Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spicy Pork Chops with Rice and Veggies

This is a fairly quick and simple dish packed with so much flavor.  The pork chops are nicely browned, then simmered with all the other delicious ingredients until everything melts in your mouth.  Delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-4 pork chops, bone-in
-2 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning, divided
-1 large onion, finely chopped
-1 large red bell pepper, chopped
-1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chiles (NOT drained)
-1 (15 oz) can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
-2 cups chicken broth
-1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
-1 cup uncooked rice
Directions:
-Heat oil in large and deep skillet.  Season the chops on both sides with 1 Tbs of the seasoning.  Place in hot oil and sea on both sides until lightly browned (they will not be cooked through at this point).  Remove chops onto plate.
Return skillet to stove and add the onion and bell pepper.  Cook for about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes with the juice, peas, broth, sauce, last Tbs of seasoning and rice.  Give it a good stir.  Top with the pork chops and bring to a simmer.  Cover, lower the heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes or until all liquid is gone.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs with Caramelized Onions

Yes, I know, that's a heart attack waiting to happen.  But it is insanely delicious!  The flavors are spectacular in this simple dish.  I am also a bit of a snob when it comes to hot dogs.  I like the all beef ones.  There's no other flavor that compares with that.  They are worth the higher price.  And wrapped in bacon and topped with the caramelized onions...  YUM!  Can't  get better than that!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-good beef hot dogs
-1 slice of bacon for each hot dog you want to cook
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1 large onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced
-2 Tbs brown sugar
-hot dog buns
-yellow mustard
-dill relish
Directions:
Wrap each hot dog in a slice of bacon (no need to secure it with toothpicks).  Place in skillet and cook on medium heat until bacon is nice and golden-brown, like this:
While that's cooking, heat the oil in large skillet.  Add the onion slices and cook for a couple of minutes.  Sprinkle with the brown sugar and give it a good stir.  Cover and let it cook on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To assemble, place a bacon wrapped hot dog into a bun.  Top with some mustard, caramelized onions and relish.  Take a big bite and enjoy!  YUM!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pasta Salad with Peas and Bacon

Quick, easy and absolutely delicious! Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-6 slices bacon
-1 lb pasta (I used radiatore to make it more fun for the kids, but small shells, rotini and others work just as well)
-10 oz frozen peas
-1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
-1 (15 oz) jar original Miracle Whip
-1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
-1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
-1 1/2 tsp sugar
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Directions:
Roughly chop the bacon slices, then cook until nice and crisp.  Remove onto plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook for 3 minutes.  Add the frozen peas and cook for 6 more minutes.  Once done, drain well and pour into large salad bowl.
While the pasta and peas are cooking, mix in a medium bowl the onion, Miracle Whip, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.  Mix very well.
Add the sauce to the pasta and peas.  Mix very well, until everything is well coated.  Add the cheese and bacon.  Mix well.  Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Grilled Salmon with Kale, Apple and Dates Salad

I admit that I have been afraid of trying kale...  I know, it's silly. :)  I usually get spinach and I'm very happy with it.  However, when my next door neighbor showed up at my door with some kale, I knew that this was my chance to finally trying it.  And yes, I liked it. :)  I didn't want to make a soup, which seems to be quite popular.  I chose to make a salad instead.  This salad has everything, seriously.  It had apples and dates, almonds, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, and kale, of course.  It also went perfectly with the grilled salmon and some rolls.  Very nice and easy dinner.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
For salad:
-1 small bunch kale
-3 Tbs lemon juice
-2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 cup chopped dates
-1 apple, cored and cut into small chunks
-1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
-3 Tbs toasted slivered almonds
-1/2 tsp pepper
For salmon:
-aluminum foil
-5 salmon fillets
-salt, to taste
-pepper, to taste
-garlic powder, to taste
Directions:
Remove the ribs from the kale and discard.  Wash the leaves very well, then slice very thin.  Place in a large bowl.  Add the lemon juice, oil and salt.  Mix very well, then let it sit for about 10 minutes.  
Add the dates, apple chunks, cheese, almonds and pepper.  Mix very well, then set aside, allowing the flavors to combine.
Place a large piece of aluminum foil on your grill.  Coat generously with cooking spray.  Turn the grill on.  While that's heating, season your salmon with the salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides.
Place on prepared grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.]
Serve with the kale salad and some fresh rolls.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sweet Asian Noodles with Garlic and Green Onions

This is the perfect side dish!  It is super quick and absolutely delicious!  As a matter of fact, for me, this can be the main entree without any meat or anything to accompany it.  It is very filling and yes, delicious! You would expect with to be spicy and garlicky, but it is actually a little sweet with a hint of garlic and onion.  Perfect combination! Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 tsp soy sauce
-2 Tbs brown sugar
-1 tsp sesame oil
-2 Tbs oyster sauce
-8 oz angel hair pasta (I like to break mine in half-it's easier for the kids to eat)
-4 Tbs salted butter
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-8 green onions, cleaned and sliced
Directions:
Start boiling a pot full of water.
In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and oyster sauce. Mix very well and set aside.
Place pasta in boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.  Drain.
While pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet or wok.  Add the garlic and onion and saute for 3 minutes.  Remove wok from stove and add the drained pasta and sauce mixture.  Mix well and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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