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Home-Made Chinese: THE BEST also known as sweet and sour pork and pineapple August 9, 2010

Filed under: Meat — mdebaugh @ 3:19 am


  • 1 lb pork cut in cubes
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp cornstarch, divided
  • 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas cut in half
  • 1 meduim pineapple cut in chunks
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves (we used orange marmalade)
  • 1 tbsp veggie oil
  • 1 medium onion cut in wedges
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice (it is also good with noodles)


  • add oil to skillet; heat over medium-high heat about 1-3 minutes.
  • place pork in skillet evenly on one side for 4-6 minutes then flip; cook all the way
  • add onion; cook 30-60 seconds or until onion begins to brown
  • reduce heat to medium; add peas, pineapple, and sauce. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the sauce thickens, stirring constantly.

Recipe courtesy of The Pampered Chef 2009 collection


My Favorite Dinner! Beef Stroganof July 12, 2010

Filed under: Meat — mdebaugh @ 3:59 am

Last night I helped my Dad make dinner. I always love cooking with him. My mom even suggested that my dad and I open a restuarant together. Who knows, maybe it will happen in the future. 

We made my favorite dinner. I always like to have it on my birthday, unless we go out to a Japanese Steakhouse. It is very rich and comforting to me. While it sounds like a fancy meal too, it is very easy to put together.


  • 1 pound beef tenderloin or sirloin steak, about ½ inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ mushrooms washed, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, minced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 can condensed beef broth (9 ½ ounces plus 1 ounce white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons catsup
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream (room temperature)
  • 3-4 cups hot cooked noodles
  • Secret ingredient 😀


  • Cut meat across the grain into ½ inch strips, about 1 ½ inches long. Melt butter in large skillet. Add mushrooms and onion; cook and stir until onion is tender, then remove from skillet. In same skillet, cook meat until light brown. Reserving 1/3 cup of the broth, stir in remaining broth, catsup, garlic, and salt. Cover; simmer 15 minutes.
  • Blend reserved broth and flour; stir into meat mixture. Add mushrooms and onion. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Reduce heat. Stir in sour cream; heat. Serve over noodles.

Steak on Goat Cheese Alfredo May 19, 2010

Filed under: Meat,Pasta,Uncategorized — mdebaugh @ 8:29 pm

I got the idea for this dish from something that I have ordered at Olive Garden a couple times. I made this for myself on Saturday after I got off work. It was quick and easy. I didn’t use a recipe, but I just threw it together. It was really fun not to follow a recipe and to see what worked. Some things I will probably do differently next time is make my own alfredo sauce, instead of the store bought as well as keeping a closer eye on the meat so it doesn’t too tough. I was pretty happy with the outcome though since it was my first time experimenting without a recipe.


Steak medallians


Alfredo sauce

Goat Cheese

So, basically, I seasoned the steak a little with salt, pepper, and rosemary and put it in a frying pan with olive oil to brown the outsides, then I put it in the oven to cook all the way through. I made the pasta according to the box. To finish off the meal I mixed the alfredo with the goat cheese in a sauce pan.


Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops

Filed under: Meat — kchrismon @ 7:11 pm

This meal is one of my favorite meals that I’ve made this summer. It was quick and delicious. The recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen. The pork chops melted in my mouth and there were so many flavors, it was very decadant. Along with the pork chops I prepared roasted potatoes and warmed some bread in the oven. I unfortunately forgot to get a picture of it, but next time I make this recipe, which will hopefully be very soon, I will get a picture.


Chocolate Spiced Pork Chops


  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, Italian seasoning, onion powder, cocoa powder, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Rub the mixture evenly over pork chops.

Add the oil to a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook for 3 minutes per side. Put the skillet in oven and bake the pork chops until cooked through, about 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven, transfer the chops to a serving platter and serve.