Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Southern Grilled Cheese/#FoodieExtravaganza

     It is Foodie Extravaganza day and grilled cheese is on the menu! Southern Grilled Cheese, that is! I grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches every Friday for dinner. They were made on white bread with american cheese, and we usually had tomato soup to go along with it. It was okay when I was a child, but my tastes have changed, and for the better!
     I wanted a grilled cheese that was different, but made with ingredients that are loved by pretty much everyone. So, I present to you: Southern Grilled Cheese, made with breaded pork, swiss and manchego cheese, and an avocado and cream cheese spread, served on grilled wheat bread. I think you are going to like it!

Grilled cheese with pork
Southern Grilled Cheese

4 ounces Cream Cheese-softened
1/2 Avocado
dash Pepper
Wheat Bread
1/2 pound Pork Loin
1/2 cup Flour
1 Egg
Swiss Cheese
Manchego Cheese

Grilled cheese with pork
Make your spread by mixing the 
avocado and cream cheese. Add pepper.
Grilled cheese with pork
Cut 2 pieces of pork loin from the larger loin.
Cut the pieces about 1/4"-1/2" thickness.
Grilled cheese with pork
Pound the pork with a tenderizer turning the pork
over to pound both sides at least twice. While you are
 pounding, pull the pork out slightly, making it thinner.
Grilled cheese with pork
Pour your flour on a plate, beat the egg in a bowl.
Grilled cheese with pork
Melt some butter in a pan to fry the pork.
Take each piece of pork and dredge it in the flour
on both sides.........
Grilled cheese with pork
then dip it in the egg........
Grilled cheese with pork
and then dredge through the flour again.
Grilled cheese with pork
Fry the pork in the pan, turning when needed
to cook completely.
Grilled cheese with pork
Grilled cheese with pork
While the pork is cooking,
heat up a pan, or two, to grill your bread.
As the bread starts to grill, place swiss on one piece of the bread,
and manchego cheese on the other piece, and let 
the cheese begin to melt.
Grilled cheese with pork
Put your sandwich together, placing the 
avocado spread on to the pork.
Grilled cheese with pork
Enjoy with some iced cold milk!


Check out all the other yummy grilled cheese marvels below!
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Final Four ~ Wolfpack Wings

It's Final Four time! Which also means it's Wolfpack Wing time too! Is the NCAA basket tournament exciting or what?!  We are all about the North Carolina State Wolfpack here at The Freshman Cook house, and we were so sad when they were eliminated. But now, we have transferred our excitement to Duke. Of course we are also all about the game food and what could be better than hot wings!!  These wings have one distinct difference to a lot of chicken wings~they are baked! And they are yummy tasty and crispy!

18-24  Raw, Frozen Chicken Wings
Garlic Powder
1 cup Franks Hot Sauce
5-6 drops Tabasco Sauce
2-3 tablespoons softened Butter
Celery Sticks
Ranch Dip or dressing
Pan Spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
 Spray your cookie sheet, then place frozen wings on it.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
 While they are baking, make your sauce by
pouring hot sauce in a bowl. Use a bowl large enough
to hold all the wings. Add 1 tablespoon of butter
to sauce. Add a few drops of Tabasco. You can add
more of less depending on how hot you want your wings.

Mix everything together. 
Take your wings out and place them in the bowl.
Don't pour the wings from the baking sheet.
Take each wing out with tongs. You don't want the grease
from the baking sheet.

 Place your sauce in the bowl and
 stir or flip to cover the wings.

Use another baking sheet, or clean the one you just used,
and place the saucy wings on the baking sheet just
like you did the first time. Bake for 20-30 minutes,
or until they are as crisp as you want them to be.
Make more sauce like you did earlier.
Remove the wings from the oven and brush the new
sauce on each wing. Use more for hotter wings, less
for milder wings.

Serve with ranch dressing and celery sticks.
Enjoy your wings and enjoy the game!
Go Blue Devils!

Here are some other Game Day Foods you might enjoy:

Championship Party Dip

Buffalo Wing Flatbread

Mini Meatball Subs

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

 Have you been busy planning an Easter Celebration?
Planning a menu, working on crafts, making candies.

Are you planning for Spring?
Planting a garden, painting the fence, sprucing up the yard.

Are you getting ready to celebrate a birthday for someone special?
Sending out invites, baking a cake, making something special.
Whatever you are doing, however you are celebrating this wonderful life,
share it with us, so we can celebrate with you!

Here are the faves from last week:

Welcoming Spring Tablescape 

Cream Cookie Cake w/ Sugar Coating

Unflavored Unscented Lip Balm

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week.
I was treated to some of the most amazing posts!
I love reading them!
Make sure you check out some of the other posts while you are linking up today!
You won't be disappointed!
There are so many talented bloggers out there and right here!

By linking up, you are giving The Freshman Cook permission
 to feature your post on social media and our blog using a photo, title, and link to your site.
 You may be sent an email reminder about this party.
 Proper credit and links will be given to you!

Look for your link ups on the Pinterest  page for Celebrate It!, and on Twitter.


Colorful White Chocolate Truffles

These Colorful White Chocolate Truffles are a wonderful, tasty, and colorful addition to Easter Baskets, Easter Brunch, Mother's Day, Weddings or a Spring Celebration. They are easy to make with just a few ingredients. Use a good quality white chocolate and you can change the coating color on the outside to customize them to match any event for a personalized, custom look!  The soft creamy inside will be loved by everyone.

 White chocolate truffles

Friday, March 20, 2015

Yoplait Greek 100 Whips Cookie Cups and a Cash Giveaway!

I just went in for my annual physical last week, and things are good! Of course, I need to watch what I eat and my doctor wouldn't be upset if I lost a few pounds. Overall, I was happy, but the losing some weight thing is something I really want to work on. As we are coming in to spring, I think now is the time to lose those 20 pounds and get ready for summer and lazy days at the beach! I started doing just that this week when I was asked to make some desserts for a church group that I am a part of. I wanted something light, yummy, fresh, and pretty! That's how these cookie cups filled with Yoplait Greek 100 Whips came about, and they were perfect for the luncheon! Yoplait Greek 100 Whips come in the two flavors I used, Strawberry and Black Cherry, plus several more and at only 100 calories each they only taste like a rich indulgence. Enter the giveaway at the end of this post for $15 in Paypal cash to try all the flavors of Yoplait Greek 100 Whips to find your favorite! Shop at Publix, for a great coupon value!

Yoplait Greek 100 Whips Cookie Cups
 Yogurt Cookie Cups

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party!

Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers

This Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake is like a blast from the past! We used our favorite Girl Scout Cookies as the inspiration for this months BundtBakers. Do you enjoy Girl Scout Cookies? I have loved them since I was, well.... a girl scout. Of course that was eons ago, and we sold those yummy cookies door to door. In those days, we took orders and then weeks later, we delivered the cookies to our customers, in my case, my neighbors and relatives. If you were lucky, your Dad would take the sign up sheet to work, and he would return with lots of orders. I was not that lucky girl scout. But I sold my share, and sometimes I got to eat a couple of my favorites, Thin Mints! So today the Thin Mints are my inspiration for this Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake. I hope it evokes good memories for you too!

 Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake
Chocolate Mint Bundt Cake

Monday, March 16, 2015

Triple Chocolate Shamrock Cupcakes

I love St. Patrick's Day, don't you? I thought it would be fun to celebrate with some Triple Chocolate Shamrock Cupcakes. They are made with milk, dark, and bittersweet chocolate and topped with thin mint frosting for a festive, fun, and tasty St. Patrick's Day celebration!

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Celebrate It! Blog Party!

Welcome to Celebrate It!

Championship Party Dip

As we are getting into the first games of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, I want to share this simple Championship Party Dip! This party dip came about after I bought a box of Everything Crackers from Trader Joes. I tore in to the bag as soon as I got home. I was curious as to the taste and if they were anything like the everything bagel. Well, they were really a little too strong for me. I figured that a dip was the perfect solution. I know I needed to start with cream cheese, because it certainly makes an everything bagel taste good! So I came up with this recipe. The ingredients may seem rather bland, but when you dip the everything crackers into it, it's totally amazing! It brings out all the great taste of the crackers, and is rather addicting!

Championship Party Dip
Championship Party Dip