Hot Eats and Cool Reads: May 2013

May 29, 2013

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Blackberry Balsamic Sauce Recipe

Slow cooker recipes don't end up on my menu very often. Not sure why I don't make them, but I'm usually just a "make a meal when I get home" type of girl! So glad I had some pork ribs in the freezer, so I could make and share this recipe with you today!

This recipe is so easy and so flavorful. You can throw the meat in the slow cooker all day and make the sauce just before you're ready to eat. We served it with rice, but it would go well with so many sides. I just love the flavor the blackberries and balsamic combined in the sauce, and the leftover sauce, if you have any, would be great made into a dressing for a salad.

Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Blackberry Balsamic Sauce (print recipe)

What you need:
1 1/2- 2 pounds boneless pork ribs
onion powder
garlic salt
black pepper
1 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup warm water

Season pork ribs with onion powder, garlic salt and black pepper. Place ribs in slow cooker and add chicken broth. Cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Use two forks and pull meat apart slightly.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and blackberries. Cook over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, breaking apart blackberries into smaller pieces while cooking. 

Combine cornstarch and warm water. Add to sauce mixture. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Serve over slow cooked pork.

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May 24, 2013

Peach and Pear Sorbet Recipe

Summertime is almost here in Minnesota. I have an amazing, and reasonable to make, treat to cool you off on these hot days! This Peach and Pear Sorbet is absolutely wonderful! The flavors are delicious and the texture is so smooth! This takes a little time to make after you put it together, but it is so worth it!!  This recipe uses Del Monte canned peaches and pears. These ingredients make it a cheap homemade treat and the kiddos will love helping you make it! You can make this recipe two ways. We tested this recipe using both sparkling wine and sparkling grape juice and it turned out fantastic either way! You can make one batch for you, and one batch for the kids!

This recipe was created using ingredients from Del Monte!

Thanks to my sister, Shannon for taking the photo on this post! You can visit her blog Speaking in Plain Shamish here!

Peach and Pear Sorbet (print recipe)

What you need:
1- 15 ounce can Del Monte Lite peaches, drained
1- 15 ounce can Del Monte Lite pears, drained
2/3 cup Moscato d'asti or 2/3 cup sparkling white grape juice
1/2 cup sugar

In a blender, puree peaches and pears.

In a small sauce pan, combine moscato or sparkling grape juice and sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

In a shallow plastic container, combine puree and  moscato or juice mixture. Cover and place in the freezer. Stir every 30 minutes for the first 4 hours to break up ice crystals. Freeze for another 1-2 hours until firm.

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Tangy 5 Bean Salad Recipe

This 5 Bean Salad is packed with delicious flavor from fresh dill, onion, a tangy and sweet vinegar sauce and the different canned beans. A potluck, picnic and barbecue favorite!

Salad in a white bowl with a forkful on top.

Grilled Basil and Tomato Turkey Burgers Recipe

Basil, tomato and garlic are one of my favorite flavor combos. These 3 ingredients are used in alot of the recipes I cook, so I knew they would be fantastic added into a burger!

I prefer using ground turkey for burgers, over ground beef. The addition of the basil, diced tomatoes and garlic was phenomenal. It was one of the MOST flavorful burgers I've ever eaten and I will most definitely prepare them again. They were juicy and all I topped it with was a light smear of mayo. Delish!

This recipe was created using ingredients from Del Monte!

Thanks to my sister, Shannon for taking the photo in this post. You can visit her blog Speaking in Plain Shamish here!

Grilled Basil and Tomato Turkey Burgers (print recipe)

What you need:
2 pounds ground turkey
1- 14.5 ounce can Del Monte diced tomatoes
1/3 cup fresh basil, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, as desired
hamburger buns

Drain diced tomatoes in a strainer. Make sure to squeeze any excess juice from the tomatoes, while straining.

In a bowl, combine ground turkey, drained tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Shape into 6-8 burger patties, depending on what size burger you prefer.

Let the burgers set for 15-20 minutes while preparing the grill.

When the grill is ready, place burgers on the grill. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping once, halfway through.

Serve topped with mayo, or your favorite burger sauce.

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May 22, 2013

Apple, Peach and Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Woo-hoo! So excited rhubarb is finally ready in Minnesota. It was later this year than last, because of all the snow we had in April. My Dad gave me some last weekend and I knew I had to use it right away!

This crisp recipe originally came from my Mom and she always used it with apples. I've made it a few different ways using different fruits, and it always turns out so good with rhubarb. The fruit combo of apple, peach and rhubarb is pretty incredible! It was gone in no time at all. We loved it! Enjoy!!

Apple, Peach and Rhubarb Crisp (print recipe)

What you need:
3 cups apples, peeled and sliced
3 cups peaches, peeled and sliced
2 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces or 1 cup frozen rhubarb, thawed and excess liquid drained
1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 glass baking dish. Place fruit in the baking dish and cover evenly with sugar.

In a bowl, combine cinnamon, flour, sugar and butter with your fingers until mixed. Evenly sprinkle crisp topping over fruit. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the crisp is lightly browned.

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May 21, 2013

20 Sweet and Savory Salad Recipes! Perfect for Memorial Day!

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

Anytime I think of Memorial Day, I think of having a BBQ with my family and friends. What does every BBQ need?? Salads!

Today I have 20 wonderful salads to share with you from some of my favorite bloggers, as well as Hot Eats and Cool Reads! These salads are both savory and sweet, which would be perfect for both the meal and dessert! Just click on the name of the salad and it will bring you right to the recipe! 

May 20, 2013

Cherry Limeade Recipe... Surprise Recipe Swap

Hello foodies! It's once again the 20th of the month and time for the Surprise Recipe Swap! Thanks to Jutta from Hungry Little Girl for hosting every month!

This months blog is The Texan New Yorker! I was so excited to go snooping around Julie's blog and find a great recipe to make. She has so many great ice cream recipes that caught my eye. Definitely have to make one of those sometime soon. Finally after much debate, I chose to make her Cherry Limeade recipe. I am a sucker for fruity, yummy drinks and this one sounded perfect since I love cherries so much. Make sure you stop by and check out Julie's recipes!

My daughter and I both adored this limeade. It would be super refreshing on a hot summer day and I can't wait to make it for my next BBQ. The only change I made was increasing the amount of cherries and reducing the amount of sugar, since I bought a 10 ounce jar of cherries. There's never too many cherries in my opinion! :)

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Cherry Limeade (print recipe)

What you need:
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup sugar
1- 2 liter bottle of lemon lime soda
1- 10 ounce jar of maraschino cherries, with juice
lime slices, for garnish

Chill all ingredients before using.

Combine lime juice, sugar and soda in a pitcher. Add cherries and lime slices, stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving!

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May 15, 2013

Tomato, Basil and Cucumber Orzo Salad Recipe

This simple spring or summer orzo pasta salad couldn't be any easier! Great side for lunch, dinner, any picnic, BBQ or potluck!

Tomato, Basil and Cucumber Orzo Salad

This simple spring or summer orzo pasta salad couldn't be any easier! The tomatoes, basil and cucumber combined together adds the perfect taste and texture to the orzo, and the vinaigrette dressing is the perfect finishing touch. Great side for lunch, dinner, any picnic, BBQ or potluck!

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May 13, 2013

Almond Cream Cheese Bars with a Shortbread Crust Recipe

Creamy, sweet and delicious, these almond cream cheese bars with a shortbread crust are pretty much perfection! Great for the holidays, game day parties, potlucks or dessert!

bars on plates with a milk bottle in the background.

May 11, 2013

Restaurant Review: The White Horse Restaurant & Bar in Saint Cloud, Minnesota

I've heard so many good things about The White Horse restaurant in St Cloud. They have an incredible menu and a convenient location right downtown. A few weeks ago, I received a free hotel stay for the Le St Germain Suite Hotel downtown from my cousin, so I knew this was the place I wanted to have dinner! My friends Stacy and Jade joined me. Great food, great company!

It was packed the evening we visited because it was the first beautiful day this spring. The service was on the slower side, but totally understandable since there was not one empty table in the whole place. It was so worth it!

I decided to get the "Fish and Chips" dinner. Along with the fish and fries, you also get a salad. The salad was very good and I ordered the homemade "Tangerine Balsamic Vinaigrette. Loved the dressing!

When my plate arrived at the table, I was surprised at the size of the fish. Holy bigness! It was SO delicious, especially sprinkled with malt vinegar! The coating was nice and crispy. The fries were good too.

Stacy chose the special for that day, which was a "Nepali Yak Burger". This came with fries and a salad, as well. The burger was so delicious and the sauce was outstanding! Their yak meat comes from a local farm, which is always a plus for me!!

Jade ordered one of her favorites, the "Black and Bleu Steak". This came with a salad, her choice of a baked potato. She's ordered it a few times, and loved it!

We also ordered dessert, to go, but I totally spaced on taking a picture. It was heavenly. "Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bottom Cheesecake". The name says it all. YUM!

Here is a small glimpse at the menu:

This is a rare gem of a restaurant for the St Cloud area. This area is land of fast food and chain restaurants, and it's hard to find quality food and a unique menu. I can't wait to go back and try some other dishes on their menu. They also have daily specials which are posted on their Facebook page, and I drool reading their posts everyday! I highly recommend this restaurant!

You can find The White Horse at:
809 W St Germain St
St Cloud, MN 56301

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May 8, 2013

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe


It's a rainy day today. I just love having the window open, and hearing the sound of rain outside. I'm also super glad it's not snow, since it snowed as recently as last Friday! Yuck!

Balsamic is one of my favorite ingredients to use. I swear I could drink the stuff right out of the bottle. Last summer, when I was visiting Traverse City, Michigan, we found a cute store called Fustini's Oils and Vinegars. I was in vinegar heaven. Cherry, blueberry, apple and any other vinegar flavor you can imagine... and sample cups to try them all. Oohh weee, I did try most of them too. Fantastic! Wish I lived closer so I could go back again and buy some. Yum!

This balsamic vinaigrette is so simple to make and so very delicious. Make sure you have a great quality balsamic when making this recipe. It makes a world of difference to spend a few extra dollars to get the better stuff. Trust me. I made the mistake of buying the cheap stuff before. So, instead of buying this at the store, save some money and make it at home. You will love it!

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

What you need:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar, optional
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
3/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper, as desired

In a bowl whisk together the balsamic, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle in the olive oil, continue whisking until combined. 

If you are not serving immediately, refrigerate and shake or whisk before serving. 

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May 6, 2013

Bacon Cheeseburger Roll Recipe

Hello foodies!! I hope this Monday has been good for you! I have a fun and easy weeknight recipe for you today. I'm a huge ground beef lover and we have an awesome meat market about a half an hour away called Thielen's Meats in Little Falls, where I buy all of my ground beef. They have great quality foods and great prices!

This recipe turned out so good for us! I just love all of bacon cheeseburger flavors, and it would be so fun to play around and add in any of your favorite burger toppings. I love pickles, so that was a must add for me. The pickles added a ton of flavor. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Until next time... :)

Bacon Cheeseburger Roll (print recipe)

What you need:
1 pound lean ground beef
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup onions, chopped
3 pickle spears, seeded and chopped
1/4 pound velveeta, cubed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1- 13.8 ounce refrigerated pizza crust
ketchup and mustard for serving

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook ground beef, bacon and onions in a large skillet on medium high heat until ground beef is cooked through. Drain, and return to skillet. Add velveeta and shredded cheddar, heat until melted. Stir in pickles. 

Unroll the pizza dough on a cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Press into a 15x8 inch rectangle. Spread meat mixture down the center lengthwise, and fold both outside edges into the center, pressing the seams together on top and ends to seal. Use a knife and cut a couple slits in the top. Some liquid may seep out during cooking.

Bake 20- 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into slices to serve!

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May 1, 2013

Lemon and Asparagus Orzo Recipe

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going great! 

It's been a relaxing week for us so far, and I'm SO looking forward to Friday. My brother, sister and sister in law go garage saleing together the first Friday of May every year and we always find some awesome deals. 

I'm a huge garage sale junkie and go all the time in the spring and summer, but it's so much more fun with family! Hopefully I find some great blogging dishes and clothes for my daughter!

I just love simple side dish recipes. 

This orzo is very simple and so full of flavor! It makes a pretty big batch, so if there's only a couple of you, I would cut the recipe in half. 

We had tons of leftovers. 

If you don't like asparagus, try adding some different veggies, or you could skip the veggies all together! Enjoy!!

Lemon and Asparagus Orzo
by Sheena

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, as desired
In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add orzo, reduce heat to medium, and cook until liquid is absorbed. Within the last 3 minutes of cooking the orzo, stir in the asparagus.
When the orzo is cooked though, add butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley and black pepper. Serve immediately!
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