Caramelized Pork Slices

I picked caramelized pork slices for my first recipe to follow.  I found this one in my Taste of Home Cookbook.  I was a little skeptical at first that it would be so delicious; orange juice, brown sugar and molasses sounded a little too simple of a combination to make a delicious feast.

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Please forgive the quality of my pictures; I do not like my new camera!  If you’ve been following me since my first post in 2011 I think you’ve seen some beautiful pictures of food (a few not so good but for the most part….).  However my beloved camera has a fleck of something between the lenses so I decided to spring for a “cheap” camera; either I don’t know how to use it or it really sucks!  I am leaning towards the latter as I don’t want to be the one at fault!  If I’d realized the pictures were so bad I’d have gotten out the old camera but alas I have eaten dinner so there is nothing to show now.

Caramelized Pork Slices

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin cut into one inch slices
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs orange juice
  • 1 Tbs molasses
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Flatten pork slices to 1/2 inch thick.  Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium high; brown pork on both sides. Remove and set aside; keeping warm.  In same skillet reduce heat slightly and saute garlic for one minute.  Add brown sugar,  orange juice, molasses, salt and pepper. Return pork to skillet and cook until pork is cooked through flipping occasionally.

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A couple of amazing things happened as I cooked this.  The “sauce” sort of candies as it cooks; hence the caramelized….  I used a really big skillet so my husband was in awe of watching the “searing hot flavor bubbles” dance in the pan.  I flipped my pork a few times; I probably should have let it set on one side a bit longer to intensify the caramelization but I got antsy.  I tried not to change anything about the recipe; I even measured my oil, salt and pepper; I did however squeeze my own orange juice for the tablespoon it needed. If I make it again I probably wouldn’t saute the garlic; I prefer a fresher taste to my garlic and sauteing at that intense of a temperature in such a large pan it lends to browning; which brings out a nutty flavor but can easily get bitter if taken too far. Taste of Home credits Elisa Lochridge with this recipe and I must say “way to go Elisa” a delicious recipe indeed.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

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The Three-Minute Egg Experiment

I decided for breakfast a soft-cooked egg sounded delicious.  I haven’t made one in years; well come to think of it I don’t think I have ever made one.

All the articles I read made it sound simple.  Bring the water to a boil and submerge the egg; cook exactly 3 minutes, drain and cover with cool water to stop the cooking.

Some recipes said 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 minutes for soft; 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 for medium.   Another suggestion I read was to bring the egg to room temperature first; but the practicality of warming up an egg first thing in the morning as you are getting ready for the day isn’t really feasible.

So, straight from the carton to the gently boiling water I went; I opted for 4 minutes to ensure the whites were cooked.  I wish I’d taken pictures before throwing them away because not only were the whites still quite runny but the shells stuck like crazy!  Would salt or vinegar in the water have helped? I will have to research this a bit further although poaching seems much more appealing to me right now!

I must say my fried eggs were quite tasty for breakfast; maybe not what I intended but if I don’t tell my husband he’ll still think I am an amazingly perfect cook! … let’s just hope he isn’t counting the eggs!

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

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Parmesan Crusted Perch

We decided to try some parmesan crusted fish this week.  I had some ocean perch on hand that fried up very nicely.  It was very good, we used wheat bread for the bread crumbs and fresh grated parmesan cheese.  Quick and easy to do, I am sure other kinds of fish would work well too.DSCN3475 (640x480)

  • 1 pound ocean perch
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • oil

Thaw fish and pat dry.  Combine four, salt and pepper in small dish.  In separate bowl beat eggs.  In another bowl combine bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.

Heat oil in large skillet.  Bread fish by dipping in flour combination.  Then dip in eggs, followed by a dip in the parmesan and bread crumb mixture.

Fry about 5 minutes total depending on size of fish; 2 to 3 minutes each side.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Turkey Tetrazzini

We had a fantastic turkey yesterday and I was dying to make some Turkey Tetrazzini. It had been years since I’d made any so I refered to a couple of recipes and created my own concoction.

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  1. 8 o.z. linguine or any pasta
  2. 8 o.z. fresh sliced mushrooms
  3. 1 Tbs butter
  4. 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  5. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  6. 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper – optional
  7. 1/4 cup diced red peppers
  8. 2 green onions
  9. 1 cup frozen peas
  10. 2 cups diced cooked turkey
  11. 3 Tbs butter
  12. 3 Tbs flour
  13. 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  14. 1/2 tsp hot sauce – optional
  15. 1 cup cream
  16. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile in skillet melt 1 Tbs butter and add mushrooms, season with salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Add diced peppers and green onions. and cook until mushrooms are desired tenderness.  Stir in peas and turkey; pour into large bowl and set aside.  In same skillet melt remaining butter and add flour.  Cook together over medium heat for 1 – 2 minutes.  Stir in chicken stock and hot sauce until thickened.  Add cream and pour into bowl with turkey and mushroom mixture.  Add cooked pasta and stir together; pour into buttered casserole, top with parmesan cheese and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly.

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Creamy Hamburger Beef and Mushrooms

Just a quick post for the yummy dinner Charles made today.  Fresh mushrooms and beef are always delicious together and in a creamy sauce with noodles it’s even better.

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  • 6 o.z. Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 tsp brown mustard seed
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1/4 cup water

Brown mushrooms, beef, onion, and celery in large skillet; drain if desired and add seasoning and chicken stock.  Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in cream and add to skillet.  Whisk together flour and cold water, slowly stir into skillet and bring to a slight boil. Simmer for another 2 minutes until thickened and combined.  Serve with noodles or rice.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Lobster Tails broiled with butter

It may sound like a fantastic splurge for have lobster tails for dinner, but at the grocery the other day they had frozen raw lobster tails for $6 each.  I couldn’t resist picking up a couple for dinner.  Oh so delicious.  They were about 6 o.z. each and we thawed them before cooking. I let Charles do all the hard work; he cut the shells open and made a tasty butter with lemon and garlic to drizzle over them.

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  • lobster tails
  • butter
  • lemon, garlic, salt, pepper, or any desired seasonings

Cut open top of shells and remove the first few segments of shell.

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Drizzle with butter; plain or seasoned to your liking and broil 2 – 3 inches from heat or about 1 minute per ounce; we did ours for about 7 minutes; shells will turn bright and meat will be white and lightly toasted. Serve with extra butter for dipping.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Sausage and Chicken Fajitas

I was working on using up some leftovers tonight and threw together a quick dish with some of my goodies in the fridge.

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  • smoked sausage – about 4 o.z.
  • cooked chicken – about 1 cup cooked
  • onion – 1/4 cup or so
  • 2-3 little bell peppers or one large one
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 – 2 tomatoes cut into wedges

In skillet combine sausage, chicken, onion, peppers, and jalapeno.  Saute for about 8 minutes until heated through and peppers and onion are desired tenderness.  Add cumin, salt and pepper; stir.  Toss in tomatoes just before serving.  Serve with tortilla shells and desired toppings.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Pork and Sauerkraut ~ Slow cooker version

Just a quick post for an easy pork and sauerkraut.  It was nice to come home and have dinner ready after a busy day at work.

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  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • 1 pound pork ~ I used boneless country-style rips
  • 1 jar sauerkraut
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes in bottom of slow cooker.  Next add pork and seasonings.  Cover with jar of sauerkraut and cook on low for about 7 hours.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Fruity Infused Vodka

I thought I would give a couple of fruity vodkas a try.  Flavored vodkas seem to be in right now and I thought some fresh fruit would compliment it nicely.  I can’t wait to see how the flavors come out; I did three different flavors; here are two of them.

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Cranberry Lemon Vodka

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries cut in half
  • zest of one lemon and a couple of slices
  • lemon balm leaves
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • Vodka

In jar combine cranberries, lemon, sugar, and lemon balm leaves.  Cover with vodka and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks; shaking occasionally.

Orange Cranberry Vodka

  • 1/4 cup cranberries cut in half
  • zest of one orange
  • 3 – 4 orange slices
  • juice of half an orange
  • 1 – 2 Tbs sugar
  • Vodka

Combine all ingredients in canning jar and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks.  This one I actually used a bit of; the orange flavor really came through.  I combined mine with cran-grape juice for a very tasty drink.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Just a really quick post today.  I needed to make some lunch for Charles to take to work and I’d neglected my weekend grocery run this week so I decided tuna was the way to go.  I think he has a toaster at work so he can toast his bread otherwise I’m sure it will be great on fresh bread too.  I just went with a simple version.

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  • 1 can tuna; 5 o.z.
  • 2 Tbs mayo; more or less to taste
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbs celery

Drain tuna and flake into bowl.  Add remaining ingredients; I usually start with about half of the mayo and add more accordingly.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  I served it with some lettuce, cheese, and wheat bread.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly