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Pork with Apples and Onions: Weeknight Supper

 

 

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Pork Anatomy

Pork with Apples and Onions is an easy dish for a weeknight supper. First, you have to know what to buy. All four-legged animals have a muscle, called the loin, that runs along either side of the backbone. In a steer, this muscle represents itself as a rib-eye in the rib section and with a pig, it’s center cut pork chop, around the waist of a pig — if a pig had a waist. The loin muscle doesn’t get much exercise and therefore it is fairly tender and appropriate for shorter cooking times. Think steaks and chops. The legs get much more exercise, are less tender, and are best prepared with low and slow, longer cooking times. Think pot roast and stews. (more…)

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Baked Broccoli Risotto: Modern Comfort

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Broccoli Rice Casserole

Somewhere along the way when women were “liberated” from the kitchen, processed and convenience foods became Standard Operating Procedure. One-pot casseroles became the go-to for many busy moms and families. An all-time favorite is Broccoli Rice Casserole. What’s not to love? Tender, creamy rice topped with cheese. Broccoli Rice Casserole is serious comfort food. What about modern comfort? How about Baked Broccoli Risotto? (more…)

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Valentine’s Day: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

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Chocolate 

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together like, well, chocolate and peanut butter. To help celebrate Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites. They are super simple to prepare. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry and can whip these up tonight!  (more…)

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Hunter’s Chicken with Mushrooms

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Chicken Recipes

You know the story. “Chicken Recipes” are the number one recipe-related search item on the internet. Well, not really. According to Google that worthy topic actually comes in at Number Four. (Who knew Pumpkin Seeds were so popular?!) Nonetheless, chicken is easy, quick, and inexpensive.  One of my all-time favorite recipes is the classic dish Hunter’s Chicken with Mushrooms. (more…)

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Winter Salads: Think Outside the Arugula Box

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Winter Salads

Summer salads are easy. A couple of chops of straight-from-the-garden fresh vegetables and you’re good to go. Winter salads require slightly more thought, but it’s a misconception that winter salads must be made from ingredients that are out of season. Winter salads can be made of deliciously bitter greens, earthy root vegetables, and sweet winter squash. Cooked dried beans and whole grains add nutrition, flavor, and substance. Toasted nuts and seeds provide the crunch. And, don’t forget tart, vibrant citrus. Winter salads offer the opportunity to look at ingredients beyond  lettuce and change the way you think of what makes a salad. And, face it, how much stew, chile, and low-and-slow braised meat dishes can you eat? Banish those flavorless tomatoes and flaccid cucumbers harvested on the other side of the globe and give winter salads a try. (more…)

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