Archive | August, 2011

Scalloped Potatoes

8 Aug

I have said it before, and I’ll say it again… I love potatoes!  Growing up, my mom would make scalloped potatoes for us for dinner and we would always enjoy every last bit of it.  I’m trying to use up the large amount of potatoes I have on hand and since I have never made homemade scalloped potatoes before, I decided to give it a whirl!  This recipe is very easy.  Next time I’d probably add in some additional seasonings like garlic powder and some paprika.  But otherwise, it was delicious! 

3 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 1/2 cups milk
6 medium unpeeled potatoes, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
1 tablespoon butter

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

2.  In a 2-quart saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Cook onion in butter about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.  Stir in flour, salt, and pepper.  Cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly; remove from heat.

3.  Stir in milk.  Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil and stir 1 minute.

4.  Spread potatoes in casserole.  Pour sauce over potatoes.  Cut 1 tablespoon butter into small pieces; sprinkle over potatoes.

5.  Cover and bake 30 minutes. 

6.  Uncover and bake 1 hour 10 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.  Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving (sauce thickens as it stands).

Recipe from Betty Crocker Cookbook “Scalloped Potatoes”


Grilled Pork Tenderloin

7 Aug

Our local Big Y is always having great sales. Last time I went, they had pork tenderloin buy 1 get 2 free.  What a great sale huh!  I was looking for a different way to prepare  it this time around.  I have a binder full of recipes so after browsing I decided to make a basic grilled pork tenderloin.  This is a great recipe if you don’t have much time because there isn’t much preparation needed in advance.  And even better, there aren’t many ingredients!  I hope you enjoy!







1 Pork Tenderloin
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cups of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I used Stubb’s)
Olive Oil

1.  Rub pork tenderloin with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
2.  Heat on grill for about 20 minutes.
3.  After 20 minutes, brush your tenderloin with the BBQ Sauce.
4.  Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
5.  Insert thermometer to ensure pork is fully cooked.
6.  Let sit for a few minutes before slicing.

** Original recipe called for cooking this for 30 minutes and then adding sauce before cooking for an additional 15 more minutes.  I cooked this less time as our tenderloin wasn’t that big.



6 Aug

Guacamole is one of those things that you either like or you don’t.  There really isn’t an in-between.  I didn’t always like guacamole…not because I didn’t like the taste or texture of it…but because I never tried it!  I’m not sure what changed, but one day I decided to give guacamole a try.  Since that day, I have never looked back!  I could eat this stuff everyday.  Whether as a snack or to go along with your meal, its delicious! 

2 ripe avocados (pitted and skin removed)
1 jalapeno, diced
1/2 medium red onion, diced
1 medium size tomato, diced
1 bunch of cilantro – I used about 1/2 cup and chopped up into tiny pieces
1 lime
1 tsp kosher salt

Place avocado into large bowl or into a mortar and pestle.  If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can mash-up avocado using a spoon and fork.  I like my guacamole to be a little chunky, so I don’t mash it up all the way.  When it’s to your liking, add diced jalapeno, tomato, and red onion.  Mix well.  Next add in your  cilantro, salt, and juice from the lime.  I love cilantro, so I always add a bit extra, but not everyone likes cilantro.  So if you don’t like it, you could omit it.  At this point, I would give your guacamole a try.  If it needs more of something, add it in now!

Finally, grab your favorite brand of tortilla chips and enjoy your guacamole~