Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Recipe | Pork Medallions, Rosemary Fig Cranberry Sauce, Broccoli Cauliflower Bake

I've been doing a monthly meal plan for the last couple months, and some of the new recipes I've tried turned into family favorites. I usually take a recipe, follow it to a T, and then tweak it to my liking - which usually involves much more seasoning. Am I the only one that thinks recipes these days are dramatically under-seasoned?? Anyways, my family quickly fell in love with these Pork Medallions, mainly because of this amazing Cranberry Fig Sauce that I have started making in large batches to share with friends and family. I have also discovered a scrumptious Broccoli Cauliflower Bake, cheesy and creamy goodness, that completes this dishes very well.

If you try these recipes, I'd love to hear what you think and how you make it your own! :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse (photos)

On Sunday night we took the kids for a little walk around the neighborhood to see the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. The kids had a toy telescope, that you can't really see out of, Michael brought a pair of binoculars, and I brought my DSLR camera. The moon was such a gorgeous deep red, and it shifted to a red-orange right before the eclipse started to show. I took over 100 photos with my stock lenses, and only a few came out clear enough to really see the color and the eclipse. Can you believe the next time we'll see this amazing event will be in 2033 - I'll be 47 when the next one happens! :)

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Recipe | Breaded Chicken Nuggets

4 servings | 1 hr brining, 30 mins cooking

5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
6 cups water
1/8 cup salt
1/8 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 cup olive oil

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Recipe | Portuguese Beans

Today's recipe holds a very special spot in my heart. Portuguese Beans was a staple dish from my grandmother's kitchen in my youngster years, a comforting meal that was always paired with steamed rice and fresh french bread. My grandfather always swirled ketchup and Tabasco sauce on top, which is the way I still eat it today, but for someone like my Boyfriend who doesn't care for Tabasco sauce, it tastes just as delicious with Sriracha sauce. This is a slow cooking dish, the longer the better.

1.5 hours | 8 servings

1 lb (or 3 cups) of dry kidney beans
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
8 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
1 large onion
2 linguica sausages
1 lb bacon
*optional* cream of tartar for sauce thickening