I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

One Pot Pasta

Such an easy, quick, filling and yummy dinner.  If you want to make it a little less in calories, use skim milk instead of heavy cream.

(serves 6-8)

*3 tablespoon olive oil
*1/2 pound Italian sausage, sliced
*1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
*1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
*1  teaspoon onion powder
*1 teaspoon garlic powder
*1/2 teaspoon paprika
*1 teaspoon ground basil
*1 teaspoon ground oregano
*1 teaspoon salt
*1 teaspoon ground black pepper
*2 medium red bell peppers, deseeded & sliced thin
*2 medium green bell pepper, deseeded & slice thin
*1 medium yellow onion, sliced
*4 garlic cloves, sliced thin
*2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
*1 pound fettuccine noodles
*1 (32 ounce ) chicken stock
*3/4 cup heavy cream
*1 1/2 cups fresh grated parmesan cheese
*sour cream (optional)

~In a large saucepan or pot, add olive oil and heat over medium heat.
~Add Italian sausage and cook until almost done.
~Add chicken, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, basil, oregano, salt & pepper and cook until both meats are no longer pink (about 5-8 minutes).
~Add red bell peppers, green bell peppers, onion, garlic & mushrooms and stir.
~Add noodles over top of mixture.
~Pour chicken stock over noodles.
~Cover and bring broth to a boil.
~Reduce heat to a simmer and cover.
~Cook for 20 minutes stirring every 2-4 minutes, until noodles are done.
~Stir in heavy cream & parmesan cheese.
~Serve up hot (top with a dollop of sour cream if desired)

~Add cooked crumbled bacon over top once it's served.
~Add chopped green onions over the top once it's served.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Canning Steak Sauce

I am not a big fan of steak sauce, but boy do I like this.  It's also good on chicken, hamburgers and meatloaf.   Easy to make.  This has a little spice to it.  If you don't like any spice leave out the hot sauce.

Canning Steak Sauce
(makes 5 1/2 pints)

*2/3 cups raspberry jam
*2 cups blackberries
*2/3 cups brown sugar
*2/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
*2/3 cup ketchup
*2/3 cup red wine vinegar
*1 tablespoon hot sauce (less or more depending on how spicy you like it)
*1/4 cup water
*1 teaspoon kosher salt
*1/2 teaspoon black pepper

~Pour all ingredients into a blender and mix well.
~Set a wire sieve over a medium saucepan.
~Push ingredients through sieve with a wooden spoon.
~Discard everything that will not go through he sieve.
~Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat.
~Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until thickened.
~Place steak sauce into sterile jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head space.
~Put lids and rings on jars, making sure jar is free from any residue first.
~Cook in hot bath for 20 minutes.
~Make sure all lids have sealed, and store after sitting for 24 hours.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bleu Cheese Pork Chops

Mmmmm, I love just about anything with bleu cheese in it.   This gravy just makes the pork chops so good.  It's easy and quick to make.  You can leave a light coating off of the pork chops if you want to make it a little less starch.  I serve either linguine noodles or mashed potatoes with it.

(serves 4)

*1 cup flour
*1 teaspoon garlic powder
*1 teaspoon onion powder
*1/2 teaspoon paprika
*1 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
*4 thick cut pork chops (I use center cut)
*2 tablespoons butter
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*1 tablespoon onions, minced
*1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
*2 tablespoons butter
*1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
*1 cup heavy whipping cream
*1/4 cup sour cream
*2-4 ounces crumbled bleu cheese

~In a medium bowl mix flour, garlic powder, onion powder,  paprika, salt & pepper.
~Dredge pork chops in flour mixture and shake off any excess flour.
~Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet, over medium heat.
~Fry pork chops until done (no longer pink in center), about 8-10 minutes on each side.
~Remove pork chops and keep warm.
~Add remaining butter, mushrooms,  minced garlic & minced onions.
~Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to loosen up any meat residue from the bottom of the pan.
~Whisk in whipping cream and sour cream and cook for 1 minute.
~Stir in bleu cheese, stirring constantly until sauce thickens up (about 5-8 minutes).
~Serve over pork chops.