garlic-stuffed pork roast

Garlic-Stuffed Pork Roast

Garlic-stuffed pork roast was one of my mom’s go-to dinner favorites. She would often call me or my sister, Suzanne, after school and tell us how to prepare it. Getting the garlic stuffed in the roast was the most important thing. Even if she was working late, as she often did hostessing at our family’s restaurant, she made sure our dinner was taken care of and we learned how to cook along the way.

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meat sauce

Meat Sauce – Instant Pot

I threw this simple meat sauce together in the Instant pot a few nights ago and thought I should share it. Cause, you know, that’s what I do. One of the things I like most about the Instant Pot is its ability to marry flavors that otherwise would take hours, and, as much as I love making sauce on the stove when I have all afternoon to let it simmer, that’s not usually possible.

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Smoked Beef Chili - No Beans

Smoked Beef Chili – No Beans

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This recipe for smoked beef chili is a great way to use leftover smoked brisket or tri-tip. We had great friends here last weekend, and Bob decided to put about six pounds of tri-tip in the smoker. It was a little bit overkill for seven people, so here we are. We used some to make steak salads when my nieces were over the following evening but still had a couple of pounds left, so I decided the best thing to do was make a Texas-style no-bean chili. It was the right thing to do.

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lime and garlic marinade

Lime and Garlic Marinated Chicken Thighs

Happy Tuesday! I wanted to get in a quick post ahead of Cinco de Mayo (barely). This lime and garlic marinade comes together quickly and is perfect for grilled chicken thighs. You could use breasts too, but they won’t be quite as juicy and flavorful. Slice up the grilled chicken thighs to use in tacos, burritos, bowls, salads, etc., or serve them whole with sides.

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beef stew

Red Wine Beef Stew

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This recipe makes good use of the red wine and balsamic marinade I posted a few weeks ago. I feel like it’s really a dish better suited for fall and winter, but we still have plenty of cool days ahead in Central Oregon. Plus, I made it for the cookbook already, and if I don’t post it now, the photos will get buried. Yes, I probably should look into a system to better organize my photos. It’s number 2396 on my list of things to do.

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shrimp with lemon parmesan risotto

Shrimp with Lemon Parmesan Risotto

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You know those nights when you just want to get dinner on the table in a hurry? This recipe is not for one of those nights. Save it for an evening when you can put on some music and focus on the process of creating a great meal. There are plenty of little prep jobs so, if you have someone you like to cook with, bring them in the kitchen with you. Otherwise, crank up the volume and enjoy yourself.

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lemon chicken

Instant Pot Meyer Lemon Chicken

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Happy Monday! If that’s an oxymoron for you, I apologize. I’m pretty sure my teenage girls are not finding anything happy about this Monday. They are in this weird transition where they have no online classes for two weeks prior to switching to a hybrid schedule, but they still have (in their words) a ton of work to do. I’m pretty sure the 14-year-old me would be looking at this as a vacation but, fortunately, they are way more responsible than I am. I mean was.

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