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Pork Larb & Cabbage

Ground pork and cabbage are combined with flavors inspired by one of our favorite dishes often found on Thai restaurant menus; Larb (pronounced “Lob”). The dish is a meat salad served with cabbage. It has flavors of lime, ginger, lemongrass, Thai basil, cilantro, and mint. Instead of serving the cabbage raw with the meat, we shred the […]

Braised Halibut with Leeks and Mustard – America’s Test Kitchen

      Braised Halibut with Leeks and Mustard – Recipe Click here This recipe was so good, we make it twice in one week. As a side dish we made Roasted Potatoes

Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce – Made in a cast iron Skillet

In search of new receipies to try, I came across this one from Pinterest. This receipe calls for chicken breast but I followed the instructions using bone in chicken thighs. This resulted in undercooked chicken in a delcious cream sauce. I then came across this other recipe which called for a more basic cream […]

Pressure Cooker Meatloaf and Potatoes

A faster way to make meatloaf! While watching an infomercial for an electric pressure cooker, I came across some really cook recipes but was skeptical as to how they would turn out. This recipe for pressure cooker meatloaf may become my new method of cooking. I used a cake pan that fit into the pressure […]

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

I discovered this recipe on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it out. It was a success in that it was a hit with hubby and mom. However, I would amend the recipe so that egg is used instead of milk, to hold the cheese and crumbs. I followed the receipe to the letter and found […]

Solita Makes: Shredded Pork Enchiladas … in BULK!

There is nothing like homemade leftover pork shoulder and the right weekly special at the grocery store to get us in the mood to COOK IN BULK!  But seriously, the grocery store had enchilada sauce, shredded cheese, corn tortillas and aluminum pans on sale, and we had over 3 lbs of leftover shredded pork shoulder […]

Solita Barbecue in Bulk – Sunday Dinner

We were still in the mood for BBQ and had set plans to make extra good and freeze it for later. The results were so tasty that we just kept eating them over and over again daily without complaint until we literally ran out of food! Here is what we made Indian Style Seekh Kabob Burgers […]

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken – Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce

  While at the grocery store one day, I came across a new item on display. It was the Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce Collection. Since there was a special deal for two, I grabbed the Moroccan Chicken and the Applewood Pulled Pork. Thanks to the good shelf life, I was able to use the Moroccan […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – 2011 Laroche Chardonnay de la Chevaliere, Languedoc, with Biscuit-topped chicken potpies

Background The doorbell rang and a signature was required! Hurray! The delivery for June came! We were just discussing how we should each take turns making hot meals when I signed up to make this recipe next! Only, it became more of  Solita thing which is always somehow better 🙂 Shane was close by to […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – 2009 Baileyana Firepeak Cuvee Chardonnay with Halibut Packets with Coconut Almond Rice

It has been a busy few weeks with all the fun and chaos that make up this wonderful life that we live! It is time to take a breath and enjoy another one of our Sunset Wine Pairings. I consulted Chef Sol, and he agrees that our next pairing should be with one of the […]

Sunset Wine Pairing – Zocker Gruner Veitliner, with Shortcut Chicken Cassoulet

The white wine selections have all been delicious so far. However, we did not prepare the recommended pairing menus because they all called for seafood items which are a cause for food allergy concerns in my household. The Zocker Gruner Vietliner came with a recipe card was for Cassoulet. While Janet was visiting us from New Mexico, […]

Pork Wellington

We purchased a pork tenderloin from “Babes in the Woods” and explored various options for preparing it for our Sunday night dinner (See post What to do with Pork Tenderloin). My search for different recipes led me back to the Food Network’s “Good Eats!” In Season 13 Episode 4 -“Tender is the Pork,” Alton Brown demonstrates […]

What to do with Pork Tenderloin

Recently we had a drop off from our favorite piggies from Babes in the Woods. This time, we got the Pork Tenderloin. We had NEVER used pork tenderloin but were up to the challenge. We saerdhed the internet for ideas before deciding on Pork Wellington. Here is a list of recipes and video tutorials on […]

Sunset Wine Club – Rhiannon Red Wine Blend – Paired with Red Wine and Onion Braised Brisket

  Background Another delicious Sunset Wine Pairing Dinner! After a successful first attempt with the Ancient Peaks Merlot – Spiced Lamb Chop Meal , we set out for another pairing meal, this time using the Rhiannon Red Wine Blend. The wine came with a recipe card pairing suggestion which included (Click on names for full recipe […]

Sunset Wines – Ancient Peaks Merlot – Special Lamb Chop Dinner Pairing

 Background For Christmas 2012, one of our favorite gifts came from parents where we  received two bottles of wine each month from the Sunset Win Club. Every month the UPS man would come with a package requiring a signature. The package contained a featured red and white wine along with a recipe card for a […]

Turkey Meatball Recipe

Background This recipe is a variation of Giada De Laurentiis “Mini Turkey Meatball” recipe. The ingredients and measurements are the same as she suggests.  My version deviates after the pan fry/browning process because I didn’t want my meatballs to be cooked in marinara sauce.  I was concerned that sauteing the meatballs for 5 minutes wasn’t enough […]

Tater Tot Casserole

I found this simple recipe in a fall magazine and had to try it! It was so simple, and so delicious! Tater Tot Casserole

Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetables

Back Story Whole chicken can be a healthy, deliciousl and economical food when prepared correctly. I was exploring healthy options for  whole chicken and came across a recipe for Baked Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe – This recipe inspired a casual yet special Sunday night chicken dinner with friends. The original plan was to follow the recipe, […]

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe –

This is a fantastic recipe for those cold days when you want a hot home cooked meal but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For a 5 1/2 lb Pot Roast, the recipe suggests 8 hours for the slow cooking time. It is a great “set it and forget it” recipe. […]

Braised Beef with Caramelized Onion and Greens Chiffonade – Clean Eating Magazine Recipe

Inspired by a recipe from Clean Eating Magazine, this was one of our first receipes made in the Cast Iron Dutch Oven. We use this same method for making a pork and turnip braise and also Braised Lamb Shanks.

Party Wing Chicken Biryani – by

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Gita’s Super Ground Turkey Chili – by

Ingredients 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil 1 lb. Ground Turkey Meat 2-3 Links Jalapeno or Spicy Chorizo Sausage (optional) 1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans (Drained and Washed) 1 can Black Beans (Drained and Washed) 1 Onion chopped 2 large tomatoes 4 Jalepeno Peppers 2 cups water 2 McCormick Chili Spices Packs 2 Tablespoons Cumin Powder […]

Solita Makes – 30 Minute Ground Turkey Biryani!

Wikipedia defines Biryani as a “rice-based dish (usually using basmati) made with spices and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs or vegetables.” This is also a great way to use left over rice from the night before. Having both lived in India, we were no strangers to this classic Indian dish. Although Gita has been making biryani using chicken and lamb/goat, Sol decided to […]

Solita Makes Lamb Shanks – Cast Iron Dutch Oven

While reviewing some old videos, we came across the clips of the time we made Braised Lamb Shanks. This recipe was inspired by a similar one we saw in a Clean Eating magazine. This recipe is simple and requires very few ingredients.  This is a low and slow recipe with a total cooking time of […]

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