Saturday, August 15, 2015

Peanut Butter Crumb Apple Pie

Peanut Butter Crumb Apple Pie

1 pastry shell (9-inch), baked
1 can (21-oz) apple pie filling
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons cold butter

 In a small bowl, combine the pie filling and lemon juice; spoon into pastry shell. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Cut the butter and peanut butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apple filling. Bake at 400^F for 20-22 minutes or until topping is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 6-8 servings. From Taste of Home.

Good.  But, honestly, I'd have preferred this without the peanut butter.

Pineapple Fried Rice

Pineapple Fried Rice

3 tablespoons lite soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup diced ham
3 cups cooked rice (brown or white)
1 can (20-oz) pineapple tidbits, drained
2 green onions, sliced

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and pepper.  Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat.  Add garlic, onion and carrots and cook, stirring often, until the onions are translucent, about 3-4 minutes.  Stir in the corn, peas and ham and cook, stirring constantly until the vegetables are tender, about 3-4 minutes.    Stir in the rice, pineapple, green onions and soy sauce mixture and cook until heated through and well mixed, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

This was really good with the Island Pork Tenderloin I made tonight.  My husband considers Fried Rice a side dish, but this would be good for dinner all by itself!  I have to say though that the sauce from the Pork Tenderloin is what made this rice dish so good!

Adapted from a recipe found on Pinterest that linked to this blog:

Island Pork Tenderloin

Island Pork Tenderloin

2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 1/4 - 2 1/2-lbs total), trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon Tabasco

Preheat the oven to 350^F.

Stir the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon together in a small bowl and then rub it all over the pork.  Heat the olive oil in a heavy, oven-proof, 12-inch skillet over medium high heat. Brown the pork on all sides, turning occasionally, about 5-6 minutes.  Remove from heat, but leave the pork in the skillet.  Pour the pineapple juice into the skillet.

In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco.  Pat the mixture on top of the pork. Place the skillet in the oven and roast the meat for about 20 minutes at 350^ or until it reached 140^ on a meat thermometer inserted in the center.

Remove from oven and let pork stand, loosely covered with foil, for about 10 minutes before slicing.

This was very good (though a bit garlic-y for my taste, so next time I'll reduce the amount of that!)   I served it with Pineapple Fried Rice.  And I will make both again!!

Adapted from a recipe found on Pinterest which linked me to this Blog:  (Thank you Little B!)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brown Butter and Sage Chicken Chunks

Brown Butter and Sage Chicken Chunks

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup sage leaves
2 Tablespoons Butter

Cut the chicken into small chunks (about 1-1/2 inches) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Melt the butter in large skillet over medium-high heat and cook until the butter begins to brown and turn fragrant.  Add the chicken and sage and cook for about 3 minutes without stirring until the chicken begins to brown.  Stir, turning the chunks and sage to brown evenly, until thoroughly cooked and coated in the butter, about another 3-4 minutes.  Serve hot.

This was very good!  And fast!!  Would definitely make it again.  Found on Pinterest.

Orange Blueberry Muffins


3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (I used 1/2 cup and probably could have added even more!)
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350^F.

Beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients.  Combine buttermilk and orange juice.  Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  After each addition, beat mixture at low speed until blended.  Fold in blueberries.

Place paper baking cups in muffin pans; add batter, filling 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tester comes out clean.  Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.

Recipe said this makes 12 muffins, but I got 12 and had enough batter left over to fill an 8-inch round cake pan!  So I sprinkled that one with coarse sugar and baked it for about 25 minutes to make a coffee cake.  

Adapted from Paula Deen magazine, Jan/Feb 2006.  

The muffins were good, but there was not even a HINT of orange, even though I doubled the amount of orange juice called for.  I think it needs some grated orange peel!  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or thawed frozen blueberries)

In a large bowl, stir the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together.  Add the egg, milk and melted butter and stir until combined.  Fold in the blueberries.

Let sit for 1 hour.  I did NOT do this.  And they were fine!

Heat a griddle over medium high heat.  Brush with a little melted butter.  Scoop 1/4 to 1/3 cup portions of batter onto the griddle and cook until the pancakes are bubbly and dry around the edges. Flip them and continue cooking about 1 minute or until browned on the bottom.

Serve hot with butter and syrup (or butter and brown sugar according to Todd's recipe).

Very good pancakes!  Next time I'll wait the hour and see if it makes any difference.  I might also add a little lemon peel to perk up the blueberries.

Recipe from

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pepperoni Bubble Bread

Pepperoni Bubble Bread

1 can Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup sliced pepperoni
1 Tsp dried oregano (or 1 Tbsp fresh minced oregano)
1/2 tsp minced roasted garlic
1 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese

Preheat the oven to 350^F.  Spray a 9-inch loaf pan well with cooking spray.

Quarter the biscuits and put them in a large bowl.  Add the remaining ingredient, reserving 1/4 cup cheese for later, and toss to coat each biscuit piece with the oil and seasonings.  Transfer the mixture to the loaf pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbling on top.  Remove from the oven and use a knife to loosed the edges from the pan, then invert onto a serving platter.

Serve warm.

Yum!!  Adapted from a recipe found on Pinterest.