~ "Snacks on Snacks": Dancing Turkeys, Skinny Pork Chops & Squash!


The turkeys are finally starting to dance to the correct tune! The NCAA is coming to grips with their misguided, unethical leadership, and, we're getting our scholarships back! Stay tuned -- My dancing turkey thinks were gonna see a lot of wrongful judgement calls righted in the very near future!

BTW: This is not a dessert you are looking at. It is my Butternut Squash Puree. Served chilled (pictured above) it is a wonderful dip for vegetables. Served hot (pictured below) it is a rich, velvety smooth, side dish to chicken or poultry. Did I forget to mention it starts by steaming the biggest butternut squash you got in the crockpot? No trimming, no peeling, no wrestling your way to the center of this rock-hard veggie varmint then chopping it up. How easy it that!


Past the glorious blue & white skies of Happy Valley, Fall in this town consists of shades of gold, orange and yellow. It is beautiful, and, some of the best foods are golden brown, orange and yellow. Some of you may pooh-pooh the following as tailgate fare, but it is. Why? Because I've served the following menu a few times and everyone loves it!


Pick up a couple (or a few) 10-packs of 1/2"-thick, thin-cut, bone-in, pork loin chops at your grocery store. Grab the biggest cast iron skillet you can find (or 2 or 3) and head to the stadium. It is as simple as that. In less than 10 minutes, you can be cranking out batches of perfectly-cooked, pan-seared pork chops, that, quite frankly, are just as good as pork ribs (which take lots of time to properly smoke or grill). The Art of Frying Skinny Pork Chops:


But -- ribs get rubbed and/or sauced. Pork chops usually don't. Relax -- I've got something better. Top them off with my Butternut Squash, Caramelized Apple & Raisin Casserole. Trust me when I tell you, This stuff is magical. I've seen men heap this on top of each pork chop, pick it up by the bone in their bare hands, savor each manly bite and get teary eyed!


For these and all of my tailgate ideas and recipes, just go to Jessedotsmom's Foodie Blog

Hail to the Lion,

For the glory,


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