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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Honey Soy Pork Loin


Pork-Loin
 

 
 
    This recipe is a recreation of another one I found online . It is the perfect combination of robust flavors for such a tender cut of meat. Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite meats. Perfectly tender, juicy, and full of flavor. This was so easy utilizing the crock pot that as soon as I awoke in the morning I made the sauce in about 2 minutes then placed it all in the pot. The beauty of utilizing a crock pot is just that, quick, simple, and easy. Honey Soy Pork Loin


Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lb pork loin
  • 1/2 tbs oregano
  • 1/2 tbs dried basil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt

1. In a small bowl combine the oregano, basil, pepper, garlic, honey, soy, Parmesan cheese, and salt into a marinade sort of rub.
 
2. Place pork loin into a crock pot and pour the mixture over top. Toss to cover the whole loin.
 
3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
 
Give this crock pot pork loin a try. You will not be disappointed.
 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Serves: 4+
 
 




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pumpkin Chocolate Biscotti


Biscotti

 

 

 
    Instead of making the traditional pumpkin pie for this holiday season, why not try a twist on this traditional Italian cookie. This recipe was so easy and full of flavor that you will definitely be making this for your next festive get together with friends and family. The chocolate and hint of pumpkin flavoring make this cookie the best during these upcoming cold days. Just dip this cookie into your favorite cup of joe and any morning will turn out to be the best. Pumpkin Chocolate Biscotti

 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 spoonful pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • Chocolate chips

 
1. In small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

2. In a large bowl blend the sugar and butter together.

3. Slowly blend in the eggs one at a time followed by the pumpkin puree

4. Next mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

5. Blend in the flour mixture in batches until well incorporated.

6. Form into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick as pictured below.

 

 

 

 
7. Bake for 30 minutes in 350 degree oven.

8. Let cool for 30 minutes and cut into 1/2 inch diagonal pieces and lay flat back on baking sheet and bake for another 5 minutes.

9. Melt chocolate over double boiler and drizzle over the cookies as you choose.

 


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Serves: Makes 15-20 cookies
 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Perfect Naples Pizza Dough!








     Now I have already blogged on here about a great pizza dough recipe, however I have always been not as satisfied with the recipe as I would like to be. I have searched and searched looking for the best way to re-create that perfect true to style traditional Italian pizza. The exact kind you get in the birth place of pizza, Naples, Italy. Well folks it has happened. I have found the best dough recipe out there. I tried it the other week and holy cow it was perfect. Give it a try. The bad part is that it does take a week to set up but perfection is not easy. Naples Pizza Dough






Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Italian OO flour
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pizza yeast
  • 13 ounces water


1. Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a bowl and whisk.



2. Pour in water and mix with hands until a ball has formed and all flour is gone.



3. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 8-10 hours.



4 Turn out on floured surface and form into 4 balls.



5. Place each ball into a gallon zip lock bag and place in fridge for up to 5 days.



6. When ready to make the pizza's let rise for 2 hours on counter covered with a towel.



7. Kneed out into a perfect circle with your hands and fist. Top and bake in 550 degree oven on a pizza stone that has been heated for at least 20-30 minutes. Cook for about 10 minutes or until crust is nice and brown and bottom has those perfect black marks.



Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 5 days 10 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Crunchy Pesto Baked Chicken

 
 



     Was another night just like any, I was craving a sort of fried chicken again but wanted something new. My porch has been taken over by all the basil plants that I planted and I wanted to use some of it up. Came up with this great idea to combine a wonderful crispy breading with a fresh twist. So here goes; Crunchy Pesto Baked Chicken.

 
Ingredients:

  • 2-3 chicken pieces
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 2 cups cornflake crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Flour
  • Salt/pepper

 

1. Prepare the pesto by combining the basil, Parmesan, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor.

 
2. Meanwhile salt and pepper the chicken pieces then dredge in some flower.

 
3. On a large plate combine the cornflake crumbs and the prepared pesto into a chunky breading.

 
4. Roll the floured chicken pieces in the crumb mixture and gently place on a baking sheet.

 
5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.

 
This chicken was so full of flavor from the combination of the pesto and the crunchy cornflake crumbs. Very delicious and made the dinner a great one.

 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2-3




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lemon Blueberry Biscotti



Biscotti

 

 




     Here is just another one of my creations to the already perfect Italian cookie. That perfect combination of crunchy but also chewy. These have the great flavor combo of lemon and blueberry. Perfect, refreshing, tart flavor filled cookie to perfectly dunk into your coffee or just eat alone. Hell, if you ask me, I prefer just eating one by itself. Well maybe two or three that is. Lemon Blueberry Biscotti.


 

 
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • Zest from 1 large lemon
  • Juice from half of lemon

Icing (optional)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Milk
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Yellow food coloring


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. In another bowl blend the butter and sugar until creamy.

4. Slowly mix in the eggs one at a time in the sugar butter mixture.

5. Mix in the zest and juice from the lemon.

6. Slowly mix in the flour in batches. Then stir in the blueberries.

7. On a tin foil lined baking sheet spread out the cookie mixture and form into a flatten rectangular log shape.



8. Bake for 30 minutes until edges are golden browned. Let cool for 30 minutes.

9. Slice at an angle into 1/2 inch slices then lay back down on the baking sheet and bake for another 5 minutes.

10. To make icing combine the milk and powdered sugar until a thick icing has formed. Mix in some lemon zest and drizzle over or dip the cookies in once cooled.

 
     These might have to be one of my favorite flavor combinations for a wonderful biscotti recipe. Enjoy!

 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Inactive Time: 30 minutes
Serves: As many as you want. Makes roughly 15 separate cookies.

 

 






 

 




Monday, October 24, 2016

Maryland Style Crab Cakes










Crab-Cakes

 

 
     Crab cakes are one of those things that everyone seems to have the "best" recipe. Some like them spicy, others filled with extra bread crumbs, etc., and some like them just plain with a lot of crab. Well I have had a whole variety of them and have come to the conclusion that Maryland style is certainly one of the best. A little restaurant used to be in my town that made some of the best I have ever had. The owner one evening gave me a little advise to make the perfect Maryland Style Crab Cake. Here is the result.
 
Ingredients:


  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 1 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbs mayo
  • 1 tbs honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • Butter for saute
 
Sauce (optional)
 
  • 2 tbs mayo
  • 2 tbs honey mustard
  • 1 tsp dill
 
1. In a large bowl combine crab meat, old bay, onion powder, mayo, mustard, bread crumbs, egg, and parsley. Mix well with hands and form into about 3 inch wide patties.
 
2. In a large saute pan melt butter and brown crab patties on each side until golden and crisp. Roughly about 3 minutes each side.
 
3. Mix mayo, mustard, and dill and drizzle over top upon serving.
 
You will definitely fall in love with these flavor packed crab cakes. Trust me, once you make them for the first time you will continue to make them this quick and easy way.
 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6-10
Serves: 2-3






Monday, October 10, 2016

Strawberry Puffed Pastry Brie


Brie




 

 
     Who doesn't like a good spread of brie? What could be more perfect than a creamy cheese with crackers and a splash of fruit prior to a big dinner. This dish makes for the perfect appetizer for any dinner party. Enough for everyone to snack on prior to sitting down for the main course. With just four simple ingredients this brie will surely become your next table topper for any gathering. Strawberry Puffed Pastry Brie.


 
Ingredients:

  • Brie
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 tbs strawberry jam
  • 3 strawberries
  • Crackers
1. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry.


2. Take the brie and lay it out.  Spread the jam over the top.


3. Slice the strawberries up and arrange around the top over the jam.


4. Take the pastry and lay on top and fold underneath.


5. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.


6. Serve with crackers.











Such a simple and yet elegant appetizer dish that will surely be the hit of everyone who enjoys a good piece of cheese.




Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4+



 


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Balsamic Strawberry Dessert


Balsamic-Strawberry

 

 

 
     Looking for a quick and easy snack or dessert idea? Well here is one that is sure to please everyone. Who would have thought that Balsamic Vinegar could be used in a dessert recipe? The tartness of it, the strong aroma, the almost burning sensation of it going down, well it really does work. In some countries it is used quite a bit in dessert recipes. It is surprisingly very good combined with all the flavors. In my opinion it has an almost caramel flavor to it in this delicious fresh combination. Balsamic Strawberry Dessert.

 







Ingredients:


  • 1 cup halved strawberries
  • 1 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbs Sugar
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Ice cream
 
1. Cut the strawberries into halves or quarters depending on the size.




2. In a bowl combine them with the balsamic vinegar and sugar and mix. Let sit for roughly 30-45 minutes.




3. Spoon over the ice cream and enjoy!
 
     This truly is a great combination of flavors. Trust me, it is amazing. The perfect combination of sweetness, a bit of saltiness, and fresh with flavors.
 
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Serves: 2

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Grilled Shrimp Summer Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette









  
     Looking for that perfect summer fresh salad? Wanting something that seems healthy but at the same time is fulfilling with tons of flavor? Then look no further than this delicious, fresh, bursting with flavor, Grilled Shrimp Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette.




 
 
Ingredients:


  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 1 nectarine
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • Goat cheese
  • Citrus vinaigrette
  • Olive oil
  • Salt/pepper


1. Peel the orange and slice it up along with the nectarine.


2. Take the red bell pepper and roast it until black. Peel off the outer skin and dice up.


3. Cut the romaine head in half long ways. Spray with some cooking spray and grill until black marks appear.


4. Salt and pepper the shrimp. Brush with some olive oil and grill on both sides until pink and finished.


5. Chop up with lettuce and construct your salad. Some shrimp, some peppers, some nectarines, oranges, and then sprinkle some goat cheese.


6. Top with a citrus vinaigrette or your favorite dressing. Enjoy!
 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2
 



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fruity Pebbles Milkshake



Milkshake

 

 


     Yep, you read that right. Fruity Pebbles Milkshake. I was at my cousins one evening and her son was talking about this restaurant in another town that served breakfast cereal milkshakes. Well hell it sounded so good I had to run to the store and get the main ingredients to make this delicious fruity treat. Fruity Pebbles Milkshake.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 scoops vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1 cup fruity pebbles cereal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 
1. Pour the cereal into a food processor and blend until a fruity powder is all that is left.

 
2. Take ice cream, milk, and extract, along with powder and place in blender. Pulse until the perfect shake consistency has occurred.

 
3. Pour into glass and serve.

 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Serves: 1

 
The perfect, wacky, evening snack when you are craving something sweet and delicious. Definitely gives this a try. Quick, simple, and easy.