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Succulent Slow-cooker Pork Loin in Gravy

It’s that time of year when I like pulling out the slow cooker and letting it cook dinner for us!

Thisslightly adapted recipe is from Trisha Yearwood’s Home Cooking cookbook.  Not only can she sing, she can evidently cook very well also.  Her cookbooks are filled with down-home simple recipes that would appeal to most anyone.  

We really like pork and I really like the slow-cooker, so this recipe is a win win!  It has the right mix of ingredients with its spicy rub, chicken broth, lemon juice and soy sauce.  The pork is fall apart tender and delicious Trisha says, “ Before I found this recipe, my attempts at cooking pork loin usually began with high hopes and ended with dry, overcooked meat.  The secret is the slow-cooking crockpot.  Spices in the rub get a chance to really flavor the loin, and it doesn’t dry out.  In fact, it’s so tender that it actually falls apart!” 



The singer/cook is right ~ it is scrumptious!  I hope you try it and like it as much as we do!



Slow-cooker Pork Loin in …

Tate’s Bake Shop ~ Baking For Friends ~ a Chocolate Raspberry Tart and a Giveaway

“A destination … worth putting miles on the odometer” is what The New York Times said about Tate’s Bake Shop.  It is the recipient of multiple best bakery awards and is regarded as a “must-visit” Hampton’s destination.  There are more than 100 offerings for its customers to enjoy, from breads, muffins, cakes, pies, seasonal specialties, and of course, cookies!



Kathleen King is the baker and owner of Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton, New York, and the author ofTate's Bake Shop Cookbook.  She started baking her chocolate chip cookies when she was 11, and sold them at her father’s North Sea Farms roadside stand, never looking back. 



And, now, Kathleen King has done it again!  She has written another great cookbook, Baking for Friends,which is chock-full of incredible recipes, featuring exclusive baking tips and tricks, in her straightforward manner.  It is the ideal go-to cookbook for beginning bakers and professionals alike.






I was so happy to receive Kathleen’s Baking for Friends, and…

Sweet Dumpling Squash, Honey-roasted

Sweet Dumpling Squash ~ how’s that for a cute little name?



I caught sight of a bushel basket full of these little green and white striped squashes recently at the market.  After looking at the labels, I saw that they were Sweet Dumpling Squashes.  Now I had some figuring out to do, as I scanned a plethora of recipes for them, while they sat adorning the kitchen counter for a few days.
This is what I came up with:  a little sauce of honey and butter with onions and seasonings.  The taste is magnificent ~ the blending of honey and butter is insanely tasty with the squash.  I’ve made it several times already for its sweet and savory appeal; plus, it’s easy to make. 
What more could you want?  If you like squash, but haven’t tried this one, add it to your list of must tries!




Honey-roasted Sweet Dumpling Squash
Ingredients:
2 sweet dumpling squash 1 green onion, sliced 4 tablespoons butter, melted 2 tablespoons honey ½ teaspoon Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Salt and pepper, to taste
Method:
Preheat oven to 40…

Hot Garlic Crab Crostini

Crostini, plural of crostino ~ “little crusts” in Italian ~ sounds fancier than they really are.  They’re actually just baguette slices that have been brushed with oil; then, most likely, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and baked until golden brown. 


The crispy crunch makes them irresistible to eat on their own; but resist the urge, as they’re the perfect bread slice for this creamy hot crabmeat topping that’s laden with cheese, chives, pimentos and garlic!
Crab crostini are tasty small-bites to prepare for game day, a cocktail party, lunch or a tasty snack. To make preparation really easy, bake the crostini, mix the topping and refrigerate, beforehand, and simply assemble and bake just before serving.



I bet your crowd would adore these little bites as they taste pretty special!





Hot Garlic Crab Crostini
Ingredients:
1 French baguette, cut into ½” slices (24 slices) ¼ cup olive oil ¼ cup butter 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 can (6-ounces) crabmeat, well drained and flaked 1 jar (2-ounces) diced pime…

Creamy Corn Potato and Bacon Soup ~ almost…

If I had only followed directions…
The word “creamy” is the operative word and I served the soup without a trace of creaminess.  This recipe is from “Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook.”  It is packed with many good recipes, which are low calorie, easy and delicious.




And, while speaking of not following directions:  On the other end of the spectrum, there have been recipes that I’ve carefully followed down to the last 1/8 teaspoon, which left me feeling cheated of the delicious dish it claimed to be.
I don’t know which is worse; but in conclusion, should you make this soup and includethe half-and-half; please let me know how you liked it!




Creamy Potato Corn and Bacon Soup Adapted
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped ½ yellow bell pepper, chopped 2 ribs celery, chopped (my addition) 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced 2½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels 1/3 cup low-fat half-and-half 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce with Roasted Garlic (…

Buttermilk Waffles from Scratch

Buttermilk in your morning cup of coffee, or your bowl of cereal would be unappetizing ~ but adding it to your waffle batter, takes your waffles from “good” waffles to “great” delicious-airy-fluffy waffles. 


Many folks assume that butter is an ingredient in buttermilk; however, that’s far from the truth. Buttermilk in fact, contains no butter, and is lower in fat than sweet milk.
It’s the leftovers of churned butter; the remnants at the bottom of the churn that go toward making delicious baked goods.  Buttermilk has a tangy, slightly sour aroma, along with a slight thickness ~ thicker than regular milk, but not as heavy as cream.
In these waffles, buttermilk adds body, texture, and a special edge to the flavor that is difficult to describe. Try it and you will taste how delicious waffles can be…



From Scratch Buttermilk Waffles
Ingredients:
2 cups flour ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1½ teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1¾ cups buttermilk 2 eggs, separated 4 tablespoons butter, melted…









Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…

~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






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