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Cuban Pork Shoulder with Beans and Rice

Cuban Pork Shoulder with Beans and Rice

Hey lovelies! Today I wanted to tell you about another one of the cooking adventures I had over my holiday break this year. I really revved up the engines in my kitchen over the holidays and tried my hand at some involved recipes. It was fun! (Did you see my Beef Stuffed Cabbage Rolls & … Continue reading

Ribfest 2013

Ribfest 2013

Hey ya’alllll. Last weekend was a big event in the MGNN kitchen. ‘Twas… RIBFEST! Ever since my dad lent us his smoker on Thanksgiving, the huz has been dreaming of making ribs. For one week straight,this was all I heard about, and the planned day was dubbed “Ribfest 2013.” We are weird. Other than assisting … Continue reading

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Onions

I have never been a pork chop fan. As a kid, the only way I would eat them was if they were crusted with Shake ‘n’ Bake and baked to indistinguishable crisp. The thinner and crisper, the better! As an adult, I pretty much never make them for myself. But, the huz loves ‘em. When … Continue reading

Black Bean and Chorizo Chili

Black Bean and Chorizo Chili

Tonight I tried a new chili recipe that was an interesting departure from the ordinary – Black Bean and Chorizo Chili – using a recipe from Cooking Light. The “chiles” added in the first step of the recipe are super-smoky minced chipotles in adobo sauce. One of my favorite ingredients! A few weeks ago I … Continue reading

Wild Rice, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing

Wild Rice, Apple, and Sausage Stuffing

Fresh thyme smells so amazing. It’s once of those herbs where using fresh makes a huge difference, in my opinion. It also keeps well in the fridge for quite a while, at least relative to other herbs, like basil. With this herb, I made another Thanksgiving-inspired dish this weekend, using a recipe of Emeril’s that … Continue reading

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

I keep forgetting to blog about this coffee, but today I finally remembered, so I shall! This summer, while visiting Michigan, my mother-in-law, a fellow coffee aficionada, brought me back a bag of coffee beans from one of her favorite cafes in Taiwan (Torajastar!?), where she has been living during the school year for the … Continue reading

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

As promised, my Saturday did indeed involve a ten topping pizza, courtesy of yet another Domino’s Pizza Groupon I recently purchased. Eight bucks for this pizza! Whattadeal. The line-up: banana peppers tomato green pepper green olives onion roasted red peppers pineapple mushrooms bacon pepperoni Not only a ten-topping pizza, but also Guinness + Leo. All … Continue reading

Successes and Fails and Lobster Butter Love

Successes and Fails and Lobster Butter Love

Thanks for sticking with me and my lack of posts the last few days! I’ve been out of commission for a couple days, but I am back. This weekend I redeemed a Groupon at Roos Rooast, a locally-owned Ann Arbor business selling mostly organic fair-trade artisan coffee they roast themselves. The coffee comes in these … Continue reading

Moonwinks and Skillets

Moonwinks and Skillets

Howdy! It sure has been a gloomy week. But I heard rumors of 70+ degree weather this weekend. I can handle that! Yesterday I tried out a new (to me) café located just up the street from my office, in the modest village of Dixboro, called Moonwinks. The parking lot and inside were bustling, but … Continue reading