Pork Chops with Apple Sauce

I have a lot of fun creating dishes that pair with wine. Where we live we have some incredible wineries. We are fortunate enough that we get to visit many local wineries and sample wines. One of my favorites is Willamette Valley Vineyards (WVV). I have been experimenting with their wine recently.

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Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard Sauce

It’s been a while since I cooked something fancy. I miss working in the restaurant industry. The things I miss the most are cooking nice cuts of meat and making an interesting sauce with wine. I also miss hosting nice sit-down dinners for special occasions, which hasn’t been possible because of the pandemic.

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Ham and Potato Cakes

Christmas is a special holiday that l look forward to each year. Often after a big holiday meal I have leftovers such as cooked ham and mashed potatoes. I found myself in this circumstance this year and so wanted something creative to make with them. Yes I could have served the leftovers as is — my family would have been happy that way — but I really wanted to try out the recipe that I present to you today.

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Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is dish I like to make often. It’s flavorful, filling, and very popular with everyone in our family. I can make a big batch and freeze a portion to be used later on. Gumbo is a popular soup in the south, especially in the state of Louisiana. Gumbo is made of flavored stock from meat or shellfish, and vegetables likes celery, bell peppers, and onions. To make it hearty and satisfying, gumbo uses thickeners such as roux (cooked flour and butter) and filé powder.

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Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice were introduced to me by a close friend who used to live in New Orleans some years ago. She served this dish to us a number of years back but I still get a craving for it now and then. I like any dish that goes over rice, but this one is really special and unique.

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Vietnamese Noodle Soup with Ham (Pho)

I developed a passionate love for Vietnamese food when I used to work for a popular Asian fusion restaurant in downtown Corvallis. One of the best experiences was when our boss and owner — whose family was from Vietnam — would make a feast for us employees after the evening shift. We got to sample authentic homestyle dishes that were not on the regular menu. It was like a trip to Vietnam! One of my favorites was pho made from ham bone, a recipe that I will share with you today.

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Thai Coconut Soup with Ham

What do you do when you have a lot of protein leftover from your holiday? In my case I had a lot of ham left over, which goes great in sandwiches, of course, but another obvious way to use ham is in soup. There are lots of traditional American soups that use ham, and I love many of them. This is Global Dine In, however, and so I decided to show you something that’s a global fusion. In this case I decided to use my leftover ham to make Thai coconut soup, one of my favorite soups in the whole world.

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Sausage and Vegetable Soup

This week I organized my freezer to see what I have on hand so I can make a meal plan for the week. In exploring the bottom of my freezer I discovered several different types of sausage that I had bought some time ago and never got around to using. I found kielbasa, andouille, and ground pork sausage. I used to use these for special occasions like happy hour in which I would serve the sliced sausage on a platter with other finger foods. Now I’m not doing that because of the pandemic. To use up the sausage I decided to try it in a soup.

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Ham and Potato Soup

I love cruising grocery stores and finding things I haven’t noticed before. A couple days ago I was walking in the deli section and noticed some small packages of cooked ham that were only about one pound each. This seemed a super-convenient size for making different meals during the week. Once I bought a couple of these, I decided to make a creamy ham and potato soup. As the weather gets cooler outside I like making soups for our family.

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Ham and Lentil Soup

When I was working for the university I used to create many soup recipes for use in the fall and winter. We went through vast quantities of soup as it was consistently a popular entrée. Every day we offered multiple soups especially as we needed to cater to students who may be vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free. One of my most popular soups was the one I present today.

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