Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Happy Sunday fellow foodies! These pork chops were the best I have ever made! Bold statement, I know…Pork chops in this house are a pretty big deal, so when I said I was going to try a new recipe, I was met with a bit of skepticism. The girls love their pork, so it had to be good…
I decided not to alter my pan fried pork chop recipe too much. The end result was pretty amazing. Here is how it was done…

Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Ingredients
4 bone in pork chops
2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

salt and pepper both sides of your chops
3 bowls with the follow ingredients- coat your chops in order of these- add a bit of salt and pepper to each bowl
1- flour
2- 1 egg whisked
3- Mix your brown sugar in your bread crumbs
Coat the chops with each and add them in a cast iron pan on medium high heat. Cook each chop until both sides get brown..about 5 minutes or so per side (depending on size and if they have a bone or not).

Serve with your favorite sides…peas and mac and cheese. Oh, and a salad for mom.

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Creamy Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Ravioli

I made this last night to take for lunches this week. It was very easy to make; a semi-homemade dish, if you will. Ravioli was Buitoni, alfredo sauce was jarred by Classico and added caramelized onions, mushrooms, and white wine.

Pretty simple, ya’ll…Slice 1 onion nice and thin. Slice your mushrooms in half or thirds- larger sized chucks. Reduced them down in 3 tablespoons of butter. Make sure to salt and pepper your veggies. Stir and cook down for about 10-15 minutes. Add in your white wine at the end, stir, and  reduce down about 5 more minutes. Add the jar of sauce.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Add the cooked ravioli to the sauce and mix well.

Top with parmesan. So good!

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Leftover Risotto

Happy Friday! This is a wonderful comfort food meal that I made from my leftovers last night. Not too colorful and a bit foggy, but it is rich, creamy, and super delicious!

Leftover Risotto with Creamy Tomato and Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients
3/4 stick butter, browned
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
leftover chicken thighs in sauce
5 cups simmering chicken stock, a spoonful at a time
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Heat your dutch oven or large wide pot on med. high heat
Add your butter. Heat until just brown. Add your rice. Mix and toast for 4 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add your wine. Stir and reduce 5 minutes.
Add your leftover chicken thighs in sauce
Mix and add your stock a bit at a time on med heat until your rice is tender…about 40 minutes.
Check your seasoning and add more if needed.
Add your cheese in the end.

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Creamy Tomato and Mushroom Chicken

This chicken was so good, ya’ll! Seriously…and this sauce? I saved it all to have for a soup. Heavenly! This all came together in under 45 minutes. Perfect easy dinner or wow your guest dinner meal. I hope you try it and love it as much as my family does!

Creamy Tomato and Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients

4 chicken thighs (you can use breasts, legs, or a combo…whatever you like or is on sale)
1 onion, sliced
1 container of mushrooms, sliced
5 tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Salt and pepper your chicken thighs well on both sides.
In a heavy pot such as a dutch oven, brown your chicken thighs in a bit of olive oil on high heat, about 6 minutes on the first side (skin side down) and 4 minutes on the other side.
Take the chicken out.
Add in your onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir well and cook down for about 6 minutes.
Add in your wine. Scrape the pan with all those brown bits from the chicken.
Add in the chicken stock and stir well.
Put your chicken back in the pot. Cook about 20-25 more minutes on med high.
In the very end, take out the chicken.Turn down heat to low. Add in your cream. Stir well and add your chicken back in.
Serve with a side of steamed broccoli, rice or pasta, and some crusty bread.

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Lovely Leftovers- Chicken, Bacon, and Veggie Pasta

Hey all! This weekend was pretty good. Friday night a bunch of friends came over, and I cooked a ton of hamburgers. We ate chips and dip, macaroni salad, potato salad, coleslaw, and creamed corn. We played a card game, and me and my wine buddy put down a good amount of wine =) Loads of fun!
Sat morn I spent time at my middle’s cheerleading game. Her team is the Bulldogs, and she just loves cheering for them! She even won the spirit stick this game! So proud of her!006

The rest of the weekend was mostly relaxing and eating out of the fridge. No stressing. Last night hubby went to the store and picked up sweet and spicy marinated chicken from the meat counter and a red pepper. I made this with yellow rice and steamed broccoli. Pretty yummy! This morning, I made eggs and bacon. Clean plates were made by all.

Tonight I made the girls leftover hamburgers. I just had a veggie burger for lunch, so I did not really want another burger. Instead, I created this spectacular pasta dish.

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Lovely Leftovers- Chicken, Bacon, and Veggie Pasta

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 jar mushrooms
1 cup creamed corn (approximate from leftovers)
5 pieces cooked bacon, chopped (approximate from leftovers)
1 cup chicken breasts and red peppers, cooked (approximate from leftovers)
1 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream in the pot
Pasta of your choice- I had a little orzo and whole wheat angel hair, so I used both
Extra pasta water, as needed.
Fresh herbs, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Boil water for pasta… make sure you heavily salt the water.
Cook your onions, celery, tomato, and garlic down on med low heat for a good 10 minutes.
Add your pasta to the water.
To your fresh veggie mix, add in all your leftover veggies, jarred mushrooms, bacon, and chicken. Mix well. Cook about 10 minutes, or until your pasta cooks.
Add in your pasta to the leftover mix. Add in cheese and heavy cream. Mix well. Add in starchy pasta water as needed. Taste- season as needed. I would have added some fresh herbs if I had them.

Amish Friendship Bread

A couple of weeks ago, my husband brought home this “mush” bag to make this bread in 10 days. Our starter bag sat on the counter for the 10 days until he remembered that it needed to be made. I was super tired after a long day, but I agreed to make it and am super glad I did. It makes 4 starter bags and 2 loafs of bread. I kept a starter for myself and gave the other 3 away. I have included the recipe for the starter as well.

Amish Friendship Bread

Do Not Refrigerate
Should Ferment
Do NOT use metal bowls or utensils for prep

Original starter:
1 package of active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees)
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
Dissolve yeast in water, let stand 10 minutes.
Combine sifted flour and sugar together. Mix well so flour will not be lumpy.
Slowly stir in milk and yeast mixture. Mix well.
Put starter in a gallon Ziploc bag. (Do not refrigerate.) Watch the starter very closely at first and let the air out of the bag as needed. It will bubble and ferment a lot the first day. This is Day 1. Mark the date on your Ziploc bag and now you just follow the directions as you would if you received the starter from a friend.

Day 2-5 Mush Bag
Day 6- Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk to bag and mush
Day 7-9- Mush bag

Day 10- Follow instructions below

1. Pour entire contents of bag into a non-metal bowl and add:1 1/2 cups milk, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1 1/2 cups flour. Mix. Get four 1-gallon Ziplock bags and add one cup of batter to each of these bags. This will create 4 new starter bags to give to friends.

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease 2 loaf pans.

3. To the remaining batter add:
3 eggs, 1 cup oil, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 cups flour, 1 large box vanilla instant pudding mix

4. Mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a bowl. Using half of the mixture, dust both greased loaf pans.

5. Spread batter evenly into both loaf pans. Use remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture to sprinkle to the top of the batter.

6. Bake 45 min-1 hour. Check with toothpick.

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Chicken and Brown Onion Gravy

This was a very successful dish. The girls and hubby had a second helping. It was super easy and only took under 45 minutes to make and plate.

Chicken and Brown Onion Gravy

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs (I used boneless and skinless)
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup white wine- I used Sauvignon Blanc
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons flour
fresh herbs, chopped- I used sage
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat your pan on high- cast iron or dutch oven. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken.
Brown your chicken on both sides, about 6 minutes per side, in a couple tablespoons of butter
Take your chicken out and add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add in your onions and a bit more salt and cook down for about 5 minutes. Add in your wine and scrape all the chicken bits off the bottom of the pan. Then add in your flour and whisk until it thickens up a bit. Little by little, add in your stock. Whisk well. Add in your herbs. You should have a nice gravy consistency. Taste here and add more seasoning if needed. Then add your chicken back in and simmer until chicken is done, about 15 more minutes.

I served this with a side of cauliflower and couscous.

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Chicken and Noodles

Hey guys! Happy Saturday! Earlier in the week I made pan roasted chicken legs with mushrooms. They were very easy to make. I just browned them in a pan, took them out and added 1/2 an onion and mushrooms. I cooked them down for about 6 minutes, then added The chicken back in and a bit of stock. They cooked for about 45 minutes on the stove. I could have sworn I took a picture, but I cannot seem to find them. Oh, well! They were delicious, but we had a bunch of leftovers. My throat has been a bit scratchy the last couple of days, so I wanted to make something comforting. I decided to make this chicken and noodles dish. Not quite a soup, more of a thick stew. It is so good! Here is how I made it.

Ingredients
leftover chicken shredded, about 2 cups (you could add any shredded chicken you have…breasts, thighs, rotisserie etc.)
3 tablespoons butter
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 container sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon of thyme (dried, but fresh would be better)
handful of sage, sliced (you could add any herbs you like)
chicken broth/stock homemade or your favorite boxed variety
noodles of your choice- I used chinese noodles =)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of water
Splash of half-and-half
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large pot, add the veggies in 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Then add the salt, pepper, thyme, and sage. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add your stock. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, add in the chicken and noodles. Make sure the noodles are covered with the stock. Stir occasionally.

Mix the flour with 1/2 cup water until smooth. Add it to the pot, then stir. Cook all together for another 10 minutes of so until it begins to thicken. Taste your delicious creation. If you need to add more salt and pepper, do so. If I had some parsley, I would have chopped some up and added to the top of this dish for some extra freshness. So comforting!

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Baked Enchilada Farro with Beans and Corn

Happy Tuesday, ya’ll! So the other day I made this.
http://funfoodiefamily.com/2014/08/30/enchilada-farro-with-beans-and-corn/

It is super healthy and delicious, but after a few servings, I needed to find a way to change it up. So, I made it into tacos. Yum. Then I made it into this cheesy bake. All I did was add a another small can of enchilada sauce and 1 jar of salsa to the mix. Then I spread it into a sprayed casserole dish and topped it with shredded cheese. I baked it at 350 until all the cheese was melted and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Freezing half of this for my future. 

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Enchilada Farro with Beans and Corn

Hey guys! I know that it has been awhile. It has been a pretty busy week and there has not been a lot of innovative cooking. Mostly old stand bys…BBQ chicken, pasta, and a few more quick dinners out and clean out the fridge nights than normal. This week there will probably be more of the same. 3 kids equals a lot of busy nights…

We have been trying to avoid going to the store and spending money, so I raided the pantry for this meal. It will serve as a quick lunch and dinner for the next week. Since I have a whole pot of it, I may try different things with it throughout the week; thinking of topping it with shredded cheese and bake it or even make it into veggie enchiladas. For tonight, I found it super satisfying the way it is. Look for more variations coming soon. I hope you give it a try!

Enchilada Farro with Beans and Corn

Ingredients
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can black beans
1 can cannellini beans
1 can corn
1 can chopped green chilies
1 can enchilada sauce
1 cup farro (or quinoa)
2 cups veggie stock (or water or chicken)

Directions

Using a large heavy pot, cook your onions down in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil on med/low heat for about 5 minutes. Add in your garlic. Cook down for 3 more minutes. Add in your farro. Cook for a few minutes then add all your canned ingredients. Mix together well. Add in your stock and mix well. Cover and cook until farro is tender; about 25 minutes.

I can’t stop eating this. It is SO good! I have a whole pot to much on throughout the week!
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