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Cranberry Pear Flavored Pork

Posted by terrepruitt on April 15, 2019

Oh, really simple recipe. I am sure you can use any sweet balsamic you have. If you don’t have sherry, wine will do. I mentioned the balsamic vinegar we purchased in November when we were in Napa in a post, Cranberry Pear. It is so good. I should have gotten the larger bottle. Anyway, this is a four ingredient recipe that has a lot of flavor. So yummy. I cooked it last night and I can’t wait to eat the left overs tonight!

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4 Boneless pork chops
1/4 C Cranberry Pear Balsamic Vinegar*
1/2 cup Dry Sherry
lavender Salt

Pour the dry sherry in a baking dish (if the dish is large you might need more than 1/2 cup – you want at least 1/4 of an inch in the bottom of the dish) arrange the pork in the dish. Pour a little of the vinegar on top of each chop, then sprinkle each chop with lavender salt. Let sit for 15 minutes (longer if you have the time). After 15 minutes, repeat the process of pouring some vinegar over each one and salting. Let sit for 15 minutes (longer if you have the time).

Preheat oven to 375° F. Put the dish in the oven for about 10 minutes. After baking the pork for 10 minutes take the dish out and turn each chop over. Sprinkle with more lavender salt. Then put the dish back in the oven for another seven minutes.

After seven minutes, take the dish out and check for doneness. Everyone likes their meat cooked differently so you may need to put it back in the for a few more minutes. The ones I used were not very thick and they were not very large so they cooked PERFECTLY in 14 minutes. (But I also did the first round on a higher heat because I had something else cooking at the same time. And I lowered the heat on the second round.)

*this is a white balsamic vinegar

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These were simple and delicious. I love using balsamic as a marinade for meat. I think it pairs very well with pork. Usually I marinate the meat for longer, but I didn’t this time, but they came out great.

Do you have a sweet balsamic you like to pair with pork? Do you have a favorite balsamic?

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Avgolemono – My Way

Posted by terrepruitt on April 10, 2019

I am not sure if I have said this before in other posts, but for 38 years of my life I did not really care for Greek Food. I was not a fan of tomatoes and it seemed like there was a lot of tomatoes in the Greek food here. When I went to Greece my mind was changed. There wasn’t tomatoes in everything and I liked the way they cooked their food. Although I still believed I didn’t like Greek Lemon Soup. I am not a fan of the lemon flavor for the most part so I never tried it. When there was opportunities to try it there was always either rice, celery, or carrots in the soup in some combination. I do not like rice in soup and I am not a fan of water-laden carrots. I do not like celery. One day we were at a local restaurant and my husband ordered the Greek Lemon Soup. Even though he “doesn’t share food” he let me have a spoonful – it was delicious. It was simple, just chicken and pasta! Ahhhh . . . . I found some Avgolemono I liked! So I decided to make some. I found a lot of recipes online with celery and carrots and rice in some combination, so I didn’t look past the ingredients.  I wasn’t finding one to use.  I knew I wanted to use pasta.  I had purchased some orzo online with the sole purpose of making Avgolemono, but I hadn’t planned on making it the night I ended up making it. I did not make a special trip to the store for ingredients.  So I made the soup with what I had on hand, which was a limited number of eggs and canned chicken. Just to put it out there, there is NO CELERY, NO CARROTS, and NO RICE in this soup.

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 onion
two cans of chicken (a little over 3 cups)
garlic salt

2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup orzo  (going forward 1 cup)
8 cups chicken broth

7 eggs
4 lemons / 3/4 cups lemon juice (more if you like it really lemony)

Juice the lemons. Set aside. (Zest one if you want some zest for garnish.)

Chop the onion. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Cook the onion then add the chicken to the pan to heat it up a bit*. Sprinkle some garlic salt on chicken while stirring.

In a large pot, melt the butter, then add the orzo to toast it. Add the chicken broth to the orzo. Bring to a boil. Then let simmer.

While the orzo is cooking in the broth mix the eggs together with a hand mixer. Mix the eggs at least 3 minutes on low allowing a lot of air to get into them making them frothy. After the “at least 3 minutes,” add the lemon juice slowly while mixing the eggs.

Once the orzo is cooked (about 15 minutes – test to verify) add the egg mixture to the broth BUT not all at once. Put a little bit of broth into the eggs while mixing. Keep adding broth a little at a time to slowly bring the eggs up to the temperature of the broth. Once the eggs are tempered add the mixture to the broth. Stir the egg mixture and broth together. Once it is all incorporated add in the chicken. Mix it all together. Then taste. Is it lemony enough for you? If not add more lemon juice. Or add some lemon zest as garish to each bowl – this gives it an extra zing!

*if using raw chicken cook it thoroughly

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I had typed this up to use as my recipe to make the soup. I figured I would need to play with it a lot in order to get it to what I was looking for, but nope. THIS. IS. IT. Oh, except I will use more orzo . . . perhaps a cup maybe more. But I really think that the orzo is all that I will adjust.

Originally I wrote the recipe with salt and pepper as ingredients, but I did not add any additional salt besides the garlic salt. And my husband added pepper to his bowl, but said it did not really add anything to the soup so he would not be using it, so I didn’t even try.

I am going to check in with my uncle who, I am told, makes Avgolemono all the time. I want to know what he does. Although, my husband and I really loved this and so for the most part I will probably just stick to this.  But sometimes it is nice to try things a little differently so that is ALWAYS an option.

How about you?  Do you like Avgolemono?  Have you found a place that serves one you like?  Do you make it?  How do you make it?

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Popped Corn Toppings

Posted by terrepruitt on March 11, 2019

What do you like to put on your popcorn? What is your favorite popcorn topping? I love popcorn and lately I have been putting a little bit of butter, olive oil, salt, and nutritional yeast. The butter gives it that rich flavor. The olive oil helps the nutritional yeast stick. The nutritional yeast gives it a nice flavor and adds a little bit of protein.

I have really been loving this lately. And it got me thinking . . . . there are so many things that can be put on popcorn . . . . I was wondering what your favorite thing is.

My husband doesn’t really like popcorn and I find that kind of surprising because popcorn is one of those things that I think of as EVERY ONE liking, but he doesn’t.

A few wiki facts (many copied directly):

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–The term popped corn first appeared in John Russell Bartlett’s 1848 Dictionary of Americanisms.

–Since popcorn remained fairly inexpensive during the Great Depression, the popcorn business was a source of income for many farmers . . . including the Redenbacher family.

–Americans ate three times as much popcorn as they had before when candy production was reduced by sugar rations during World War II.

–In 1981, General Mills received the first patent for a microwave popcorn bag.

–When referring to multiple pieces of popcorn, it is acceptable to use the term “popcorn”. When referring to a singular piece of popcorn, the accepted terminology is kernel.

–Popcorn as a breakfast cereal was consumed by Americans in the 1800s and generally consisted of popcorn with milk and a sweetener.

I didn’t know popcorn was eaten as a breakfast cereal.  Did you?

So what do you like on your popcorn?

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Savory French Toast Sandwich

Posted by terrepruitt on January 30, 2019

One day I was making something to eat. I was debating about having French Toast or scrambled eggs. I usually put milk into my egg for French Toast and I usually put milk and garlic salt or season salt in my scrambled eggs. I had decided on French Toast, but perhaps I wasn’t really firm in my decision and clearly I was not focusing on the task at hand because I stirred up the eggs and seasoned them with season salt then put the bread in it. As I was flipping the bread to coat the other side I realized my error. Sigh. So I decided to make a grilled sandwich with the egg coated bread. It was delicious.

I cooked the oddly seasoned French Toast like I would regular French Toast. I always have a bit of egg left over after making two pieces of French Toast. One egg is never enough to coat two pieces of bread and two eggs is always too much. I cooked up the rest of the egg mixture and pan fried some lunch meat for the sandwich.

It was such a yummy accident, I think I have had it a couple of times since.  Here is my “recipe”.  (I say “recipe” because there are no measurements or exact cooking times.  It’s more of an idea than a recipe.)

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butter
2 eggs
season salt
milk
two pieces of bread
slice of cheese
lunch meat
onions

Put some butter in a pan and turn on the heat. Scramble the two eggs adding the season salt and a splash of milk. Dip the bread in the egg mixture. (Here is where you decide if you like a lot of egg on your bread or not. I usually just dip the bread quick.) When the pan is good and hot add the egg coated bread to the pan and proceed to cook as you would French Toast. I like my French Toast browned.

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At one point you might want to put the cheese on the bread so it can start to melt . . . again . . . it all depends on whether you want melted cheese.

Once the toast is cooked to your liking, the extra egg is cooked, and the lunch meat is browned you can assemble the sandwich. I added some raw onions on my sandwich.

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This was so good I am finding my mouth water as I am typing this up.  I can see myself having this again in the next couple of days!

 

Probably not a new thing to some – savory French Toast – but it was a complete and delicious accident to me!  What do you think?

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Shallots Are Divine

Posted by terrepruitt on December 12, 2018

I cook with shallots. Not often because they just seem so expensive. I have put them in soups and even in a “salsa”. Recently I met my friends out at a restaurant. I had already eaten dinner but they had ordered a salad and I asked to try the shallot. I had thought I hadn’t had a raw one before, but here I am looking at my blog and I see my Persimmon Salsa post where I used shallots. I had tried them raw but just forgot. Well, last Friday I was at a loss as to what to cook for dinner and I saw that we had macaroni and cheese. Yes, the boxed kind from Kraft. Sometimes that is about all my brain can handle to make for dinner. I decided that was what we were having for dinner. We had just received an organic produce box that morning and it had shallots in it. Doesn’t that make perfect sense? Organic produce and boxed mac-n-cheese? No, of course not, but sometimes that is what happens. I decided to put some shallots in the mac-n-cheese.

Since the macaroni and cheese was going to be dinner I felt it needed to be more than just mac-n-cheese. I pretty much ALWAYS add a bell pepper. We rarely just eat plain mac-n-cheese. But we needed more. So I put some chicken in it. I sauteed some chopped shallot and then added the chicken. I sauteed the bell pepper, too. It all was added to the mac-n-cheese. Well, the shallots just elevated the heck out of that macaroni and cheese. It was really good.

There isn’t much nutrient-wise to a shallot, but they really have a great flavor. I love onions and garlic, but shallots are so much better. I knew that, but, as I said, I don’t buy them often because of their expense. But I might start buying them more often because they are so delicious.

According to the USDA 10 grams, about one tablespoon of chopped shallots has this:

Calories 7Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes
Protein .25 grams
Fat .01 grams
Carbohydrates 1.68 grams
Fiber .03 grams
Sugar .79 grams
Calcium 4 mg

Iron 0.12 mg
Magnesium 2 mg
Phosphorus 6 mg
Potassium 33 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Zinc 0.04 mg

Vitamin C 0.8 mg
Thiamin .006 mg
Riboflavin .002 mg
Niacin .020 mg
Vitamin B-6 .034 mg
Folate 3 pg
Vitamin K 0.1 pg

Wiki says: “The shallot is a type of onion, specifically a botanical variety of the species Allium cepa. The shallot was formerly classified as a separate species, A. ascalonicum, a name now considered a synonym of the currently accepted name.

Its close relatives include the garlic, leek, chive, and Chinese onion.”

I love them. How about you? Do you like shallots? Do you cook with shallots?

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Kabocha Squash Nutrition Info

Posted by terrepruitt on December 3, 2018

Perhaps you saw my post where I wanted to make pumpkin soup, but I didn’t see any pumpkins in the store except for Japanese Pumpkins or Kabocha Squash. Well, I had never heard of them so I wanted to see what they had to offer, nutritionally. Here is what I found:

Kabocha Squash

Nutrition Facts per 2018 Nutritionix, I couldn’t find it on the USDA website.

Serving Size: 1 cup (245g grams)

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Total Fat 0.2g grams

Saturated Fat 0.1g grams

Calories from Fat 1.5

Cholesterol 0mg milligrams

Sodium 2.5mg milligrams

Potassium 564mg milligrams

Total Carbohydrates 12g grams

Dietary Fiber 2.7g grams
Sugars 5.1g grams
Protein 1.8g grams

Vitamin A 19%*
Vitamin C 4%*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I think it is good and can be used in the place of a sugar pie pumpkin when making soup or just roasting it to eat. I think it would make a good replacement for a pie because people say it is sweeter than a pumpkin, but I don’t know because I do not make/bake pumpkin pies nor do I eat them so I don’t know if it would be a good substitute.

I just had a butternut squash tonight and I don’t know that I would agree with the information I am seeing on the internet about kabocha squash being sweeter. I would have to taste them both side by side to decide. If you were to ask me right now I would say the butternut squash is sweeter. But I did not eat a lot of Japanese pumpkin when I had it. I just barely took a taste because I wanted to see if it would work in the soup. I didn’t cook it exactly like I do/did butternut squash. But still it was not that different. I would say I do not agree with the internet information. It could be the skin. Perhaps the skin on the kabocha squash makes it less sweet. I don’t know, but butternut squash is so sweet.

Do you like butternut squash? Do you thing you might try a Japanese Squash?

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Kabocha Squash

Posted by terrepruitt on November 26, 2018

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Well . . . let me tell you, that Kabocha squash is SUPER difficult to cut. The skin is very thin, but it is super tough. It was a challenge. Not impossible, but way more time consuming than I had planned. I had planned to hop in the kitchen cut up the Japanese pumpkin and throw it in the oven then have time to do other things, but no, it was tough.

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Using it for the pumpkin soup was fantastic. It worked out great.  I used the skin and all in the soup. I just roast it and then put the chunks in the blender. Now I know that I can get two sugar pie pumpkins and a Japanese pumpkin over the Fall Season.  So that means one or two stuffed pumpkin dinners and/or making pumpkin soup one or two times.

We ate pumpkin soup for four days and we were actually sad last night to finish it. It was very good. Oh . . . . I did add a cup or two of broth each night when I heated it up. It got VERY, VERY thick. So I mixed in a cup or two (depending on how much I was heating up) to help thin it out.

Now you know you can make pumpkin soup with a sugar pie pumpkin or a Japanese pumpkin.  Or perhaps you already knew that.  Did you know about the Kabocha squash?

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Milanese Gremolata Olive Oil

Posted by terrepruitt on November 14, 2018

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We took our time drinking our tastings and so I was popping over to the olive oil/vinegar side and grabbing some bread and oil and vinegar. There were so many, I can’t even tell you. I tasted probably about seven or eight and I didn’t even scratch the surface it seemed. I did find a new oil that I am in love with.

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I put it on our pasta and used it in my pumpkin soup. I think I am going to have to get a subscription for it. It is so good.

I also got two vinegars from them. It was difficult to decide, but I kept it down to just two. One was one that the wine shop person recommended I try. She was right, it is so yummy. I got Tangerine and Cranberry Pear.

These three things are going to be working their way into all of my cooking.

Do you like flavored oil? Do you like flavored vinegar? Do you have a favorite?

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup 2.0

Posted by terrepruitt on November 12, 2018

As you may know, if you read my blog, we get an organic box of produce delivered. The service we use allows us to actually pick what comes in the box. It somewhat defeats my whole idea of getting a box delivered, but it is also nice. When I get the e-mail, sometimes I forget to log in and pick what I want in the allotted time so I end up getting what they send. I would not have gotten a sugar pie pumpkin two deliveries in a row, but, my fault, I didn’t stop it. I felt as if we had just had stuffed pumpkin so I didn’t want to do that again so I decided to make pumpkin soup. I looked up my post of Roast Pumpkin Soup and I read what I wrote, so I didn’t want to follow that recipe exactly. And since I was going to just make a few minor tweaks I didn’t think I would be posting about it. Well, my husband and I loved it so much I wanted to make sure I made note of it. I will not be using the other pumpkin soup recipe again. Although, this one is VERY similar, I liked the tweaks I made so this one is much better. It didn’t have any of the bitter that I spoke about with the last recipe.

But, as usual, I didn’t plan on posting about it, so I didn’t think to take a picture the night I made it. We had enough to eat on it for three days. So the pictures are of the leftovers.

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Roasted Pumpkin Soup 2.0

1 sugar pie pumpkin
Milanese Gremolata olive oil
garlic salt
2 large shallots
32 ounces chicken broth (Better Than Bouillon)
8 ounces of dry sherry (and then some, for splashing)
1 teaspoons salt (and then some, for sprinkling)
1/2 heaping teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 heaping teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon marjoram (and then some, for sprinkling)
sprinkle of pepper
sprinkle of nutmeg
1 pint of heavy cream**

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Wash the pumpkin, then cut so that you can remove all the seeds. Then cut it into pieces. Rub the pumpkin pieces with olive oil and sprinkle both sides of each piece with garlic salt. Then place the pumpkin – skin side up – on a parchment paper lined baking pan. Bake it for 20 minutes. Take the pumpkin out of the oven – here is where you can salt it again if you would like. Turn each piece over and sprinkle with marjoram. Then bake it for about 30 minutes more. This is where you have to decide if it is done or if it needs more time in the oven. Use a fork, poking each piece to see it if is cooked to your liking. I like it to have the roasted flavor so I bake it until there are some browned spots.

While the pumpkin is roasting. Chop the shallots. Heat up some olive oil in your stock pot or soup pan. Then cook the shallots. Once the shallots are cooked, add the broth. Stir the broth and shallots. Then add the sherry. Stir the broth and sherry. While stirring add the salt and all of the spices. Bring it to a low boil.

When the pumpkin is done roasting put it in your super blender (or perhaps you have an immersion blender*) with a splash of sherry and blend it until you have a pumpkin puree. (I used the “soup” setting on my blender.)

When you have the pumpkin puree add it to the liquid in the soup pot. Stir the mixture until the puree and the liquid are incorporated. Then add the cream. Stir until the cream is incorporated into the soup. Bring it a low boil. Then serve.

*with the immersion blender add the pumpkin to the liquid then blend until smooth

**I actually used 1/2 a pint

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This was really good.

I am including the Milanese Gremolata olive oil as an ingredient because we just bought this magical elixir from Napa and I love it and I am using it in everything. I do think that it really helped elevate the flavor of the soup. But, regular olive oil will work, too.

The first two night we had this with some Pugliese bread from the store. It was very good dipped into the soup. The third night I made beer bread adding, a teaspoon of garlic salt, a teaspoon of garlic, and two teaspoons of marjoram. It paired REALLY well with the soup.

My husband is already pestering me to make this again! I better do it at least one more time before the sugar pie pumpkins are all gone!

Well, now I have two pumpkin soup recipes you can make.  Which one will you make?

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Roasted Polenta

Posted by terrepruitt on October 24, 2018

I like polenta, but oddly enough, I am talking about the kind that is in a tube. I am not sure I have tried the mush type — oh wait, I think I had a taste of some at a restaurant and it was delicious. But I don’t make that kind. I have only cooked with the tube kind. It is very firm and a bit rubbery. It can be sliced. I imagine it can be made into the mush kind with enough liquid. But, if you’ve read more than one of my posts about food you know I love to roast things. I love to put things in the oven and then be able to do something else while it is cooking. Well, I posted once about Polenta “Fries” so my Cubed Polenta is not that different. But the “fries” were really french fry-like, whereas the polenta cubes were more like my roasted potatoes. They were very good, as least I thought so.

The same cooking method applies the only difference is the way you cut the polenta.

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https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1952/43727227090_e0299cdb90_o.jpgPolenta Cubes

1 tube of polenta
olive oil
season salt

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Cut the polenta out of the plastic. Then cut the polenta into small even cubes. Cut the whole tube into equal sized cubes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then spread the cubes out on the pan. Sprinkle with a little oil. Sprinkle with the season salt. Place pan in the oven. Let the polenta bake for 15 minutes. Then take the pan out of the oven and stir the cubes around. Put the pan back in the oven for another 15 minutes. Then check the polenta. If they are done to your liking, take them out and serve. If you want them cooked more, flip ’em or toss them on the pan, then put it in for 10 (or whatever) minutes.

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Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise ClassesIf you cut the cubes even then the whole pan should cook pretty much the same. When I do potatoes for some reason I end up with really small ones and big ones and they don’t all cook even so I have some that start to burn before the others are cooked. With the tube it is easier to cut them all the same size. I buy the basil garlic polenta in a tube. I like it to start off with flavor.

As I said, the cubes are more like potatoes, in fact my husband kept calling them potatoes. A little bit different texture and consistency but ok.

The problem with me typing up my blog before dinner is I end up wanting the food I am writing about. Sometimes I can make it because I have it, but presently I do not have any polenta . . . but I see a trip to the store in my future.

In my Polenta Fries post I asked for ideas for tubes of polenta, I didn’t get any . . . so hence, cubed polenta.

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