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

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.

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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.


 

Cin Cin!!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Easy and Juicy Baked Chicken #Recipe @PegCochran & #Giveaway!

I found this recipe on the blog Give Me Some Oven.  It's a basic recipe that can be played around with to suit your tastes but which will produce delicious, juicy baked chicken breasts.  I find it's very easy to dry out chicken breasts, but this recipe works like a charm.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts of even thickness, brined
1 tablespoon melted butter or olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (I used smoked paprika)

      To brine chicken:

    Place 1 quart of warm water and 1/4 cup kosher salt in a large bowl and add chicken breasts.  Brine for 15 minutes and up to six hours covered in the refrigerator.  



     To make rub:

    Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika in a small bowl and mix well.  Feel free to experiment with spices!



I used smoked paprika for a bit of a kick!

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

    Remove chicken from brine and dry thoroughly with paper towels.  Place in an oven proof baking dish and drizzle with melted butter or olive oil on both sides.  Sprinkle with rub on both sides.








      Bake for approximately 15 to 18 minutes or until thermometer reaches 165 degrees.  Remove from oven, cover dish with foil and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare your side dishes.


      Slice and enjoy! 

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of the first book in the series, No Farm No Foul.  
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Swedish Meatballs #Recipe @PegCochran & #Giveaway

On Sunday night, when we tend to have "comfort" food for dinner, I decided that Swedish meatballs would be just the ticket.  I went scrolling around the web and found this recipe on Little Spice Jar's blog.  They're called "Seriously Amazing Swedish Meatballs" and hubby declared them fantastic.  I found lots of variations on the Swedish meatball theme--some with sour cream, some without.  Some also had nutmeg while others didn't. The meatballs I've enjoyed the most have usually had sour cream and nutmeg in the sauce so I decided to try this recipe.

Ingredients:
1 small chopped onion
5 TBL butter
2 slice bread torn into small bits
3 TBL milk
1 1/4 lbs. ground beef (lean)
1 large egg
1 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp each: allspice and garlic powder
1 TBL each: oil and worcestershire sauce
2 TBL flour
1 3/4 cups beef broth (or chicken, but beef gives better depth of flavor)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsps mustard

Heat 1 TBL butter over medium heat, add onions, and cook until translucent--approx. 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove to a bowl and allow to cool.

Pour the milk over the bread and press down with your fingers so bread sops up all the milk.  Let sit 5 minutes.

When onions are cool, add ground beef, bread mixture, egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg, allspice.  Mix lightly until just combined, then shape into 1 1/4 inch meatballs.



Heat 1 TBL butter along with 1 TBL oil over medium heat.  Add meatballs and cook, turning frequently, to brown and cook through.  Remove to a plate.  (Tip:  don't overcrowd the pan or the meat will steam instead of browning.  Cook in batches if necessary.)




Turn heat to low and add remaining 3 TBL butter.  Sprinkle flour over the butter and cook, stirring, until golden brown.  Slowly whisk in the beef broth.  Remove from heat and stir in sour cream until dissolved.   



Return to low heat and stir in worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and mustard.  Cook over low heat for 6 to 10 minutes until sauce thickens.  Add meatballs during remaining four minutes.




Serve over noodles or mashed potatoes.



My thought:  If you wanted to make this dish during a weeknight when you're more pressed for time, you can make the meatballs in advance.  You can even freeze them on a cookie sheet then add to a plastic storage bag or container.  Then all you have to do is brown and cook the meatballs and make the sauce.


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Available for pre-order. Released on July 4!


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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