Pork, Uncategorized

Hawaiian Pork Stir Fry

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I always wanted to go to Hawaii. The idea of BBQ of a whole hog, the salty smell of the breeze, and the hula dancers doing their dance. I type this and I can literally feel the sun touching my face. It’s such a wonderful dream. I really don’t know if this will become my reality one day or not, but I think it would be one of the best vacations, ever. What a perfect dream. Then reality sits in. The heat I’m feeling, it’s really only the heat from my stove eye. and that breeze I thought I was feeling, that’s the suction of my vent. Oh well.

1/2 cup brown rice

6 oz pineapple juice

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon dry sherry

1/4-1/3 teaspoon Siracha

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons canola oil

pork tenderloin, trimmed, cut into large chunks and seasoned with salt and pepper.

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon garlic

pieces of pineapple

Cook rice according to directions.

Whisk juice, vinegar, cornstarch, sugar, sherry, siracha, and salt.

Heat oil in a skillet.  Sear pork until rich brown. Pour off drippings. Return to the burner. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.  Pour in mixture and heat.  Add pork and cook. Add cubed pineapple. Serve.

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Dessert, Uncategorized

Apple Raisin Cheesecake Bars

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As you know, not long ago we took a trip to New York. Little guy, Coop, was upset we didn’t get NY Cheesecake. I felt SO, SO, SO bad! I decided that we’d make up for it by having a baby and mama cook off. He loves it when I bring him in there to cook with me. Sometimes he’ll pout and not want to come, but if I coax him in he’ll later say, thanks mom for making me come in here. I had a lot of fun. How sweet is that??

As I’m standing here with my baby cooking, I am trying to think of things that my mother did with me. My mom was a great mom. I know I say this a lot, but man…she’s special. Anyway, I remember when I was probably about three years old. Mom had a few extra cents and so she bought big pieces of green poster board. She sat there in the floor with me and we drew out letters and cut them out. She taught me my alphabet. It’s funny how that memory stuck out to me. I continued searching my memories and it dawned on me it’s all about those little things we think are silly, forgettable things. The hope is Coop will remember our time together forever.

Crust and Top:

No stick cooking spray

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup shortening

Filling

16 oz cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Raisin filling:

1 cup peeled and chopped apples

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

Heat Oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 pan with no stick spray.

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. reserve 1 cup of mixture. Press remaining into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12/15 minutes or until a mixture is set. DO NOT BROWN.

Beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla, in a large bowl with a electric mixer. spread over crust. Combine apples and raisins, vanilla. Mix in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. spread evenly on mixture. sprinkle with reserved oat topping. Bake 15-20 minutes until top is golden. allow to cool and chill at least 1 hour. cut into bars.

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BBQ Chicken in Homemade Sauce

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I’m always looking for new. I get bored and tired of the same ol’ thing. If I find an interesting recipe, I’m likely to just make it. As you guys know I’ve been pretty unsettled the last few months. It’s been a crazy time in my life. I’ve needed a change. I’m just so restless lately. I do this every year about this time. I just need something more. Most of my posts I’ve referenced my boys. My oldest is actually my nephew. He lived with us for the last year while he attended high school. He has graduated now. I can’t be more proud of him. He came a long way. He has had a rough go the last year. Honestly I didn’t know if he was even going to get to graduate. I fought the school board to allow him to even go to school here, because they wanted to put him in with the kids at risk. I wanted him to be a regular teen. I felt if I put him in the alternative school we’d have made no progress. He worked hard to get into the school doing summer online school to get credits and stuff. He has moved back to Florida now. We’ll remember his good times with us and we’ll forget about the bad times. That’s the great thing about the human mind. With my crazy hectic life going on, I dug out another new never tried recipe. I found this one and it turned out pretty good. I think next time I make it I might alter a few things. Enjoy folks.

1 cup ketchup

1 cup honey

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic

Chicken

Seriously it’s this easy! Add all the ingredients together. Simmer for a few minutes while you get the chicken going. I used breasts, but you can use ANY type. Pour mixture over chicken. Turn to coat. Pop in the oven until chicken is finished. You’re done!

 

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Every year at Thanksgiving my family has these for as long as I can remember. I actually love sweet potatoes but I don’t like them super sweet. I think they are naturally a sweet veggie anyway. I never realized how much healthier sweet potatoes are for you than just regular old potatoes. When I was younger we didn’t have sweet potatoes any other way except for this way. I’ve been trying to spread my wings a little bit and try new things lately though. My goal is to begin trying new veggies and try them in different ways.

3-4 sweet potatoes

2-3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 Tablespoon butter

Marshmallows

Peel and cube potatoes. Boil in water until they are soft. Drain and Mash potatoes. Add butter and sugar. Put in casserole dish and top with marshmallows. Put under broil until marshmallows are browned and melted.

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Baked Apples

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My grandparents on either side were born right after the depression. My dad’s mom still makes biscuits and cornbread like they did during the depression. I always thought depression cooking was creative. Not everything is something I’d eat, but I can’t imagine being in that situation. I’ve mentioned before that we weren’t exactly the most fortunate family when I was little, but my mom and dad worked so hard. They eventually was able to give their children more. That’s something I admire about my parents. Both of them are such hard working people. They’ve taught us what it means to provide. There’s a huge age difference with my siblings (their twins!) and me. They were a lot more fortunate that I was. They had things I didn’t get. I’m not so close to the twins now. At one time we were, but I think that time drives people apart. They just grow and change. I wont always love the things they do, but I’ll always love them.

Apples:

cinnamon and sugar mixture

Butter

Apples

Core all of the apples. Put butter on the bottom of the apples. This about 1 teaspoon. Pour cinnamon sugar mixture inside of each apple. Put about 1/2 teaspoon of butter on top. Bake apples until completely soft. Once cooked then take some of the sauce in the pan and spoon over the top of the apple.

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Raisin Scones

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Growing up we didn’t really eat stuff like scones. To be honest…I never heard of scones until I was  much older; probably my teens or early 20’s. Whenever I find an interesting scone recipe I can’t resist trying it. This is probably scone recipe 500 I’ve made. This is by far my most favorite too!

When I cook, I zone off. My mind whirls into a hundred different directions. I’m usually humming or singing to myself. I take myself to my childhood, to another place and time, or sometimes I just think about what I have planned or am planning. I’m standing there singing on this particular day. I love to sing. I always have. Suddenly a memory popped into my head. I don’t know if it was the smell of this yummy goodness I’m making or the song that popped into my head, but I’m standing there just going at it. I plop the dough on the parchment paper and start to knead it. Then I freeze. I look down and that dag gone parchment paper was ripped right in half. There whole point of having it was because I HATE to clean the counters after I have flour everywhere. It’s annoying, it’s messy, and I have better things to do. I’m standing there hands and clothes covered in flour trying to think of a way to salvage my time. It didn’t happen. Nope. That’s ok. I learned a lesson. My lesson was that sometimes we have to get a little messy to get the sweet and joyful ending of things. I realized maybe I don’t take time for my family like I thought I did. I occasionally let the little bit help cook (you can see other posts to see that). Maybe that’s not enough? Maybe I’m supposed to encourage him to be more helpful. What have I been so afraid of? A little dirty? It’s just dirt. It cleans up!

Raisin Scones

1 3/4 C All purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

5 Tablespoons butter

1/2 plus 1 Tablespoon milk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup raisins

1 egg beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl. Cut in butter. Stir together 1/2 cup milk, sour cream, and raisins. Stir into flour mixture. Pour out onto a floured surface. Pat into an 8×5 fold in half, flatten and fold again. Repeat one time. Cut into 8 pieces. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Whisk egg and remaining milk together. Brush onto scones. bake until risen and golden brown. This is about 15-17 minutes. Remove and transfer to a cooling rack.

Uncategorized, Vegetables

Fried Cabbage

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Cabbage can be done in so many different ways, in so many different dishes. I really enjoy making fried cabbage. My son will eat pretty much anything, except cabbage. Since this is the case, I don’t get to make this recipe too much or it’ll just go to waste. I like this recipe though, because it can feed a crowd and it’s budget friendly. I hope you love it as much as we do!

5-6 slices of bacon fried crispy, grease reserved

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cored and sliced cabbage

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste (I estimate about 3/4-1 teaspoon)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

With reserved bacon grease add onion. Cook until onion is caramelized. Add garlic. Stir for about 30 seconds. Add cabbage and stir about 10 minutes. Season with remaining ingredients. Reduce to low and cover. Stir occasionally. Cook until cabbage is tender. This should take about 30 minutes. Add bacon and stir. Serve.