Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pulled pork

  • -2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • -4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced or use minced garlic :)
  • -1 cup chicken broth 
  • -1-6 oz cup or portion of apple sauce
  • -1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • -Dust with garlic and onion 
  • -tiny bit of Cajun seasoning 
  • -Sweet baby rays BBQ sauce Hawaiian flavor...big glops.. 
  • -1 packet of McCormick grill mates slow and low Memphis pit BBQ rub 
  • - 5 lbs pork loin or shoulder, bone in 
Put in crockpot on low for 6 hours or high for 4. Enjoy! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Roasted Pepper and Sausage Alfredo

1/2 lb. sausage (ground is what we uses this time but we want to try sliced sausage next time)
1 red pepper chopped into slices and then thirds
1 green pepper chopped into slices and then thirds (example below) 

1 red onion moderately chopped (see below) 
1 jar of four cheese Alfredo 
A couple shakes of paremsan Romano cheese
A little bit of milk
A spagetti squash 
Olive oil 

Directions: Cut the squash in half, scrape out the seeds, put flesh side up in a baking pan. Generously baste the insides with Olive oil. Then salt-and-pepper generously too. Next time we are also going to sprinkle Parmesan Romano cheese on top too. Stick them in the oven at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or until tender and fork can break the flesh easily. Don't over cook it or it will become mushy. 

Meanwhile, Cut up the peppers and onion if you haven't done so already. Then take the meat, peppers, and onion and cook them together. We didn't do it this time but next time we will add a splash of soy sauce. 
Next add Alfredo sauce, and a splash of milk to thin it out a little. Also add a couple of shakes of Parmesan Romano cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper to taste. 

Take your spagetti squash and using two forks shred it into strands and place it in a bowl. 

Ready to eat! Just serve the sauce over the spagetti. :) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Glazed Pork Chops

I made these tonight. The recipe is from here. I'm only changing with the changes I made. It was super easy and super fast to make. I served it with rice and veggies.
Note: the pepper and cayenne increase the spiciness a lot. Use caution and to taste. I used a little more the second time but we liked it. I also doubled the sauce recipe and used 3 large bone in pork chops. My husband thought it was even better the second time.

  • 4 thin or thick cut pork chops 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/16 to 1/8 tsp cayenne powder (to taste)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder 
  • ½ tsp paprika 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 1/16-1/8 tsp black pepper (to taste) 
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees if you have thick cut, thin cut won't need the oven. (skip step 4 in that case). In a bowl combine the brown sugar and spices (salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika and garlic powder or whatever spice blend you like).
  2. Remove the pork chops from their package and rub the brown sugar/spice mix all over both sides. Use all of the spice mix.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium/high heat. When the oil is nice and hot (it will look wavy in the pan), add the pork chops. Cook the chops for about 5 minutes on each side or until they are nicely browned.
  4. If you are using an oven safe skillet, place the skillet in the oven for an additional 5 minutes to make sure they are cooked through. If your skillet is not oven safe (most plastic handled skillets and teflon are not safe in the oven), transfer the chops to a baking sheet lined with foil then place in the oven.
  5. Remove the chops from the oven and drag each side around in the thick glaze that has formed around the chops in the pan prior to serving.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mom's New Year's Cinnamon Rolls

Mom's New Year's Cinnamon Rolls  

My mom made these every New Years Day for breakfast with hot chocolate growing up! Now, I like to make them for General Conference, New Years, and let's face it, anytime the time calls for it ;)! 

They are faster to make then most rolls. Prep time is about an hour. Serves: 12-14 BIG rolls :) 

1-3/4 c. warm water
3 T. yeast
6 T. white sugar
1/2 c. oil
2 eggs
6 + cups of flour
cinnamon + sugar (1/4 c. cup of sugar + 2 t cinnamon)
brown sugar
raisins (optional)

Instructions: First, preheat the oven at 350. Then mix the first four ingredients togethr and let them stand for 15 mins. (I usually place the bowl on the warming oven.) After the fifteen minutes are up, add the rest of the ingredients into the mix. Mix well. Should still be fairly sticky but not so much you can't roll it out. Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick and about 18x10 in diameter. Next, spread the dough generously with real butter. Next sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar, brown sugar, and raisins if using. Roll up and cut into 1-1/2 inch wide rolls. (They cut the easiest with floss.) Let them rise on a greased tray for 18-20 mins. Bake them at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Ice them while they are still very warm.

Note: Gooeyness depends on how much sugar, cinnamon, and butter you add. I didn't add enough today and they came out drier. This is very thick dough so you want more than you think.

Icing Recipe: 
3 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. butter
5 t. milk
1-1/2 t. vanilla

Mix above together. Spread on top of hot rolls. Mmmm... You can also play around and add cream cheese to the mix too if you'd like...