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Saturday, October 7, 2017

#InstantPot Pork Loin Roast with Apples and Sauerkraut

I got an Instant Pot for my birthday!  My daughter has one and loves it.  It is a bit daunting at first, but I was determined to try out the pressure cooking mode.  I had a small pork loin roast in the freezer I wanted to use so I went searching for recipes.  I found one on Dr. Kelly Ann's site--it seems to be a Paleo recipe site but since my diets never last longer than a day, I'm not sure what a Paleo diet is!

It probably took me longer to cook this the first time around because I was constantly referencing the directions.  But it came out great in the end and I only burned my finger once!

The ratio of sauerkraut/applesauce to pork roast was a little off, but my roast was smaller than the one called for.  It was still good and hubby had the leftovers for lunch and proclaimed them "even better."

Ingredients:


  • 2 to 3 pound pork loin roast
  • ½ teaspoon Celtic or Pink Himalayan salt (a little precious--I'm sure plain salt would certainly do as well)
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pasture-raised butter or ghee (I used olive oil which worked fine)
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken bone broth (I used canned chicken broth)  
  • 4 to 6 cups sauerkraut, rinsed and drained (I used the yummy craft beer sauerkraut I found) 
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
 
  Directions


Season the roast with salt and pepper.  First use the saute function on your Instant Pot.  Heat the olive oil (or butter) and brown roast on all sides.


 Chop apples


 Chop onions 


Heat oil in cooker and use saute function to brown roast


Remove the roast from the cooker and add onions, garlic and broth. Scrape up brown bits from the bottom. Return roast to the cooker and using your cooker’s instructions, bring up to full pressure. (This takes a few minutes.)

Reduce heat to low, maintaining full pressure, and cook for 45 minutes. (I chose the meat/stew setting on my cooker and it auto set for 35 minutes which was fine.)

Using quick release method, release pressure and quickly add sauerkraut and apples to the cooker. Bring back to full pressure for 5 minutes and again use the quick release method. 



 Sauerkraut/apple mixture

Slice roast and serve with apples and sauerkraut.  I served it with mashed cauliflower.



 


The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

#Tailgate Time! Reuben Sliders #Recipe @PegCochran

It's tailgate time!  The weather is turning crisp, the leaves are turning colors and thoughts are turning to FOOTBALL!  This recipe is perfect for a tailgate party--easy to put together and delicious.  I took them to a party and they were gone in seconds (which is why there isn't a pretty picture of a slider sitting on a plate--I wasn't quick enough!)

This comes from several recipes I found on the web.  I varied the quantities of the ingredients a bit, but you can really play this one by ear.


Ingredients
1 pkg. Hawaiian Sweet rolls, sliced open
1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing (more or less--I probably used more)
1 lb of corned beef, sliced thin (I had enough left over for a sandwich)
1 lb sauerkraut, drained (16 oz jar or as close to that as you can get)
6 slices Swiss cheese
2 tbsp butter, melted 


Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Drain sauerkraut thoroughly. I let it drain in a strainer and then squeezed further moisture out with my hands. 


I found this fabulous craft beer sauerkraut!


Drain very very well


Butter bottom of 13x9 baking dish or spray with nonstick spray
Slice the rolls in half.  The rolls wanted to tear because they were very soft.  Next time I would refrigerate them or even freeze them slightly to make this easier.  Lay rolls in the baking pan.
Spread approximately 1/4 cup Thousand Island dressing over the rolls (I used more.)
Lay corned beef over the rolls--no need to worry about each individual roll.
Spread sauerkraut over the corned beef.
Lay the Swiss cheese on top of the sauerkraut (six slices covered the rolls for me)
Spread remaining Thousand Island dressing on the inside of the top halves of the buns and place over the Swiss cheese.
Spread melted butter over the tops and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and tops are golden.
Eat, enjoy and root for your team! 
Who are you rooting for this weekend?

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The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

Follow me on Facebook to learn about upcoming giveaways! 

 

    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    Chicken with Balsamic Glaze

    I love recipes that are quick, easy and yet have that little something "extra" to them.  I thought this recipe fit the bill so I decided to try it.  I made a few changes to it so I'll give you the original recipe plus the options I came up with!  It was a big hit with both me and hubby, and I'll definitely make it again.

    1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
    2 large boneless, chicken breasts cut in half horizontally (I used four boneless chicken thighs instead)
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    salt & pepper to taste
    1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half (I used half a pint and it was plenty in my opinion)
    2 minced cloves garlic
    1 medium onion, chopped
    basil leaves, sliced

    First make the balsamic glaze.  Put the vinegar in a small pan over medium high heat.  Reduce until the consistency of a syrup. (I over reduced and got an almost jam like consistency. Easily fixed by adding a bit of water and reheating it.)

    Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground pepper.

    Heat the oil until very hot.  Add the chicken and let brown for about one minute. Turn the breasts and brown the other side.  Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and cook for approximately ten minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken to a serving dish and keep warm.

    Turn the heat back up to high and reduce liquid in pan until it is syrupy.  Reduce heat to medium and add the onions.  Saute until the onions are soft.  Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds then add the tomatoes. Cook for two minutes (I wanted my tomatoes cooked more so I cooked them longer than that.) 

    There were so many lovely browned bits in the pan that I decided to deglaze it with a tablespoon or two of water at this point but that's optional.

    Spoon onion/tomato mixture over chicken and drizzle balsamic glaze on top. Sprinkle with basil.


    This was a little too thick--I had to add water

    Chopped veggies ready to go

    Brown chicken

    Saute veggies

    Enjoy!


    Listen to my Podcast!


    I just recorded a fun podcast with the lovely Jenny Wheeler of Binge Reading about reading and writing cozies!  You'll love her delightful New Zealand accent!

    https://thejoysofbingereading.com/peg-cochran-cozy-mystery-queen/ 



    The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

    But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

    Follow me on Facebook to learn about upcoming giveaways! 

     


    Saturday, August 5, 2017

    Burrito Bowls #Recipe @PegCochran


    This is more of a “how-to” than it is a recipe since there is room for lots and lots of variation and individual choices and preferences.  Mexican foods (or foods with Mexican flavoring) are always a huge hit with my husband.  But we don’t go out to eat that often, so I prefer to make my own.

    This is a “sort of” version of a Chipotle burrito bowl although making it yourself allows you to control what goes in it!

    Suggested ingredients:

    Ground beef, turkey or shredded, cooked chicken
    Taco seasoning – either from a packet or your own mix
    1 Cup rice—I used brown rice
    1 Cup Salsa—I prefer fresh salsa but bottled will work as well
    1 Can Black beans or your choice of kidney or pinto
    1 Cup corn
    Sour cream
    Chopped onions
    Avocado, diced
    Diced tomatoes
    Ranch dressing
    Cilantro (optional)

    Saute ground meat if using with Taco seasoning and enough water
    but not so much it turns soupy.    
    Mix black beans with corn.  Dice toppings.

    Mix one cup of rice with one cup of salsa.
     


     Mix ranch dressing with chopped cilantro or cilantro paste (in a tube--usually near the fresh herbs)
    Build your bowl:  layer rice/beans/ground meat in a bowl and add toppings of your choice.  Drizzle with dressing and serve with tortilla chips if desired.

      
    Enjoy! 




    The county fair is the highlight of the year for the small town of Lovett, Michigan—especially for food-and-lifestyle blogger Shelby McDonald, who writes as the Farmer’s Daughter. She’s submitting jams and jellies she’s created from the produce she grows at Love Blossom Farm in hopes of harvesting a blue ribbon.

    But the townspeople get more than just the excitement of hayrides, tractor pulls, and cotton candy when Shelby’s neighbor and volunteer fireman, Jake Taylor, extricates the body of Zeke Barnstable instead of a dummy during a demonstration of the Jaws of Life. The fact that Jake and Zeke were known to be at odds plants suspicion in the minds of the police. As evidence against Jake grows, Shelby knows she has to plow through the clues to weed out the true killer and save her friend.

    Follow me on Facebook to learn about upcoming giveaways! 

     

    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Cheese #Recipe @PegCochran

    It's summer and it's too hot and humid to turn on the oven or stove.  What to do?  Here's a lovely fresh recipe that only requires one pot of boiling water so it keeps your kitchen...and you...cool!  I scaled the recipe back for two people but the amounts below are for a pound of pasta...however many that feeds in your particular family!






    Ingredients:
    1 lb. pasta (shape of your choice--from spaghetti to shells--it's up to you)
    6 Roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
    1 lb. mozzarella cheese--preferably fresh
    1/3 cup chopped basil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    If you are using mozzarella that comes in a block, you will want to shred it.  I bought fresh mozzarella termed "ciliegine" which apparently means cherry sized.  I cut those in half.  You want bite-sized pieces basically.


     Chop tomatoes


    Add oil, minced garlic and salt and pepper




    Add mozzarella cheese


    Sprinkle with basil


    Add warm pasta and toss


    Enjoy warm, at room temperature or cold

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    When In Rome...Indulge in a Spritz! #Recipe @PegCochran

    Hubby and I recently spent two weeks in Italy--a dream vacation, a celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary and something to cross off our bucket list!  While there we were introduced to the "spritz" which could very well be the Italian national drink!

    They're light and refreshing in the summer heat--light enough to indulge at 11:00 a.m. after a morning of sightseeing.

    There are basically three kinds of spritzes--con (with) Aperol, con Campari and con Select.  All are infusions of herbs, roots and fruit.  Campari is also used to make a Negroni (Campari, vermouth and gin) and an Americano (Campari and vermouth.)

    Select, which is available only in Venice, is a deep red and the sweetest of the three.  Aperol is next and is a vibrant red-orange.  Campari is the most bitter and adds more of a brownish color to the drink.

    Upon returning home, we had to continue with our spritz addiction and I readily found the ingredients in our Italian gourmet shop.


    Ingredients:
    3 parts Prosecco or other sparkling wine
    2 parts Aperol
    1 splash of soda water





    Fill your glasses with plenty of ice.


    Add an orange slice--we had to make due with a clementine!


    Add three parts Prosecco


    Add two parts Aperol and a splash of soda water.


    An olive is optional--some bars included one while others didn't.


     

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