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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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I was given a single pork loin, and I had to come up with what to do with it. And, I was thinking about a raspberry pear jam from my neighbor Kathy…What could I do with both of these items given to me to make a luscious dinner?

I went on a quick trip up to Boa Vista Orchards in search of pears. The season of these being available from the farm was over. But I did spy some Granny Smith apples, so I grabbed one of those.  Then nearby I saw really good looking oranges, so I grabbed one of those too! Then I found the treasure of the day:  fresh asparagus!

So what can I do with these ingredients?  Here is what I put together:

Ingredients
1 single pork loin
1 russet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
Zest from one orange
2 shakes of Saigon cinnamon
4 twists of fresh ground salt and pepper
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 dash of cumin

Sauce
1/2 cup of raspberry pear jam
1 cup of Chardonnay (You can substitute Merlot for the Chardonnay, but the Chard was really, really good!)

Take the pork loin out of the refrigerator to warm up. Take the next 7 ingredients and combine them. In a greased baking pan, add the potato and apple mixture.

Apples and potatoes

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. While this is cooking, take the raspberry pear jam and add this to a saucepan and blend with the Chardonnay. Heat on medium high, and bring to a boil.

Jam and wine sauce

Reduce the heat to medium low, and stir every five minutes, until the mixture is reduced by half. Remove from the heat, and strain the seeds from the mixture into a bowl. Be sure to push on the solids with the backside of a spoon. Rinse the pot and return the mixture to the pot.

About this time the timer should be going off on the potato apple mixture. Remove this from the oven, stir the potatoes and apples, and then split the mixture so that they are split in half with a trough in the middle. In the open area, lay in the pork loin.

Pork loin added to the apples and potatoes

Even the potatoes and apples around the loin, and then with a paint brush, baste the loin with the raspberry pear chardonnay sauce. Just a bit, because the rest will be used for a drizzle over each serving! Put this back in the oven and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 135 degrees. While it is baking I got the fresh asparagus ready.

Asparagus is ready to go

At the 25 minute mark I basted the meat again with some of the jam sauce, and again at the 30 minute mark. When the pork is done, remove the pan from the oven.

Right out of the oven

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and cover. Stir up the apples and potatoes and cover. Get the asparagus going. Let the meat sit for 10 minutes. Reheat the wine and jam sauce. Slice up the meat,

Slice the meat

and serve it up with the apples, potatoes and asparagus. Drizzle the jam sauce over the meat

Dinner is served!

and dinner is served!  This dish was incredible blend of flavors and it was so yummy that we ate the whole thing!  This recipe is a keeper, and Kathy, I will need more of your terrific jam!

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Can you imagine flank steak that melts in your mouth? And flavors that explode in your mouth? Well here is a recipe that explodes with flavor and melts in your mouth. The secret? Marinating the meat all day! Now let’s go off to the kitchen!

Ingredients
1 1/2 – 2#’s of flank steak
3 heaping soup spoon of hoisin sauce
6 capfuls of cooking sherry
1/4 cup of low sodium soy sauce
2 green onions, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 1/4″ thick pieces of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
wooden skewers – about 2 dozen

First, lay out the flank steak on your cutting board.

Lay out the flank steak

Slice this across the grain in strips about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.

Cut the flank steak across the grain

Place the meat in a ziplock bag.

Next, get your ingredients for the marinade ready.

Marinade ingredients

Combine the hoisin sauce, sherry, soy sauce, green onions, minced garlic and ginger in a bowl. The hoisin is a bit sticky so stir this up well as it will stick to the sides of the bowl.

Marinade

Pour this mixture into the bag of meat, zip the bag and then shake the bag really well to coat the meat. Set this in your refrigerator and turn the bag a few times during the day.

One half hour before you are ready to cook, place the skewers in a pan of water to soak. You do this so that they do not burn up on the grill. Also, take the meat out of the refrigerator. After the half hour, thread the meat on the skewers.

Skewer the meat

Next get your grill ready. Because the meat is thinly sliced these will cook rather fast. Once the grill is nice and hot, start adding your skewers

Set the skewers on the grill

Turn the skewers to cook evenly

Turn the skewers

until they are done!

until the meat is done!

Serve these with rice, or potatoes, and don’t forget a fresh steamed vegetable!

Dinner is served!

And, dinner is served! One note: This dish does not require any salt. So taste this before getting that shaker out! Enjoy!

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Two of my most favorite Asian ingredients are black bean sauce and sesame oil! The flavors are comforting to me. I perused through the freezer and discovered that I had set aside some cut up chicken thighs, and it came to me to make this dish.

Ingredients
1/2 # boneless chicken thighs, cut up in chunks
3 TBS Sherry
dash of salt
2 tsp cornstarch
2 TBS water
1/3, + 3 TBS cup of low sodium chicken broth
2 TBS soy sauce
3 TBS black bean sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
3 TBS peanut oil
3 slices of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups thickly sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup frozen peas

Take the chicken and in a bowl combine with 1 TBS sherry and the dash of salt.

Chicken, salt and sherry

Set aside. Next combine the cornstarch with the water, then add 1/3 cup of chicken broth, remaining sherry, soy sauce along with the black bean sauce and sesame oil.

Cornstarch mixture

Set aside. Add 2 TBS peanut oil to your wok and heat until hot.

Oil is hot in the wok

Add the chicken

Chicken starts to cook

and stir fry until the chicken is no longer pink.

Chicken is cooked

Remove this from the wok. Add remaining peanut oil and heat until it is hot. While this is heating up, re-stir the cornstarch mixture so that it is ready to use.

Re-stir the cornstarch mixture

When the oil is hot add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for about one minute.

Garlic and ginger being stir fried

Add in the mushrooms and peas and stir fry for about one minute

Add the mushrooms and peas

and then add the remaining chicken broth.

Add the remaining broth

Next add in the cornstarch mixture slowly.

Add the cornstarch mixture

Add back the chicken and heat through.

Let the liquid thicken by cooking

The sauce thickens

Serve this over steaming hot jasmine rice.

Dinner is served!

I hope that you enjoy the subtle, savory flavors of this dish!

Savor the flavors and enjoy!

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We had snow for most of the morning yesterday. Not enough for a snow day. Where I live in the Sierra Foothills snowplows are not in the mix here. It is too hard to get the equipment to where I live. With the extreme cold yesterday, high temp of 39 degrees and wind chill into the 20’s for some part of the day, I thought about how we could warm up inside…Hot Sour Soup came to mind. It takes a bit of prep work, but well worth it.

Ingredients
2 lean pork loin chops, boned
3 slices of fresh ginger root
5 dried shitake mushrooms, re-hydrated
2 pieces of wood ears (a black fungus), re-hydrated
1 extra firm tofu
1/4 cup of bamboo shoots
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp. ground white pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp. chili oil
2 eggs lightly beaten
4 TBS cornstarch
3 TBS water
8 cups of chicken broth
2 green onions

We are going to get all the ingredients ready first. Once these are all ready to go, making the soup takes no time at all!

Getting it all together

First, cut the pork into thin slices,

Slice the pork into thin strips

and then those slices, you cut into thirds.

Then cut each slice into three strips

Slice the fresh ginger into 3 slices and trim off the skin. Next take the dried shitake mushrooms and the wood ears

Place shitake mushrooms and wood ears into a bowl and soak in hot water to soften

and stick them in a bowl of hot water. Put something on them to hold them down in the water to soften. Next cut the tofu into slices

Slice one cube of tofu into strips

and then those slices into thirds.

Then cut the tofu slices into thirds

Do the same with the bamboo shoots.

Cut the bamboo shoots into thirds

Take the next seven ingredients and combine them into the measuring cup and stir to combine. Beat your eggs lightly and set aside. Then combine the cornstarch with the water in a separate bowl and stir to combine and set aside. Cut the green onions into little slices to top the soup with, and set aside.

Now take the broth and add to your soup pot. Bring this to a boil. Add the pork, ginger, shitake mushrooms and wood ears to the pot.

Broth with pork, mushrooms and wood ears

Cook for about two minutes. Remove the ginger. Then add the tofu and the bamboo shoots and stir. Then add measuring cup of ingredients.

Add next 7 ingredients

Combine well. Next, re-stir the cornstarch with water. It will feel hard at first, but it will turn back to liquid. Slowly stirring, and I mean slowly, add this to your pot. If you add this too quickly it will form one big glob in your pot – this happened to me the first time I made this! Not pretty! Stir well as you add this and then bring the pot to a boil.

The soup after adding the cornstarch mixture

Turn down to a simmer and let this cook for a bit until the liquid in the soup becomes somewhat clear. Turn the heat off, and while stirring the soup add the eggs. Serve in a soup bowl and top with the sliced green onions.

Dinner is served!

Enjoy the heat of the heat of this soup along with the sour!

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