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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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Jen H. over at WordPress has chosen the topic “fresh” for this week’s photo challenge. What came to mind: Fresh vegetables from the garden! Are you ready to see my view of fresh? Here we go!

Who doesn’t like fresh sweet corn from the garden?

Sweet, sweet corn

Sweet, sweet corn

There is nothing better than fresh broccoli fresh from the garden!

Broccoli

Broccoli

Tomatoes from the garden beat store bought hands down!

Heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes

Here is a photo of some freshly picked potatoes that I grew last year.

Colorful potatoes

Colorful potatoes

I love the sweet fresh sequoia strawberries from my garden!

Sweet, sweet strawberries!

Sweet, sweet strawberries!

Love my raspberries too!

Raspberries!

Raspberries!

Fresh acorn squash is a perfect accompaniment to ham!

Acorn squash

Acorn squash

I love those green beans too!

Green beans

Green beans

Well, there you have it! My view of fresh!

Thanks for stopping by today 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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The kitchen is getting closer to being finished, and soon I will be able to get back to cooking! Wahoo! Today, I wanted to share with you the installation of our countertops!

We bought quartz rather than granite for a number of reasons. First off, it is cheaper than granite. Quartz is also a stronger stone. It is non-porous, so it is stain resistant. It is also anti-bacterial naturally. Granite needs to be sealed every year which can be costly. Quartz does not need sealing. Finally it is scratch resistant!

Our day begins with the team arriving to install the countertops!

The countertops arrive!

The countertops arrive!

We wanted a drainboard in the countertop. Here is what most are doing now. Notice that there are grooves cut into the stone.

Current style of drainboards - Photo from TheStoneStudio.biz

Current style of drainboards – Photo from TheStoneStudio.biz

We asked for the drainboard area to be shaved and smoothed. Having them do this cost an additional $240, which is well worth it! Can you imagine having to constantly clean out the grooves? Here is what we had done.

The shaved area is the drainboard

The shaved area is the drainboard

The first area they work on is the countertop where the sink will go. We bought a cast iron porcelain sink that is an undermount for easy cleaning. Our water here has too many minerals that make stainless out of the question. First, they lay the countertops down, and then they trace where the sink will go.

The sink area of the countertop

The sink area of the countertop

They move off the countertop and then cut out the plywood in the area where the sink will go.

Cutting out where the sink will go

Cutting out where the sink will go

They set in the sink, and the countertop goes in.

Sink is set in

Sink is set in

Next they work on the island. Here they are placing the adhesive down.

Preparing the area on the island

Preparing the area on the island

Carefully they set down the countertop giving it minute adjustments to get it just right!

Setting the countertop down

Setting the countertop down

After all is said and done, here is the kitchen!

All done!

All done!

Thank you goes out to DMD Granite and Marble for a job well done! To thank us for choosing them, they gave us a lovely jar of local honey!

Thank you DMD Marble and Granite!

Thank you DMD Marble and Granite!

Aside from the sink, the countertops were the least costly thing we did in the kitchen. The company that sells the quartz is Cambria. A couple days after the countertops went in I received a gift from them! They sent me a cheese board made out of the same quartz as the countertops! Isn’t that really nice? Thank you Cambria!

Well that is it for today. We are still waiting on the shelving for the salt and pepper display cabinets, and the glass doors too. When these come in and get installed, I will share photos of the finished kitchen! Now I am heading into the kitchen because I finally have a sink, and I can start cooking!

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Welcome back for another edition of our kitchen remodel! We have gone through tearing out the kitchen, arrival of the cabinetry, and the beginning of the installation. Today, we mostly finish the cabinetry installation, and have the template done for the new quartz countertops! Shall we head on in?

The fellow who has been installing our cabinetry is doing a fine job. He takes his time, and is continually asking how we might want things as he goes about doing his job. To get the true flavor of the kitchen today, let’s take a look back at what our kitchen used to look like.

Before

Before

Here it is today…

After

After

To us, this is how the kitchen should have been originally been built. This was just a vacation spot for the family that built this house, so a normal kitchen was not really needed. Doesn’t it look great? Let’s check it out from different angles…

One view of the kitchen

One view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Another view of the kitchen

Now you might have noticed the cabinets that are missing panels. These are to be glass cabinets, which is what we ordered. Guess what? Glass does not come with the cabinetry! And, we were not told that we would have to get the glass until that day! A major ooops! The other thing that we are missing are the shelves for the salt and pepper display cabinetry. These came with a total of 12 shelves and it should have been 24.

Anyway, today the drawer pulls are getting added and the template is being done for the quartz countertop. So let’s see how this is going…

Here the installer is adding the pulls.

Handles are added

Handles are added

For the template, the fellow lays out strips of plastic to create the shape of the countertop based on the cupboard bases…This shot is of the island, and the front facing cupboards are for my salt and pepper shaker collection.

Making the template for the countertops

Making the template for the countertops

Here is the template for the sink area.

Sink area template

Sink area template

For the sink area, there will also be a backsplash of 4″. The fellow measures and makes notes for himself on the template back piece…

Notations for the backsplash

Notations for the backsplash

Well, that’s it for now. It will be two weeks without a kitchen sink before the countertops are installed. With the under mount kitchen sink, they do the installation at the same time as the countertops. I have finally caught up to where we are today, so next week, I will feature the countertop installation, and I should be able to go back to cooking and sharing recipes with you for Tasty Tuesdays!

Until next week, take good care of yourself and be well! Thanks for stopping by! ^..^

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Yesterday morning, stepping out the front door, I noticed a herd of turkey’s. The herd was mostly female and there was a Tom looking for a mate! He was all fluffed up, tail feathers spread, and he was gobbling at the females! It was quite a sight to see, so for today, I am sharing the photos I took of this buff male!

It was amazing to watch the male expand his plumage and chuff at the females. Here is the Tom in all his glory!

Tom showing off his plumage!

Tom showing off his plumage!

What was funny was that he kept circling the females but never got really close. Here is a side view of this handsome male.

Side view of a Tom Turkey

Side view of a Tom Turkey

The females make a small peeping sound. It is the male that makes the gobble, gobble sound. Here is a shot of the male while he is calling to his potential mated!

Calling all females!

Calling all females!

The females are listening! They choose which male they will mate with.

The hens listen to the song of the male

The hens listen to the song of the male

Check out his amazing backside!

Lovely backside!

Lovely backside!

Let’s take a closer look at the male’s face. The fleshy thing hanging above his beak is called a snood. The red fleshy part at its neck is called the wattle. The snood fills with blood and elongates when the male is trying to attract a female.  If you go back to the photo where the male is calling to the female, you will see how long the snood gets.   The larger to snood the more the females are attracted to the male…

A face that only a mother could love!

A face that only a mother could love!

Part of the mating ceremony is the fluffing out of the feathers. They fluff out their wings dragging the tips along the ground.

All fluffed up

All fluffed up

I spy another male in the group. This one is a younger male as the face does not show the fully developed snood. He hangs back and is watching the other male!

Another younger male

Another younger male

Turkey’s are really fun to watch! I hope that you enjoyed my photos today! Thank you for dropping in, and be well! ^..^

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We encountered some issues as we took apart the kitchen. It has truly been a challenge taking it down. The other challenge is eating, and cleaning up when you do not have a sink! Anyhow, how about we head into the kitchen and continue on with tearing it out!

We pulled apart the remainder of the island in the kitchen.

We have taken apart the island

We have taken apart the island

The next part of the project was the removing the remaining enclosure that used to house the electric oven and the dishwasher.

Working on the oven enclosure

Working on the oven enclosure

We found a terrible patch job on the drywall in that area. Not only that but we needed to move the electrical switch for the garbage disposal. This used to be on the front wall of the kitchen sink. We were now going to move it to the wall where is really should be.

With the oven/dishwasher enclosure gone, we turned our attention to removing the tile countertop. Thinking that maybe we should try removing the tiles from the backsplash, we loosened a few only to discover that an inordinate amount of glue was causing major holes in the drywall.  We decided that we would tackle this after we removed the counter.

Removing the backsplash takes the wall with it!

Removing the backsplash takes the wall with it!

Working on the counter, we had to jimmy the top up due to the huge nails in the side walls of where the cupboard and drawers are.

Next is removing the counter top

Next is removing the counter top

The countertop snapped in half and we moved the boards to the pile of debris outside. Here is the area now without the countertop.

Counter is gone

Counter is gone

Removing the side walls was easy.

Removing the remainder of the cupboard

Removing the remainder of the cupboard

We pulled off the rest of the backsplash tiles, and began doing some patchwork.

All gone!

All gone!

As we finished up the truck arrived to deliver our new kitchen cabinetry!

New cupboards arrive!

New cupboards arrive!

This is only half of it as the remainder is in the garage.

One final shot for today and that is of the debris pile! Goodbye to the ugly black appliances and the stainless steel sink!

The debris pile

The debris pile

Well, that’s it for today! Stay tuned for next week’s post which will feature the installation of the new cabinetry!

Thanks for dropping by today, and have a terrific Tuesday! Be well… ^..^

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