1/2 ( saving the calories!!)

1/4 c white wine

1/4 c chicken broth

1 c crumbled Gorgonzola ( 4 oz)

Melt butter & flour in small saucepan over medium heat and whisk about a minute (this thickens the sauce…it is called a roux)

then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk another minute until desired consistency

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****you can mix 1T of flour & 1 T of soft butter and keep on hand if you need to thicken sauces***

***Thank you Phil Wilson the “Baconhound” for the great idea!!!!!

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