Z.A. Maxfield’s Pot Luck Dinner Blog Hop

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Z.A. Maxfield’s Pot Luck Dinner

Z.A. Maxfield has organized a Pot Luck Dinner via Blog Hop. Readers have to comment on every “dish” post in order to be entered in the Grand Prize. Head over to http://zamaxfield.com/new-years-eve-progressive-dinner/ to find the master list and hit up all the posts. ZAM’s beloved minion William will check the list twice to make sure commenters participated fully and then, they’ll choose and

Contest rules and stuff:
You can “choose your own dinner adventure” from appetizers, soup, salad, main dish and dessert, but those of you who visit and comment at each and every blog will be entered into a drawing for one of three (3) $35.00 gift cards to the venue of your choice: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or All Romance Ebooks.

Plus, some individual authors (like, ahem, me, ZAM) might include a private drawing for those people who stop by. So read, drink and be merry! Happy New Year from all of us, at the M/M Writers’ Buffet! Winner will be announced on Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2015 at ZAM’s blog

Remember, for full blog links visit http://zamaxfield.com/new-years-eve-progressive-dinner/

Rhys Ford Giveaway
That being said… we’re having a GIVEAWAY right here! Comment below with the first dish YOU remember making by yourself (successful or no) and be entered to win… a surprise package of seasonings, sauces and treats specially selected by yours truly. The Pot Luck Giveaway on THIS blog will end Jan 6. Winner will be chosen randomly.

For my dish, I am suggesting you try vinha d’alhos (pronounced vin-GRAH doish by my relatives). It means meat with wine and garlic. It’s kind of like a Portuguese adobo.

thumb_600VINHA D’ALHOS


  • 3 lb boneless pork
  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 Hawaiian red peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon sage
  • 2 tablespoons salad oil

Cut pork into 2 X 1 1/2-inch pieces. Combine vinegar, garlic, red pepper, bay leaf, salt, cloves, thyme and sage; pour over pork and let stand overnight in refrigerator.

Cook pork in marinate for 20 minutes; drain. Heat oil in skillet; add pork and saute slowly for 10 to 15 minutes until browned.

Makes 6 servings. Serve over rice.


47 thoughts on “Z.A. Maxfield’s Pot Luck Dinner Blog Hop

  1. Wow. The first dish I remember making myself was mac & cheese when I was about 6. My mom was teaching me how to cook from about the time I was 4. I remember getting home from school before my brother and fixing my own dinner. I don’t recall how successful I was, but I do know I did not burn me or the house.

  2. Ardent Ereader

    First dish I can remember making myself? Will a dessert count? I think it was Rice Crispy Treats I am not sure how old I was but I do remember my Mom chasing me around the kitchen trying to get me to wash my sticky rice crispy covered hands. I think I even got it in my hair! Wishing you a Happy New Year! ardent(dot)ereader(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Waxapplelover

    If we’re talking from scratch and not from a box or mix, then probably scallion pancakes. I love them and when I heard how it was pretty easy I had to try.

    Forgot email, sorry. Waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Antonia

    I remember baking as a kid, probably from mixes, since I was older when I started baking totally from scratch. As for actual food, I think it was lasagna. My mom taught me how to make it and some other dishes all around the same time. Thanks for the great giveaway and the recipe! Happy New Year!

  5. Rachael

    I think scrambled eggs was the first thing I ever made, back around the time I was in kindergarten. Still can’t eat them without a huge dollop of ketchup.

  6. jenf27

    OMG – your recipe sounds amazing. I have been cooking since I was pretty young so I am not sure exactly the first recipe I made, but I do remember making english muffin pizzas a lot when I was a kid. I thought they turned out pretty well at the time.

    Happy 2015!!

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  7. Marcine

    4H cooking class. Saturday night dreams. Basically a hotdog split down the middle add cheese and bake.

  8. Tamika

    My first dish was my get a man meatloaf. They dubbed it that after my husband proposed. Lol it was the official dish.

    tamikamclaurin (at) hotmail (dot) com

  9. Amy Darling

    Wow that sounds delicious Rhys, I’m going to have to try it.

    The first thing I remember making bread for thanksgiving. Well at least I tried to help my mom lol. To be fair I was like six.

  10. farmwifetwo

    A peach sandwich. I was about 6, let myself in at noon and made my own lunch waiting for my Mom and bro to come home. Then I headed back to school for the afternoon.

    Back in the day when children were thought to be able to look after themselves….

  11. Kimberly

    I’m thinking about making my first dish… some day. Oh who am I kidding, I enjoy being served. ;). In all seriousness, I cant cook but I admire those who can and moreover, who enjoy it.

  12. Hmmmm – I have been cooking since before I can remember. I know my brother and I cooked a meal once a week. We planned it, cooked it, served it and cleaned up afterwards. I remember making spaghetti and way over cooking the noodle. We had to cook some elbow macaroni and have that instead. I think I was 6.

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  13. Denise Dechene

    If you count cookies, that was the first thing I remember cooking by myself. I was 12 and was baking peanut butter cookies. Unfortunately for me I misread an ingredient and they sucked big time. Instead of 1/2 tsp of salt I put in a 1/2 cup. I think I tried to kill my mom. LOL


  14. Rain

    My first was fruit salad, which didn’t really require anything else but peeling and chopping. Easy cooking. 😀

  15. H.B.

    The first dish I guess that I made on my own was lasagna. I use to watch my sister do it herself so I didn’t think it would be hard at all to make on my own. It turned out okay =) Happy New Year!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  16. My mom’s lasagna was the first meal I remember making all the way from scratch! And, um, wow….that recipe looks delicious!! I’m stealing it 😉

  17. Kaytee

    I made scrambled eggs at 7 and my first Thanksgiving Dinner at 11 (my mom was sick and Dad insisted we have Thanksgiving) we all lived – no one died of food poisoning, I have been cooking ever since That recipe sounds delicious,

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  19. Barbra

    Pretty sure it was tuna casserole, with crushed up potato chips on top. YUCK!
    I’m a vegetarian now. 🙂

  20. kissedbymidnigh

    Well, I don’t know if you’d call it a dish, but I remember the first thing I tried making was macaroni and cheese. Forgot about it and the water boiled over.

  21. Jbst

    Cookies. But if desserts don’t count, I think some noodle dish I learned in my Home Ec class in school.
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

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  23. Cathy Romanczuk

    Oh, that is easy. It was my job to make the cornbread. We were poor so most meals were pinto beans, fried potatoes, and cornbread.

  24. Trix

    Yay, finally a vinha d’alhos recipe! (My half-Azorean mom and I have been looking for one forever, you have no idea.) I remember a half-assed attempt at frosting when a babysitter was there (I was too young to use the stove, so I put chocolate chips on a hot cake in the hope it would melt), but Toll House cookies were the first thing I tried in earnest (my brother admitted that mine were better than his–score!)…


  25. nocalreader

    Pancakes. I totally messed up the batter and then proceeded to burn one side of most of the batch. Burnt pancakes smell gross.

  26. debby236

    I remember making cookies with my grandmother. They were quite good.
    debby236 at gmail dot com or hotmail

  27. Jen CW

    First dish I can remember making was with blueberry muffins or cornbread muffins. I pretty sure they turned out correctly.

  28. Heather Rawlins

    The first thing I remember making that had a lasting impression was Hot Cross Buns when I was about 13 and my grandparents were visiting. For their entire visit, every time I saw my Grampy, he asked me to make another batch. Since it was my Nana’s specialty, it was quite an honour to get to make them for him.

  29. My first dish I really remember making all by myself… My mom used to have this cookbook called The Best of Baking (It now resides in MY kitchen) which was originally published in German in 1978 — our copy is a slightly later English translation. One of the recipes, the only one we’ve ever really used regularly, is for something called Basque Chicken Pie, which is sort of a cross between a pot pie and a stuffed pizza. The first time I ever made it, I was about 11 or 12, and I don’t know how it happened but I spaced on the basic yeast dough for the crust and added WAY too much salt. It’s been nearly 25 years and my dad *still* brings up that mishap…

    Needless to say, I now make it regularly and perfectly. It is one of my hubby’s favorites. And I use the dough recipe so often I have it memorized, for everything from rolls to pizza crust.

    tracykitn AT yahoo DOT com

  30. Karen

    i am pretty sure it was pancakes for my mom for Mother’s Day, she was a good sport and at least pretended to eat them LOL

  31. Susan

    The first dish I made entirely on my own was beef stew. I’d found it in my parents cookbook and wanted to surprise them with dinner. Came out pretty good, considering I was only 10!

  32. Saruby

    All my early cooking was cakes from boxes, but I am fairly certain the first thing I made from scratch was scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese. I must have been around 14. saruby213ATgmailDOTcom

  33. Tammy

    I honestly don’t remember the first thing I actually cooked unless ramen noodles in college counts. My first real meal was probably spaghetti made with a jar of Ragu or a casserole made with cream of mushroom soup. Those were the staples of my early cooking adventures.

  34. Bernadette

    Yea, I am with the mac and cheese contingent, I remember making it for lunch when I came home from school in Jr. High. Grilled cheese sandwiches. The first time I lived away from home was when I shared a flat in London, England while at University, we ate a lot of sausages and spaghetti. At 50 I am a much better cook than I was back then. I did a leg of lamb last night for New Years Eve.

  35. The first things I made on my own were sandwiches, but my first cooked meal was probably a lasagna. It was (and still is) one of my favorite meals so I would be the one mixing the ingredients and layering the noodles as my mom supervised.

  36. Jillian T

    Pancakes were my first dish. Over the years, I’ve progressed to strawberry pancakes. 🙂

  37. My mother had me in charge of the Southern (not sweetened) cornbread as soon as I could crack eggs, so that would be my earliest recipe.

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  39. I’m sure there were other dishes before this, but I remember making grilled bacon and grape jelly sandwiches on white bread in one of those long-handled closed sandwich things that cut the crusts off & makes the sandwich round. This would have been before I stopped eating meat in high school, and the kitchen I recall making them in we moved away from in 1976, so, a long time ago. It’s a good combination – sweet and salty and crispy if you make the bacon right & toast the bread enough!

  40. Juliana

    Kraft Mac & Cheese out of the box. But man I felt so grown up cooking it on my own! 😉
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