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Hawaiian Jalapeno Chicken with Peach Salsa Rice


I know today is supposed to be Food Star Friday but I am still a bit off kilter from the BlogHer Food conference last weekend. It was such a whirlwind and that seemed to carry over to this whole week. I promise Manic Monday and Food Star Friday will be back next week.

On to the food right? OK, here goes. This recipe is what happened when I was scrambling to come up with dinner. Like I said, this week has been crazy for me and cooking was no different. I am usually completely organized when it comes to my meals (hahaha NOT)! Why do you think I have Manic Monday? Because a lot of the time the manic one is ME. But this meal was actually a reward for being unorganized!

A while back my son brought me home some pepper jelly from Rose City Pepperheads in Oregon.

Now that I have tried their jelly I want to try all of them! SO much flavor with a wonderful balance of sweet and heatt. I am wondering what the Holy Habanero tastes like, I am feeling pretty brave lately so I will have to order that and give it a try.

This is a super simple recipe with a ton of flavor. Again we are outside on the grill, or rather Kevin is on the grill. But this can be done on a grill pan in kitchen, or even in the oven. Anyway you cook it I highly recommend you give this a try!!

Hawaiian Jalapeno Chicken with Peach Salsa Rice
2 pounds chicken legs or thighs
Kosher salt
Cracked black pepper
Ground ginger
Jalapeno pepper jelly
2 cups rice
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 lime, zested and juiced
1/4 cup (a good handful) of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 cup Peach Salsa (or store bought peach or mango salsa) 
Lay out your chicken and season both sides with a sprinkling of salt, pepper, and ground ginger. Fire up your grill to medium-high. Once it is hot, place the chicken on the grill and cook for approx 8 to 12 minutes per side (times vary depending on grill type and size of chicken). 
Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, add the rice and chicken stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Remove lid and fluff rice with a fork. Stir in the lime zest, juice, cilantro, and salsa.
Dish up a nice scoop of rice with a couple pieces of chicken and you have a fabulous meal for 4!

Roasted Garlic Pork Chops and Rice


When I walked into my hotel room at the BlogHer Food conference this past weekend I was greeted by a bright blue Progresso bag and balloon. My first thought was “How festive” my second thought was “Ohh what’s in the bag?”. The answer to that question is a can of their new Recipe Starters cooking sauce. I had never seen this before and to be honest with you my first reaction to it was “Oh another soup to cook with”. I have mentioned many times how I try to stay away from any cooking with condensed soup because they contain so much sodium and fat. So I tossed the can back in the bag and didn’t look at it again until I got home.

Monday I pulled the can out again and started to read the information on it. Hhmmm only 5 grams of fat, 430 mgs of sodium, and only 70 cals per serving? That is a far cry from the 28 grams of fat, 1955mgs of sodium (yes I said 1955!), and 258 cals per serving that the average condensed can of cream soup contains. Well with those stats alone I was very excited to give it a shot.

A lot of people have asked for quick meal recipes so I wanted to come up with something that would be good for a working parent that needs to get a nice meal on the table for their family in 30 minutes. This product made that goal so very easy! I still can’t believe it is only 70 calories per serving, it tastes like it should add so much more!! I can’t wait to try the others!

Now on with the show……

Salt and pepper your pork chops and get them in the pan for a little sizzle time.
In the mean time slice and dice a few mushrooms and an onion. You also need the zest of a lemon but I got trigger happy with the camera and forgot to get that in here.
Don’t forget to turn those chops over. They only need a couple of minutes on each side for now.
Now the mushrooms and onions hit the playground.
Here comes that pretty blue can.
After it comes to a bubble slide the chops back into the hot tub, cover and let cook while your rice is finishing up.
And WALA!! Supper in 30 minutes or less!

Roasted Garlic Pork Chops and Rice

3 tablespoons olive oil, seperated
4 thick cut pork chops
Kosher salt
Cracked black pepper
1 small onion, diced
1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 18-ounce can of Progresso recipe Starters Creamy Roasted Garlic cooking sauce
2 cups white rice
3 1/2 cups chicken stock (or water)
A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped (for garnish)
In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper and sear them on both sides in the pan, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and reserve on a plate covered with foil. 
Place the rice in a medium sauce pan with the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes.
Add the rest of the olive oil to the pan along with the onions and mushrooms. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms start to give up their moisture, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Progresson recipe Starters Cooking Sauce and add the lemon zest. Stir to combine well and check for seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a bubble and return the pork chops to the pan. Cover and reduce heat to simmer, cook for 20 minutes.
To serve place a large scoop of rice on a plate, lay pork chop across the rice and spoon sauce over the top. Sprinkle with chopped parsley if desired.

O Olive Oil Product Review


I was so excited to be one of the eight bloggers chosen to participate in the O Olive Oil and eRecipeCards recipe challenge and product review. Being as passionate as I am about quality foods and fantastic flavors, the fact that O Olive Oils are all organic made me happy. They use only certified organic fruit from small family owned California farms. Then I began to read more about their crushing process and I was very excited to try their product!

O Olive Oil is the original maker of citrus crushed olive oils. They have been making their olive oils since 1995 and their barrel aged wine vinegars since 1997. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of them before! Bad foodie, bad bad foodie!! I can tell you now that I have found them I will never let them go!

The difference between their crushed olive oil and infused or flavored olive oils is downright amazing. I have to admit, I was sure they would be good but I was not prepared for just how good they would be. Most infused or flavored olive oils have left me less than happy. I used to cook with them awhile back and just realized it was better to use the actual ingredient + the olive oil VS the infused or flavored oil.

Then I received my beautiful little bottle of Tahitian Lime Olive Oil. As soon as I uncorked it the smell of lime wafted up from the bottle and made my mouth water. I couldn’t wait to taste it. I had planned a family tasting so I could get multiple opinions, and I did do that, but I couldn’t wait for everyone else. I grabbed some bread and drizzled a bit of the heavenly smelling oil on it. WOW now THAT’S lime I thought. I couldn’t believe it, I had to taste it again. It was like lime juice with a slightly buttery flavor. At that point I couldn’t wait to cook with it.

The quality of their products made my little foodie brain go on tilt and by the time I was at the grocery store I had three different proteins in mind. Pacing the butcher block I couldn’t decide so I bought all three. I figured I would not only have the family do a tasting of the oil, but also allow them to be the deciding factor when it came to which recipe I posted. It was a close call but the Cilantro Lime Cod with Sherry Vinegar Reduction won. I used the same recipe for salmon and chicken so you could substitute those for the cod if you like. They ALL are fantastic.

The only downside to the whole process is that I used all of my oil. What little I had leftover from cooking the entire family devoured with the bread! Thank goodness the wonderful people at O Olive Oil are offering a 20% discount on ANY order exclusive to users of PLUS free shipping on orders over $60 (after discount). Just use the promo code: e-recipecards when you check out.

I can tell you that with that offer I am not only stocking up myself but the foodies in my life will be getting something yummy under their Christmas tree from me!