Recipe: The Best Grilled Pork Chop

with my Special Pork Chop Seasoning Blend

Grilled-Pork-Chop

Today’s recipe is inspired by a popular item served at the Minnesota State Fair.

Just about every year since I moved to Minnesota I’ve visited the State Fair and the grilled pork chop on a stick has been one of my favorites. In a sea of junk food, it’s always been a really simple, delicious meal. (more…)

Recipe: Whole-Wheat Pesto Cavatappi

A whole-wheat, 100% real version of Noodles & Company's classic Pesto Cavatappi.

 

A whole-wheat, 100% real version of Noodle and Company's classic Pesto Cavatappi.Food packs a powerful punch when it comes to memories. We share our daily lives over meals. We celebrate with meals. We mourn over meals. We come together over meals.

Today’s recipe has a lot of history for my family. When my son, Ben, was just three we started a tradition called guy’s night. It was a time when we either cooked dinner together or went out—just the two of us. Now mind you, this was long before I started my real food journey, and one of our favorite places to go was Noodles & Company. We both loved their Pesto Cavatappi, or as we called it then, Green Mac n’ Cheese. (more…)

Recipe: The Best Real Pesto Sauce

A delicious, real pesto sauce that's quick and easy to make with options to make it more affordable by substituting other greens.

We love pesto. And with summer gardens, farmers markets, and grocery stores filled with fresh basil, there’s no better time to make some up than now.

But why should you go to the trouble? While there are some high quality pesto sauces available, some store-bought pesto sauces don’t look very real at all. (more…)

Recipe Blueprint: Whole-Wheat Muffins

featuring my favorite Blueberry Whole-Wheat Muffins

Bruce Bradley's Whole-Wheat Muffin recipe blueprint is the perfect base for all your favorite kinds of muffins and uses 100% real ingredients!

When I was growing up my mom didn’t bake much. If we wanted cookies, brownies, or muffins, we had to make them ourselves. Although that made me feel a bit sad as a kid, I believe those early experiences in the kitchen are what got me interested in cooking. It’s also one of the reasons I’m such a fan of cooking with your kids! Let’s face it—there’s nothing like firsthand experience to build some confidence.

One kitchen mess-up that I got ribbed about for years were my blueberry muffins. I was young, foolish, and didn’t believe in a recipe’s instructions. After all, I knew better and I was always looking for shortcuts. So when making blueberry muffins I thought it was a real waste of time to fold in the berries at the very end when I could use the electric beater to mix them in with all the other ingredients. Hmmm…I ended up with some very grey blueberry muffins. :-( But that’s how we all learn lessons—by making mistakes.

Unfortunately in the world of baking things have gotten a whole lot worse than making a batch of grey blueberry muffins. Today’s store-bought muffins and mixes are littered with fake blueberry bits, partially hydrogenated oils, and all sorts of additives. So to avoid these I’ve come up with my own tried and true muffin recipe. (more…)