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Fall has arrived-this means cooking and baking and nesting oh my
by whipitgirl666 (whipitgirl666)
at September 20th, 2010 (02:54 pm)

I'm going to try to find time to do this again now that I have a bit more free time and not working 12-14 hours/day. This past Thursday, it was chilly enough in Seattle along with a glorious rain. Time for the first hearty fall stew. I went to Top Banana (a local seasonal farmers market front in Ballard area, Seattle) and got ALL LOCAL produce for this-making it a touch more special for me.

2-3lb nice marbled beef roast-cut into bite size pieces
1 pkg baby carrots
2 pieces celery stocks (break up tops & use to season as well)
2 garlic cloves-quartered
1 whole Vidalia onion- cut into chunks (can use red or white-this is a bit sweeter though)
2lbs baby or fingerling potatoes (I used a baby reds, purple & butter fingerlings combo)leave whole.
2 cups of fresh cut green beans-cut in half or bite size
1 cup frozen or fresh cut off the cob corn
1 cup of frozen or fresh green or petite peas
2 cups of cut chunked apple (local tart works best & adds a bit of sweetness)
1lb or 1 pkg of crimini or white mushrooms (remove stems and slice tops in half or quarters depending on size)
4 tbsp of Beyond Bouillon (c)(it has no nitrates or msg-most boullion does-read your labels)
8 cups water
2 16oz bottles of beer (i prefer a nice mid range wheat beer for this but you can use whatever you'd like, but the darker the beer, the more flavor it's going to lend. Guinness is perfect for this stew as well. I used New Belgium Trippel for this round)

Coarse salt
Ground pepper or peppercorns
1tsp Paprika
2 tsp Sweet basil
1 tbsp parsley flakes
1 tbsp Sage
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp Dried dill and/or fennel
4 bay leaves
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp celery seed or salt

1.)You can cut your roast up the night before and marinate in beer/seasonings or you can go from scratch. Cut the roast into bite size pieces. Prepare a bowl that has flour & seasonings (salt/pepper/garlic/thyme-use your own discretion) and mix. Coat all of your pieces of meat with flour/seasoning mixture and put into a large frying pan with about a 1/2 inch of olive oil in bottom heated.
2.) While the meat is beginning to par cook-get out your stew pot and fill with water, I generally add my seasonings now and the boullion. Bring to boil and begin adding the meat as it's finishing up.
3.) You can begin adding your potatoes, carrots, celery & garlic. Let them cook for about 20 minutes. I leave my baby taters whole and little bite size lumps of love. Finish chopping your other veggies during that time.
4.) Add your corn, peas, mushrooms, apple and beans-NOW-add your beer as well, remember to pour it in slowly. These veggies generally cook fairly fast-I let slowly simmer/par boil for another 10-20 minutes. This is kind of dependent upon whether you like your veggies mushy or with some 'give' left. The longer you cook things, the more they break down..

5.) Serve with warm crusty rolls or bread--A whole grain or even Asiago Cheese is awesome with this!

TIPS:::Remember to Taste Test as you go because every palate is different. I prefer lower salt but you can use however much is good for you. Have Fun. Experiment and Happy Fall Cooking!!!

A sure shot spicy whiskey marinade for any meat
by whipitgirl666 (whipitgirl666)
at June 25th, 2007 (02:57 pm)

Course Sea Salt
Course Ground Peppercorns
Minced Garlic (to taste)
Minced Onion (to taste)
4 TBSP of Worcheshire
2 TBSP of Horseradish
Celery Seed
Fresh Parsley-chopped
Fresh Oregano
Fresh ground Cayenne Pepper (quantity dependent on how spicy you want it)
1/2-1 cup of Spicy Bloody Mary Mix (I use Major Toms)
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 TBSP Soy Sauce
1/2-1 cup of whiskey (whatever brand you fancy)
2 TBSP of vinegar

Mix all ingredients together and slather/soak desired meat or fish in marinade for at least one hour or more. Turn every 30 minutes using spiked cooking fork so that marinade will penetrate throughout the piece of meat. Easy to use to cook on the stove, in the oven or on the grill. Be sure to leave a small amount of the marinade that is leftover and brush on both sides during cooking..

Crab Artichoke Cheese Dip
by whipitgirl666 (whipitgirl666)
at June 11th, 2007 (08:55 pm)

Crab Artichoke Cheese Dip

2 5 oz cups of fresh crab meat
1/2 onion
1 pkg cream cheese-softened
1 8oz bag of mixed italian cheeses
1 jar or can of artichoke hearts
old bay
celery seed

Preheat oven to 350. In baking dish place all of above ingredients, leaving crab for last. Mix ingredients together with thick spatula, place crab in, mix so it's spread evenly, being careful not to shred it..but leave it in pieces. Top with cheese, place in oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until cheese on top is brown and bubbly. Be sure to let cool for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh slices of tomatos. Serve with chunked baguette slices, carrots, celery, cucumber slices. MMMM.. this is the SHIT MAN!!!

by whipitgirl666 (whipitgirl666)
at June 11th, 2007 (08:53 pm)

Seared Lamb Blade Steak or Chops with peppered strawberries

4 1inch thick lamb blade steaks or chops
Red Wine
Garlic Cloves, Sliced in halves
1/4 vidalia onion
fresh parsley
smoked salt

Marinate chops/steaks in red wine. Encrust in herbs on both sides-place in fridge for 1 hour or more. About 5 minutes before ready to grill..slice some fresh strawberries-sprinkle freshly ground peppercorns over them. Place some roasted garlic oil in a skillet-heat slightly-place steaks in pan and begin grilling. About 5 min on each side for medium/medium rare. last 3 min on stove place strawberries in side to pick up juices and herbs from the pan. Put steaks on plate with strawberries over the body of the dish.

Roasted white fingerling potatoes with rosemary

Roasted garlic oil
Minced Garlic
Parmesan Cheese

Slice taters in halves, place in glass baking dish with 2 tbsp of butter/margarine sliced over them, layer seasonings, drizzle evenly with garlic infused olive oil.
Cover with aluminum foil. Place in preheated oven at 350 and cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are slightly golden and easy to pierce with a fork. Take out of oven and sprinkle fresh shredded parmesan or italian cheese over the top and garnish with fresh parsley.

Serve with a Spinach salad with blue veined gouda cheese and raspberry pecan vinagrette.

From the Pirate Party..
by whipitgirl666 (whipitgirl666)
at June 11th, 2007 (12:40 pm)

Carribean Pork & Beans

3lbs of Pork, cubed
2 cans of Carribean Spiced Organic beans
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 vidalia onion, diced
1 whole garlic clove, minced
jug o bloody mary mix
celery salt
hot sauce

Cook pork in oven, cube when cooled. In pot or crockpot, put 3 cups of spicy bloody mary mix, diced veggies, seasonings and pork. Season to taste, cover and simmer for at least an hour or more. EASY and would be great to serve over rice too!

Rum Punchy Goodness

3/4 gallon of cheap rum
1/2 liter of Tropicana Peach Orchard Punch
1/2 liter of Tropicana Tropical Punch
1/2 cup sugar
1 can of pineapple-including juice

Slice Strawberries, oranges, cherries, limes, whatever fruit you want to add. Before serving, add ice and half a bottle of ginger ale to cut cheap alcohol taste.

by whipitgirl666 (whipitgirl666)
at October 23rd, 2006 (05:53 pm)

Hmm.. seeing as how I'm moving to Seattle and all.. and have earned the nickname Cheffy via Mark.. I think I'll actually start to update this one with recipes and stuffs once I get settled in. That should be fun-especially with the holidays coming up.

by whipitgirl666 (whipitgirl666)
at April 17th, 2006 (01:03 am)

I had the best Roasted Eggplant soup at Whole Foods this weekend with some Prussian crusty rye bread. It SOOO ruled. I've got loads of summer recipes to share on here.. I'll get around to doing that this week.

Captain Dar [userpic]
last night's experiment
by Captain Dar (musicgoddess917)
at April 6th, 2006 (02:22 pm)

current mood: content
current song: Aerosmith--"Shame, Shame, Shame"

strawberry orange smoothie:

In a blender dump in some orange juice, fresh strawberries, ice cubes and some sugar; blend until ice is finely chopped and serve in pretty glasses.

You can monkey with the ingredients to suit your taste; I liked how it turned out just fine. (And I didn't measure any of it; I keep saying Food Network would drive my HS Foods teacher nuts because the chefs on there are always estimating. XD) I suppose you could add a shot or two of tequila or rum and get frozen strawberry tequila sunrise or strawberry orange daquiri, or something. ^_^

Fruity and refreshing....although I ended up with a big pile of strawberry seeds in the bottom of my glass and I don't like seeds.

Captain Dar [userpic]
hot for HOTS
by Captain Dar (musicgoddess917)
at April 3rd, 2006 (01:48 pm)

current mood: bouncy
current song: Motley Crue--"Looks That Kill"

So I've gotten addicted to Ham on the Street. So I made George Duran's microwave brownies last night. Wow. And if you're like me and you like your warm brownies ala mode take it a step further and put ice cream with them. I used mint chip, but you can use whatever kind you want. Ooh yeah baby! The show was even on while I was making them; I think I got overloaded yesterday....

George needs to come to Minnesota so I can be on the show. Yeah! ^_^

Captain Dar [userpic]
alton brown icon
by Captain Dar (musicgoddess917)
at January 19th, 2006 (03:30 pm)

current mood: artistic

I just made this; I got the idea from an episode of Good Eats I watched yesterday (he said it in the episode and I was like, hell yes!). I figured somebody here might like it:

Take and enjoy with my compliments. ^_^

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