Category Archives: Our Creations

Pork Chops & Berry Cherry Topping

A completely Michigan meal!

A completely Michigan meal!

Summer Squash and Simple Marinara Sauce

Pork Chops with Berry Topping in 15 minutes

We do love our squarsh.

We do love our squarsh.

Fresh Squash – Thin slice, add small slices to the top, lightly salt, heavy pepper*, olive oil drizzle, mozzarella topping, italian seasoning, and then sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 for 10 mins, and then broil for 5 mins.

Pork Chops – Poke with fork a lot, olive oil, salt and pepper. When 50% done, add rosemary. Cook until tender not chewy (best to use a thermometer). Serve with Berries and Cherries Topping from Cherry Republic over fresh arugula.

Red Sauce – Blanch tomatoes, dice, add tomatoes and juice to sauteed garlic, simmer and reduce. Reduce until it has a paste like consistency (sauce it), add pepper and serve over squash.

Wine – We served this with Contessa Blueberry Wine from Michigan.

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Beyond Basil.. The Summer Squash Debut.

Giant Summer Squash

Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head...

Squash, Parmesean, Garlic & Olive Oil. Divine!

Squash, Parmesean, Garlic & Olive Oil. Divine!

Initially upon discovering this giant yellow squash in our garden, we were delighted in thinking that we had grown the biggest and best squash the world has ever seen. Doug exclaimed that it was so much bigger than any we had ever seen in stores, and then it occurred to me, perhaps there’s a reason why they are all the same size in stores? After all, they are genetically engineering fruits & veggies to be bigger and better all time, and yet we easily grew a giant squash without any prior gardening experience? It was too good to be true.

“Maybe there’s a reason they pick them before they get this big?” I asked. “Maybe we should look up when we are supposed to harvest these things.”

I proceeded to jump onto Google and find out.  [insert sad trombone here]

Come to find out, you want to avoid letting a summer squash get too large. “A large squash can become very seedy and gain a mealy, undesirable taste.” Ahh.. right. Well now that we have this giant un-delicious squash, what do we do with it? The internet to the rescue. Actually on the very same page that told me I should have picked this squash a week ago, it also linked to a recipe for an overgrown squash, or squarsh as we like to call it.

It wasn’t half bad actually, and we reallly enjoyed it. However, Doug improvised (of course) a little by adding paprika, adding a bit more garlic, and using Chipotle Olive Oil. He also used mozzarella in addition to parmesan cheese.

This week we enjoyed a similar recipe that Doug cooked up on his own. I think it turned out to be outstanding and far better than the first. Granted the squash wasn’t as overgrown this time, but any size of squash you’ve got will do. Just add the magic sauce, and voila!

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Pork Tenderloin

Slicing the Pork Tenderloin

So easy to make, and it smells fantastic!

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin over spinach, corn & red peppers reduced in wine

Bacon-wrapped Pork Tenderloin with the "special sauce"

Bacon-wrapped Pork Tenderloin with the "special sauce"

Pork – First clean the pork, no one enjoys chewing through a ton of fat. Once clean, stab with fork a bunch. Rub with salt and pepper. Add italian seasoning to the top. Wrap in bacon and cut the extra off. Brown the wrapped tenderloin so the bacon is more crisp. When your done, Place on cooking stone and bake at 350 till inside temp reaches 170. Usually about 30-40 mins. Pull out and slice. Serve over magic sauce.

Magic Sauce – Miracle HaWhip and Sriracha sauce (if you don’t know it, find it… NOW!). I’ll let you determine your heat.

Asparagus – Broil with olive oil, salt and pepper until slightly crisp.

Potatoes – Ziplock bag, olive oil, diced potatoes and Lipton french onion seasoning… Bake (not in the ziplock).

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Basil Birthday Omelette on a Poppyseed Bagel

Basil and Feta Omelette on a Zingerman's Poppyseed Bagel

Basil and Feta Omelette on a Zingerman's Poppyseed Bagel

  • Poppyseed bagel topped with Cream cheese
  • Scrambled eggs with sharp cheddar folded in
  • Fresh tomato slices
  • Several basil leaves
  • Crumbled Feta

This made for a perfect birthday breakfast! Don’t forget to pick up your half-dozen Zingerman’s bagels for FREE on your birthday!

Check out our other Zingerman’s bagel recipe ideas.

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It may be Independence Day, but Italian colors taste better!

Caprese Sandwiches

Caprese Sandwiches, such delicate flavors perfectly combined!

 

Sandwich – Hard roll sliced. Baste with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette (both sides). Thick slice tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella. Swoon.

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Planting the Feast

The Garden Begins!

The Garden Begins!

Three garden plots, about 550 sq. feet

Three garden plots, about 550 sq. feet


Baby Lettuces

Baby Lettuces

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Homemade Salmon Sushi

prepping the sushi

Prepping the sushi -- the magic begins!

Salmon Sushi

Salmon Sushi with avocado, cream cheese, and asparagus

Enjoying Homemade Sushi!

Enjoying Homemade Sushi!

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