Baked Ziti

It smells like garlic up in here…often

Damn Deliciousโ€ผ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜  ๐Ÿ˜‹ *Note to self

No recipe; just cooked ziti, made a meat sauce and have CHEESE!  ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ…

Then I layered pasta, cheese [mozzarella(both fresh AND shredded), Parmigiano-Reggiano & ricotta] and sauce ๐Ÿฅซagain with pasta, sauce and top with cheese.

Bake at 375ยฐ for โ€ฆ20 โ€“ 30 minutes ๐Ÿ˜‰


*Note – it was so good that I don’t want to forget exactly what I did ๐Ÿคญ cook seasoned ground beef, clear center in pan and add diced onion, then fresh minced garlic, sautรฉ until softened. Add a jar of Prego basil & garlic tomato sauce, a can of Hunt’s tomato sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, salt & freshly ground mixed-color peppercorns, a good pinch of sugar, taste for seasoning adjustment. Cook ziti according to package directions. After straining, add enough sauce to pasta so that it’s not dry or too wet/saucy. Put sauce in bottom of oven dish, then half of pasta, top with fresh mozzarella, Shredded mozzarella, ricotta and Parmigiano Reggiano, a thin (? although meaty ๐Ÿ˜œ) layer of sauce, the remaining mozzarella and parm. Bake at 350ยฐ for 20 minutes (in convection oven), could be up to 30 minutes depending on your oven. Let rest a few minutes before serving. Add more parm on servings, optional ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ˜

Pulled Pork Tacos

I have previous posts on pulled pork โคต๏ธ

Including how much we love orange, lime/lemon (make it work), garlic, onion, liquid smoke and seasonings in it ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿง„๐Ÿง… oh & pickled red onions on it ๐Ÿ˜Š we got a great deal on a big package with 3 pork roasts in it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Extra pics…because I make this all the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Salt, fat, acid, heat ๐Ÿ˜‹

I transferred it to regular slow cooker, then strained liquid into it. Although the Ninja Foodi contraption also has a slow cooker, I prefer, after pressure cooking it, serving it from other; it’s easier for family to reach into, for me to shred, etc..

Pulled Pork Nachos

I used leftover pork from previous post ๐Ÿ˜‹ Follow a 5,5,5 rule. Oven on 300ยฐ. Spread chips on sheet pan, put in oven 5 minutes. Add some queso/cheese..5 minutes, then add pulled pork (chicken, beef or whatever cooked protein you want) & remaining cheese on…put in oven another 5 minutes. Top with whatever your preferences are; sour cream, crema, avocado, lime, Pico di galo, black olives, jalapeรฑos, salsas… etc., etc…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Me and my daughter both use shredded pork part from Pulled Pork Nachos recipe by Demaris Phillips . I actually copied & pasted the recipe so you wouldn’t have to leave here, just to have it accidentally MESS UP! It’s one of those days ๐Ÿ™„ not gonna do it. However, I, unlike my daughter, RARELY follow recipes ๐Ÿ˜œ so in my house we’ve come to love juice from an orange squeezed in there ๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŠ along with Goya Adobo Seasoning with bitter orange. I’ve even done a little squeeze of lime or lemon with the orange. ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‹ since I (most of the time when cooking) pause and remind myself “salt, fat, acid, heat” … I realized there’s already vinegar in there…so I didn’t this time. TASTE throughout and you’ll be good.

Or here ๐Ÿ˜ โคต๏ธ where there’s also a lot of other info, like on TACOS ๐ŸŒฎ, a MANGO SALSA ๐Ÿฅญ recipes y more ๐Ÿ˜‹ like this โคต๏ธ

Street tacos are the smaller cousin of the hard-shelled taco, and itโ€™s a staple in American kitchens. Though the hard-shelled taco does have plenty of fans, street-style tacos offer more variety. These soft tortillas are served from taco trucks and stands throughout North America. They can be filled with either pork, beef, shrimp, or fish and are commonly topped with cilantro, onions, and lime (often with an extra tortilla underneath for less mess).
THATโ€™S what goes between your tortillas!

I always sear meat first; I do mine outdoors; no mess ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’“

I also don’t chop onion and put in bottom of slow cooker either; I leave it large and remove it when I remove bay leaves.
Molasses & honey ๐Ÿฏ ๐Ÿ’›

Along with other seasonings, in recipe and Goya Adobo w/bitter orange, Goya pork seasoning. I ran out of liquid smoke. Make it work ๐Ÿ˜œ

Salt, fat, acid, heat ? ๐Ÿค”

Some pickled, some chopped raw. Note, my pickled red onions are darker here because I used organic raw apple cider vinegar AND coconut palm sugar ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅฅ

Love them! โค

Pork street tacos w/peach salsa ๐Ÿ˜‹

Chicken Chile Verde

I sort of went by this recipe, well at least the timing ๐Ÿ˜‰ โคต๏ธ

Pressure Cooker Chile Verde Chicken

This simple recipe calls for very little prep time, and is made with fresh ingredients that give you a vibrant color and a bold flavor!


  • 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 5 tomatillos, husks removed and cut into quarters
  • 2 poblano peppers, remove stem and de-seed
  • 3 Anaheim peppers, remove stem and de-seed
  • 2 jalapeรฑos, remove stem and de-seed
  • 1 medium onion, cut into quarters
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • ยพ cup fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • avocado, for garnish
  • limes, for garnish


  1. Heat cast iron skillet over high heat until hot.Add tomatillos to the skillet and roast until black charred spots appear. Use tongs to turn over.Lower heat to medium and add peppers, onion and garlic. Roast for about 5 minutes or until charred spots appear.Add chicken, charred tomatillos, peppers, onion, garlic, cumin and salt to pressure cooker.Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent to Sealing.Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 12 minutes on High pressure.
    Once the cooking cycle has completed allow pressure to release naturally, then set steam vent to Venting to quick-release remaining pressure.
    Transfer chicken to a plate, and set aside.
    Add cilantro to pressure cooker and using a hand blender, blend everything together in the pressure cooker.
    Press Sautรฉ and bring the sauce in the pot to a simmer; cook until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
    Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and return chicken to the sauce.
  2. Serve chicken over cauliflower rice, rice of your choice or in a tortilla, and top with cilantro, avocado and a lime wedge. – ms modify

Repeat ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ”

Tried it on rice ๐Ÿ˜Š

Buttermilk-Marinated Roast Chicken

Although I’ve used buttermilk marinade for many years (or plain yogurt), I decided to share the recipe at this link โคต๏ธ โฌ…๏ธ mostly because I’ve always done the same roast chicken with potatoes, carrots and onions; this time I am doing the chicken with Brussel sprouts, butternut squash and onions. NEXT time (below) I’ll do the usual ๐Ÿ˜‰ Okay…really…because I don’t measure, time, here’s a recipe that can be followed ๐Ÿคฃ Besides, I LIKE Samin Nosrat, who is a cook, teacher, and author of the James Beard Award-winning New York Times Bestsellerย โžก๏ธ Salt,ย Fat,ย Acid,ย Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking. As a matter of fact, I still pause when I’m cooking and note to myself “salt, fat, acid, heatโ“๏ธโœ”๏ธ“. Her Netflix documentary called “The Chef’s Table” is very good. Though I don’t recommend Netflix, I do recommend looking for that show ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

I will add too…that I couldn’t resist the fresh, just-picked Minneola oranges in front of me! So I also added juice from one of those oranges to the marinade AND a couple/3 slices with chicken in oven ๐Ÿ˜œ it turned out as good as I expected ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐ŸŠ citrus & herbs optional ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿˆ

I made a bed of onions under chicken ๐Ÿ”

My goodness Chef Samin Nosrat was right on โœ…๏ธ it is certainly hotter in back of oven; I didn’t expect it to be THAT much hotter. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Hoping you can see how JUICY this chicken is all the way through ๐Ÿ˜‹


Sour Orange Pie ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฅง

Recipe SAVE!

I LOVE orange curd so I know that I’ll love this…too much! ๐Ÿ˜‹โคต๏ธ

I always have lemons and oranges ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 2022 Arizona

Morning routine…walking the dog, Bear ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿพ and outdoor exercise ๐Ÿ˜€

Got my socks wet!
He has fallen in a couple times…but he still likes looking in the water; I don’t know if he’s looking at himself or analyzing depth….checking what’s at the bottom??? All of the above?

Outdoor exercise equipment

Thirsty ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ’ง ๐Ÿšฐ

Running with ball in mouth

Playing in leaves ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŒณ ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Collected more Minneola oranges ๐ŸŠ Personally, they’re the best oranges I’ve EVER tastedโ€ผ๏ธ And I not only eat them & drink the orange juice, I cook with oranges a lot too…& lemons ๐Ÿ‹

Said like the Sicilian girl in The Godfather … “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Thursday, Sunday, Saturday”. I add more images from this daily routine ๐Ÿ˜€

Sunday – January 16, 22 – Tempe

Kiwanis park

The catch of the day ๐ŸŽฃ ๐ŸŸ

Odd backdrop for a rose โš˜๏ธ๐ŸŒน…a winter almost-bare tree ๐ŸŒณ

And fall (AZ winter) leaves ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ™ƒ ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Crispy Delicious Chicken Tenders

Season chicken tenders with salt, pepper & garlic powder, dredge in mixture of arrowroot flour, crushed (pulverized) corn flakes, grated parmigiano reggiano, salt, pepper & garlic powder. Fry in a couple big tablespoons of coconut oil on med/high approximately 3 minutes per side or when thermometer reaches 165ยฐ, place on paper towel lined plate, lightly salt & serve. Fresh salad always goes good with this ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿฅ— ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฅ” & I made baked potatoes. I’m cutting back on carbs & sugar…but my entire family is not.

I fry outdoors ๐Ÿ˜‰ no mess

Homemade honey mustard dressing ๐Ÿ˜‹ โคต๏ธ

You can also use YOGURT โžก๏ธ

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Cut acorn squash in half, clean seeds & stringy parts with spoon, drizzle open side with olive oil (or other healthy oil), season w/S&P, place face down on baking sheet, bake at 400ยฐ for 20 to 40 minutes depending on size of squash; when tender by poke with a fork, a squeeze. While in oven sautรฉ diced onion, bell pepper (celery would be good, I didn’t have any, but I did have celery salt ), 4/5 GARLIC cloves minced; add ground meat to pan, brown, breaking up with wooden spoon while cooking, SEASON. My memory… Salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, dash of sage, celery salt (seasoning to preferences; we love garlic!); TASTE throughout. Add chopped/diced apple, stir & cook until apple is tender, add riced cauliflower (all I had on hand was a cauliflower & sweet potato mix), cook another 5 minutes, stir in chopped green onion & parsley (or other fresh herbs if you don’t have any, use dried…like rosemary, thyme or Herbes De Provence or a favorite of mine โžก๏ธ za’atar)
Remove squash from oven & flip over. Allow ingredients to cool enough to handle. Of course I didn’t & stuff each squash with meat mixture, topping off with parm (other shredded cheese that you prefer; mozzarella, Italian cheese, or crumbled Cotija Cheese, pepper jack) …. & sprinkle with fresh scallion/green onion & parsley.  Bake at 400ยฐ until cheese is melted.

There are so many options, like if not on a diet…obviously rice, or a certain style/theme e.g. Italian, Latin, Moroccan, Southern, etc…ground pork rinds would make a good substitute in place of breadcrumbs…either in mix or on top. As a matter of fact…next time I’m going to try a breadcrumb substitute of ‘arrowroot flour, grated parm & ground pork rinds w/seasoning’, I didn’t have it this time. ๐Ÿ˜‹