Monthly Archives: August 2016

Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze

Last night I was planning on blogging, but I chose not to because my brain went totally blank. So I decided to write this morning after my walk as I love walking in the mornings for exercise. It’s very relaxing, fun and it helps me to brainstorm with what I want to say for new blog posts. Today I walked two miles, and it took me about an hour. I felt so good afterward lol. 

Now onto the cooking section

I am an enormous fan of sauces/glazes. Whenever I find a recipe that includes a sauce I instantly know that I have to prepare the dish. This Baked pork chops and apple recipe is no different because it to includes a flavorful glaze.

Do you like to workout? If you said yes, do you prefer inside or outside? Are you a sauce fan?

Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze

Ingredients

Two apples, peeled and sliced
Four boneless pork chops
salt and pepper
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg or ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray it with non-stick cooking spray.

Layer apples in the bottom of the previously prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Trim fat from pork chops. Layer on top of apple slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a small pot over medium heat, melt butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, stirring continually. Pour sauce over the pork chops and apples. Bake uncovered for thirty-five – forty minutes.

Source wonder mom wannabe

 

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Describing cooking in 1 word is difficult

For me cooking is therapeutic, relaxing, fun and much more! I love it how I can walk into the kitchen, start preparing dinner and automatically go into an entirely different world lol. It too has been an incredible learning experience. Here’s what I have learned so far and still currently improving on; being extra patient with myself when I make mistakes, try not to get discouraged when things don’t go my way, experimenting and substituting with certain ingredients that go with the appropriate recipe(s).

Here are a few examples of my experience with substituting, last week when I was cooking sloppy joes, I saw we had no tomato sauce and did a web search to see what could replace it and quickly learned that I could use tomato paste and add one cup of water. Last night when I was cooking pork chops, I discovered that we had no nutmeg and looked on google for a substitute and read that it can be replaced with ginger.

I know I’ve said this before, but I love foil packed dinners. They are so easy to prepare, clean-up is a breeze and last but definitely not least they are so very GOOD! 

Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes in Foil

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, to taste
24 oz broccoli florets
*16 oz baby potatoes, halved
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and onion powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cut four sheets of foil, about 12-inches long. Arrange broccoli and potatoes into four equal portions and add to the center of each foil in a single layer.

Fold up all four sides of each foil packet. Spoon the garlic mixture over the broccoli and potatoes. Fold the sides of the foil over the vegetables, covering completely and sealing the packets closed. Place foil packets in a single layer on a baking dish. Put it into the oven and bake until tender, approximately thirty-forty five minutes.*Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

*24 ounces broccoli florets is equal to about 5 cups.

*Cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of the potatoes.

Source Damn delicious

 

Eat fancy without breaking your budget

I want to start off by saying I’m truly grateful and honored to be a food blogger, not just because of the popularity or the exposure it gets, but also because it has given me the opportunities to try new foods. For example, when I began blogging I didn’t like salmon at all, and now eleven posts later salmon recipes are my favorite. Then this past weekend my family and I went to a Mexican and seafood restaurant called Tampico Seafood to celebrate my Grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. We ordered red snapper and fried shrimp. And oh my goodness let me just say that they were tasty.

Forget going to a fancy seafood/steakhouse, try this delicious recipe!

Side dish Cauli-tots

Honey Glazed Salmon with Citrus-Avocado Salsa

Ingredients

Salmon

4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets, rinsed and pat dry
8 tsp honey, divided
8 tsp flour, divided
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salsa

1 large Hass avocado, peeled, cored and diced1/3 cup chopped red onion 1 tsp orange zest
2 small oranges, peeled, sectioned and diced
*1 tsp lime zest
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Working with two salmon fillets at a time, sprinkle tops of fillets with salt and pepper, then drizzle tops with one tsp honey and rub over salmon to evenly cover, then sprinkle tops with one tsp flour and spread to cover. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add one Tbsp olive oil, once oil is hot add two salmon fillets to pan and cook until bottom is golden brown, about two minutes. While they cook, sprinkle tops of fillets in the pan with salt and pepper then drizzle and spread the top with one tsp honey and one tsp flour.

Carefully rotate salmon and cook until bottom is golden, about two minutes longer. Repeat process with remaining two fillets. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray then transfer salmon to baking sheet. Bake in preheated until cooked through, about seven-ten minutes longer (cook time will vary depending on a thickness of salmon). Serve warm with citrus avocado salsa.

For the salsa: Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and gently stir, while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.*This can be made without the oranges, just omit the oranges and orange zest and use two avocados and up lime zest to two tsp.

Source  Cooking Classy


Coming up this week

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Baked Pork Chops and Apples with Brown Sugar Glaze and Garlic Parmesan Broccoli and Potatoes

A throw off of Tater Tots

I love tater tots! This recipe is a twist on the classical favorite!

Baked Cauli-Tots

Ingredients

3 C. (about half of the head) shredded cauliflower 
1 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 egg
¼ c breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. salt
three grinds black pepper
½ tsp ground mustard

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Lightly a mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

1. Rinse and shred the cauliflower. Place it in a towel and squeeze out the extra water. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and until mixed thoroughly.

2. Using a spoon, divide the mixture separating the muffin cups and press down firmly into the cups. Bake for fifteen-twenty minutes, or until golden brown

Source Cupcakes and Kale Chips

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Fun and exciting news

A few days ago, I received a direct/private message via Instagram from another blogging website called My Trending Stories they not only said that my writing abilities and ability to engage readers are remarkable and other complements but they also offered me an opportunity to write articles regarding my cooking blog. And boy when I read it I was so very excited!!!!! Once I made sure they were legit I immediately took up on their offer. Omg, I am soooooooo HAPPY!!!!!

 

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake

I had an excellent Birthday celebration. 🙂 My Grandma came to help us celebrate. We didn’t do anything except for eating lol. For breakfast, we had Krispy Kreme donuts. Then for lunch, we went to Panera bread. I had one of my favorites Chicken Ceaser Salad. I like it as it’s not only tasty, but it’s also not extremely heavy lol. Haha, thank goodness too because later that evening we went to Chilli’s for dinner. 

Then we finally came home to eat this luscious cake that I want to share with you and intended on baking, but I have to confess that cooking certain desserts can seldom be pretty intimidating lol. However, I am not too worried as Thanksgiving and Christmas are practically right around the corner. Lol, I’m confident that I will get some practice before they roll around. I’m determined to conquer the skill of baking lol. 😀

Moreover, to make this story short lol my mom cooked this incredible cake for me. My grandma and I helped by cutting up the Reese’s and My sister, and I contributed to decorating it. The cake was excellent!!!

The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake

INGREDIENTS:

2 C. sugar.
1-3/4 C. all-purpose flour.
3/4 C. HERSHEY’S Cocoa.
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder.
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda.
1 tsp. salt.
2 eggs
1 C. milk.
1/2 C. vegetable oil.
2 tsp. vanilla extract.
1 C. boiling water.
2 cans vanilla ready -to spread frosting or your favorite homemade vanilla frosting divided.
Red and yellow food color.
1-1/3 C. (8-oz. pkg.) REESE’S Minis Peanut Butter Cups divided.
5 to 6 tsp. HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa or HERSHEY’S Cocoa.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

1. Mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer two minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

2. Bake for thirty to thirty-five minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool, ten minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool, completely. Set out 1/2 cup frosting. Tint remaining frosting to desired shade of orange with red and yellow food coloring.

3. Coarsely chop 1 cup mini peanut butter cups; set aside. Put first cake layer on serving plate; frost top of the layer with about 3/4 cup frosting. Top with chopped peanut butter cups. Add second cake layer; complete frosting cake.

4. Combine cocoa to reserved frosting; place in heavy duty (freezer) resealable food storage bag. Cut off a tip of the bag about 1/4 inch from one corner. Draw leafless tree and branches onto the top of the cake by piping chocolate frosting in desired design. Place the remaining mini peanut butter cups as few remaining leaves on the tree and as leaves that have already fallen to the ground. 10 to 12 servings.

Source The Internet Chef 

 

Cooking + Family + Fun = Happiness

Tonight on the eve before my Birthday I prepared for my love ones Chicken Fajita Soup using the crockpot. Yum yum! It too was one of the first recipes I wrote about when I began food blogging. So, I will not be writing a full post about it lol. However, I am pleased to say that I did a little bit of experimenting by adding Penzey’s Fajita seasoning to the soup. It was delicious. 🙂 Later this week  I will write about my cake and a little bit about my Birthday celebration.

Also, I want to say that I enjoy cooking for family and in return, they of course love and love my cooking. 🙂

Thank you so very much, reading!

Cowboy Lasagna

I’m not going to lie lol, cooking this lasagna was tricky. But since I love lasagna and sometimes is difficult to prepare I was totally relaxed with it as I love a challenge. However, the labor of preparing this recipe was completely worth it. 🙂 And ha, of course, the lasagna tasted incredibly amazing!!!!! 

Cowboy Lasagna

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 lb lean ground beef

1 lb sage-flavored sausage, removed from casing

1 lb sliced pepperoni

One 16-oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes

One 12-oz can tomato paste

1 Tbsp. Dried oregano

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium onion, finely chopped

16 oz lasagna noodles (I used Barilla)

16 oz ricotta cheese

16 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 C. grated Parmesan

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, pour the oil and lightly brown the ground beef and sausage. Make sure to keep the meat chunky, not finely separated, while cooking. Combine the pepperoni, tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and two of cups water. Bring to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for thirty minutes.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions and drain. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. And in the bottom of your baking dish cover it with a layer of the prepared sauce. Top with a layer of the lasagna noodles and the ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat the process, ending with the sauce, noodles, and cheeses.

3. Bake until lightly browned and bubbling, about forty minutes. Allow the dish to stand for fifteen minutes before serving. Cut the lasagna into 3-inch squares and serve.

Source Cooking with Trisha Yearwood


Keep up the great work 🙂 I know you’ll be an excellent cook someday.


Coming up next week (My Birthday week) 
Mon 22nd Chicken Fajita soup

Tues 23rd My Birthday! 😄😆😂😊🎂🍰

Breakfast

Krispy Kreme donuts

Lunch

Leftover chicken fajita soup

Dinner

I have not decided lol. But I’m definitely NOT cooking lol. However, I still will write a post about my Birthday celebration and the incredible cake that I want 😊

Dessert Reese’s Peanut butter Cup  Cake

Wed 24th

Sloppy Joes
Side dish of the week Baked Cauli-tots

Thurs 25th
Honey Glazed Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa 

Thank you again so much for reading!





Crockpot Lemon Pork Chops

I am pleased to say that I finally got to use my new cookbook that I purchased a few weeks ago from my favorite bookstore Barnes & Noble. Lol, If I could, I would spend hours upon hours reading books while drinking coffee at the store. Here are a few of my most-liked subjects dogs, horses, history and my newest one cooking. 

Anyway back to the original subject lol

The first recipe I chose to cook from my cookbook were these delicious pork chops that are zesty with a touch of sweetness. My family loved them 🙂  Tonight’s side dish was: Broccoli can taste delicious.

Crockpot Lemon Pork Chops

Ingredients

1 onion, sliced

4-6 pork chops, rinsed, pat dry

2 lemons, juiced

1/4 C. brown sugar

1/4 C. ketchup

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Directions

Use a four-quart stoneware. Separate the onion rings and place them into your crockpot. Place the meat on top. in a small mixing bowl, combine the lemon juice, sugar, ketchup, salt, and pepper. Pour the sauce evenly over the chops. Cover and cook on low for five to six hours or high for three to four hours.

Source 365 Slow Cooker Suppers

Homemade Chicken Taquitos

My brother and dad love eating taquitos. Whenever they make a trip to the grocery store one of the things they will buy is frozen taquitos, heat them up in the oven and eat them like their nothing lol. No offense to those who loves these things because I confess I enjoy eating them too. 🙂 However, I am going to have to admit though that these Homemade Taquitos are the BOMB.com and beats the frozen ones by 1000 lol.

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients

3 C. chicken, cooked and shredded 

6 oz cream cheese, softened

⅓ C. sour cream

½ C. Salsa

1 ½ C. Colby jack cheese

1 ½ C. chopped baby spinach, stems removed

Salt and pepper, to taste

12 6 inch corn or flour tortillas (I used Mission Foods)

canola oil, for frying

Instructions

Heat ½” of oil in a skillet over medium heat. In a large bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, Colby jack, and spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the oil is hot enough (place your hand over the pan, above oil, to feel the heat), add a few tablespoons of chicken/cream cheese mixture to the center of a tortilla and spread it out using a spatula. Roll up and set seam side down in oil using tongs. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat the process until all the tortillas is stuffed, rolled and fried. Set on paper towels to drain. Serve warm and ENJOY!

Source Lilluna