Recipe Time! – Pulled Pork

Some time ago I shared this recipe with you.  I had made it for when both of my brothers-in-law came to stay with my husband and I in Tennessee. It was really good and I had slaved over it all night while it was in the oven (the things you do, right? Heh heh) At the time, I didn’t know that there were two types of pulled pork recipes that have made their home in North Carolina. (Thanks Bobby Flay!!) The pulled pork I made was vinegar based and not tomato based as they were used to. Don’t get me wrong, it was good nonetheless but I would rather my house not smell of vinegar while cooking! I bought a Boston butt last week in hopes of making some pulled  pork soon. I found this recipe that I will hope you will enjoy.

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pork shoulder roast (also called pork butt)
  • 4 onions, cut into halves
  • 1 bottle good barbecue sauce
  • Good-quality hamburger rolls, for serving

Directions:

  • Stir together the brown sugar, chile powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over the pork shoulder. Wrap the pork in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or preferably overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Place the pork in a large pot on a bed of the onion halves. Roast until fork-tender and falling apart, about 7 hours. Remove the pork from the pot and set it on a cutting board.
  • Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and add 1/2 to 1 cup of hot water. Scrape the pan to loosen up the bits and cook for 5 minutes to reduce. Pour in the barbecue sauce and stir to heat.
  • Shred the meat with two forks, then toss in the barbecue sauce until it’s coated to your liking! Serve on hamburger rolls.

Easy peasy! I haven’t made this recipe as yet. It won’t be until this weekend, hopefully. I need to take it out of the freezer and let it thaw out in the fridge. I know the kids will love this! I would highly recommend some Cole slaw to go with it. Next week I will find some good Cole slaw recipes that would go great as a part of a main dish or just as a side.

God Bless!

 

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Recipe Time! – Green Chile Cheesburgers/Apple Cole Slaw/Fried Onion Rings with Chile Sauce

Good AFTERNOON!

I know that this post is a little on the late side but I woke up late this morning and I am desperately trying to keep up. Today I have for you 3 recipes that I feel will go together for a great meal for sharing with your family and friends. Without any further hesitation, los gehts! (let’s go!)

 

What you need:

Queso Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 12 ounces Chihuahua or Monterey jack cheese, coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Recipe Time! – Summer Time Drinks

It is getting that time of year again where the BBQ grills are getting pulled out, gatherings are happening outside and it’s getting HOT! So here are some non-alcoholic drinks that you can mix up for a day sitting out on the veran-dahh or for that tailgate before the game. Here are 25 recipes for you and your family and friends to enjoy!

  1. Limeade
  2. Lemonade
  3. Watermelon Lemonade
  4. Rhubarb Lemonade
  5. Berry Lemonade
  6. Iced Fruit Punch
  7. Raspberry Spritzer
  8. Watermelon Agua Fresca
  9. Haymaker’s Ginger Spritzer
  10. Lemon-Orange Fizz
  11. Fresh Grape Soda
  12. Sparkling Cran Razzy
  13. Honey-Lemon Tea
  14. Mint Tisane
  15. White Iced Tea
  16. Cranberry and Ginger Tea Punch
  17. Watermelon Slushie
  18. Virgin Banana Piña Colada
  19. Mango-Peach Fizz
  20. Pineapple Cooler
  21. Strawberry Lemonade
  22. Tropical Mango Smoothie
  23. Mango Lassi Smoothie
  24. Melon-Ginger Smoothie
  25. Hawaiian Smoothie

Me personally, I want to try the Mint Tisane. Reminds me of drinking fresh mint tea…mmmmm! There are plenty of recipes to choose from for each type of gathering you are having, so you should never be out of a fresh idea. 😀

God Bless!

 

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Recipe Time! – Downhome Barbeque Beef Short Ribs

It’s getting hot, hot, HOT! And when it starts getting hot, it’s time for BBQs!! Here is a recipe that your family and friends will love and you will definitely be the hit of the party!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/downhome-barbecue-beef-short-ribs-recipe.html

Doesn’t this look delicious? Yummmm!

What you need:

  • 8 pounds beef short ribs, cut across the bone
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup brown mustard
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Kitchen Items:

  • Stock Pot
  • Spoon

Directions:

Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add the ribs, garlic cloves and bay leaf. Parboil the ribs, covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until fork tender.

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Pour 1 cup of the rib water into the mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for approximately 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened and is heated through. Add the ribs to the pot, turning with tongs to coat well. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the ribs to a hot outdoor grill, meat side down first, and cook 8 to 10 minutes on each side, taking care not to burn them. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Whelp! There you go. You can make some home made Cole slaw, mac and cheese, an potato salad to go with it. Serve with a nice cold drink.
God Bless!
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Recipe Time! – Ducana

One of the things that I miss being at home with my parents is eating home food (aka – food from Antigua). Aside from eating saltfish (salted and dried codfish), spinach, fried dumplings and plantain….this has got to be one of my favorite things to eat! Made with sweet potato and raisins, this is a tasty substitute for boiled or fried dumplings.

Ducana with saltfish and spinach

Ducana with saltfish and spinach

What you need:

  • 2 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Dash of all spice
  • Dash of cinnamon raisin (optional)

– See more at: http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/recipes/recipe.asp?recipe=118#sthash.YyuQyKnW.dpuf

  • 2 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Dash of all spice
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Raisins (optional)

Kitchen Items:

  • A large mixing bowl
  • Grater
  • Wooden spoon (optional; or use your hands)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Large pot filled 3/4 with water
  • Thongs (or fork)

Directions:

(Yields: 5)

Grate the sweet potatoes into a large bowl and add sugar. Let it sit for awhile so the water from the potatoes is drawn out. Mix in the flour, spices and raisins. At this point, you may need to add more water if the mixture is too dry or you may need to add more water if it is too watery. The dough needs to be malleable. Divide the dough into fourths or fifths (depending on how big you want them) and place each one into its own piece of foil. Wrap tightly and place into  the boiling water. Boil for 45 minutes. Unwrap and enjoy! Once made, you can reheat it in the microwave (sans foil) or slice it and fry it and have it with breakfast. I love eating them cold as well. Yum! They will hold well in the fridge for a few days. If you are counting calories like I am, you may want to cut one in quarters (each one is about 400 calories).

I hope your family enjoys it as much as I do!

Happy eating!

God Bless!

 

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  • 2 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • Dash of all spice
  • Dash of cinnamon raisin (optional)

– See more at: http://www.caribbeanchoice.com/recipes/recipe.asp?recipe=118#sthash.YyuQyKnW.dpuf

Recipe Time! – Turkey Dinner Pizza/Wild Rice and Ham Country Tart

Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving. We gave thanks for all we have been blessed with –family and friends — and we chowed down on a bounty of food. For most of us, the main dish was either turkey or ham. As usual, there were plenty of left overs and most people are content with eating the same thing for days (like me :D) but there are some that have no idea what to make out of what is left over. Today I am going to share two recipes – one for turkey and one for ham. That way you will at least have one new recipe for the holidays or whenever the mood strikes for some holiday eating.

The first one that I will share with you is from Pillsbury called Turkey Dinner Pizza. This recipe serves 8 (or 4 if you like to eat :D).

Turkey Dinner Pizza - photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Turkey Dinner Pizza – photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

What you need:

  • 1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 3/4 cup jellied cranberry sauce (from 16-oz can)
  • 2 cups prepared stuffing
  • 1 cup shredded cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup turkey gravy
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

Directions:

1 Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Unroll dough in pan. Starting at center, press out dough to edges of pan. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until light golden brown.
2 Spread cranberry sauce over partially baked crust. Evenly top with stuffing and turkey. Drizzle gravy over pizza; top with cheese.3 Bake 6 to 10 minutes longer or until edges of crust are golden brown and cheese is melted

Here is the recipe for ham, also from Pillsbury, called Wild Rice Ham Country Tart.This recipe serves 8.

Wild Rice and Ham Country Tart - photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

Wild Rice and Ham Country Tart – photo courtesy of Pillsbury.com

What you need:

  • 1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling:

  • 1 cup cubed cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice (from 15-oz can)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion tops
  • 1 jar (4.5 oz) Green Giant® sliced mushrooms, well drained

Custard:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Topping:

  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz)
  • 11 pecan halves

Directions:

1 Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom or 9-inch pie plate. Place crust in pan; press in bottom and up sides of pan. Trim edges if necessary. Do not prick crust. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is very light golden brown. Remove from oven. Reduce heat to 400°F.
2 In medium bowl, stir together filling ingredients; set aside. In small bowl, beat eggs until blended. Stir in remaining custard ingredients.
3 Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over bottom of baked shell. Spread filling mixture over cheese. Pour custard mixture over filling; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Arrange pecan halves on top.

4 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I hope that these recipes will come in handy this week as we finish up the last of the turkey and ham. I actually made soup out of my leftovers. I really love soup and with the weather getting colder (or in my case, getting warmer briefly) it is one of my all time favorite Fall/Winter comfort food to eat. My other favorite is turkey salad that my dad makes every year after Thanksgiving. I need to get that recipe…it is always so good! Yum!

Well it is time for me to sign off and take care of business. Wish you all a great day.

God Bless!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Today is the day that we look back and reflect in the people who have shaped our lives, the ones whom we love and those whom we have lost. Today I am thankful for everything that I have in the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m thankful for second chances in my faith. I’m thankful for the ups and downs but I am most thankful for my family. My parents, siblings, and my children….and yes, my friends who were born from another mother. My family has stood with me through some of the toughest moments in my life. If I need them, they are just a phone call away.

Family to me is very important. Whether you are blood related, an in-law or step, it doesn’t matter. We are all related in some way shape or form. Love each other…unconditionally. In this world filled with hate we should strive to love the family we have, in spite of differences.

I wish you all a blessed day! Try not to eat too much and be safe playing football! I love you all.

God Bless!

Recipe Time! – Old Time Beef Stew

Beef stew has always been one of my favorites when I was growing up.  My dad is a great cook, better than my mom actually, and during the course of the Fall and Winter, he would cook pots and pots of stew. The other day I decided to make a stew with the pulled pork (yes I know it isn’t beef) leftover from a few days before. I will share the recipe with you when I can remember the amounts used. But I have found something comparable in the mean time.

What you need:

  • 2 pounds stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:

Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.

For those of you who are watching your figure, here are the nutrition breakdown for a serving.

Per serving: Calories: 349; Total Fat: 20 grams; Saturated Fat: 6 grams; Protein: 31 grams; Total carbohydrates: 10 grams; Sugar: 4 grams; Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 96 milligrams; Sodium: 574 milligrams

I’m going to take a nap. Ran a lot of errands today and I am pooped! Y’all have a great day!

God Bless!

 

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Recipe Time! – Lunch Pita

While I was grocery shopping, I stopped in the bread aisle to get a loaf of bread and came across one of  those mini shelves that contain the tortillas and buns and such. I saw some pitas and thought to myself that I haven’t had a pita in a long while. So I picked up a pack of 8-grain pitas and continued shopping. The next day I decided to make myself a nice light lunch and I busted out the pitas and some other stuff to make it with. I will say this, if you are not a fan of tuna, you can use chicken, turkey or ham to fill it with. Just season accordingly. This should serve 2.

What you need:

  • 8 oz. can of albacore tuna (gotta save the dolphins PLUS it is healthier than regular tuna)
  • 1 cup of ready made salad (slightly packed – you can use what ever you have just make sure they are bite sized pieces)
  • 2 tblsp. mayo
  • 1 tsp. spicy mustard (I used Grey Poupon)
  • Dash of salt – to taste
  • Dash of cayenne pepper – to taste
  • 2 pitas

Directions:

Drain the tuna and add it to a bowl. Use a fork to break it up a bit. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the salt and cayenne pepper) and stir. Season to taste with salt and cayenne pepper. Stuff pita to liking.

I toasted my pita on the lowest setting before filling it and it made it taste so much better. It tasted so good that I made another pita with the rest of the tuna! My belly was full but it wasn’t heavy…I really shouldn’t have ate so much but I couldn’t help myself! I don’t know how long it will keep fresh in the fridge. The longest it sat was for 24 hours…from one lunch to the next.

My Lunch Pita

My Lunch Pita

Well I hope this quick and easy recipe will become a family favorite. You can make a whole batch and take it for a picnic or pack a small container to make a healthy lunch at work.

God Bless!

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Recipe Time! – Croissants

When I went food shopping the other day, I bought some croissant breakfast sandwiches that I could make in the oven. That got me thinking, what if I made my own croissants? They are wonderful by themselves, great with jam and even better with sausage and cheese…but what I didn’t know is how long they take to make. But if you are determined (as I am) to make them from scratch, you can make them the day before. Or if you’re feeling froggy, you can wake up before the crack of dawn to make them fresh for the day. Either way, you will be rewarded with buttery, yummy goodness!

Croissants - Photo courtesy of Susie Norris

Croissants – Photo courtesy of Susie Norris

What you need:

  • 9½ ounces softened butter
  • 8 ounces milk
  • ½ ounce fresh yeast (or ¼ ounce active dry)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 14 ounces bread flour
  • 1 egg, mixed

Directions:

  1. Split the butter into 2 sections: one 8-ounce (2 sticks) section and the other 1½ ounces (about 3 tablespoons). Place the larger section of butter in between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and mash it into a thin, flat square (about 8 by 8 inches).
  2. Next, scald the milk and allow it to cool for several minutes, then pour it into a bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast and stir with a whisk. Next, add the sugar, the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, and the salt. Sprinkle in the bread flour, a few ounces at a time. Switch to wooden spoon or silicone spatula as the mixture turns into a dough. Mix dough in the bowl until all the flour is incorporated and it is a smooth, soft dough. Shape it into a large rectangle (about the size of a half sheet pan) and allow it to rest for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  3. After it has chilled, place the butter square (also known as butter block) over two-thirds of the large rectangle, remove the plastic wrap, then fold the dough like a business letter (unbuttered; one-third into the center, followed by the unbuttered one-third).
  4. With a rolling pin, roll the dough back to the thin, large rectangle shape and allow it to rest another 20 minutes in the refrigerator. Dust your workspace with bread flour, and repeat the letter fold-roll-and-rest process 3 more times. Finally, use a ruler to measure and cut 10 large triangles in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. Trim the center, removing an inch or two of dough between the endpoints. Stretch each triangle out a little, then roll it up starting at the base of the triangle. Then adjust each piece into the classic crescent shape.
  5. Allow to “proof” or risen a warm, moist spot. Brush each croissant with egg wash, the bake at 400 until all the shades of golden brown imaginable have developed (about 25 minutes).

I highly suggest that you read through the directions thoroughly and make your notes. The better prepared you are, the easier it will be in the end. Also, don’t be intimidated by it either…the reward of smelling them bake all throughout the house and biting into a warm and flaky croissant is well worth the effort!

God Bless!

 

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