Showing posts with label Farmer's Daughter Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Farmer's Daughter Series. Show all posts

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, September 2, 2017

    Almond Flour Tart #Recipe @PegCochran

    This is a Mark Bittman recipe I discovered and decided to try.  Hubby loves sweets but also has to watch his carbs so I thought this cake would be perfect with the substitution of Splenda for sugar.  I also had blueberries on hand so I decided to live dangerously and threw those in!

    I ended up making this again a couple of nights later--that's how much he liked it.  But then he likes anything with sugar in it so take that with a grain of...er...salt.  These pictures are from the first time I made it--I thought my skillet was a little too big so the second time I used an 8" cake pan, and it turned out perfectly.

    Ingredients

    • 4 eggs
    • ½ to ¾ cup sugar (according to personal taste) or substitute the same amount of your favorite artificial sweetener that can be used for baking
    • Pinch of salt
    • ½ cup ground almonds
    • ½ cup cream
    • ½ cup sliced almonds, more if you want to garnish the top of the cake
    • 1 lemon, zest and juice
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • Powdered sugar for garnish


    Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine eggs, sugar, salt, ground almonds, cream, sliced almonds, lemon zest and juice.




    Melt butter in an 8-inch ovenproof skillet over low heat.


    Add almond mixture to pan, tilting pan to distribute batter evenly. 



    Continue to cook tart on stove top until edges just begin to set, then put pan in oven and finish cooking, about 10 to 15 minutes more.




    When tart is done, put it in broiler for about a minute or until just golden on top. Mine came out of the oven already quite golden so I skipped this step. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and sliced almonds.  


    It doesn't look too pretty--my skillet was too 
    big--but it was delicious!




    Bon Appetit!




    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 19, 2017

    San Francisco Pork Chops #Recipe @PegCochran


    I found this recipe online but now I've lost the name of the site.  There are numerous recipes for San Francisco Pork Chops but I couldn't find any reference to how they got their name.  I can only guess that the name is a nod to San Francisco's Chinatown because of the inclusion of soy sauce in the recipe. 

    Most recipes were similar to this one although some gave directions for making this in your slow cooker.  Either way, we thought it was delicious.  Perfect when served over rice or with mashed potatoes to soak up the delicious sauce.

    San Francisco Pork Chops


    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    4 boneless pork chops
    1 clove garlic, minced 

    1 onion, chopped
    1/4 cup beef broth
    1/4 cup soy sauce 
    2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    2 tablespoons water 

    Directions

    Dry pork chops on paper towels.  Recipe is for four but I made only two for the two of us.


    Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add chops and brown on each side, approximately 5 minutes per side.  




    Remove to a platter.

    Add garlic and onions to oil remaining in skillet and cook, stirring, until garlic is fragrant and onions are soft.
      

    Whisk broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, 2 tsps. vegetable oil and red pepper flakes in a bowl until combined and brown sugar is dissolved.  




    Return chops to pan, add soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil.  Cover skillet and reduce heat to low.  Simmer until pork chops are cooked but still tender.  


    This will depend on the thickness of your chops but start checking at 15 minutes.  Chops should reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees.

    Transfer chops to your serving platter.  Whisk cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth.  

    Stir into liquid in the pan and stir until thickened, about five minutes.

    Pour over chops and serve. 

     
     Bon Appetit!



    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!