Seven Clove Garlic Green Beans

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This is my all time favorite gathering of ingredients. Crunchy green beans surrounded by soft buttery garlic and topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, oh my word. I could eat it every day with every meal that is how much I love this stuff. It goes with just about anything, but I wouldn’t serve them with a main dish that is also heavy in garlic. Don’t get me wrong, I love garlic but love getting kisses goodnight from my babies even more ūüôā

Serves: 4     Calories: 93 per serving    Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 7 cloves of garlic (or more, I don’t judge), chopped fine
  • Sprinkling of Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium high heat
  2. Once butter is melted add green beans into pan and stir to coat the beans with butter.
  3. Cover pan and reduce heat to low. I like my green beans a bit crunchy so I don’t allow them the time to go soft. I let them cook covered for about 7 minutes stirring occasionally. If you want them softer you’ll have to play with time but I estimate it would take 10 minutes or so.
  4. Once green beans reach your preferred texture, add garlic to pan and stir until caramelized. Do this over low heat because you are looking to caramelize not burn the garlic.
  5. Right before you serve the green beans sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese  and salt and pepper.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

Rosemary Dijon Pork Chops

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When I say I am terrified of cooking pork chops I mean “I’ve been married to a man who loves pork chops for 5 years and this is only the second time I’ve ever made them for him” terrified. I over cook meat. Ask Perry and he will gladly tell you how many times I’ve ruined a recipe because I just cannot stomach the thought of eating possibly undercooked meat. For real you guys I could survive an apocalypse off jerky and be happy as a clam. Perry kept dropping hints that he was craving the comforts of a home-cooked pork chop so I turned to my trusty sidekick, pintrest. I found the original recipe at http://www.kitchen-concoctions.com but adapted my own little recipe from theirs. The only reason I adapted my own for this one is because with a cross-country move and 2 kids (one of which is only 3 months old) it’s not very feasible to buy a 6 pack of nice¬†brown beer to dump only one in a sauce. We’ve been sipping on coors light for the past few months, if the mood strikes, so thats what I had in sorts for beer. That being said, the sauce was still amazing with the cheap-nowhere-near-brown-hued-or-robust and I would suggest using any beer you can get your hands on so long as it isn’t banana bread or chocolate pretzel infused etc. The recipe was simple enough that even I was able to pull it off (with coors light nonetheless) and the flavor was fantastic!

Serves: 4-5     Calories: approximately 334 calories per chop with nice ladling of sauce    Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 pork chops, I used boneless about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup of beer, brown ale is recommended but coors works too.
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (+ more for garnish)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Season both sides of pork chops with salt and black pepper. Place on a greased 9×13 baking dish
  3. Whisk together beer, Dijon, honey, butter, rosemary and garlic. Pour this mixture over the pork chops.
  4. Bake pork chops for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Remove pork chops from sauce and roasting pan
  6. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and the add juices from roasting pan. Stir in the whipping cream and boil until reduced consistently stirring.
  7. Serve the chops with cream sauce drizzled overtop.
  8. Enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

*Recipe adapted from http://www.kitchen-concoctions.com 

Creamy Tomato and Garlic Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

ImageI came across this recipe on pintrest which took me to Cheap Recipe Blog. Haley, the creator, has an amazing site and my stomach started to growl as soon as I started browsing. Please take my advice and check out her recipes because, my gosh, they ALL look amazing (I should note that I make no profit¬†on this blog and Haley did not ask me to say any of this. It is my sincerest¬†opinion). Tomato soup and grilled cheese is total comfort food where I am from, and seriously I don’t think there could be¬†a better pair. This soup is not your ordinary Campbell’s condensed tomato soup. Now that I know how easy this is to make I’ll ¬†never go back.

Serves: 8+     Calories: 141/serving of soup + 173 if you use half of a grilled cheese for croutons     Time: Approximately 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 (28 oz) cans of whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (this is essential don’t skip it!)
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt, pepper, paprika, parsley, basil and garlic powder, to taste
  • If doing the grilled cheese croutons you’ll need bread, butter and shredded cheese of your choice¬†to do so

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, sauté onions in olive oil until the begin to become translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Crush the whole tomatoes and add them (with the left over juice) to the pan, after the tomato mixture warms, add baking soda and stir well.¬†It will froth but do not worry that just means it is doing it’s job.¬†
  3. Add chicken broth, half-and-half, and sugar, and mix well.
  4. Add spices and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  5. While soup is settling cook up a grilled cheese and slice into bite sized squares. Use half of the grilled cheese croutons per bowl of soup.
  6. Dish and enjoy!

*Original recipe found at http://www.cheaprecipeblog.com

*Photo is an original belonging to me

 

White Chocolate Key Lime Pie

ImageI made this for Easter because I wanted something new, easy to whip up, and obviously delicious. I looked all over the web for those criteria and stumbled upon this little gem on http://www.myrecipes.com It is one of those “throw it together and let it refrigerate overnight” recipes so that on special days you won’t have to fret in the kitchen trying to pull together a desert. So good!

Ingredients:

-1 cup of whipping cream

– 1-11 oz package of white chocolate morsels

– 1 tbsp sour cream

– 1 tsp grated lime rind

-1/3 cup of key lime or lime juice (I used key limes and it took me forever but was worth it)

– 1-9inch ready made graham pie crust

– sliced lime/wedges to garnish

Directions:

1.) Combine whipping cream and white chocolate morsels in a medium saucepan over low heat.

2.) Cook for 5 minutes or until chocolate melts, stirring constantly. It will seem clumpy at first but be patient because it will get creamy ūüôā

3.)Remove from heat. Add sour cream, lime rind, and juice; stir well.

4.)Pour into crust. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.

4.) Garnish and serve!

*Photo is an original by me

** Original recipe can be found at http://www.myrecipes.com

 

 

Grilled Banana Boat S’mores

419872_10200545455336975_2069040891_nI have seen tons of photos like this one all over pinterest and have read lots of different variations of the recipe. I decided to keep it simple because honestly how could one mess up a s’more dessert. I know some people will call this a poser recipe because there are no graham crackers… I say good for you if you want to try it with graham but these things are full enough without them. However, I do encourage you to try different recipes of your own too. That is part of the fun being in the kitchen! Perry loved them and I even conned my 2 year old into eating banana with this recipe ūüôā

Calories: 122/banana boat

Ingredients: 

-1 Large Banana (7-8 in.)

– 6 Mini-Marshmallows

– 1 tbsp. Semisweet chocolate chips

– Tin foil

Directions:

1.) Slice banana down the middle. Try not to cut all the way through. You only want a slice so you can stuff it.

2.) Stuff with marshmallows and chocolate chips

3.) Wrap in tin foil

4.) Grill for 6-10 minutes on med-high heat. (No need to flip these bad boys just throw them on the grill and let em’ cook)

5.) These will be pretty hot when you take them off the grill.. As tempting as it is to just dive in PLEASE let it sit for a minute so you don’t singe off your tastebuds… You’ll be thankful you waited ūüôā

*Photo is original taken by me