~The Kitchen Wife~

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Maple Glazed Pork Loin Roast Recipe

Maple Glazed Pork Loin Roast Recipe

We are so fortunate here in the Mid-Ohio Valley to have a diverse group of artisan food makers, and if you take the short drive from Parkersburg to Friendly, WV, you will find Cedar RunFarms, ran by Bill and Debbie Metz and family.  The Metz’s have lived in Friendly for over 20 years and began making their quality maple syrup, 5 years ago, literally in their backyard.  I discovered their syrup in the West Virginia Foods and Things store located in our Point Park Marketplace, and as soon as I saw it, I knew this syrup would make the perfect glaze for a beautiful pork loin  I had purchased from Foggy Dale Farms, located in the marketplace as well.  

This recipe is quite literally one of the most delicious things I have ever made and I can't wait to share it with you.  So without further delay I give my Maple Glazed Pork Loin Roast Recipe! 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Roasted Beet Salad

Roasted Beet Salad

It's Meatless Monday again, and I have to confess that I am really excited about today's recipe.  You see, I never want to be content with my flavor palette.  I am consistently trying to grow and develope it.  This summer, while shopping at the Point Park Marketplace, I came across some lovely beets.  As a child I had tried beets out of a can, but I will confess I didn't care for them.  However, I think everything food deserves more than one chance so I bought them and decided I would made a Roasted Beet Salad with some peppery arugula, salty feta, and a drizzle of fig balsamic vinegar.  Oh my stars!  It was absolutely delicious and I can't wait to share it with you.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

My Sundae Fundae Date Night...The Journey

I was recently asked by The J.M. Smucker Company to share my ideas for making any day a “Sundae Fundae”. This post is sponsored by the company but all ideas and opinions are my own.


Life in The Kitchen Wife house has been a little crazy lately.  We recently repainted our house, put a new roof on, threw a HUGE 4th of July BBQ, and hosted our 4 year old granddaughter for a week.  Needless to say there has been very little time for just my husband and me, so I really wanted to do something special for him.  Nothing says I love you to John like a great dessert, so I headed to Walmart to see what inspired me.  It didn’t take long before I hit the inspiration jackpot!


As I was coming around the bend of the freezer section I came across a display for Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings.  On the very top shelf was the Magic Shell Syrup.  Now my husband LOVES Magic Shell, but I didn’t realize how many great flavor’s Smucker’s had available!  The flavor that really caught my eye was the Chocolate Pretzel one.  I am a sucker for sweet and salty and I knew this was going to be amazing!


Now that I had to topping, I needed to find the perfect ice cream to accompany it!  One thing that I love about Walmart is that they offer so many quality flavors in their Great Value lines.  And not only are they quality products, but they have a fantastic variety of flavors as well. As I got to the Great Value section I immediately saw the Sea Salt Truffle Ice Cream and I thought “BINGO”!  Chocolate, pretzel, caramel, OH YEAH.  But there was still something missing.  Don’t get me wrong.  The Smucker’s Chocolate Pretzel topping and Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream is the perfect treat, but I just needed a little something else to take this to the level of special dessert for the most special person in my world. 


So kept wandering and then I found it!  The one item that would take this treat to the next level!  I found these ADORABLE Pretzel Spoons!  WHAT!?!  How amazing is that!  I now know exactly what I am making, just a couple more things to pick up and thanks for Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings and Great Value this is going to be a delicious #SundaeFundae treat!  Keep an eye for the recipe!  You are going to love it!  Until then head on over to www.smuckers.comfor some great ideas for making everyday a sundae! 

As always…
Happy Reading, Happy Eating, Happy Living, 

~The Kitchen Wife~

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shepherd's Pie

Revised from an earlier post
I'm not sure if it is just a regional thing or not, but in this area, you grow up eating Shepherd's Pie.  Even if your mother never made it for you, it was guaranteed to be on your plate at least two times a month at school.  For me, it consisted of a croissant crust, a funky hamburger mixture, mushy peas and carrots, and a mashed potato topping.  If you were lucky, you got cheese on top.  I know it sounds horrible, but man, as a kid, I LOVED IT!  So when I was thinking of some of my childhood favorites the other day, I immediately thought of this.  However, I wanted to make it little more refined to serve my husband and mother in love.  I tinkered with the ingredients a little and what I have come up with is truly wonderful!  It is a one pot meal, with a show stopper presentation, and I know EVERYONE is going to love it!

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Beef Manhattan

Beef Manhattan

Recently my husband went on a trip to see his brother that lives in northern Indiana, near Michigan.  When he returned, we were sitting at the dinner table and he says to me "Do you think you could make Beef Manhattan some time?"  I, of course, was intrigued because we sort of have this unspoken rule of I make it, he eats it.  I reply "Sure, I can do that." and he seemed pleased.  The thing is, up until this moment, I had never heard of Beef Manhattan.  So off to Google I went to do some research.  What I found out was there are SEVERAL ways to make this succulent dish.  So I took a little of this, and a little of that and what I came up with was DE-LICIOUS!  I can't wait to share it with you so...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

I am not what you would call super health conscious, but I do care about what I am putting into my family's body. Because of this I try to exercise at least one meatless meal a week.  It's usually on Monday, and I call it Meatless Monday.  However, when you are not used to cooking vegetarian it can get a little daunting.  That is why I am always happy when I come across meals that are not only vegetarian, but super simple. I was talking on the phone with a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me about this scrumptious Quinoa Enchilada Casserole she had made.  It sounded delicious, and I couldn't wait to try it!  Oh man am I so glad I did!  It is so simple and I can't wait to share it with you so...

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Rib Eyes with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce

Rib eyes with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce

It's Friday, so I thought I would do something a little special.

Yes, I am still doing the "using what I have on hand" thing, but one of the perks of having a deep freeze and buying a quarter beef every year is that you always have a nice cut to work with.  So today I am going to share with you how to get a PERFECT, pan seared, Rib Eye Steak with a gorgeous Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce.  This meal is a show stopper and you and your loved one are sure to enjoy it so...

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