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Welcome back for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Today I am featuring marinated tuna steaks. The flavors of the marinade made for a lovely fish dish. It is easy to make. Total time with preparation and cooking is 40 minutes. Are you ready to head into the kitchen?

Ingredients
2 – 1″ thick tuna steaks, 8 ounces each

Tuna Steaks

Tuna Steaks

1/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 TBS dried parsley flakes
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tsp dried oregano, crushed
5 twists of fresh ground pepper

Take out your tuna steaks and place them in a zipper bag. Then in a measuring cup, add the remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine.

Marinade

Marinade

Pour this over the tuna, seal the bag, and shake it to get the tuna well coated with the marinade.
Marinating tuna steaks

Marinating tuna steaks

Place this back in the refrigerator.

After 30 minutes take out the tuna. In a glass baking pan, add the tuna and the marinade.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Bake these at 350 for 5 minutes a side. Turning the steaks after 5 minutes, spoon some of the pan juices over the steaks.
Midway through cooking

Midway through cooking

Here it is when it is done.

A perfectly cooked tuna steak

A perfectly cooked tuna steak

You want to have pink in the middle of your tuna steak, otherwise you will end up with a tough piece of fish.

Very tasty steaks! While these were very good, I think that the best way to cook these would be over a grill. Let me know if you try this recipe. Have a great week and stay tuned for another amazing recipe next week!

Be well… ^..^

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I love cooking in my crock pot and today’s recipe adds another one to the list of crock pot recipes that I have shared with you. Today I feature another tasty beef short rib recipe that is rich and flavorful! Let’s stop for a preview.

Short Rib Preview

Short Rib Preview

For this easy recipe, plan on a half hour of prep time and 10 hours of cooking. This recipe serves 8. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
2 packages of short ribs, there will be 7-8 ribs
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
3 small leeks, greens trimmed off and discarded
5 large cloves of garlic
1 1/4″ slice of fresh garlic, skin peeled off
1 star anise
2 chile de arbol
even mix of sherry and brandy, poured to 1/3 cup total
2 oranges, juiced, and skins cut into strips
1/4 cup of light brown sugar, packed tight
fresh cilantro
4 oranges to serve with the dish

Rub the ribs with the salt and pepper.

Ribs are ready to brown

Ribs are ready to brown

Pre-cook them under the broiler until brown on all sides. While these are browning, let’s get the remaining ingredients ready. Take the leeks and cut into thick slices. Remove the papery skin off the garlic and slice thinly. Set aside the star anise and the chiles. Pour out the sherry and brandy. Juice the oranges and cut the skin into strips and measure out the soy sauce and brown sugar.

Now put the leeks into the crock pot.

Leeks are added to the crock pot

Leeks are added to the crock pot

Place the browned short ribs over the leeks.

Browned ribs are added to the crock pot

Browned ribs are added to the crock pot

Now add the garlic and ginger slices and the chiles. Break up the star anise as you add it.

Add in the garlic, ginger, chiles and star anise

Add in the garlic, ginger, chiles and star anise

In a bowl combine the sherry, brandy, orange juice, orange rind (give these a bit of a twist so that the essential oils get added), soy sauce and brown sugar. Stir well to combine. Then pour this over the ribs.

Mix the sherry, brandy, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and orange rinds together

Mix the sherry, brandy, orange juice, soy sauce, brown sugar and orange rinds together

Pour the mixture over the ribs

Pour the mixture over the ribs

These are now ready to cook! Set the crock pot on low heat, set the timer for 10 hours, cover it and let it do its thing.

When the timer goes off, remove the lid, remove the ribs from the crock pot. The bones should slide right out of the meat. Set the meat aside. Toss the chiles, orange peels, and skim the fat. Slice up the oranges. Wash and chop up a good fistful of cilantro. Serve the ribs over rice, spoon a little juice over the meat then top with cilantro and serve with some sliced orange.

Serve the short ribs over rice

Serve the short ribs over rice

I think that you will enjoy the amazing flavors of this dish. Please let me know if you try this dish.

Thanks for stopping by today and stay tuned for another amazing recipe coming to you next week! Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back for another edition of Tasty Tuesday. This is the day that I devote to sharing an easy to prepare recipe that is chock full of flavor. Today is no exception. The secret ingredient to this recipe is fresh cilantro. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
8 large fresh scallops
1 TBS lemon pepper
1 1/2 TBS butter
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
handful of fresh cilantro

Let’s start with the scallops. Looking at them you will notice that on one side there is lighter colored piece that runs from top to bottom. This is this is a ligament. You need to remove this. It actually peels off fairly easily. If you leave this on, that area of the scallop will be very tough to chew. The actual scallop that you eat is called the abductor muscle.

Now let’s get the rest of the ingredients ready. Add the butter to you fry pan. Chop up the garlic, measure out the wine and the lemon pepper. Wash the cilantro very well. They grow this in a sandy soil, and you need to get that off the cilantro before using it in any dish.

Now turn the heat up on your skillet to medium heat and let’s get that butter melted.

Melt the butter

Melt the butter

When it has melted, add the garlic.

Add the garlic

Add the garlic

As the aroma of the garlic rises, take a deep breath in and enjoy that amazing fragrance. Let this cook for about 2 minutes. Then add in the wine.

Add in the wine and reduce

Add in the wine and reduce

Bring the heat up to medium high and reduce until the fluid to half. Turn the heat back to medium and then add the scallops.

Add the scallops

Add the scallops

Let this cook without disturbing them for about 4 minutes. Watch the scallops as they cook. You will notice that from the bottom the color of the scallops changes from a fluid white to a bright white. When that color hits the middle of the scallops, turn them.

Ready to turn

Ready to turn

Turn the scallops

Turn the scallops

Now turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let this sit for 5 minutes. While they sit, get out your plate and cover the middle with the chopped cilantro. After the scallops have sat for the 5 minutes, they are ready to serve. Center them over the cilantro, and spoon some of the pan juices over the scallops.

Serve them up on a bed of cilantro

Serve them up on a bed of cilantro

Serve some french bread with this dish and use the bread to dip into the sauce. You can serve this as an appetizer or as a main dish. The flavors of this dish are amazing, and your guests will think that you worked hard making this dish.

I hope that you enjoyed being in the kitchen with me today, and that you try this easy and flavorful dish. Stay tuned for another exciting recipe coming up next week. Be well… ^..^

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Today for Tasty Tuesday, we head into the kitchen to make another easy and flavorful potato side dish. It is easy to prepare, and sure to please those around your dinner table. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
3 russet potatoes
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup shredded cheese – I used the Stella 3 cheese blend

Ingredients

Ingredients

Turn your oven on to preheat and set the temperature to 375 degrees. Get out a baking sheet. Use your silpat or line the pan with foil. If using foil, then grease the pan with either cooking spray or a bit of butter.

Wash the potatoes really well and leave the skin on. Cut the potato in half. Then cut in half again and cut into wedges. Add them to a mixing bowl.

Potato wedges with olive oil

Potato wedges with olive oil

Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes and mix. Add in the cheese, mixing it really well so that the cheese sticks to the potatoes.

Add the cheese

Add the cheese

Next, grind some fresh salt and pepper over the potatoes, and then add the Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powders. Mix this up really well so that the potatoes are coated with the oil, herb and spice.

Herbs and spices added

Herbs and spices added

Place your wedges on your baking sheet. Any cheese that remains in the bowl, sprinkle over the potatoes.

The wedges on the silpat

The wedges on the silpat

Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown.

Crispy, cheesy potatoes

Crispy, cheesy potatoes

Serve it up!

Serve them up!

Serve them up!

Don’t they look really good? The flavors are amazing and my family wanted more!

Thank you for stopping by today. Stay tuned for next week’s Tasty Tuesday. I will be featuring an amazing scallop dish that is easy to make and chock full of amazing flavor! Be well… ^..^

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Time for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! I devote Tuesday’s to posting easy to make recipes. Today is no exception as we head into the kitchen to prepare a pork loin dish that is sure to please those at your table. Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
2 1/2# pork loin (there should be two in the package)
4 TBS extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves of garlic, finely chopped, set 2 aside from the 8 for later use
5 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
10 sage leaves, chopped
1 cup Pinot Grigio or other dry white wine
Fresh ground salt and pepper
9 crimini mushroom, sliced
1/2 cup milk

Ingredients

Ingredients

One hour before cooking this dish, remove the pork from the refrigerator so that it warms up a bit. After the hour, take the olive oil and add it to a cast iron dutch oven. Turn the heat on to medium, and when it feels hot, check by holding your hand over the oil, add in 6 cloves of chopped garlic, the rosemary and the sage. Saute for two minutes.

Saute the garlic, rosemary, and sage

Saute the garlic, rosemary, and sage

Carefully add in the pork loin. You want to brown these on all sides.

Add in the pork loin

Add in the pork loin

Brown on all sides

Brown on all sides

Remove the pork to a dish and set aside. Slowly add the white wine to the pan, scraping the bottom to lift any of the browned bits at the bottom.

The wine is added

The wine is added

Add back the pork and season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Add back the pork loin

Add back the pork loin

Cover the pot partially. Cook this for an hour, turning the meat every 15 minutes. If the juices at the bottom appears to be too low, add a bit of the water.

Midway through cooking

Midway through cooking

After an hour, remove the pork from the pot.

Now let’s turn to the mushrooms. Add in the mushroom to the pot and saute for about 5 minutes.

Mushrooms added to the juices in the pot

Mushrooms added to the juices in the pot

Turn off the heat and let the liquid cool. It needs to be cool so that when you add the milk it will not curdle. Let the meat sit and the gravy cool for about 15 – 20 minutes.

When the gravy is cool, add in the milk.

Milk is added to the gravy

Milk is added to the gravy

Then turn the heat up to medium low. Heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is hot.

While the sauce is doing its thing, slice the pork loin into one inch slices. When the gravy is hot, pour a bit over the sliced pork loin.

Sliced pork with gravy

Sliced pork with gravy

Put the rest into a gravy boat, and serve with the sliced pork.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Now doesn’t that look good? I served the pork with 3 cheese potato wedges and steamed peas.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope that you enjoyed this edition of Tasty Tuesday. Stay tuned for next week’s recipe. We will be preparing those amazing looking 3 cheese potato wedges. Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back to another edition of Tasty Tuesday! I feel like making something for dinner this evening that I have not had in a long time. Reviewing old recipes I came across the recipe for Pork Picatta! So for today, we will revisit this recipe which is very tasty and easy to make!

Ingredients
4 pork loin chops, boneless and 1″ thick
flour
salt and pepper
3 TBS butter
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup of chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup extra dry vermouth
1/3 cup capers
parsley

Here is a side view of the pork loin chop.

Take the boneless loin chop

Take the boneless loin chop

Cut each chop in half length wise. You do this by placing your hand on the chop and then bring the knife from one side to the other. One at a time, place a slice of the pork into a zipper bag and pound it with a kitchen mallet until it measures about 1/4″ thick.

1/4" thick pieces of pork

1/4″ thick pieces of pork

Set these aside. Now add the butter and olive oil to your pan.

3 TBS butter and 1 TBS EVOO

3 TBS butter and 1 TBS EVOO

Turn the heat on to medium and when the butter has melted, swirl the pan so that it combines with the olive oil. While the butter is melting, dredge the slices of pork in the flour that is mixed with a bit of salt and pepper.

Working in batches, brown the pork slices on both sides.

Turn over and continue cooking

Turn over and continue cooking

When brown, set these aside on a plate.

Set aside

Set aside

With all the pork slices now browned, we turn our attention to creating the lovely piccata sauce. We are going to deglaze our pan. Take the broth, lemon juice and vermouth and add it to the pan.

Deglaze the pan

Deglaze the pan

Be sure to scrape up all those lovely browned bits left by the pork and flour. Then add in the capers.

Add the capers

Add the capers

The aromas rising off the pan will have your stomach growling! Bring this up to a boil and cook for two minutes. Now add back your slices of pork. The flour we used when browning these babies will thicken our sauce!

Add back the cooked pork and heat through

Add back the cooked pork and heat through

With the pork slices now hot, you can now serve this up!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t that just look great? This dish feeds 2 with leftovers. Prep time is about 1/2 hour, and cooking time is about 15 minutes. Please let me know if you try this lovely dish. I am looking forward to making this for my husband and me this evening!

Thanks for stopping by, and see you next week for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Be well… ^..^

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When I was a child, we used to go to the Nut Tree located in Vacaville. After ordering your food, they delivered to your table sliced pineapple with marshmallow sauce. Looking for a sweet treat for after dinner with friends the other night, I tried my hand at marshmallow sauce. There are recipes out on the internet for this sauce and most use corn syrup. I do not use corn syrup, so I made my own sweet mix that is a substitution that is better for you. So, let’s head off into the kitchen to make some of this tasty treat that goes well with pineapple! This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce.n Here is a preview…

Preview

Preview

Ingredients for the corn syrup substitute
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup of boiling water

Ingredients for the sauce
1 large egg white
2 TBS cold water
sugar syrup from above
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Ingredients

Ingredients

Place the egg white in a mixing bowl and using your hand beater or stand mixer, beat the egg white on high speed. To check if the egg white is ready for the next step, lift the beater out of the egg white and you should have soft peaks form. Here are three photos showing the progress.

Begin with the egg white

Begin with the egg white

Midway through beating the egg white

Midway through beating the egg white

Egg white is ready for the water

Egg white is ready for the water

When this is ready, the next step is to add the water. On low speed incorporate the water and then add in the sugar syrup.

Water and sugar syrup added

Water and sugar syrup added

Increase your speed to medium high.

Just about ready for the powdered sugar

Just about ready for the powdered sugar

The mixture will become creamy, white in color, and should be almost double in size. This process should take about 8 minutes. Here it is when it is done.

Ready for powdered sugar

Ready for powdered sugar

Turning the mixture back to low, gradually add in the powdered sugar.

Powdered sugar added

Powdered sugar added

When this has incorporated into the mix, add in the vanilla.

Vanilla added

Vanilla added

Once this is done, refrigerate the sauce for about 4 hours. You will need to stir it before using. Here is what this sauce looks like over a couple of slices of pineapple.

Sauce served over pineapple

Sauce served over pineapple

You can use this sauce over ice cream, brownies, strawberries…the list is endless! I hope that you try out this delightful recipe! It is one that is sure to please you, your family, and guests!

Thanks for dropping by for another issue of Tasty Tuesday! Be well! ^..^

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