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Pick’Ams: Super Tasty Quick Simple Appetizers

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The first time I had these was when I was a kid at my Great Granny’s house.  She and some ladies had a regular Bridge night where they all brought easy to eat and super yummy snacks.  Granny let me and my cousin Krystle have some before we were sent off to let the grown ups have their game time.  From then on, I was in love!  Later, I introduced them to my bestie Stacy and it was our go to snack for an entire summer.  Fabulous that it’s a cold one on hot days, but works wonderfully on cooler days as well!  I am pretty certain we brought stocks in Atkins Dill Pickles up a notch that summer!

Two things before I get started:

  1. These never had a name, I made one up.  Previously they were those ham roll thingy’s.  If you have a better name, PLEASE leave it in the comments!  I’ve been trying to come up with a fitting one for a while.  Pick’Ams pays homage to my Granny’s Southern Belle heritage, so I used it.  LOL
  2. I’m always looking for simple appetizers!  If you know of any, leave a link or suggestion or something!  Seems like I have a hard time coming up with them!

Now, without further ado I will give you the recipe.  Cherish it, enjoy it!  The recipe will always be close to my heart.  Your guests will love it!PickAms1

Ingredients:

1 Jar of Dill Pickles

Cream Cheese, softened (I use low fat)

1 Package Ham of Choice

Mayo (optional)

Directions:

In a bowl, mix cream cheese and mayo.  If you aren’t using mayo, then simply ensure the cream cheese is at a spreadable temp.

Lay out ham and pat dry.

Using a spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture over the ham.

Place pickle on ham and roll it.  Chill for 24 hours or more.  The chilling helps harden the cream cheese back up and holds it together.

After it is chilled, slice and enjoy!

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Originally posted 2014-04-03 04:23:39.

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Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin

Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin: Healthy, Paleo, Auto-Immune, All-around Yummy!I love cooking things that are delicious and simple.  The Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin was quick and easy which certainly fits the bill of both!!!  It wasn’t much work to get it together and we all enjoyed it so much there were no leftovers!  The best part is that it was so great no one added ketchup or anything else!  LOL.  Chief ZooKeeper always insists on modifying things, this one he complimented repeatedly!  It would be incredibly easy to prepare the ingredients, brown, and then start after work or school.  A one pot meal with little clean up so you can get to what’s important: your life!

For our health, we chose to go to a very paleo like diet.  That’s when I realized just how much junk was truly in my ‘healthy’ diet.  I only call it junk because since I’ve switched, I’ve learned that my body was not happy with many of my food choices.  I  feel better and am healthier, that’s totally worth the sacrifice.

Dutch Oven Herb Pork Loin

Ingredients:

  • 4 pound boneless top loin roast
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Horseradish Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced (leave out for auto immune and paleo diet!)
  • carrots, bell peppers, etc as desired. sliced small

Directions:

  1. Rub pork with thyme.
  2. Heat the dutch oven on high then brown loin on all sides.
  3. When pork has been browned, brush all sides with horse radish sauce.
  4. Add the water to the pot.  Place the lid on and turn heat to low.
  5. Cook until meat reaches 140 degrees.  
  6. At 140 degrees, remove pork and place in a warming area (I use the oven typically and keep it covered, you don’t want the oven on or it will cook the meat too much)
  7. Add vegetables to oven and saute.  Cook until done. 

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