Slow Oven Baked Ribs

oven baked baby back ribs

If there is one thing the Bennett Crew loves, it’s a barbecue.  The deck table filled with Grandma Eilene’s Macaroni Salad, Chipotle Lime Grilled Corn on the Cob and this weekend... Slow Oven Baked Ribs. Once the weather turns lovely, we dine … [Read more...]

Hearty Winter Bolognese

When I was little, I remember my Grandmother standing at the stove top stirring her homemade tapioca pudding. I stood close by, waiting, asking to help, so I could somehow sneak a sample of her delicious recipe. Grandma smiled and with a twinkle in … [Read more...]

Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Roasted Red Pepper Hazelnut Sauce

Roasted Red Peppers, Hazelnut, sauce for pork

I always keep a spare pork tenderloin, or two, in the freezer.  It's one of those quick fix meals that pairs beautifully with most any sauce or roasted winter fruit.  I had planned to use this tenderloin with a spiced apple compote, which is … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Sunday Round-up!

Asian marinated pork tenderloin sliders with caramelized onions

As usual I'm "late to the party" with this post.  But if you're like me and haven't decided what to prepare for Super Bowl Sunday, here's a rowdy round-up of complete deliciousness … [Read more...]

Stuffed Olive and Sausage Bites

stuffed olive and sausage bites

There is no doubt the holidays are always a busy time of year.  However, the last few years it’s become a reason to put the brakes on.  Or at least slow down long enough to savor the season. I find myself turning off my computer earlier in the … [Read more...]

Vanilla Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Roasted Pears

Vanilla Spice Rubbed Pork

I think the vanilla bean is underused in savory cooking.  It's a uniquely flavored spice that can certainly make any dessert taste spectacular.  But it can also make a plain pork chop light up the dinner hour. You guessed it.  I had some pork … [Read more...]

Sweet Onion Marmalade with Pork Chops

sweet onion marmalade

Nothing says Washington State like sweet onions, apples, stone fruit, blackberries, Dungeness crab, lavender and of course.... rain.   Just to name a few. Seattle is a culinary heaven.  James Beard award-winning chefs, a divine selection of … [Read more...]

Slow Cooked Hawaiian Pork Roast with Coconut Rice

I wish I could tell you I just got back from a spectacular Hawaiian vacation.  But I didn't. :(  It's been a few years since visiting Maui, but I remember it like yesterday. Probably because when I vacation with Ranger Craig it's not really a … [Read more...]

Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Balsamic Roasted Figs

A new page is posting on Karista's Kitchen, "Weeknight Fresh". Fresh, seasonal and delicious recipes that won't make dinner feel like a second job. As a busy Mom, business owner, culinary instructor and food blogger,  sometimes life … [Read more...]

Apricot and Sage Stuffed Pork Loin Roast… and a Thank you

I just read the blogging world is now over 2 million strong.  2 million.  That’s a lot of bloggers. I’ve never considered myself a true blogger.  Just a personal chef and culinary instructor who happens to give her recipes a home, on a blog.  … [Read more...]

Huckleberry Barbeque Sauce with Thin Cut Pork Loin Chops

It’s the first day of spring. It feels like winter. I wish it were summer. I love summer in the Northwest. Blueberries, blackberries, huckleberries and raspberries.  Rainier cherries, apricots and peaches. And sunshine. … [Read more...]

Spanish White Bean Stew (My version of Fabada)

Cooking is always an adventure in my kitchen.  Especially when I’m testing a new recipe.  Or a new recipe idea. I have lots of ideas. Some of them end up in the compost.  Yep... even I can create a few recipe stinkers. This was a … [Read more...]