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Pork and Green Chile Soup Pork and green chile soup

Hello everyone! I hope the time change hasn’t been a bother for you. Perhaps rather than get upset about one less hour of sleep my hope is that you went out and enjoyed the sunshine. Spring is just around the corner, isn’t it?

Today I want to share a delightful family recipe with you. Pork and green chile soup! Another great dish my mother prepared for us and I absolutely love it. This reminds me of home as it was one of my favorite soups growing up. It surpasses vegetable, bean, or any other. Once you make this you’ll know what I mean. Let’s face it- once warmer weather arrives we won’t indulge in soups very often and this is a winner to end the cold weather with. More flavorful than a tomato soup and as spicy as you want it to be, this pork and green chile soup will really warm you up on a cold day. Pair it with corn bread infused with jalapeños or a gourmet grilled Continue reading

Healthy Cashew Chicken Cashew Chicken

We love stir fry dishes. They are so flavorful, after prepping it’s a matter of minutes and dinner is on the table and clean up is so easy. We have several recipes that we seem to rotate and we’ll eat stir fry maybe a couple of times per week, sometimes three. We never tire of them and somehow they all have their own unique flavor depending on the sauce, meat and vegetable choices. We used to eat at Chinese resturants often- however, the homemade is beyond better and healthier for you too.  Continue reading

Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello http://twocooksonepot.comThis homemade limoncello is an easy to make, classic Italian aperitif.

I am sure many of you have seen the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. Well it so happens to be one of my favorite movies and I watch it at least once a year. It fulfills my travel whims: food, architecture, friends, really all my loves in one movie. It stars Diane Lane and she is superb in this. If you have not seen it I encourage you to check it out.

Well about half way through the movie she falls in love with a handsome gentleman from Italy. He takes her to meet his family for dinner and at the end of the meal they bring out some homemade Limoncello that his family makes every year. This drink looked wonderful! On a side note I dream of traveling to Italy some day, for some reason I have always been drawn to Italy! Anyone else feel the same?

Well following the first viewing and being a curious sort I researched limoncello, thinking what is this wonderful little aperitif, I must try this! Where have you been all my life? It sounded amazing and it covered an important food group, fruit. Right? So then I looked at several recipes to find the perfect one and it turns out they are all pretty much the same. Three simple ingredients…lemons, clear liquor, and sugar.

I made it and it was wonderful and a nice finish to a spicy Italian dish I might add.

Here goes:

5 ripe lemons, get ones with no green. Organic is best as you’ll use the outer skin and we don’t want pesticides in our Limoncello. Oh NO!
375 ml Ever Clear

Wash the lemon well. Using a potato peeler peel the thinnest outer part of the skin, you don’t want any white as it will turn bitter.

Place your peels in the Ever Clear and place in a dark, cool spot such as a pantry or closet for 45 days until peels are colorless. Shake occasionally.

After 45 days:
1 cup sugar
22 oz. water
Combine in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer, stir to dissolve; set aside to cool.

Strain the lemon peels from the Ever Clear and discard peel or see below*. In a large bottle of your choice pour the Ever Clear and sugar solution in together. Place back in the pantry or dark cool closet for 30 days. If the appearance is cloudy you may want to run it through a coffee filter. It’s ready after 30 days.

*I gave these as gifts one year and in the case of the lemon peels rather than toss I rolled them in sugar to garnish desserts. I usually don’t care for sweet wine, tea or other drinks but I make an exception here.



Easy Boeuf Bourguignon

Easy Boeuf Bourguignon

I have made this Boeuf Bourguignon recipe on a number of occasions over the years and it is sublime. It’s easy and much faster than the original French recipe. However, it is still dark, rich, and wine based with a slow cook style. Slow cooking is very important, a simmer for three to four hours is key. Continue reading

Healthy and Delicious Sweet Potato Cookies

Sweet Potato Cookies http://twocooksonepot.comWell it’s the new year and it seems to be the time we focus on better eating habits or losing weight or both. Eating healthy is something we try to do as part of our every day routine. Not always accomplished, but I do fairly well… as for my better half he’s trying and has gotten so much better. I am really proud of him.  For example we didn’t gain weight over the holiday. I would personally still like to shed a few pounds and look like I did at age 20. Oh, and win the lottery.

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