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How ’bout them apples…Pork with Apples

Pork with spiced rub and Apple dressing

Pork with spiced rub and Apple dressing

I was at the store the other day and I saw a “Family Pack” of Pork Sirloin chops on sale.  So, on a whim I picked up a package for Yes!Chef!  When Yes!Chef! saw the package in the refrigerator, I shouted “Surprise.  Happy Birthday!  It’s a food challenge!”  Yes, it was Y!C!’s birthday and he was quite surprised that he was going to be cooking for his own birthday.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken Redux or Guilty Pleasures

Fried Chicken with Mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans

Fried Chicken with Mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans

I might have mentioned that it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. And, in celebration, Yes!Chef! made dinner for the fam.  He suggested an upscaled Kentucky Fried Chicken type of recipe, which I thought might be mighty tasty.  I’m pretty sure most people have eaten at Kentucky Fried Chicken at some point in their life.  My daughter tells me that in Mozambique, the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant is where everyone hangs out.  She also tells me that they eat a lot of chicken in Mozambique, along with fruits, vegetables and rice.

fried chicken 1

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The Return of Yes!Chef! and his Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and buttered Green Beans

I don’t think I mentioned that Yes!Chef! got called to the East Coast to help out some of the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Not with his cooking skill, but doing his day job as an insurance adjuster.  He was gone three weeks and we were sad to miss him on Thanksgiving…especially his cooking.

Luckily, he was still at home for his birthday, so the kids and I decided to make him dinner.  (It is so sad that it took at least 5 of us to do what he does with just one of him.)  Oldest son’s girlfriend made a lovely German Chocolate cake, which is Yes!Chef!’s favorite.

Yes!Chef! celebrates another birthday (cake by Amber)

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Roast Beast or Family Birthday Happiness

I am starting to fall a little behind with Yes!Chef!’s food blogging.  He’s pumping out great food faster than I can take pictures, edit them, taste the food and blog.  Then, there’s this whole world around me that is begging to be photographed, to say nothing of my photography business.  So many beautiful people, so little time.   I’ve been as busy as our Lavender Bees.  All this to say that I have some heavy duty catching up to do, hopefully in the next few days.

Busy Bees of Spring

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Sweet Mini Peppers

Mini Sweet Peppers ready to go into the oven

I saw these colorful mini sweet peppers at the store the other day and I wanted to photograph them but I had to come up with some sort of recipe so that Yes! Chef! would make them for me and then I could photograph them. Lo and behold there was a perfectly great recipe right on the back of the bag.  I brought them home and waved them in front of Yes! Chef!  He said something like, “Yes, they are pretty”.  He knows my propensity for Crow Photography (photographing any pretty, shiny or colorful thing that I see), so he wasn’t culinarily very interested.  Then I showed him the recipe on the back of the bag and I said things like, “Mmmmm.  This looks great” and “I sure do love capers, olives and peppers” and finally, “Could you please make this for me and we could put it on steaks tonight.”  That did it.

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