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Good day and welcome to Tasty Tuesday! For today, I wanted to share with you an easy beef recipe that takes about a half hour to prepare and then 8 hours of cooking time in the crock pot. The flavors are amazing, and the aromas that will fill your home while this is cooking will make others believe that you have been slaving in the kitchen! Here is a preview of this dish…

Preview

Preview

Looks good, doesn’t it? Let’s head into the kitchen…

Ingredients
6 tri-tip strips or 6 medium hanger steaks (I used a combo of these because of limited availability in the store)
1# cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 onion sliced and separated
1 TBS fresh thyme, leaves stripped from stems and minced
1 tsp of Spanish paprika
3/4 cup of chicken stock
1/4 cup sherry
1/4 cup of flour
4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS dried parsley
1/2 cup of heavy cream

Ingredients

Ingredients

The first thing that I do is get all of the ingredients prepped and ready to use. This cuts down the prep time of this dish, or any other.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 TBS of olive oil. Add the mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms begin to brown.

Brown the mushrooms

Brown the mushrooms

Move them to the crock pot. Then add another TBS of oil to the skillet and heat. Add in the meat and brown on both sides. Remove the meat to a plate.

Browned beef

Browned beef

Add the remaining oil to the pan, heat and then add the onion, thyme and paprika.

Cook up the onions, paprika and thyme

Cook up the onions, paprika and thyme

Cook until the onions become translucent. Then add in the flour. Stir to coat.

Flour is incorporated in to the onions

Flour is incorporated in to the onions

Add in the chicken broth and sherry. This will be a bit thick. Add it to the crockpot.

The mushrooms and onions provide a bed for the beef

The mushrooms and onions provide a bed for the beef

To the crock pot, add in the meat and any juices that have accumulated on the plate.

Beef is added

Beef is added

Cover and cook for 8 hours.

After the timer goes off on the crock pot, remove the meat to a plate and cover with foil. The meat will be very tender. To the liquid remaining in the pot, add in the cream and cook on high for about 15 minutes.

Sauce

Sauce

Add the meat back to the crock pot and stir to coat the meat. I served this dish with green beans and baked potatoes! Check it out!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Thanks for joining me in the kitchen on this Tasty Tuesday! Enjoy your day, and be well…

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Good morning and welcome to Tasty Tuesdays! For the last few weeks I have featured the remodel of our kitchen, and now I can finally return to cooking! Today’s recipe is another one that is easy to make and chock full of lovely flavors! The translation of the name of this recipe is chicken with pancetta and mustard! Total time in making this recipe is about an hour, and it serves 4. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? OK! Let’s go!

Ingredients

4 chicken thighs and 5 drumsticks, bone in, skin on
1/3 cup of Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp Spanish style paprika
Salt and pepper
4 oz. chopped pancetta
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1 tsp fresh thyme, leaves removed from stems and finely chopped
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
3/4 cup Pinot Grigio
3 TBS heavy cream

Ingredients

Ingredients

Let’s start this out by marinating the chicken. Place the first four ingredients into a zipper bag, and toss to coat the chicken well. As this sits, prepare and measure out the next four ingredients.

In a heavy skillet set to medium heat, add the pancetta. Cook until the pancetta is nicely browned.

Brown the pancetta

Brown the pancetta

Remove the pancetta from the skillet and set aside. Drain off all but 1 TBS of the fat. Then add in the onions and cook until they are lightly browned. Now add in the thyme. Cook until the aroma of the thyme raises up and caresses your nose.

Onions and thyme

Onions and thyme

Remove the onion mixture to the bowl with the pancetta.

Next let’s turn our attention to the chicken. Add a bit of the EVOO to the pan, and heat. We are going to cook the chicken in batches. When the oil is hot, add half the chicken to the pan and brown on both sides.

Brown the chicken

Brown the chicken

Remove this to a plate, and repeat with the last bit of chicken. Remove this when done.

Slowly add in the wine to your skillet and stir up all the little browned bits.

The wine is added

The wine is added

As this starts to bubble, add back the pancetta and onions and stir.

Pancetta, onions and thyme are added back to the skillet

Pancetta, onions and thyme are added back to the skillet

Then add back the chicken. Cover and cook this for about 20 minutes turning the chicken every so often. Check the chicken to see if it is fully cooked through. If it is not, go another 5 minutes or so and check again. When the chicken is done, remove it from the skillet to a plate and cover with foil.

Now get out that heavy cream, and add it to the pan juices. Stir this up until the sauce is heated through.

The sauce after the cream has been added

The sauce after the cream has been added

Add the chicken back to the pan and stir to coat the chicken with the gravy.

The chicken goes back into the pan

The chicken goes back into the pan

Heat through and serve!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

To go along with this dish I prepared a porcini risotto, and I served the remaining Pinot Grigio.

If you try this recipe, please be sure to let me know if you liked it! Thanks for stopping by my kitchen today! Have a terrific Tuesday! Be well…. ^..^

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Michelle over at WordPress has chosen the color orange to be the focus of this week’s photo challenge. She says, “This week, share a group of photos where orange is either the dominant color, or provides a bold highlight. Shoot for at least three photos, and look for different shades — bright neons, deep rusts, delicate peaches.” So, here we go into my orange world!

Up close to this flower are many orange folds, making it appear as if it is a skirt!

Orange ruffles

Orange ruffles

Here are lovely shades of orange in an Arizona sunset…

Saffron Sunset

Saffron Sunset

Shades of orange adorn this marigold!

A bit of sunshine!

A bit of sunshine!

Here is one of the Sierra Foothills natives. It is in the azalea family…

Close up to an orange native

Close up to an orange native

I love the orange color of cheddar cheese when it has melted over a really yummy mac ‘n cheese!

Cheddar on Mac 'n Cheese

Cheddar on Mac ‘n Cheese

There is nothing like the sweet, flavorful taste of a Tuscan melon, especially when it is home grown!

The beauty inside the Tuscan Melon

The beauty inside the Tuscan Melon

There you have it: My view of the color orange! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have an amazing weekend! Be well… ^..^

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Things are moving forward with the kitchen remodel. One thing about doing a remodel is coping with not having a kitchen sink! Ah, well, it will be worth it in the end, right? So, let’s see where the kitchen is at right now, shall we? C’mon, let’s go!

Let’s start with the number of boxes that held the new cupboards. This photo is from last week.

New cupboards arrive!

New cupboards arrive!

Our installer, Jay, began by setting the cabinets out. Most of the day was unpacking and breaking down cardboard. He worked from a map provided by the cabinet place that had each cupboard numbered. I took the photos after he was done for the day so I would not be in his way…

Here is a shot looking at the beginnings of the island. Behind this are the cabinets that will make the pass through.

Island and pass through

Island and pass through

In this next area, the cabinets are situated under the windows. In the area where there is no cupboard, this is where the dishwasher will go. The kitchen sink will be located under the right window.

Counter top under the windows

Counter top under the windows

To the right of the refrigerator is the utility cupboard. This will house the most used kitchen counter top appliances.

Utility cupboard to the right of the refrigerator

Utility cupboard to the right of the refrigerator

Next let’s take a look at where the pantry is. It is located in the background. The two lower cupboards actually pull out. There are a total 5 shelves in each including the base.

The pantry in the background

The pantry in the background

After the first day of the installation, here is what still has yet to be opened. This is only what is in the house as there is more in the garage.

Boxes left to open that are in the house

Boxes left to open that are in the house

In case you are curious, the cupboards are made of a pecan wood.

Thanks for dropping by and stay tuned for the next installment of the remodel! Be well… ^..^

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I need to say “Thank You” to Aquileana over at La Audacia de Aquiles for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am truly honored!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

Now, as you know, when one wins an award, there are rules that go along with the award. And, here they are!

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog. – Done

2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do. – Done

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate other bloggers.

5. Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.

So, seven things about me…I love photography, cooking, writing, gardening, traveling, collecting salt and pepper shakers, and finally, eating lunch out with the gals! There seven things.

Now on to my nominations….I am pleased and happy to pass on this award to:

Scrapydo Dog

Anneli’s Place

Momus News

Petals Unfolding

Lola Rugula

A Yorkshire Lass in Ireland

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you again Aquileana!

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I wanted to find out if you would care to join me in the kitchen today for Tasty Tuesday! Today’s recipe is a very tasty stew made with pork and poblano and anaheim chiles. I like to prepare easy dishes and this one fits the bill! The aromas during cooking will have everyone’s stomachs growling as it cooks! Ready to head into the kitchen?

Ingredients

Ingredients

Don't forget the carrots!

Don’t forget the carrots!

Ingredients
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 1/2#’s boneless pork shoulder
Salt and pepper
10 garlic cloves
4 large carrots
2 poblano chiles
1 anaheim chile
2 limes
2 bay leaves
48 oz. chicken stock
6 Roma tomatoes

First, lets get everything cut up. Start with the pork. Cut the meat into 1″ cubes. Set aside.

Pork cut into cubes

Pork cut into cubes

Now let’s get working on the vegetables. Beginning with the garlic, smash the cloves, remove the skin and trim the bottom. Add to a mixing bowl. Peel the carrots, cut into four sections, then cut into quarters. Add to the bowl. On to the chiles: Cut the cap off the chiles, then cut the chile in half. Remove the seeds and veins. Then cut the chile in the middle horizontally, and slice into thin strips and add to the bowl. Juice the two limes and add the juice to the vegetables. Add in the two bay leaves.  Mix it up!

Colorful mixture of veges

Colorful mixture of veges

On to the tomatoes. Cut the stem end out of the tomatoes, then cut the tomatoes in quarters.

Tomatoes cut into quarters

Tomatoes cut into quarters

Now that every thing is ready, let’s get to cooking! Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Add the oil to a cast iron dutch oven. Heat over medium heat and when it is hot add half the pork and brown. When done, removed from the pot and set aside. Brown the remaining pork. When this is done, add the first batch back to the pot.

Browned pork

Browned pork

Now add in the vegetables. Mix it up and then add in the broth.

Add the broth

Add the broth

Doesn’t that look good? Now grab your bowl of tomatoes and tuck them in around the meat.

Tomatoes added

Tomatoes added

Bring this to a boil. Now turn the heat off, cover the pot with a snug fitting lid and place this on the second to the lowest rack in the oven for 3 hours. Stir once per hour. Here it is when it is almost done.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Doesn’t that look good? The aromas are making my stomach growl! :)

Time’s up! Pull your pot out of the oven. Get out some bowls and serve this baby up!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

You can serve this over rice or, if you prefer, mashers! To kick it up a notch, you can dress this up with a bit of cilantro!

Hey, thanks for dropping by for Tasty Tuesday! Have a great day and be well! ^..^

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With cloudy skies and cool temperatures, for today’s Tasty Tuesday, I thought this is a perfect day for soup! So, today, I am featuring a soup from the past that is perfect comfort food for a cold day! It is an easy to prepare soup that uses sausage, artichokes, mushrooms and chard! Ready to head into the kitchen?

Ingredients:
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1# hot Italian pork sausage, bulk
1 49 oz. can of chicken broth
2 cups of water
2 packages of frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 bunch of Swiss chard
3/4# crimini mushrooms, washed and sliced
Asiago cheese, grated

Let’s begin by adding the olive oil to your soup pot, and turn up the heat to medium high. When hot, add in the pork sausage.

Crumbled sausage is browning

Crumbled sausage is browning

As the sausage cooks, use a spoon to crumble it to small pieces. While this is browning, let’s get our chard ready. Wash the chard and then remove the center portion of the stem as shown in the photo below.

Removing the center of the chard

Removing the center of the chard

Next, cut up the chard into good size pieces. Set aside when done.

By the time this is done, your sausage should be nicely browned. Drain off half the fat from the pot.

Browned sausage

Browned sausage

Next, add in your broth to the soup pot, along with the water, artichokes and mushrooms and bring this to a boil.

Bring to a boil

Bring to a boil

Once it boils, turn the heat down to medium low and then add your chard.

Add the chard and stir

Add the chard and stir

Cover and cook for about 5 more minutes so that the chard gets cooked. Then dish it up into soup bowls and top it with a bit of Asiago cheese.

Soup's on!

Soup’s on!

Doesn’t that look yummy? :)

Well, thank you for joining me in the kitchen today! I hope that you have one heck of an amazing Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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