Beef, Mains, Menus, Pork, Vegetables

Mexican Cuisine Dinner Week

sweet potato enchiladas + sweet corn cream

ground beef +onions

leftover chicken burritos

tomatillo chicken

extras: cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream, salsa, flour tortillas



Mains, Pork

Apple Raisin Pork Chops

This was ridiculously delish, and I’m surprised because I didn’t think it would be all that! Nice surprise indeed 🙂

(on a side note, I’ve kind of stopped measuring things, so… you can be flexible with the amounts here)


  • 3 bone-in pork chops
  • 1 cup golden raisins (rehydrate by soaking them in boiling water for 15 minutes or so)
  • 3 golden delicious apples, sliced, peel-on
  • 1-2 white onions, sliced
  • butter (oh yeah!)
  • water


  1. Melt a few tbsps of butter into a stew pot and saute the apples, onions, and plumped up raisins.
  2. While the onions/apples are sauteeing, melt some butter in a hot skillet and brown the pork chops. Place them on top of the sauteed onion-apple-raisin mix in the stew pot.  My skillet was too small to fit all 3 chops, so I browned them one at a time.
  3. Deglaze the pork chop skillet with water and add it to the stew pot.
  4. Cover and simmer for about 1-2  hours, or until the chops are done and the apples are soft.



cherry stuffed and hazelnut crusted pork loin chops with balsamic-red wine braised cabbage and goat cheese potato gratin.


Cabbage: red cabbage, granny smith apples, onions, butter, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine, brown sugar, salt

Potatoes: goat cheese, potatoes, milk, cream, onion, parsley, salt, butter, white pepper

Pork: dried cherries, pork, hazelnuts, salt, white pepper

food notes, Mains, Parties, Pork

Food Explosion #2 {Food Notes}

Beef, Mains, Pork

All-American Meatloaf

So I have only eaten meatloaf twice in my life: at Mel’s Diner two months ago, and last night when I made it for the dinner.  This recipe is from Brian’s mom, and of course, it’s decorated with Nassy twists.  I would have taken a picture, but in case you haven’t noticed, my camera SUCKS and I’ve given up (for now).

You can use any ground meat you like, just make it total up to 2 lbs in the end.  Ground turkey, chicken, pork, sausage, beef, veal, venison/rabbit/ostrich/bison/duck/lamb/horse/Cornish hen?—that’s up to you.


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 lb spicy pork sausage (left over from the spaghetti squashapalooza)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of curly parsley, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp ground sage
  • salt & pepper (1/2 tsp total)
  • ketchup

Other things I would have like to have added (but not all at once):

  • minced red bell pepper
  • tomato paste
  • spicy brown mustard
  • red bell pepper paste
  • crushed red pepper
  • leeks
  • celery
  • zucchini
  • fennel seeds, crushed
  • soy sauce (I’ve heard this deepens the meat flavor, omit the salt)
  • cumin
  • Purple basil/Sweet basil


  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl.
  2. Put into a 9×5 loaf pan and top with ketchup.
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 90 minutes.
  4. Slice and serve with gravy or ketchup.

Sides: mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, sautéed onion, garlic, yellow squash, zucchini, & parsley, sautéed shredded Brussel sprouts, braised carrots, salad, fennel & beetroot salad, green beans, peas, creamed spinach, asparagus, corn, etc.

Mains, Pork, Vegetables

Spicy Sausage Squashy Spaghetti

This was UH-mazing! I love spaghetti squash and the zucchini really adds to the meat sauce (don’t leave it out!).  It was so good I had to give up my last precious bites to Brian– he was foaming at the mouth for more!


  • 1/2 lb. spicy sausage
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • spaghetti squash, baked*
  • salt & pepper
  • pinch of cumin (optional)
  • pinch of oregano (optional)

* baking spaghetti squash:  Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, in a casserole dish place the squash cut side down in an inch of water, bake for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees.  When it’s done, use a spoon to scrape out the flesh.


  1. Brown the sausage over medium heat with the shallot, spicy pepper, garlic, zucchini, and tomatoes.
  2. Add the ketchup, paprika, and salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Serve over spaghetti squash.