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!


Blueberry Bread Pudding

blueberry bread puddingIs it cold where you are? We are cold. It is snowy. So when I got this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment I knew it would be some good home cooking comfort food. This month my assignment was Teaspoon of Spice a joint effort by two dietians, Serena and Deanna, with lots of healthy goodies to eat. Of course it is so hard to choose, but the most fun part is just that. I perused the entire blog, pinned my favorites, and then eventually chose the Blueberry Bread Pudding. I have never in my life made bread pudding, but I have made baked French toast, and you know what it was pretty similar. My hubby especially liked this one, but I think we all agreed it is something I should definitely make again.

  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 10 slices whole grain I used 5 white bread slices, and 5 flax-seed bread slices.
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries (not thawed)

1. Grease a 13×9 dish. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut bread into cubes.

3. Whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir in bread and blueberries. Let soak for 15 minutes.

4. Pour into pan bake for 70 minutes.

5. Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or cream.



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Paprika Chicken & Potatoes

Paprika Chicken & PotatoesGood morning, good morning. What are you up too this bright and shiny day? Me, I am here to tell you it’s Secret Recipe Club time! This month seemed to whisk right by, but that is probably because we took December off to enjoy the holidays. This month my Secret partner was A Couple in the Kitchen, a lovely blog by, you guessed it a couple that cooks together. Many, many recipes to choose from, so I decided to pick a nice dinner dish. Obviously, as you can tell from the title, I went with the Chicken, Sweet Onion, and Potato Paprika. It had the most perfect crispy skin. We made very few changes, but we did dip it in Ranch dressing, one of our most used condiments for sure, my kids just love Ranch dressing!

2 split chicken breasts, with skin and bone – I used chicken legs with back attatched
1 large sweet onion, chopped roughly – I used Red Onion
3-4 small potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons Hungarian hot paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

 

1. In large mixing bowl mix together olive oil , paprika, cinnamon and cayenne. Toss in potatoes, onions and chicken and toss until everything is nicely coated. Place in greased casserole dish, potatoes and onion mixture on bottom, chicken on the top.

2. Bake for 40 minutes at 550 degrees. My oven actually doesn’t go this high. We baked for 50 minutes at 500 degrees.

3. Eat and Enjoy!
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Reindeer Poop

Reindeer Poop- Caramel CheetosThe Secret Recipe Club time has come again. When I got my blog assignment Juanita’s Cocina I gave a little happy yelp. I have visited this blog many a time already. I have pinned many a recipe. That doesn’t mean narrowing it down to one was any easier. I still wanted to make every dang recipe there was. As our Christmas tree is up and holiday music is playing, it seemed fitting to make myself something Christmassy. Although this didn’t last, I will be making another batch closer to the actual day. Reindeer Poop. So good. The kids of course had a lot of fun with this too, many a” man, this poop tastes good,” or “are you cooking poop? It sure smells tasty,” came out of their cute little mouths. Mom , got in on the action too. Potty talk , can sometimes be fun. So try this one out. A wonderful addition to the yuletide snack table.

P.S- Jen, I think your title Reindeer Poop was very creative, so we are sticking with it!

  • 1 bag puffy Cheetos
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1. Lightly spray large baking tray ( I used my turkey roaster) with cooking spray. Spread out your Cheetos.

2. In large pot melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-heat and boil for 5 minutes. Stir often as it will burn easily. remove from heat and whisk in baking soda. Pour over Cheetos and toss to coat.

3. Bake for 1 hour at 250 degrees. Stir every 15 minutes. Remove to wax paper and cool.

4. Eat and enjoy!