June 26, 2013

Philly’s Other (Better) Sandwich – America’s Best?

Men’s Journal contests the notion that Philly’s culinary claim to fame is the cheesesteak sandwich. But if you are slightly repulsed by the idea of Cheez Whiz running down your chin, consider the contender for Philly’s best sandwich: the Roast Pork Sandwich. The pork is slow-cooked in its own juices and topped with provolone and broccoli rabe or spinach. Take a ride on the Reading Terminal Market and head to Tommy Dinic’s for his version that Travel Channel raved it is the best sandwich in America?!

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June 13, 2013

Savory Rolled Rib Roast – Try It Nicely Browned

Preparing a rib roast for ordinary days sounds like time-spending, but not for the kitchen adventurer. In fact, there are home cooks who prefer it slow roasted. Perhaps you have heard of this Savory Rolled Rib Roast Recipe for a million times, but have you ever tried preparing one that’s nicely browned, or seared?

When rib roast has been boned, rolled, and tied up, we call it rolled rib roast. Roasting can be excellent for a large, tender cut of beef, such as rib or rump, rolled-rump, sirloin tip, eye-of-round, when it is arranged in a roasting pan with the rib right-side down and fat-side up. So the difference could be on how it is arranged, cooking time per pound and basting.

Rolled rib roast is very flavorful and you want to create your own perfect rolled rib roast recipe. Try it now with the same recipe.

01 Savory Rolled Rib Roast (Beef and Veal)

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried leaf marjoram
1/4 cup flour
5 to 6 lb rolled beef roast of beef
2 onions, chopped
6 slices bacon
1 cup dry red table wine or consomme
6 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
3 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper

Directions

Heat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degree C). Have roasting pan ready. Combine garlic, 2 tsp (10 ml) salt, 1 tsp (5 ml) pepper, marjoram and flour. Rub into meat on all sides. Put roast in roasting pan and bring in hot oven. Turn heat down to 325 degree F (160 C) and cook until roast is brown on all sides. Remove roast from oven.

Sprinkle onions over roast. Lay strips of bacon over onions on top of roast and pour wine or consomme over all. Return to oven and roast 25 to 30 minutes per pounds for medium rare. To be sure, use a thermometer:

Rare 140 F (60 degree C), medium 160 F (70 C), well-done 176 F (76 C). Baste often during roasting.

Here is guide for slow roasting roast beef with a crust. Click here.

Add potatoes, tomatoes, and parsley to roasting pan about 1 hour before roast should be done. Sprinkle vegetables with salt and pepper. Lift meat and potatoes out onto a hot platter when they are done. Strain dripping left in pan, pressing through as much of he potato pulp as possible. Return to roasting pan and heat on top of stove, scraping up all browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Add wine or boiling water to make about 3 cups (750 ml) liquid in pan. Thicken by stirring in a little flour and water mixed together. Taste and season and serve as gravy with roast and potatoes. Don’t forget that a good roasting pan is one that is easy to use when oven-roasting meat, poultry, potatoes and vegetables, then transfer it to the stovetop for creating savory gravies or pan sauces from drippings.

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June 12, 2013

Quick and Easy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

This Roasted Red Pepper recipe is all about a very quick and easy to prepare pasta dish. If you have the time to roast the red peppers yourself on the stove top, do so. If not, you can by jarred roasted red peppers and they work fine as well. For the recipe itself, start with the pasta, add diced onion garlic, red peppers and butter, add them all up and blend.

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May 22, 2013

Cranberry Roast

A cranberry roast can be a delicious meal, and can easily be created in just a few easy steps. The ingredients for a cranberry roast should include roast (suggested is pork), sugar, cranberry juice, dry mustard, and ground cloves. The roast should also be cooked in a slow cooker for six to eight hours, or at least until the meat is tender.

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May 6, 2013

Roasted Chicken with Bacon & Sweet Paprika – Fifty Shades of Chicken

This is a fun (yes I said, “Fun”) recipe. It combines the very popular book “Fifty Shades of Gray”, with a recipe for chicken. Although I’ve never read Fifty Shades of Grey, I was intrigued with the subjective thoughts and tongue-in-cheek humor. The recipe I chose falls under the heading – Chicken with a Lardon – yep, read into what you will. Very witty, a MUST READ and cook.

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Roasted Chicken with Bacon & Sweet Paprika – Fifty Shades of Chicken

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April 16, 2013

Blazin’ Short Rib Tacos with Roasted Peppers

Tender, melt-in-your-mouth braised short ribs are probably among the best. Meat here is very flavorful. You may add lime, sour cream, and salsa on tortillas for a great meal. I do prefer other taco recipes that I have made over this one. I think you will have a lot of leftover meat from this recipe, so now to decide what to incorporate it in.

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Ingredients

-2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
-4 (6-ounce) boneless short ribs
-Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
-1 onion, sliced
-3 tablespoons minced garlic
-2 chipotles, minced
-1/2 cup hot salsa
-1 quart beef stock
-1 jar fire roasted whole red peppers, drained and patted dry
-1 jar fire roasted whole yellow peppers, drained and patted dry
-1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
-4 to 6 flour tortillas
-2 limes, cut in wedges, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the oil. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper, to taste. Add short ribs to pan, 1 at a time, and sear on all sides until nicely browned. Remove them from the pan to a platter.

Use the same Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, add the onions. Cook until the onions are well caramelized, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and mix well. Stir in the chipotles, salsa, stock and salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, then add the short ribs and cover. Put the pot in the oven and braise the ribs until the meat is fork tender, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Remove the ribs from the oven and shred the meat with 2 forks. Slice the peppers into thin strips and put them in a bowl along with the cilantro. Warm the tortillas in the oven. Assemble the fajitas with the desired amount of short rib meat and top with peppers.

Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

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March 31, 2013

Roasted Tomato & Garlic Crostini with White Truffle Sea Salt

Learn one simple, delicious white truffle sea salt recipe, and discover all the important facts you need to know to incorporate truffles into your culinary repertoire. White truffles, black truffles, whole and thinly-shaved truffles, each variety and preparation style brings out a new flavor from this versatile mushroom . With the right combination, you can transform an ordinary dish into something elegant and unique.

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Roasted Tomato & Garlic Crostini with White Truffle Sea Salt

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March 28, 2013

Marinated Roasted Prawns

This prawn recipe requires a little work. To shell, twist the head off and rinse under cool running water, then peel away the shell from the thick end, working down to the tail. The very end of the tail can be left on for appearance.

[Editor’s Note: For those that feel like getting a little mucky preparing prawns, using a knife with sharp slim pointed blade can make it very simple peeling and de-veining them.]

You remove the vein down the back of the prawn. Using a sharp knife, make a slit down the middle of the outside curve and pull out the dark coloured vein. Rinse under cold water to clean. The next step is stir-frying. Enjoy your Marinated Roasted Prawns.

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March 14, 2013

Spinach and Gorgonzola Stuffed Flank Steak

Now let’s make a special weekend dinner, Flank Steak Stuffed with Spinach and Gorgonzola Cheese. Prepare the steak by pounding it to the correct thickness. For the filling, use shallots, spinach, olive oil, fresh bread crumbs and cheese. Fill rolls and twines the steak to prepare it for pan searing. After roasting the stuffed steak in the oven, we will slice the steak for a beautiful presentation, just like how Giangi made it.

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Spinach and Gorgonzola Stuffed Flank Steak

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March 11, 2013

Honey and Thyme British Style Scones

If you think you know scones, think again. Not only making the best scones you’ve ever tasted, but learning the difference between British and American scones. These scones just look amazing, and with the step by step process on how to make them, people may be saying that your scones are the best they have ever tasted. It would not take you hours to get started if you know how to make cream for scones.

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Honey and Thyme British Style Scones

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