Onion-Dijon Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (5 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey Dijon mustard
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Minty Tea Punch

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 12 mint sprigs
  • 4 individual tea bags
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange and lemon slices, optional

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat; add mint and tea bags. Steep, covered, 3-5 minutes according to taste.
  2. Discard mint and tea bags.
  3. Stir in orange and lemon juices, sugar and remaining water. Transfer to a pitcher; refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice; add orange and lemon slices if desired.

Grapefruit-Vanilla Shortbread

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated grapefruit zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • Himalayan pink salt, dried hibiscus flowers, red sprinkles or sanding sugar, dried rose petals, and/or
  • cracked pink peppercorns (for serving; optional)
  • Special Equipment
  • A 9-inch springform pan

Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Holiday Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 beef Tenderloin Roast Center-Cut (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup each chopped onion and chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen French-style green beans, defrosted
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Carrot Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. each baking powder and ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 c. oil
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 c. shredded carrots
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 3/4 c. pecans or walnuts
  • 3/4 c. sweetened flaked coconut
  • frosting
  • 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • Green, red and yellow liquid food color
  • 1 c. pecans or walnuts

Brothy Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried gigante, baby lima, or cannellini beans, or chickpeas, soaked in water overnight, drained
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 2 carrots, peeled, halved crosswise
  • 2 celery stalks, halved crosswise
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil (for drizzling)

Directions

  1. Place beans, onion, carrots, and celery in a large pot and add cold water to cover by several inches. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer very gently until beans are cooked almost all the way through, about 1½ hours.
  2. Season with salt and continue to cook, adding more water if needed to keep beans submerged, until tender (outside skin should still be intact), 45–60 minutes. Discard onion, carrots, and celery.
  3. Transfer beans and broth to a serving dish or a large bowl; season very generously with salt (start with 2 Tbsp.) and pepper and drizzle with oil.

Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Florentine

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) carton 2% low-fat cottage cheese
  • 4 cups hot cooked penne (about 8 ounces uncooked tube-shaped pasta)
  • 2 cups shredded roasted skinless, boneless chicken breas
  • t 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed reduced-fat, reduced-sod