Monday, March 16, 2015

Slow Cooker Honey Ginger Pork with Jasmine Rice



I love my weekends!  That's why I use my slow cooker a lot on Saturdays and Sundays!  I want to serve delicious foods to my family with a minimal amount of work so I still have time to relax.  I combined a couple of recipes for this one and it turned out extremely yummy!  


I must say I've grown very fond of the hoisin sauce used in this dish.  Another family favorite recipe using this fragrant pungent sauce is my "Chinese Spaghetti".  Hoisin just adds so much wonderful flavor and depth to any Asian recipe.  

Vanilla "Dutch Baby" Pancake





For my birthday a couple of years ago my son bought me the coolest crepe maker.  They have become a favorite breakfast at my house topped with powdered sugar and lingonberries.  The problem is if you make 2 or 3 for each person it can definitely be very time consuming.  Especially if my daughter's friend Emily is spending the night.  She can eat 4 by herself!  



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pesto Puff Pastry Eggs with Bacon and Cheese


Our family loves eggs!  Most weekends we have them soft boiled with a soft gooey center with toast and jam, but we love them just about any way at all.  I'm always trying to add flavor to my eggs wherever I can, here I did it in the form of pesto.  It almost makes the pastry like a little breakfast pizza.   You could add any cheese you have on hand and change up the meat to ham or sausage.  Here are a few of our other favorite egg recipes as well.....







(Click photo to go to the recipe)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chicken Quesadilla Pie



Jim and I love to antique shop!  One Saturday last month we were out and stumbled on the cutest little smoker.  We got quite the deal on it....you can see why.  lol!  It had definitely seen it's better days but there was just something about it.  I told Jim that we had to get it and bring it back to life. Well, I think he did a great job and we have been smoking meat like crazy ever since!  Fast forward to last weekend and we smoked two batches of chicken to use and freeze.  There is something about the subtle smokey flavor that just enhances any recipe and makes it so much better.  I froze quite a bit to use in my smoked chicken pizzas and used 3 cups of it in my Chicken Quesadilla Pie.  


Here is the our smoker!  Isn't it cute? 

This is such a fast and easy recipe.  The first time I made it was actually a snow day and I was running late getting dinner on the table.  It came together so quickly and is so yummy topped wth sour cream and salsa!  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Medallions with Curried Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce




Jim and I were having a slow Sunday morning on this cold Oklahoma day.  While lounging by the fire we were watching Giada De Laurentiis make her version of pretzel crusted chicken with a curried ketchup dipping sauce.   We had no plans for lunch, had everything on hand and love to cook together so.....  off we went to the kitchen to whip up these bad boys our way!



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Kimchi Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Bacon



Bailey's best friend Emily spent the night with us last night.  We all feel like Emily is part of the family so whenever she comes over I try to make her favorite breakfast...crepes with lingonberry preserves.  She was really happy I did because she ate FOUR huge crepes!  For such a tiny little thing she sure eats like a sailor!  

Emily ended up staying longer so she could eat dinner with us too.  Since she's not a huge fan of spicy food I was a little worried if she would like my new Korean spaghetti dish.  She's eaten Korean at our house plenty of times so I had my fingers crossed.  Well, I needn't have worried!  She loved it and got seconds...in fact we all did!



Friday, February 20, 2015

"Miryang" Style Rice Cake Soup and Nagyeom


Over the years we have hosted 5 foreign echange students.....all from Korea.  Well, this year we will be hosting our 6th!  Nagyeom is the same age as Bailey and will be here sometime in August.  I've been trying out all kinds of new Korean recipes to make her feel at home while she's here.  She is from Miryang, South Korea and when I found this recipe for Miryang style rice cake soup over on Beyond Kimchee's blog I was so excited to try it!  You can find the recipe there.......


This is Nagyeom!  My new daughter for a year! Isn't she adorable?

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