Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Happy New years Eve. I wanted to get Chinese food or go out to dinner but instead I've wound up making dinner. At least DH was helping so it wasn't too bad. I bought a pork loin and when I opened it the loin actually was 3 pieces. This is the first time that's ever happened to me. I don't think it's the norm, but do check and see if your loin has a sneaky label that says 3pc.

1 pork loin
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1/4 onion, diced
1 apple, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
Handful of chopped walnuts
Kitchen String- my grocery store did not sell any so I asked at the meat counter if they would cut me about 3 feet of string and they did :)

DH cut the loin(s) so it would lay flat and pounded it
Then the meat was salted, peppered, and rosemary and sage seasonings were sprinkled on it.

I baked a jiffy box of cornbread per the box directions and crumbled it
I diced 1 stalk of celery and a quarter of a sweet yellow onion.
I sauteed the celery and onion in butter
DH diced up 1 whole Honeycrisp apple

I dumped the vegetables over the cornbread pieces and added the diced apple
Then I added a sprinkling of chopped walnuts
Stir everything together well

Take cornbread mixture and smear a layer on top of the flatten pork loin.
Tie up the loin with kitchen string

Heat oven to 450 degrees
Place the loin in a baking pan
Cook the loin at 450 for 15 minutes
then lower the temperature to 325 and continue cooking for another 45 minutes

Internal temp should be 140-145 degrees

Remove kitchen string and cut into 1/2-1 inch pieces. Don't cut pieces too thin or the stuffing will fall out.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Mexican Lasagna

So this recipe has been printed out several times by me and I've never gotten around to making it until today :)

My edits
I have a seriously large casserole dish and half of the recipe just barely fits in

I made spanish rice, I believe it was Old El Paso
I added Franks Hot Sauce, black beans, and a can of diced green chilis to the meat, taco seasoning, onion, and garlic saute. I split the mixture into two layers instead of one.
I used small corn tortillas, 18 of them (I did three layers instead of the recommended two)
1 whole can of salsa verde in the bottom of the pan
1 whole can of enchilada sauce (the smaller 16 oz one) divided in two
frozen corn (not canned), I did one layer just like the directions indicated.

It is really yummy. We had it with a little sour cream on the side. It didnt take too long to put together and bake either.
I'll make it again! I think it'll be great as leftovers, it'll heat up nicely in the microwave.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hosting Family Dinner for 1st time

I've had my entire family over to our house for casual dinners like grilling in the backyard for our house warming and around my aunts funeral.

I havent had my entire family over for dinner around the dining table.
My DH has invited them all, everyone in Maryland and VA.

I'm making this slow cooker pot roast recipe because I really liked the gravy it made
Slower Cooker Pot Roast

and I'm making mounds of mashed potatoes. I use lots of butter and some milk for my potatoes

and we'll have broccoli.

My mom is bringing over her fabulous red velvet cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting!!!!

I hope everything works out for this dinner tomorrow. I'm stressing a little.

Monday, December 15, 2008

fondue leftovers soup

I had some sliced zuchinni, three carrots, some chopped broccoli, and some frozen roasted corn that I threw into some chicken stock. I also bought some cheese tortellini and added garlic salt and black pepper. It was cheap, quick, and easy plus used up some leftovers! yay.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Beer Cheese Fondue

Beer Cheese fondue
Rachael Ray


* 1 sack, 10 ounces, 2 1/2 cups, shredded sharp Cheddar, available on dairy aisle
* 1/4 to 1/3 pound, 4 to 6 ounces, Gruyere, shredded
* 1 rounded tablespoon all-purpose flour
* 1 cup German lager beer
* 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
* A few drops hot sauce
* A few drops Worcestershire sauce


Combine cheeses in a bowl with flour. Add beer to a small pot and bring up to a bubble over medium heat. Reduce the heat to simmer and add cheese in handfuls. Stir constantly, melting the cheese in batches. Stir in a figure-eight pattern with wooden spoon. When the cheese has been incorporated fully, stir in the mustard, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Transfer fondue to warm fondue pot.

We served this last night with brats cooked in beer, zuchinni, mushrooms, green peppers, pumpernickel bread, tortilla chips, and sourdough pretzels. All of the cheese was gobbled up by the 5 of us.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

cookie swap

5 hours later and I'm crying because when I tried to put my cookies away the icing got smeared on about 50 of the 60 cookies I made today. Now I dont even want to go to the swap. Anthony is trying to tell me to cover it up with new icing or sprinkles but it took me forever to ice all those cookies I just cant do it again and they are shortbread cookies and I dont want sprinkles on them because I dont want people to think they are sugar cookies.

UGH. I have major OCD when it comes to baking. I just want it perfect.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Game Night 2

So we are going to a game night at another couples place tonight. We were told it would be appetizers and italian.

We decided to make the following appetizers. Photos coming. I made Anthony take some :)

BBQ Meatballs (no I do not do the grape jelly thing)
1 pound ground meat
1/3 cup chopped onion (which we ended up sauteing with some garlic first)
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1/4 cup milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients and form bite sized balls. Bake for about 10 -12 minutes. We put foil on a sheet pan and bake them on that.

BBQ sauce
2 cups Heinz chili sauce (2 bottles)
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons dry mustard
3 tablespoons chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 drops Tabasco sauce
2 tablspoons butter
2 bay leaves

Mix all together in a saucepan and simmer for an hour. After simmering take out the bay leaves. (I throw the sauce in the crockpot and flip it on high because I put the meatballs in there and keep the pot on while people are eating). Add the meatballs to sauce and bake in a covered casserole dish for an hour.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ham dinner

I bought a spiral ham for dinner.
It was a small spiral and it came with a packet of brown sugar glaze
I bought some orange marmalade

I mixed the orange marmalade with the brown sugar glaze and spread on top of the spiral ham, made a foil tent over the ham, then put it in the oven at 350 for about an hour

I made mashed potatoes too
4 brown baking potatoes, peeled, and cut into small pieces, then boiled in salt water
I drained the potatoes, put them in my kitchenaide mixer with a stick of butter and splashes of milk until desired consistancey.

I cheated on the rest of the dinner. I bought a two gravy packets and made both but probably only needed one! I also bought two steamers of broccoli and cheese and microwaved those.

The pork and potatoes were the best part of the meal. Really homemade is best. I should have just bought fresh broccoli and steamed it and made my own cheese sauce.

I think I did pretty well though going to the store with no plan until I grabbed a ham :)

I also bought a roast for another night. It was on sale. I have trouble leaving the meat aisle sale without buying something. I know I wont get to that roast until maybe Friday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Not a Rave

Tarder Joes chicken empanadas are so gross to me that I cant finish the three I made. I got through 1.5 and the rest I'm throwing away. I made my own beef empanadas once upon a time but didnt like my crust, but I've read a few places that suggest using a pie crust instead. I think I better make my own or buy them at the latino grocery store. These were awful. Ew.