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 … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Slow Cooker Lasagna

Growing up, my mother would strive to make each and every birthday special for me and my two sisters.  On your birthday, you could pick any dinner you want and Mama would prepare it for the Birthday Girl.  My birthday dinner was always lasagna.  This was probably because the classic dish was not something Mama prepared very often.  And, it can be a pricey dish.  However, it feeds a lot of hungry folks, so it is a favorite in many family. When I was little, no one in my family cooked with … [Read more...]

Hoppin john recipe

Lucky new years meals

    For many years, black-eyed peas have been eaten on New Year’s Day in hopes of bringing good luck in the coming year. Black-eyed peas are traditionally cooked with ham or salt pork, as the hog symbolizes prosperity. Nowadays, we still cook the black-eyed peas with ham or the ham hock because (many times) we have it left over from our Christmas meal. Hoppin John Recipes Rice symbolizes wealth and black-eyed peas bring good luck, so eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day should … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Cranberry Orange Chicken

My dear friend, Laura, shared a recipe with me years ago called "Sweet & Sour Chicken". It calls for 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 1 small bottle of Catalina dressing, 1 jar of peach preserves, and 1 envelope of onion soup mix. Simply mix together, pour over chicken breasts and bake. I have experimented with this basic recipe many different ways. Using pineapple preserves and the juice and zest of 1 lime creates the refreshing flavors of the Caribbean. An Asian-inspired … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Sausage Rice Pilaf

The following recipe is brought to you by Connie! Make sure to check out additional recipes by Connie at her blog Cook With Connie. When I was young, my mother and grandmother would can sausage. Some of you may not know what that means, but it is a way of preserving meat that few people do anymore. Just like canning vegetables and preserving fruits as jams and jellies, my family would can pork tenderloin and sage sausage. The meats were thoroughly cooked, processed in mason jars, and stored in … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

You can follow Connie on her website HERE Macaroni & Cheese is sure to Please My kids would eats pizza and macaroni & cheese every day if I let them.  I’ve experimented with a number of macaroni & cheese recipes over the years and I think I’ve found “the one”.  A trick to making this classic casserole is constantly stirring the roux when adding the milk and then cheeses.  You don’t want the heat too high or you will scorch the milk or cheese sauce, and that will ruin the … [Read more...]