Sauteed Garlic Spinach

Ingredients:

  • Minced garlic
  • 2 T chopped white onion
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Salt, pepper

Directions:

In a skillet heat some olive oil and add about 1 tsp of minced garlic and 2 Tbsp chopped white onion. Cook on medium low a couple minutes. Add about 4 cups spinach and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook another minute or so until spinach wilts. Great alternative to steamed spinach.

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Sweet Potatoes with Sage

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • Olive oil, about 2 T
  • Several sprigs sage leaves, rinsed and chopped
  • Salt, pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss sweet potato rounds with olive oil. Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with Pam. Place the potato rounds flat in a single layer. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and sage leaves. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes until potatoes are soft.

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Cider-Cumin Pork

Yes, it’s true. I never cook pork chops on the grill. To be fair, I never buy thick pork chops. I tend to get tenderloin or the little thin cutlets. This was tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 (1/2-inch) bone-in pork chops, about 3 ounces each
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

Mix the first 5 ingredients and pour over the pork chops that have been seasoned with salt and pepper. Let them sit for an hour. Grill them on medium high for 6 min per side or until the temperature reaches 165F.

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Plantains…second time around

Ahh, evolution of our culinary experiments. Disaster struck the first time I tried these plantains, as evidenced by the charred little nuggets that came out. But after consulting with my mom, who can whip them up perfectly every time, and lots of internet recipes, I finally managed to NOT overcook them.

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I waited until the plantains were very ripe, almost completely black. I sliced them into 1/4-inch thick diagonals. I poured some canola oil (not corn oil) in the skillet and set it to medium high.

I fried the plantains for about 2-3 minutes per side until they were a nice golden brown. Then I drained them on paper towels.

They were great! Now I just need to figure out how to make them sweeter without overpowering the sweetness of the fruit.

Chocolate Frosted Rice Krispies Treats

It has been too long. It’s not like I haven’t been cooking; on the contrary, I’ve been trying out more new recipes than ever! There’s really no excuse.

To celebrate our second winter in Ohio, I’m posting this variation on Rice Krispies Treats. It’s 19 degrees here tonight, so that calls for a nice treat, perhaps with some hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 T butter
  • White chocolate and chocolate almond bark (melting candy)

Directions:

Melt butter on low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat.  Stir in the cereal. Spray Pam in a 13×9-inch baking dish and pour mixture in.

To melt the chocolate: Break into cubes and microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave for another 15-20 seconds. Stir well. Frost the top of the cereal mixture with the chocolate and cover with sprinkles or whatever toppings you want.

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Baked Potato Fries, Part II

A few years ago I posted a recipe for Baked Potato Fries, which turned out to be tasty. Lately, however, I have started baking my potatoes at a higher temperature, and I find that they end up with a crispier skin. So, I wanted to share this new recipe with you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Russet potatoes, scrubbed, dried, and cut into 8 pieces (halved, then sliced into 4 pieces lengthwise)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Generous drizzle of olive oil

Directions:

Toss the potatoes, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and olive oil together in a bowl. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with Pam. Arrange the potatoes cut-side down on the sheet in one layer. Bake at 425 for 35 minutes.

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