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Southwest Summer Pork Chops Recipe

Published August 7, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Southwest Summer Porck Chops

INGREDIENTS
4 teaspoons dried minced onion
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 bone-in pork loin chops (about 3/4 inch thick and 7 ounces each)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice

DIRECTIONS
In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; rub over pork chops. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine barbecue sauce and lemon juice; add pork chops. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chops, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

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Chicken Caesar Pasta

Published July 23, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Chicken Caesar Pasta

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut up
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 cup water
1/3 cup Caesar salad dressing
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 (8 ounce) package linguine, cooked and drained
grated Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS
Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it’s well browned on all sides.
Stir the soup, water and dressing in the skillet. Heat to a boil. Add the tomatoes. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Toss with the linguine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Published July 19, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

INGREDIENTS
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup chopped onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 bay leaf
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve.

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Skillet Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Published July 18, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Skillet Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS
3-1/2 cups water, plus extra if needed
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
12 ounces (about 3 cups) elbow macaroni
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups)
6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups)
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks
Ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Bring 3 1/2 cups water, 1 cup of the evaporated milk, the macaroni, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook at a vigorous simmer, stirring often, until the macaroni is tender and the liquid has thickened, 9 to 12 minutes.
Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk, the cornstarch, mustard and hot sauce together in a small bowl, then stir into the skillet. Continue to simmer slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Off the heat, stir in the cheddar and Monterey Jack, one handful at a time, adding water as needed to adjust the consistency of the sauce (I didn’t need any additional water when I made it). Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

NOTES
Ham and Pea Variation: Follow the recipe, adding 4 ounces deli-style baked ham, diced medium, and 1/2 cup frozen peas to the skillet with the cornstarch mixture in step 2.

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Garlic & Lemon Chicken with Green Beans & Red Potatoes

Published July 17, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Garlic & Lemon Chicken

INGREDIENTS
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound trimmed green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts (bones left in, with skin, about 3 1/4 pounds)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the green beans and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the green beans and arrange them on top of the lemon slices. Add the potatoes to the same olive-oil mixture and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, arrange the potatoes along the inside edge of the dish or skillet on top of the green beans. Place the chicken in the same bowl with the olive-oil mixture and coat thoroughly. Place the chicken, skin-side up, in the dish or skillet. Pour any of the remaining olive-oil mixture over the chicken.

Roast for 50 minutes. Remove the chicken from the dish or skillet. Place the beans and potatoes back in oven for 10 minutes more or until the potatoes are tender. Place a chicken breast on each of 4 serving plates; divide the green beans and potatoes equally. Serve warm.

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