Creamy Chicken Mozzarella with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce


Serves 4

1 lb chicken breast

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1 small jar (3-4 oz) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, sliced

Salt, pepper and paprika to taste

1 cup half and half

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Basil and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste

8 oz penne pasta, reserve pasta water for thinning out sauce

* Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water. Drain and rinse the pasta and toss with a little olive oil to prevent sticking

* Drain tomatoes from oil. Reserve 2 tablespoons of oil for sautéing.

* In a large pan, sauté garlic & sliced tomatoes in oil for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant.

* Remove tomatoes & garlic from the pan, leaving the oil, and add chicken, season with salt and paprika. Cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes.

* Remove chicken.

* Whisk in half & half and cheese to the skillet and bring to a gentle boil. Immediately reduce to simmer and cook constantly whisking until all cheese melts & creamy sauce forms.

* If sauce is too thick, add reserved pasta water a little at a time to thin it out.

* Add sliced tomatoes, garlic and chicken back to the skillet on medium heat.

* Stir in cooked pasta and simmer a few minutes to combine flavors.

* Add basil and red pepper flakes.


Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts


12 Brussels sprouts cut in half

2 cloves chopped garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup craisins

1/4 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and pepper to taste.


Preheat oven to 350

Place Brussels sprouts and cranberries in a 9×9 baking dish

Pour all the rest of the ingredients on top

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until browned

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops


4 boneless pork chops

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 eggs

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon each Adobo, onion and garlic powder

1 tablespoon parsley

1 cup bread crumbs

1 cup Parmesan cheese


* Preheat oven to 400

* Brush chops with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper

* In a bowl, beat the eggs and mix in Adobo, parsley, garlic and onion powder.  Set aside

* Bread crumbs in another bowl and Parmesan cheese in a third bowl

* Coat the chops in the cheese

* Dip into egg mixture

* Coat with bread crumbs

* Grease bottom of baking dish with the rest of the olive oil and place chops in pan

* Cover pan with foil and gently flip chops over after 15 minutes.

* Bake an additional 15-30 minutes till internal temp is 150


Homemade Bread


Recipe makes 1 loaf

2 1/2 cups bread flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 packet yeast

1 cup warm water

3 tablespoons melted butter

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Slowly add water and melted butter to flour mixture.

Knead on speed 2 for 10 minutes.

Dough should ball up and pull away from bowl.  Add more flour if needed

Flatten dough in greased bread pan.  Let rise covered in a warm place until doubles is size.  Approximately 40 minutes.

Dust bread top with a little flour.

Place bread into a cold oven.  Bake at 350 for 4o minutes.

When bread is finished baking, wrap in a tea towel.  This will keep the crust soft.




Came out great!

Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin


2-4 pound pork loin

Seasoning or Adobo

1 1/2 cups apple juice

1 cup apple butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* Season pork loin with seasoning or Adobo and place in slow cooker

* Pour the rest of the ingredients onto the pork loin

* Cook on high 4-5 hours

* Remove liquid and thicken in sauce pan with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water if needed

* You can also cook 1 cup each chopped carrots and potatoes along with pork loin.