Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pepper Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin

We were at or local Butchers, Ponderosa Provisions and noticed they had pepper bacon, so we grabbed a pound and a nice looking smallish pork loin.  We decided to wrap the pork loin in the bacon and then onto the barbecue.

It was amazing and it is on our dinner rotation now, even leftovers are yummy!

It is more of a process than a recipe:

1 boneless pork loin, the smaller ones work best
1 pound of pepper bacon (we also like Daily's Pepper Bacon)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup (use the good stuff)
salt and pepper to taste


Brush your loin with some Maple Syrup

Add pepper and a bit of salt

Carefully wrap the bacon around the loin 

Place on a heated BBQ and cook till the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, there will be carryover cooking.

Occasionally brush the loin with additional Maple Syrup while cooking.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Chicken Pot Pie

It was a chilly fall day and I had a bunch of leftover chicken from my Sunday Roast Chicken dinner. I have not made Chicken Pot Pie in years, so I decided to just throw together some ingredients and see what happened.  It turned out beautifully, I think the puff pastry crust is the way to go.


2 cups of cubed chicken
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1.5 can of water
small sack of frozen peas and carrots
7 mushrooms cleaned and sliced
1 potato, peeled, cubed and cooked
1/2 cup corn (optional, I just happened to have some fresh corn)
2 tablespoons of chicken better than bouillon
1 tablespoon of thyme
1 tablespoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of parsley

Puff Pastry
1 egg, whipped (for egg wash)

Cube and cook your potatoes and place them into a large pot, add the chicken, the cream of chicken soup, water, frozen veggies, corn if you wish, mushrooms and the spices, cook for a few minutes, just to get the mixture hot and let he flavors mingle.

Let your puff pastry thaw.

Turn off heat and let the mixture cool.  Ladle into bowls or ramekins, don't fill all the way to the top, leave some head space

Cut the pastry into a circle 1 inch wider than the width of the bowl or ramekin and poke a few holes in it with a fork. Brush the top 1 inch of the outside of the saucepan or ramekin with half of the egg wash.

Place the pastry over top and crimp the edges with your fingers so it sticks. Brush the top of the pastry with the remaining egg wash.

Bake the pot pie until the top is golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes at 400 degrees.

Let cool for 5 minutes or so, then serve.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Moist Turkey Meatloaf

In our continued effort to eat a little better and keep it "clean", I decided to make Turkey Meatloaf.  In my previous attempts it has turned out fairly flavorless and dry.  I spotted a recipe that added a bunch of mushrooms in an attempt to keep it moist and I must say it worked very well.   This Meatloaf is both moist and tasty.


5 to 8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons A1 Sauce
1 tablespoon onion powder
3 tablespoons dried onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 pound ground turkey
1 large rib celery chopped finely
Bread Crumbs approximately 1/2 cup or as much needed to tighten it a bit


1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
1.4 cup Catsup
French's Jalapeno's


Place the mushrooms, onions, garlic and celery in a pan with 1 teaspoon of oil and saute until they soften, about 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Mix the turkey, the mushroom/onion/celery mixture, the beaten egg, salt, pepper, onion powder and dried onion, and the the A1 and Worcestershire Sauce.  Add as much bread crumb as needed to make it a cohesive mass.

Mound it on a sheet pan and place in a 350 degree oven, bake for 40 minutes

Remove and add the topping and dried French's Jalapeno's, place back in oven for 15 minutes till internal temp is 165 to 170.  Let cool for a bit and slice.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Artichoke Chicken

I bought a jar of Artichokes, not sure why because we don't really use them, but I do like them.  I had seen this on Pinterest awhile ago and finally decided to make it.  I paired it with Orzo and steamed broccoli on the side.  It was quite delicious.


1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
1 teaspoon onion powder
ground pepper to taste
 4 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped a little smaller
1 (8 ounce) package crimini mushrooms, sliced
French's Onions - optional, my addition


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Mix Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, onion powder, pepper and garlic powder together in a bowl
Arrange chicken breasts in a 9x13-inch baking dish;

Top with artichoke hearts and crimini mushrooms.

Spread cheese mixture over the artichoke and mushroom layer.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, sprinkle the French's Onions over the top and continue to cook until the chicken no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 30 minutes.

An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Banana Apple Bread

I love Banana Bread and decided it might be good with the addition of a beautiful Honeycrisp Apple and some toasted Walnuts.  It was a cold winter afternoon when I came up with this recipe, and it was delicious warm out of the oven with butter!


1 3/4 cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I used Saigon Cinnamon)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons water (if needed for moisture)
2 large bananas (mashed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large apple (peeled, cored, chopped) and microwaved for 1 minute to par cook
1 cup of toasted Walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons flax seed


Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and white sugar and flax seeds

Blend in eggs, oil, applesauce, and vanilla

Stir in banana, apples and nuts

Pour batter into greased loaf pan

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until toothpick test
comes out clean.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Funeral Potatoe's Dunkin Style

I was having brunch for Thanksgiving and remembered a potato dish my Brothers Wife made us which I found out was called Funeral Potatoes.  The recipe was pretty basic, and my husband had to add his touches to make it even more amazing.

2 packages frozen hash brown potatoes (Southern Style)
1 16 oz container sour cream (we used low fat)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup butter melted
1 tsp salt
1 tbl seasoning salt (Greek seasoning)
2 tbl chicken bouillon (the kind in a jar)
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 cups shredded cheese (we used cheddar jack)
1 cup Parmesan
2 cups corn flakes mixed with more melted butter.

Put the potatoes in a colander and let them dry/drain overnight in the fridge

Combine sour cream, soup and butter in a bowl mix well.  Add both cheeses and seasonings, then finally the potatoes, mix well.  Place into a 9X13 pan, heavily greased.

Crush your corn flakes and mix with more melted butter and add garlic salt, mix well

Start oven at 400

Cook at 400 for 20 minutes, then get your cereal mixture and carefully spoon on top

Reduce heat to 350 and cook an additional 45 to 60 minutes longer until the top is crispy and browned

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blueberry Banana Bread

I had two really ripe bananas and a bunch of blueberries to get rid of and I thought why not make some bread!  I found a few recipes, added some things and subtracted some ingredients and came up with what I think is a really nice solid recipe.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup fresh blueberries (I doubled the blueberries)
zest of 1 lemon
sugar in the raw (for sprinkling on top before baking)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until well combined.

Add 1 egg and allow to blend into the butter mixture before adding the second egg along with vanilla extract and lemon zest.

Beat mashed bananas thoroughly into the mixture.

Add flour mixture in small increments while beating until just combined into a thick batter.

Fold blueberries into the batter; pour into prepared loaf pan.

Sprinkle with Sugar In The Raw

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 65 minutes.   It took mine a full hour to cook.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire

*this was enough batter for 1 regular loaf pan*
**next time I will add toasted pecans**

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lemon Ginger Chicken Soup with Orzo

Yet another Sunday Chicken Dinner and I had lots of chicken leftover.  I decided I was going to try something a little different this time when I made Soup.  I added Ginger and Lemon Juice and it was amazing.  I will never make it the old way again.  The Ginger and Lemon added a bit of acidity and freshness.  Instead of regular pasta I used Orzo.


1 tablespoon olive oil
5 carrots, sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (32 ounce) carton chicken broth (I had homemade so I used that)
3 cups shredded cooked chicken
1 cups of spinach
1 cup of sliced mushrooms (I like the Baby Bellas)
1 cup Orzo
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste


Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onions and garlic and saute for minute or two until softened.

Add broth, ginger and half of the lemon juice and let come to a simmer for 10 minutes or so.

Add your carrots, celery, mushrooms and chicken and simmer for 30 minutes or so.

PRO TIP:  I place a small sieve or colander into the broth and cook my Orzo in it, then remove it and set aside.  If you leave the pasta in, it will suck up a bunch of broth and make it more like a stew.

Add your spinach and the remainder of the lemon juice and simmer for another 5 minutes.  Salt and Pepper to taste,

To serve, place some Orzo into the bowl, then ladle soup on top.  Store the Orzo separately from the soup.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Leek, Potato, Ham, Bacon and Cheddar Soup

I know it's a mouthful but I wanted to make some soup to use up my leftover ham from last weekends Quiche.  I had a little bacon leftover as well.  It was a super rainy and chilly day and this delicious soup paired with some fresh biscuits made for an amazing dinner.  The bonus was it helped me use up a Quart of the gallons of homemade chicken broth in my freezer.


Quart homemade Chicken stock if possible
3 large russet potato's peeled and cut into cubes
1 can lowfat evaporated milk
1 leek, rinsed and sliced thinly
2 tbl olive oil or butter
2 slices cooked bacon chopped
cubed ham I used about 2 cups
Sharp Cheddar Cheese (garnish)
Green onions (garnish)
Lots of pepper
1 tbl chives
1/2 tsp thyme
2 tbl dried mushroom powder (only because I have some and made it myself)
2 tbl chopped dried onion


Saute the sliced leek in olive oil for about 5 minutes, then add the chicken stock and the potatoes.

Let cook for 10 minutes and add in your chives, pepper, salt, thyme and dried onion, let simmer for another 15 minutes.

Continue to cook until the potatoes are done and a knife slides in and out easily.

Use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup if you wish our leave the potato chunks whole

Add your ham and bacon and the evaporated milk (more shredded cheese if you wish) and let come to a simmer for 10 minutes or so

Ladle into bowls and top with shredded cheese and green onions

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pizza Dunkin Style!

We are sick of being disappointed with our local pizzeria's so we decided to make our own pizza.  I searched a bit and found a great recipe by Bobby Flay.  It is a yeast dough which I love both the taste and smell of.  My husband used to work in a Pizzeria in High School so he has a pretty good idea how to make it amazing, and it was!  This was so amazingly good, we were pleasantly surprised!

This recipe makes 2 pizzas, we saved the other half of the dough and made breadsticks later in the week.  You can also freeze the dough for use later and  and/or it will keep in the fridge for several days.


For the dough:

3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon sugar
1 envelope instant dry yeast
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons
Dough Enhancer (optional but I get mine from King Arthur Flour)


Pomi Piza sauce or sauce or your choice
Mozarella Cheese and White Cheddar Cheese grated
Spicy Italian Sausage
Applegate Naturals Uncured Pepperoni


Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast, dough enhancer and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. (use a paddle attachment till it gets well combined then switch to a dough hook)

While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.

Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.  **At this point you can either refrigerate or freeze the dough for use at a later time**

Roll and stretch your dough out to the size and thickness you like.

Spoon on your pizza sauce, the key is getting it all the way to the edge, cheese comes next, then any toppings you wish.

We cooked in a 500 degree oven on a pizza stone for about 10 to 12 minues (ours took 10).  When pre-heating the oven, put your pizza stone in so it will be blazing hot when you transfer the pizza onto the stone.

BKM, if you let your dough rest on the peel, (recommended), use corn meal.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

I am new to this "dump cake" concept.  I have heard about them but I have never made one myself.  I realized I had all the ingredients to make this cake, so I decided to give it a whirl.  As my Husband always says "it is better than it has a right to be" and is sure was.


1 can (15 0z.) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup of chopped Pecans
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I used Pumpkin Pie Spice)
1 box spice cake mix (I read another recipe and only used 1/2 a box)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon (I used pumpkin pie spice) until well­ combined. It will be very liquid­y. Pour this pumpkin mixture into the baking

Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture. (I used half a box)

Sprinkle chopped pecans all over

Drizzle melted butter over the top.

Bake for about 55­-60 minutes. It might still be just a bit jiggly in the middle when done.

It will continue to set up as it cools. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and

Pepper Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin

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