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6 Year Blogiversary and ~ a Giveaway for You!

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Woo hoo!
Today is this blogs 6th anniversary!





Way back on October 29, 2009 was my first post.   It doesn't seem that long ago, but looking at the whole picture, it has been 730 posts and a fantastic wild ride! 

I've learned a lot over the years ~ how to make everything from Apricot Glazed Pork Chops to Zucchini Fettuccine, there's Homemade Gravlax, Mom's Quick Streusel Coffee Cake, and Chiles Rellenos thrown into  the mix; with Bill at my side as my awesome grill chef and taster tester!

A couple of my most popular recipes being Bubba's Summer Sausage Recipe and my Italian-Style Baked Chicken Breasts.  Thankfully, Bill, Jr. has overlooked me calling him "Bubba" here over the years ~ must be all the good food he gets here!  ☺

But, that's just part of the picture:  What I have really learned over these 6 years is that, it's really about all you great bloggers out there in the community who have kept me motivated and persevering.  I've been awed by yo…

Great Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin

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Scrumdiddilyumpshus!


That’s what this incredibly delicious roasted pork was!

Mom, and Grandma, always roasted pork in a covered pan, maybe with a little liquid added to the bottom of the pan ~ so did I, until now…

Begin with a fully pre-heated oven before placing the pork into the oven, to give the meat a nicely browned crisp exterior.

Rub the meat with an herb mixture, then transfer it onto a rack in a shallow uncovered pan; adding no liquid to the pan, and pop it into the oven for roasting. 


Ummm mmm!  The drippings from the roasted meat are packed with delicious flavor, perfect for making gravy for mashed potatoes.


This was undoubtedly some of the best pork we’ve ever had ~ great seasonings with a great crust, producing tender moist roasted pork!


Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
Salt and seasoned pepper, to taste
2 pounds boneless pork loin roast

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°.
Using a mortar…

Italian Sausage w/Onion and Jalapeño Chowchow

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In the nick of time, I discovered this recipe yesterday, before our evening meal…



The weather has been a little unusual here lately, in the low 70’s, so it’s still grilling season until the deck is empty in another week or two, making way for snow.

Bill grilled delicious spicy Italian sausages last night and I made the recipe that I saw here on Nee's blog and here on the Food and Wine site, to accompany it.

I may be a little lazy ~ I adapted the recipe slightly by sautéing Vidalia onions and jalapeños in a large skillet, instead of using skewers, and charring them on the grill; then, cooked the sauce in the same skillet.  


It’s a year-round relish to side with sausages cooked indoors, especially since heartier food in this neck of the woods gets a bit humdrum toward the end of winter.  

This chowchow is a chunky tangy tart-sweet relish:  I can think of a lot of other uses for it ~ hot dogs, sloppy joes, burgers, omelets, a topping for whitefish or salmon, or shrimp, it could be mixed w…

Mom's Golden Fried Mush w/Sausage

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It’s groovy how certain foods can trigger childhood memories…



Food brings forth strong emotions and seeing a favorite dish on a menu or hearing someone talk about a certain dish can transport us back to being young.  

That’s what fried cornmeal mush does for me… When Mom or Grandma made it, it was a huge treat.  The aroma of it sizzling in the skillet was mouth watering.  

Hot from the skillet, placed on the plate with a dollop of butter and a swirl of maple syrup, it was heaven - delicious beyond words ~ and it still is to this day!



Mom usually served plain mush; meatless.  In later years, she started adding crumbled fried sausage to the batter, or maybe, crumbled fried bacon.  So many options… If you’ve never experienced fried mush, I hope you give this a try!
Now, you tell me:  what is your favorite childhood food, what food brings back memories for you?

Mom’s Golden Fried Cornmeal Mush
Printable recipe
Ingredients:

2¾ cups boiling water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup cold water
1 poun…

Mouthwatering Cheddar-Garlic Oven Fried Chicken Breasts

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This is hands-down some of the best chicken I’ve eaten ~ well, that is, that’s not deep-fried!




If you like garlic, and moist and tender chicken, this recipe, which I found here, is for you!




I added extra garlic and plenty of seasoned black pepper; however, the next time, I will be doing as the original recipe states...

“To take the recipe to another level, about 10 minutes before the cooking time is finished, drizzle the top of the chicken with a little pasta sauce, and then sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Return to oven to bake for 10 minutes until the sauce is hot and cheese has melted.”

This is some delicious chicken!  Bill and I agreed ~ it's “finger-lickin’ good!"


Cheddar-Garlic Oven Fried Chicken Breasts 
Adapted
Printable recipe


Ingredients:

⅓ cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
3 tablespoons lemon juice 
3 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan chees…

Sausage, Bean and Spinach Dip

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I made this dip recently for a gathering and was amazed at how quickly it was devoured and how everyone raved about it!




The melangé of spicy pork sausage, cream cheese, pinto beans, white wine and Parmesan turns into a warm, hearty dip for a tailgate spread on game day.



Leave it to Southern Living to print another great recipe, it’s almost hearty enough for a main dish.  Use regular sausage instead of hot, if you don't care for the heat.

This is perfect grub for the next time you cheer your team on!  

GO CUBBIES, GO BEARS!!!


Sausage, Bean and Spinach Dip
Printable recipe

Ingredients:
1 sweet onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 (1-pound) package hot ground pork sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
½ cup dry white wine
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup (2-ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook onion, pep…

Tuna, Olive & Wheat Berry Salad

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You’ll give your jaws a workout eating this grain!


I like most grains, but had never cooked wheat berries  before ~ it’s a good thing to finally be on the wheat berry bandwagon!
Wheat berries are the entire wheat kernel, containing lots of fiber and nutrients. Prepared, they’re nutty, chewy and robust, working well in hearty salads, stews, cereals and stir-fries.
This is a slightly adapted Cooking Light recipe.  I wasn’t sure if it would win Bill over ~ it only did a smidgen.  


For me, it was a healthy, tasty salad, a little chewy, with a little tang and delicious.  

Next time, I will add dried cherries, some celery, or maybe chopped apples or cherry tomatoes.

Tuna, Olive & Wheat Berry Salad Printable recipe

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomato dressing 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 1 cup cooked wheat berries 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 10 olives, sliced 2 (6 ounce) cans albacore tuna, drained
Method:

Whisk first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir…

Easy Spicy Parmesan Baked Catfish

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Now that it’s cooler, Bill took a well-deserved break from standing over a hot grill, and I baked this great recipe.


Usually, I dredge the fish in cornmeal; this time I combined Parmesan cheese and flour with seasonings.  Cut back on the cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic if spicy isn’t your thing.

The flavor of this catfish is deliciously spicy, the breading has a crunch, with the fish being sweet tender and flaky.

This delicious catfish is easy to prepare, with the bonus being not an overwhelming amount of calories like fried catfish, and no greasy mess to clean up!

Spicy Parmesan-Baked Catfish
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 egg, beaten
½ cup lowfat milk
4 catfish filets
¼ cup butter, melted
3 cloves garlic, minced
Non-stick cooking spray

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°.
On a plate, combine first 6 ingredients; up to egg.
In a small bowl, whisk egg and milk until blended.
Dip fish in the e…

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When you feel like eating boiled eggs,

if you have some truffles in the house,

put them in a basket

with the eggs

and the next day you will have the

best boiled eggs you have ever tasted in your gastronomic life.

--- M.Des Ombiaux



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Since 2009