Well Dined

26Mar/160

Easter Recipe Round-up

Happy Easter, my lovelies, and enjoy these Spring recipes!

Egg Dishes

Well Dined | Easter Egg Dishes

Caprese Baked Egg Cups
Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups
Baked Eggs in Avocado

Egg/Chicken Salads

Well Dined | Easter Salads

Avocado Egg Salad (plus how to "boil" eggs in the oven)
Green Goddess Egg Salad
Creamy Lemon Basil Chicken Salad

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).

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.

23Dec/140

Holiday Round-up

If you are starting to panic because Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) is closing in and you don't have a dinner plan yet, fear not - I have you covered!  I have a round-up of all of my holiday recipes, from protein to sides to dessert, and even breakfast!  So please enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Well Dined | Holiday Meal

Perfect Roasted Turkey, Apple Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cider Gravy

Well Dined | Brined and Roasted Pork

Brined and Roasted Pork

Well Dined | Slow Cooked Cider Ham

Slow Cooked Cider Ham

Well Dined | Dr Pepper Glazed Ham with Prunes

Dr Pepper Glazed Ham with Prunes

Well Dined | Garlic and Herb Crusted Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Garlic and Herb Crusted Rib Roast with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

15Dec/140

Maple Bourbon Glazed Chicken

Well Dined | Maple Bourbon Glazed Chicken

Following on the heels of last week's post on whipped sweet potatoes with all the best things (bourbon, bacon, brown butter, sage), I am keeping my promise to share a complimentary chicken recipe.  This sticky glazed chicken with bourbon, maple, and thyme is easy, delicious, and perfect with the sweet potatoes.

Well Dined | Maple Bourbon Glazed Chicken

Simply sear bone-in chicken breasts in a large skillet (I used a dutch oven), then add a mixture of chicken stock, maple syrup, and bourbon along with some thyme sprigs.  Allow to cook down until the mixture is syrupy and the chicken is fully cooked.  That's it - done!  It's really so easy.  The sticky glaze is super yummy and the bones keep the chicken from drying out.  You could easily substitute bone-in pork chops, as well.

Maple Bourbon Glazed Chicken
adapted from Food Network
serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
4 (6-oz) bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp bourbon
4 sprigs thyme

Place a large heavy-bottom or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil.  Season the chicken liberally all over with salt and pepper.  Add the chicken to the pan breast-side down and sear until deep golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

While the chicken in searing, in a small dish whisk together the stock, syrup, and bourbon.  Add the bourbon mixture to the skillet along with the thyme sprigs and continue cooking, turning the chicken occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and the sauce has reduced to a thick syrupy consistency, 8 to 10 minutes.  (If the sauce reduces to a syrupy consistency before the chicken has cooked through, add a few splashes of stock to the skillet and continue cooking.)

To serve, remove and discard the thyme sprigs.  Spoon the sticky sauce over the chicken and enjoy warm.

One Year Ago - Smoked Salmon Pizzette
Two Years Ago - Stained Glass Jello
Three Years Ago - Snickerdoodle Surprise Cookies

31Jul/130

Meat Ravioli

Well Dined | Homemade Meat Ravioli

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about some gorgeous beet and goat cheese raviolis that I made.  Jasper enjoyed those, but what he really wanted was meaty ravioli - so of course I made some for him!

Well Dined | Homemade Meat Ravioli

The process is exactly the same, just with a different filling.  And let me say, I REALLY like this filling.  My favorite mixture of beef, pork, and veal (sold as "meatloaf mix" in most stores) is browned with butter, olive oil, onion, and garlic.  Then prosciutto, Parmesan, nutmeg, and an egg are added, along with salt and pepper.  The filling is completely cooked (except for the egg) before it goes into the ravioli because fresh ravioli only cook for a minute or two.

Well Dined | Homemade Meat Ravioli

I served them with a creamy tomato sauce, yum!

29Aug/120

Pork Tenderloin with Tomato-Peach Compote

What says "Summer" more than peaches or tomatoes?  In this recipe (recommended by my lovely former roommate Bradley), we combine the two into a delicious compote with just a hint of sweetness and serve it over curry rubbed pork tenderloin.

23Mar/120

Braised Pork with Apricots

I bought a huge 10 lb pork shoulder at the store a while back when I was making pulled pork - it was the only pork shoulder available in the whole store!  So I took it home, butchered it and cut it into three sections and froze two of them.  I used one of the sections to make yummy carnitas, but I wanted to do something new with the last piece.  That is where my Essentials of Slow Cooking cookbook came in handy, and I found this recipe for pork that is slow simmered in broth and orange juice with apricots, thyme, and mustard for a sweet and savory treat.

8Feb/120

Aisan Glazed Ribs


These ribs are one of Jasper's favorite meals - they are sweet and salty and totally messy!