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Lori’s Sugar and Spice Pecans

Lori’s Sugar and Spice Pecans

Have you ever had one of those friends who defines hospitality? That’s my friend, Lori. I’ve known her for 8 years now, and there are 3 things (at a minimum) I admire about her:

1. Lori’s life is guided 100% by faith.
2. Lori’s smile is genuine at all times.
3. Lori’s hands are almost always holding a small, thoughtful gift of hospitality or appreciation.
These pecans were one of her gifts, placed in a simple cellophane bag and tied with a ribbon or twine and, the greatest gift, recipe attached.

Chicken Stock

Yesterday’s post was on roasting chicken and I promised to share some ideas to help you get the most from your leftovers. The first thing was to remove and refrigerate or freeze most of the meat for sandwiches, salads, casseroles or soup. My next recommendation is to make your own stock for your soup or for use in recipes that call for broth/stock.

Notice I used, and many people do, “stock” and “broth” interchangeably. There is a difference (although when I buy it in the grocery store, I don’t notice much difference): “stock” is made by cooking the meat and bones (and sometimes vegetables) in water extracting the fat from the meat and skin as well as the gelatin from the bones. The stock will tighten up when chilled, thanks to the gelatin. When it is warmed up again, it will return to its liquid. Stock also has a more intense flavor to it than broth.

Parmesan Potato Rounds

Earlier this week I promised you a side dish recipe to go with the Balsamic-Garlic Crusted Pork Loin … the perfect complement to any main dish with Italian flavors. Of course, replacing the Italian seasoning with another spice blend will allow you to pair these potatoes with unlimited options. Think cajun … tex-mex … barbeque … ranch … mmmmmm, choices!

Food Lesson: Potatoes are graded according to size/diameter (among other things). I googled it. Google can be your saving grace in cooking dilemmas. Many, many people have the same questions, no matter how unusual. Make sure you choose a reputable site. Compare different sites. And, even better, experiment with your options. Figure out what you like best.