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8Feb/166

SRC – Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork from Jessie Weaver

Well Dined | Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork

It's time for the first Secret Recipe Club post of 2016! Yay! My assignment this month was Jessie Weaver, The Vanderbilt Wife.

Jessie is a wife and mother of 3, she started her blog as an encouragement to write regularly. She also hoped to support women who feel imperfect, writing that she is an awful housekeeper and lazy. I love that, because I am also those things and I don't even have the excuse of being busy with kids. She is really down to earth and I like that about her writing.

I felt like there weren't a ton of recipes for me to choose from, but the ones that I liked, I REALLY liked. My top picks were Oxtail Stew, Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash, Honey Parmesan Pork, and Boozy Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies.

I've been really digging the slow cooker lately, so I decided to go with the Honey Parmesan Pork.

Well Dined | Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork

Start by browning a boneless pork roast on all sides (I made a half recipe, so this roast is only 2 lbs).

4Feb/160

Snickerdoodle Martini

Well Dined | Snickerdoodle Martini

I have a group of girlfriends that get together on a regular basis and take turns providing snacks and drinks.  A few of them have a mighty sweet-tooth (we call them hummingbirds); so I knew that when it was my turn to bring a cocktail, I wanted to make something sweet.  I found a quick and easy cocktail recipe that is sure to please lovers of sweets (especially cookies) - the Snickerdoodle Martini.  It also features one of my all-time favorite liquors, RumChata.

Snickerdoodle Martini
adapted from Dawn Nicole
serves 4

cinnamon sugar (I use 8 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon, some people use 4:1)
honey
12 oz half and half
4 oz RumChata
4 oz vanilla vodka
2 tsp powdered sugar
dash cinnamon

Pour cinnamon sugar onto a small plate, and honey onto another.  Dip the rims of 4 glasses into the honey, then the cinnamon sugar.
In a cocktail shaker, pour remaining ingredients over ice.  Shake until chilled and mixed well.
Divide evenly among cinnamon sugar rimmed glasses and enjoy!

One Year Ago - Apple Galette with Salted Bourbon Caramel
Two Years Ago - Massaged Kale Salad; Broccoli Pesto
Three Years Ago - Mini Pie Party
Four Years Ago - Roasted Salmon with Grapefruit
Five Years Ago - Spiced Pumpkin and Lamb Tagine; Thai Pumpkin Soup; Spiced Carrot Soup

28Jan/160

Try The World – Paris

Well Dined | Try The World - Paris

Try The World is an international food subscription service that I have written about before (first post here).  The first box that I received was Marrakesh (post here), and it was awesome.  The second box I received was Paris, France.  The items included were: La Mere Poulard sables (butter cookies), Maison D'Armorine salted butter caramels, Domaine Des Vignes whole grain mustard, Le Palais Des Thes fine teas, Le Saunier De Camargue fleur de sel, Maison Peltier artisanal honey, and Charles Antona fig jam.

Well Dined | Try The World - Paris

Unlike the Marrakesh box, these items were less suited to a single recipe, but they were some of my favorite items that I've received so far.  The honey and fig jam went on to many a cheese plate, the mustard and sea salt went on to everything, and the cookies and caramels were gone the first day because they were ridiculously good.  For more information on the Paris box, click here.

One Year Ago - Apple Galette with Salted Bourbon Caramel
Two Years Ago - Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and Bacon
Three Years Ago - Broccolini and Feta Tart
Four Years Ago - Sourdough Pancakes
Five Years Ago - Spiced Pumpkin and Lamb Tagine; Thai Pumpkin Soup; Spiced Carrot Soup

26Jan/160

Jasper’s Chili

Well Dined | Chili

You may have heard about Snowzilla, the crazy blizzard that dropped 30 inches of snow in as many hours on the east coast this weekend.  People were were panicking about it all week and preparing for the end of the world.  (Not that they were wrong, our street still hasn't been plowed, 3 days after the end of the storm.)  I knew that we would want some comforting food options, so I made a big batch of chili and decided to revisit and revamp my old recipe for you.

Well Dined | Chili

Hubby likes both ground meat and tiny bits of steak, and not too many beans or extra frills.  So this chili is his extra special version made just for him. Plus I made it in the slow cooker so that it would be easy - that part's for me.

19Jan/163

Copycat – True Food Kitchen’s Chia Seed Pudding

Well Dined | Copycat True Food Kitchen's Chia Seed Pudding (Image via Capitol File)

Image via Capitol File

This is True Food Kitchen's Chia Seed Pudding Pudding, made with banana and coconut milk, it is one of my favorite desserts ever.  I crave it, I dream about it, I love it so much!  I used to stop by after working out to treat myself (it's a healthier dessert, but still sugary).  And then I moved from 5 minutes away to 35 minutes away.  Sad day!

So I hit the web to find a recipe to make it for myself at home and it turns out that it was incredibly easy to find!  Success!  Then it turned out to be incredibly easy to make, too - double success!

Please try this wonderful treat for yourself, and enjoy!

Chia Seed Pudding
adapted from Dallas News
serves 6-8

2 1/2 to 3 large ripe bananas (divided use)
18 oz canned coconut milk, or coconut cream if you can find it (not cream of coconut, just unsweetened coconut cream)
1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 small pinch kosher salt
6 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp toasted coconut chips, for garnish

Combine 2 large bananas with the coconut cream, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and salt in a blender.  Purée until smooth, about 1 minute.

Add the chia seeds; blend on low speed to combine.  Place mixture in a sealed container to set; stir after 20 minutes.  Chill for at least 4 hours before serving (may be prepared to this point up to 48 hours in advance).  Top with banana slices and toasted coconut chips.

One Year Ago - Apple Galette with Salted Bourbon Caramel
Two Years Ago - Miso Tahini Soup
Three Years Ago - Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Broccolini
Four Years Ago - Lasagna with Cinnamon
Five Years Ago - Spiced Pumpkin and Lamb Tagine; Thai Pumpkin Soup; Spiced Carrot Soup

15Jan/160

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Well Dined | Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

I actually made this Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie back in March for Pi Day with Melissa from Smells Like Brownies.  We made it with Irish Stout beer so that it would also be appropriate for St Patrick's Day.  But I was in the middle of moving, and so never actually posted about it.  The weather right now is making me crave warm comfort food, and I thought that this dish would be appreciated.  So here I am!

Well Dined | Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

One of the tricks to this recipe is to use grated tofu, which is accomplished by freezing the tofu, then thawing slightly so that it will be the right firmness.  So make sure to freeze your tofu at least a day ahead of when you want to cook.

Well Dined | Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Next, saute an onion, and add toasted walnuts and the shredded tofu.  Add soy sauce and lemon juice, and cook until the liquid is gone.

4Jan/162

Classic French Toast

Well Dined | Classic French Toast

I love to make French Toast this time of year.  My husband loves it, too, he says that my French Toast is the best (so sweet <3).  I think the secret is to definitely use brioche or challah, that plus a million ingredients in the batter - read on!

Well Dined | Classic French Toast

In addition to eggs and cream, I use vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice, lemon zest, and sherry.  So many flavors!  It is so worth it.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  First, either slice the bread (thickly, 1 inch) the night before and leave it out to get stale, or toast it slightly in the morning.  Then make the batter and soak each side of the bread for 10 minutes.  Just before you cook the toast (in butter, of course), sprinkle one side with granulated sugar - this will created a yummy bit of caramelization.  Do the same to the other side before you flip it over to cook.

Well Dined | Classic French Toast

Top with lots of butter and some maple syrup.  Yum.  This is definitely the perfect French Toast - custardy in the middle, little bit of caramelization, lots of flavor.

31Dec/150

Most Popular Recipes of 2015

Well Dined | Most Popular 2015

I hope your year was a wonderful one and that next year will be even better. Here is a look back at my most popular recipes from this year, please enjoy!

Well Dined | Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad

#10 - Creamy Lemon and Fresh Basil Chicken Salad

Well Dined | Seeded Peasant Bread
#9 - Seeded Peasant Bread

18Dec/151

Vegan Holiday Cookies

Well Dined | Vegan Holiday Cookies

My dear friend Keerin and I had a wonderful cookie making night.  We each chose a couple of recipes to make and then divided up our creations to give to friends.  Here's the thing, though, Keerin is vegan.  So we made all of our cookies with no dairy or egg!  (Except for those Hershey kisses, which she didn't mind but you can leave off.)  And you know what?  I couldn't even tell that they were vegan - they weren't lacking in anything!

Well Dined | Vegan Holiday Cookies

The recipes that I chose were a Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodle and Molasses Spelt Cookies with Candied Ginger.

Keerin chose Russian Tea Cakes, Oatmeal Thumb Prints, and Peanut Butter Blossoms.

Whichever you choose to make, you won't be disappointed!

14Dec/154

SRC Pasta with Veal, White Wine, and Capers from Oh! You Cook!

Well Dined | Pasta with Veal, White Wine, and Capers

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned Oh! You Cook! (Which is such a cute name.)  In addition to writing the blog, Dena has also authored The Everything Kosher Slow Cooker Cookbook - how cool is that?!  As you can imagine, her recipes are kosher, but that doesn't mean that you have to be in order to enjoy them!

I was, of course, very interested in the Challah Bread Pudding, and a couple of other desserts including Blueberry Pudding Pie, Raspberry Custard Pie, and Almond Rice Pudding.  But I really wanted to make something savory.  I loved that she had several recipes that used pomegranate molasses, and ingredient that I love and am always looking for uses for.  And the Picadillo Meat Loaf and Honey Mustard Chicken looked very weeknight friendly.

But in the end, I chose the Orecchiette with Veal, Capers, and White Wine.  It looked so good (and easy) that I couldn't pass it up.

Well Dined | Pasta with Veal, White Wine, and Capers

Start by sauteing onion and garlic, browning the veal, then adding the white wine and allowing it to cook out.