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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

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So for a bonus of some sort Gus was given a lot of pork. A LOT of pork, like 40 pounds. We gave 30 pounds away and kept 10. I just now thawed out the massive hunk of tenderloin overnight last night and separated it this morning. I decided to bake up some yum yums and this is what I got.

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I marinated the pork in soy sauce and brown sugar for two hours (I just poored some soy sauce into the foil tin and kind of rolled the pork in it and then rubbed brown sugar all over it), then browned the outsides of the pork, and then baked the pork for 40 minutes at 325 (every 10 minutes I drizzled some marinade over the pork).

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I cooked up some mashed potatoes and put ’em on the side. The juices and the taters together were pretty good.

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Chickeny Tacoy Croissanty Things

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So I was out of ideas for meals and decided chicken tacos sounded good but I didn’t want it on a soft shell. I looked in my fridge and found croissants. So I cooked the chicken, boiled it in the taco seasoning stuff, then rolled the chicken with some cheese in ¬†croissants and baked them for the time it said on the package (10 min or something I don’t remember). They were awesome.

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Valentine’s Day cookies

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I decided to try a new sugar cookie recipe, the last ones I made weren’t sweet enough for me. I also wanted to use my new cookie cutters that Annie sent me. Specifically the heart shaped cutter, my son loved them before he tasted them because of the shape!

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The recipe I used is “The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies“. After reading reviews on the site I decided to add an extra cup of sugar and I think I doubled the Vanilla that I put in, maybe. (I always over estimate on the extract because I’m too lazy to find the little measuring spoons.) The frosting on the cookies is the same recipe I always use, powdered sugar, food coloring and milk, it’s yummy and easy. The recipe says it makes 5 dozen cookies, I got 11 dozen out of one batch. I don’t know if my cookie cutters are too small or what but I thought the cookies were a good size. These definitely are the best sugar cookies I’ve ever made. If you decide to make them add that extra cup of sugar, you won’t be disappointed.

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Charity’s Meatball Subs

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I made meatball subs today. First off, the meatball recipe.

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1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 egg

Mix raw beef with all ingredients while preheating the oven at 350. Foil your pan or cookie sheet, roll meat into balls and put on foiled pan/sheet. Put ’em in the oven for 40 minutes.

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When balls are done stick ’em on some paper towels to drain grease and then toss ’em into your sauce. I just used jarred red sauce from the grocery store and threw in some oregano and garlic powder. Let simmer on low for 30-60 minutes.

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Stick your balls on a french roll, bun, hoagie or whatever you want. Throw some sauce and cheese on top and enjoy.

Lasagna Roll Ups

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I kept seeing recipes for lasagna roll ups online so I decided to do my own.

8 lasagna noodles, boiled
1 jar red sauce
1 lb. ground beef
8 oz. ricotta cheese
2 spoonfuls sour cream
handful shredded cheese (whatever you feel like using – I used cheddar jack)
Oregano, garlic powder, salt & pepper to your liking
Mozzerella cheese to top it off

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I boiled the noodles, they don’t have to be full cooked – baking it will solve that problem. Mixed the cheeses (threw in some oregano, garlic powder, salt & pepper) and browned the ground beef. Then drained the beef and mixed it with the sauce in a frying pan. While that was going on I put a large spoonful of the cheese mix on each noodle and rolled it up, placing them side by side in a glass pan. After that I poored some sauce on top of the noodles and all around. Covered it with foil and baked for 30 minutes. I took off the foil and put some cheese on top and baked it for an extra 10 minutes.

It was delicious.

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Clementine Butter Cookies

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I am in love with a new cookie, again. I found this recipe a few weeks ago and have been so excited to make it but had to put it off until today. They were worth the wait.

Clementine Butter Cookies by Kelley at Mountain Mama Cooks.

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My picture does not do these cookies justice. Now I doubled the recipe since one recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies (thanks to Kelley for her quick response to my question!) and I always send at least 3 dozen to work with Gus. I refrigerated the dough for about 45 minutes after separating it into 4 blobs and the only cookie cutters I have are Christmas themed so I rolled the dough into balls and pressed them down with the bottom of a floured cup. I also used a different frosting because I couldn’t find the orange liqueur in my local grocery store and I forgot to put half and half on my list. Even without the right frosting these cookies are incredible.

Props to Kelley for being such a bamf and coming up with this recipe! Thank you!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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I have spent the passed few years looking for a decent recipe for that awesome chicken you get at your local Chinese restaurant. A few months ago I found it. This recipe is incredible and I recommend that everyone tries it. It’s easy enough to do with no real difficult steps and ingredients that I always have in my cabinets.

Sweet and Sour Chicken, I always put it over white rice and occasionally splash on some extra soy sauce depending on how I feel that day. The only thing I do differently from the recipe is add just a touch of ground ginger and a little bit of honey. Also, after letting it bake for about 20 minutes I take it out to poor the sauce over the chicken and throw some flour in and stir it up. It really helps the sauce stick to the chicken.

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