Cooking with Connie: Pork Chops in Wine Sauce

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I was plundering around in my pantry and found a partial bag of herb-flavored stuffing mix left over from Thanksgiving.  I knew that it would go stale if I didn’t use it soon, and I needed a quick stove top recipe for supper.  So, I came up with Pork Chops in Wine Sauce.  It’s a variation of a dish Paula Deen serves in her restaurant, “The Lady & Sons”.  I chose to use 1/2-inch boneless pork chops ...

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Cooking with Connie: Saturday Night Special

The following recipe is brought to you by Connie! Make sure to check out additional recipes by Connie at her blog Cook With Connie. This time of year is busy for everyone. Christmas parties, shopping, decorating, visiting...all in addition to the regularly scheduled chaos that is LIFE! Right now, I'm baking more than I usually do, so I want suppers that are quick, easy stovetop meals. "Saturday Night Special" is the ticket. When I was a kid, my mom used to make this dish. It's a budget-friendly ...

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Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Cornbread Pork Chops

Thanksgiving is over, and we are all enjoying the smorgasbord that is Thanksgiving leftovers.  It is easy to figure out what to do with the juicy, delicious turkey...sandwiches, casseroles, soups, lots of possibilities.  But, what about those side dishes?  Sweet potatoes can become biscuits, waffles, pancakes, cornbread, pie and soup.  In our house, the pies are gobbled up; but most of the traditional pies freeze well for up to 1 month.  Pre-slice before freezing; wrap in waxed paper and store ...

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Cooking with Connie: Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers

Next week is Thanksgiving, so all the foods on my mind right now are the classics: roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn pudding, pumpkin pie.  Every family has its own traditional Thanksgiving menu and one thing is for sure; no matter what classics you serve...you will have leftovers!  Each year, I try to create a new and unique dish out of Thanksgiving leftovers.  This year, I’m trying my hand at chipotle sweet potato biscuits, and I’ll ...

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Cooking with Connie: Pizza Stuffed Chicken

I don't know one kid who doesn't love pizza.  Our family has "pizza & a movie" every Friday night.  We usually make our own pizza, sometimes we bake a frozen pizza, and occasionally we'll order out.  Pizza is so popular because of the perfection of the flavors.  The perfect crust, spicy sauce, cheeses and toppings make for a unique hand-held meal that we all love.  My family loves pizza so much, I wanted to create other meals with the same classic flavors of pizza.  My friend, Kristin, ...

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Cooking with Connie: Apple-Cornbread Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Apple-Cornbread Stuffed Chicken Breasts Stuffing Your Breasts will get Quite a Reaction! Now that I have your attention...let’s talk about boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  This meat is quite easy to prepare, as there is virtually no trimming or cleaning involved.  It is a lean cut and there are many, many ways to cook the breasts.  However, they can be pricey, especially when you are looking to cut down on your grocery bill. This Apple-Cornbread Stuffed Chicken Breasts recipe is so ...

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Cooking with Connie: Chicken "n" Dumplings

Making every MEAL count! Fall means Comfort Food...Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings Once the weather starts to get a little cooler, I want comfort food.  Soups, stews, chowders, warm, cozy, and hearty meals that remind me of crisp fall evenings.  With the burning leaves, football games, warm sweaters, sweet scents of cinnamon and nutmeg...fall is absolutely my favorite season.  The harvest is over, and it’s time to cozy-up inside with loved ones. One of my favorite fall stew recipes is Chicken ‘n’ ...

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Cooking with Connie: Orange Roasted Chicken

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Cooking with Connie Where Every Meal Counts This week’s recipe uses a meat thermometer, citrus zester, and an oven roasting bag.  You may never have used a meat thermometer, but I always use mine to make sure meats are cooked to the proper internal temperature.  Most models even have the temperatures and different meats listed on the thermometer, so they are quite user-friendly.  A citrus zester is a small tool that you lightly drag across the peel of citrus fruits to shave off that ...

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Cooking with Connie: Enchiladas

Madame Deals is pleased to bring you a new weekly column, Cooking with Connie. Streching meals, cooking from a stockpile and meal planning are topics that Connie will write on. Connie is an awesome cook and she is so good at cooking a large portion of meat and then making many different meals from it. We are so excited to have Connie join us! As Dora the Explorer would say... “Enchiladas Super Bien Sabrosas" My cousin’s favorite food is Mexican.  So when she and her girls came over to visit on ...

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