BAKED PINEAPPLE CASSEROLE ~ BLOG 365.229

BAKED PINEAPPLE CASSEROLE
2 LARGE cans pineapple chunks, drained – save juice for a cocktail 😀
1 LARGE can crushed pineapple, also drained reserving 1/4 cup of juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 sleeve RITZ crackers, crushed
1/4 cup butter, melted

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Lightly spray 2 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, salt, cheeses, pineapple, most of both cheeses and reserved juice until well mixed.
  • Add crushed crackers to melted butter and mix well before folding into pineapple mixture.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  • Serve warm.

SWEDISH GREEN POTATOES ~ BLOG 365.227

SWEDISH GREEN POTATOES
3 pounds russet potatoes
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained WELL
3/4 cup evaporated milk (12 ounce can)
1 teaspoon sugar
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped chives
1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Wash, peel and boil potatoes 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Microwave spinach 2 minutes.
  • Drain potatoes, rustic mash and then add butter and seasonings, mixing until fluffy.
  • Fold in spinach and chives.
  • Spread mixture into baking dish,
  • Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
  • Top with grated cheese during last 5 minutes and serve.

PIGEON RIVER CHICKEN ~ BLOG 365.222

This is a modified southern (North Carolina) recipe for fried chicken. The original recipe called for bone-in chicken, but I converted it to boneless. It’s still great warm OR cold, but you might want a knife and fork.

PIGEON RIVER CHICKEN
2 cups plain yogurt
2-3 tablespoons Frank’s original hot sauce
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts or chicken tenders

  • In a large ziploc bag combine the yogurt and hot sauce.
  • Generously season the chicken pieces on both sides.
  • Add chicken pieces to the yogurt mixture, turning to coat all the pieces.
  • Marinate for at least 8 hours, but overnight is best.

COATING
2 cups flour
4 tablespoons QUALITY paprika
3-4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
Oil for frying

  • Drain chicken and discard marinade.
  • Whisk together the flour, paprika, cayenne, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Dredge chicken pieces, tossing to coat extremely well, shaking off excess.
  • Lay pieces on a baking tray and let stand 20 minutes.
  • In a deep skillet heat 1/2 inch of oil over medium heat.
  • Fry chicken pieces 5-6 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Serve warm or cold, with or without your favorite sauce or gravy!

CRUNCHY FRUIT CRISP ~ BLOG 365.220

This is one of those go to granny recipes that every southern lady has made for eons. Always reliable and works with any fruit or fruit combination.

CRUNCHY FRUIT CRISP
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
2/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon QUALITY cinnamon
1 JUMBO egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 cups chopped or sliced FRESH fruit

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Grease 9 inch baking dish.
  • Whisk together the bisquick baking mix, sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add melted butter and egg, stirring JUST until incorporated.
  • Spread two-thirds of dough into baking dish.
  • Arrange fruit pieces over dough.

1/3 cup PACKED brown sugar

  • Add brown sugar to remaining dough until crumbly.
  • Crumble Over fruit.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until fruit is tender and top is crispy and golden.

CARNITAS in HOT PINEAPPLE SAUCE BLOG 365.216

CARNITAS in HOT PINEAPPLE SAUCE

3 cups FRESH FINELY chopped pineapple (or 2 LARGE cans crushed pineapple)
2/3 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Pampered Chef South West seasoning
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
3 pound pork shoulder cut into large chunks
1 LARGE Vidalia onion, cut into wedges
2 jalapeños, stem, ribs and seeds removed and then diced
3-4 garlic cloves, FINELY minced
Tortillas
Garnishes: chopped onion, FRESH chopped cilantro, Lime wedges and cheese if desired

  • Spray the crock with non-stick spray.
  • Combine the granulated sugar, southwest seasoning, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Coat pork pieces with seasoning.
  • Arrange pork pieces along bottom of crock.
  • Combine pineapple pieces, brown sugar and hot sauce until well mixed.
  • Pour hot sauce mixture over pork pieces.
  • Cook on low 6-8 hours until meat is tender.
  • Stir combine.
  • Serve with tortillas and garnishes.

STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD ~ BLOG 365.213

This recipe has 2 choices for dressing depending on your mood 😀 One is creamy and the other more citrusy and tart.

STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD
SALAD

2-3 cups rotisserie chicken pieces**
2 cups torn Napa cabbage
2-3 cups torn romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped and sliced strawberries
1 LARGE orange, peeled and chopped large

1 LARGE bunch green onions, sliced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Place lettuce on a platter and top with the chicken pieces, strawberries, onions and orange pieces OR toss all together based on your preference.

YOGURT DRESSING
1/3 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons Duke’s mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Drizzle dressing over salad and serve immediately.

VINAIGRETTE DRESSING
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar
1/2 – 3/4 cup avocado oil
3 tablespoons FRESH lemon juice (2 medium lemons)
3 tablespoons FRESH orange juice (1 LARGE orange, mandarin orange juice from above or a combination of both)
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, FINELY minced

  • Whisk together all ingredients until well-combined and emulsified.
  • Store in the refrigerator no longer than 3 days since it contains fresh garlic.

NOTES: During the summer it’s tasty to change up the rotisserie chicken pieces for grilled chicken breast pieces.

SPINACH FRUIT SALAD ~ BLOG 365.199

SPINACH FRUIT SALAD
3 cups hulled strawberries
3 cups spring mix salad
3 cups baby spinach
1 LARGE navel orange, peeled and chopped
1 can mandarin oranges, drained RESERVE JUICE
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 cup snap peas, halved
1 small bunch green onions, sliced
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
2-4 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (optional)

  • Combine all the ingredients and toss well.

DRESSING
3/4 cup hulled strawberries
Reserved mandarin orange juice
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Puree strawberries with other ingredients in small food processor or blender.
  • Pour over salad and toss well.

GREEN CHILI CHICKEN ENCHILADA DIP ~ BLOG 365.195

GREEN CHILI CHICKEN ENCHILADA DIP
4 cups FINELY chopped rotisserie chicken pieces
2 teaspoons Pampered Chef Chile Lime Seasoning
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup shredded Boar’s Head 3 Pepper Colby Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cubed
1 cup sour cream
1 small can chopped green chilies, drained REALLY WELL
1-1/2 cups Green Chili Enchilada Sauce
4 fresh green onions, with tops, chopped FINE
SCOOPS or LARGE corn chips of choice

  • Pre-heat a small Crock Pot to high.
  • Place the chicken pieces into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with the seasoning, FRESH ground salt and pepper, tossing to coat well.
  • Place the cream cheese and shredded cheeses into the pre-heated Crock Pot.
  • Stir together cheeses to mix well.
  • As the cheese starts to melt add the sour cream a little at a time, mixing between additions.
  • When all the sour cream has been added, and all the cheese is completely melted, then fold in the seasoned chicken.
  • Add the Green Enchilada Sauce and green chiles a little at a time stirring after each addition.
  • After the dip is hot all the way through, then turn the heat down to warm.
  • Garnish with fresh green onions, chopped.
  • Serve with Scoop Corn Chips.
  • Enjoy!

NOTES:

  • This can easily be prepared stove top in a large saucepan also.
  • If you can’t find the Pampered Chef Chile Lime Seasoning, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne.
  • It is also great with Keebler Townhouse or Ritz Crackers.
  • It also works WONDERFULLY as a croissant sandwich or enchilada filling!

HAWAIIAN SPARE RIBS ~ BLOG 365.194

HAWAIIAN SPARE RIBS
1-2 racks pork spare ribs, fat layer removed
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 cup PACKED brown sugar
6 ounce can pineapple juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 can crushed pineapple
1-2 tablespoons corn starch

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line baking sheet with foil.
  • Remove fat layer on back of rack.
  • GENEROUSLY season both sides of pork.
  • Place rack on baking sheet meet side up and cover with foil tightly.
  • Bake covered for 90 minutes without peeking.
  • Cut racks into 3-4 rib sections.
  • Add rib sections to slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, pineapple juice, ground giner and apple cider vinegar.
  • Pour sauce over ribs, cover and cook on low 2 hours.
  • Ladle out 1/2-1 cup of sauce and whisk in cornstarch.
  • Add pineapple to cornstarch mixture.
  • Stir pineapple mixture into sauce, recover and cook another 1/2-1 hour until ribs are tender and well coated.

BROCCOLI CHICKEN DIVAN ~ BLOG 365.192

Another “vintage” recipe from my friend’s grandmother’s “antique” recipe box. This type of recipe was once a staple of the working mother in many American households. I believe it was originally found on the back of a Campbell’s soup can label. I also adapted her recipe “slightly” to add a bit more flavor and texture. Quite a tasty and crunchy satisfying meal. 😀 I made this in honor of my late brother-in-law. He would have LOVED this casserole. Today would have been his birthday.

BROCCOLI CHICKEN DIVAN

2-3 small broccoli crowns, trimmed, cut into florets and rinsed
1 1/2 cups rotisserie chicken pieces
1 can Campbell’s broccoli cheese soup
1/3 cup milk
1/2 + 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup small diced red onion
2 cups prepared rice

2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoon Panko bread crumbs

  • Grease a shallow 2-3 quart baking dish.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Blanch broccoli florets 3-4 minutes in boil water, drain WELL and set aisde.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the milk and condensed soup until smooth.
  • Fold in 1/2 cup cheese, onion, chicken pieces, rice and broccoli florets.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Arrange mixture into baking dish, spread smooth.
  • Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
  • Mix Panko crumbs into melted butter until well mixed.
  • Sprinkle on top of cheese.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is melted, casserole is heated through and bread crumbs have turned golden.

PORK CHOPS & POTATOES ~ BLOG 365.188

The original recipe called for using the slow cooker which is great, but NOT always necessary so I converted this to an oven recipe.

PORK CHOPS & POTATOES
6 bone in pork chops (6-8 ounces each)
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 tablespoon butter
24-30 ounce package frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 can Campbell’s cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup FULL fat sour cream
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 can French fried onions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a LARGE skillet heat oil and butter over medium heat until melted.
  • Generously season pork chops on both sides with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Sear pork chops quickly on both sides. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the soup.
  • Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and half of the onions.
  • Fold the hash browns into the soup mixture.
  • Arrange potato mixture in the bottom of a large baking dish.
  • Nestle browned pork chops into potato mixture.
  • Cover and bake 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and top with remaining cheese and onions.
  • Bake another 15 minutes until pork is cooked through and cheese is melted.

NOTE:

  • To convert to a CROCK-POT recipe you don’t need to thaw the hash browns first, just break them up into smaller pieces.
  • Also be sure to spray CROCK-POT well with non-stick spray.
  • Prepare the same as for the oven by layering the potatoes under the pork chops and saving the remaining cheese and onions for the last 15 minutes.
  • Slow cook on low 5-6 hours.

CRISPY GREENISH SALAD ~ BLOG 365.187

The original recipe called for leaving the peels on the cucumber and apple making this a monochromatically ALL green salad, but we found the peels too bitter. We also usually skip the lettuce and avocado if we’re not making this for a LARGE group because we have leftovers and the lettuce and avocado do NOT hold well.

CRISPY GREENISH SALAD
1 head butter lettuce (optional)
1 avocado (optional)
1 green apple, cored, peeled and chopped small
1 bunch green onions, sliced

Juice of 1 lemon
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
2 green tomatoes, diced
2 cups frozen petite peas, thawed and drained WELL (see note)

  • Toss apple pieces in the lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • In a large bowl toss all the ingredients together including the lemon juice in the apples.

DRESSING
1/4 cup avocado oil
Juice of 1 LARGE lime
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • Whisk together and drizzle over salad.
  • Toss well and chill before serving.

NOTE: Many recipes say you can use the peas frozen, but we find they leave behind too much moisture.