Rainy and dreary here today so I started the crock pot and the oven for some yummy new recipes.

BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE also makes great muffins

1/4 cup organic butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 JUMBO egg
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon PURE vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups small wild blueberries
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 10 inch spring form pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl cream butter with sugar.
  • Add egg, blending well.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating until well blended.
  • Fold in lemon zest and blueberries.
  • Spread into prepared pan.
1/4 cup organic butter, softened
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons chilled butter, sliced thin
  • In a medium bowl mix together softened butter, flour, oats, white sugar and cinnamon until well blended.
  • Sprinkle on top of cake.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar on top evenly.
  • Place chilled butter slices randomly around.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes until cake tester comes out clean from middle of cake.


We are trying really hard to get tons of vegetables in our diet.This is one of those recipes that gets you your full days worth all at once and is so tasty too!

2 large chicken pieces, cut into bite sized pieces
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup carrots, sliced diagonally
1 cup snap peas, cleaned and halved
2 tangerines, peeled, halved and sectioned
1 small head broccoli, cleaned and pieced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup Franks Sweet Chili Sauce
1/4 cup tangerine juice (orange juice is good too)
Juice of 1 lemon
Sesame Oil
Wondra flour
Soba noodles
  • In a small sauce pan whisk together the lemon juice, tangerine juice, sweet chili sauce and red pepper flakes bring to a slow boil. Turn off the heat.
  • Heat sesame oil in wok or wok type pan over medium high heat.
  • Add garlic until fragrant.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in Wondra flour and add to pan when oil is hot. Stir fry until chicken pieces are brown and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm.
  • Add more oil if necessary and then stir fry the celery until starts to soften.
  • Add carrots, followed by green onions, snap peas and broccoli cooking until desired tenderness.
  • Add tangerine pieces to sauce, tossing to coat.
  • Add chicken back in.
  • Add sauce to pan and toss to coat.
  • Fold in Soba noodles.
  • Serve over rice.
  • ENJOY!
This meal is labor intensive, but really worth it. Chopping all those vegetables takes a bit of time.

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Normally I'd give you the main dish recipe first, but with this combo the potatoes come first.  This meal was a HUGE hit and yet was SOOOOOOOO simple to make.

16 small new red potatoes**, washed and unpeeled
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Lightly spray the inside of your crock pot with PAM.
  • Layer potatoes loosely.
  • Whisk together the butter and seasonings.
  • Pour butter mixture evenly over the potatoes.
  • Cover. 
  • Cook on low 7 hours or high 4 hours.
  • Remove potatoes to serving dish.
  • Add 1/4 cup chicken broth to drippings whisking until well blended.
  • Pour over potatoes.
2 pound pork tenderloin
4 tablespoons KEN's honey balsamic dressing
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • Preheat oven to 425˚.
  • Season tenderloin with sea salt and pepper.
  • Whisk together dressing, garlic and thyme.
  • Coat tenderloin with half of dressing mixture.
  • Roast 15 minutes or until 140˚.
  • Brush with remaining dressing.
  • Slice and serve.
**works great with small Yukon potatoes too for a slightly different flavor


makes 6-8 servings

2-32 ounce jars of sauerkraut, drained
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 package Lipton onion soup mix
3 pound boneless pork loin roast
3 tablespoons brown mustard**
  • Combine sauerkraut, chicken broth and Lipton soup mix until well blended.**
  • Add pork roast, cutting in half if necessary to avoid over crowding.
  • Set on low for 8 hours.
**The original recipe called for water instead of chicken broth and for the mustard which I HAD to eliminate due to allergies (I'd like to live to make another recipe) and we loved it so I don't believe the mustard is necessary, but add it if you like.


Glazed Stuffed Pork Chops
4 VERY thick pork chops
8 slices oatnut bread
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup apricot pineapple jam, room temperature**
1 tablespoon peach schnapps
1 large lemon, juiced
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Slit each pork chop along 2 sides to create a large pocket.
  • *Toast each slice of bread well and then lightly butter.
  • Cut each piece into small squares.
  • Toss with thyme, garlic salt and pepper.
  • Stuff each pork chop with 1/3 cup of mixture.
  • Whisk together the jam, peach schnapps, red pepper flakes, ginger and lemon juice.
  • Place chops in a square greased baking dish.
  • Arrange remaining stuffing around the edges.
  • Glaze chops and stuffing tops.
  • Bake uncovered 30 minutes.
  • Turn chops, glaze chops and stuffing again. Bake another 30 minutes.

*If you prefer, prepare 1 box of stove top stuffing instead.
**Tonight I used Lemon Curd and had a distinctively fresh flavor with the same consistency.  Use whatever flavor speaks to you.


This one is for Riley at Pig'n'Pancake in Seaside.  Thank you for being a great server and so friendly. You made breakfast enjoyable during our stay.
3+ cups peeled, grated & squeezed* potatoes
1 large bunch green onions, minced or 1 small Vidalia onion, minced
1/2 cup self rising flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup buttermilk**
1 egg, beaten
4 tablespoons butter, melted

  • Sift together the flour, salt and pepper.
  • Whisk together the buttermilk, egg and butter until smooth.
  • Whisk in the flour mixture until well blended.
  • Fold in the potatoes and onions.
  • Drop onto hot griddle and make your pancakes.
  • Serve with applesauce and sour cream or with the Sauerbraten gravy.
*I use a cheese cloth towel as my base. I grate the potatoes on top of it and then bring all the corners together like a knapsack wrapping the potatoes inside. I continue to tighten the turns until I squeezed all the moisture from the potatoes.

**I generally use regular milk and 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.


I originally thought this was going to be just another mac and cheese recipe and maybe if I had followed the recipe it would have been, but instead I "doctored" the recipe to fit hubby's taste and what I had on hand. The results according to hubby were phenomenal, but requests I make it again so he can tell for sure. 
1 1/2 cups dried macaroni (elbows or shells)
1 1/4 cup diced ham
1/2 cup garlic pepper crispy onions
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper, to taste
4 slices Chipolte cheddar cheese, torn into pieces
3 slices sharp cheddar cheese, torn into pieces
3 slices white American cheese, torn into pieces
  • Preheat oven to 350˚.
  • Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Using the same pan, melt butter and add cream until smooth.
  • Add cheese a few pieces at a time, stirring until well blended.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add ham pieces, coating them well with sauce.
  • Fold in pasta.
  • Pour into casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with crispy onions.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until heated through and golden on top.


3 cups cooked and shredded rotisserie chicken
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sour cream
1 can original Rotel tomatoes and chiles, drained VERY well
1 small can green chiles, drained VERY well
1 bunch green onions, sliced lengthwise and then again in half moons
sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar and jack Mexican mix cheese
6 inch flour tortillas
Canola oil for frying
Salsa, sour cream, guacamole and taco sauce for dipping
  • In a large bowl combine the chicken pieces, cream cheese, sour cream, Rotel tomatoes and chiles and shredded cheese until well blended.
  • Fill each tortilla with two heaping tablespoons of chicken mixture towards one side and then roll tightly.  Place seam side down on a platter.  DO NOT begin frying until they are all filled.  
  • Add enough oil to a large skillet to generously cover the bottom.  Heat to medium.
  • Cook tortillas seam side down and then turning to brown all the way around.
  • DO NOT crowd the pan.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • Serve with your favorite sauces.
Good cooking is an art, as well as a form of intense pleasure... A recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation. ~Madame Jehane Benoit, Chef (1904-1987)