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    Here is one for those times when you have an hour or two to cook when you're doing an at home dinner date.

    Roast Pork with Orange

    • 3 tablespoons of butter
    • 1 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed would make a world of difference)
    • 1 tsp orange zest
    • 1 garlic clove
    • pinch of chili powder
    • pinch of dried oregano
    • 2 1/4 lb pork loin (no bone)
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a pan, add the orange juice, zest, garlic, chili powder & oregano, and salt and pepper and mix well. Rub the meat with salt and pepper as well and place in a roasting pan. Pour the mixture over the pork and roast (basting every 15 minutes or so) for about 1 1/2 hours. Take out of the oven and let rest for 10 minutes, then carve and serve with the cooking juices.



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    oh, and let me know if you guys want some desert recipes as well.

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    This one is light and really will make you feel like it's summer -

    Island Salmon Dinner

    2 fillets of wild salmon, skin removed (or one large fillet cut in half)
    1 lime
    coarse ground dijon mustard
    salt
    pepper
    Caribbean jerk seasoning (Optional)
    Teriyaki Sauce.
    1 red bell pepper
    1 red onion
    1 ripe mango
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro


    Take the salmon fillets and remove the skin. Season each side with salt and pepper. (Optionally, I also like to add a bit of Caribbean jerk seasoning, but it's a bit spicy, so use at your own discretion.) Drizzle the teriyaki sauce over both sides of the salmon. Brush the top side of the fillets with a thin coating of the dijon mustard. Give each one a squirt of the fresh lime juice.

    Have your grill hot and ready. It helps to prevent sticking if you rub the grill down with some vegetable oil before you start the fire. Salmon should be cooked only to about medium-rare at the most, which will be about 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on the size. Put the top side down first, and do not move the fish around while it is cooking or it will stick. If a grill isn't available, you can just sautee it on the stove in a skillet with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat.

    To enhance the salmon I make a simple mango salsa. Take the mango and chop it into fine cubes, about a centimeter squared. Also, finely chop the red onion, red pepper and cilantro. Put these ingredients into a bowl and add salt, pepper and the juice of half of a fresh lime. Give it a quick toss and store it in the fridge until you're ready to serve. I like to do this a day in advance, because it lets all those flavors make friends. This will keep for a week or two, so you can make more than you need and keep using it.

    I serve this over wild rice with a light salad. For dessert I've tried out a lot of things, including grilled pineapple, banana puree, and key lime pie. They all work pretty well, just keep it light and summery and she'll love it. One quick option is some fresh fruit covered in a healthy splash of Grand Marnier, and topped with some cool whip.

    For an added bonus, I usually mix a cocktail to go with dinner, called a surfer on acid. It's just equal parts Jagermeister, Malibu coconut rum, and pineapple juice. Garnish it with a slice of kiwi. It sounds a bit odd, but it is tasty, strong enough to please me, and yet most girls still seem to love it. everybody wins! If you don't have those ingredients lying around, then I recommend a German or an Austrian Riesling.

    Enjoy!
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    Any good recipes for Thanksgiving coming up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyChef View Post
    Thanks for the spell check CA, I can't believe I missed that one.

    Here is one that works everytime I've tried it.

    "Pork Chops with Blueberries"

    • 4 thickcut pork chops (at least an inch, and as good a quality as you can afford)
    • All-purpose flour (for dusting)
    • 2 TBSP butter
    • 3 TBSP good olive oil
    • 3/4 cup red wine
    • 2 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    • 1/2 cup honey


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dust pork chops in the AP flour. Heat the butter and olive oil in a frying pan. Add the pork chops and cook, turning occasionally, until they're brown all over. Pour the red wine into the pan and reduce for 5 to 8 minutes. In a food porcessor or blender blend the berries and honey until it becomes a smooth liquid. Now place the pork chops in a baking dish and pour the red wine in and the add the blueberry mixture on top of the pork. Cover and bake for 15 minutes, after you take it out let it rest for 10 minutes, then eat.


    I usually serve this with sauted green beans or asparagus, and a glass of nice red wine.

    Note: One shouldn't cook with a wine that they're not willing to drink!
    Hey Bigdaddychef,

    I want to try and make this tonight, but I don't have any wine, and Im not old enough to buy any . I don't really wanna bother anyone to buy me some right now, so is there anything else I can use besides the wine? a juice maybe? or just skip the wine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyChef View Post
    oh, and let me know if you guys want some desert recipes as well.
    Yeah, we want some.

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    I'm a chef as well, so let me contribute.

    killer desert, she will love you for this:
    CHOCOLAT CHAUD (french for hot chocolat).\

    250 gr pure chocolat
    250 gr butter (not the one you put on you'r sandwich, the real stuff)
    125 gr sugar
    50 gr flower
    5 eggs
    5 egg yokes

    melt the chocolat with the butter,
    whip the eggs+yokes untill they are stiff and somewhat white, add the sugar to the eggs.
    add, while whipping, the chocolat substance to the whipped eggs.
    add, agaun while whipping carefully, the flower.

    pour the substance in little non-sticking cups, you can simply put bakingpaper in coffee cups.

    when you''r almos ready for desert, put the cups in the oven at 200C for like 10 minuts, so it looks like they are baked and hard.
    THE MIDDLE IS SUPPOSED TO STAY FLUID, so it will flow out when you stick a spoon in it.

    good luck! practise befor serve it!

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    Let's see....HERO, you clould do one of two things here; 1) Use either grape or apple juice. 2) There is cooking wine in the grocery stores that you could get. I don't think you need an ID for those. The liquid is there to keep the pork from dryin out. Skipping it could mean really dry pork. The Chocolate Chaud is a great one, I've done it before......for those with a problem with conversion from metric to standard, I'll have a translated recipe up in a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyChef View Post
    Here is one for those times when you have an hour or two to cook when you're doing an at home dinner date.

    Roast Pork with Orange

    • 3 tablespoons of butter
    • 1 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed would make a world of difference)
    • 1 tsp orange zest
    • 1 garlic clove
    • pinch of chili powder
    • pinch of dried oregano
    • 2 1/4 lb pork loin (no bone)
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a pan, add the orange juice, zest, garlic, chili powder & oregano, and salt and pepper and mix well. Rub the meat with salt and pepper as well and place in a roasting pan. Pour the mixture over the pork and roast (basting every 15 minutes or so) for about 1 1/2 hours. Take out of the oven and let rest for 10 minutes, then carve and serve with the cooking juices.
    This sounds really good too, I'll have to try it.

    You have any recipes similar to this one and the blueberry one for chicken?

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