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Showing posts with label recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recipes. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brining Last Nights Dinner And Some Bourbon

Those pork chops are brining in fresh apple cider (in season now), kosher salt, crushed juniper berries, bay leaf and ice water. I have brined a holiday turkey years ago (when that technique became popular) with good results but never have I brined pork. Just as with turkey, the brining creates a more tender and flavorful meat. But, I must say the sauce for these chops has outstanding flavor.

I read this interesting recipe on Olla-Podrida blog. She has a fabulous food blog. And, the photography is outstanding. Check this recipe out from HER BLOG. I had to change up the recipe because I did not have the same ingredients handy. I substituted the allspice berries with juniper berries. And, I used beef broth in place of the chicken. It worked out fine. 

And, since I was making only two pork chops (they were huge) I made only half of the Bourbon Sauce recipe. Next time I will make the full recipe. It is just that good. I used a cast iron skillet because it goes into the oven for ten minutes after the chops are browned. 

The sauce is made after you take it from the oven after you place the chops on a warm platter.Be sure to deglaze the pan with the bourbon and broth and reduce the sauce as the recipe directs. It's easy. Just be patient.

When finished you will have a wonderful flavorful dinner entre. You must try it. SO EASY AND SO GOOD!

Thanks to Olla-Podrida for this wonderful recipe. It helped me to get back in the cooking mode.

Happy Eating.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

1 - 2 - 3 Let's Eat

Autumn is certainly in the air, today, here in California. And, it feels like a good day to "put the Dutch Oven on". The recipe for Sweet Spicy Country Style Ribs And Beans has been sitting on my kitchen counter for a few days and I bought the pork ribs and the red hot pepper jelly that I didn't have available.

I did not think about taking photos until just as I was putting it in the oven. So this is photo No. 1.

After cooking for one and a half hours, I opened the lid to check to make sure it wasn't getting to dry. It looked great. These Le Creuset dutch ovens do a beautiful job with their self-basting lids. The Dutch Ovens are very expensive so I shopped on Ebay and about a year ago I found one that is "like new" for less than half the price of a new one. Photo No. 2 looked pretty darn good. And, boy oh boy, it sure smelled wonderful!

Following another half hour of cooking the ribs were beautifully cooked through and just about to fall apart. Just right! Of course, I had to eat a sample - to make sure the seasoning didn't need adjusting. I guess you can't improve on perfection! They were delicious with a great flavored sauce with the ribs and beans. See photo No. 3 for bubbly goodness!

Be sure to try the recipe!

You can find the recipe at - Jbugskitchenantics Sweet Spicy Country Style Pork Ribs and Beans and I highly recommend it. Of course, I almost forgot to take a photo and there was no table staging. Just simple home cooking.

And, it is very easy!

Hope you have a beautiful fall day.


Friday, August 05, 2011

Crockpot Cooking In The Summer

Yesterday, I decided to prepare a crock pot dinner. I used some short ribs that were in the freezer along with other ingredients that I had in the pantry. The recipe is Slow Cooked German Short Ribs from allrecipes.com. And, they were wonderful! MSM is very fond of beef so I frequently look for recipes with beef. My choice is usually poultry or seafood. But, I am very happy to make whatever he would like. It has been a while since I have prepared dinner. I almost forgot to take a photo of the entrĂ©e. So, this is the best I have to show you.

The weather was about 10 degrees cooler than the past few days so it was a pleasant day to cook. We had the short ribs over wide egg noodles along with a lettuce salad and corn-on-the-cob. I was glad that I made the effort to do this because it was one and a half years since we started "going out". And, I had totally forgotten the date until I saw MSM coming to the door with a bouquet of flowers and a card.

A few months back, MSM started bringing me flowers on the 4th of the month to celebrate our monthly anniversary. And, he always has a special card with just the right verse. I have received several florist bouquets from him and they are always lovely. But, I have told him that I can be just as happy with less expensive flowers. And, if he wants to get florist flowers for me on special holidays, that would be just fine with me. He is very thoughtful and always wanting to show his love for me!  We seem to be over the very rough spots related to his previous alcohol use.

We are looking forward to our trip to Michigan to see his sister.  By the way -  she is 87 years young and doing just fine. Actually, she is "going strong" and is still on a bowling league.  We have a direct flight out of San Francisco and that will certainly be easier on me and my back than having to change flights along the way. We will be away for one week. He shortened the trip by a few days to make it less physically demanding for me. I am looking forward to seeing all the sights around Detroit and his birthplace. He reassures me that he will be taking good care of me. He has certainly done a nice job of planning the activities that we plan to do.

If I don't post again before leaving town, I will have all kinds of things to blog about when we return.

I hope your weather is as nice as we are having today. It is a beautiful morning!


ADDED LATER ~ Guess What?  I just realized that I made the same Short Rib recipe this past January. I guess that tells you how much is on my mind. But, really, I am feeling quite fine!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Afternoon Tea - - - - - - I Mean Tuaca

What could be better on a very rainy afternoon? I have a great friend who among other things always takes care of Lily when I need to be away for a whole day. She calls herself "Lily's other Mom" and she spoils Lily more than any dog should be spoiled. Even though these days I rarely have alcoholic drinks this little afternoon ritual has become a little more frequent during this endless winter weather. What could be more enjoyable than HOT APPLE PIE on a dreary afternoon? It's a special treat that tastes scrumptious, looks special, smells heavenly and has a silly name - - - what more would you want?

The first time I tasted this drink was in 1996 when I was asked to work on a fund raiser for the Calaveras County Master Gardeners. I was asked to be the editor of a collection of recipes compiled by the members of the organization. The name of the cook book is The Gardeners' Table. At a later time I may post about the birth of a cookbook.

This is how you can make "A Hot Apple Pie".

1 quart apple cider
3 to 4 whole cloves
5 oz Tuaca Liqueur
Fresh whipped cream
Ground cinnamon

Bring the apple cider and cloves just to the boiling point in a medium saucepan. Pour the Tuaca (1-1/4 oz per serving) into 8 ounce stemmed glasses. Remove the cloves and pour the cider into glasses to within 1/2-inch of the rim. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. ENJOY.

 I know these next photos are shameful. But my friend breaks all of my rules that I have for my little dog.

I hope you are Warm and Comfortable on this winter day.


Some Additional Special Photos


Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2011

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014