Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pralines and Cream Ice Cream

I’m in love with my Kitchenaid ice cream attachment!  It is so easy to make the best homemade ice cream and just the right amount.  GI Joe’s all time favorite ice cream is pralines and cream.  This is so decadent and so good.  I made homemade New Orleans style pralines to crumble in the rich ice cream and swirled homemade caramel sauce to add even more richness.  You can’t help but love this stuff, but make sure that you have some company with you when you pull it out of  the freezer or you’ll be tempted to eat it with a spoon right out of the carton.  There will be no stopping you.  Then like me you’ll be spending some extra time at the gym.

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Crescent Rolls filled with Chocolate

Pain Au Chocolat is one of my favorite things to eat.  Melted chocolate in a buttery croissant is just plain sinful.   I love them calories and all.  I don’t make them from scratch and it’s not often that I get them from a French bakery.     Here is a great substitute that you can make in less than thirty minutes.  It’s not the same rich, flaky, and buttery croissant as you might find in a French bakery, but it is a close second.  You will get no complaints when these pop out of the oven!

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Pan-fried Pork Loin Chops

I am the first to say that change is a good thing.  It gets you out of a rut so life can be more exciting. Let me tell you that I have definitely been looking at life through a huge whirlwind!   In the last ten days I have been hit with a tremendous amount of change and life as I once knew it  has changed.  I am now teaching forty-five minutes classes instead of ninety minute blocks.  My students will have my class for an entire year opposed to a semester.  Usually my enrollment is fifty-six students per semester.  I now have one hundred twenty-eight bodies in my classes.  I’m teaching four classes and not two classes.  And I am doing all of this before noon!   I am racking my brain to come up with ways to have great labs in my classes.  I have not determined what I can do.  No where in my college career or in my many years of teaching have I been taught how to conduct a food’s lab in forty-five minutes.  I am determined to do it though.  I cannot disappoint all of these teens that are so eager to learn how to prepare good food.  Stay tuned for the weekly saga.  I am sure that it will be interesting.   In the meantime here are some great pan-fried pork loin chops that are quick, tender and just down right good.

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Blueberry-Pecan Bars

A couple of weeks ago I had more than 7 cups of fresh blueberries in my refrigerator just waiting for me to make a decision on the outcome of their wonderful sweetness.  There’s just so many muffins, pancakes, loaf breads and just toppings for yogurt and cereal plus additions to salads, smoothies and just popping a handful in your mouth.  In other words, something new and exciting was needed.  I found it!  These bars are really good.  They are not too sweet and don’t over power the fresh flavor of the blueberries.  You can make them even more decadent by adding ice cream or some sweet whipped cream.  I found them delectable just the way they were!

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Hot and Sweet Pickles

I love pickles and spicy food.  So after making one gallon of these hot and sweet pickles I am in pickle heaven.  Thanks to my dear friend Marilyn she shared this recipe with me and now I am sharing it with you.  She gave me the recipe awhile back and after the shock of seeing 9 cups of sugar I chose not to make them.  But, when I ate the  entire bowl at our last book club meeting I decided that I should make them and have them at every meal if I so desired.  They would make a great gift Christmas, so keep that in mind.   They are so easy.

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