French Onion Rice and Pork Chops

French Onion Pork Chops and Rice

When I was first married I had to fix pork chops at least once a week for my husband.  He adored pork.  But I think I ruined it for him by overcooking it.  I cooked them to death.  I could do a pork roast ok, but the poor little pork chop was like leather.  So as the years went by he changed his tastes and didn’t ask for them too often.  I figured out if I told him we were having pork chops for dinner he would either suggest we go out or he might bring home a pizza.  I kept a package of pork chops in the freezer for quite a while. I’d pull it out to thaw and he would put it back in the freezer!  It worked!

I think if he were still here he might like this pork chop recipe.  I think it would be good with chicken too.

French Onion Pork Chops and Rice

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Peach Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peach Ice Cream

So, I’ve made this delicious peach ice cream when ice cream sandwiches were brought to my attention.  My mom used to make gingerbread and serve it with cold sliced peaches. Peach Ice Cream

I bought a box mix of ginger bread (Betty Crocker) and made the soft cookie recipe off the box.  They turned out perfectly soft and chewy.  Just what was needed for these ice cream sandwiches.

I can remember eating ice cream sandwiches on a hot summer afternoon and trying to lick every bit of the ice cream as it oozed out the sides of the chocolate wafer cookie.  The last bite was usually runny and it was the best.  Don’t you find that true of a sandwich or a biscuit?  The last bite has just the right amount of mustard, meat and lettuce or butter and jelly to make it the perfect bite.

Well, these ice cream sandwiches were the perfect bite all the way around – from the first bite to the last.

I made up the cookies according to the soft and chewy recipe on the box and let them cool completely before I stored them in an air-tight container.

Peach Gingerbread Ice Cream Cookies

When ready to serve, I pulled out the little bit of ice cream leftover from the first round and let is slightly soften.  I used a small ice cream scoop and placed the ice cream in the center and used an off-set spatula to spread it.  Then topped that with another gingerbread cookie.

I returned each to the freezer as I made it.  They were stored in a freezer container to be served as needed.  They won’t last long.

Bacon Cheeseburger Grits

Bacon Cheeseburger Grits

While I was thinking about all those burgers for the Burger Bash a good casserole came to mind. My family always requests cheese grits when we get together for a special meal such as brisket or barbecue. When I get into a mode it seems to flow. Then I hit a dry spell and nothing good is developed for a while.

Bacon Cheeseburger Grits

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What’d You Do This Weekend? #20

What'd Ya Do This Weekend

Welcome to the new week. If you are a regular here thanks for coming back and if this is your first time, welcome! I hope you enjoy the party.

Big Sister was in town to watch the grand girls and we ate and cooked and ate some more.  We are finishing up the weekend working on a burger extravaganza that will be coming soon!  I had everyone in my family write out their favorite burger and we are making them all.  Fun times in the kitchen and on the grill.

To start our food fiesta we went a little “light” with this Taco Salad with Jicama Pico.

Taco Salad with Jicama Pico de GalloThen we got serious and made cupcakes.  The family favorite was this Bacon Maple Syrup Cupcake.

Bacon Maple Syrup Cupcakes

 

Here are my favorites from last week’s party:

Strawberry Pizza from Your Home Based Mom

Strawberry Pizza from your Homebased Mom

Tin Can Flowers from We Made That

Tin Can Flowers from We Made That

Steak and Veggie Skewers from Lori’s Culinary Creations

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Tell me what you did this weekend.  Travel, garden, bake, craft, read a good book?  What?  Link up your weekend and share.

PIco De Gallo to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Let’s get this party started! I have several posts for Cinco de Mayo.

First, Cinco de Mayo isn’t, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day — that takes place on Sept. 16. Secondly, it isn’t even widely celebrated south of the border, though that’s beginning to change.

What Cinco de Mayo is is a largely American tradition, co-opted by alcohol companies, that’s based on an arguably miraculous military maneuver during the 1862 Battle of Puebla, when a ragtag group of Mexican militiamen defeated the invading French Army. It was a David versus Goliath moment and Mexicans on both sides of the border saw cause for celebration. Cinco de Mayo (Google)

May 5th – Cinco de Mayo – is a big deal in El Paso.  I think it’s an excuse to eat Mexican or Tex-Mex flavored dishes every meal for at least a week.  While enchiladas and tacos are good standbys I like to add those flavors to a regular meal.

I made a grilled pico de gallo and have used it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Very simple to make and it adds a little spice to any meal.

In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpiko ðe ˈɣaʎo], literally rooster‘s beak), also called salsa fresca, is a fresh, uncooked condiment made from chopped tomato, white onion, and chilis (typically jalapeños or serranos). Other ingredients may also be added, such as shrimp, avocado, lime juice or apple cider vinegar, fresh cilantro (coriander leaf), cucumber, radish or firm fruit such as mango.  (Wikipedia)

Grilled Pico de Gallo

I like the lime. When the pico de gallo is used with warm dishes you can taste it just a bit. I like the acid. I have used red wine vinegar if I don’t have the fresh limes.

Now it is ready to use and will add such a nice flavor to eggs, veggies, or meats.  Here is one to get you started.

What’d You Do This Weekend? #13

Welcome to the new week. If you are a regular here thanks for coming back and if this is your first time, welcome! I hope you enjoy the party.

We went from a week of sadness and tragedy to one that was wonderful and hopeful for me.  This week the ladies at our church lead by my daughter, Amy, put together a spring festival called Hearts of Compassion.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful event.  Everyone had a ball and some really good work came from it.  I added my Peanut Butter Cake to everyone’s baked goods for the sale.

Peanut Butter Cake

 

Hearts of Compassion Festival

 

Thanks for sharing last week.  Here are the features:

Mid-Week was from Who Needs a Cape-Dish Scrubbies

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Scented Hangars from With A Blast

 

30 Berry-licious Strawberry Cupcakes and Cookies from Sugar Kissed

 

Earth Day and Easy Citrus Cleaner from Ladies Holiday

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Don’t forget to come back on Saturday for Saturday Dishes. This week’s theme is Mother’s Day Dinner.

Saturday Dishes



Slow Cooker-Saturday Dishes

I am happy to be co-hosting this blog hop with Savannah from Hammock Tracks and Paula from Call Me PMC.  Each week we have a theme. This week we are sharing our slow cooker recipes.  Delicious cooking the easy way!

This week I created a Spicy Sweet Meatball Poorboy.

Spicy Sweet Meatball Poorboy

If you are a foodie blogger share your slow cooker recipes with us this week.  If you are looking for something to cure your craving, find your favorite recipes, and create your own masterpiece. To view all of the upcoming “Saturday Dishes” themes, click here.  Be sure to visit Hammock Tracks and Call Me PMC as we will each feature different posts from the previous week party.

Saturday Dishes

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My favorites from last week’s party were:

Dessert Now Dinner Later  Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

The Big Giant Food Basket Yummy Taco Lasagna

Be sure to stop by and see all my favorite things at Weekly Rays of Sunshine and come share more stuff at my Monday party-What’d You Do This Weekend.

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Chicken Fajita Salad

Chicken Fajita Salad

I’m about tired of tasteless lettuce from the market.  I can’t wait for the lettuce seeds in my garden bowl to grow and I will have some fresh greens.  In the meantime, I still needed to come up with something for dinner.

Since Mexican food is always at the top of my list – not the diet’s list – I first chopped a big bowl of lettuce and then put half of it in a zip lock bag for later. (That was entirely too much of a good thing.)  The battle was what to fix with it.  So I came up with a Chicken Fajita salad.  What I did was bury the lettuce with strips of fajita flavored chicken breast, red and yellow peppers and onion.  Then I threw in some sliced baby bellas and drizzled it all with a low fat Ranch dressing.  Not bad for a 20 minute dinner.  Dinner done!

Chicken Fajita Salad

What’d You Do This Weekend? #12

What'd Ya Do This Weekend Button

Welcome to the new week. If you are a regular here thanks for coming back and if this is your first time, welcome! I hope you enjoy the party.

Such a sad and dramatic week last week.  It made me pause to think about those things for which I am truly grateful.  Of course, I am grateful for my friends and I really thought that Ladies Holiday’s contribution to the party came at just the right time.  It was the mid-week feature.

friendship

These contributions also lifted my spirits.

Rose Cake

Niki’s Sweet Side -Isn’t that beautiful? Almost, too beautiful to eat (almost).

DIY Eye Chart Art with Tutorial

Domestic Superhero  – How cute and the perfect new baby gift.

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This weekend was time to finish getting the garden set.  I repainted my patio furniture, painted my garden markers (thanks SaltTree), planted the rest of my summertime seeds and vegetables and (whew!) then I rewarded myself with this delicious Grilled Cheese Green Chile Hamburger.

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

 

Don’t forget to come back on Saturday for Saturday Dishes. This week’s theme is Slow Cooker recipes

Saturday Dishes



Beef-Saturday Dishes

I am happy to be co-hosting this blog hop with Savannah from Hammock Tracks and Paula from Call Me PMC.  Each week we have a theme. This week we are sharing our beef recipes.  That’s right.  Time to start warming up for Summer grilling season.

This week I created a Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger.

Grilled Cheese Green Chile Burger

If you are a foodie blogger share your beef recipes with us this week.  If you are looking for something to cure your craving, find your favorite recipes, and create your own masterpiece. To view all of the upcoming “Saturday Dishes” themes, click here.  Be sure to visit Hammock Tracks and Call Me PMC as we will each feature different posts from the previous week party.

Saturday Dishes

Also, please provide a link back to this post either on your parties page or in the post itself.  You can grab the button above if you like.

My favorites from last week’s party were:

Lemon Curd Trifle with Fresh Berries from SusieQTpies Cafe.  I also loved her Zesty Lemon Meringue Pie.

Lemonade Cupcakes from A Little Claireification

Easy Lemonade Cupcakes with A Little Claireification.com #cupcakes #recipes #desserts @alittleclaire

Be sure to stop by and see all my favorite things at Weekly Rays of Sunshine and come share more stuff at my Monday party-What’d You Do This Weekend.

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Kitchen Ramblings

Crafty Ramblings