This comforting black bean soup is pumped up with spicy chorizo and is quick & easy to prepare, making it the perfect weeknight meal for a cold evening.
This month for the Secret Recipe Club I cooked from Nicole’s blog, Hapa-tite. Her cooking passion involves the mixing of different food genres together in order to create one fantastic meal, because as she so well stated “that’s how some of the best dishes (and people ^_^) are made!”. Which leads me to the first recipe that caught my eye on her blog which was her Soy-Glazed Burgers. I will be adding that to my menu plan very soon. Other potential recipes to appear in my kitchen include Rhubarb Ginger Crumble Bars and Pistachio, Cranberry, and Crystallized Ginger Cookies.
The recipe I first had to try was this fast and easy black bean soup. Since I moved back to Ohio from Tennessee during the coldest temperatures of the year, I’ve been in desperate need of comforting soup to warm me up from the inside. After seeing chorizo in the ingredient list for this soup, it was promptly added to the menu. The flavors from the chorizo blended exceptionally well with the rest of the soup, little to no salt was necessary, and made it heartier than a typical black bean soup. Cooked rice or quinoa could also be added if you need more oomph. In fact I may try just that next time because I am definitely going to make this again.
One year ago: Three Cheese Chicken and Artichoke Bake
Three years ago: Almond Cherry Chip Blondies
Turn your pizza into a Christmas wreath with the help of refrigerated crescent roll dough. Stuff with your favorite pizza toppings for a tasty and festive appetizer.
When it comes to making homemade pizza I’m all about homemade pizza dough, as made evident by the many different pizza dough recipes I have shared. It’s just too easy! In the time it takes my oven to preheat, the dough has risen. However, I have yet to try my hand at homemade crescent dough – now that intimidates me. So to make this festive pizza ring resembling a Christmas wreath I went ahead and bought 2 cans of refrigerated dough.
This Christmas wreath pizza ring would be a great idea for a holiday party. I brushed it with pesto to give it a green hue and cut the bottom of a bell pepper out to look like a red ribbon. Inside it’s stuffed with cheese, pizza sauce, and three meats: pepperoni, Italian sausage, and prosciutto. Place a bowl of pizza sauce in the middle and it’s ready for the table!
One year ago: Eggnog Snickerdoodle Blondies
Pumpkin and stuffed shells come together for the ultimate fall comfort food. Stuffed with sage pork, cooked in a pumpkin-tomato sauce, and topped with mozzarella and goat cheese.
Fall baking involves a lot of pumpkin but what about its savory side? Savory pumpkin recipes make for excellent comfort food and one of my favorite comfort foods is stuffed shells. I have made stuffed shells with a pumpkin cream sauce before but this time around I used a pumpkin tomato sauce and stuffed the shells with sage pork instead of a meatless ricotta mixture. Then the shells are sprinkled with some mozzarella and creamy goat cheese. Both recipes are good for different reasons so you should probably make them both.
One year ago: Birthday Explosion Mini Cheesecakes
Two years ago: Stovetop Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese
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After making BBQ chicken pizza last week my cravings for BBQ were satisfied, but only for BBQ pizza. My taste buds immediately started craving all my other favorite BBQ dishes from Memphis. Such cravings could not have come at a better time with #10DaysofTailgate in full swing! And better yet I had all kinds of great tools and ingredients to use thanks to our awesome sponsors.
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One year ago: Skillet Greek Yogurt Chicken
Turn canned SPAM meat into a tasty and fun weeknight dinner. Tacos! Stuffed in a crispy corn tortilla shell along with all your favorite taco toppings.
You read that correctly, SPAM-freaking-tacos. My dad and I actually made these together. He did all the prep work and all I had to do was fry it and assemble. Such a great sous chef! I can always depend on my dad to be game for fun/kid-like foods, movies and activities. Oddly enough I didn’t ever appreciate SPAM as a child but now that my taste buds have been refined I find it to be most acceptable. Especially when fried and stuffed in a crispy taco shell along with avocado, corn, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese. What could possibly be wrong about that?
Mix up your burgers with these Spicy 50/50 Burgers made with ground beef and chorizo. Don’t forget the cheese, cilantro and a toasted bun.
This month for Pass the Cookbook Club, Julie (White Lights on Wednesday) picked recipes from Chef Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners. This cookbook is a collection of recipes that can be made from 5 fresh ingredients (along with a few kitchen & pantry staples) in 5 minutes. The italicized items in each recipe are the “5” fresh ingredients.
The moment I saw the recipe for the burgers I knew I had to make them. Not only are they perfect for Memorial Day, they are also made with half beef and half chorizo. With all the flavors already involved in the combination of those two meats there was no need to add anything else to the mixture except for a little salt and pepper. Topped off with a slice of cheese, fresh cilantro, and a toasted bun there’s not much left to be desired – except maybe some avocado slices which I went ahead and put on there as well. Served with Healthier Elote (Mexican street-style corn) and Baked Sweet Potato Fries seasoned with chili powder and brown sugar.
The only other thing I changed to the recipe was the step that said to flatten the burgers once they were on the hot pan. I refused to follow this step as I prefer thicker burgers. Also, I have to point out that while yes it only takes 5 minutes to cook these burgers, it does take slightly longer than that to prepare from start to finish. But still quick and easy!
If you love sweet and sour chicken then you’ll love this version with pork. In addition to the typical chunks of pineapple you will also find bell peppers in the mix.
Originally I had wanted to share some sort of BBQ recipe today or at least a BBQ-related side dish.You may think the reason behind this plan was to prepare for the upcoming grilling holiday that is Memorial weekend and while that is not entirely incorrect, it is not my original thought process. The real reason why my mind had been lingering upon BBQ is because I’m heading back to Memphis for the annual Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Festival! It is my favorite festival and therefore a great reason for me to return for the first time since departing the first week of February.
Although today’s recipe is not BBQ, it is pork and that’s halfway there. This one pan stir fry is easy to prepare making it great for dinner tonight. It’s just like sweet and sour chicken except with pork and some bell peppers. Mine was served with a side of corn on the cob which is a bit unusual but hey, when it’s spring time you do not turn down fresh sweet corn!
One year ago: Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes with Hoisin and Cilantro
Ravioli is now acceptable for breakfast. Stuffed with fluffy potato, crispy bacon, and spicy pork and then covered in a sage cream sauce. It’s a dream come true.
If you are like me, you accumulate cookbooks faster than cooking from them. Kita (Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore) saw a need and filled it by creating Pass the Cook Book Club. Every month a three recipes are picked from one cookbook and on the 4th Thursday we share what we made. This month I had the honor of picking the cookbook and recipes.
It was an easy decision to pick the Breakfast for Dinner cookbook by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth (Love & Olive Oil), but narrowing down the recipe choices to three proved incredibly difficult. I’ve been wanting to cook from this cookbook ever since they came to Memphis (yea it took me way too long, don’t shun me Lindsay & Taylor) and there were far more than three which would have made my taste buds throw a party. Little pagemarkers were sticking out all over the place that I may as well have marked off every recipe. But there can only be three so in the end I chose Breakfast Sausage Ravioli, Italian-Style Stuffed French Toast, and Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprints. And as the syrup on top (instead of cherry since this is breakfast we’re talking about) we are also giving away 3 copies of Breakfast for Dinner to our readers! After checking out everyone’s recipes, be sure to use the Rafflecopter widget to enter.
As you already know, I made the breakfast ravioli. This was the #1 recipe on my list of things to make from this cookbook because not only have I only made homemade ravioli a handful of times (which I realize I more than most), but it’s breakfast-ized! How amazing is the world that we live in to have ravioli for breakfast!? Of course they are stuffed with all kinds of breakfasty goodness such as fluffy potato, crispy bacon, and spicy pork, but what made me fall in love was the sauce – the creamy, buttery, sage-flavored sauce. It was so amazing that I had to double the recipe for the sauce. It took a lot of self control to not rub it all over my face.
One year ago: Chicken Burgers with Garlic-Rosemary Greek Yogurt
Facts: Glazes always improve a meal and apples pair well with pork. Therefore, the apple jelly glaze used on these pork chops is especially delicious and, better yet, easy to prepare.
Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat and a fitful of sneezes despite feeling perfectly healthy the night before. Of course it got progressively worse as the day went on, with full blown sinus pressure and a sore nose. My dad recently came down with a cold so it is possible that I am sick. However, I do tend to get allergy symptoms during the first allergy season after moving somewhere new but never again so long as I live there. Happened when I moved to Columbus, OH and Memphis, TN. The same phenomenon may be happening now that I am in Knoxville. Bleh, I hope it’s a cold because those symptoms don’t last as long.
Either way I have to power through these symptoms for my pickleball evaluation this evening. In case you haven’t heard of it, pickleball is similar to tennis except played on a smaller court with paddles and a wiffle ball. It is all the rage here and my parents play it religiously. Naturally, I got sucked in as well. With my tennis background it was easy to pick up once I adjusted to the shorter paddle. However non-group members can only play indoor or during outdoor open time. After three months the others have decided that it is time I went for evaluation to be placed in a group (5 different groups based on skill level), which would enable me to play more often in designated time slots. Wish me luck!
As for these pork chops, everyone knows how well apples go with pork so why not slather on an apple glaze made with apple jelly (homemade in my case because my dad is the jelly man). Glazing pork chops is all the rage.
One year ago: Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos
When I packed up most of my belongings into a POD, I had all kinds of food and drinks for those who came to help: cookies, pizza, ranch pretzels, candy, juice, pop (yes pop), and liquor. Drinking liquor while moving heavy boxes and furniture is a fantastic idea, isn’t it? Okay maybe not large quantities of it but I did have several more than half-empty bottles of liquor that I was in no mood to put in a box and move, so I told my my friends to drink up or at least take it with them when they left.
There were however a couple select bottles that I did keep and brought them with me. Such as a new bottle of Patron silver, several bottles of wine, and the remnants of Disaronno. Now, my parents do not drink alcohol except on the rare occasion but that didn’t stop me from getting excited by the idea of making pork chops with an amaretto glaze.
It’s been a long time since I’ve cooked pork chops, but these were the most tender and juicy pork chops I have ever had. I’m not sure if it was pounding the crap out of them with a meat mallet that did it or the cooking method, but either way they were fantastic. And in case you didn’t think it could possibly get any better, they were also smothered in a amaretto-maple glaze. Winner winner
chicken pork chop dinner.