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Full Plate Thursday 3-1-12

Welcome to Full Plate Thursday and Welcome to Spring! I am so excited to see you today, I just came back in from the garden and checking our spring onions, they are doing so good, and can't wait to have the first fresh green onions. I snapped a few photos of spring flowers for you to enjoy today and let you know that Spring is on the way.  We are having lunch by the garden today and I can't wait to see what you have brought, come on in and lets get started.

It's A Sea of White and Purple Wild Flowers
This is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Pancakes  at Angie's Sweet Natured Treats Morning Snack Coconut Milk Crumpets  at An Irish Village Pantry Lunch Chinese Chicken Tangerine Salad  at Sumptuous Spoonfuls Apple Blackberry Crisp  at Gluten Free Pantry Afternoon Snack Amazing Apple Fritters  at Life Is Sweets Dinner Pork and Vegetable Casserole  at Cozy Home Kitchen Chocolate Oreo Cream Cake  at The Wednesday Baker Special Recipe to Honor All…


Cranberry Pork Gravy

One of the time saving meal planning tips that I learned along the way was to plan the leftovers and to make the cooking time really count for something. If you are going to be cooking in the slow cooker or oven for 4 to 6 hours make enough to have at least 2 or 3 meals. I recently made this wonderful Rosemary Pork Roast (Link) and this recipe is the planned left over that I had from that roast.

Cranberry Pork Gravy
Cranberry Pork Gravy Miz Helen's Kitchen 2 cups broth from the left over Rosemary Pork Roast 1 cup onions from the left over Rosemary Pork Roast 1 to 2 cups Rosemary Pork Roast chopped 1 cup whole cranberry sauce
1/2 cup whole cranberries
Optional:2 to 3 tablespoons Corn Starch to thicken the Gravy In a large skillet heat the broth, onions, meat,cranberries and cranberry sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Serve on Mashed Cauliflower, Mashed Potatoes, Rice, or Noodles. This is a great planned left over that we really enjoy and hope yo…


Whats For Dinner Next Week 2-26-12

We have been enjoying some beautiful weather that has allowed us to be outdoors and get out in the yard and garden. I just love when Spring begins to show itself and the pretty wild flowers begin to bloom. I have gathered some Wild Chives in the past week and they are so good to add wonderful flavor to a dish. Come on back to the back and you can pick some Wild Chives and we will talk about The Menu for next week.

Sunday Rosemary Pork Roast Slow Cooker (Link)
Mashed Cauliflower Flat Green Beans Tossed Green Salad Cranberry Sauce Coconut Cake
Monday Austin Style Black Beans (Link)  Baked Tortilla Chips Leftover Coconut Cake
Tuesday From Sunday Leftover Cranberry Pork Gravy (Link)  Mashed Potatoes Apple and Carrot Cole Slaw Toffee Bit Cookies
Wednesday From  Miz Helen's Kitchen Table Cookbook Baked Sandwich Tossed Green Salad with Orange Dressing Surprise Bundt Cake (Link)

Thursday From  Full Plate Thursday (Link) Dinner Oven Roasted Bacon Wrapped Chicken  at Beyond The Peel Cranberry, Carrot and Celery Slaw


Full Plate Thursday 2-23-12

I am so excited, there are little wild flowers blooming all over our grounds here at The Cottage. I am so excited that you are here and Welcome to Full Plate Thursday. We have Wild Chives blooming everywhere, so help yourself, they are great in a recipe. Bring in your basket of goodies,  I can't wait to see what you brought today.

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Jalapeno Latkes with Chipotle Sauceat Cairns Manor Orange Veggie Juiceat Let Birds Fly Morning Snack Mini Baked Donutsat  Family Fresh Meals Lunch Red Beans and Cornbread   at Sweet Nothings French Macarons  at Debalicious Afternoon Snack Brownie Strawberry Mousse Torte  at Monster Mama Dinner Oven Roasted Bacon Wrapped Chicken  at Beyond The Peel Cranberry, Carrot and Celery Slaw  at East Natural Food Garlic Cheddar Biscuits  at Southern Belle as an Army Wife Mini Warm Chocolate Cakes  at Recipes To Nourish
If You Helped Me Fill My Plate Please Take This Red Plate Home The Code Is On The Side Board
Full Plate Thursday Ba…


Rosemary Pork Roast Slow Cooker

I just love all the deep flavors of winter, the Rosemary, Thyme and Sage,  that are in this recipe. I am able to go out to my Herb Garden and pick the fresh herbs, then stop by the barn and pick up the Pearl Onions from the cold bin, then I am off to the kitchen.  The smell of this Pork Roast will have everyone rushing to the kitchen to find the wonderful meal that awaits them at the end of a cold winters day.



Rosemary Pork Roast
Rosemary Pork Roast Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients 3 to 4 pound Boston Butt Pork Roast 8 cups pearl onions 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons thyme 2 teaspoons sage 2 teaspoons rosemary 2 sprigs rosemary 2 cloves garlic chopped 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoon pepper 2 cups Apple Juice Mix together the thyme, sage, salt, pepper and 2 teaspoons rosemary. Rub the Pork with the season mix on all sides until all the sides are covered well.  Pour the olive oil into a very hot skillet and sear the Pork until brown on the outside. Move it immediately to the hot Slow C…


Whats For Dinner Next Week 2-19-12

We have been getting some much needed rain, it is so nice to just get a  cup of tea with a great muffin and sit by the fire with a good book. I am happy that you could stop by today, come on in and get warm by the fire, I will get you a cup of tea and we will talk about The Menu for next week.


Sunday
Green Chili Chicken Bake Green Chili Chicken Bake (Link)
Pineapple and Black Bean Salsa
Mexican Salad with Chipotle Dressing
Homemade Tortillas
Southwest Brulee
Southwest Brulee (Link)

Monday
Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup
Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Left Over
Southwest Brulee

Tuesday
 Fat Tuesday
Red Beans N Rice

Miz Helen's Kitchen Adapted From Miz Helen's Kitchen Table Cookbook 1 pound dry Red Beans 1 1/2 pounds hot smoked sausage 4 slices bacon browned 1 green bell pepper chopped 1 yellow onion chopped 2 cloves garlic minced 8 ounces tomato sauce 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon thyme 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Tabasco to taste Cayenne Pepper to taste Sort and wash the Red Beans. In a large mixin…


Full Plate Thursday 2-16-12

I am so excited to see you today, welcome to Full Plate Thursday! I hope that there wasn't to much ice on the bridge when you come out today. The lake always looks real pretty in the winter, but sometimes that bridge can be a little slick. We have a big pot of Apple Cider and a pot of Vegetable Broth simmering on the stove so go on in and help your self and get warm by the fire. I can't wait to see what you brought today, it will be so good!
This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Hot Sausage Gravy and Biscuits  at A Season For All Things Morning Snack Banana Nut Butter Balls  at The Willing Cook Lunch Mint Garlic Chicken with Lime Pepper Corn Salad  at Tips For Delicious and Healthy Cooking Fresh Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Butter Frosting  Life Is Sweets For The Brown Bag Lunch Valentine Lunch Bag  at Atelier Ceclia Rosslee Afternoon Snack Pink Hot Chocolate  at Simply Sweet N Savory Valentine Mug Cookies   Thing That Make You Say Mmmmm! Dinner Baked Garlic Tomato Salmon  at The Li…


Slow Cooker Chili

We have been planning a special pot luck supper with some friends and we all decided the theme would be a Chili and Soup Supper.  I was looking for a different recipe to bring and this one was just perfect.  When I made it to try it out, I knew it would be a winner for the party and that we would make it over and over for our family to enjoy, it is a great chili and so easy to cook in the Slow Cooker, hope you enjoy your chili!
Slow Cooker Chili


  Doug and Liz  at Pocket Change Gourmet really don't need much introduction, although Pocket Change Gourmet is not that old,  most of you know Liz as The Cupcake Lady from Hoosier Homemade . Pocket Change Gourmet is a combined effort of  Doug and Liz and was born out of a desire to share their passion of cooking for their family using easy, creative recipes and saving money at the same time.

Slow Cooker Chili Miz Helen's Kitchen 2 pounds Ground Beef, cooked and drained 2 cans Tomato Soup 2 cans Water 1 large Onion, chopped finely …


Whats For Dinner Next Week 2-12-12

We just got home from a visit with our new Great Granddaughter Ella June, she is just a little doll, we had so much fun! Come on in and I will tell you all about the trip show off the photos and we can talk about next weeks menu, you know how Grandma's are.


Sunday Jambalaya Green Tossed Salad Cajun Corn Bread Bread Pudding (Link)
Monday Vegetable Soup Biscuits Left Over Bread Pudding
Tuesday Valentine Dinner Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens (Link) Sweet Potato Casserole Green Beans Hot Yeast Rolls
Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake (Link)
Wednesday Baked Ziti Tossed Green Salad Garlic Bread Left Over Chocolate Cake
Thursday From  Full Plate Thursday Lunch Ginger Carrot Soup with Apples  at Bookcase Foodie V-8 Veggie Crackers  at Grandma Loy's Kitchen
Homemade Conversation Hearts   at Cupcake Apothecary Friday Herb Crusted Salmon with Dill Sauce Steamed Asparagus Cauliflower Puree
Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
Herb Hot Rolls Lemon Cheese Cake with Sour Cream Topping (Link)

I am so happy that you c…


Full Plate Thursday 2-9-12

The warm weather "treat" has gone and it is plenty cold again. They say if you don't like the weather in Texas just wait til tomorrow and it will change, that's for sure. I am sure glad to see you today, we are going to have lots of wonderful food here to warm us up, with good laughs and fellowship to enjoy. I can't wait to see what you have brought today.

This Is How I Filled My Plate Last Week Breakfast Happy Valentine Mini French Toast  at Will Cook For Smiles Morning Snack Valentine Tarts  at Healthy Family Cookin Lunch Ginger Carrot Soup with Apples  at Bookcase Foodie V-8 Veggie Crackers  at Grandma Loy's Kitchen
Homemade Conversation Hearts   at Cupcake Apothecary Afternoon and Dinner Super Bowl Party Man Dip at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen  Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Appetizers at Aunt Nubby's Kitchen Not Your Mama's Dip at The Rickett Chronicles  Cheese Football at What's Cooking Love? Pickle Dip at Happier Than A Pig In Mud Gluten Free Super Bowl Food at Glut…


Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake

This is an awesome Chocolate Cake, it is so moist with just the right amount of chocolate, and of course you can never get to much chocolate. Christina Williams at The Foodie Entourage brought this wonderful chocolate cake to my Full Plate Thursday recently. Christina started The Foodie Entourage in 2010, she is a freelance writer, web builder and has made chocolates and pastries professionally on and off for the past ten years. 



Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake
 Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients For Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your baking pans and dust with cocoa powder instead of flour.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  Add eggs, milk, o…


Cranberry Chicken Salad Surprise For Amy