Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Grilled Orange Thyme Pork Kabobs

Ready in: 30-60 minutes
Serves/Makes: 4


1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
orange wedges for garnish
5 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh thyme, plus sprigs for garnish
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes


Whisk together orange juice and zest, garlic, thyme, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, pour in oil in a slow, steady stream; whisk until emulsified. Add pork; toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and let pork marinate 20 minutes at room temperature

Heat a grill or grill pan until medium-hot. Thread 5 or 6 cubes of pork onto each skewer; season with salt and pepper. Discard marinade. Grill pork, turning occasionally, until cooked through and slightly charred, about 12 minutes. Garnish with thyme sprigs, and serve with orange wedges.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sausage & Rice Casserole

4 c. water
2 grated carrots
2 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 lb. sausage, browned (we really like Jimmy Deans Sage sausage, we use it in everything!)
1 c. minute rice
1 pkg. Lipton noodle soup

Brown sausage with onion. Boil water and add rice, carrots, celery, and soup mix. Pour mixture & sausage in 9x12 pan. Bake at 350 for 45 min.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Apple Pie Crescents

I don't know what these are really called so I made the name up. Call them what you want, but go make some now! I usually don't like baked apple things, but I absolutely love these (must be the cube of butter :). And they're easy!

1 apple, peeled and sliced into 8 pieces (I used Fuji)
1 can refrigerated Pillsbury crescent rolls
1 cube butter
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 can Sprite

Roll 1 apple slice into one triangle crescent roll. Pinch sides together and place in a greased baking pan. In saucepan melt 1 cube butter, then add sugar and cinnamon. When it comes to a boil, remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over rolls, then pour Sprite on rolls. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream!