Monday, December 31, 2012

San Fransico Pork(crockpot)

I was looking for a new crockpot recipe the other day and found this one over at Mel's Kitchen cafe and decided to try it out. Ofcourse it was another good one. I think I have only had one of her recipes that we did not like all the rest we have added to our normal food lineup. If you want a new pork recipe to try that is easy and fairly quick to prepare give this one a try!! Please do not skip the browning of the meat it is an important step and adds flavor to the finished dish!!
San Fransico Pork
2 T. olive oil
3lbs pork loin or pork chops,(if using loin cut into large chunks)
2 T. minced garlic
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup chicken broth
6-8 T. brown sugar(use more if you want it sweeter us less if you want it mor salty)
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes(will not make is spicey just adds flavor)
3 T. Cornstarch
3 T. cold water
Chopped green onions, optional
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When oil is simmering add the pork and brown each side. Transfer the pork to the crockpot. Add the garlic to the pan you browned the pork in and stir constantly until the garlic is golden and aromatic. Don't burn the garlic!! Then stir in the soy sauce, chicken broth, red pepper flakes, and brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour this over the pork in the crockpot. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 7 hours or until the meat is tender. about 30 minutes before the cooking time is up- shred the meat a little. Stir the cornstarch with the cold water and add to the crockpot and mix well. Cover and continute to cook the last thirty minutes so the sauce with thicken a little. Serve over hot rice sprinkled with green onions and steamed veggies!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Tis the season for cookies and boy is this cookies tasty. I found this recipe over at Mel's Kitchen Cafe but I decided to add chocolate peanut butter to it and boy it was so good. With a tall glass of milk for dunking you just can't go wrong. If you need a new cookie to put on your cookie plates you take to your neighbors or friends this year give this one a try. It will not disappoint!!
Chocolate Peanut butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup chocolate peanut butter(I make my own but you can use nutella and pb (equal parts of each)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 egss
2-3 cups flour
2 cups oats
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1/2 bag peanut butte chips
1/2 bag of M&M's
Cream butter and peanut butter/nutella with the sugar until light and fluffly. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Mix in the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Stir in the chocolate, pb chips and M&M's. Place Tablespoons sized balls on greased cookie sheets and bake at 325 for about 12-14 minutes. Cool on cookies sheet for 3-5 minutes and then transfer to wire cooling rack. Enjoy with a big glass of milk!! Or even better with a bowl of Ice cream.