COOKING ADVENTURE #84: Honey Mango Citrus Smoothie and Crockpot Balsamic Pork Roast

Mango Citrus SmoothieBalsamic Pot Roast

This week, I decided to kick it up a notch. I made a batch of cookies last week. I figured I could step it up and do not just one but TWO cooking adventures this week! Albeit one was more of a “cooking frolic” than the other (and NO, it’s not the one you think!) Never the less, I’ve discovered two incredible recipes that I intend to remember for the future. Plus, there was enough of each that I could eat/drink them for multiple meals. Score! Although, I will point out that this wonderful food (or any food for that matter) isn’t quite as enjoyable when you have a giant, stinging canker sore on the inside of your bottom lip…which I’m pretty sure was caused by the smoothie. Ulcers abound in my life, I swear…

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The Inflexible Pork Loin

COOKING ADVENTURE #47: Crockpot Honey Apple Pork Loin

Yup, that’s right. I pride myself in coming up with titles that one would never expect to see on a cooking blog. It’s a gift… and a curse. But truly, I thought of this title as I was making the dish and it stuck with me. Usually, I have a little bit of a hard time coming up with titles for these. I usually have to write the blog first before I can think of an appropriate title. This week… it was very easy. There was only one real problem with making this recipe, even though it turned out to be superb in the end. And now that moment will haunt me. It will be the things I tell my nephew and niece about when they start to learn how to cook; one of those rare memories such as mixing the pistachio pudding with water or welding a tea kettle to a burner… catching a knife on fire while cooking peas on the stove top… breaking a rolling pin while making bread… I’ve got a list that I keep.

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Operation: Skinless Chicken

COOKING ADVENTURE #17: Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Marsala

And I thought that the Midnight Frittata Train was going to be the nastiest cooking adventure for April… Boy was I wrong! I suppose it really pays to make sure that you write down absolutely every requirement for all of the recipe’s ingredients when you go shopping. For instance, write down 15 oz of crushed tomatoes in a can so that when you get to the canned vegetable aisle and browse the tomatoes, you don’t have a seizure when you see how many freaking kinds there are to pick from. Also, especially with meat people, write down “boneless, skinless chicken thighs” because when you get to the chicken section of the grocery store and you don’t know what to get, you might as well just lay down and give in. They’ve got absolutely every single part of the chicken for sale there with your choice of boneless, skinless, tasteless… Well, it all comes down to this, folks. I wasn’t specific enough in my chicken selection. And it cost me…

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