The holidays are a time for showcasing your best cooking and hospitality. If you’re hosting dinner this year, try one of my special occasion roasts or braises. Be sure to plan ahead so that your meat counter or butcher has what you need. The butcher in any grocery store- even Safeway or Fred Meyer, can have these cuts ready for you with a little notice, so don’t feel like you have to go to a fancy specialty butcher shop. Although if you have time, I really recommend Sheridan Fruit Company’s butcher for the best meat selection in Portland and the most knowledgable staff. There’s a recipe here for every budget and level of cooking experience. Except for vegetarians. Then you should click here.
Crown Roast of Pork
The ultimate holiday centerpiece
Italian-style pork roast, a crowdpleaser
Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
A decadent family favorite
Rotolo Di Manzo
Braised, stuffed beef roulade
Chicken Apricot Tagine
Casual and budget friendly and super delish
Holiday Turkey Roulade
Stuffed and rolled turkey breast, perfect for a smaller group
Classic Prime Rib
The mother of all holiday roasts
Roasted Turkey and Bread Salad
For the traditionalists
Easy and inexpensive
Posted in Holidays and Special Occasions, Uncategorized
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Who doesn’t love an ice cream sandwich? These pumpkin and spice moon pies are the perfect treat for fall. Thanks to my husband Harley for the catchy title.
- 2 eggs
- 2 C. brown sugar
- 1 C. vegetable oil
- 2 C. canned pumpkin,
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. ground ginger
- 1/4 t. ground cloves
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. maple extract
- 3 c. flour
- ice cream for filling (vanilla, pumpkin, butter pecan…)
Beat eggs, brown sugar, and oil until smooth. Add the pumpkin, spices, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and maple extract. Add the flour a little bit at a time. Drop scoops of batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Smooth them out into rounds.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until the tops are set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Let the ice cream soften for about twenty minutes. Spread about 1/4 C. of ice cream in between each pumpkin cake. Wrap in waxed paper and freeze for at least an hour before serving.
I love to get a couple of meals out of one dish. Cooking a whole chicken in the Instant Pot is a huge timesaver and yields lots of succulent chicken to use for tacos, soup, and salads. This isn’t really a recipe, more of an idea…
- 1 whole chicken, remove any giblets/liver etc. and rinse with cold water
- 1 small can El Pato tomato sauce
- 1 T. ground cumin
- 2t. garlic powder
- 1 T. Kosher salt
- 2 t. chili powder
- 2 t. oregano- They have Mexican oregano in the produce section of your grocery store
- 1 C. water
Place the chicken into the Instant Pot. In a bowl, combine all the other ingredients and stir. Pour the tomato-spice mixture over the chicken. Set the Instant Pot to manual-for 35 minutes. Be sure to close the steam vent. Alternatively you can get the same effect in a slow cooker for 8 or so hours on low. You can vent the steam manually or let it come down on it’s own. Once the lid unlocks, turn off the pot, remove the lid and let it cool down until you can handle it. Some of the chicken is just going to completely fall off the bone. That’s what you want! Use a slotted spoon to remove the chicken and the bones to a separate bowl. The rich, tomatoey broth that’s left behind is called the “pot liquor”. Don’t get rid if it! It’s an amazing base for soup. Strain the pot liquor through a mesh sieve and reserve it in the fridge or freezer. (it will gel when it’s cold and be jiggly, meat-Jell-o, then become liquid again when warmed)
Your hands are the best tool for separating all the chicken from the bones. Carefully pick over the chicken and put all the meat into a separate container. You may need to use a fork to shred some of the white meat. The bones are pretty much leached of all their nutrients at this point. You could use them again to make more broth but it will probably be a mild-tasting one. I like to ladle a few spoonfuls of the pot liquor over the shredded chicken before I store it in the fridge or freezer to keep it from drying out.
Ideas for your shredded chicken:
- Tacos: like these! or these!
- Use the pot liquor for a base for tortilla soup- think of it as a concentrate and add a cup of water for each cup of liquor. Adobo Corn Soup is a winner!
- Chili – add half the chicken and pot liquor to a sauteed onion and three cans of pinto or black beans. Simmer. Top with fresh cilantro and sour cream.
- Corn and chicken chowder- 2 C. pot liquor + 2 C. water + 1 C. half and half, cooked and diced potatoes, 2 C. shredded chicken, and fresh corn sliced off two or three cobs. Heat it through. Top with fresh cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese.
- Cold chicken salad- add curry powder, mayo, mustard, red grapes, and almonds, serve over fresh greens. Or this one!
- Baked chicken pasta like this!
- Topping for ramen noodles.
- Toss with steamed yellow, Mexican rice and peas, throw in a few cooked shrimp, a 1/2 t. of paprika and call it paella!
Posted in Gluten Free, Leftovers, Quick Dinners
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