• Stove-Top Brown Sugar & Maple Baked Beans (with bacon) by Real Food Girl: Unmodified.
    Barbeque,  Side Dishes

    Brown Sugar Maple Baked Beans with Bacon

      Several weeks ago my grandkids came over for the weekend. I spent most of my time in the kitchen and my granddaughter, Little Miss B. helped me out. One thing she was particularly interested in helping me with was a baked bean recipe that I had found in one of my many cooking magazines.  We were going to grill hamburgers one night and I thought baked beans would be a nice addition.  Turns out I should have just opened a can.  Kidding! Sorta. Let me explain… We followed the recipe to a ‘T’.  Those beans soaked for at least 12 hours, and they baked in my oven for 7 hours, were  lovingly tended…

  • 30-Minute Mondays --Maple-Soy Salmon by Real Food Girl: Unmodified

    30-Minute Mondays– Maple Soy Salmon

    One of the things that I love about cooking, and photography for that matter, is that it keeps me humble.  According to The Stud Muffin, I need to keep my ego in check, so he’s pleased that I’ve found things that challenge me and keep me humble.  The reasons that cooking (and photography) keeps you humble is the moment you think you’ve mastered a technique, ingredient, or a certain dish or recipe, something happens, call it misaligned stars, faulty human, bad ingredients, Murphy’s Law, humidity…whatever, but something happens and for whatever reason epic failure doesn’t even begin to cover how badly the end results were.  As a food blogger and someone who develops recipes I…

  • 30-Minute Mondays- Pan-Roasted Maple Dijon Pork Tenderloin by Real Food Girl. Can't wait to try this!

    30-Minute Monday- Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Mustard Sauce

    Welcome back to another fantastic 30-Minute Monday!  I’m seriously enjoying this series and I hope that you are, too.  The Stud Muffin (TSM) has enjoyed trying new recipes, and I’ve enjoyed the extra time I’ve had because dinner isn’t taking as long to prepare.  It’s a win-win for everyone! The first time I made this dish I set off three smoke detectors in the house.  The second time I made this dish I did NOT use the amount of fat called for to pan sear the tenderloins which helped exponentially to reduce the amount of “smoke” coming from my oven.  I was also able to open some windows, just in case.  Thankfully, no…

  • Maple Dijon Sweet Potato Mash|Real Food Girl: Unmodified
    Side Dishes,  Vegetables

    Maple Dijon Sweet Potato Mash

    I’ve been eating a lot of sweet potatoes lately in an effort to switch things up a little. I’m trying to come up with different ways to serve them because The Stud Muffin is a meat and regular potatoes kind of man.  When I put sweet potatoes in front of him, he’s expecting a turkey and all the fixings to accompany it. Don’t get me wrong, I love regular potatoes, but they don’t love me. I feel a bit sluggish after eating them.  The only time that I don’t is when I’ve made potatoes Au Gratin, which includes lots of cheese, cream, bacon, onions and butter.  If I put enough protein in a…