Not Quite so Dirty Rice

No road trip to 'N’awlins', as Bill calls it, for this tasty little dish ~ you can make it right at home!  

We remember our first taste of dirty rice many years ago ~ and Bubba does too.  It was from Popeye’s, the restaurant chain originating in New Orleans.  

However, this time, I made it at home in the Instant Pot now that I have one.  It’s a one pot meal that does the cooking for you quickly. 

The Arcadian classic version of this dish normally comes with chicken livers added for that distinctive flavor and dark color making it “dirty” in appearance.  

It always includes the Cajun holy trinity, you know, celery, onions and bell peppers.  

It's the foundation of so many of the world’s greatest dishes ~ from gumbo to jambalaya to chicken fricassee and étouffée, with every cuisine having its version of it.  
French cooks call it mirepoix, the combo of onions, carrots and celery. Italians call the same combination of ingredients soffritto.  Greek cooks prefer lemon juice, olive oi…

Crispy Homemade Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops

You may remember way back in the day, back in 1965,  when “Shake ’n Bake” first appeared on the grocery shelf…

Shake ’n Bake provides a healthier, less-greasy alternative to frying.  

Manufactured by Kraft Foods, the flavored bread crumb-style coating for pork and chicken mimics the texture on the outside of fried foods.  It comes with its own baggie for you to shake the meat in order to cover it with the breading mixture.  

My homemade version is a copycat of the classic dish, only a hundred times better than the packaged version!

If you like crispy, savory chops, the crunch of these baked pork chops will be just the thing for you.  

No marinating needed ~ all that’s required is a resealable bag for covering the chops in the panko breadcrumb coating, made from ingredients right out of your pantry.

Serve the chops with rice and vegetables for an easy, delicious weeknight meal!

Yield: 4Author: Pam @Pam's Midwest Kitchen KornerPrint Recipe Crispy Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops This homemade …

Crispy Sea Salt-crusted Parsley Jacket Potatoes

Dad had many gardens to tend, after he retired from banking ~ at home, at the large Community Garden he established, and at the Louisville Zoo, where he displayed a garden for zoo visitors. 

Bubba loved that!  He'd go to the zoo with Grandpa, and while Grandpa gardened, Bubba visited all the animals. 

I've watched him dig up many a potato, he was an expert at it ~ no digging fork holes in his potatoes!

So I’ve always been slightly obsessed with baked potatoes, my favorite potato!  Just a pat of butter, a little salt and lots of pepper does it for me most times…   

But when it’s finished with a crackling crust, with a dollop of sour cream, I’m in potato heaven…

The humble spud is the quintessential comfort food, and it wins the prize for the most versatile vegetable ~ there are only so many ways you can cook broccoli, and roasted broccoli could never compete with a baked potato.

First off, start wth the starchy russet potato, with a sort of thick skin.The pectin holding the rus…

Here's supper... Homemade Sautéed Chicken Nuggets w/Smoky Bourbon BBQ Sauce

This will bring your family to the dinner table quickly, Sautéed Chicken Nuggets!

You can call them fingers, you can call them strips, you can call them tenders or nuggets…
It makes no difference ~ these little handheld chicken gems are way up there in my list of deliciousness!  

There’s nothing humdrum about them, particularly if you serve them with a favorite sauce.
They’re easy peasy, simple and good, nuf’ said!
I have a feeling you’ll be cooking this a lot, because…
they’re a culinary wonder ~ simply delicious!

Homemade Sautéed Chicken Nuggets

Let Us Honor Memorial Day, and Kick Start Summer with a Cucumber, Mustard and Dill Salad

Get out your white shoes, and let's celebrate the start of summer by honoring our nation's veterans!
Let us pay tribute to all veteran's who have given their lives to our nation's wars...

On Monday ~ Memorial Day ~ according to the "The National Moment of Remembrance Act," passed in December, 2000, we Americans are encouraged to pause wherever we are at 3:00 p.m. local time, for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to our nation.  

It's a way we can all help put memorial back into Memorial Day.

Now for the cucumber salad...

It's super quick, super easy and, you guessed it:  super good and tasty!

You won't find a fresher-tasting salad than this simple stunner.

It's a Cool, Refreshing, Summertime Salad!

Cucumber, Mustard and Dill Salad


2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons sugar

Fettuccine, Pancetta and Peas

I remember explicitly, the 7-course Italian dinner we had years ago when we lived/traveled around Europe, just like it was yesterday!

Italian food and its source represents the soul of people dedicated to their land and the sea from where the wonderful aromatic dishes emerge.

Italian's have their way with fresh pasta...  Olive oil runs through their veins, they use real Parmesan from the big wheels, their wine flows like the Tiber, they dine on a plethora of courses, they know how to make an authentic tomato sauce, and eating is their national pastime, not sports.  

They want to feed you... 
Homemade ravioli, braciole, garlic, sausages, pane, lasagna, orzo, scampi, tortellini, spaghetti with fresh clams, risotto, and on and on.

Years later, after that delicious Italian meal, we moved to the Chicago area, where Bill and I have devoured many meals at the great Italian restaurant, Al's, in Cicero.  I swear it's just like a scene out of "The Godfather" every time we&#…

Ummm, mmm! Baked Orange Roughy Spread with Horseradish ~ Dijon and Parmesan

The smooth pearly white meat of orange roughy is liked for its mild, delicate flavor as well as its ease of cooking.  It’s a great choice for those who don’t like the “fishy” taste of fish.

Orange roughy is native to the waters of Australia and New Zealand, and is a versatile fish that is highly adaptive to a vast array of recipes and seasonings.  

It can survive most cooking methods, with the moist, large flaked meat holding together well after cooking.

The fish is naturally low in cholesterol and fat ~ jam-packed with proteins and other vital nutrients ~ a healthy substitute for any lean meat.

A creamy spread of Dijon mustard, Parmesan, a little mayonnaise, and a hint of horseradish tops these baked fillets.  The fish was delicious — so simple to prepare — yet so tasty.  

I have to say ~ all these ingredients work together quite well ~ it's all about the delightful kick from the horseradish and Dijon mustard!

Baked Orange Roughy with Horseradish Dijon and Parmesan


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