Balsamic and Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Balsamic and Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Hubby generally does not like pork roasts so it is not something I make very often, but they were on sale this week so I picked a roast up. The biggest problem Hubby has is usually that they are dry. This comes from overcooking which is why you really need to use a thermometer and pull the roast at 145° to avoid drying out. I served this with mashed potatoes and Trader Joe’s Brittany Blend of veggies (haricot vert, wax beans, and carrots). By the way, this was our first time trying the Brittany Blend from TJ and it was … Continue Reading →
Robyn’s Artichoke Pasta Salad

Robyn’s Artichoke Pasta Salad

We headed up to my grandparents house today in the country to celebrate the holiday. I was asked to bring a side dish, so I brought the one they request most often which is my Artichoke Pasta Salad. I originally found the recipe in Cooking Light magazine a few years ago, but I have changed and adjusted it over the years to come up with my version which I am sharing today. Ingredients: 3 cans artichoke hearts, drained and divided 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup cold water Juice of 1 large lemon (about 1/3 cup) 1 1/2 … Continue Reading →
Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! and Bacon Deviled Eggs

Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! and Bacon Deviled Eggs

I knew that would get your attention! I don’t know who first “discovered” bacon but they should have gotten some sort of prize for it. It just tastes yummy! Now I would love to add bacon to everything but that probably wouldn’t be the best thing in the world for me, but the folks over at Bacon Salt have saved the day! Yes, I said Bacon Salt. Have you tried it? It is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! We have been sprinkling it on everything lately instead of using salt. I’m going to try to remember to tuck a bottle in my purse next … Continue Reading →
Easy Apple Crisp

Easy Apple Crisp

They ate it so fast I didn’t get a picture tonight – sorry about that! They enjoyed the blackberry crumble so much that I thought I would try something similar tonight. We had a few apples in the fruit bowl so that’s what I grabbed. This Apple Crisp is just as simple as the last one so even if you think you can’t cook give it a try. The topping is crisper on this (if you eat it right away) than the topping from the blackberry crumble. The graham cracker crumbs give it a different taste than most which have … Continue Reading →
Magic Bar Cookies

Magic Bar Cookies

Yummy, yummy! My first batch of holiday cookies are done. Thought I would start out super easy on these. Preheat oven to 325 (I use glass baking dish). Melt 1 stick of butter, stir in 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of 9×13 dish. Pour 1 can of sweetened condensed milk over the top evenly. Sprinkle one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips on top. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes on top. Bake for about 25 minutes. You have to let this sit and cool to set up to be firm for cutting. Easy-peasy! Maybe … Continue Reading →
Christmas Pretzels

Christmas Pretzels

These pretzels have become a tradition to make in our home. I warn you ahead of time they are addicting. Making them will take some time, but they aren’t difficult at all. The little ones can even help by placing the M&M’s on each pretzel. T has been our M&M placer every year we have made them. Over the years he has gotten much quicker so the whole process is a little faster for us. This is best done as a group effort rather than by yourself. The more hands the better! You can see our assembly line in process … Continue Reading →
Thanksgiving Cooking – Part 1 Done & Recipes

Thanksgiving Cooking – Part 1 Done & Recipes

Today was Part 1 of Thanksgiving cooking and I’m done – whew! The cranberry muffins are made per my son’s request. The cranberry sauce is made, per hubby’s request. I’ve also finished the cherry cheesecake (for those who don’t want pumpkin pie) and the twice baked potatoes have been baked once, mixed and stuffed and are ready to bake the second time tomorrow. This year I am making all really simple foods. They are comforting for all and easy to make. I think for the group of family and friends that are coming this is the best menu for them. … Continue Reading →
Robyn’s Chili Recipe

Robyn’s Chili Recipe

I’ve tried so many different chili recipes over the years. Some simple, some complex, some with only a few ingredients some with far too many ingredients. Finally, I started playing around with things to come up with a simple and consistent recipe of my own for just regular old chili. Last year I finally made the one that everyone liked and said this is it, stop messing with the recipe. We had this tonight for dinner so I thought I would share. Enjoy! No super spicy chili with this recipe. Everyone has their own preference on that so I prefer … Continue Reading →
Schnitzel and Spaetzle Dinner

Schnitzel and Spaetzle Dinner

Tonight was my first attempt at a meal with a German flair. I decided on schnitzel and spaetzle – sounds fairly German to me! I saw Guy from Guy’s Big Bite do an episode on this so that was where I started. He calls his schnitzel recipe Jagerschnitzel and Bacon Mushroom Gravy. For the most part I followed along the way the recipe was written, a bit unusual for me, but it didn’t seem to need much tweaking. The pork tenderloin I used was 1.81 lbs (the smallest I could find at the store). It was in 2 pieces in … Continue Reading →
Grilled White Ruffy

Grilled White Ruffy

I thought I would share a recipe today because it was yummy! One of our newer finds at the fish/seafood counter at my local grocery store is White Ruffy (also called Swai or Basa). It is a very mild fish and very versatile. I’ve cooked it in several different ways the past several weeks, but today I had hubby throw it on the grill. We served this with Sesame-Ginger Rice Pilaf (Near East brand box mix) and some peas (although the peas were a bit strong). Tilapia would also work well in this recipe, any mild white fish. The extra … Continue Reading →