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Krista, over at WordPress has chosen the subject “enveloped” for this week’s photo challenge. Here is my interpretation of what this means to me…

I picture in my mind developing ears of corn…

Ears of corn!

Ears of corn!

Or, raspberry blossoms before they open…

Raspberry blossoms are showing up

Raspberry blossoms are showing up

Or, a very tasty pork loin chop wrapped in bacon…

Chops wrapped in bacon

Chops wrapped in bacon

Or, enclosed daffodil buds ready to open…

Daffodil buds

Daffodil buds

Or, when preparing enchiladas, wrapping them up in tortillas…

Enchiladas all wrapped up

Enchiladas all wrapped up

What do you think of when imaging the word enveloped? Thanks for dropping by today and have a fantastic Friday! Be well… ^..^

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Tasty Tuesday’s are all about food! I am really excited to share this recipe with you! I was having company over for dinner, and I kept thinking about how good my brine was for pork, so I decided to try it with chicken! Ready to head into the kitchen?

Brine Ingredients
8 cups of water
1/3 cup of salt – a heaping cup
1/3 cup of sugar – also heaping
1 TBS black peppercorns
1 bay leaf
6 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 lemon, juiced and reserve the rind
1 TBS lemon pepper
1 tsp dry rosemary
8 cups of ice cubes

Ingredients

Ingredients

Notice that the rosemary is missing from the photo? Just a bit of an oversight!

Get out a non-reactive pot and add the water. Then add in all but the ice cubes. Stir it up to help dissolve the lemon pepper. Don’t worry at this point about the salt and sugar.

All ingredients in a pot

All ingredients in a pot

Turn the burner on to medium high heat and bring this to a boil.

Bring to a boil

Bring to a boil

Let this cook for about 5 minutes. The idea here is to get the salt and the sugar to dissolve into the mix. The flavors will intensify a bit too.

As this is boiling, place your ice cubes and the lemon halves into a very large bowl. After the brine has cooked for the 5 minutes, turn off the heat and pour the mixture over the ice cubes.

Pour over ice

Pour over ice

What we are doing here is cooling down the mixture. Stir this up until the mixture has cooled. You can test this with your finger. There will be enough brine here to use on a whole cut up chicken. Not being able to find one of these in our grocery store I used 5 chicken legs and 4 thighs.

Next, take the chicken pieces and add to a gallon zipper bag. Then pour the brine over the chicken. You will need to recruit some help with this step. Once the brine is in the bag with the chicken, remove as much air as possible. Here is what my bag looks like.

Brine and the chicken

Brine and the chicken

Now, stick this in the refrigerator for two hours. Turn the bag several times as it sits.

I made oven fried chicken with this meat. I drained the bag, and took the pieces individually and dusted them in flour. Then I dunked them into beaten eggs. Next the chicken pieces went into a bag of flour mixed with garlic powder, paprika and a bit of lemon pepper. I let the pieces sit for about a half hour on a wire rack. Then I baked the chicken for a good hour, turning half way through at 350 degrees.

When you brine the chicken, the flavors of the peppercorn, garlic, rosemary and lemon pepper get sucked into the meat by way of the salt, which breaks down the chicken. The addition of the sugar is the help the chicken pieces caramelize a bit during baking.

Here is what the chicken looked like when it was done.

Brined oven fried chicken

Brined oven fried chicken

The flavors of the chicken were extraordinary! You can also use this brine if you are planning on making Dijon Chicken! Please let me know if you try this simple brine!

Thanks for joining me in the kitchen today! I hope to see you back next week for another incredible Tasty Tuesday dish! Be well… ^..^

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Thank you for coming back for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Opening the refrigerator door I find that I have 4 chicken leg and thighs to cook for dinner tonight. And, I have left over fresh Shiitake mushrooms, some carrots, ginger, garlic and artichoke hearts. What can I do with these as my ingredients? Maybe add a bit of white wine, fresh cracked pepper and a bit of sea salt? EVOO? How about heading into the kitchen to help me create a new dish!

Main Ingredients

Main Ingredients

Ingredients
4 chicken leg and thigh combination
1 – 12 oz. pack of frozen artichoke hearts
1/2# shiitake mushrooms, quartered
1/2# peeled baby carrots
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 glugs of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 cup dry white wine
sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper

So, this is what I have to work with. Grabbing a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, I spray it with a bit of non-stick spray. Then I fit in the 4 pieces of chicken.

Legs with thighs go into a glass baking dish

Legs with thighs go into a glass baking dish

Taking the rest of the ingredients I put them into a large mixing bowl and mix it up with my hands. For the salt and pepper, a couple of twists on your salt mill, and 4 twists of the pepper mill should do! Mix this in. Next, I pour this over the chicken…

A mixture of veges top the chicken

A mixture of veges top the chicken

With this ready, I turn on the oven to 350 degrees. I lean down and smell the dish. This will be good! When the oven is hot, I put the pan into the oven. Let’s let this bake for 30 minutes.

Taking the pan from the oven, I move the chicken pieces so that they now rest on the vegetables. This will allow the chicken skin to brown, and the vegetables will caramelize below.

Move the chicken so that it sits on the veges

Move the chicken so that it sits on the veges

I think that another 30 minutes shall do it. So I set the timer. When the bell goes off, I am rewarded with amazing aromas and this lovely pan of cooked chicken!

It's done!

It’s done!

I serve this up.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

The flavors on this dish are amazing! Feel free to add cooked rice as a side if you like! This dish will serve 4. Total time to prep and cook: About one and a half hours. We are only two here, and the leftovers were even better!

Stay tuned for the next edition of Tasty Tuesday! If you try this dish, let me know how you like it!

Thanks for stopping by today and remember: Be well! ^..^

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I was working on a post for tomorrow and accidentally hit the publish button rather than save…Pardon the hiccup and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Tasty Tuesday post!

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It is another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Today we will be preparing a simple yet elegant beef stroganoff that is sure to please you and your family! It is the addition of whole grain mustard that really “beefs” up this recipe! Ready to head into the kitchen?

Ingredients
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1/2# of shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 TBS butter
1# steak, cut into 1/4″ slices
1/3 cup of brandy
1/2 cup beef broth
1 bay leaf
1 tsp whole grain mustard
1 cup of sour cream
egg noodles, buttered with parsley

Ingredients

Ingredients

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and onion and cook until gently browned.

Brown the mushrooms and onion

Brown the mushrooms and onion

When these are done, remove from the skillet and set aside. Now we turn to the beef. Add this to the skillet and brown the meat.

Brown the beef

Brown the beef

Once the beef is browned, slowly add in the brandy.

Gratuitous pouring shot of the brandy

Gratuitous pouring shot of the brandy

Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the broth, bay leaf and whole grain mustard. Now tell me, doesn’t that mustard look amazing?

Bay and whole grain mustard are added

Bay and whole grain mustard are added

With everything now incorporated, add back the mushroom and onion mixture.

Mushrooms and onion are added back

Mushrooms and onion are added back

Cook for another couple of minutes. Turn the heat down to low, and add in the sour cream.

Add the sour cream

Add the sour cream

Stir continuously until steam begins to rise from the pan.

Heat through

Heat through

The dish is now ready to serve! I like serving this over buttered egg noodles that have a bit of parsley added. Here is what the dish looks like before you gobble it up!

Serve over buttered noodles with parsley!

Serve over buttered noodles with parsley!

There you have it! With preparation and cooking time, expect to spend an hour in the kitchen. This dish will serve four.

Thanks for stepping into the kitchen with me, and I hope to see you back next week! Be well… ^..^

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Hello world! Today is Tasty Tuesday and have I got an easy and very tasty recipe for you to try! The recipe featured today is my favorite Enchilada recipe! Let me entice you with a preview!

Preview

Preview

Doesn’t that look good? This dish will serve 6. Well let’s head on into the kitchen! We begin with our list of ingredients…

Ingredients
1 1/2# ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, lightly chopped
1 7 oz. can fire roasted diced green chiles
2 TBS cumin
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1 tub medium hot salsa
1 28 oz. can of enchilada sauce
1# of Mexican cheese blend, split 1/3# and 2/3#
1 package of large flour tortillas
Sour cream
Cilantro leaves

Let’s start by getting all the ingredients together and ready to use. In a large skillet, heat over medium high heat, and add the ground beef, the onion and the lightly chopped cilantro.

Burger, onions and cilantro

Burger, onions and cilantro

Cook the meat until browned, breaking it up as you go. It should look like this:

Brown burger and drain

Brown burger and drain

Drain the meat but leave about 1 TBS of the liquid in the pan with the meat. Next, add in the green chiles and stir to blend.

Add in fire roasted green chiles

Add in fire roasted green chiles

Oh, boy does the kitchen smell good! Now let’s add in the cumin, oregano and 4 TBS of salsa.

Add in cumin, oregano and salsa

Add in cumin, oregano and salsa

Cook for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add in the 1/3# of the cheese blend.

Add in the cheese to the beef mixture

Add in the cheese to the beef mixture

Your mixture should now look like this:

Cheesy yummy goodness!

Cheesy yummy goodness!

Now is the time to preheat the oven. Set your temperature to 350° F or 177° C. Let’s get our pan ready for the enchiladas, shall we?

Use a 9 x 13 glass baking pan. I use glass because it will not react to the tomato in the sauce. Coat the bottom with about 5 TBS of the enchilada sauce and 5 TBS of the salsa and stir them together. Your pan should look like this:

Prepare the baking pan

Prepare the baking pan

Now, let’s go on to making the enchiladas! Take a tortilla and lay this on a plate. To the center spoon in 3 heaping spoonfuls, and spread as this next photo shows.

Meat goes onto a tortilla

Meat goes onto a tortilla

Now fold in the sides, then take the edge closest to you and roll it up! Add this to your pan with the seam side down. When you are done with all the enchiladas your pan should look like this:

Enchiladas all wrapped up

Enchiladas all wrapped up

Now pour the enchilada sauce over the enchiladas leaving about 1/2 cup as reserve. Then spoon two good size spoonfuls of salsa over each enchilada. Let’s take a look!

Cover with sauce and salsa

Cover with sauce and salsa

Now, for the remaining cheese. Cover the enchiladas with the remaining cheese spreading it evenly over the enchiladas.

Cover with remaining cheese

Cover with remaining cheese

Now pop that pan into the oven and set the timer to 30 minutes. Midway through cooking, check out your enchiladas. I like to spoon some of the sauce over them at this point.

As it cooks spoon sauce over the cheesy enchiladas

As it cooks spoon sauce over the cheesy enchiladas

When the timer goes off, serve this up with a hefty spoonful of sour cream topped with cilantro!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Now doesn’t that look good? Tuck the reserved sauce away in the fridge if you are not going to eat all 6 servings. This will give you a bit extra to add to the enchiladas when you reheat them!

Well, I am going to go eat! Thanks for stopping by today and see you next time for another fabulous recipe! Be well… ^..^

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We are back once again for another round of Tasty Tuesday, and for today I am featuring a very tasty pork recipe! This recipe uses pork loin chops and something a bit different: Crown Royal! Are you ready to head on into the kitchen? I am! So, let’s go!

Ingredients
4 boneless pork loin chops, 3/4″ thick
2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp fresh ground sea salt
2 TBS flour
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped finely
3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
4 oz. pancetta, diced
3/4 cup Crown Royal
1/4 cup of heavy cream

Simple ingredients

Simple ingredients

Take the pork out an hour before cooking to allow it to warm up. This helps the meat to cook more evenly. After the hour, mix the fresh ground pepper with the sea salt. Rub this mixture into the meat on all sides.

Salt and pepper each chop

Salt and pepper each chop

In a shallow dish, mix together the flour, garlic powder and parsley flakes. Take each chop and dredge in the flour mixture to coat. Shake off any excess flour.

Dredge in flour mixture

Dredge in flour mixture

In a large skillet, heat the oil on medium heat. When it is hot add in the pork chops and cook about 5 minutes per side, or until browned.

Brown the chops on both sides

Brown the chops on both sides

When done set these aside and cover with foil…

Set aside the meat

Set aside the meat

Turn the heat down on the pan to medium low. Add in the shallots and garlic, and be sure to scrape up any browned bits from the pork.

Add the garlic and shallot to the pan

Add the garlic and shallot to the pan

When the onions are translucent, add in the pancetta.

Add in the pancetta

Add in the pancetta

Cook the onion, garlic and pancetta until it has caramelized as shown in this next photo!

Cook until caramelized

Cook until caramelized

Now let’s crown the pork! Add in the Crown Royal slowly and stir as you add in the fluid.

A pouring shot for Conor Bofin!

A pouring shot for Conor Bofin!

Cook until it almost disappears, which should be only a couple of minutes. Next, add in the heavy cream.

Add in the cream

Add in the cream

When this has warmed, add back the pork chops to the pan, turning them in the sauce and heat through. This should take only a couple of minutes.

Add the pork back to the skillet

Add the pork back to the skillet

Turn the heat off the pan and serve this up, covering the pork with a bit of sauce!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t that look good? I hope that you try this dish out! It is fairly simple and has huge flavors.

Thank you for taking the time today to visit, and stay tuned next week for another edition of Tasty Tuesday!

Be well… ^..^

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