Boneless pork shoulder with fennel and onions

When I go to the butcher in my grocery store I see a good slab of meat is on sale I buy and cut it into portions and keep it in my freezer so have when I need it . Makes sense when your on budget especially.

The kitchen smells great today! I love good slow cooker recipe. I stayed a bit relaxing and reading. Then went out did some errands and also along the crock pot did all the work, Just LOVE that. and you have

You can also do this with other cuts like pork tenderloin to. Recipe below if you want it try it.

Mix into a paste , olive oil, fresh garlic parsley, fennel seed, salt, pepper and favorite pork or meat rub seasoning , Poke the meat to make slits and rub the mixture inside and out, let sit in fridge for 1 hour before cooking.
Sear the meat first in a skillet, add it to bottom of crock pot with raw sliced onions and fennel on top . Add a 1/4 cup water or stock if you want. Cook slow for 4 hours.

This was a large piece of meat. The cook time is around 2 hours per pound of meat. This was done in bulk to be used lunches and dinner.. Cost effective and saves time in the future.

Chef tip ! by cooking it first in a skillet after you marinate it seals in all the juices and gives a nice crust so it doesn’t fall apart while cooking in the crockpot .

Tomato, black bean, corn and feta salad with Sardines in Olive Oil

I love the versatility of this salad recipe. It’s very adaptable which I love . I’ve seen many variations of it all over the internet. For my spin , all I added was apple cider vinegar and used the oil in the sardines as the dressing. This flavorful salad can be assembled ahead of time and all you need is something to serve it with . Without the oil from the sardines just use regular good quality olive oil.

Ingredients

Diced campari or any mini tomatoes
Drained black bean can
Canned or frozen corn,
Crumbled feta cheese,
salt and pepper
dried parsley flakes
garlic powder
sweet paprika
Apple cider vinegar to taste.

Mix ingredients well together well in bowl.
Add on the side the sardines from Seasons in olive oil. Drain out some of the excess oil . What a great lunch !

One more thing I have to say is that I highly recommended this brand of sardines . Here is some more information about them below. I found mine in my local costco.

Season Skinless & Boneless Sardines are harvested from the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The sardines are packed fresh in pure olive oil. Don’t forget skinless and boneless sardines are healthy for you – a natural source of omega 3’s and protein. Enjoy Season Sardines as a snack, in a salad, or as part of your favorite recipe!

Visit then at http://www.seasonproducts.com for delicious recipes and more info! 

A twist on good steak and a summer succotash

Sometimes you want to follow a recipe and sometimes you just end up doing it your way. Inspired by recipe I read in Real Simple magazine . Over the years I’ve collected tons of recipes from magazines, cut them out like coupons and save them a big binder. I save online recipes in files in my computer so they are like a searchable digital cookbook.

Highly recommend having a system to keep them organized and together whenever you need some cooking inspiration.

In true fashion, I changed up the ingredients based on what I had on hand at home in my freezer and fridge. Inspiration is all that you need to make great food at home.

The result a grilled Flat Iron steak with a succotash of charred yellow squash , corn and pancetta mixed together in olive oil. Super simple and tasty.

Check out the original recipe below. How would you change it up?

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/grilled-hanger-steak-with-charred-succotash

Turmeric Rotini Pasta with Broccoli in Garlic Oil

When I am craving hearty comfort food, that satisfies I make this this delicious pasta dish. I’ve added in cooked and cut up grilled chicken sometimes at the end for some extra protein.  As a vegetarian dish it also tastes great on it’s own. Love making this for a meatless monday.

I used Turmeric Rotini. Turmeric Rotini is crafted with the traditional golden-hued Indian root, putting a delicious, savory spin regular pasta. Feel free to use whatever dry pasta you have in your pantry.  I used frozen broccoli which I always keep in my freezer to make this meal even quicker.

Ingredients
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1⁄2 lb frozen broccoli florets
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Few tablespoons water or pasta cooking water, if needed
2 cups Rotini or any dry pasta , cooked al dente
2 tablespoons butterParmesan cheese, for garnish  

Steps and how to make it 

Cook pasta according to directions in salted water.
Steam frozen broccoli florets and set aside in a bowl.
In a large saute pan at the same time , heat the olive oil, garlic over medium heat until fragrant. Once the garlic has turned golden in color, remove it from the pan. You are left with garlic-infused oil in the pan. Add the cooked broccoli to the pan to coat with the oil. Season with salt and pepper and add butter if you want  and saute over medium heat. Add in the cooked pasta and toss to coat with the oil to.
When everything is thoroughly mixed, remove pan from heat and divide into servings. Add extra black pepper on top and add in grated Parmesan cheese top for garnish.

Chef tip : I’ve added in chicken to it and have replaced the broccoli with mushrooms I sauteed in oil. Be creative!

Beautifying Brussel Sprouts!

Brussels sprouts have high levels of many nutrients and so very healthy for you and can lead to many health benefits.. They get a bad rap for being America’s most hated vegetables and need a little love to taste good.

When cooked properly, Brussels sprouts taste fantastic, even addictive. Charred and crispy on the outside, lightly caramelized and meaty on the inside, when sautéed Brussels sprouts can become a quick and easy side dish.

One new way I learned to love them is hiding the bitter taste of brussel sprouts with fresh escarole and kale mixed in. I added in bacon bits and light agave syrup it’s amazing! 😀💚

Here is how I elevated these little green balls into a tasty dish.

Ingredients.

1/2 (12-ounce) packages Brussels sprouts, ends and brown leaves trimmed
1 cup cleaned and chopped curly kale leaves
1 cup cleaned and chopped leafy escarole leaves
2 tablespoons good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon syrupy light agave or honey
2 tablespoons bacon bits

Steps

Heat a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over over medium heat. Add the olive oil, sliced Brussels sprouts, kale and escarole, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and saute them all well, for about 4 to 5 minutes,until very tender. Once soft but not burned add in the agave syrup and bacon bits. Serve hot.

Cool Food fact! Brussels Sprouts first appeared in Europe in the 5th century, but were later cultivated near Brussels in Belgium, leading to their name. They are sometimes mistakenly called ‘Brussel’.

A light Heirloom Tomato, Red Onion and Cilantro salad for the hot summer!

I believe that salads area a wonderful way to highlight fresh and tasty ingredients. This heirloom tomato salad below has red onion and cilantro in it . It is a perfect light fresh lunch !! I always like to serve it with an lemon oil dressing 😁🌿🍅

For the salad
mix in bowl heirloom tomatoes sliced, red onion chopped, fresh cilantro, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

My love of heirloom tomatoes began many years ago. I love all types of tomatoes but after I had chance to learn more about them in cooking magazines I like to use different tomatoes for different preparations..

Some personal favorites of mine and how I use them
Roma or Plum Tomatoes— great for homemade sauces and stews,
cherry or compari on the vine – great for roasting, sauces or fresh in a salad
Heirloom , Brandywine , beefsteak, – perfect for salad because of their natural sweetness and great on sandwiches