Pork Chili Stew

pork chili

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 (16-oz.) cans kidney beans, undrained
2 (16-oz.) cans whole kernel white corn, drained
2 (10-oz.) cans diced tomatoes and green chiles with lime juice and cilantro, undrained
2 (4.5-oz.) cans chopped green chiles, undrained

1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Reserve 2 Tbsp. flour mixture. Dredge pork in remaining flour mixture.
2. Cook pork in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until browned. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 5 minutes.
3. Stir in kidney beans and next 3 ingredients, and bring to a boil. Sprinkle with reserved 2 Tbsp. flour mixture, and stir until blended. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. You can let this simmer for hours for a party.  I serve it over rice.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pinnaple Upside Down CakeMy wonderful husband requested a pinapple upside down cake, as I had never made one before I turned to my trusted Paula Deen!  I made her cake but did not frost the sides.  I think I would actually serve this as 2 seperate cakes next time, but I will say the cake was wonderful.  It had buttermilk in it so I knew I would love it!  Everything is better with Buttermilk!  I included the frosting recipe just in case you want to use it.

 

 

 

Ingredients 

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 cups cake flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup butter, softened, plus 1/2 cup, melted
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 (20-ounce) cans pineapple slices in juice, drained well (reserve 2 tablespoons juice for frosting)
  • 1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained well
  • Optional

  • Pineapple Buttercream Frosting, recipe follows
  • Chopped pecans, for garnish
  • Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray and coat with flour.

     In a large bowl, beat 1 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and set aside.

     In a small bowl, add the 3 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

     Divide the brown sugar evenly into each pan. Pour the melted butter equally over the brown sugar. Arrange the pineapple slices and cherries over the brown sugar. Reserve remaining pineapple slices and cherries for another use.

     Pour equal amounts of batter over the fruit and bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes onto wire racks to cool completely.

     To assemble the cake, carefully arrange 1 cake layer, pineapple side up, on a cake plate. Carefully stack the remaining cake layer, pineapple side up, over the first layer.

    If you want, frost the sides of the cake with Pineapple Buttercream Frosting. Press chopped pecans into sides of cake

    Pineapple Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Beat all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined

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    Super Bowl Fun

    1-29-12 012Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Footballs

    So good, so easy! 

    Ingredients

    Strawberrys

    Bakers Semi Sweet Chocolate melted

    White decorating pen

    Try to keep up with this one!  Wash strawberry’s, dry well.  Dip in melted chocoalte…let dry and then decorate..easy as can be!  But so cute!

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    Football Cake Pops

    Ok, so not as cute as I wanted it to be but the candy coating and I had a difference of opinion…I wanted to it work and it wanted to be difficult.  But here is my first try at homemade football cake pops.  Maybe by tailgating season next year they will be perfect.

    Ingredients

    1 box of chocolate cake mix

    1 can of chocolate frosting

    1lb of chocolate candy coating

    pop sticks

    white decorating pen

    Make the cake according to package instructions.  Cool the cake and crumble finely.  Mix in about 1/2 to 3/4 of frosting with spatula.  Shape dough into footballs and place on lined baking pan, chill for about an hour. 

    Melt the candy coating.  Dip the sticks into the candy and insert into the footballs.  Let the candy set.  Once all are set, dip the footballs into the candy coating and let excess drip off.  Place in spare styrofoam as you will have extra drippage! Once they are set you can decorate as you like.

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    Pepperoni, Ham, Onion and Pepper Pizza

    1-29-12 010This is the same dough recipe I use for the stromboli but we decided to make thin crust pizza with my newly aquired pizza pan. Here is the dough recipe again…its that good!

    Dough
    Ingredients:
    1 cup warm water
    2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
    1 tablespoon honey-you can use sugar
    2 teaspoons salt
    2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
    3 cups bread flour -up or down 1/2 cup depending on humidity

    Directions:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking. Pour in salt, oil and half the flour and mix.

    2. Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it it doesn’t stick to your hands.

    3. Once you reach this stage, turn the mixer on high to knead for 6 minutes. Turn a timer on and walk away! Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes! The dough will be smooth and the bowl will be clean!

    4. Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn’t dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours. This makes 2 pizza’s or calzones

    Ok now to make the pizza

    Use flour or cornmeal to dust the pan. Preheat oven to 475 to 500….depending on the veggies

    Stretch dough to desired size and thickness. Drizzle olive oil on dough. Top with either homemade or store bought pizza sauce. We had mozzarella on hand so that is what we used but you can use provolone as well, I like to add a little parm as well. Top with desired toppings and pop in oven.

    How easy is that! The homeade dough makes the pizza!

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    Buttery Buttermilk Biscuits

    1-29-12 009I made this Saturday morning because I had a craving for biscuits and honey and was too lazy to drive to Bob Evans….they were so good I made another batch Sunday morning!

    Ingredients

    2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
    1 tbsp baking powder
    2 tsp sugar
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt
    1 stick of butter-very cold cut into small pieces
    1 cup of buttermilk

    Preheat oven to 450
    Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda an salt. Cut in the butter with pastry cutter or finger or fork…I find pastry cutter works best. Keep working the butter until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Using a spatula fold in the buttermilk until moistened.

    Flour a work surface and hands, turn dough our and kneed lightly 3 or 4 times. Pat dough into 6 inch square and cut with your prefered size of biscuit cutter…I used large!

    Place on greased pan and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
    I always serve warm and prefer mine with honey!

    Enjoy!!!!

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    Skillet Cornbread with Creamed Corn

    I am addicted to trying new skillet cornbread recipes, but I think this one is going to be the go to! The sharp cheddar just gives it something!

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    Ingredients
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    additional 1/4 cup of oil for the skillet
    1 cup self-rising cornmeal
    3/4 cup self-rising flour
    1 cup cream-style corn
    2 eggs
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup grated sharp cheddar

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Generously season a cast iron skillet with 1/4 cup vegetable oil, can use less. Preheat the pan either in the oven

    Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Pour batter into the preheated cast iron skillet. Place skillet in the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes.

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    Pepperoni, Ham and Pepperoncini Stromboli

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    Ok this is a two parter but totally worth it! Home made pizza dough is to die for and actually easy!

    Dough
    Ingredients:
    1 cup warm water
    2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
    1 tablespoon honey-you can use sugar
    2 teaspoons salt
    2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
    3 cups bread flour -up or down 1/2 cup depending on humidity

    Directions:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking. Pour in salt, oil and half the flour and mix.

    2. Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it it doesn’t stick to your hands.

    3. Once you reach this stage, turn the mixer on high to knead for 6 minutes. Turn a timer on and walk away! Resist the temptation to stop earlier than 6 minutes! The dough will be smooth and the bowl will be clean!

    4. Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn’t dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours.

    Ok now the fun part. Put half the dough away or make 2 stromboli’s.

    You can put whaever you would like in there, that is why it is fun! I had these ingredients on hand so presto!

    Ham
    Pepperoni
    Pepperoncini
    Pizza Sauce- or Pasta Sauce
    Mozzarella
    Oregano

    Directions:
    Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Spread pizza dough out on baking sheet to be approximately 10×16. Spread pizza sauce over 2/3′s of the dough lengthwise, leaving a 3×16 rectangle of plain dough along one of the edges. Top sauce with half the grated cheese, pepperoni and ham. Top with remaining cheese. Pepperoncini’s go on last. Brush the plain strip of dough with the egg. Fold in the sides about an inch and brush them with egg. Roll up like a jelly roll lengthwise starting along the long edge of dough topped with all the fillings and ending with the plain strip of dough on the bottom of the roll. Brush the entire stromboli with egg and gently cut slats in the top of the dough every 1-2 inches. Sprinkle Oregano and cheese over top and bake 8-10 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes and slice into pieces. Serve with more pizza sauce.

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    Country Bread and Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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    Love this, only have to kneed once and I get 2 loaves, on Cinn Swirl and one Country. Nothing is better then fresh baked bread!

    Ingredients

    6 to 7 cups Bread flour
    3 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon salt
    2 tablespoons shortening
    2 packages regular or quick active dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
    2 1/4 cups very warm water
    2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted to brush on top

    1.  Activate the Yeast
    2.  Stir 3 1/2 Cups of flour, sugar, salt, shortening and yeast in mixing bowl. Add the warm water and beat with electric mixer for 1 minute, scrap the bowl as needed. Add 3 1/2 cups of four gradually until dough is easily handled. I use to turn the dough out and kneed but now I use my dough hook to kneed the bread as I add the other 3 cups or so. I kneed in the mixer for about 5 minutes until dough is not too taky and then kneed by hand. The dough should be soft and springy when done. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel or plastic wrap for about an hour and half until it doubles in size.

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    3.  Split the dough in half after it has risen. Shape dough into rectangles. For the Country loaf just roll up and seal off edges and place in greased loaf pan.

    4.  For the Cinn Swirl mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 tbsp together and spread over the rectangle. Sprinkle a little water over this. Roll the bread up and place in a second loaf pan.

    5.  Let both rise a second time for about an hour. Bake in 400 degree over for 20-25 minutes. When you remove from oven brush with melted butter. Turn loafs out after about 5 minutes of cooling.

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    Meatloaf with Ritz Crackers

    Meatloaf

    I had always gone with bread or breadcrumbs so it was time to try a new twist…so tonight we try something new! IT WAS DELISH!

    Ingredients
    2lb Ground Beef-I use 90/10
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1/2 cup choppped green pepper
    1 cup Tomato Sauce-small can
    1 egg beaten
    1 cup of Ritz Crackers crushed
    1 tsp Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
    2 tsp Paula Dean’s House Seasoning
    A few splashed of Woozy (about 1/8 cup)

    Topping
    2/3 cup Ketchup
    4 tbsp brown sugar
    2 tbsp yellow mustard

    Preheat oven to 350
    Combine all ingredients, put in loaf pan-I had to use 1 loaf pan and a small mini loaf pan
    Spread topping over loaf, bake 45 minutes-smaller loaf less

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    Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits

    I believe everything is better with Buttermilk! These are my all time favorite biscuits combined from a few recipes.

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    Ingredients
    2 cups all purpose flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp sugar
    3/4 tsp salt
    1 cup buttermilk chilled
    8 tbsp butter melted
    1 cup finely shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

    Heat oven to 475 degrees
    Line baking sheets with parchment paper

    In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients and cheese. Stir melted butter into buttermilk until it forms small clumps. Stir buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients just until incorporated.
    Scoop large mounds and drop onto baking sheet. Bake until golden brown about 12 minutes. Remove and brush with melted butter.

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