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Slow cooker pork loin with apples

This one was going around the internet for a minute – I tried it so you don’t have to. Except that you should.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 apple*
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup baby potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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*I used Cortland, because I didn’t want something super-sweet, but definitely didn’t want tart either. Cortland is on the sweeter side, but not too much so.

I halved the amount of meat from the original recipe – and apples, carrots, and potatoes – but kept the same amount of sauce. The sauce is really good and you will want more of it.

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Classic goulash

Goulash! I like to make this on Sundays and use it for lunch during the week.

Thank you MyIncredibleRecipes.com for this one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp adobo seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt (or seasoned salt of your choice)
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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Three seasoning blends you need in your kitchen right now

Need some more flavor in your kitchen? If you’ve got these three seasoning blends on hand you can’t go wrong.

Taco seasoning

Courtesy of SmashedPeasAndCarrots.com

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Use this for, well, tacos, or anything taco-like. Beef or chicken. 

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Cajun seasoning

Courtesy of FreshBitesDaily.com.

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Cajun seasoning for chicken, vegetables, or anything where you want a nice kick of flavor.

  • 2 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme

Poultry seasoning

Courtesy of MyFridgeFood.com.

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This is my favorite of the three. The absolute perfect compliment to chicken. 

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

If you have all three of these made and ready to go, you can easily throw together a last minute dinner when you otherwise had nothing prepared.

Macaroni salad version 2.0

If you’re looking for a classic macaroni salad, check out this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you want to veer of the beaten path a little bit, I discovered this one  a few weeks ago from ASpicyPerspective.com and have made it twice with rave reviews.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz dried macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 (12 oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped kale
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped

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Difference between: coffee and decaf coffee

Okay folks, small blog update before I get into this one.

I started a new job this week. 

I’ve transitioned from being a freelance writer on the side, to being an actual, full-time, writer and editor for a well known marketing company. This is awesome.

In lieu of the big changes happening in my life, I thought it was time to take a gander at the Difference Between category on this blog – the one I post in the most frequently.

I started this blog in April of 2013. (Three year anniversary!) My first Difference Between post was in July of 2013, on Russian dressing and Thousand Island dressing. I’ve done a Difference Between post once a week, with few exceptions, for two years and nine months. 

And I think it’s time to switch it up.

I have an idea of what I want to take my once-a-week post place, but I’m not sure enough to announce it just yet.

In the meantime! Feel free to continue emailing me with Difference Between post ideas, because I’ll probably pick it up at some point.

Here’s the last Difference Between post for awhile: coffee versus decaf coffee.

Photo credit: TheCoffeeExchange.Inc.
Photo credit: TheCoffeeExchange.Inc.

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Beef chipotle burritos

Oh my gosh. This is so. Good.

And if you try to stay away from red meat, I bet it works great with chicken too.

Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for this one, and a hat tip to FlavorMosiac.com for the salsa topping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef round steak
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 3 chipotle peppers with adobo sauce, minced (come in 7 oz cans)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 (9 or 10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (optional, seriously tastes great without it)
  • Pico de Gallo salsa*

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*Pico de Gallo salsa – this is the recipe I use, which I love, but by all means use a different one if you wish. Once again this is from FlavorMosiac.com, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite recipe sites.

Ingredients:

  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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Use your judgement here – keep your own personal preference in mind in terms of spiciness (remember, the beef has chipotle peppers in it, which is also spicy), and the size of the vegetables can of course vary greatly. The recipe calls for one onion but I didn’t end up using the whole thing. Also, you can omit the salt if you really want to.

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