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Pork Marsala

12 Jun

Does a Massacare happen to your kitchen when you cook? Sometimes I end up with things all over. The pic below isn’t so bad. I didn’t actually use croutons or lime in this recipe but somehow it was on the counter with the rest of this stuff. It is usually best to clean up as you go along but sometimes, things just don’t happen that way. Thank God for Bryan and a dishwasher. He helps me out a lot with cleaning when I cook. I would think that is a great deal for a good meal. Pork Marsala is a pretty simple meal that does not require lots of dishes. Oh! Don’t pay attention to the Keurig in the back. Enjoy!!

Pork Marsala


4 Boneless Pork Chop Loins (about 1.25 lbs)

8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms

1/4 cup Beef Stock

3/4 Cup Marsala Wine

8 oz Marscapone Cheese

2 Cloves Minced Garlic

1 Small White Onion Chopped

1/2 Lemon Squeezed (or Smirnoff Lemonade if you don’t have lemon on hand like myself ;0 )

3 Sprigs Thyme (or if you have dried thyme, that will work also)

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Chopped Parsley

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Add Garlic to pan until fragrant(about ten seconds). Then add onion and mushrooms.

2. Place pork in the pan and sear on each side about 3 mins.

3.  Add beef broth, marsala wine, thyme and lemon to pan.

4.  Cook on medium heat until Pork is no longer pink inside.

5. Remove sprigs of thyme. Stir in Marscapone and top with fresh parsley.

6. Serve over pasta.

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Empanadas

17 Jan

 

 

Hey Loves! I know I have been MIA for a while but…. I’m baaaaaacckk and with some delicious Empanadas! What are Empanadas? A empanada is a Spanish or Latin American pastry turnover filled with a variety of savory ingredients baked or fried. I love love love empanadas. Whenever I go to get spanish food, I must have empanada. My Bestie’s dad makes some really good ones and I just realized he owes me some lol. The empanadas I made had less of that “spanish” taste to them because I added sweet chili sauce and sriracha to my filling but I still think it turned out pretty darn good! Plus I think that everyone at the Christmas gift exchange would agree. Especially my brother! He is still looking for more lol.

What you will need:

 

Ingredients:

l lb Ground Chicken

1 Red Bell Pepper

1/4 Cup Chopped Onion

1 Tbsp Minced Garlic

1/4 Cup Diced Manzanilla Olives

3 Tbsp Sriracha

4 Tbsp Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce

2 Packets Sazon

2 Cups Vegetable or Canola Oil (if frying)

1 Tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1 Packet Empanada Dicos Thawed (found in the freezer section of most grocery stores)

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Directions: 

1) Place ground chicken in a bowl, add salon, salt and pepper, mix well.

2) Heat olive oil in pan and sauté garlic until fragrant. About 20 Seconds.

3) Add in red pepper and onion and sauté until tender.

4) Add ground chicken to pan and cook through until no longer pink (make sure meat is chopped up into very small pieces)

5) Mix in sriracha and sweet chili sauce.

6) Take Empanada Disc and fill the middle of each disc with filling

7) Fold Disc over and pinch close

8) Heat oil in pan to 350 degrees

9) Fry empanadas on each side for about a minute.

10) Drain on paper towels to get off excess grease and then serve.

 

*These can also be baked and still taste delicious and healthier*

 

 

Greek Chicken Feta Wraps

22 Dec

Hey Loves! I hope you all are ready for Christmas because we only have a few days left. If you haven’t done any shopping you better get on it! Between working my full time and part time job, plus getting ready for Christmas, I haven’t had much time for cooking. Here is a quick recipe for Greek Feta Chicken Wraps that you can throw together on any hectic night. There are no specific measurements for this recipe. Just eyeball it and put as much as you like. Well not so much where you can’t close the wrap. Enjoy! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Leftover Chicken Breast
  • Chopped Cucumbers
  • Kalamata Olives Pitted
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Greek Style Feta Dressing
  • Whole Grain Tortilla Wraps
Directions:
1. Arrange all ingredients on the tortilla wrap.
2. Roll and EAT! Enjoy 🙂

Italian Sausage Meatballs

26 Sep

On a Friday night, like several other nights, we couldn’t decide on what we wanted for dinner. Being indecisive really sucks. Especially when you barely had anything to eat all day and you are suffering from a hunger headache and getting cranky. 🙂  Oh yeah, not a pretty sight. lol.  At last minute we decided on a semi-homemade thin crust pizza. I was just going to purchase the pillsbury thin crust dough. I had already thawed out a lb of ground Italian Sausage for one of the toppings.  Anyway, Bryan and I decided to take a trip to our local walmart because we needed to pick up some things. As usual, we spent longer than expected and more money than expected! That is always a issue when going into Walmart.

Long story short, I ended up throwing a Digiorno Pizza in the oven and that was dinner…. Say what? You want to know what happened to that thawed out ground Italian Sausage huh?  Well I couldn’t put it back in the freezer the next day,so I thought what can I do with this. Meatballs!! Yup! That’s what I will make. I didn’t want to make a whole meal so I figured a little appetizer would be perfect. 🙂 These meatballs are great for snacking or can even be used for a Meatball Sub or even Spaghetti. Enjoy! 🙂

Italian Sausage Meatballs

By: Sonia “Blade”

Ingredients:

1 lb Hot Ground Italian Sausage

1/3 cup Diced Red Pepper

1/3 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/3 Cup Shredded Italian Cheese Blend

1/3 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

1 large Egg

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.

3) Form medium size meatballs, using 1 tablespoon of mixture for each.

4) Place in baking pan and cook for about 25 minutes until done.

5) Serve with Marinara Sauce.

*Makes about 20 meatballs*

A Stormy Summer Night, Thinking of Chili

2 Aug

It has been thundering & lightning  here in MD and all I can think of is a warm bowl of my dad’s Chili. I know some people think that chili is just for the winter time but nothing else warms my soul on a night like tonight. Of course the air is on full blast in here. lol. All I can think about is the sound of my dad’s loud, affectionate voice as he teaches me how to make his yummy chili. I was just a little girl then, so I didn’t actually memorize or write down the actual recipe. I have a just of the recipe but not exact. I thought that he would always be around when I needed to ask him how to make things but tomorrow is never promised. My dad passed away when I was 15 years old. Even though it’s almost been ten years, it seems like yesterday. It still hurts till this day but when I think of all the memories I have, I can’t help but Smile 🙂 So even though I don’t have his exact chili recipe, I think if he had the chance to try mine, he would LOVE IT! 🙂

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops and Roasted Red Potatoes

31 Jul

So as you can see I am new to this blogging thing. 🙂 I have a bunch of pictures of dishes I have made lately but I don’t have the recipes to post for you just yet. I kinda just make these things up as I go along so I will work on writing down the exact recipes, ingredients, and measurements.
I am not a huge fan of Lamb but I am working on being open to more things. Plus Bryan likes it 🙂
I decided to bake some of it and fry the rest. The baked was actually better than the fried. I also roasted some red potatoes with olive oil, garlic, onions, thyme, oregano, and other Italian seasonings. Very Yummy.

                      























 BBQ  Fried Bacon Wrapped Lamb



And Roasted Red Potatoes



Everything Taste Great Wrapped in BACON!!! RIGHT!!! 🙂