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Porkchops... and applesauce

Well, applesauce kind of.... I had some of Giada's Parm Porkchops in the freezer and wanted to use them up so I pulled them out a day or two ago... but then, what else should I make. Well, I'm a fan of bread with porkchops so I thought I'd just make some of the frozen rolls in the freezer. BUT, what else. Porkchops and applesauce!! I've never made apple sauce before and I'm intimidated to do so (not sure why) but I didn't want jarred apple sauce.... what to do?!


Then, my brilliant idea... fried or baked apples! I love fried apples. I have no idea if this is the common way to make them but regardless, they were fantastic. And, to top it off... I made cinnamon butter (similar to how I made the honey butter in the Giada's Pork Chops post!) to coat the rolls with during baking. Yum-o!


Fried Apples

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
3 Rome Beauty Apples, peeled and diced
~ 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
~ 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
Directions
- Melt butter over medium …

Creamy Chicken Risotto with Peas

My new best friend = Rotisserie Chickens. Over the weekend I bought one and shredded the entire thing. I used some on Sunday in Quesadillas, set aside some of the chicken to use in a Risotto I'd been wanting to make and froze the rest for a later use - TBD!

This Risotto was awesome... it was Risotto, cheese, a little wine, chicken and peas. That's pretty much it. I basically just used my standard Risotto recipe and threw in some chicken and peas... this was so easy!

The funny thing is that I'm not really a fan of peas but I added them just to please my husband because he likes them. While we were eating he asked why I put the peas in it because he didn't like the peas in it. Ugh... boys! Oh well, it added a tiny bit of nutritional value and great color.

Creamy Chicken Risotto with Peas
Ingredients
(1) Cup Risotto
(3) Cups Chicken Broth
(1) clove garlic, finely diced
(1/4) onion, finely chopped
(1-2) Tablespoon/s Olive Oil
(1) Tablespoon Butter
(1/2) cup dry white wine
(1…

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

** let me preface by saying that if I keep typing pacncakes it should be cupcakes... i already posted this earlier with Pancakes in the title and didn't notice it right away!
Monday was a coworkers birthday and as always I offered to bring the dessert. As always I couldn't think of something to bring that I knew would be easy (because again I didn't plan ahead) and that most people would like - especially considering I had no idea what kind of desserts she likes! So, I went to old faithful - cupcakes. But, what kind of cupcakes this time?! I initially thought a cinnamony-spicy cupcake with cinnamon chips and a cream cheese frosting. Well, I didn't have cream cheese and I didn't feel like running to the grocery store for a THIRD time that weekend. I did have some chocolate chips I needed to use so what could I do with chocolate chips - DUH, chocolate chip cupcakes. I'm not a huge chocolate fan but I do love me chocolate chip stuff... just a little hint of chocol…

Key Lime Bars

A few weeks ago we were going to my husband's cousins birthday party. An outside party in the beginning of August in St. Louis does not a relaxing weekend make. Initially the forecast was for close to 100 degrees so there weren't many foods that we could take that wouldn't spoil. I wanted to take a dessert but didn't know what to take should the forecast be accurate. I wanted something refreshing and something that wouldn't melt but I didn't want to take fruit. Then, while talking to my mom she mentioned a recipe she saw in one of her Paula Deen magazine's that she wanted to try: Key Lime Bars. Perfect! So, I commandeered her recipe before she could try it! These turned out pretty good and I'll probably make again, though maybe next time with a graham cracker crust just because I LOVE graham cracker crusts!


Key Lime Bars
recipe from a viewer of Cooking with Paula Deen
Ingredients
2-¼ cup flour
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. Baking powder
1-cup soft butter
5…

Jack Daniel's Dipping Sauce, Twice Baked Potatoes and Green Bean Bundles

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted. I haven't made much lately, which could explain the lack of posting, but I've also been on vacation and/or busy at work which definitely explains the lack of posting. Regardless, I have a little catching up to do so let's get right to it!

So, Rob LOVES the Jack Daniel's steak from TGI Friday's and the weekend after we got back from Mexico I mentioned I was going to thaw out and grill the steak I had in the freezer. The first thing he said to that was: "and, if you can figure out the Jack Daniels sauce from Friday's then that'll make this marriage worth it." To which I replied "well, I already figured out the Wendy's Spicy Chicken, is that not enough?!" Apparently not! So anyway, he grilled the steak (perfectly might I add - he's not that comfortable with the grill - he has a tendancy to over flip, take temps, etc.) while I made the Sauce, some green bean bundles and Twice Baked Pot…