Monthly Archives: May 2009

anything with smoked paprika….

WELL, I discovered smoked paprika when devising my menu for the New Year’s Day party. Along with making the pulled pork and Hoppin’John with ham super delicious, it gave a lovely depth to the vegetarian Hoppin’ John as well as the collard greens that also had no meat in with them. Note: collard greens are traditionally cooked with ham hocks or the like, but the smoked paprika does the trick nicely.

NOW – here is a link to a chicken thigh recipe that is VERY tasty. Braised Chicken Thighs with Smoked Paprika.

I made it with boneless, skinless thighs that I had grabbed on sale and it was great. I know bones and skin add flavor, but frankly, it was really tasty with the boneless skinless thighs. I had 1 1/2 pounds and had the dish in the oven for maybe 1 and 1/2 hours. So – whatever you got in the fridge or freezer should work fine.

Quick Dinner NOT the usual pork and beans!

Do you want a meal in just about an hour start to finish? Here are the links. If you are like me, you wait until the pork tenderloin is on sale.

I bought what DeMoula’s/Market Basket calls a “mini sirloin roast” last week with the intention of trying it as a substitute for the tenderloin in this recipe, but ended up making this:

Braised Pork Chops with Sage

It was very yummy – luckily I have a lovely sage plant that wintered over. My Rosemary and Oregano did, too. Now I have to set myself up with year-round thyme and basil!

Anyway – the following recipes will give you a lovely meal in the proverbial “just about an hour
from start to eating.
Pork Tenderloin Medallions With Spicy Marmalade Sauce

Sesame Green Beans

And, I tried out mung bean threads – for the first time! Very unexpected texture – I need to learn more about how to use them. I would recommend vermicelli (rice sticks) instead for a quick carb accompaniment if, like me, you don’t get basmati brown rice on the stove at the very beginning!