Perfect Chicken Soup

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/28/2018 to Chicken & Poultry

This cold/flu season has been brutal! Lots of runny noses and coughing at my house, so I decided to make a healing, feel-better soup. My Instant Pot is one of my new favorite kitchen tools. Not only does is cook quick, but it infuses so much flavor. The cooked chicken is tender and juicy, practically falling off the bones.

You can also make this soup in a crock pot or on the stove top. In a crock pot it takes 8-10 hours on low, stove top simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Use the same directions.

For my soup today I am using Perfect Chicken Soup Mix (Perfect Poultry). It is hand blended with just the right balance of freshly ground marjoram, thyme, oregano, sage and rosemary. One of my favorite salt-free blends.

You can literally use any combination of veggies that you wish. I used a traditional blend of carrots, celery, onion and peas. I made the noodles separately and placed in my bowl before the soup itself. I find that if you add the noodles as part of the soup, the soup gets gummy and the noodles mushy.

I think you will love this soup!

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Instant Pot Beef Stew

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/15/2018 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

The Instant Pot is another of my new favorite tools for the kitchen. The Instant Pot infuses an amazing amount of flavor into what you are cooking.

Today I made a Beef Stew with a Ravensview Rosemary Garlic blend. It is hand blended from black pepper, sea salt, black pepper, garlic, onion, chives and rosemary. It is fantastic for lamb and other red meats. Great on beef and pork ribs and roasts. We use it on roasted potatoes and other veggies too. 

This dish takes a little over two hours to make, but the time is well worth the wait! You might think, it's a pressure cooker won't it cook faster? The point here is that cooking it this amount of time makes the meat incredibly tender!

I served this fabulous Beef Stew over mashed potatoes. Very delish and healthy too!

A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect complement to this dish.

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Sous Vide Filet Mignon

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/12/2018 to Beef, Pork & Lamb

I received a Sous Vide for Christmas! I have seen this type of cooking on the cooking shows for many years. I'm excited to try it at home.

Today I am making filet mignon using this method seasoned with Up North Grilling, which has a fabulous peppery finish and lots of flavor complexity. It is hand blended from coriander seed, coarse black pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, dill, coarse sea salt, caraway seed, thyme and lemon peel.  

Sous Vide is a French cooking method and it means “under vacuum”. It is slow cooked in a temperature controlled water bath. The Sous Vide circulates the water and the temp remains steady throughout the cooking process.

Cooking a filet mignon this way ensures that the meat is the same “color/temp” from edge to edge. So, in my case perfectly medium rare all the way through.

Is is necessary to sear quickly after it is cooked to get the crust that we all love!

A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect with this dish!

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Habanero Salted Caramel

Posted by Wine & Spice on 1/7/2018 to Sweets

Salted Caramel is soo delicious!  It hits all the flavor notes…  To kick it up another notch, I used Habanero Salt!  Sweet, Spicy & Salty!  Sooooo good!!!!

Habanero Salt is wonderful on just about anything from popcorn to shrimp.  It adds a little bit of a punch to the tongue.  Perfect for the individual that likes their food a little spicier than the rest of the family.  And to boot, it is GORGEOUS!

When you make this confection, let the caramel cool complete and harden slightly so that the surface is just a bit sticky.  You want the salt to remain in pieces and to be crunchy not melt.

Great for the holidays as family treat, and it makes a wonderful gift!

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