This recipe came out of a an old (1960’s) cookbook put together for a lake area homeowner’s association. I loved the sound of it, but canned pork and beans use mustard in their recipes and I’m deathly allergic so I had to adapt it and the flavor profile was GREAT.

2 tablespoons butter
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
4 thick bone in pork chops
1/2 sweet onion, sliced thin
1 can great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons jalapeno ketchup

  • Melt butter in cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Saute onions 1-2 minutes
  • Generously season chops on both sides.
  • Add chops and quickly sear to a golden brown.
  • Whisk together the tomato sauce, brown sugar and jalapeno ketchup.
  • Fold beans into sauce.
  • Arrange beans around pork chops, cover and simmer on LOW 15-30 minutes until chops are cooked through.

1 1/2 pounds rainbow carrots, cleaned and cut to like sizes
4 LARGE green onions, halved lengthwise
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons melted butter or avocado oil
1 medium shallot, FINELY chopped
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper to taste

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Whisk together the butter or oil, orange juice, vinegar, orange zest, shallots, FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Toss carrots, and green onions with orange juice mixture.
  • Pour into a large flat baking dish, cover with foil and bake 15 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes.


3-4 pound pork loin
1 bunch green onions, sliced
3 cloves Garlic, minced
4-5 FRESH sprigs of thyme leaves
1 cube KNORR cilantro
1 cube KNORR chipotle
1 cube KNORR garlic
1 tablespoon MONTANA MEX sweet seasoning blend
1 Pinch red pepper flakes
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 cup butter, divided

  • Blot pork roast dry and generously season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat.
  • Sear all sides of roast 1-2 minutes.
  • Place roast in slow cooker.
  • Wipe out skillet of excess oil.
  • Melt butter in skillet.
  • Whisk in seasonings and thyme leaves.
  • Add onions, sautéing a minute.
  • Add garlic and sauté another minute.
  • Pour over pork roast.
  • Cook on LOW 5 hours.
  • Move pork roast to a plate to rest and cover with foil.

stock from slow cooker
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon better than bouillon chicken stock
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon WONDRA flour

  • Melt butter in saucepan.
  • Whisk in cornstarch and flour.
  • Add chicken stock and whisk until smooth.
  • Add renderings from the slow cooker and whisk until smooth and thickened.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve over mashed potatoes with gravy.



1/2 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
FRESH chopped flat leaf parsley, to taste
FRESH chopped oregano, to taste
FRESH chopped basil, to taste
2 LARGE eggs
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups marinara sauce
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Mix ground meats, garlic, breadcrumbs, Asiago cheese, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper together until well blended.
  • Form golf ball sized meatballs.
  • Coat a rimmed baking pan with avocado oil and place meatballs on pan.
  • Bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  • In a large cast iron ovenproof skillet (I use my enameled cast iron crock pot) whisk together the marinara and chicken broth.
  • Bring sauce to a SLOW & LOW simmer.
  • Add meatballs to sauce and simmer 4-6 hours.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top until completely covered.
  • Cover dish and bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes until golden.
  • Serve with a side of pasta.



4 bone-in pork chops, at least 3/4 inch thick
FRESH ground salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup FRESH grated apples
2 VIDALIA onions, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
2 LARGE carrots, peeled and sliced into 1 inch pieces
2 pounds sauerkraut and its juice
4-6 LARGE sprigs rosemary

  • Spray crock pot insert with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl toss together gently the sauerkraut and its juice, apples, onions and carrots.
  • Spoon half the mixture into the slow cooker.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat in large skillet.
  • Do a quick sear on each side of pork chops.
  • Top with pork chops in a single layer if possible.
  • Cover with remaining sauerkraut mixture on top of pork chops.
  • Sprinkle with rosemary sprigs.
  • Cover and cook on low 2-3 hours or until chops are cooked though and carrots and apples are tender.
  • Remove sprigs and enjoy.


Like Lasagna, but not all the hassle? Makes Broken Lasagna AKA Baked Ziti or ANY pasta for that matter – it’s all about the flavors 😀

BAKED ZITI Recipe Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 55 minutes Yield: Serves at least 8
1 pound ziti or pasta of your choice
Avocado oil
1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
1/2 pound ground beef or pork
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon FRESH basil, minced
1 tablespoon Garden Gourmet Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
32 ounces marinara (jar or your own homemade)
1/2 pound of grated Mozzarella cheese
1 heaping cup of ricotta cheese
1 cup FRESH grated Parmesan cheese

  • Heat a large pot of water to a hard boil.
  • Add a tablespoon of salt.
  • Add the pasta and cook at a rolling boil, uncovered, until the pasta is al dente—edible but still a little firm to the bite.
  • Drain the pasta well.
  • Toss with a little avocado oil so it doesn’t stick together.
  • Set aside.


  • Heat a tablespoon of avocado oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add the sausage and ground beef or ground pork, breaking up any large chunks as it cooks. Brown well.
  • Season with FRESH ground salt and pepper.
  • Drain off any excessive grease, but leave a little for flavor.
  • Add onions and garlic, sautéing until the onions are translucent and beginning to brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the basil, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes, stirring to combine and coat well.
  • Add the marinara sauce and stir well.
  • Bring to a simmer.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole pan.
  • Add dollops of half the ricotta cheese.
  • Ladle a spoonful of sauce into the pasta, stir it well and then add the pasta into the casserole.
  • Pour the rest of the sauce over the pasta.
  • Add dollops of the remaining ricotta cheese over top.
  • Sprinkle the mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the top is lightly browned and the cheese melted.


  • I sometimes add small mini meatballs for fun 😀
  • You can substitute dried herbs if that is all you have on hand. Use 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme to replace the Italian seasoning.


4 bone-in pork chops
4 slices bacon, diced
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 onion, diced small
1 celery rib, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons WONDRA flour
1 tablespoon QUALITY tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce
1 teaspoon FRESH minced thyme leaves

  • Combine paprika, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper until well mixed.
  • Pat pork chops dry.
  • Rub chops on both sides with spice mixture.
  • Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon to drain on paper toweling
  • Add chops to bacon grease and sear 4-5 minutes.
  • Transfer chops to a plate browned side up.
  • Add onion, celery and garlic to pan, sauteing until softened.
  • Add flour and tomato paste, stirring and cooking until well mixed.
  • Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, thyme and bacon pieces.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Lower to a simmer, return chops to pan browned side up and simmer 8-10 minutes until chops register 145°.
  • Transfer chops to rest on a platter and tent with foil for 5-10 minutes.
  • Season gravy to taste and keep warm.
  • Serves over prepared pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.


1 LARGE navel orange
1 medium red onion
1 pineapple, rind removed, halved
7 pound fully cooked bone-in ham
1/4 cup ginger beer
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/2 cup apple butter (see note)
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Cut half of the pineapple into slices and the other half into chunks.
  • Arrange orange slices, onion slices and pineapple rings in roasting pan.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of ginger beer over ham.
  • Cover with foil, sealing edges.
  • Bake 60 minutes.
  • While ham is baking puree pineapple chunks with the apple butter and honey.
  • Transfer puree to a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar and liquid aminos, blending well. Simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently until syrupy and reduced to about 1 cup.
  • Remove ham from oven, uncover and brush 1/3 cup of syrup over ham and return to oven for 5 minutes.
  • Brush another 1/3 cup of syrup over ham for another 5 minutes.
  • Brush with remaining glaze and return to oven uncovered for final 10 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender on the remaining pieces in the drippings to build a gravy from if desired.

NOTE: This recipe also works with orange marmalade or apricot pineapple jam.



2 pounds boneless pork shoulder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 1/2 cups BBQ sauce (whatever your favorite is)

  • Stir together the paprika, cayenne, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Rub seasonings all over the pork and chill several hours or overnight.


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In a large dutch oven heat avocado oil over medium-high heat.
  • Brown pork 3 minutes per side until seared well.
  • Add BBQ sauce.
  • Cover and roast 5 hours undisturbed.**
  • Shred pork with 2 forks and mix well with the sauce.

NOTE: This recipe can also be made in slow cooker 4 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW.


SLOW COOKER PORK CHOPS & RICE Yield: 6-8 servings
I think grams originally found this on a Campbell’s soup label and her version was always done in the oven, which is part of what makes it a filling, hearty, winter family meal. Preparing this in the slow cooker makes it even easier and even more versatile! A little goes a long way, making it super easy and budget friendly too!

4 boneless pork chops
1 bunch green onions, chopped or sliced thin
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 – 10.5 ounce can cream of mushroom soup (see notes)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper, to taste
1 stick of butter, cubed

  • Spray the slow cooker insert with non-stick spray.
  • Add the pork chops.
  • Top with onions.
  • Whisk together the mushroom soup, chicken broth, water, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Pour over pork chops and onions.
  • Add the cubes of butter on top.
  • Replace lid and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours.
  • Remove lid and shred the pork chops.

2 cups long grain white rice
1 cup water
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • Add the rice and 1 cup of water.
  • Stir to make sure the rice is covered with liquid and replace the lid.
  • Cook on HIGH for 45 minutes to one more hour, or until rice is done cooking.
  • Remove the lid, add the shredded cheese, and stir.
  • Enjoy!


  • I change up the soup flavor to my likes of the day 😀
  • I also sometimes skip the rice portion and make potatoes instead.


4 LARGE bone-in pork chops
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper
1 shallot sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons FRESH minced thyme
2 tablespoons orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice

  • Melt butter and avocado oil in large skillet.
  • Generously season pork chops with FRESH ground sea salt and pepper.
  • Add pork chops to skillet and sear 4 minutes, flip and repeat on second side. Transfer pork chops to plate and keep warm.
  • Add shallot and garlic to pan, sauteing 2 minutes until tender.
  • Add thyme, orange juice, zest and vinegar to skillet, cooking 2-3 minutes until reduced to a glaze consistency.
  • Return chops to pan, turning to coat in glaze.
  • Serve immediately.

NOTE: I used orange pineapple juice and coconut pineapple balsamic vinegar this time and was extremely pleased!


I’m picking a different cook book each month to try new recipes from.  This month 😀 and probably next  is Cook’s Science from America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated.

2-2 1/2 boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 quarts cold water

  • In a large container dissolve salt and sugar into cold water.
  • Submerge the roast in the brine, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

1/2 cup water
2 ounces salt pork
3 cups WHOLE milk
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon FRESH minced thyme
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup dry wine
3 tablespoons FRESH chopped parsley
1 teaspoon creamy horseradish* (see note)
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper

  • Remove roast from brine and pat dry.
  • Preheat oven to 275°.
  • Bring water and salt pork to a simmer in a dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Simmer 5 or so until water evaporates and salt pork begins to sizzle. Continue cooking until salt pork is browned and fat has rendered.
  • Using slotted spoon remove salt pork and discard.
  • Increase heat to medium high.
  • Add roast and brown on ALL sides.
  • Transfer roast to plate.
  • Add milk, garlic, thyme and baking soda to pot and bring to a simmer, being sure to scrape up any browned bits. Continue cooking 15 minutes or so, stirring frequently, until milk is starting to brown and becoming the consistency of heavy cream.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and cook a few minutes more until mixture becomes the consistency of a thin batter. Remove from heat.
  • Return roast to the pot, turning to coat in milk mixture, cover and transfer to oven for 20 minutes, turn again and roast another 20-25 minutes until roasts registers 140°.
  • Transfer roast to carving board, tent with foil and allow to rest 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Transfer any accumulated juices from the carving board to the pot with the milk mixture.
  • Add wine and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Whisk constantly to smooth out sauce.
  • Simmer 2-3 minutes until gravy thins.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Whisk in Parsley and creamy horseradish.
  • Adjust seasoning.
  • Use immersion blender if necessary to cream sauce.
  • Slice roast into 1/4 inch slices and transfer to serving platter.
  • Spoon sauce over slices and serve immediately.


  • Original recipe called for Dijon mustard, but I have a severe allergy to mustard so I substitute creamy horseradish.
  • Buttermilk is a GREAT substitute for the whole milk that is also a technical fix for the gravy turning lumpy.  There was a technical explanation to the whole reason why, but the bottom line is that it works! 😀


I found this scrap of a recipe in my BIG bin of recipe scraps and the name POSITANO chicken intrigued me so I did a little research and decided to make the recipe.  Positano is a cliff side village on the Amalfi coast that is known primarily for seafood, FRESH pasta and Buffalo Mozzarella cheese.  So, I have NO idea why this recipe was originally written for chicken 😀  but it was and I have adapted it to fit not only chicken, but also pork. Since cheese and seafood are not usually a great mix I have no real plans to adapt it to the seafood that the Amalfi coast is famous for.  Overall it kind of reminds me of an Italian version of Chicken Kiev.

6 – 8 ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 pound ground Italian sausage, cooked crumbly, drained of grease and cooled
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
3 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup roasted red pepper, diced and cooled
1/4 cup FRESH small torn basil leaves
2 cups all purpose flour
6 eggs, whisked
3 cups seasoned Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons avocado oil

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line a baking tray with foil LIGHTLY sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cover chicken breasts with plastic wrap and pound chicken breast (or pork chop) until all breasts are the same thickness around under 1/2 an inch.
  • Mix together the Romano cheese, Mozzarella cheese, chopped peppers, crumbled sausage and basil pieces until well blended.
  • Place about 1/2 cup of cheese mixture in the center of each chicken breast. Fold chicken breast over and seal edges with toothpicks.
  • Set up a dredging station with flour, eggs and bread crumbs.
  • Dredge each chicken breasts in flour, then eggs followed by bread crumbs.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add chicken breasts in batches, sauteing 2-3 minutes all sides until golden.
  • Place chicken pieces on baking tray.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until cheese begins to ooze from the edges.
  • Serve over prepared pasta or mashed potatoes.
  • Top with Marsala sauce. (recipe below)

3 tablespoons avocado oil
1/4 cup shallot, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 pound Beech mushrooms
3 tablespoons WONDRA flour
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1 1/2 cups beef stock
FRESH ground sea salt and pepper, to taste

  • Add oil to heavy hot saucepan.
  • Add shallots, garlic and mushrooms, sautéing until mushrooms are tender.
  • Add flour and cook about 1 minute.
  • Deglaze pan with Marsala wine.
  • Add beef stock and cook until thick and flavors are blended.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve over meat and pasta.

NOTE: When I substitute the chicken for pork, I use center cut pork loin chops.  I also substitute the Romano for Fontina cheese.