Balsamic Brown Sugar Glazed Pork

Balsamic PorkThe time has come again for The Secret Recipe Club , just in time for Easter. This month I was assigned Veronica’s Cornucopia. Otherwise known as pay dirt. I pinned not one, not two, but 29 maybes. So you could say that I had a very hard time narrowing it down. You can bet your bottom dollar that recipes from Veronica will definitely be popping up again on this little blog o’mine. Eventually after staring at my secret pin board with so many goodies, I added the ingredients for this lovely Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin. This was seriously so good. That glaze. Wold be good on chicken too. So welcome back Veronica, and here is the recipe.

  • 1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

1. Mix together sage, salt, pepper and garlic and rub all over the pork. Place in slow-cooker. Add water.

2. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

3. When you have 1 hour left on cook time make glaze. Add glaze ingredients to small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Brush with pork a few times, during the next hour. Serve remaining glaze on top of pork.

4. Eat and enjoy!


Chocolate Cherry Cordial Muffins

chocolate cherry muffinsHappy Good Friday! What does Good Friday mean to me? Well, let’s be honest, as my husband is off at work, and the kids and I are taking a blessed break from the homeschooling, I will be luxuriating in a day with nothing to do. I will probably be wearing yoga pants all day. The kids and I will be enjoying pizza, popcorn and a movie. Yes, it is just what this mommy desires. Plus, we have muffins. I love muffins. I could eat them every single day. One of my favorite things both to bake and to eat. These even have chocolate chips so really what could be better?

Recipe from the Great American Brand Name Cookbook

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. (11 ounces) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup candied cherries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

1. Mix together first 6 ingredients. In separate bowl mix together milk, oil and egg. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.

2. Set aside 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Stir remaining chips and cherries into batter. I added an extra splash of milk because it seemed a bit dry. Divide evenly between 12 greased muffin cups.

3. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.

4. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

5. Eat and enjoy!

Chicken with Potatoes and Peppers

Potatoes with Peppers and OnionsFinding recipes for your child to make is harder than you would think. I wanted recipes that my son could make all on his lonesome, not something that I would be tempted to swoop in a take over. 2 chicken recipes were required so after making a chicken stir fry I really wasn’t sure where to go for the second one. This recipe fit the bill perfectly. I got the recipe from The Great American Brand Name Cookbook, and then adapted it a bit so we could use the ingredients that we have in the house. Let me tell you he will be making this one again. Originally I thought it would be a bit bland, but it both full of flavor and super easy for him to make on his own.

  • 5 chicken thighs, with skin and bone
  • 1/4 cup Roasted Red Pepper salad dressing
  • 3 russet potatoes
  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. dried Rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

1. Heat salad dressing in skillet. Brown both sides of chicken.  About 5 minutes per side on low.

2. Grease a 13×9 inch pan. Chop potatoes, onions and peppers. Place in prepared pan. Stir in tomatoes, rosemary, salt and pepper. Top with chicken and any remaining salad dressing in skillet. Stir together.

3. Bake for 50 minutes at 375 degrees.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Noodle Bake

Smoked Sausage Noodle BakeWe are starting to finish up our homeschooling for the year (early I know). The very last thing my son needs to do for his grade 8 Home. Ec course was to make a pasta dish. I found this recipe in one of my very favorite cookbooks The Great American Brand Name Cook Book. Not only was it easy enough that he could make it on his own, it was delicious! So I decided to share it with you all! Courtesy of my little chef.

  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup each chopped onion and celery
  • 1 can (17 ounce) cream corn
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • dash pepper

1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.

2. Heat butter in medium-sized skillet. Cook onion and celery until tender.

3. Mix together cooked noodles, cooked onion & celery, cream corn, sour cream, salt and pepper.

4. Pour into greased 13×9 dish.

5. Slice smoked sausage and place on top of noodles. Gently press down.

6. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

7. Eat and enjoy!