Category Archives: pork

Taste of Now Ground Pork Taco Salad

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! For some reason I’m craving tacos today, well not just me but Pumpkin too.  I figured I would share this recipe with you today. Do you enjoy tacos? What are some of your favorite toppings?

In between Christmas breakfast and dinner we have this snack session going on at my grandparents house. We are a family that eats while cooking, we can’t help it, it’s hereditary. Taco salad is one of those quick items we throw together to munch on. The meat we choose is always different and really depends what’s left from breakfast. Sometimes it’s ground pork, shredded pork, chicken, fish, whatever. Today I’ll share our ground pork selection.

Ingredients

6 cups torn romaine lettuce
1/2 cup Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa
1/2 cup Shredded cheese
1/2 cup  Sour Cream
1lb ground pork

1 packet taco seasoning
Doritos

Directions

Brown the ground pork, and drain. On medium heat add in taco seasoning (follow directions on packet). Once it simmers, remove from heat.

Arrange Doritos on plate. Place lettuce on top.

Sprinkle on pork.

Then add cheese and salsa.

Add sour cream and serve.

Sometimes I switch up my ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Pork (chorizo, works well too)
  • Shrimp
  • Fish (sway or cod)
  • corn salsa
  • guacamole
  • cole slaw
  • monterrey jack cheese
  • mango salsa
  • sour cream

My ingredients for tacos depends on how I’m feeling or what I have a taste for. Add some family and friends and make tonight a Taco Night!!


Foodie Friday: Quick Snacks for Memorial Day

Grilled Banana Split

Happy Friday Family!! The weekend is among us and it’s a holiday weekend too. Many of us have Memorial Day off, it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season. In honor of this wonderful holiday we are going to celebrate it with some ideas for cookouts, get-together or even just a relaxing weekend at home. Foodie Friday is all about easy, no fuss food ideas for this weekend. Enjoy!!

Grilled Banana Splits – So we came across this recipe while watching the Food Network and have loved it ever since. Cut the ends of the banana off, open the peels and spread butter, sugar, and chocolate shavings on them. Wrap them in foil and grill for about 4-6 minutes until chocolate and butter has melted. It’s okay if the peels turn brown. Remove from the grill, open and scoop your favorite ice cream, whipped cream and sprinkles on top.

Fruit Kabob – This one is definitely kid friendly. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them (if you decide to grill your fruit) Have a variety of fruit on hand, cut in bite size pieces. You can use, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, papaya, mangoes, grapes, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, etc. Arrange the fruit on the skewers and enjoy. If you would like to grill your fruit after you place them on the skewers, grew until heated through, about 4-6 minutes; during the last-minute of grilling brush fruit with honey.

Corn On The Cob – There are two ways you can do this besides boiling it. Either leave the husks on or shuck them and wrap the corn in foil. Either way it’s good. Soak the corn in water for about 15 minutes before grilling. This will help if you don’t want charred kernels. Grill corn for about 15-20 minutes, turning over every 5 minutes. During the last 5-7 minutes, spread butter on the corn then wrap it back up with either the husks or the foil. Once you remove it from the grill let it stand for about 5 minutes then enjoy.

BBQ Pork Deviled Egg

Barbecue Deviled Eggs Recipe

Ingredients

12 large eggs 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped smoked pork
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
Garnish: paprika

Directions

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan; add water to a depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and fill pan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.
  3. Cut eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Stir in pork and next 4 ingredients; blend well.
  4. Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Garnish, if desired.

We know what you are thinking, pork in my eggs….but yes the smoked pork gives it a meaty flavor. Don’t want to use pork, try chicken, turkey, shrimp or tofu.

Try these out and let me know what you think. As always feel free to comment on the blog or Facebook, send us a tweet or an email. What are some of your favorite Memorial Day goodies?


Taste Test Tuesday: Todd’s Dirt

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. As you can tell we had a blast at Metro Cooking DC this year. We learned a lot, saw a lot and met some really great vendors who we will continue to tell you about as we review their products. This is another vendor we met at Metro Cooking DC and we are addicted to their products.

Todd’s Dirt

 

After years of trying to recreate a seasoning blend that was made by a family friend, Todd was able to create something even better. Why is it called dirt? Well if you look at the bottle it resembles grass and dirt that you would find in your backyard. That’s just how big and noticeable the seasoning is. There is no MSG and it’s gluten-free. We had the opportunity to taste the dirt as a dip and on chicken. One bite and we knew this was a hit. Todd’s Dirt comes in three different blends:

Original: A mild savory seasoning made with 14 spices including, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Kosher Salt, Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Sage, Cilantro and other spices. Great on meats, vegetables, potatoes, and pasta. It even comes in a no-sodium blend called Low Down Dirt.

Bayou: This Creole/Cajun style seasoning has a very bold flavor made with 16 spices including, kosher salt, chipotle powder, sage, thyme, rosemary, chili powder and many more. If you are looking to spice things up a bit then this is your choice.

Crabby: A gourmet seafood seasoning blend made with 20 spices including, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, sage, onion, oregano, basil, ginger, cloves, white and black pepper, and many other spices. It’s Todd’s version of Chesapeake Bay seasoning. This seasoning was awarded the 2011 Silver Sofi award in the Flavor Enhancing category by the National Association of Specialty Food, which is the highest honor you can receive in the specialty food industry.

All of these spices were fantastic. You can use these seasonings to make dip with some sour cream. Crabby Dirt and some sour cream will kick up your shrimp cocktail dish. Sprinkle some of Todd’s dirt on some fresh popped popcorn, you’ll love it!

You can get them online at Todd’s Dirt or from some local grocery stores like Giant, Ingles Market, Whole Foods, and Central Market. Don’t see your local store on the list? Check the website to see if a store near you carries it, if not just order from the website. Hint: It is a great $5.00 investment!! They also have t-shirts, cookbooks, and gift packs if you are looking for a gift for the foodies in your life.

We hope you enjoyed today’s post. Thanks for spending time with us today. Feel free to leave a comments on the blog and let us know what you think.


Taste Test Tuesday: Harry & David Signature Relishes

Good day everyone, we were blessed with another Tuesday. We hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. A few weeks ago we were out at Mac Arthur Square Mall in downtown Norfolk and happened to pass by Harry and David, and decided that we wanted something festive to kick off a series of ideas for holiday cooking. Thanks to Heather and Star we enjoyed our visit and got three amazing relishes to try.

Upon entering the store we were immediately recommended to try the Pepper and Onion Relish. It’s a bestseller of theirs, and after a small sample we could immediately see why. It has a sweet and savory flavor to it with a little bit of tangyness to it. We tried three flavors (there are 4) of this Signature Pepper and Onion relish and enjoyed every last drop. Each jar is $5.95, you can’t beat that.

  • Pepper and Onion Relish – Hot and Smoky
  • Pepper and Onion Relish with Zinfandel (Yes, wine!)
  • Pepper and Onion Relish – Classic Recipe
  • Pepper and Onion Relish Sweet Recipe
There are so many ways to use each of these relishes, we will share with you just a few ways that we used them.
  • Pour them over cream cheese cheese and eat with veggies, crackers or crostini bread
  • POR with Zinfadel is amazing with angel hair pasta and shrimp, scallops or even mussels.
  • Use as a dip (add a little honey) for pot stickers, egg rolls, crab rangoons
  • Mix it in with ground hamburger, turkey or chicken for patties.
  • Give your crab cakes and salmon patties a kick
  • Baste your spare ribs, chicken, pot roast or fish
We are already starting to think of other ways to use this relish, we know it will be paired with something for our Thanksgiving appetizers. These relishes also make good gifts. You can pair them with crackers, a bottle of wine or create a gift basket of your own.
We greatly appreciate all the help we received at the MacArthur Square Mall. Heather and Star, we will be back!!

Taste Test Tuesday: Kraft’s Fresh Takes

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by the kitchen. Please feel free to grab a seat at the table or the counter. Fix yourself a cup of tea or coffee and grab a bite to eat. Today’s tasting comes from Kraft, it’s their Fresh Take line, great idea for your next meal.

Kraft’s Fresh Take


Photo Credit: Kraft Foods

We all know that finding time to cook dinner can be challenging. Well Kraft is making this a little easier on all of us. It’s not your ordinary shake-n-bake, there is some flavoring to this mix. A blend of Kraft cheeses, and seasoned bread crumbs brings your chicken, fish or pork to life. It only took us 5 minutes to prep the meat before we put it in the oven!

  1. Thaw your meat.
  2. Open the Kraft Fresh Take package and mix the seasonings together.
  3. Coat your meat. (Kids loved doing this part) 
  4. Bake your meat in the oven on 375 degrees.
We coated some tilapia filet’s in the Italian Parmesan mix and added a mix green salad with a raspberry vinaigrette and lunch was ready in under 20 minutes.
Kraft Fresh Takes comes in the following flavors:
  • Southwest Three Cheese
  • Rosemary  Roasted Garlic
  • Cheddar, Jack  Bacon
  • Italian Parmesan
  • Savory Four Cheese
  • Chili, Lime & Panko
You have a variety of flavors to choose from. Be sure to check the blog for a coupon. You can find Kraft Fresh Takes in the dairy aisle next to the cheeses. 
Here are a few more ideas on way to use Kraft Fresh Takes:
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Coat chicken tenders
  • Season your mashed potatoes
  • Coat your stuffed shells
  • Spice up shrimp cocktail
  • Kick up your salmon patties
  • Coat your zucchini then bake instead of fry.
  • Create a new spinach and artichoke dip. 
  • Cut up biscuit dough and make Parmesan bites
We thank you for stopping by the kitchen today.