HERBED RED WINE VINAIGRETTE

I make this is small batches – just enough for that night’s meals because we prefer the fresh aspect.

HERBED RED WINE VINAIGRETTE
2 tablespoons finely diced shallots
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Gourmet Garden Italian Herbs
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons avocado oil
2 teaspoons sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • In the base of your cruet add the shallot pieces.
  • Sprinkle with the FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Top with avocado oil. Let sit 15 minutes to macerate the shallots.
  • After 15 minutes add the minced garlic, Italian herbs, lemon juice, sugar and red wine vinegar.
  • Shake to combine.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before dressing salad and serving.

PORK LOIN in HERBED WINE SAUCE

This sauce is GREAT on pork as well as chicken. In fact, it’s so flavorful that it’s GREAT on pasta as just a vegetarian dish.

PORK LOIN CHOPS in HERBED WINE SAUCE
4 boneless pork loin chops
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic oil (olive oil or avocado oil work great too)
1 + 1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small red mini pepper, diced
1 small yellow mini pepper, diced
1 tablespoon Garden Gourmet Italian Herbs
1/4 cup pink Moscato or white wine
2 tablespoons QUALITY honey
3/4 cup LITEHOUSE Spiced Fig vinaigrette **(SEE NOTE)

  • Pound pork loin chops to 1/2 inch or less.
  • Generously season chops with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter to cast iron pan.
  • Add cast iron pan to oven.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter and oil in another skillet over medium heat.
  • Add pork chops and sear 3 minutes on each side. After second side, add chops to pan in oven.
  • Add the shallots to the stove top pan, stirring a moment or two until translucent.
  • Add garlic, peppers and Italian herbs to pan, stirring to combine and cooking a couple minutes until peppers soften.
  • Add Moscato, sauteing until almost evaporated.
  • Add Spiced Fig vinaigrette and honey, sauteing 3-4 minutes until sauce is blended and thickens.
  • Remove pork loin chops from the oven and plate.
  • Serve over pork loin and pasta or mashed potatoes.

NOTEANY flavor could be substituted here and work well.  It really is up to you and your flavor palette.  If I’m out of vinaigrette I have used plain chicken broth and it still tastes GREAT.

MUSHROOM CREAM CHICKEN

This recipe originally called for bone-in chicken and was for a slow cooker, but we MUCH prefer not to deal with bones and I wanted it to be a week night easy recipe, so we I have adjusted it to a boneless version. Plus hubby doesn’t care for mushrooms so it makes it easy to serve this way and I get ALL the mushrooms. 😀

MUSHROOM CREAM CHICKEN serves 4
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8-10 tenders
1 ½ teaspoons herbs de Provence
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
¼ cup WONDRA flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 cup chicken broth
½ cup white wine
2 tablespoons flour
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 leek, halved lengthwise and chopped
½ cup heavy cream

  • Generously salt and pepper each chicken breast.
  • Combine flour and herbs de Provence.
  • Dredge chicken in Wondra flour mixture.
  • Heat butter and avocado oil in large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Sear chicken pieces 4-5 minutes on each side until golden.
  • Remove chicken pieces and keep warm.
  • Add leek pieces and mushrooms to skillet and sauté’ until golden.
  • Using a slotted spoon remove onions and mushrooms to the platter with the chicken.
  • Whisk together the chicken broth, white wine and 2 tablespoon of flour.
  • Add to skillet and bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Add heavy cream and whisk until well blended and you reach desired consistency.
  • Return chicken, leeks and mushrooms to pan and turn to coat with sauce.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes or pasta.

CREAMY GARLIC & HERB BONELESS PORK CHOPS

I adapted the delicious boneless Pork Chops in a Creamy Garlic & Herb Wine Sauce from Olga at What’s In The Pan.  This a superb One pan dish is so easy to prepare and actually ready in less than 30 minutes! It is made with a dry white wine, the juice of a fresh lemon, FRESH minced garlic and FRESH thyme making these pork chops are packed with flavor and so juicy!

CREAMY GARLIC & HERB BONELESS PORK CHOPS
4 boneless pork chops
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup WONDRA flour
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Whisk together flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper.
  • Dredge pork chops thoroughly in flour mixture.
  • Reserve dredge for next stop.
  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 
Add pork chops and sear them by cooking for 3-4 minutes per side, reducing heat to medium on second side.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a plate.
  • Cover to keep warm.

CREAMY HERB & WINE SAUCE
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of the dredging mixture
½ cup dry white wine
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
½ cup chicken stock
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
4 sprigs FRESH thyme, leaves only, minced
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped Italian Parsley

  • Return skillet to heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter.
  • Add minced garlic and cooking for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
  • Whisk in flour and blend well.
  • Add in wine while constantly whisking for 1 minute.
  • Add chicken stock and heavy cream, whisking to blend well.
  • Add lemon juice, fresh thyme and Italian seasoning.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

TO SERVE

  • Reduce heat to low and return pork chops to pan.
  • Turn to coat well simmering JUST until heated through.
  • Serve with mashed potatoes, prepared pasta or rice pilaf.

COUNTRY CHICKEN & GRAVY

COUNTRY CHICKEN & GRAVY

1/2 cup all purpose flour
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
1 cup baby carrots
3 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)
1/2 cup heavy cream
chopped Italian Parsley for garnish
Prepared mashed potatoes

  • Combine flour, salt, paprika and pepper in a large Ziploc bag.
  • Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture and reserve flour mixture for later.
  • In a deep skillet melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes per side until lightly browned.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Add onion and celery to pan, sautéing 2 minutes.
  • Add remaining flour to pan and whisk until all flour is absorbed.
  • Add chicken broth, stirring well.
  • Add chicken, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes until cooked through and fragrant.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  • Stir in cream and cook 2 minutes.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes.
  • Garnish with parsley.

TARRAGON VINAIGRETTE

TARRAGON VINAIGRETTE

1 cup tarragon vinegar
1 cup avocado oil
1 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon FRESH minced thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons FRESH minced tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sugar

  • Combine ALL ingredients and blend well.
  • Refrigerate.
  • Shake well before using.

HARVEST APPLE CAKE & PINEAPPLE VANILLA RUM SAUCE

One of the things I look for when we’re antiquing is old recipe boxes. Not just any old recipe boxes, but old recipe boxes FULL of handwritten recipes. This recipe came from one of those boxes. I have no idea who owned the box, just that MANY of their recipe’s were in the same handwriting and referenced Mrs. Gibson who must have been an excellent cook based on the recipes I’ve tried so far!

HARVEST APPLE CAKE & PINEAPPLE VANILLA RUM SAUCE

CAKE
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup CRISCO*
2 eggs, unbeaten
1/3 cup WHOLE milk
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaping teaspoon QUALITY cinnamon
4 cups peeled, cored and chopped apples
1/2 cup golden raisins

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Cream together the sugar and crisco, it will be a bit grainy.
  • Add milk until smooth.
  • Add in the eggs until well blended.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Blend flour mixture into the creamed mixture.
  • Fold in apples and raisins.
  • Pour into 9×13 baking dish and spread even.
  • Bake 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • COOL to lukewarm before pouring sauce over top and serving.

SAUCE
1 stick (8 tablespoons butter)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pineapple vanilla
1 teaspoon Malibu pineapple rum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

  • In a small saucepan melt butter.
  • Whisk in sugar until dissolved.
  • Whisk in remaining ingredients until smooth and heated through. DO NOT BOIL.

NOTES:

  • Based on the age of the recipe card and style of writing I decided whole milk and PURE vanilla extract were a MUST for the texture and flavor of this recipe to be best.  Her original recipe was extremely flavorful, but also extremely dense.  The milk helped lighten it and made it fluffier too.
  • I use the crisco sticks.
  • The cinnamon, raisins, flavored rum and flavored vanilla are MY additions and I sometimes alternate them with craisins for even more oomph in flavor.

CREAMY ROQUEFORT DRESSING

CREAMY ROQUEFORT DRESSING

I truly LOVE adapting old historical recipes to a modern day scratch versions. Many times I already have a version of the recipe in my own stash.  But, using the older recipe as a guide I can pick and choose ALL of the best  ingredients to make an even better recipe.

I “adjusted” the recipe to include actual amounts and specified ingredients as the recipe card is vague.  I left the ingredients with approximate amounts to account for personal tastes.  I highlighted my adaptations in blue so you can see the differences from the original recipe.

3/4 cup Duke’s Mayonnaise
scant 1/3 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese
1/3 + cup WHOLE milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

  • Whisk mayonnaise, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder together.
  • Fold in crumbled cheese.
  • Chill.

NOTE:

  • Hubby loves the larger crumble of the cheese, while I prefer a smoother dressing. Adjust the instructions to use a small food processor if you too prefer the smooth version. 😀
  • Add additional milk as necessary for desired consistency.

PAN SEARED CHICKEN IN LEMON WINE SAUCE OR ala PRESSURE COOKER OR SLOW COOKER

I found this recipe in a Taste Of Home magazine and it was written for the new and improved pressure cookers of today, but I find it works great in an older “regular” pressure cooker too. It can also be made in a slow cooker or insta pot quite easily.  I especially like it pan seared using boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  The best part is that it is incredibly FULL of flavor!

PAN SEARED CHICKEN IN LEMON WINE SAUCE OR ala PRESSURE COOKER OR SLOW COOKER

6 bone-in chicken thighs
1 cup FRESHLY sliced mushrooms (I like Beech mushrooms)
4 tablespoons, butter, divided
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 small bunch green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped thyme

PAN SEARED

  • Heat butter in skillet and cook 3-4 minutes until tender.
  • Remove mushrooms from pan.
  • Add remaining butter.
  • In a shallow bowl whisk together the flour, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Generously season chicken thighs.
  • Dredge chicken thighs, shaking off any excess.
  • Brown chicken thighs on both sides.
  • Transfer chicken to platter and keep warm.
  • Add shallots and cook a few minutes until soft.
  • Add wine, lemon juice and broth to skillet, cook 2-3 minutes scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Return the chicken and mushrooms to skillet.
  • Add onions.
  • Turn chicken to coat and cook 5 minutes until sauce slightly thickens.

PRESSURE COOKER

  • Heat butter in bottom of slow cooker over a low flame.
  • Add mushrooms and cook 3-4 minutes until tender.
  • Remove mushrooms from pan.
  • Add remaining butter.

 

  • In a shallow bowl whisk together the flour, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Generously season chicken thighs.
  • Dredge chicken thighs, shaking off any excess.
  • Brown chicken thighs on both sides.

 

  • Add wine and broth to pressure cooker, cook 2-3 minutes scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Return the chicken and mushrooms to the pressure cooker.
  • Add onions.
  • Lock lid and cook over medium high for 10 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to dissipate naturally, about 10 minutes.

NOTES: To make as a SLOW COOKER recipe, cover and cook on low 3 hours until chicken is tender.

CREAMY CHILI CHICKEN

CREAMY CHILI CHICKEN ala SLOW COOKER or STOVE TOP

Avocado oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 cup all purpose flour for dredging
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 large shallot, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon cornstarch

STOVE TOP

  • Heat avocado oil over medium-high heat in a heavy or cast iron skillet.
  • Dredge in flour and generously season chicken pieces.
  • Add chicken pieces to pan searing 4-5 minutes until crisp.  Flip and sear second side.
  • Transfer chicken pieces to platter and keep warm.
  • Add shallot pieces and garlic to pan, sautéing 2-3 minutes.
  • Add wine and cook until almost evaporated, 5 minutes or so.
  • Add broth, chili sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Whisk together the heavy cream and cornstarch.
  • Cook 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Adjust seasoning and and serve over chicken and a side of mashed potatoes, rice or prepared noodles.

SLOW COOKER

  • Heat avocado oil over medium-high heat in a heavy or cast iron skillet.
  • Generously season chicken pieces.
  • Add chicken pieces searing 4-5 minutes until crisp.
  • Transfer chicken pieces to slow cooker.
  • Add shallot pieces and garlic to pan, sautéing 2-3 minutes.
  • Add wine and cook until almost evaporated, 5 minutes or so.
  • Add broth, half of chili sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Pour around chicken in slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours.
  • Transfer chicken to platter and tent to keep warm.
  • Turn slow cooker to high.
  • Whisk together the remaining chili sauce, heavy cream and cornstarch.
  • Add to slow cooker and cook 15-30 minutes until thickened.
  • Adjust seasoning and and serve over chicken and a side of mashed potatoes, rice or prepared noodles.

AVOCADO RANCH SALAD DRESSING with HOMEMADE CASHEW CREAM

9 times out of 10 I make our salad dressings from scratch. The basic base formula for non-cream dressings is one part acid, such as citric juice from lemon, lime, orange or a vinegar like apple cider, champagne or balsamic to 2 parts oil, olive, walnut or avocado plus seasonings of choice. Then there are dressings that need seriously dressed up with flavor like this one!  This makes a creamy thick dressing full of flavor that coats everything!

AVOCADO RANCH SALAD DRESSING – makes 1 1/2 cups

1 cup cashew cream (mayo works too)
1 avocado
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
Juice of 1 LARGE lemon
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped dill
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped chives
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
PINCH smoked paprika

  • Whisk all together well.
  • Chill well.

CASHEW CREAM makes 2 cups
1 1/2 cups raw unsalted cashews
3/4 cup filtered water, plus more for soaking
juice of 1 LARGE lemon
1/2 – 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Place the cashews in a bowl and fill with filtered water at least an inch above the cashews.
  • Allow the cashews to soak for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  • Drain and rinse the cashews well.
  • Place the cashews, filtered water, lemon juice, and salt in a high powered blender or food processor.
  • Blend until desired consistency.

NOTES: Your cashew cream will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and can be frozen for up to 6 months. If you choose to freeze it be sure to run it through the blender really quick after you defrost it to eliminate any lumps.

ASIAN SESAME VINAIGRETTE

ASIAN SESAME VINAIGRETTE

1/3 cup avocado oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons QUALITY honey
1 teaspoon creamy horseradish
1 clove garlic, minced
FRESH ground sea salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper, to taste

  • Combine in a dressing cruet and shake vigorously.
  • Chill at least one hour before serving.
  • Shake before serving.