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C loves a good bacon cheeseburger, even if his arteries do not.  Ha, ha!  I had never attempted to make one because frying and I, well, we just don’t get along.  So in my effort to be a good wife and fix things he enjoys, I got over my fear of frying and cooked this recipe from KevinAndAmanda.com.

The burgers turned out great even after I burned the first batch of bacon I cooked and then managed to smoke up the house while I was cooking the second batch. Oops!

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1 lb. bacon

1 lb. ground beef

1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix

2 tbsp. A1 steak sauce

1 egg

Montreal steak seasoning

Sliced cheese of your choice

Hamburgers buns

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Cut the bacon in half and fry in a large skillet over medium-low heat about 10 minutes on each side.  Don’t do what I did and turn up the heat trying to make it cook faster.  Please, just don’t. 

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While the bacon is cooking, combine the ground beef with the ranch dressing mix, A1 sauce, and egg.  Mix this together with your hands and form into 6 patties.  Season both sides of the patties with Montreal steak seasoning.

When the bacon is done, leave just enough bacon grease in the skillet to coat the bottom.  Turn the heat up to medium high.  Put the hamburger patties in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes on each side.  While the burgers are cooking, spread a little butter on the buns and toast in a warm oven for about 5 minutes.

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Place the cooked bacon strips and a slice of cheese on each burger and place a lid on the skillet.  Turn off the heat and leave covered just until the cheese melts.  Build your burger and enjoy!

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I hope y’all liked the Italian Burger post from a couple of weeks ago because it was the inspiration for this meatloaf recipe.  I am a sucker for Italian flavors, but had never thought about adding them to meatloaf.  This recipe was a huge success and one I will definitely be making again.

The biggest downfall about this main course is that it is so hard to photograph well.  Meat,you are my photography nemesis!!

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1 lb. ground beef

2/3 cup plain bread crumbs

1/2 cup shredded pizza blend cheese

1/2 cup favorite pasta sauce

1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. minced onion

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

1/2 cup additional favorite pasta sauce

2 slices Provolone cheese

 

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with a rack on it.  Cover both with foil and spray with non-stick spray.  Then poke holes in the foil on the rack for the extra grease to dip through. 

Combine all of the ingredients except the second 1/2 cup of pasta sauce and the provolone.  Shape into a loaf and place on the prepared rack.

 

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Bake for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature reads about 155 degrees.  Lay the provolone slices on the baked meatloaf and spread the remaining 1/2 cup sauce over the cheese.  Place back in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  Let the meatloaf set for about 15 minutes for the best flavor.

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Italian Meatloaf 2

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Y’all know I love a good slow cooker main dish and this is a great use of stew meat or another cut that might not be quite so tender.  Browning the meat before it goes in the slow cooker gives it great flavor and cooking it low and slow makes it just fall apart. I found this gem at RecipesThatCrock.com and adapted it to suit my ingredients.

Slow Cooker Steak Tips

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

salt & pepper to taste

2 lbs. (approximately) beef tips or stew meat

2-3 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 cup beef broth or stock

1/4 cup Worcestshire sauce

1/8 cup soy sauce

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Combine flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper in a large bowl.  Put the meat in the bowl and toss to coat.  Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet and brown the meat on all sides.

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In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.  Place the meat in a slow cooker and pour the sauce over the meat.  Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.  This goes great with potatoes and a salad.

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Slow Cooker Steak Tips

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Have you visited Plain Chicken yet?  No, well, as soon as you are done here, get yourself on over to their place.  Their recipes are amazing and I have loved every one of them I have tried.  This is another success.  They call it One Pot Baked Ziti, but since I didn’t have any ziti noodles, mine is Baked Rotini instead.

I also used 2 dishes for mine since I was travelling with it so I guess that makes mine TWO Pots Baked Rotini.  No matter what you call it, it is still DELICIOUS!

One Pot Baked Rotini

1 lb. Italian sausage

1 tbsp. minced onion flakes

4 cloves garlic, minced

28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

2 cups water

12 oz. rotini (or pasta of your choice)

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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Cook the Italian sausage over medium heat in an oven safe pan until brown.  Drain off the fat.  Add the onion flakes and garlic.  Cook for about a minute until the garlic becomes fragrant.  Stir in the tomatoes, salt, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning.

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Add the water and pasta.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover the skillet. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.

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Remove the skillet from the heat and add the ricotta cheese and cream.  Cook on low for 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat again and add the mozzarella cheese.  Broil in the oven just until the cheese is melted.  This is awesome served with a big salad and garlic bread.

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One Pot Baked Rotini

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Who doesn’t love a tender pork chop smothered in a tasty sauce?  No one that I know!  Real Mom Kitchen has found anyone either so she posted this delicious and simple recipe on her blog.  I can’t recommend this enough!

Fall Apart Pork Chops

6 bone-in pork chops

garlic salt to taste

black pepper to taste

1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (I used Kroger honey BBQ sauce.)

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(I didn’t have garlic salt so I Just used garlic powder and salt separately.) Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and spray a 13×9” baking dish with non-stick spray. 

Season the chops on both sides with the salt, pepper & garlic powder.  Place the chops in the baking dish no more that 2 chops high.  Pour the sauce over the chops making sure all of them are covered in sauce.

Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.  You will know that they are done because they will literally fall off the bone.  Yumm!!!

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Yes, I know last week’s recipe title started the same way this one is, but I promise this is different.  “This” was my contribution to our last Christmas gathering and it was a hit.  I came home with a little bit left over, but not very much.  This dish was so simple and full of holiday flavor that it will definitely go into the “special occasion” rotation.  I think I do need a bigger slow cooker though.  I had to pull out the bones and cut off a little of the ham for it to fit. That’s just not right.

Slow Cooker Orange Cranberry Ham

1 spiral sliced ham (approx. 8 lbs.)

1 can jellied cranberry sauce

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 1/2 cups additional orange juice

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Combine the cranberry sauce, 1/4 cup orange juice and brown sugar in a small bowl.  Pour the remaining orange juice in the bottom of your slow cooker and add the ham.  Drizzle the cranberry/orange sauce over the ham.  Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until heated through.  That’s it!!!  How simple is that?

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Slow Cooker Orange Cranberry Ham

I found the original recipe at Add A Pinch and adapted it for the slow cooker.

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I know Christmas is over, but bear with me for a little while because I tried so many new and tasty recipes over the holidays that I can’t wait to share with y’all.  This was the main dish for Christmas Day supper with C’s parents and the flavors went together so well.  I threw this in my slow cooker before we left for Christmas lunch and it was perfectly done a few hours later. 

My recipe is adapted from this Kraft recipe.

Slow Cooker Orange Cranberry Pork Loin

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 boneless pork loin (approx.. 4 lb.)

1 14oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce

1/2 cup Catalina salad dressing

1 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup orange juice

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Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Cook the tenderloin in the skillet for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.  Transfer meat to a slow cooker.

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Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over the tenderloin.  Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.  Let the loin rest for about 20 minutes then slice and enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Orange Cranberry Pork Loin

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