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Not Quite so Dirty Rice

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No road trip to 'N’awlins', as Bill calls it, for this tasty little dish ~ you can make it right at home!  




We remember our first taste of dirty rice many years ago ~ and Bubba does too.  It was from Popeye’s, the restaurant chain originating in New Orleans.  

However, this time, I made it at home in the Instant Pot now that I have one.  It’s a one pot meal that does the cooking for you quickly. 




The Arcadian classic version of this dish normally comes with chicken livers added for that distinctive flavor and dark color making it “dirty” in appearance.  

It always includes the Cajun holy trinity, you know, celery, onions and bell peppers.  

It's the foundation of so many of the world’s greatest dishes ~ from gumbo to jambalaya to chicken fricassee and étouffée, with every cuisine having its version of it.  
French cooks call it mirepoix, the combo of onions, carrots and celery. Italians call the same combination of ingredients soffritto.  Greek cooks prefer lemon juice, olive oi…

Crispy Homemade Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops

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You may remember way back in the day, back in 1965,  when “Shake ’n Bake” first appeared on the grocery shelf…

Shake ’n Bake provides a healthier, less-greasy alternative to frying.  



Manufactured by Kraft Foods, the flavored bread crumb-style coating for pork and chicken mimics the texture on the outside of fried foods.  It comes with its own baggie for you to shake the meat in order to cover it with the breading mixture.  

My homemade version is a copycat of the classic dish, only a hundred times better than the packaged version!




If you like crispy, savory chops, the crunch of these baked pork chops will be just the thing for you.  

No marinating needed ~ all that’s required is a resealable bag for covering the chops in the panko breadcrumb coating, made from ingredients right out of your pantry.


Serve the chops with rice and vegetables for an easy, delicious weeknight meal!




Yield: 4Author: Pam @Pam's Midwest Kitchen KornerPrint Recipe Crispy Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops This homemade …

Crispy Sea Salt-crusted Parsley Jacket Potatoes

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Dad had many gardens to tend, after he retired from banking ~ at home, at the large Community Garden he established, and at the Louisville Zoo, where he displayed a garden for zoo visitors. 

Bubba loved that!  He'd go to the zoo with Grandpa, and while Grandpa gardened, Bubba visited all the animals. 

I've watched him dig up many a potato, he was an expert at it ~ no digging fork holes in his potatoes!




So I’ve always been slightly obsessed with baked potatoes, my favorite potato!  Just a pat of butter, a little salt and lots of pepper does it for me most times…   

But when it’s finished with a crackling crust, with a dollop of sour cream, I’m in potato heaven…




The humble spud is the quintessential comfort food, and it wins the prize for the most versatile vegetable ~ there are only so many ways you can cook broccoli, and roasted broccoli could never compete with a baked potato.

First off, start wth the starchy russet potato, with a sort of thick skin.The pectin holding the rus…

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