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Bacon & Portabello Ravioli with Parmesan Cheese Sauce

Bacon & Portabello Ravioli with Parmesan Cheese Sauce

I know heart-shaped ravioli is about as cheesy (no pun intended) and cliche as valentines food gets, but I just couldn’t resist this year, because it’s so stinkin’ cute and down-right DELICIOUS! I know I say this all the time, but this dish really is one of the best things I have ever eaten. If a restaurant near me sold this, I would go back again and again–i’m not even kidding! I love pasta, I love, love, LOVE mushrooms–and bacon? Who doesn’t love bacon? The combination with the cheesy, creamy parmesan sauce is about 1000 calories of PURE sweet heaven! I just use valentines as an excuse to eat it… it’s a celebratory occasion right?!

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Winter Minestrone with Pesto Croutons

Winter Minestrone with Pesto Croutons

These past couple of weeks with Christmas, My seventh year wedding anniversary, new year’s, a family temple sealing, lots of family get-togethers and then getting a really bad cold have caused me to put my blog on the back burner for a little while. Since I started it, I don’t know if I have ever taken this long of a break in-between posts, so it’s going to be hard to get back into the swing of things, but there’s nothing quite like new year’s to get you re-motivated!
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BBQ Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

BBQ Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Yesterday I had a whole pork tenderloin left over from when I made the feijoada, so I decided to do something really yummy with it. I know December is hardly the season for BBQ, but when I think of pairing pork with something classic and delicious, it’s what comes to mind–so I decided to go with it. I made my favorite home made BBQ sauce, sliced the pork tenderloin thin and added it to the sauce, then served it on french bread with crumbled goat cheese and seasoned mixed lettuce. Pretty basic, but SO divine!
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Brazilian Feijoada

Brazilian Feijoada

A little while ago I mentioned that I was going to post my favorite feijoada recipe. My husband served a church mission in Brazil, so he lived there for a couple of years, and while he was there he really grew to love this dish. I hadn’t really thought about making it before, but then two or three weeks ago we had a karaoke party and Brazilian themed dinner at our church here in Mattawa, and our friend Dan made the most AMAZING feijoada, and I instantly fell in love with the dish too. Honestly, it kinda looked black and freaky and I was pretty convinced it would be bland like a lot of other plain white rice and beans I have had in the past… but this dish is deceptively delicious and bursting full of flavor. I was so excited when Dan shared his recipe with me, because it’s pretty perfect!

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Gourmet Sausage Roll with Carrot-Parsnip Puree

Gourmet Sausage Roll with Carrot-Parsnip Puree

I think I am starting to loose my English roots a little bit, because I had completely forgotten sausage rolls ever existed! In England, they’re everywhere, and as a kid I probably ate them on a weekly basis, so I have no idea how I could have forgotten all about them. Then the other day when I made the pork and potato roll, I remembered how delicious sausage rolls were, and decided I would have a go at making one– but a more gourmet version of one.

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