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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Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe

Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe

Sausage Rice Pilaf Recipe 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 the pantry. Because this meat was already cooked, sausage was the first meat I ever used in preparing ...

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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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Classic Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe Spaghetti is one of America’s favorite go-to dinners.  The next time you are planning to serve spaghetti, cook an extra half-pound of pasta to use for Chicken Tetrazzini. Use leftover roasted chicken, and all you have to do is toss the ingredients together and bake.  It’s so easy: You could serve spaghetti & meatballs one night, roasted chicken the next night, and Chicken Tetrazzini on the third night.  You’ve saved time and money just by planning a ...

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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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Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe

Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe

 Orange Roasted Chicken Recipe This week’s Orange Roasted Chicken 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.   A citrus zester is a small tool that you lightly drag across the peel of citrus fruits to shave off that wonderfully fragrant and tasty zest.  You could also use a microplane by grating the fruit across the edge as you ...

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