Saturday, July 31, 2010

Teriyaki Pork Chops with Peach Salsa

It is the perfect time of the year for this wonderful recipe.
Grilled pork chops topped with peach salsa - Seriously Good!

Teriyaki Pork Chops with Peach Salsa
from "My Recipes" online.

4 (6-ounce) center-cut pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons minced shallots
2 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cooking spray

Trim fat from pork. Combine pork and next 7 ingredients (pork through garlic) in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 4 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove pork from bag, reserving marinade.

Prepare grill.

Place pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook 7 minutes on each side or until done, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Serve with Summery Peach Salsa.

Summery Peach Salsa
1 cup diced peach
1/2 cup diced plum
1/4 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeƱo pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and chill.

The combination is so wonderful!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010


It's the Ice Cream Truck ..... Can you hear the music?
Is your heart racing in hopes that you find enough change
so that you can run outside in time to buy an ice cream?

I totally remember that feeling from when I was a kid.
I would hear the music in the distance,
run frantically through the house looking for
coins of any kind and when it looked like I had enough
I would run out the door to catch the ice cream truck.
If I was lucky enough to have made it in time then I
would stand there and look at all the ice cream
stickers on the truck trying to make a decision.
My favorites were the
"Bomb Pop, Chocolate Eclair Bar and the Fudge Bar".
What was you favorite?

I don't have to wait for the ice cream truck to
come by anymore because my husband gave me popsicle holders
for my birthday.

YIPPEEEE!!! I can hardly wait to start making
all different kinds of ice pops but I have to
start with a favorite ~ Fudgesicles.

1 box of chocolate pudding
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 tsp. chocolate extract

Mix with a blender for about 2 minutes then pour into
popsicle holders. Place in freezer for 4-6 hours.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Roasted Cornish Hen with Grapes

Are you an adventurous cook? Do you like to try new things or do you stick to the foods that you know? I have to admit it was not until recently that I started to become comfortable enough to try new things both with my baking and with my cooking.

I have several new recipes on my list for this week. One of the exciting, new recipes is the following one from Everyday Food.

Roasted Cornish Hen with Grapes

1 1/2 pounds mixed red and green seedless grapes
8 shallots, root end intact, halved if large
6 sprigs thyme, plus leaves for hens
2 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 Cornish game hens (1 to 1 1/4 pounds each)

Preheat oven to 450° . On a rimmed baking sheet, toss grapes and shallots with thyme sprigs, oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Tie legs with kitchen twine; nestle hens among grapes on baking sheet, breast side up. Season hens generously with salt and pepper; sprinkle with thyme leaves.
Roast, basting hens occasionally with pan juices, until an instant- read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of leg (avoiding bone) registers 160° , 30 to 35 minutes.

This is a very beautiful dish and it did taste great. The Cornish Hen turned out moist and browned nicely on the top. The roasted grapes and shallots added a nice sweet flavor to the Cornish Hen. We really enjoyed this meal.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cake Pops

Everybody is doing it - making Cake Pops!
I have seen these little cake bites on so
many different food blogs and knew that it
was time to give them a try.
I started by calling my friend C from Mele Cotte
because I knew she would know how to make these
little bites of goodness.
She was so gracious to spend the day with me
while we made Cake Pops.

We made Dutch Chocolate Cake with chocolate chips.
Then we used the cake to make cake pops.

Cake Pops are GREAT! I was surprised how good they taste!
They are like little bites of heaven! You get a little bit of
cake goodness plus the sugar coating. MMM!

Now, this was my first time so we made pretty basic Cake Pops.
If you do a computer search for "Cake Pops" you will see that you can
make almost any flavor, shape and color.
So, have fun ~ make some Cake Pops and your family and friends will
love them!