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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Dutch Oven Sweet & Sour Pork

In an effort to slim down my families diet and to stretch out the grocery budget I’ve been buying meat in the large family packs and dividing them into smaller bags before I freeze them so I no longer cook 6 chicken breasts for the 6 of us. It’s pretty great when I can fix a meal using 2 chicken breasts and have leftovers for lunch the next day.
That being said I had 2 of the thick cut pork chops in the freezer and thought what can I make that will stretch them out – Becka found some frozen egg rolls that were made a while back and I thought why not Sweet and Sour Pork to go with them, and better yet I had all the ingredients….  Note to self – probably ought to look into menu planning this trying to figure out what to cook for dinner @ 5 PM on the way home from work is for the birds!!!!!

Dutch Oven
Sweet and Sour Pork

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks in juice
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1 green pepper, cut in thin strips (variation - use 1/2 Red and 1/2 Green peppers)
2 cups hot cooked rice

Cut pork slices into strips about 3 inches long and 1/2 to 1 inch wide. Sauté pork strips in hot oil over medium heat until lightly browned in a 10” Dutch Oven; drain. Drain pineapple; reserve juice. Combine pineapple juice, 3/4 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, and salt; pour over pork in skillet. Cover and simmer 1 hour, or until meat is tender. In a cup, combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water; stir until smooth. Add cornstarch to pork mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Add pineapple chunks, onion and green pepper. Cover and simmer sweet and sour pork for 10 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender. Serve sweet and sour pork over rice.
Sweet and sour pork recipe serves 4 to 6.
This recipe could be easily prepped at home for a nice dinner while you are out camping, cooked over a propane stove or using 10-12 briquettes under while Sautéing the pork and 8 under and 10 on top while simmering.
Hope you’ll give this recipe a try, and Have fun Cookin’

Monday, May 14, 2012

Tamale Pie

In my house when I buy hamburger, If it gets put in the freezer in the chunk form - the only thing we use it for is to brown it because making patties from frozen burger is nasty - they fall apart. So when I called home and asked my daughter to go find something to thaw out for dinner, tonight she pulled out some burger, the first thing that came to my mind was burritos, no - didn't sound good, spaghetti, - nope not hitting the spot tonight, enchilada casserole, maybe - Tamale pie, winner!!! This is a dish my mom use to make, that we all enjoyed, I have make this in a Dutch Oven as well as a 9x13 pan, outside as well as the oven. This is a very versatile dish - you can half if for a small group, double it for a large one.  I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. 

Tamale Pie

2 Tbsp olive oil                   
2 C chopped onions
2 C green peppers            
2 lb. Ground Beef
2 clove minced garlic       
2 Tbsp Sugar           
2 tsp salt                                
Dash of pepper
4 (8oz) tomato sauce       
2 cans corn
2 cans chopped olives     
Chili powder… to taste (2-6 tsp.)
3-4 C Colby Jack cheese
Sauté onion and peppers in olive oil. Add meat. Brown. Add next 8 ingredients. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes till thick.  Top with cheese and corn meal topper. 

Corn Meal Topper
1 ½ C Corn meal
4 C cold water
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter
Stir corn meal and salt in cold water. Stir while cooking or it will become lumpy. Add butter. Bring to a boil. Will look like a thick mush. Spoon over the top of mixture. Bake at 375° till topping is slightly browned.

Spread the Corn Meal Topper over the meat mixture that has been topped with cheese.

I added a little cheese to the top and baked at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Have fun Cookin'

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Table of content - sorta

I'm really not that computer smart, so I thought,how could I list all the recipes on this blog then I thought why not just list them they you could simply type in the recipe that you want, into the search and it will take you to the page it is on. I also was afraid I was duplicating recipes - and sure enough, I had. So know I will know what is on here so far. 

I hope you all spend time with your family, and have fun cookin'


Table Of Contents 5/6/2012

Christmas Pepper Jelly
Day Old Bath Water
Pumpkin Cupcakes
Mom’s Old Fashion Chili
Super Simple Apple Cobbler
Dutch Oven Potatoes
Savory Parmesan Bite
Apple Bites
Cream Cheese Bites
Peanut Butter Cups
Cinnamon Almonds
Onion Bombs
Beef Wellington
Mediterranean Bread
Black Bottom Brownie Cheesecake
Danish Cake
Rosemary Potatoes
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Raspberry Delight
Asiago Loaf
Sunday Orange Rolls
Mushroom, Artichokes, and Chicken
Melissa’s Rolls
Polynesian Barbecue Ribs
Fred’s BBQ Sauce
Dinner Rolls
Pumpkin Delight
Taco Soup
Sourdough Pizza Bread
Butter Peach Cobbler
Apple Spice Cobbler
Cereal Mix
Stuffed Croissants
Raspberry Pretzel Salad
Spinach stuffed Chicken
Teriyaki Chicken
Yummy Chicken
Potato Logs
Crab stuffed Beef tenderloin
Munster Bread
Delicate Pear cake with Caramel Sauce
Chicken Enchilada Soup
Beef Stroganoff
Cream cheese pumpkin bread
Roasted Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin muffins
Butter Crunch Pie
Lion House Rolls
Candied Yams
Turkey Stuffing Casserole
Turkey enchiladas
Sourdough bread
Mock Sourdough
Ham/Clam Chowder
Orange Chicken & Egg rolls
Tortellini Soup
Coconut Chicken
Blackberry apple cobbler
Chocolate Banana Bread
Momma’s Homemade Bread
Snickers Cheesecake
Bacon Cheese pull-apart
Cowboy Chili
Dutch Oven curry
Breakfast casserole
Chicken Alfredo Lasagna
Chicken & Dumplings
Bacon Ranch Chicken Rolls
Awesome Peanut Butter Bars
Chicken & Rice
Hot Fudge Marshmallow Monkey Bread

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Taste of Dutch - IDOS Spring Gathering 2012

So from years past I have learned you can never make enough copies of your recipes - so this year I have business cards to pass out @ the Taste of Dutch at the IDOS Spring Gathering. So if you are here, chances are you picked up one of my cards, and had the opportunity to sample some mighty fine Dutch Oven cooking from all over. I am not sure if I got to meet all of you fine folks. as I was the one running around making sure the classes went of without any problems - I hope you learned lots of new tricks are that you are excited to pull out your ovens season them up and get cooking. 

Some of the recipes that my family will cook, I have already posted so here are the links Chicken Enchilada SoupCinnamon AlmondsBacon Ranch Chicken Rolls, and we have added this one to our Menu this year:

Hot Fudge – Marshmallow Monkey Bread

1 tablespoon Butter, softened
2 can (16.3 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (8-10 biscuits)
13 large marshmallows
½ cup Butter
½ cup hot fudge ice cream topping
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking cocoa
Grease 12” Dutch Oven 1 tablespoon butter. Cut the biscuits into quarters; set aside.
In 5” Dutch Oven, place marshmallows, 1/2 cup butter, hot fudge topping and vanilla. Over medium heat (6-8 briquettes), until melted. Using wire whisk, stir until smooth.
In medium bowl, stir sugar and cocoa until blended.
Carefully place 1/4 of the biscuit pieces into hot chocolate mixture, gently folding in to coat. Add another 1/4 of the biscuits, gently folding in to coat. Using tongs, remove biscuits from chocolate, letting excess chocolate drip off. Drop 1 biscuit piece at a time into sugar mixture; spoon sugar over biscuit to coat. Layer biscuits in your Dutch Oven. Repeat with remaining biscuits. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over biscuits.
Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes, or until biscuits are deep golden and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 5 minutes (remove the lid). Place cooled lid back on the oven; carefully turn Dutch Oven over. Remove the bottom of the oven leaving the rolls on the lid to serve; immediately scrape any remaining topping in pan onto bread. Pull apart warm bread to serve.

No Pictures of this one yet - I'll update this after the Taste of Dutch. I am getting this ready and will have it posted 2 days before due to my work schedule and all that has to be packed and prepared. 

I really hope you all enjoyed yourselves at the Spring Gathering, Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help. 

A couple of dates to put on your calendar:
June 14, 2012 Dutch Oven Class in Clinton City
June 23, 2012 West Haven Days Dutch Oven Cook-off
June 30, 2012 Dutch Oven 101 - @ For Your Kitchen in Clearfield - -  There is a fee for this class
Tentatively July 28, 2012 Cakes, Pies, and Cheesecakes in your Dutch Oven @ For Your Kitchen - There will also be a fee for this class
August 15-18, 2012 - Davis County Fair - Dutch Oven Cook-off  8/18/12

Check out the Lake Bonneville IDOS Chapter of Facebook I will post more info as the dates get closer. 

Have Fun Cookin'!!!
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