• sautee leeks
    Edible Gardening,  Recipes,  Side Dishes,  Vegetables

    Autumn Leeks Elevate Mashed Potatoes

    Leeks can be intimidating but they capable of making borning mashed potatoes and elevating them to something extraordinary. Usually harvested in the autumn months, they are easy to grow from seedlings and are ready six months after planting. Much like an onion, they form a bulb and a long bundle of leaves above the ground. The soil must be loose and well-drained.  The bulbs of the plant do not tolerate wet soil. As a very hearty vegetable, some varieties can survive during the early winter months, extending their harvest season. Most agree, prolonging harvest will intensify the flavor. Unlike its sister, the onion, leeks have a sweeter, milder flavor, and…

  • Main Course,  Meals For Two,  Pork,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    A Humble Version of Bangers and Mash

    Origination of the humble Bangers and Mash Thought to be an Irish dish, Bangers & Mash originates throughout the British Isles, a group of islands including Great Britain, Ireland, and over six thousand smaller isles. In native British terms, the “bangers” portion of the dish has been linked to the World War I meat shortage.  Sausages were produced with such a high water content, they popped under high heat cooking methods. Modern sausages do not contain such a high water content. Construction of Bangers & Mash Bangers & Mash can be constructed using any type of sausage you like.  Traditional dishes are made of pork or beef, or a Cumberland…

  • Beef,  Main Course,  Meals For Two,  Recipes,  Vegetables

    10 Step Southern Cubed Steak Meal Plan

    Cubed steak was a staple in our house, growing up in Georgia.  It is a cheap cut of beef, which is usually very tough.  Pan frying it, allows drippings to form the base of the good ‘ole white gravy, we southerners like to put on anything. Patience is important, as well as very hot pan, when making homemade gravy.  Use good quality milk, as it is the main ingredient in this smothering sauce. As my first entire meal plan post;  this will take you step-by-step through the PREP and COOKING stages of this meal.  Hope you enjoy it. PREP POTATOES Peel russet or Yukon Gold potatoes. Cut into 1/2″ or…

  • Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
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    Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

    These creamy Parmesan mashed potatoes were a great alternative to baked potatoes, which we have most Friday nights.  This recipe has a simple twist.  These potatoes are not only creamy but very rich.  Be careful just how much cheese you add. Consider leaving on the skin of the potato for the beneficial nutrients. What makes these potatoes different? At The Fresh Market, I found a different kind of potato, I have never used before; Cinacia Buttercream Potatoes. Cinacia is an organic, sustainable farm in Colorado. Very similar in aroma and color of the russet potato, but the buttery texture makes them perfect for mashed potatoes. Jo Ann Burrington’s recipe that…

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    Main Course,  Meals For Two,  Pork,  Recipes

    Pork Medallion Dinner in Under 30 Minutes

    It does not get any simpler than Pork Medallions with Mustard Sauce, for a weeknight meal.  There are only 200 calories per 3 ozs of pork with 2 Tablespoons of sauce, making this an excellent calorie-counting meal.  I was a bit apprehensive about this sauce, but it was so easy.  Make sure to have all your ingredients measured and ready to go, the sauce will prepare and move very quickly. I purchased one of those packaged, small Hormel tenderloins.  See if you can find the ones without a marinade already on the tenderloin. I couldn’t, so I bought the peppercorn tenderloin and rinsed off most of the peppercorns, then thoroughly…