Tuesday, January 27, 2015

One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops

 
I'm sorry I'm just now getting around to posting this recipe! But, as promised here's the recipe! It's so quick and easy, and I love the combination of flavors.  I think my favorite way to serve the pork chops so far was on a bed of brown rice.  I feel like it's a pretty guilt free meal as well! Last time I made this I made it in my dutch oven and followed the steps all the way up until simmering the last few minutes, instead I put the lid on and put on low for an hour or two until we were ready to eat.  It was very tender and cooked to perfection. 

Heat a large, heavy pan on high until warm.  Add oil and heat until shimmery (but NOT burning/smoking) about 20 seconds.  Brown pork chops on each side, about 1 minute each.  Reduce heat to medium-low, add onions.  Stir onions and flip pork chops after 2 minutes on each side.  Add tomatoes, garlic and spices, mix.


Mix spices and tomatoes.

Simmer until tomatoes are soft and sauce has set up- about 5-8 minutes.

Serve on a bed of pasta or brown rice....


One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops
4 pork chops, fat trimmed
1 tbsp oil (olive, coconut, butter)
5 cloves of garlic, diced
1 1/2 cups fresh or 14.5 oz canned tomatoes, diced (include liquid if cutting)*
1 large onion, diced
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp sage
1 tsp basil

Heat a large, heavy pan on high until warm.
Add oil and heat until shimmery (but NOT burning/smoking) about 20 seconds.
Brown pork chops on each side, about 1 minute each.
Reduce heat to medium-low, add onions.
Stir onions and flip pork chops after 2 minutes on each side.
Add tomatoes, garlic and spices, mix.
Simmer until tomatoes are soft and sauce has set up- about 5-8 minutes.
Serve on a bed of pasta, brown rice or zucchini noodles. Optional, garnish with cilantro, parsley or basil. Enjoy!!

*Double the tomatoes if you want more sauce, I prefer my rice or noodles to be drenched.  If you are eating by its self or you prefer a dryer sauce, then follow directions above. Canned diced tomatoes work great!

Update, this can also be made in a dutch oven ahead of time, see my comments up top for details.

Recipe Source: Sweet C's Designs


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Caramel Apple Cheesecake


If you know me at all, you know I LOVE Cheesecake, and I've mentioned that a few times on here already.  For Christmas I decided I wanted to make a cheesecake, but not cheesecake bars like I've always done, an actual cheesecake.  So! I found a couple of Caramel Apple Cheesecake bar recipes and decided to combine them and try them out, but made it in a cheesecake pan instead.  You know what? It turned out amazing! It tastes just like an apple pie with a cream filling.  I was told by some people I shared with that it looked and tasted like restaurant quality, so I guess that's saying something! Oh, and you know what? It was a lot easier to make than I expected! Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of steps, but easy!

Add flour and brown sugar to a medium sized bowl.  Cut in butter with 2 forks or a pastry blender until your mix is crumbly. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides, at least an inch, of a well greased 9 or 10 inch springform pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Add cream cheese, vanilla and Sugar to a large bowl. Beat mixture until smooth. Add eggs to mixture 1 at a time mixing to combine. Pour mixture into baked crust.

Add Apples, sugar and cinnamon to medium sized bowl. Mix together until apples are coated well. 

Sprinkle apple pieces evenly over cream cheese mixture.

Add brown sugar, flour, quick oats and softened butter to a medium sized bowl and combine well. Sprinkle topping evenly over your apple layer.

Bake for 55-75 minutes. Watch for filling to set (I do this by slightly jiggling the pan.)

Allow to cool for 15 minutes and refrigerate overnight.  Beautiful, right?!

Drizzle each slice with caramel topping. Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

CRUST:
1 1/2 c Flour
1/3 c Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Sticks Butter softened

FILLING:
3 - 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
1 c Sugar
1 t Vanilla
3 Eggs
⅛ t ginger

APPLE MIXTURE:
2-3 Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored and diced into small pieces
1 1/2 T Sugar
1/2 t Cinnamon
1/4 t Nutmeg

TOPPING:
1/2 c Brown Sugar (packed)
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Quick Oats
6 T Butter Softened

Caramel Topping (to drizzle)

Preheat oven to 350.
Add flour and brown sugar to a medium sized bowl.  Cut in butter with 2 forks or a pastry blender until your mix is crumbly.  Press mixture into the bottom and 1-2 inches up the sides of a well greased 9 or 10 inch springform pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Add cream cheese, vanilla and Sugar to a large bowl. Beat mixture until smooth. Add eggs to mixture 1 at a time mixing to combine. Pour mixture into baked crust.
Add Apples, sugar and cinnamon to medium sized bowl. Mix together until apples are coated well. Sprinkle apple pieces evenly over cream cheese mixture.
Add brown sugar, flour, quick oats and softened butter to a medium sized bowl and combine well. Sprinkle topping evenly over your apple layer.
Bake for 55-75 minutes. Watch for filling to set (I do this by slightly jiggling the pan.)
Allow to cool for 15 minutes and refrigerate overnight. 
Remove from springform pan and slice. Drizzle each slice with caramel topping. Enjoy!

Recipe Adapted From: Cincy Shopper and Cakes Cottage

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Isn't it funny the different ways each of us were all brought up? One thing that stands out about the way I was raised, that might be different than most people, is the fact that I never had jarred or canned spaghetti sauce until I went to college and had roommates cook for me.  My mom always made her own spaghetti sauce.  I figure this was one way she was able to save money with having 10 kids.  Her recipe makes a lot more than one jar and tastes amazing too.  I first made this on my own when I started cooking in college. I would make it for me and my roommates, then freeze leftovers to make goulash for another day. (What is goulash? It's like spaghetti but you mix the sauce and any noodles together in a 9x13 baking dish and top off with cheese and bake.) Anyways, I love this spaghetti, it's a little taste of home for me.

Throw everything together in a large pot or crock pot.


Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

1 lb Ground Beef 
Salt and Pepper

4 - 8 oz cans Tomato Sauce
28 oz Canned Crushed Tomatoes 
6 oz Tomato Paste
1 Spaghetti Sauce Mix Packet
Garlic Powder

Brown meat with salt and pepper and drain. Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil on medium heat. Turn down to medium low and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Or, you can place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

One Pot Salmon Coconut Curry Pasta


Remember how I told ya'll how much I love one pot meals? Well I really do! The other night I planned on making salmon, but last minute decided I was tired of the same salmon fillet I always end up making, so Pinterest shopping I went.  I came across this amazing looking dish, and bonus, it was one pot!  I wasn’t sure about adding a large piece of uncooked salmon in with everything else but it ended up being cooked perfectly at the same time the pasta was done. By cooking everything together, the salmon was perfectly tender and flavored and the creamy sauce was amazing.  My husband said, "If Cheesecake Factory's bang bang chicken and shrimp were a pasta then this would be it." I myself loved every bite. This dish will be making another appearance in our home very soon.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Baked French Toast


Finally, the long awaited recipe for Baked French Toast.  I don't know if ya'll have noticed, but I loved baked french toast recipes.  And, honestly, this is one of the best I've tried! I mean, it's not enough that the french toast itself is so amazing, add the buttermilk syrup and MAN! IT'S AMAZING! If you ever want to make a breakfast to impress, but you don't want to get up super early and mess up several pots and pans, then this is the way to go for sure! Another great thing about this is you can use whatever berry you feel in the mood for! I've used raspberries and blueberries, both were great!  My friend Ryan...who am I kidding...everyone who matters calls him Morty ;), made this for my sister and I when we visited him and his family a while back.  I've made it twice since, which is not near enough haha.  Anyways, give it a try, let me know what you think, I know it won't disappoint. Please don't be intimidated by the long recipe, it's actually very simple and is very quick to make!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Herb and Citrus Oven Roasted Chicken

I have been wanting to try this recipe out ever since my friend Emily, over at Little Momma and Company, made it.  It looked so refreshing and delicious.  Well, you know what? It is! It was really quick to throw together too.  It calls for quite a few ingredients, but you seriously just toss those on the chicken, that simple! My middle kid ate more than all of us, he at 4 whole drumsticks! He loved it, and as I'm posting this he's drooling over the picture and reminding me of how much he loved this dish.  Anyways, I'd say this is a must try dish.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Basil Artichoke Chicken Bake

 After a crazy Summer of being home all day, every day, with my busy 3 boys, visitors and a recent cruise, I should probably get back into the game. 

So, to start out this game, here's an amazing recipe I just made  last night! Basil Artichoke Chicken Bake.  I've had this recipe pinned on my Pinterest for a while now, I finally made it! And, it did not disappoint.  It was honestly so great, fresh tasting and really pretty healthy! My hubby loved it! The great thing about this dish is you can eat they chicken with noodles or without, it all depends on how good you wanna be.  I was only so good to eat it over healthy choice noodles ;)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Brown Paper Bag Picnic Sandwiches


Do you ever want to make a fancier sandwich than just plain ol' pb&j or a ham sandwich on regular bread?  Especially when you're taking a sack lunch somewhere or to have a picnic w/? I surprised my husband w/ these when my sons and I took him lunch to work on Valentine's Day. I think we were all impressed! We even made them for dinner the next night w/ all the leftovers. Not only are these yummy, but the presentation in the paper bags are adorable! It's much better than just stuffing them in a plastic baggy. When you're all about presentation, this is a great option! These would even be adorable for a girl's luncheon, a baby shower, parties, ect.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Apple Crumb Pie


My friend Kristy made me this pie a while back, I loved it so much, that a week later I attempted to make it myself! It is seriously my favorite apple pie! I love that it's creamy and has a crispy crumb top. You know how most pies you have to eat ice cream w/ it to off set how sweet it is? Well, at least I do.  This pie, I didn't have to do that! It was perfect alone! It even tastes great cold for breakfast, not saying I did that...ok, I did...only once or twice ;) This is great teamed up w/ my Pie Pastry recipe I added yesterday as well.  Give it a shot, it was super easy to make!