Tried and True: Oven Baked Pork Chops #EasyCookingWithPam

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Oven Baked Pork Chops | Cooking In Stilettos

Growing up, there were two  staples I knew I would find in my mom’s pantry – PAM Cooking Spray and a box of this shaky baked coating that she’d use on pork chops and chicken.  So – when I started my cooking journey, I continued the tradition.  As I got more versed in how to cook and started putting a more healthy spin on family favorites, I lost the shaky baked coating mixture but the PAM remained a pantry must have.   After all, it makes cleaning the pans a breeze, cuts down on unnecessary fats and oils and I always know that it’s going to turn out a quality dish.  Plus – in addition to the original, PAM also has sprays for baking, grilling and now coconut oil and organic sprays – talk about options!

Recently, when shopping at my local market, I saw some gorgeous boneless pork loin chops on sale and, like a lightbulb, it hit – I should revisit a family classic pork chops with that shaky baked coating but with a bit of a spin.  Of course, one key component to the pork chops is is the PAM cooking spray because this gal did NOT want a messy pan.  My baking sheets take quite a bruising and a use up bit of real estate in the dishwasher so PAM would help with easy cleanup.

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Beef Short Ribs Burgers with Horseradish Cream Sauce for #BurgerMonth

  Beef Short Ribs Burgers With Horseradish Cream Sauce | Cooking In Stilettos

I still remember the first time I had beef short ribs. I was with friends at one of my favorite restaurants in Philly – Bourbon Blue – and thought – “I need to learn how to make this!” Another favorite dish – the short ribs flatbread at Amada in Philly – see the pattern? Whenever I am craving comfort or want to make something I know friends and family will love, I break out my slow cooker and simmer some lovely short ribs. I’ve had them in pasta, in sandwiches covered with melty cheese, braised, over Parmesan polenta, in enchiladas and, of course, in a burger.

In the summer months, occasionally, I will see ground short ribs at my local Whole Foods but it’s rare. I could grind them myself but I haven’t gotten so brave. However, it is #BurgerMonth where some of my fave bloggers are spotlighting their favorite burgers and I knew I had to bring short ribs to the party. So – I headed to my local Whole Foods, talked to the butcher and told him of my predicament (and my fear of ruining perfect short ribs with horrid grinding skills). “I got you,” he said as he headed to the back and came out with 2 pounds of perfectly marbled and ground boneless beef short ribs. Added bonus – they were on sale for the weekend – total win/win!… 

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A Summer State of Mind with A Watermelon Otai Margarita and DIY Fun #MargaritaMoments

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Watermelon 'Otai Margarita | Cooking In Stilettos

This summer, it’s all about life’s margarita moments. There’s nothing like chilling with some great friends and whipping up a pitcher of margaritas to share. One fun thing I’m loving lately is DIY projects so when Sauza’s beloved cowboy challenged us to “Jort It Up” and get a bit crafty, well then – it was time to break out the sparkle, pour the tequila and have a blast.

Here – see for yourself – he’s getting a bit crafty:

Well – never one to back away from a challenge, I whipped out my trusty scissors, some fave fabric glue and got to work. I decided that I was going to take a bit of a feminine flair to the jorts for the summer with a bit of lace and sparkle. Dressed up with a flowy black top and a belt with my fave Choo wedges or casual with a loosely tied shirt and some casual Ugg flats, these Jorts are one of a kind.  However – when you are cutting fabric – hold off on the margarita sip until you have everything cut and then you can enjoy your margarita while giving your jorts your own style.

It's A Jort DIY with Margarita Moments | Cooking In Stilettos

One of the other things I love to DIY is homemade beauty scrubs and potions – you can check out my Summer State of Mind board on Pinterest where I’ve pinned some of my fave DIY ideas, some fantastic recipes and, of course, cocktails.  A bit of a DIY party and some Sauza margaritas makes for an amazing Girls’ Night In…. 

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All About Blippar and A Fantastic Steakhouse Cheeseburger Recipe #SayCheeseburger #Shop

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Steakhouse Cheeseburger | Cooking In Stilettos

Ever since I got my first smartphone, I was all about the apps – apps for business, apps for writing, and, of course, my faves – apps for recipes and for shopping! If you saw my iPhone, you’d see all the app folders where I keep everything organized,  you might be tempted to ask if I actually do use all of those apps and my answer is “Absolutely!“  It’s what keeps me connected on the go – between Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and the blog – I’m constantly reachable (and, of course, able to shop for stilettos from anywhere and price check to make sure I’m getting the best deal). So – basically, my iPhone is a hard working part of my day to day.

When someone whispered in my ear about this fantastic app, Blippar, that not only fantastic recipes but also some fab perks like interacting with fave brands like Kraft – I was ready to give it a spin. I love apps that not only provide fantastic content but also perks for their users so it’s a win-win situation in my book.

Kraft and Walmart have joined forces with Blippar for the Great American Bacon Cheeseburger experience and they brought along one heck of a team member – the one and only Brad Paisley.  We’re talking not only recipes and fantastic content are at your fingers with the swipe of an index finger, but also the chance to earn Paisley Points, including the chance to see Brad Paisley in concert!

Here’s how simple it is:

Download it for free to your smartphone and browse around.  I found the Kraft tab under Food and Drink.

Blippar Home Screen | Cooking In Stilettos … 

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Casual Summer Soirees Just Got Saucy With An Easy Hot Dog Chili Recipe #GreaterGrilling

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Hot Dog Chili Recipe | Cooking In Stilettos

It’s the first of July and you know what that means – it’s grilling season!

Ever have this happen – a few friends suggest a casual get-together after work and next thing you know you are supposed to whip up a soiree on a moment’s notice?  While I love casual summer entertaining, the panic attack and chaotic flurry before the guests arrive is not my fave.  So – when my friends suggest a quick get together, rest assured that nothing fancy will be on the menu but these sassy chili hot dogs might be.  Don’t be afraid to hand over the tongs to friends, break out some Hebrew National hot dogs and whip up these super easy chili hot dogs!… 

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12 Fresh Recipes Spotlighting Summer Fruits and Vegetables

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12 Fresh Recipes for Summer's Bounty | Cooking In Stilettos

Do you tend to brake for farm stands? Do you see Farmer’s Markets and have this urge to buy veggies & berries that might not be on your shopping list but tempt you so that you find yourself rearranging the week’s menu to accommodate them? Do you have an overabundance of zucchini and mint overtaking your garden just yet?

With spring and summer produce at the forefront with farmers’ markets, supermarket produce aisles and home gardens overflowing with summer’s bounty, I assembled a collection of 12 of my favorite recipes where fruits and veggies take center stage. These 12 Fresh Recipes for Summer’s Bountiful Fruit and Vegetables are perfect for your bbqs and picnics as well as quick and fresh dishes for weeknights and weekend brunch.

Take a peek and let me know what recipes have you craving summer fruits and vegetables!

Check out 12 Fresh Recipes For Summer's Bountiful Fruit and Vegetables

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Tried and True Tips For The Perfect Party #EviteParty

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Tried and True Tips for the Perfect Party | Cooking In Stilettos

Does the thought of throwing a party have you in a bit of a panic?  The guests, the invites, the decorations, the food – and don’t even get me started on the cocktails.  I love a great party but throwing one – well, let’s just say it took some time before I stopped being a frazzled mess before my guests arrived.  If things were totally perfect, I learned to “let it go – let it go” (sorry – that song is stuck in my head now) and roll with the punches.

Parties, whether large or small, are all the same – you need a few things – the venue, the guests, decorations (if needed), the menu and, of course, the music.  When my friends here in Philly throw a soiree – they do it up big – right down to organizing a club/restaurant and everyone gets together and has a blast.  One thing that kept us all together when I’d have to plan our Philly parties while I was living in Orlando – Evite.  With a fabulous invitation and the click of a mouse, we were able to get the invites to all of our friends everywhere in a hot second and they always looked amazing.  Plus – we were able to keep track of who was going, who was a maybe and was able to coordinate with no sweat.  Once we had that in play, everything else ran like clockwork.

With the summer upon us, there’s always a call for a party – whether it’s a BBQ, a potluck, a 4th of July picnic – you name it, you can plan it.  Here are some of my favorite tried and true tips for the perfect party all while keeping yourself calm, cool and collected.  … 

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