Great Cook Books I Cook (and live) by

  • Big Orange Book by Rachael Ray
  • Giada at Home
  • Jamie at Home
  • Look and Cook by Rachael Ray

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sausage and Apple Appetizers

Hi all! so, on the week end I made a new recipe which my husband absolutely loved! So, I thought I would share it with all of you.


4 mild Italian sausage
olive oil
1 large apple, or two small ones (I used Macintosh apples) cored, and cubed. (make sure the cubes are small enough to place on top of the sausage slices).
dried sage
brown sugar
apple cider
salt and pepper

In an oven dish, bake the sausages until golden brown on all sides, let cool, and cut into slices, across the sausage, on a diagonal. In a hot pan, place a small amount of olive oil just to coat pan and place the sausage slices flat in the pan. Brown both sides, and then, set then on a platter and let cool. Place a small amount of apple cider in the same pan and de-glaze the pan, making sure to pick up all of the yummy brown bits. Place the apple cubes in the pan, along with the sage (to taste), salt and pepper and brown sugar. Let the apples soften and then, take out of pan. Put the apple pieces on top of the sausage pieces and secure with a toothpick, so each one is a nice little bite! The juice left over in the pan can then be drizzled over top of the sausage and apple bites. These can be made ahead of time and then placed in the oven in an over proof dish, covered with tin foil to heat up. They were a hit - hope you try them, and let me know what you think.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Banana Bread Pancakes

  • A friend asked me to post this recipe, so, this one is for you Jeanette!

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tblsp sugar (white)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon - as much or as little as you like
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 whole bananas, mashed
In a bowl place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and stir with a fork until combined. In another bowl mix together the beaten eggs, milk vanilla extract, oil and bananas. Pour the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture, and mix with a fork until just blended - the batter should be lumpy. In a pan or griddle, melt some butter or spray with non -stick spray and pour the batter with a large spoon or a ladle, and form the pan cake - flip the pan cake when bubbles begin to form on the surface! yum! Serve with extra bananas on top and of course real maple syrup!

Short cuts: use your favourite pan cake mix and make it as per directions on the box, and then, add the mashed bananas and the cinnamon.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Hello everyone! It is cookie season!!!!! The other day, I bakes a fantastic peanut butter chocolate chip cookie! and, EASY!!! so, I thought I would share the recipe with you - it only has 5 ingredients! It freezes for three months! enjoy!

1 cup Peanut butter (either smooth or crunchy)
1 cup Brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Stir peanut butter and sugar until well combined. Add the egg, and stir it in until well combined. Add the flour and stir that in, and then, stir in the chocolate chips.

On a baking sheet, roll out balls of the dough (as small or as large as you'd like!) and place on the cookie sheet flattening out with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 -14 minutes!

Let the cookies cool on the tray for a few minutes, and then, enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Comfort food is what we are all craving at this time of year, so, here is a very simple recipe for Pork Loin which looks fancy, but, is really really easy! Hope you all like it.

With this recipe, please keep in mind that I don't use recipes and rarely measure, so, I am giving you an approximate amount of each ingredient - taste is as you go and make it your own!


*1 full pork loin, with silver skin trimmed off
*2 Tblsp olive oil
*1/4 cup maple syrup
*juice and rind of one orange
* splash of balsamic vinegar
*2 garlic cloves, minced finely
*1 Tblsp ground sage
*salt and pepper
* 1/2 onion, sliced thinly
* 1/2 cup of white wine
* splash of chicken stock
*2 Tblsp butter

In a bowl, mix the maple syrup, the orange juice, the orange rind, the garlic cloves, sage, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and 1 Tblsp of olive oil. Pour the mixture into a Ziploc bag, and place the pork loin in it. Make sure the loin is coated all around, and place in the fridge for at least one hour, but, up to 8 hours.

Take the pork loin out of the fridge about a half hour before you are going to cook it.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat an oven proof frying pan on med heat, and then pour the remaining olive oil and heat it up. Once the oil is heated, add the pork loin, and sear it on all sides (you are not cooking it at this time, just searing it). Once it is caramelized on all sides, add the sliced onions, wine, and stock and put the whole pan in the oven. Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, keeping in mind the size of your loin. (a small loin, will take about 20 minutes, and a larger one will take 30 minutes).

After the loin is cooked, take it out of the pan, and let it rest, tented with tin foil for about 7 - 10 minutes. While the loin is tenting, and resting, put the pan back on medium heat, and pour some stock into the pan, to de-glaze. Make sure you use a wooden spoon and pick up all the bits at the bottom of the pan!!! then, add the butter and melt - this will thicken the sauce.

Slice the loin, and pour the sauce on top!


Enjoy! and let me know if it works for you:)