Orange Chicken

This post was originally posted in February 2011.  There was no photograph of the dish so I remedied that when we ate the meal last night.

The Wee One decided to help me make the dish.  I’m so happy that he is willing to help with the cooking of dinner.  I helped him with getting the popcorn chicken out of the oven and the temperature and time on the oven.  He helped with the majority of the rest of the dinner.  The Wee One was so proud of himself once the dinner was finished cooking.  He wanted everyone to try his rice. Continue reading “Orange Chicken”

7 up Pork Chops

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I originally posted this recipe in September of 2010.  However, I did not have a picture of the pork chops.  Since we had them for dinner tonight, I made sure to take a picture of the chops.

Last night I baked these pork chops.  Hubby ended up being called into work early so he came back to get the food during his break.  The manager where he works saw his dinner and asked if there were any pork chops left over.  It so happened that the Wee One did not want his chop because it was too big.  Hubby made a detour to our house and got his manager the remaining chop.  The manager loved the chop!  Score!

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7-up pork chops

Stars of the recipe:

  • 4 to 6 pork chops
  • 12 oz. can 7 up, Sprite, or lemon lime soda
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

Steps:

  1. Place chops in baking dish.
  2. Pour soda over chops and sprinkle with dry soup mix.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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Happy eating,
Traci

Sweet and sour chicken (or pork)

I’m not going to post a Menu Plan Monday because I am loosely following a menu I have created to share with you on Saturday.  In preparation for that menu, I went through my old posts and found this oldie but goodie. When I looked at the blog post, I noticed there was no picture of the finished dish.  So I’ve decided to remedy that.

Today begins the Chinese New Year.  Rather than ordering Chinese food from a restaurant, I decided to cook up one of our favorite dishes at home.  I think the two biggest differences was the chicken was not battered and there was no red sauce.  This dish was still big on taste.

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This is a simple 15 minute meal if you used already cooked chicken or pork!  When my hubby tasted it, he told me it was better then the sweet and sour chicken that you get in Chinese restaurants.  Now that”s saying a lot.

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 lb of diced up chicken or pork (already cooked)
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces (I used a red pepper.)
  • 1 cup onion, cut into thin wedges (I cut mine into bigger pieces today.)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pineapple chunks in juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce

Steps:

  1. Preheat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Stir fry green peppers an onion in hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or till crisp tender.
  3. Remove from wok or large skillet.  Add more oil, if necessary.
  4. Reheat chicken or pork in skillet.
  5. Drain pineapple, reserving juice.
  6. In a small pan, combine the juice, brown sugar, vinegar, cornstarch, and soy sauce.  Bring to a boil; cook about 1 minute or till thickened, stirring constantly.
  7. Return green pepper and onion to skillet.  Stir in pineapple and the thickened sauce.
  8. Cook and stir until heated through.
  9. Serve with rice, if desired.

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Beenie Weenies

I’m reposting this recipe since I didn’t have any pictures of the dish.

This is an easy meal to put into the crockpot.  It made more than enough food for my family of four that I put half of it in the freezer for another meal.:)

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 small cans of pork and beans or one large can
  • 1 small can of Great Northern beans, drained
  • 1 16 oz. package of hot dogs, sliced
  • 1 lrg onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 3 Tbsp. of mustard (or more to taste)
  • 2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped

Steps:

  1. Place all the items in the crockpot.  (I gave it a stir.)
  2. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Enjoy!  I served mine with green beans and biscuits with apple butter.

31 Days of Slow Cooking – Crockpot bbq ribs

Reposted from January 2011

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When it’s a work day, I often want easy meals because soon after I get home from work I need to have dinner on the table before hubby goes to work.  This recipe is supe easy because it cooks while I’m at work.  The smells that meet me at the door are divine and make my stomache rumble in anticipation of the meal.

Stars of the recipe:

  • bottle of your favorite bbq sauce
  • ribs (boneless or bone in)
  • optional:  diced up onions 

Steps:

  1. Put ribs (and onions if using them) in the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Dump the bottle of bbq into the crockpot.
  3. Place water in empty bottle and swish around to get the last of the bbq sauce.
  4. Pour the watered down bbq sauce over the ribs.
  5. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.

One Pan Pork Chop Dinner

This is an easy meal to impress your guests with.

On Sundays, we usually eat dinner with my mother-in-law.  It’s a tradition that started when Hubby and I were just married.  My father-in-law usually made the dinner.  When he died, we continued the tradition.  Sometimes I make the dinner.  Other times my mother-in-law makes the dinner.  Then there are times we eat out for Sunday dinner.

This is one dinner that I made for our Sunday dinner.  It was easy to put together.  It’s important to make sure the pork chops are thin cut so they bake in the same amount of time as the veggies.  Serve bread on the side to make a whole meal.

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One Pan Pork Chop Dinner

adapted from Eat at Home

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 4 to 6 thin cut pork chops
  • 1 lb. fingerling potatoes or red or yellow potatoes cut into either halves or quarters depending on their size
  • 3 – 4 c. cut veggies (I used broccoli and zucchini)
  • your favorite seasoning mix
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brush Extra Virgin Olive Oil on a big baking sheet.
  3. Toss the potatoes in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and coat with salt and pepper.  Place on the cookie sheet
  4. Toss the veggies in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and coat with salt and pepper.  Place on the cookie sheet next to the potatoes.
  5. Place the pork chops in the remaining space on the sheet or on another baking sheet.  Coat with your favorite seasoning.
  6. Bake at 425 for 25 to 30 minutes or until the pork chops are fully cooked (145 degrees Fahrenheit) and potatoes are tender.
  7. Enjoy with a salad and/or favorite bread.

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Homemade Pizza Crust

In the last week, we’ve had homemade pizza twice.  Last Sunday I made a pizza for our Sunday night dinner at my mother-in-law’s house.  We then had it for supper on Saturday night.  I tried two new crust recipes and enjoyed the second one.  In fact, Hubby told me that the pizza was great on Saturday night.  Coming from a man who works in the pizza business that is a compliment.

The only problem with having homemade pizza is the Imaginative One does not like pizza.  He likes a few kinds but overall will not eat pizza at all.  He is allowed to eat something else for dinner when we have pizza.  It’s usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The Wee One loves pizza and could have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if allowed.  We had gone to the Home Depot for a DIY project for the kids earlier on Saturday.  They gave him an apron to wear when he’s doing projects.  He’s decided it’s his cooking apron.  He put it on to help me put the sauce, pepperoni, and cheese on the pizza.  We had strawberries for dessert and he put on the apron to help me prepare the strawberries.

While the pizza was baking, he watched the timer and would give me updates that were usually “2 minutes until 7 minutes.”  So cute and funny!

Onto the recipe:

Pizza Crust

Brown Sugar Toast

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That’s the Wee One’s hand – He was fake cutting the pizza.

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 c. warm water (105 -115 degrees)
  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Steps:

  1. Make sure the water is 105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit so the yeast can dissolve.  Add the yeast to the water.
  2. After the yeast is dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients to your mixing bowl.
  3. Using either your mixer or with a spoon, mix the ingredients.
  4. Knead your dough either using a mixer or with your hands on a clean floured surface for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Place dough in greased bowl covered with a damp towel.  Allow it to rise in a warm place.  (This is the first time I’ve tried using my oven.  Turn it onto the lowest temperature.  Mine was 170 degrees.  Then turn it off and allow the dough to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Spread out on a cooking pan or pizza stone.  Top with sauce and your favorite toppings.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

If you don’t have enough time you can do steps 1 through 4.  Skip step 5.  Then do steps 6 – 8.

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