Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Mushroom Ranch Pork Chops

Tonight's recipe was an effort to create a crunchy crust that seals in the juiciness of the pork! I threw this together on the fly so I didn't take as many pictures as usual!  If you are s pork lover then you will really enjoy this yummy recipe!!

Ranch Mushroom Pork Chops:
4-6 boneless pork chops
1 cup flour
1 packet buttermilk ranch dressing
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2-4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 green onions, sliced, tops reserved for garnish
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375*F.  Mix flour and ranch dressing packet together in a shallow dish.  Salt and pepper the pork chops and then dredge through the ranch and flour mix.  Melt 2 tbsp butter in an oven proof skillet over medium heat.  When the butter is melted, place half the chops in the skillet and sear for 5-6 minutes on each side.  Drain on paper towels and sear the remaining chops.  Add 2 more tbsp of butter if needed.  While the pork chops are cooking, mix together the chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup and the green onions.  Place the drained pork chops and the soup mixture in the hot skillet.  Bring the soup mixture to boil.  Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Top with the mozzarella and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Let meat rest got 5-7 minutes before serving.  Garnish with green onion tops and enjoy!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bacon Breakfast Braid

Hello, All!  It has been several months since my last post!  We've had so much going on that I haven't had time to post!  We moved into our new home in May !  I've been enjoying cooking and entertaining in my new space!  

I've been baking up a storm for family and friends the last couple of months!

To top off the summer, we had a wonderful young man from China come and spend the month of August with us!  We spent lots of time showing him what family life is all about here in Indiana!
I hope your last few months have been as enjoyable as mine have been!!

This morning, I thought I would get a little fancy with our breakfast!  I made a wonderful simple bacon breakfast braid.  This would be an ideal dish for a brunch buffet table.  

Bacon Breakfast Braid:

Scrambled eggs (6-7 eggs)
7 bacon strips, cooked 
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can Pullsbury Crescent Dough Sheets

 Preheat the oven to 375*F.  Roll out the dough sheet on to a parchment lined baking sheet and cut 2 inch slits up the long sides of the dough sheet.

Next, layer on the eggs followed by the bacon then sprinkle the cheese over the top.

Pull the dough strips gently towards the center at an angle to create the braid.

Bake for 12-13 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. After removing from the oven, let rest for 2-3 minutes before cutting.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Dinner: Roast Pork with Onion Jam and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Like most families, we are in the 4th Quarter crazy zone!  There are 5 weeks left in the school year paired with Spring sports.  We are on the run every day except Sunday.  Our dinners are reduced to sandwiches, pizzas and the like so on on Sunday, I try to make something a little more substantial.  Today's menu was all my youngest son's favorites, pork, green beans and corn on the cob!  I haven't blogged in so long, I didn't take the usual step by step pictures, but the recipes are super simple so I don't think the pictures are necessary.  I used all reduced sodium items in the recipe to keep it from getting too salty.

Roast Pork with Onion Jam:

  • 3 lb pork loin
  • 1½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 medium onion cut into 8 sections
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce


Preheat the oven to 350*F.  In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, ground ginger, salt, thyme, and pepper, whisking to combine. Rub seasoning all over the entire surface of pork loin.
Heat oil in a large oven proof pot over a medium-hot burner.  Add onion to hot oil and cook 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.  Place the seasoned pork int the pot and brown it on all sides. Mix the broth, lemon juice and soy sauce together and pour into the pot with the pork and onions.  Place pot in oven and cook for 3.5 hours.  Remove pot from oven and place roast on board to rest for 20 minutes under a foil tent.  Remove the onions and reduced liquid to a measuring cup and allow it to rest also.  After 10 minutes, skim the fat off the measuring cup and remove.  Place what remains in the measuring cup into a small oven proof ramiken and place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.  Remove and serve over the pork roast.  

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans:

1 pound fresh green beans
8 slices of bacon  
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 350*F.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray. Wash, dry and pinch the ends off the green beans. Bundle together 10 green beans. Wrap a slice of bacon around the center of the beans to hold it together. Lay the bundle bacon seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with remaining beans. Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until melted and combined.  Brush the mixture over top of each green bean bundle. Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Turn up the oven heat to 400*F.  Remove the foil and bake for 10-15 minutes more or until bacon gets crispy.  After removing from oven, let rest for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Crockpot Honey Sriracha BBQ Chicken

Hello, Everyone! Long time no posts!!  My husband thinks I have people out in the blogger world missing me 😉

We are in the home stretch of building our new house which has eaten up my time.  It is coming along and I anticipate being in my new kitchen sometime in April!!

Here is what the kitchen looks like right now!  Not ready for a meal yet, but soon!

In the meantime, I've been cooking lots of meals from  which I love, love, love!!  Check them out if you are interested in getting groceries delivered along with easy, yummy recipes! 

When I'm not cooking Blue Apron meals, I'm using my crockpot & that is what I did last night! This recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy.  It took all of 15 minutes to prep.  I used bone-in chicken with the skin for extra flavor, but boneless, skinless would work fine too! I served the chicken on a bed of brown rice with a side of green beans, a winning combination for my 9 year old son.  Give it a try and tell me what you think!  

Crockpot Honey Sriracha BBQ Chicken

4 chicken breasts 
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup honey
3  garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, diced
3 tbsp Sriracha 
3 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 

Place the chicken pieces in the bottom of the crockpot.  Mix all the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the chicken.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Enjoy!!