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Sausage and White Bean Soup

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Today is a little sad for me. Sometimes we need some good ol’ comfort food to just warm our souls. See….a piece of my heart was broken last month. I feel like a piece of my soul was forever taken. My oldest, who is not biologically mine, left. He moved back to Florida to be with his father. I’m happy for him, but sad at the same time. I think a lot of things have now forever been changed. I do think that it’s for the best, but it doesn’t fix my broken heart. Anyway, I decided I needed a little TLC. What better way to cheer yourself up than to have a big bowl of comfort and just focus on yourself for an evening?

1 Tablespoon olive oil

12.8 oz thin sliced smoked sausage

3 garlic cloves

1 diced onion

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 celery stalks, diced

30 oz canned great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon dry oregano

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

salt and pepper

3 cups baby spinach

Heat olive oil in skillet. add sausage and cook until lightly browned. place sausage, garlic, onions, carrots, celery, beans, oregano, and bay leaves into a pot. Stir in chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper. cook in the crockpot for 7-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high. On the stove top simmer for an hour. When done add in spinach to wilt.

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Pork

Crockpot BBQ Ribs

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This is something my mother used to make when I was little. For a long time I wouldn’t make it, but then I’d be stationed in another state and get homesick, so I’d find myself making it. It’s always funny to me how you find yourself making things because you miss them, or you miss someone and that recipe reminds you of the good times. You suddenly just don’t feel so alone anymore. We’re home now, family lives close by. I still catch myself making this dish, because it brings back very fond memories.

This is the crockpot I use. I love this because I can program it and come back later. You should check this out guys!

BBQ sauce

Country style ribs

Add to the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.

Chicken

Chicken and Rice Parmesan

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We found this recipe. I have no idea where or how long ago. What I do remember though, is that we wrote it on a piece of paper and stuck it in a notebook. For the longest time I never made it. Suddenly one day I decided that it was time to try it. I sat there and wondered, why in the world did I never make it before? It’s amazing. My family gobbled it up. There was nothing left! I was happy about this, but sad too. Only because I didn’t get to have it for lunch the next day.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 lb chicken

1/2 cup white cooking wine

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice

1 cup chicken broth

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons dried parsley OR 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat oil in a frying pan, add Onion and thyme. Add garlic. Sauté until cooked. Add Chicken. Brown Chicken. Add white wine. Add salt. Add pepper. Cook until almost all of the liquid is gone. Add rice. Add Chicken broth. Stir well.  Cover! Cook til rice is cooked. Add parsley. Add parmesan.

Pork

Sausage and Potatoes

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I totally used the bbq seasoning. Honestly, I thought it was going to be gross. I’m really weird about bbq. I ended up really liking the recipe. It was very good. My siblings who are the worlds most pickiest twin duo even liked it. To my surprise, they tried it. When they were babies, I was a teenager. I used to try to get them to eat new things, but they never would. So now every time they try something new and they like it I feel like I’ve just scored a huge win. This recipe is deemed picky eater approved. Try it!

2 packs of smoked sausage

1/2 teaspoon a1 mesquite rub or Montreal seasoning

4-5 potatoes

1/4 onion thinly diced

Olive oil

Heat a small amount of oil in a cooker. Add potatoes. Add seasoning. Add onion. Cover. Let cook. Slice Smoked Sausage in about 1/4 inch pieces. Throw in meat. Recover and cook until hot.

Beef

Country Fried Steak

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One summer I went to stay with my mom’s brother and his wife. She cooked a lot of things I didn’t get here at my parents house. Liver mush being an example. one word…GROSS. I hate Liver mush. I refused to eat it. Not all things were gross to me. This was one of the most favorite things she ever made me. She taught me to cook it and I still have this knowledge 20 years or more later after learning to make it.

Cubed steak (I usually do 6 pcs)

Butter

Olive or Canola Oil

Seasoning of choice (cayenne, salt, pepper, parsley, etc)

1 cup Flour

1-2 cloves Garlic

In a plate put flour and seasonings and mix it up. In a pot scoop in butter and oil. You generally will use about 1/4 cup butter and oil. Roll beef in flour mixture. Place meat in pot and cover. Brown on both sides. Once done leave oil in pot and add garlic. stir until fragrant. Add flour. Stir. Wait patiently until it’s browned. Add water a little at a time to prevent lumps. Stir until thick. Add Salt and pepper. Stir and your done! ENJOY!

Pork

Best Country Pork Roast

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If I post a pork recipe, you know that it has to be a good recipe.  I really liked this recipe. The only thing I’d do different with this is not use dried rosemary. I would use fresh and make sure it’s nicely chopped up. Otherwise you get hard pieces of rosemary and it’s just not great.  I really think that you will enjoy this recipe!

What you need:

2 cans Chicken broth

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 medium onion

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 Tablespoons salt

2 cloves garlic

Olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Rosemary

1/2 teaspoon Thyme

Add a little olive oil to pan and brown pork on all sides. Add sliced onions to the pan using the remaining olive oil. Remove onions. Add the spices and garlic and stir until fragrant. remove from pot. Add about 4 tablespoons of butter to the pot and add flour. Once you mix this stir until browned. Add the chicken broth until it makes a thinner gravy mixture. Add onions and spice mix. Once gravy mixture is finished place pork into a dish and cover in gravy. Cook at 350 degrees until pork is well done. Make sure to ladle with gravy every so often. Let rest for about 15 minutes before cutting. I served rice with mine and it was great!

Pork

Best Ribs ever

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I love this recipe. This is another one of those recipes that I’m not quiet sure where I got it from. I had just wrote it down and threw it in my recipe folder with plans of trying it later. When I did try it later, it quickly ended up being a family favorite. I’ve made it a few dozen times. My family begs for this to be made in the summer months. I’ve already got requests to make it again soon!

3/4 cup apple juice

1/2 cup beer

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon Garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Add the brown sugar, olive oil, apple juice and canola oil to a bowl.

Add Worcestershire sauce.

Add salt. Add garlic.

Add thyme…

Add pepper.

Add cayenne.

Put in a baggy…

Add the meat. Make sure to rotate halfway through marinating process…YUM!