Chipotle Rice

A chipotle pepper is a smoked-dried jalapeño.  The jalapeños are kept on the vine until they turn red ( something that often happens to my home grown jalapeños as they yield more than I can eat!) and then smoked with wood. I’m thinking about trying this in our own smoker. Until then, I use canned chipotles in adobo sauce…

Pork and Apple Casserole

Sweet and savory for breakfast, or a side dish for any occasion 1 pound bulk pork sausage 2 chopped apples ( 1 1/3 cups) 1 1/3 cups cornbread stuffing mix 1 TBSP onion powder 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/4 cups apple cider or apple juice 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

We needed more green in our Thanksgiving dinner this year, and we thought Brussels sprouts would be new and different for us.  We decided to use our Kitchen Aid to shred them, and the rest was a breeze. Since we literally threw this recipe together on the fly, there are no exact measurements. Brussels sprouts,…

Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing

Sourdough is the Lorens family bread of choice. Add the other Lorens favorite, mushrooms, and it’s perfect fusion. This stuffing actually gets crispy on both the top and bottom of the dish, but still holds moisture. We loved it. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for casserole dish 1 pound  baby Portabello mushrooms ( or assorted…

Country Bread Stuffing with Smoked Ham,Goat-Cheese and Dried Cherries

As much as we cook on Thanksgiving, we’ve always made stuffing from a box. This year we decided to attempt to make it from scratch ( since we finally mastered Turkey Gravy, we needed another challenge). We found  similar recipes in the Kansas City Star and Epicurious and adapted slightly to our tastes. We toasted…

Corn Pudding

I first had this dish at a company pot luck. My co-worker, Susan, shared her recipe. 1 box Jiffy corn bread mix 1/2 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) cream-style corn In a large bowl, combine sugar and corn…

Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

There are many ways to make and mash holiday potatoes. In our family, Jeff  uses an electric mixer to make them creamy. At my mom’s house, my brother whips them by hand.  The extra ingredients vary and are flexible, but Yukon Gold is the overall top pick for all of us. 2 lbs. Yukon gold …

Parmigiano Orzo

This alternate to macaroni and cheese makes a great side for several meat dishes. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 cans (14 ounces) chicken broth 2 cups orzo pasta 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano Salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat a medium sized pot…

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Pancetta

1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces (about 6 cups) 4 ounce piece pancetta, diced 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups milk 1 clove garlic, whole 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 cup grated Parmesan 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/3 cup bread…

Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash

Bourbon makes everything better. 4 large sweet potatoes, pricked with a fork 1 cup heavy cream 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1/4 cup each bourbon, dark brown sugar, molasses 1 teaspoon salt 2 dashes Tabasco sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake sweet potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet for…

Italian Rice

Got this from an ad for Swanson Chicken Broth. It’s a great way to have flavored rice without buying a seasoned rice mix. 1 3/4 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon italian seasoning 3/4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice 1 cup chopped fresh baby spinach 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (from the deli area) Bring chicken broth…

Baby Portabella Mushrooms with Fontina Cheese

8 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 fresh thyme springs or a 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 3/4 cup coarsely grated fontina cheese Preheat broiler. Arrange mushrooms in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with…