Caramel Apple Dutch Baby

Dutch baby also known as German pancakes are such a special treat. It's one of my favorite brunch dishes to make in place of pancakes.  This skillet caramel apple filled pancake will serve 8 and I particularly love that no two Dutch babies look the same.  Each one bakes into it's own unique shape.

Ideally, it should be made in a cast iron skillet, but, if you don't have one, substitute with a heavy bottomed skillet similar in size.  Bring the eggs and milk to room temperature before making the batter also seems to allow the Dutch baby to puff up more quickly.  When adding the caramel apples back to the batter, leave a 2 inch border around the edge so, the edges will become puffy and golden. Serve dusted with powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup for the ultimate in Dutch baby love.

Easy Smothered Chicken Tenders And Pan Gravy

If I'm hard pressed for time, and need to quickly put together a meal that will please everyone, chicken tenders are the way to go.  Depending on the size they literally cook in minutes.  The day I put this skillet together, I had mushrooms on hand that needed to be used so, I included that in my recipe. However, they are truly optional I just couldn't bear to let them go to waste.   These lightly breaded tenders with onion gravy are incredible with or without the addition of mushrooms and if you choose to leave them out, no other adjustments need to be made. .

In my opinion there's something magical about combining tarragon and poultry.  It enhances the flavor without overtaking it.  Serve these smothered chicken tenders over buttered rice or with a scoop of mashed potatoes.  Add steamed peas or green beans and you can have an entire meal ready in 30 minutes.  That makes this cook very happy.

Banana Pudding Gooey Butter Cake

Many of you know of my obsession with banana pudding.  I'm here to confirm what you've heard. It's true.  I can't help myself, I keep thinking of more and more ways to enjoy the same flavors in other forms.  Enter gooey butter cake.

Gooey butter cakes aka chess bars, have been making their way onto Southern dessert tables and into hungry bellies for a very long time.  I've never tried this particular variation before and had an epiphany one afternoon while I was sipping tea and thinking about my love of banana pudding.  After several times of making and tweaking my dream became reality and a huge success.   By nature these types of cakes are rich, so you can easily satisfy 20 people with this gooey cake. Store leftovers chilled.  If there are any leftovers.

Braised Mexican-Style Pork Ribs

These braised pork ribs are serious melt in your mouth deliciousness.  Seared on top of the stove then slow roasted in the oven coated with a spicy and slightly sweet glaze.

My family enjoys these 3 ways.  Served as is over a scoop of rice, on a toasted baguette with cole slaw as a hoagie, or wrapped in warm tortillas with their favorite taco toppings.  It's another one of those dishes that is so simple to prepare and packs such great flavor.  Really good food for any ocassion.

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