Paulo’s Easy BBQ Souvlaki Porkchops

Dinner’s at our house is something my family members look forward to, provided hubby is the one cooking! He is the chef in our house and I am the baker. Being one of those people who doesn’t need to follow recipes he comes up with ingredients to use in his head and it always ends up unbelievably tasty.

Family members have been asking for his recipes for years, so I’ve now resorted to following him around in the kitchen writing down ingredients, snapping pictures, documenting what he does and probably being a royal pain in the butt!

Last night we had BBQ Souvlaki pork chops that did not disappoint.

Paulo’s BBQ Souvlaki Pork chops

souvlaki pork chops

Ingredients
4 – 5oz pork chops
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp Italian seasoning

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Place in a meat marinade container or you leave it in the bowl.

Put in fridge for approx 4 hours (out of fridge if pork chops are frozen).

BBQ on medium high for approx 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

Serve and enjoy!

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1950’s Sweet Corn Relish & My Morning Coffee.

If you open the fridge in our house you will most likely see it stocked full of condiments, more so than food itself. My husband has a humongous obsession liking for condiments on just about everything he can put in his mouth. Now you may think this is a good thing because who doesn’t like a bit of variety with their food,but having to shuffle through the fridge and remove 10 things carefully trying not to knock anything else over in the process  just to get to my milk for my coffee becomes overall challenging.

Admittingly, I have muttered to myself “All I want is my !@## milk “ a few times in the wee early mornings as I attempt the daily obstacle course inside my fridge to the milk. Common sense would say well move the milk to the front of the fridge. Tried that, but yet somehow mysteriously or better known as “It wasn’t me”  it always ends up at the back of the fridge.

This has resulted in my attempt to eliminate some of the condiments in my fridge with canning so I can store them in little mason jars on pantry shelf and take as needed. Although canning is not as convenient these days as grabbing something at the grocery store, it is healthier, tastier and in this case allows me to have my first cup of coffee in the morning stress free.  I’m pretty confident in the 1950’s having a cup of coffee was a lot more simple!

One of the canning recipes I have made is a delicious Sweet Corn Relish which my family absolutely loves it, especially with pork chops. The recipe used I found at Karen Solomon’s website here . She has a lot of great recipes on there so make sure to stop by and have a look!

1950’s SWEET CORN RELISH

 

What you’ll need:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 3/4 cups diced red bell pepper (3 or 4 peppers)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
4 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
1 3/4 cups diced red onion (1 very large onion)
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Directions:

Heat the oil in a larger preserving pot, over medium heat. Add the peppers and salt and saute for about 12 minutes or until caramelized. You will begin to see the peppers get soft and take on a brownish coloring. Add the corn, and cook for about 3-4 minutes longer until the corn is heated throughout. Turn the heat off and add the onion to the pan. Stir well and keep covered.

For the preserving liquid, combine the vinegar, sugar, and turmeric over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved.

Pack your corn mixture into your jars until it reaches about ¾ inch of head space. Cover with preserving liquid until it reaches ¼ inch head space, making sure your corn is covered completely. Process in a hot water bath canner for 15 minutes, remove and let cool undisturbed for 12 hours before storing.

Notes:

If you decide not to can this recipe, you can fridge it for up to 6 months

Makes approx 6 half pint jars

Sweet Tooth Bunny Cupcakes

Last Easter we made these adorable sweet tooth bunny cupcakes from the Wilton site for our family members to eat at Easter dinner. They were easy to make and the  kids loved them. I’m pretty sure a few of the adults kids were caught sneaking seconds! Only regrets I have is not getting better quality of pictures to properly capture the cuteness of these!

sweet bunny cupcakes

What you will need :
your favorite cupcake recipe
butter cream icing
fondant
pink sprinkles
chocolate chips or chocolate coated small candies
gum squares
pink jellybeans
coconut shaves (optional)
Number 6 round decorating tip
Ear pattern (click here)

Directions ( as per Wilton) :
In advance: Make fondant ears. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick. Trace pattern on waxed paper and cut 2 ears for each cupcake using Spatula. Let dry overnight.

Brush inside ears with water and sprinkle with Pink Colored Sugar.

Bake cupcakes in Easter Themed Baking Cups and cool completely on Cooling Grid.

Ice cupcakes smooth with white icing using Spatula.

With white butter cream in Disposable Decorating Bag fitted with Round Decorating Tip 6, pipe 2 balls for snout. Position gum squares for teeth, jelly bean for nose and mini candy-coated chocolates for eyes.

Insert ears in cupcake.

Notes: If you opt for using coconut shavings sprinkle on after you ice your cupcakes.