139 articles in

FOOD & HOME

Displaying 131-139 of 139 items

Rachel Maria's Chili

Rachel Maria's Recipes

Ingredients

2-3lbs. Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
3T. Olive Oil
1 Large Yellow Onion
4 Cloves Garlic Chopped
1 Green Pepper Chopped
3-4 Stalks Celery Chopped
1-3 Jalapeño and/or Chili Peppers (optional for extra spice)
1 Pkg. Chili Seasoning
1 Large Can Chopped Tomatoes
1 Jar Salsa
½ C. Ketchup
2 T. Liquid Smoke (optional for extra heat)
¼ C. Chipotle flavoring peppers in can or marinade in bottle (optional for smoky flavor)
3 T. Sriracha (optional for extra kick)
1 Can Dark Kidney Beans
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Kernel Corn

Garnish Options

Green Onion
Sour Cream
Black Olives
Fresh Chopped Tomato

Directions

  • In a Large Pot add Olive Oil to a Med-High Flame.
  • Sauté’ Chopped Onion, Celery, all Peppers, and Garlic until translucent.
  • Add meat and break apart with wooden spoon over medium heat.
  • Add Chili Seasonings Packet and continue to stir with wooden spoon.
  • Once meat is no longer pink, stir in Chopped Tomatoes, Salsa, and Ketchup.
  • IF you prefer a little kick, heat, and smoky flavor – Sriracha, Liquid smoke, and/or Chipotle.
  • Adjust to Medium-Low.  Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse Beans and Corn in a strainer before adding for a remaining 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with Sour Cream, Green Onion, Black Olives, Tomato, and serve with Chips.

EXTRA Ordinarily Yours

Starting a Home Renovation

The House on High Street

During the past 2 weeks, we have been doing more “behind the scenes” work in preparing for the renovations of The House on High Street. Such as… completing loan applications from a few banks; interviewing contractors; building a portfolio of ideas, meeting with an architect, making dozens of lists (from budgetary to DIY project lists); and of course, arguing over just about every detail (we are learning how to have productive arguments)… 

Rachel Maria's Modified Version of Chef John's Maple-Brined Pork Loin

Rachel Maria's Recipes

**Rachel Maria modified this (already delicious and suitable) recipe by The Chef John, found here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/maple-brined-pork-loin/

**Total Prep Time: 8-10 Hrs (6-8 hours to refrigerate Pork Loin in Brine Mixture)  

Rachel Maria’s Modified Version of Chef John’s Maple-Brined Pork Loin

Ingredients

  • 2-2.5 lbs. Pork Loin
  • 4-6 Cups of Water
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbs. Tomato Paste
  • ¼ C. Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbs. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Ground Gineger
  • 2-3 Tbs. Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbs. Rosemary
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • Dijon-Syrup
  • 3 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 3 T Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine Brining Ingredients in a large bowl or container.  Whisk together.
  2. Submerge pork loin in water mixture, cover, and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°
  4. Remove pork from Brine mixture and gently pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Salt and pepper both sides of pork loin.
  6. Add 2-3 Tbs. Vegetable Oil to a cast iron (or oven-proof) skillet.
  7. On Med-High heat– Sear both sides of Pork Loin (3-5 minutes each side).
  8. Remove garlic cloves from Brine liquid and add to skillet (Discard remaining Brine Mixture)
  9. Transfer skillet to oven (uncovered)
  10. Cook for approximately 25 minutes/pound.
  11. In a small bowl, mix Dijon Mustard and Maple Syrup which together makes “Dijon Syrup”.
  12. After 40-45 Minutes: Remove Skillet from oven.  (Be careful NOT to touch the pan without oven mitts!)
  13. Pour the Dijon-Syrup on top of the pork.
  14. Place back in oven for another 10-15 minutes OR once the pork reaches an internal temperature between 145-150.
  15. After removing the pork from the oven, cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
http://lewoman.com/rachel-marias-modified-version-chef-johns-maple-brined-pork-loin/

Rachel Maria suggests serving this with Spinach & Fresh Garlic and Sweet Potatoes. Enjoy!

EXTRA Ordinarily Yours

 

Rachel Maria's Quick & Easy Shrimp Fra' Diavolo

Rachel Maria's Recipes

Recipe Yields 2-4 Servings

INGREDIENTS

* Fresh Shrimp or Frozen set in cool water until defrosted (Figure 5-7 per person)
* Garlic (3 Cloves or 10 for the Italians)
* 3 T Tomato Paste
* 1 C Red Wine
* Cubed Tomatoes (2-4 Fresh or 1 Lg. Can)
* Hot Sauce (Sriracha) OR Red Pepper Flakes
* Basil, salt, pepper,
* Your Favorite Pasta (Rachel Maria Recommends Angel Hair or Thin Spaghetti)

DIRECTIONS

* In a Saute Pan – Saute’ Garlic in on Medium High Heat in EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) until soft
* Add Tomato Paste & stir
* Pour in Red Wine & Stir
* Add Cubed Tomatoes, Hot Sauce, and seasonings
* Lower Heat.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
*Add to your favorite pasta with lots of Pecorino Romano & Your Favorite Glass of Wine

 

Rachel Maria's French-Maple Bread

Rachel Maria's Recipes

Are you ready for a knock-your-socks-off breakfast treat? Make this for company. Make this for your loved ones. Make this just because you want to eat something delicious. 

Rachel Maria’s French-Maple Bread

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

  • * Day Old Bread Loaf (French, Italian, Sesame...you name it)
  • * 3-4 Large Eggs
  • * 1/3 C Milk, Cream, or  Go Crazy with Flavored Creamer!
  • * Tsp Vanilla, Cinnamon, Nutmeg (optional)
  • * 3 T Each - Caramel & Syrup (Preferably Maple Syrup)

Instructions

  1. * Preheat Oven to 350 F
  2. * Slice Day Old Bread into 1 1/2 " Slices
  3. * Assemble Bread in a greased Baking Dish (Butter or Pam - NO Olive Oil, Italians!)
  4. * Whisk Eggs, Cream, and Seasonings in bowl
  5. * Pour over bread.  Cover with Tin Foil.  Bake for 25 Min.
  6. * In a small bowl melt (microwave for 30 sec.) Caramel & Syrup
  7. * After 25 min. of baking.  Remove Foil.  Pour Caramel Syrup on top.
  8. * Bake for 5 more min.
  9. * Serve with Fruit, Cool Whip, or why not...more maple syrup!
http://lewoman.com/rachel-marias-french-maple-bread-2/

 

 

Extraordinarily Created by,

Rachel Maria

 

Rachel G's Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms & Gravy

Rachel Maria's Recipes

Can’t take credit for this one.  (Technically, I owe credit to my Italian mamma, Rachel Gloria, for most of my own recipes because I’ve gotten most of my ideas from her!)  This is ridiculously yummy!

Recipe Yields 4-6 Servings

INGREDIENTS

* 1.5-2 lbs. Lean Ground Beef (or Beef, pork, and veal medley)
* 2 Yellow Onions chopped
* 1 Green Pepper Chopped
* 1 lb. Mushrooms sliced
* 4-6 Cloves Garlic chopped
* 2 Lg. Eggs
* 2 Cups Bread Crumbs
* 1/3 Cup Ketchup
* 2 Tbs. Sriracha (Optional for a little heat)
* 1 Tbs. EVOO, Fresh chopped Parsely, Salt & Pepper
* I Jar of Brown Gravy (or home-cooked brown gravy thickened with corn-starch)

DIRECTIONS

* Preheat Oven to 350.

* In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, saute’ chopped onions, green pepper, and garlic until translucent.

* Meanwhile in a large bowl, add breadcrumbs with 1 cup of milk or warm water to soften the breadcrumbs.

* Add ground meat, eggs, salt, and pepper, parsley, Ketchup, Sriracha,

*Add cooked onion, peppers, and garlic to the mixture.

* Mix together with your hands

* Shape into 4-6 oversized burger patties and place in a roasting pan or tin.  Cover with Foil

* Cook for 1.5 hours.

* After 1 hour of cooking add sauteed mushrooms (just add a little more EVOO to the same saucepan you cooked the onion/pepper/garlic in)

* Pour mushrooms and jar of brown gravy over the beef patties.

* Keep foil off for remaining 15-30 minutes.

* Serve with pork-n-beans and your favorite prepared mashed potatoes!

 

* All ovens vary.  Check meat every 30 minutes.  The end result will have no pink on the inside and not too much dark on the outside.

My Kitchen. My Gift.

The House on High Street

Today, as I sit here in my haven in our Beach Condo (which will be sold next week), I reflect on the bittersweet feelings in letting go and moving on. As I watch the calming waters of the ocean in front of me, listen to the seagulls around me, and breathe in the salt air… I close my eyes and begin to dream of the next chapter in my life.

We are finally buying our very own home. A 200-year old fixer-upper on a pristine street lined with trees and beautiful houses, in a quaint picturesque neighborhood. Selling this condo here is buying our home there. It’s a bittersweet exchange. No more beach view and daily walks along the ocean.  It’s time to let go, and look forward to something new

1 13 14