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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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Welcome back for another edition of Tasty Tuesdays on Life in the Foothills. In the summertime we get a lot of invitations to backyard barbecues and are asked to bring something to share. Well, here is an easy recipe for cheese straws that are guaranteed to impress! Are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s head on in.

Ingredients
1 sheet of puff pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup of mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1/4 cup of a 3 cheese blend, shredded, I used asiago, parmesan and romano
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt
flour

The first thing we want to do is defrost a sheet of puff pastry. Take this out 40 minutes before making the straws.

The next thing we will do is get the oven pre-heated. Set the temperature to 400 degrees (204 C). Get out a baking pan and line with foil. Grease the foil.

Now take your cheeses and add them to a mixing bowl and add the chili powder and a bit of salt.

Cheese mixture

Cheese mixture

Sprinkle flour over your work surface. Get out a rolling pin and dust this too with flour. Then using the rolling pin, roll the sheet a couple of times. Turn the dough and do it again. You want to bring your sheet to about 15 x 10 inches. Then slice the dough in half. Set one piece to the side.

Pastry

Pastry

Take your slightly beaten egg and dip your brush into the egg, and brush the egg on both sheets of dough. Now take the cheese mixture and spread it evenly over the dough. Leave a little bit of a cheese free edge.

The cheese mixture is placed on the pastry

The cheese mixture is placed on the pastry

Using your hands, lightly press the cheese into the dough.

Now take the other piece of dough, and place it with the egg wash side down onto the cheese.

The other piece of the pastry is laid over the one with the cheese

The other piece of the pastry is laid over the one with the cheese

Press the edges to seal. Don’t worry that the edges are not even. It will not make a difference.

The next thing that we are going to do is to slice the dough. I did this using my handy dandy pizza cutter!

Cut into strips

Cut into strips

Carefully lift one of the slices of dough, give it a few gentle twists and place it on your baking sheet. Here they are all done. Don’t they look good?

Twisted and ready to bake

Twisted and ready to bake

To keep the strips in place, press down on each end. Now this is ready to go into the oven. Bake these for 12 – 14 minutes. Here they are right out of the oven.

I give you cheese straws!

I give you cheese straws!

One final step with these beauties. Remove the hot cheese twists from the baking sheet and cool them on a wire rack. Place them on a plate or stand them up in a glass container! These are sure to please and folks will think you worked for hours on these. Total time from preparation to the finished twist, about 30 minutes. These made 18. If you want more double the recipe and use both sheets of the puff pastry.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and joining me in the kitchen. Stay tuned for the next edition where we will be making a fantastic pork loin recipe. Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back to another edition of Tasty Tuesday! With temperatures above 90 degrees here, I decided that we needed to cool down with a cold, tasty treat. Today’s recipe is an easy to make frozen yogurt made with raspberries. Ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients
1/2 superfine sugar
1 bag of frozen unsweetened raspberries
1 tsp lemon juice
1 small container of plain yogurt

Let’s start with the sugar. If you do not have superfine sugar, you can make it yourself. Process 1/2 cup of regular sugar in your food processor for about a minute. It will feel less grainy and you will see sugar dust.

To the sugar add in your bag of raspberries. Use the pulse button to combine the two. Here it is at the beginning of pulsing, followed by a shot of what it looks like when you are ready to add the remaining ingredients.

Sugar and Raspberries

Sugar and Raspberries

Half way through the process

Half way through the process

Now take the lemon juice and mix it together in a bowl with the yogurt. Feed the yogurt mixture into the feeding tube a bit at a time. You will periodically want to scrape down the sides of the processor. Continue until all has been added. It should now look like this:

Almost done

Almost done

Give it a few more pulses and then it is ready to serve! Doesn’t this look tasty?

Dessert is served!

Dessert is served!

Wasn’t that easy? This is a perfect hot weather quencher! You can do this with strawberries or pineapple too, if you prefer.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Stay tuned for another edition of Tasty Tuesday next week. I will be featuring a very tasty pork loin dinner! Be well… ^..^

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Welcome back to another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Today we are heading into the kitchen to make a lovely fish dish using cod, or merluzzo. This dish is easy to make and chock full of amazing flavors. This is a dish to impress. The recipe today is for two, and prep time is about 15 minutes. Cooking time for this dish is 20-25 minutes. Ready to head into the kitchen? OK! Let’s go!

Ingredients
2 cod filets
1 stalk of celery
2 cloves of garlic
1 slice of a medium onion
1 TBS Italian parsley
salt and pepper
3 TBS of butter, divided into 1 TBS and 2TBS
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
dry white wine

Ingredients

Ingredients

Get out a baking dish, and using the 1 TBS of butter, grease your pan. Lay the 2 pieces of cod in the pan. Set your oven for baking at 350 degrees.

Fish in a buttered baking dish

Fish in a buttered baking dish

The next thing we are going to do is to finely chop up the celery, garlic, onion and parsley. As you chop these add them to a small mixing bowl. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Celery, onion, garlic and parsley

Celery, onion, garlic and parsley

Stir this up so that the mixture is evenly blended.

All stirred up

All stirred up

Now take your mixture and cover the fish with it.

Fish covered with the mixture

Fish covered with the mixture

Slowly pour over the fish the white wine until there is about 1/4″ in the baking pan.

Pour wine over the fish

Pour wine over the fish

Now for the breadcrumbs. We want to melt the 2 TBS of butter in the microwave. I set the time for 20 seconds. Then to the bowl add in the breadcrumbs and mix until all the butter has been absorbed. It should look like this:

Bread crumbs mixed with melted butter

Bread crumbs mixed with melted butter

The next step is to cover the fish with the bread crumbs.

Bread crumbs go over the fish

Bread crumbs go over the fish

Now pop this into your preheated oven and set the timer for 20 minutes. Here is what the dish looks like as it cooks.

Checking out the fish as it bakes

Checking out the fish as it bakes

While my fish is cooking, I prepared jasmine rice and broccoli with carrots. The aromas in the kitchen are delicate and fragrant. Check your fish to see that it flakes, which is when this will be ready. Once all is done, plate it up and dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

Doesn’t that look good? As cod is not a fishy tasting fish, you will find that this dish really does not need lemon, but feel free to serve it with lemon wedges if you choose to.

Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Tasty Tuesday! Stay tuned for another exciting and easy to prepare recipe next week. See you then! 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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