Friday, March 11, 2011

Smoky Pineapple Shakes

We had leftover pineapple from the Broiled Pork Chops and Pineapple with Maple Syrup.  Brian got the wonderful idea of making a shake with it and it turned out really well.  You don't have to make the dinner to make the shake.  You do, however, have to broil some fresh (or canned, but fresh is best) pineapple with the maple glaze.

Vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 tsp. cayenne

Mix maple syrup and cayenne.  Brush onto pineapple and broil until tender.  Blend ice cream, pineapple and milk.  Pour into a glass and enjoy the smoky, spicy, and sweet pineapple shake. 

Broiled Pork Chops and Pineapple with Maple Sauce

This is SO EASY and SO FAST and SO GOOD!!  The recipe originally calls for salmon, but Brian hates fish so.... I looked at the ingredients, thought they looked yummy, and substituted pork chops for the salmon.  And it was fabulous!!  I also added bacon to the mix, you can never go wrong with bacon. 

1 cup rice
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp. cayenne
4 pork chops (or salmon fillets)
salt and pepper
1/2 of a pineapple, cut into 8 pieces
1/4 lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro
4ish pieces of bacon

Cook rice the way you like it (sticky, dry, whatever).  Heat your oven on the broiler setting.  Mix the maple syrup with the cayenne. Salt and pepper the pork chops and put them on a cookie sheet along with the pineapple.  Brush the maple syrup on them and broil for however long it takes for your thick or thin pork chops to be cooked.  Remember to baste the meat and pineapple with the maple syrup through out the cooking time.  Oh yeah, I put the bacon on top of the pineapple for half the time, then just put it on the bottom of the pan so that it would get crispy.  In the meanwhile, mix the cilantro into the rice and fluff it all up.  And that's it.  Serve it all.  Delicious!!

Saturday, February 26, 2011


This is one of the easiest things to make, ever. It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. And it's darn tasty, too.

1 lb. beef, cut into bite-size pieces (stew, stir-fry, steak, whatever)
corn - either 1 16oz. pkg frozen (does not need to be thawed) or 2 cans, drained
1 can lima beans, drained

Brown the beef in some butter. Add the corn and the lima beans. Sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. I use about 1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon. I just lightly sprinkle it over the whole dish until it looks dusted, but not covered. Stir and let cook until corn and beans are heated through (you can add a little more butter here and there if things start looking dry). Serve.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Orange Brownies

I've had this recipe for probably about 10 years. I never made them, and don't have a clue where I got the recipe. In fact, I've never even tried them before...until last night. My husband wants to try at least one new thing a week, so last night it was Orange Brownies. Now I wouldn't really call it a brownie, but I can't think of anything else to call it. Maybe orange bars?? They were more of a mix between brownies and cake. I absolutely LOVED them! They were crispy-ish on the sides and light (but not as light as a cake). Great orange flavor, and the glaze on top was simple and yummy. So go ahead and try something new!

Orange Brownies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

4 eggs

2 teaspoons pure orange extract

1 teaspoon grated orange zest


1 cup confectioners' sugar

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and set aside. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest and beat with a handheld electric mixer until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven and pierce top of entire cake with a fork.


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Pour glaze over cake. Cool cake and cut into squares.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Leeks

This recipe came from the Everyday Foods magazine (remember, I subscribe to the magazine, so we're trying the recipes, if it's good, I'll post it). This recipe is really easy, tasty, and fast!! We will DEFINITELY be adding it to the rotation.

Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples and Leeks

2 pork tenderloins (around 1 lb. each)-we only ate one, but I'm excited for the leftovers
2 Tbs. oil
Salt and Pepper
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and cut into 1" pieces
1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
3 gala apples (I used pink ladies because I couldn't find galas at Walmart), cored and cut into 1/4" slices
1 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. red-wine vinegar (which I amazingly didn't have and so I had to use white wine vinegar)

Heat broiler with rack set about 4" from burner. Rub pork with 1 Tbs. oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Broil until pork registers 145 degrees or about 12-17 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let rest for 10 minutes (temp will rise about 5 degrees while resting).

While tenderloin is broiling heat remaining oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and fennel and cook, stirring occasionally, until leeks are tender (it took about 5-6 minutes, depending on size). Add apples and cook, tossing, until just beginning to soften, 3-4 mintues. Remove from heat and add vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Stir to mix and serve with pork.

It's GOOD!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

I have several recipes for cinnamon rolls, but I always return to this one. It's a little more time consuming, but well worth it!

Cinnamon Rolls

Pan on Stove:

1 tsp. salt

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup shortening

1¼ cup milk

Stir all above ingredients on med-high or until shortening is melted and add to ingredients in large bowl.

Large Bowl:

1½ cups flour

1 Tbs. yeast

On side:

1 egg

2 cups flour

Once shortening mixture is added to bowl of flour, add egg and beat for 3 minutes at high speed. By hand stir in 2 cups flour to make soft sticky dough. Grease hands and knead dough. Shape into a ball and place lightly greased bowl. Spray top with Pam and cover. Put bowl into oven and let rise until doubled (usually 1½ hours). Punch down and roll out. Spread melted butter onto dough. Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top of dough. Roll length-wise and use dental floss to cut. Place on lightly greased pan and cover with saran wrap. Let rise another 30-45 minutes and bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until golden on top. Frost when slightly cooled.

Cinnamon Filling:

2½ Tbs. melted butter

½ cup brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

I usually make a little more filling, but that's because I LOVE the filling.

Whole Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

I got this from Everyday Foods. There are a few others I will be trying out of that magazine and if they pass the "Brian" test, I'll put them up. I used to make whole roasted chicken all the time, but when the rotisserie chicken became so cheap, I stopped. I honestly think I like roasted chicken better. And Brian loved the skin on this chicken because it was so crispy. And it was really easy to make! It's a great fall/winter dish.

A whole chicken, rinsed and patted dry
salt and pepper
fresh thyme and parsley
2 leeks (white and light green parts only, halved lengthwise and then crosswise)
baby carrots
small red potatoes
olive oil
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 450. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Stuff with fresh thyme and parsley (I was out of thyme so I just used parsley). If you don't have fresh herbs, you can use dry and mix it with the vegetables instead of in the chicken. Take olive oil and toss with leeks, carrots, and potatoes. Place chicken in roasting pan and arrange veggies around (I just put all the veggies in first, then the chicken breast down on top). Add water. Roast chicken until it's golden brown and juices run clear when pierced between breast and leg, about 1-1/2 hours. Or thickest part of thigh hits 165 (be careful not to hit bone).

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Holiday Sweet Potatoes

My FAVORITE dish at Thanksgiving!! I could eat the whole pan! In fact, sweet potatoes, rolls, pie, and cranberry sauce is the reason I show up for dinner! Oh yeah, and corn...and stuffing. Okay, most of the dinner except turkey and green beans.

Holiday Sweet Potatoes

2½ pounds sweet potatoes

½ cup sugar

½ cup milk

¼ cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

¼ cup flour

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. vanilla


¼ cup butter, melted

¾ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

¾ cup brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

Boil the sweet potatoes till done, then peel and mash with all of the above ingredients. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with the topping and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Roast Beef with Cabbage, Squash, and Carrots

So I recently subscribed to the Everyday Food magazine. It's the size of a Reader's Digest, but has some good recipes. They have a section which has a week full of meals. I tried the Roast Beef with Cabbage, Squash and Carrots at Brian's request. While it wasn't my absolute favorite (I thought it was better the next day), Brian, Dalin and Ellie LOVED LOVED it! Which surprised me, since I usually don't serve cooked cabbage and butternut squash, like, ever. So, perhaps your kids might too. Try it out. It's really easy.

Roast Beef with Cabbage, Squash, and Carrots

2 lbs boneless top loin roast (I just used...something, I can't remember, but it was fine)
salt and pepper
1 medium (about 2 lbs) of butternut squash, peeled, halved and sliced 1/2" thick
3 medium carrots, sliced into 3" lengths (I just used baby carrots)
1 small red cabbage (about a pound), cored and cut into wedges
4 sprigs of thyme (you can use dried)
2 Tbs. olive oil

Preheat oven to 425. Season beef with salt and pepper, and place fat side up in a shallow roasting pan. Toss remaining ingredients together, add salt and pepper to taste. Surround beef with vegetables and roast in oven until squash is tender and beef is medium-rare, about 40 minutes. Tent beef loosely with foil for 10 minutes after it's done.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Garlic Roasted Leg of Lamb

This was an adventure for me. Last week Brian brought home a 4 lb. boneless leg of lamb from Sam's Club. Okay, huh. What do I do with this hunk of meat? I've only had lamb once in my life (I'm not counting the gyro I had last year) and it was when I was young. I remember not liking it, but hey, I was what, ten? So, I looked up some recipes, choose one and roasted the lamb this evening. While it's still not my favorite meat, the kids LOVED it! Ellie had 3 slices, Dalin had 4, even Scott ate more than one bite!! Brian thought it was nice and mild, and he really liked the gravy. It was very tender (even though I overcooked it, I think. I just roasted it until it looked done, and I'm not ready to eat medium rare lamb) and moist. So, if you're feeling adventurous, try out some lamb.

This recipe is from Everyday Foods

1/2 cup olive oil
10 cloves garlic
1 Tbs. salt
1 tsp. pepper
4-7 lb. leg of lamb (boned, rolled, and tied-which I didn't do, I just treated it is a normal roast)

In a blender puree olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to make a paste. Rub paste all over lamb. Roast at 400 for 2 hours or until desired doneness. *I started it out at 400, but downed it to 350 for the last hour or so.

Pan Sauce:
Drippings from lamb
1 cup water (or red wine)
1 cup chicken broth or stock
salt and pepper

Add all the ingredients to the bottom of the roasting pan, get all the browned bits up and transfer all of it to a sauce pan. Boil and reduce, about 10-15 minutes. Strain and serve with lamb.