Showing posts with label spicy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spicy. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pork in a Slow Cooker #recipe

From Daryl aka Avery:

I just got back from attending the Left Coast Crime conference in Monterey. I grew up in the Northern California area, and I often visited Carmel, a darling shopping and art destination right next door to Monterey, but I remembered Monterey not being up to snuff. Well, let me correct that opinion. Not only does it have a fabulous aquarium, but the town has changed. It's pretty. A shopping mecca. The wharf is kitschy fun.  The sea otters that abound are playful and loud! Bark-bark! And the history of Monterey is incredible, because of its expansive bay. I've shared a number of photos of the area on my Facebook page. CLICK HERE to view more.

Me with Mary Jane Maffini (Victoria Abbott)
and Jenn McKinlay (former MLK'er)

I often find I run on adrenaline at a conference. Go, go, go. Smile, laugh, have fun! It's wonderful to connect with readers. It's also fun to touch base with so many good friends. We talk family, writing, and the biz. It's a wonderful refresher that inspires me to get back to the computer and create.

But then I get home, and I'm exhausted! So for a week, I want easy food. Easy, easy.
The three of us the next day,
being goofy!

As you've probably notice, I've been posting EASY recipes more often. My protagonist in the Cookbook Nook series isn't a cook...yet. She's trying to learn, but recipes with either too many ingredients or too many steps unnerves her. She's getting better. She's challenged herself with a few recipes and they've turned out successfully. I know some real people who also request easy recipes. My stepdaughter, who has a bit of fear in the kitchen, took to this recipe in a second!

But don't think easy means bland. This is really really tasty! And you can prepare it all a day ahead and plop it into the slow cooker first thing in the morning, set the timer, and leave the house for 8-10 hours. How cool is that??  Serve with a crisp salad.



3-5 pound butt pork roast (I used Farmer John's brand)
8-10 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons of your favorite dry rub spice
1-2 teaspoons salt (if your dry rub spice is salt-free)
1 onion, sliced

3 carrots, chopped


The day before, place meat in a plastic with the dry rub. Cover all over. Seal the bag and set in the refrigerator.

When you’re ready to cook, place the seasoned meat and vegetables in the slow cooker. Add dashes of Worcestershire sauce to the top of the meat until it is well covered.

Cook on low setting of slow cooker for 8-10 hours. Leave meat in the slow cooker on the “warm” setting for about 4 more hours or until the meat easily will pull with two forks. Internal temperature of pork roast should be between 190º F and 205º F.

Remove from slow cooker and allow to rest about 5-10 minutes. Then, slice or pull for serving, basting with pan juices from slow cooker.

Serve warm.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Charmed Meat Pies with Paprika Aioli

We're delighted to welcome back our own Ellery Adams. PEACH PIES and ALIBIS, the third book in her delightful Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries is coming out on March 5th!

By Guest Blogger Ellery Adams

Ella Mae LeFaye of the Charmed Pie Shoppe knows that you’re about done with winter. You’re about done with cold weather and grey skies. Well, here’s a wonderfully tasty, slightly spicy hand pie that will warm you right down to your toes. That’s the magic of  homemade food, isn’t it? It makes you feel cozy and loved and happy.

However, I must warn you: this is the kind of pie that makes a man go weak in the knees. Ella Mae made it for Hugh Dylan, her handsome fireman, and now things between the two of them are really heating up! When Peach Pies and Alibis comes out next week (March 5) you can read all about it! Until then, here's the recipe:

2 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup ice water

2 tablespoons butter
1 pound ground beef chuck
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 onion, finely diced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
3 splashes of Tabasco sauce (add more if desired)
1 egg beaten with tablespoon half and half (egg wash)

Paprika Aioli

¼ fresh lemon juice
5 garlic cloves, finely minced
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 ½ teaspoons (sweet or Spanish)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste
1 ½ cups mayonnaise

In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the ground beef and cook until no pink is showing. Add the garlic and onion and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent. About 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, cayenne, cloves, thyme, and allspice and cook for 3 minutes. Season with hot sauce and let cool. Transfer the filling to a food processor and pulse until chopped.

Preheat the oven to 350° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a floured work surface, roll out each disk of dough to a 12-inch round. (If you don’t want to make the dough by hand, Pillsbury pre-made piecrusts will work just as well). Using a 4-inch biscuit cutter, stamp out 6 rounds from each piece of dough. Brush the edges of the rounds with some of the egg wash and place a rounded tablespoon of filling to one side of each circle. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling and press to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork. Transfer the pies to the baking sheet and brush with the egg wash. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.

While pies are baking, blend together all the ingredients for the paprika aioli. Serve in individual bowls for dipping.

Name the spiciest food you’ve ever tasted! 

And before I go, here's the blurb for Peach Pies and Alibis!
ISBN - 0425251993
Price - $7.99
Available at your local bookstore or Amazon.comIndiebound.comBarnes & Noble

Ellery Adams serves up a mystery that’s a real peach...
Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe is wildly popular in Havenwood, Georgia—which is not surprising since Ella Mae can lace her baked goods with enchantments. The shop’s extraordinary success seems destined to continue when Ella Mae meets an engaged couple who hire her to handle the dessert buffet at their wedding.

But Ella Mae has a lot on her plate. She is also searching for the origin of her magical powers—and hoping to determine if the spark of attraction she feels for the handsome Hugh Dylan is authentic or just her new abilities gone awry.

Then Ella Mae discovers a high-standing member of the community dead, and a wedding guest becomes seriously ill at the event she’s catering. Now she’ll have to use all her sleuthing skills and culinary talents to prove her pies don’t contain a killer ingredient . . .

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tailgater Chili ala the SEC




Ha. Gotcha. It's football season for colleges and the pros. 

For those of you who don't know, my husband is a consultant for college sports, which includes consulting for the Southeastern Conference (SEC), which might have the best tailgating experience in the country because of their fan zeal and great southern cooking.

I've told people he works for the SEC and many have said they didn't know he was in finance.  LOL.  

College sports?  To-o-o-o-otally different. 

Anyway, like I said, it's football season. Which means it's time to have fun stuff to eat at home while watching the games or to eat at the back of your SUV, car, truck, or RV. 

We received a cookbook from Southern Living, which is the Official Tailgating Book SEC. You know right now I'm into cookbooks, right? Why? Because I'm writing the new A COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY series. Lately, I've been asking for all sorts of cookbook ideas. 

In fact, I'm starting a contest in January for cookbook names and recipes you love. The winner will win $100 basket in July, when the series debuts. So put your thinking caps on.

Anyway, chile. I love chile. And this recipe from the SEC version of Southern Living was so great, I had to try it...tweaked, of course. I love to tweak. The SEC version had a number of already prepared things. I went au naturel with the beans and more.

By the way, the more CHEESE (can't lose my love of cheese), the merrier. 

And, my second by the way: the salsa is fabulous!!!

Ala Southern Living
The Official Tailgating Book SEC
Makes 8-10 portions

1 large sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups cooked chicken breasts, cubed *
28 ounces chicken broth (gluten-free  used: *Pacific Natural Foods)
1 can chopped green chiles (7 ounces)
3 cups pre-soaked pinto beans (about 1 cup dried, soaked overnight)
(The Southern Living recipe called for 3 cans (16 ounces) navy beans.
I couldn’t find them and prefer fresh, which are so easy to do.)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon garlic salt or onion powder
(This recipe called for a package white chicken chili seasoning mix. I couldn’t find that so I concocted my own mixture of spices)

Toppings: sour cream, Monterey Jack cheese, Avocado-Mango Salsa

I love a slow cooker. Though this recipe did not call for it, I poured everything but the beans into the slow cooker. I mashed one cup of the beans (in a food processor) to a pulp, then added the beans and pulp into the slow cooker.

I set the cooker on low for 4 hours. Then I turned it up to medium-high for 2 hours.

Serve with toppings.


1 large avocado, cubed
1 cup mango, diced
½ red onion, diced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
(This recipe called for cilantro. I’m not a fan. But if you are, add 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped)

Stir together and serve immediately.

Ooops! I forgot to get a picture with the sour cream on. We added that at the table. Delish!

* As the cookbook says, the salsa stands alone, served with your favorite chips.

* Also, the cookbook says that you can use rotisserie chicken (already cooked from your store) to make this recipe in a FLASH!  I cooked breasts wrapped in foil at 275 degrees for 1 hour. Perfect and tender.

We devoured this chili. So filling. So satisfying. Enjoy!

This Week's Contest:

All commenters on this post this week will be entered in a
contest to win her (his) choice of  A Cheese Shop Mystery series.
Even the newest TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE...if you're willing to wait until February!

PS If you have another Southern Living Cookbook or chile recipe you like, bring it on!!!

Say cheese!

{Remember to check back next Wednesday to see if you're the 
winner or include your email in your response and I will contact you!}


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