Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple Pork Chops

Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple Pork Chops

Ok, so I hate January. And February. And I’m not too wild about March, either. That’s because I live up Nord in Minnesota, you betcha, and while December is kind of exciting, by the time January rolls around, I’m just about done with it! But you know what I love about January? Pineapples! You heard me right! And I now love these Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple Pork Chops.

Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple Pork Chops

Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple Pork Chops

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Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

When I worked on my family history, I was surprised to find out how many Pennsylvania Dutch & Amish ancestors I had. Of course, those ancestors multiply quickly as you work back. You start with 4 grandparents, then 8 great, then 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and by the time you get back a few more generations you realize that you’re related to half the people in the US! Our good neighbor in South Dakota was a 9th cousin! Hi Auntie Mary! But what I’m getting at I’m wondering if I have a predisposition for the sweet/sour flavors so often found in Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and especially this Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon? Is there a gene for that?

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

Pennsylvania Dutch Broccoli & Bacon

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Cuban Cabbage Salad

Cuban Cabbage Salad

When I made my Lechon Asado the other day, of course, I made Cubano Sandwiches with the leftovers. I love love love Cubanos! I wasn’t feeling the usual suspects, fries or chips as a side. No, I wanted something bright, fresh and summery. So why not Cuban Cabbage Salad?

Cuban Cabbage Salad

Cuban Cabbage Salad

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cornbread salad

Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad: If you're from the South you might know this and if not, it's not as crazy as it sounds but it is crazy good!

My sister told me about Cornbread Salad. I mean, really, if she hadn’t raved, I never would have made it. I think she MADE me make it and report back, lol! I fell in love with it. Hard. Strange ingredients, but it’s like a miracle. The miracle of Cornbread Salad.

Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad: Talk about AWESOME deliciousness!

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Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon

fruited chicken salad with honey dijon by the frugal hausfrau

Way back when, my sister and I were discussing what should be on the menu for a family get together and we got down to the salad dressing. “Honey Dijon?” I asked. It was kind of a new thing then. “No one likes that,” she said. But I didn’t say, “I do, I do!” And goodness help me, I do.  Home-made at least. Don’t tell my sis!

Chicken Salad honey dijon dressing fruit

Fruited Chicken Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

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Salad Dressings

Sauces for salads are often called “dressings”. The concept of salad dressing varies across cultures. In Western culture, there are two basic types of salad dressing: Vinaigrette or Creamy dressings. Wikipedia

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Serious Bleu Cheese Dressing Wedge Salad

Serious Bleu Cheese Dressing Wedge Salad

Hot August days, cool crispy, crunchy salad, with a serious Bleu Cheese Dressing. There’s not much better! But of course, this Serious Bleu Cheese Dressing & Wedge Salad is good just about anytime. Maybe not for breakfast. But any other time. 🙂 It is just the thing to serve alongside a steak, too, as many steakhouses and discovered.

Serious Bleu Cheese Dressing Wedge Salad

Serious Bleu Cheese Dressing Wedge Salad

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Wild Rice Harvest Salad with Citrus Dressing

Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Citrus Dressing

Harvest Wild Rice Salad with Oranges, apples & pears & a citrus vinaigrette

I recently made the Stuffed Chicken Roast from Better Home & Garden’s December 2015 issue – I couldn’t help but be inspired by their Harvest Wild Rice Salad, served alongside. Gorgeous greens, wild rice and a citrus dressing caught my eye. Toss in a few apples, pears and toasted pecans and sprinkle on a few dried cranberries or cherries and you have a salad!

Wild Rice Harvest Salad with Citrus Dressing

Wild Rice Harvest Salad with Citrus Dressing

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Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and I have yet to post a Thanksgiving recipe. I wanted to, but the universe must be conspiring against me! An apple strudel turned out to be a little lackluster (although we ate it all!) and needs to tweaked and remade. A coffee cake turned bizarre when all the Struesel topping sunk to the bottom. (We are working on finishing that one right now!)

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Classic Vinaigrette for Savory or Fruit Salads

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Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms & Smashburger

First of all, a disclaimer. This spectacular salad, the Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes Mushroom Smashburger, was stolen – or at least the idea of it was. This is my version of a Taphouse Salad, inspired by The Bourbon, Beer & Burger Pub in Sioux Falls, Taphouse 41. If you’re in Sioux Falls, you need to get yourself there.

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

Taphouse Salad with Roasted Tomatoes, Mushrooms and a Smashburger

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Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

There’s nothing like the feeling of falling in love and fallen I have. Wait – no news on the “guy” front – I’ve fallen for this Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette. I think you’ll feel the same way once you taste it! A touch of sweet with just a hint of smoky warmth, this is unlike any dressing I’ve ever tasted (or made) before.

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

Sweet Sorghum Vinaigrette

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