Basic Cheesecake

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but do have an affinity for cheesecake. My grandmother used to make it and top with strawberries or cherries. It was always a special treat and I never thought that I could actually make one. About a year ago I purchased a food processor and the manual…

Pork Chops With Pepper Jelly Sauce

This is the first time I have used pepper jelly in a sauce and it was very good. It was tasty with everything I had on my plate and I’m sure it will also work for chicken. Ingredients: 4 (1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick) bone in pork chops 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon ground pepper 2…

Oven Baked Pork Ribs

First season your ribs, you can use baby back, St. Louis or just back ribs. Baby back are the best cut, I used back ribs because they were on sale. Use what ever you have (4 lbs.+/ -). Dry rub: Try to do this a day in advance or for at least 4 hours prior to…

Roasted Cauliflower

Start with a whole head of washed cauliflower and remove the green leafy parts and stem. Cut into quarters and cut each stem partially, break apart at the flower end. I like to break them so they look more natural than cutting all the way thru. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees, place the cauliflower…

Hummus with Chipotle

Hummus is good, why do you think it’s eaten all over the world?  Easy to make yes, kick in some lemon juice, flavorings and mix in your processor. The flavor profile is wide open, I have tried several batches and find this is my favorite so far. Say hello to my little friend, a can…

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

My mom makes a “jam up” (slang for very tasty, she doesn’t use jam) chicken and rice casserole. Today I was thinking that’s what I want for dinner, I have a half a roasted chicken in the fridge, fresh broccoli, cheese, and in the pantry some rice and cream of chicken soup. Game on but…

Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork

I used to be a travelling salesman and as a bonus I got to seek good food. One of my favorite places to eat BBQ was in Lexington, N.C. They use a vinegar and ketchup based sauce unlike the mustard based where I live now. They also give you a hush puppy. Traditionally in the Southeastern…

Chicken Salad

This was one of my favorites growing up. To start you need a cooked chicken, I was fortunate to find a (3 lb) no hormone, no antibiotic, cage free chicken for $3.50. I roasted it in the oven last night. Rotisserie chicken would be fine if you don’t want to cook one. I only used…

Chili Beans

A really simple chili recipe with only a few ingredients. Most folks have there own favorite recipe but some don’t. I am here for those that don’t. This recipe was adapted from an old cookbook that I have. It’s beat up like me and some inscriptions have been cut out, ouch. It’s called the Yadkin…

Stuffed Eggplant

Tonight as usual I needed something for diner. Stopped by the grocery and saw some nice looking eggplant. It was saying eat me and was on sale, so I bought one. But, what to do with it? I really wanted eggplant parmesan but I didn’t want to bread and fry so I decided to stuff…