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Glazed Pork Chops

Surprise Recipe Swap

Surprise Recipe Swap

It’s that wonderful time of the month when I participate in the Surprise Recipe Swap. This month I was paired up with Jamine at momstestkitchen.com. I enjoyed reading about Jaime on her blog, she summed up her reason for cooking in one sentence, “girl meets boy, I guess girl has to learn to cook”! Jamine and her husband have been married for a couple of years and have the most adorable daughter.  She started her blog to keep track of all the recipes she’s collected. I was overwhelmed by the number of recipes on her blog, and it was really hard to pick just one! However I had defrosted some pork chops and decided to make her recipe for Glazed Pork Chops Was I ever glad I did, they were moist and delicious and my husband and son ate every single bite! Definitely adding this recipe to my recipe box!

The best thing about this recipe is that I had everything I needed on hand. No special trips to the store just a quick and easy dinner. Thank you Jamine!

Glazed Pork Chops

Glazed Pork Chops

Glazed Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless pork sirloin chops
¾ cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
salt & pepper for seasoning

LETS COOK:

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, both mustards and soy sauce.

Season the pork chops with salt & pepper and then place in a gallon size Ziploc bag or a shallow dish.  Add the marinade to the pork chops, cover or seal and chill 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat, lightly oil the skillet.

Remove the pork from the marinade, reserving the marinade.

Pan sear the pork in the skillet until cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.

In a small saucepan, bring the reserved marinade to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes.  Pour over the pork chops before serving.

Glazed Pork Chops - Enjoy!

Glazed Pork Chops – Enjoy!

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HungryLittleGirl

Recipe Box: Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp

As you know I have an abundance of rhubarb in my garden.

Rhubarb Patch

Rhubarb Patch

Recently I made Rhubarb Cake, a simple and tasty dessert.

Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb Cake

The next dessert I made was Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp. Although my strawberries are not ripe yet it is possible to find local berries in the Farmers Market. The measurements of the rhubarb and strawberries are adjustable, I added about a cup more of each because I wanted to use up what was on hand.

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp

4 cups of rhubarb, diced
3 cups of strawberries, sliced
1 cup of melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup oats
1 cup flour
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt

Combine the strawberries and rhubarb in a large bowl. Spread into a 9×12 baking dish.

Rhubarb and Strawberries

Rhubarb and Strawberries

In another large bowl mix together the remaining ingredients. Crumble the mixture over the rhubarb and strawberries.

Ready for the oven.

Ready for the oven.

Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and the top is brown and crisp. Serve warm. Delicious with ice cream!

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp

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Recipe Box: Beef and Beer Chili

Recently my daughter introduced me to a little cookbook she purchased for her husband called Recipes Every Man Should Know written by Susan Russo ad Brett Cohen. It’s a small book that could fit in a shirt pocket but it is filled with delicious recipes that are quick and easy to make. I thought the book was such a find I purchased two copies to give to our two sons who will be living off campus next year.

Recipes Every Man Should Know

Recipes Every Man Should Know

One of the tastiest recipes is Beef and Beer Chili. My son-in-law occasionally cooks up a batch and it is so good. I made it at home and I have to say it may replace my standby chili recipe, it’s that delicious!

Beef and Beer Chili

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large red or green pepper, chopped
1 – 1 ¼ lbs ground beef
1 ½ – 2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
Several shakes of salt
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 (14.5oz) cans pinto or red kidney beans, drained
1 (14.5oz) can, diced tomatoes, with juices
1 (12oz) bottle dark beer, like a stout
1 Tbsp cornmeal, optional

Warm the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onions and peppers and sauté 5 minutes. Add meat; cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in spices, salt and brown sugar. Add beans, tomatoes, and beer. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 20-25 minutes or until thick and soupy. Stir in cornmeal if you want a thicker chili. Serves 6-8

Serve chili hot with any or the following: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, sliced scallions or fresh cilantro. Also delicious with a batch of warm corn bread. The bonus is that it is even tastier the next day!

chili

 

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Recipe Box: Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb is one of the first things I am able to harvest from my garden. I love rhubarb and am always looking for new ways to cook it. This recipe is an old standby. Recently I was asked to bring a dessert to a ladies luncheon and this was what I chose.

Old Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

½ cup butter
1 ¼ cups sugar, divided
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups chopped rhubarb
½ tsp cinnamon

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and 1 cup of sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Combine buttermilk and vanilla; set aside. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add the buttermilk-vanilla mixture and the flour mixture to the butter, sugar and egg. Fold in chopped rhubarb.

Chopped Rhubarb

Chopped Rhubarb

Spread in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until the cake tests done. Serves 12

Perfect for your next gathering.

Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb Cake

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Recipe Box: Grilled Corn Salad with Goat Cheese

Each month I participate in the Surprise Recipe Swap. I have found such delicious recipes as Spiced Pumpkin Bread and Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes. We only need to pick one recipe off the blog we are paired up with but sometimes it’s just hard to pick one.

This recipe is from Jessica’s blog Simple, Clean and Homemade. I made a few adaptations but the end result was delicious. It was wonderful on a bed of lettuce and even better in a wrap with some guacamole and grilled chicken. I will definitely be making this recipe again!

Grilled Corn Salad with Goat Cheese
adapted from Jessica’s recipe for Grilled Corn Salad with Cotija Cheese

10-12 ears of corn
1 jalapeño, diced
2 TBSP diced scallions
2 TBSP chopped cilantro
Juice of 4 limes
Zest of 1 lime
1-2 tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp onion powder
Pinch of smoked paprika
2-3 ounces goat cheese

Shuck the corn and grill the cobs until they are slightly charred on each side.

Cut the corn off the cob and combine with remaining ingredients.

Remove corn from the cobs.

Remove corn from the cobs.

Serve warm or cold. Store in the refrigerator.

Delicious on it’s own.

Corn Salad with Goat Cheese

Corn Salad with Goat Cheese

Equally delicious in a wrap with grilled chicken and guacamole.

Delicious on a wrap too!

Delicious on a wrap too!

Enjoy!

Corn Salad on a Wrap!

Corn Salad on a Wrap!

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Bonus Recipe: Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Surprise Recipe Swap

Surprise Recipe Swap

You may remember last month when I shared the delicious Spiced Pumpkin Loaf recipe. Each month I am pared up with another blogger and asked to pick a recipe off their blog to create and write about. It’s a win-win situation. I find out about a new blog and a get to make a new recipe at the same time!

This month I was pared up with Jess’s blog Simple, Clean & Homemade. Her blog is relatively new, she started it in March 2012. It was a challenge to herself to try out new recipes that she never though she would make. I’m certainly glad she started writing and I am thrilled to have found her blog and had the opportunity to try one of her recipes.

It was hard to choose just one recipe, as they all look delicious. However we were having family for the weekend and her Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe looked just perfect to have on hand. I made the recipe just as Jess wrote it. what intrigued my about this recipe was that Jess mentioned that these cookies were ot overly sweet, despite the large quantity of chocolate. The salt brings out the flavor of the chocolate without making the cookie too sweet.

Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
By Jessica

Some of the Ingredients

Some of the Ingredients

Ingredients (4-6 dozen cookies)

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, not packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal (About 3 cups rolled oats unblended)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • Pink Australian Flake Salt

Instructions

In the food processor or Vitamix flour canister, blend oats into a fine flour.

Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer or electric hand mixer. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat until fluffy. Add salt, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat to incorporate. Slowly add flour and blended oats. Beat to combine. Add chocolate and beat until evenly dispersed.

Roll into balls and store in a plastic container. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I was running out of time so I formed the cookies into balls and put them right on the cookie sheet. I then sprinkled them with the salt and baked them right away.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Heat oven at 375 degrees. Break the cookie dough balls in half and stack them broken side up. Sprinkle with Pink Australian Flake Salt.

Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool about 2 minutes before removing them from the pan.

The cookies were a big hit! This is definitely a recipe I will make again. Warm from the oven they were amazing! Can’t beat the sweet salty combination!

Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are a blogger and write and share recipes feel free to participate in the Surprise Recipe Swap, it’s so much fun

HungryLittleGirl

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