Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pulled Pork on Garlic Bread

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Living in California for almost 9 months,
exposed me to all types of food,
barbaques,
vegetables and more..
One of our favorite things to do was go to the Farmer's Market every Thursday night in San Luis Obispo.

They often served Santa Maria style Tri-tip Sandwiches
on garlic bread..
Which I thought was beyond genius.

Now that I live in Wyoming.
Getting anything like this is very hard to find.

So I thought,
Why don't I make my pulled pork 
and turn the buns into garlic bread..

And what I created
...was beyond delicious.
So here's how...


The Pulled Pork

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
1 (4-6 lb) Boneless pork roast
1/2 cup Cider vinegar
1/2 or more water
3-4 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 drop liquid smoke

Then...
Place all seasonings/vinegar into Slow Cooker
Mix.
Add Pork Roast.
Put in slow cooker for 8-9 hours on low.

After it's cooked:
Take 2 forks and pull pork into shreds.
Then add 3 tablespoons barbeque sauce
(or to liking) 

Butter the buns.
(hamburger buns taste delicious)
Sprinkle with Parsley, oregano and Garlic powder.
Place on your grill
for a few minutes
...or until Butter is melted.

Serve and Enjoy!










Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Crème Brûlée French Toast

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So let's "toast" to the new year with some Crème brûlée french toast!

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

 Crème Brûlée French Toast

Toasts
1 loaf unsliced white bread, brioche or rich bread of your choice (as long as it's thick and not too soft)
1 1/3 cups 2% or whole milk
2/3 cup half and half cream
4 large eggs
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
1/4 teaspoon orange zest
1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tsp Cinnamon Sugar

Topping
2/3 cup granulated sugar


 For Toast:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Beat.
Pour custard over the tops of bread.
Let soak for 15 minutes on each side (at least a half hour total or leave in fridge overnight)
 Preheat oven to 325 Degrees
 Place soaked slices on a tray lined with parchment paper
Bake 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway through.
 

For topping: 
(Start this when toast is 2/4 way done)
Place 2/3 cup DRY sugar in a small saucepan.
Stir continuously until sugar until brown and thin.
Once Sugar is melted...
Pour over the tops of the toast.

(Tip: Make sure you use a solid bread.. if it's too soft it will be bread-pudding like consistency with a crunchy topping.) 
Enjoy.

How was your New Years?
What were you thankful for lately?

I'm grateful to be able to have a meal like this...
and meals I don't deserve.

I'm thankful for so many fun times...
  
















For my legs that allow me to Ski out west.  (The company isn't too bad either *wink) 
 





For family.

For my health.
I'm thankful for...this guy.
And for my Nespresso Machine, which makes me delicious lattes.

What are you grateful for?
  

Thursday, December 20, 2012

White Chocolate Chex Mix

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So it's almost Christmas!
Only days away!
The holidays sometime bring stress, chaotic shopping and last minute hunts.
But don't forget to stop and enjoy the little things.
The little things that will last in your memory for years to come.

Make those Christmas cookies.
Ornaments for your tree.
Gingerbread houses.
Homemade stockings.
DIY Decorations.

or even try this and make a new tradition...


 
White Chocolate Chex Mix! 

Ingredients
Rice Chex Mix
Corn Chex Mix
Bag of Pretzels
2 12oz Bags of white chocolate. 
Peanut MM's
Tiny bit of milk chocolate for melting
 


Here's how...
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Add...
2 Cups of each Chex Mix.
1 Cup of Pretzels
Melt White Chocolate in microwave. 
(Stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted)
Pour over the top and mix until everything is completely coated.
Add Peanut MM's
Optional: Melt Milk Chocolate.
Drizzle a small amount over the top.


ENJOY!!


*Makes for perfect last minute Christmas gifts for neighbors, friends and family.

(even though you'll want to eat it all by yourself!)

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mouth-Watering Chicken Parm

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Lauren’s Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Ingredients
1lb Thinly cut Chicken Breasts
Olive oil/vegetable oil
Panko bread crumbs
butter
Eggs or egg white beaters
Pepper and garlic powder
Pasta sauce
Mozzarella Cheese  

Here's How...  
-Thin chicken until ½ cm or to liking
-Cover chicken in flour
-Heat pan to med/high, then fill the pan with about 3 tablespoons olive oil..then fill the rest with vegetable oil (until top surface is coated in oil)
-Dip in ½ cup butter ½ egg white mix
-Dip in Seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs.
-Fry chicken in pan until browned
-Sprinkle Chicken with pepper and a little garlic powder

Then..

Place cooked chicken into dish.
Cover with sauce (Use Basil and something Prego Sauce)
Cover with Mozzarella cheese

And bake chicken @ 375 for 18 mins



Florida

Sorry I have been MIA this week everyone. More recipes soon to come!
I headed down to Florida to have some much needed family time. It was such a wonderful weekend and I sure got a bunch of new recipes ideas from all the amazing Disney chef's. We fit so much into just a few days.

One afternoon we went kayaking through the mangroves out to the ocean. There were thousands of fish that would periodically leap feet out of the water. It was so neat to see. I guess in the later winter months that whole area fills up with manatees too! That would be such an awesome experience. As we were kayaking along through the shallow area, I picked up what I thought was an empty shell. I continued to kayak on, when all of a sudden I felt something crawling on my feet, when I looked up, it was a little crab maybe the size of a walnut. So needless to say, I paddled the rest of the way back with a small passenger, hiding in my boat.

But I think we also had an especially good time at the animal kingdom. It's fun to see all the different animals and countries. We walked passed painted trucks selling tandoori chicken and edamame, painted buildings that made you feel in the heart of africa. Then we walked a few more steps to see Bollywood style dancers and places to order chai tea. It amazes me how Disney can capture the feel of a place.

My fam and I decided to ride the Mt Everest coaster. We pretty much walked on the ride. But the second our ride pulled out, it started to POUR the largest rain drops I've ever seen in my entire life. Then it started to get faster and faster, until we are being pelted at full speed. But at this point we are completely drenched. So we are just laughing our heads off going around every twist and turn. As soon as we get off dripping wet, the sun decides to make an appearance. We seemed to be the only people in the park who got so soaked. But it will make for a fun memory to look back on years to come.

It's always fun to go away, but now I am looking forward I'm looking forward to getting back to the kitchen and coming up with some tasty new recipes to share!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!



 
 

Hope you all are enjoying the Holiday season!

*If you don't live in snow weather, than why not build your very own Sandman!?
  :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Man Approved Crockpot Beef Stew

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This recipe is the perfect Beef Stew. And I don't know any man who wouldn't gobble this down! It’s different than a lot of other stews I’ve made. But this one definitely hits the spot. I try to only eat red meat once a week, so this one defiantly satisfied my weekly craving.


Man Approved Crockpot Beef Stew


 
Ingredients 

1lb Stewing Beef (uncooked)
2-3 Cans Beef Broth 
 (as much as you'd like really)
1 Large Potato 
1 can organic diced tomatoes or stewed
½-whole sweet onion (depending on how you like it)
1 cup carrots
 1tbs tomato paste
sprinkle of garlic powder
a sprinkle of pepper



Here's How...
Chop onion and peel/chop potato
Place all ingredients in the crockpot on low in the morning.
Enjoy in the evening!   

Voila!

Friday, November 30, 2012

No Cook Thermos Steel Cut Oats

Pin It So this week I was in an outdoors sports store, when I heard someone talking about how they use their thermos to cook food! My Hubby and I had a little mid-week ski trip planned, so I thought I’d do some more research and try it out.

I love steel cut oats, but I don’t love that they take a half hour to make…constantly tending at the stove. They are so much healthier than regular oats. And they don’t have the additives that instant oats do!!

 Thermos Steel Cut Oats

What you need…

Boiling water
Thermos(Stanley?)
Steel Cut oats.
Brown Sugar or toppings you’d like.

So here’s how….

Add a ¼ cup oats
and
2cups Hot water
Seal tight.
Place on its side
(This makes sure it cooks evenly)
Enjoy after 5-10 minutes up to hours later
Serve.
Optional: Add brown sugar or toppings

Dan and I left for the mountains before the sun had made an appearance.  I woke up, boiled some water and added the oats. Placed the my Stanley Thermos on it’s side in our bag. Then hit the road. After skiing for hours, I thoroughly enjoyed these warm oats!


Now I might use my thermos to cook my oats..even if I’m not going anywhere! It just makes it so easy!



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn

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The other day our town had a little Christmas parade down by the capitol. Who knew there were so many clubs! But I guess that’s probably why so many people can live in Wyoming and love it so much.

There were clubs for…
Native American heritage
Dog lovers.
People with really tall bicycles.
Baton twirlers.
Rodeo riders.
Mimes. 
*yes like the people who pretend to be in boxes
Hot Air Balloon enthusiasts.
You name it.

My friends and I were sort of giggling at all the options! It’s such a wide range of things. But I’ve only lived here for a few months now, and I’m already starting to really like it. I think that it defiantly grows on you! Everyone is so nice!

 
So after the Christmas Parade festivities, the hubby and I headed home to make some Peppermint Popcorn!

Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn
Ingredients
2 bags of Popcorn or lots of popcorn kernels
White Chocolate
Candy Canes
Peppermint oil
1 stick of butter (if used plain popcorn)


 Here's how...
Pop popcorn kernel on the stove. Or microwave popcorn bag.
While the popcorn is popping. Add candy canes into a blender or food processor and crush into little pieces.
Place popcorn into a in a bowl.
(if plain pour butter over the top. If Microwave popcorn skip step)
Mix in ½ tsp peppermint oil.
Mix in crushed candy canes.
Lay out on a tray covered with parchment or wax paper.
Drizzle with melted white chocolate.
Let it sit for at least 15-20 minutes (or until hard)

Enjoy!


This makes for perfect Christmas gifts to friends, coworkers or even neighbors. Give it a try!



*Now off to the mountains for a few days! Can’t wait to start the ski season!
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