Bacon Grilled Cheese.

Bacon grilled cheese is a faster than fast food meal that makes an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich extra special!

My Nana (you know her – potato soup, spaghetti sauce, and gingersnaps, to name a few) has a few stories that I’ve heard her tell lots of times, but they never get old. One of them is the tale of ordering BLTs at a restaurant. She and her lunch companions asked for the bacon to be extra crispy, and when the BLTs came out, they were perfect. They thanked the waitress and told her the bacon had come out just right, so crisp – and she replied, “Oh, yeah, I just told the kitchen to kill it.” Then Nana makes a little mock-miffed face, like, hmph! Well! And then she chuckles her Nana chuckle. And I just love it. And that’s how I like my bacon, too. Kill it. Continue reading “Bacon Grilled Cheese.”

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Bacon in the Oven.

When I was in college, I ate a lot of things that I thought were amazing that I can’t eat today, because gross. On this list: chicken fettuccine alfredo from a box (every.thing was included, people), a “milkshake” that involved fat-free, sugar-free chocolate pudding mix, skim milk, and a lot of ice cubes, and turkey bacon that I cooked in the microwave. (For the record, I also ate a lot of things that I can’t eat today because of metabolism issues, such as midnight $5 chicken parmesan pizzas, lots and lots of cookie dough, and two Panera cinnamon crunch bagels + an icy mocha…as a snack.) My philosophy of food has changed a lot since those days, and I would rather occasionally eat the “real thing” than fake milkshakes and turkey bacon. Continue reading “Bacon in the Oven.”

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Easy Roasted Apple Grilled Pork Chops.

Roasted apple grilled pork chops make use of a delicious marinade and sauce that's made from real ingredients.

Grilling season never really ends here in NC, if you have/are a committed griller who doesn’t mind bundling up and braving the cold and dark through the winter – and thankfully, Jay is willing. And although I’ve internally cursed and externally whined about DST and the we-still-haven’t-recovered havoc it wreaks on my children’s sleep habits, I do love how the sunlight in the evenings is like an invitation to fire up the grill. As I’ve probably said an annoying number of times, moving as much dinner preparation outside to the grill as possible is my favorite! Continue reading “Easy Roasted Apple Grilled Pork Chops.”

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Giada’s Meatball Stew.

We love a cookin’ show around here, as my 4-year-old calls them, and I saw the episode of “Giada at Home” where she makes her hearty meatball stew a few years ago on vacation. (There’s something magical about having access to cable TV on vacation, I’m just saying.) Even though it was summer and we were at the beach, I wanted a bowl of meatball stew something fierce. Continue reading “Giada’s Meatball Stew.”

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First Taste: Homemade Breakfast Sausage (and cornmeal-maple drop biscuits).

homemade breakfast sausage, cornmeal maple drop biscuit, scrambled eggs

Three things happened last week that led to this breakfast:

1. I borrowed this book, Whole Grain Baking from King Arthur Flour from the library. I immediately wanted to bake ALL THE THINGS. There are hundreds of recipes – Whole Wheat Cranberry-Orange Country Loaf? Butter-Nut Blondies? Whole Wheat Croissants?? Where does one even start? I love that the recipes use a variety of whole grains, and they include ingredient weights (so if you have a kitchen scale, you can use less dishes and be more precise) and nutrition information. Continue reading “First Taste: Homemade Breakfast Sausage (and cornmeal-maple drop biscuits).”

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Carnitas (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 1).

Carnitas for a crowd are crispy and full of flavor - plus, they make a great meal for a crowd since you can customize things to please anyone!

If you bothered to read the whole title – I really didn’t want to stop there, to be honest. I wanted to say this meal can also be paleo! vegetarian! gluten-free! perfect for meat-lovers! kid-approved! and lends itself well to having people over, transporting a meal to someone, and even a themed potluck. In other words, you can (and should!) make carnitas for anyone and everyone you know and love. (And read Part 2: Burrito Bowls – that’s where the vegetarian part comes in!) Continue reading “Carnitas (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 1).”

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin (and Better Steamed Broccoli).

I hate to brag, but I married the Grill Master. (I’m sorry, but I snagged him and you didn’t. Fortunately, there’s hope for you. Read on.) There have always been a few things that I don’t even bother to cook inside since I love the grilled version so much more – and pork tenderloin was one of those.  But one day, we were taking dinner to friends who had just had a baby (we know lotsandlotsandlots of new babies!), and I was planning to send these sweet potatoes and pork tenderloin. Grilled pork tenderloin. But Jay’s schedule changed, and suddenly I was responsible for cooking the pork inside. Continue reading “Roasted Pork Tenderloin (and Better Steamed Broccoli).”

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