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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. It is usually sold boneless. Because brisket is a tough cut of meat, it's best when braised (that is, simmered in a small amount 
of liquid), either in the oven, the slow cooker, or on the stove top. Two different cuts of brisket are available. The beef brisket is one of the nine beef primal cuts, though the precise definition of the 
cut differs internationally. The meat must be cooked correctly to achieve a tender result.

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Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Recipe courtesy of Pat Bafile, P. B. Photo/Graphics.

An enchilada (en·chi·la·da) is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered with a chili pepper sauce. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including various meats, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables or a combination. Originating in Mexico, enchiladas are a popular dish throughout Mexico and the American Southwest. This recipe has a different twist. We use Beef Short Ribs that are cooked Sous Vide. The meat is very tender and flavorful.
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Espresso Braised Brisket

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To celebrate our family's many October birthdays, I decided to make a Espresso Braised Beef Brisket to feed a large group of family and friends. Mark’s Espresso Rub II is amazing on beef! I rubbed the Mark’s Espresso Rub II on the night before. It sat in the fridge and dry marinated overnight. Let me just say that there was not a morsel of brisket left!


I made sandwiches for my meal. But, you can prepare the same way and serve thinly sliced with mashed potatoes! So good!


We enjoyed a mug of ice cold Pumpkin Ale with this meal!


Wine and Spice Makes Everything nice!

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Crockpot "Carnitas" Style Chicken Taco's


Who doesn’t love carnitas!  Tender and crispy and full of flavor.  I love this recipe because it super easy and so delicious.  Using chicken makes it leaner than pork or beef but equally as flavorful.  I used frozen chicken breasts and frozen chicken thighs, seasoned with Taco Tuesday, cooked in the crockpot all day and finished in the oven. 


A family favorite to be sure!  Great weekday meal!


Serve it up with all the usual taco accompaniments.  I made a quick blender salsa using a can of chopped tomatoes, 1 bunch cilantro, 3 jalepenos and 1/2 onion.  Blend well, I used a big pinch of Lemon Sea Salt to finish.  Yum!


I also made a quick black bean side dish.  Recipe inside using Honey Chipotle to season beans.  So good!


A bottle of Tecate did this meal justice!


Wine and Spice Makes Everything Nice!


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Crockpot Turkey Chili


Chili has to be one of the most perfect comfort foods!  It is so versatile and simple to make!  If freezes really well so I always make a very large pot of it and freeze in family size portions for a quick meal when I need it!


A glass of your favorite beer will pair great with this!


Wine & Spice Makes Everything Nice!


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Brief History of Cajun-Spiced Food

The word “Cajun” originates from the term “les Acadians,” which was used to describe French colonists who settled in the Acadia region of Canada which consisted of present-day New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
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South of the Border Pulled Pork Sliders


It is Football Sunday and I have a bunch of people coming for dinner. I have a ton of errands to run and chores to do around the house. So, I decided to use the slow cooker to make it easy on myself. I have some pork sirloin roasts in the freezer and they truly make fabulous pulled pork! 

From a frozen state just defrost in the microwave for about 10 minutes on medium power. I have to be honest and say that I am not a fan of barbecue sauce! I think it makes everything (chicken meat or pork) taste the same. However, pulled pork is the exception! I enjoy a sauce that has a little bit of a kick and is not too sweet. 

This recipe is easy and quick to get going, but, it does take all day to cook. The upside is that your house smells fantastic and everyone’s mouth is watering by the time dinner is ready! Shredded Green Cabbage tops the slider. Coleslaw is also a delicious addition.

Today I chose baked french fries and a broccoli salad as sides. 

An IPA (India Pale Ale) is the perfect accompaniment! Touchdown! 

Wine & Spice Makes Everything Nice

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Mexican Barbeque Slow Cooker Pulled Pork



Click here for a simple and easy Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork!
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Crock Pot Curry Chicken

 Ten minutes of morning prep will yield a delicious dinner with our Maharajah Curry Chicken.  The Maharajah Curry has just a touch of heat, and if used modestly will most likely suit even the wimpy palate.

Our Maharajah Curry includes saffron, which will brighten you dish with a lovely yellowish hue.

We made this with cannellini beans, collard greens, garlic, and onion, but you could easily add other veggies you prefer.

Pair this with rice or cous cous and you'll be ready to ring the dinner bell!
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Slow Cooker Tacos

Easy and delicious, using our salt and MSG free Taco Tuesday blend. Click here to check out the full recipe!
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Adobo Lime Slow Roasted Chicken

It's that time of year when the slow cooker gets dusted off and the one pot meals come back in to play. We love the flavorful blend of the Adobo Lime accented with more fresh lime juice, cilantro and garlic. 

A quick marinade bath at night and your chicken is ready to pop in to the slow cooker in the morning. Six hours on low and you'll have a delicious, healthy dinner. Pair with quinoa or a light salad for a quick, yummy meal. 

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Espresso Rubbed Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs are an inexpensive and delicious treat.  The trick is to cook low and slow to break down the meat into fall off the bone goodness. 
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Slow Cooked Short Ribs

Slow cooking a tough piece of meat low and slow will break it into fall off the bone deliciousness.  Click here to check out the details!

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Awesome Onion Spinach Artichoke Dip

Quick to make and delicious our Awesome Onion Soup mix helps you create a yummy spinach artichoke dip - pair it with some crusty italian bread and you've got a great holiday appetizer.

Our Awesome Onion Soup mix is all natural, preservative, MSG, gluten free, low salt AND vegetarian.  You can combine it with sour cream too for a quick dip!

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Gluten Free/Low Carb Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

On a chilly, grey fall day and with a cold settling in, I was in the mood for comfort food from my childhood.  With a little research in to other recipes online and a little trial and error, I think I came up with a pretty good gluten free and low carb nod to the traditional beef stroganoff.

Super easy and your kitchen will smell divine!
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Fennel Pollen Dusted Pork Roast

Have you tried fennel pollen?  Unreal.  It ranks (to me), right up there with truffle salt as a seasoning I just don't want to go without.  Now I am not a HUGE black licorice fan, and I know that that flavor is probably what you have in mind.  Oh no, it is so much more.  It has aptly been described as "culinary fairy dust" for its magical qualities.  Try it on just about everything, but just try it. 

Today we tried it in a slow cooker on a pork roast.  And how'd it taste?  Unreal.
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Johnny Pizza Soup

On a cold and windy day it is always nice to come home to the smell of a nice, hot soup. Spend a few minutes in the morning to prep and this delicious treat will be ready to go!
 
We've been working hard on keeping an eye on our carbs—not too much bread and certainly not pizza—so a soup with the flavor we've been missing really hit the spot!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

M. came home raving about the Chicken Tikka Masala he enjoyed at a friend's house, so I set out last Sunday to come up with a good slow cooker version, with an eye on the health factor.  (We are being careful with our simple carb intake, trying to eat local whenever possible, and also stick with natural ingredients.)
 
What to do for a good rice substitute?  We hodge-podged one together from some ideas we found online, and we LOVE cauliflower rice.  Cauliflower rice? Well, not exactly, but cut in to small bits and steamed it surely is a delicious base over which to serve the Chicken Tikka Masala.   
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It's All Greek to Me Slow Cooker Chicken

It's getting chilly here in Michigan and this time of year always makes me think about warm, yummy meals made in the Crock Pot!
 
Our It's All Greek to Me blend is a flavorful but mild blend that is great as a dry rub, to make a sauce for gyros, or my FAV use - for slow cooked chicken! We were really proud when our recipe was featured in our local YMCA fundraisre cook book this year too! Click here for the details!
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