Thursday, September 24, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #166

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Europe: A Carousel of Flavors Part 5

It's time to share the last leg of the European tour I took this summer.  It was fast, busy, lots to see, lots to eat, many memories and a yearning to go back and spend more time in some of the places I liked the most. 

We traveled our way through 7 countries which included the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, finally England.  

Stroopwafels, schnitzel, cappucinos (real ones!), gnocchi, รคlplermagronen, croissants and pasties....oh my!!

Changing of the Guard

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sweet Swine Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are one of our favorite meals to eat.  We eat it on buns, on rice or scoop the meat up with chips.  It's your call on how you eat them! I have always made sloppy Joes with beef but this week I stepped out of the box and went with some local grown ground pork.  Then I threw in some pineapple.

I had a flashback to the first time I had ham and pineapple pizza.  I was dating my then boyfriend, now husband and he wanted ham and pineapple toppings.  Frankly, I thought he was nuts to put pineapple on his pizza but, hey, when your are in love, right?  So I tried it, it was pretty good.  It became my favorite way to eat pizza. That and spicy sausage and pepperoni is not a very good combo for dating breath!

Let's get to cooking!

Sweet Swine Sloppy Joes                                                                            Printable Recipe

1-1/2 pounds ground pork
1 small onion, finely chopped
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 Tablespoon A1 sauce
Couple drops liquid smoke (optional)
8 ounce can pineapple tidbit, drained
salt and pepper

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #163

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Parmesan Risotto with Bacon and Tomato

Risotto is versatile dish.  Aside from the basic base you can add almost any flavor or add-ins you like.  The down-side...sorry there is one, but it's minor.  You have to stay and stir it constantly.  The rice needs to be pushed around a little so it can release it's starchy goodness.  That is what makes this dish so super creamy.  You also don't want your rice to stick to the bottom.   I started off with bacon and finished with fresh garden tomatoes.

Parmesan Risotto with Bacon and Tomato                                    Printable Recipe

3-1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine (Chardonnay)*
4 strips bacon, diced
Small onion, diced
1 cup Arborio rice
2-3 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
3 small Roma tomatoes (seeded and chopped)

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Pork wrapped pork...yep, had to do it!! Thanks so much for the inspiration Chef Terrie! It's super easy to put together.  It looks fancy and you'll impress your guests with a dish that looks like you slaved away. Season it with your favorite seasoning or sauce.  Bacons come in a multitude of flavors too so use your  favorite! If it still isn't enough bacon for your meal, try my Parmesan Risotto with Bacon and Tomato for a side. 

Everything's better with bacon so let's get to wrapping!

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin                                                          Printable Recipe

2- pork tenderloins (size varies from 1 to 1-1/2 lbs)
8-10 slices bacon (depends on size of tenderloin and length of bacon)
1 Tablespoon olive oil