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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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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Classic Enchiladas Recipe

Classic Enchiladas Recipe

Classic Enchiladas Recipe 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 a week night, I wanted to serve Mexican.  I didn’t want to spend a lot, but I wanted the classic Mexican flavors.  I decided to use cooked beef from a roast in enchiladas rather than the more popular ground beef.  I only had 1 cup of leftover beef, so I added rice and black beans to stretch it and make more ...

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Beef Hash Recipe

Madame Deals is pleased to bring you a new weekly column, Cooking with Connie. Stretching 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! Cooking up Beef Hash in a Dash After slow cooking and serving last week’s pot roast, I had a delicious gravy left over.  The hearty gravy had yummy pieces ...

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