pork-chopsIngredients:
4 All natural thick cut bone in pork chops salt and pepper to taste 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
1 onion, chopped I use organic Texas sweet onions
1/2 pound fresh Texas cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup of good red wine (can be left out)
1 Tablespoon of cooking oil or bacon fat
1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Season pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. Preheat your cast iron over med-high heat once it is too warm to touch add 1T of cooking oil, I use bacon fat, brown the chops. Remove the pork chops add the onion and mushrooms, and sauté for one minute. Add the wine if you are choosing to use it, and stir for about 1 minute. If you choose not to add the wine add the fresh thyme and pour cream of mushroom soup over chops. Cover skillet, and add to the oven for about 15- 20 minutes, or until chops are cooked through.

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Cast Iron Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry Crust Recipe

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Chicken pot pie if it is made right taste like eating a hug! It is delicious and savory and makes you feel warm all over when it is cold outside. This recipe was adapted to add to s cast iron skillet. Being from Texas and not having one is like sacrilege. If you have been craving pot pie and have a cast iron skillet this one is a must try.  I know most know how to cook chicken so I did not include that in the recipe, you can buy rotisserie chicken from Costco or make your own using white or dark meat. Tweak it and make it your own recipes are meant to share.

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

1 lb of cooked chicken meat (your choice), cubed or shredded

1 tablespoon of cooking oil

1 medium sweet onion, diced

3 carrots, peeled and diced

1 celery stalk, diced

2 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced

3 tablespoons of unbleached organic flour

3 tablespoons of organic butter

1/2 cup of dry white wine

1 cup+ 2-3 tablespoons of homemade chicken stock, or a good one from your local grocery

1 cup of organic milk

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp garlic powder

Sea Salt, sprinkled to taste

Cracked Black Pepper, sprinkled to taste

1 package of frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed in fridge

1  egg + 1 tablespoon of water, beaten for egg wash for pastry

Equipment Needed

cast-iron skillet

mixing bowl

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and dice the onion, carrots, celery and potatoes. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium and add a tablespoon of olive oil. When that’s warmed, add the onion and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery and potatoes. Stir everything, salt & pepper to taste. Add 2-3 tablespoons of chicken stock, cover with a lid and reduce heat to medium low. Let the vegetables cook about fifteen minutes or so, or until fork tender.

When the vegetables are cooked through, remove the lid. Slowly add the flour and stir to incorporate. Then add the butter, giving it a few stirs. Pour in the wine, cook for 2-3 minutes or until it’s evaporated slightly. Then add the chicken stock and milk and cook for another few minutes. The mixture will begin to thicken.

Stir the cooked chicken, thyme, garlic powder and additional salt & pepper into the filling. Taste the sauce and add more seasoning if necessary.

Transfer the cast iron pan to the oven and heat the filling for 5-10 minutes. You want the mixture really hot so that the bottom of the puff pastry crust cooks completely.

While that’s heating, press out the puff pastry and fix any cracks or breaks in the dough with a few teaspoons of water. Beat an egg with one tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Remove the cast iron pan from the oven. Lay one sheet of the dough on the left half of the pan. Trim the excess, but let the dough hang over the pan slightly. Do the same with the other side and use the excess dough to fill in any empty spots or simply add to the top for extra crust. Slice the dough several times to allow steam to escape and brush the crust with the egg wash.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crust is properly browned.

This recipe was modified from eat, live, run. It was modified to cook in a skillet instead of a dutch oven looks great either way if you do not have a cast iron skillet go here to get the other recipe http://www.eatliverun.com/chicken-pot-pie-with-puff-pastry-crust/

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Tiramisu Recipe

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Personal Chef and Catering Austin Texas

This dessert recipe is a Texas version of a classic Italian dessert. We typically have fresh berries of all types in the spring and this is a good recipe to make use of them. You could use blueberries, strawberries and of course some lovely Fredricksberg Peaches too. I prefer to use organic raspberries I think it tastes superb, and the dessert looks really classy when finished and of course it tastes good too. This dessert is a nice dish to serve for a casual or upscale party or event, and you would not be denied entry to any party when bringing this desert. You could make these in individual cups, I have used this dessert for catering and will have these available individually at Chef Pogue’s Farm To Fork in the spring. Enjoy!

Ingredients
4 cups of fresh organic raspberries
2 cups fresh heavy cream
9 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
2/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup (4 ounces) mascarpone cheese
2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers, split
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
2 packages (3 ounces each) ladyfingers, split
Milk or dark chocolate shavings, optional

Directions

1. You will want to heat your white chocolate and have it cooling before you start so it will be ready to work into the recipe.
2. In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream until you have formed soft peaks, be careful not to make butter. In another bowl, beat both the cream and marscapone cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in the cooled white chocolate, and the confectioners’ sugar and the vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract can be used it is just not as flavorful). Gently fold in your whipped cream until incorporated.
3. Brush half of the ladyfingers with half of the orange juice; arrange in a 13×9-in. dish. Spread with 2 cups cream cheese mixture; top with half of the raspberries.
4. Brush remaining ladyfingers with remaining orange juice; arrange over the berries. Spread the remaining sugar and cream cheese mixture over the ladyfingers. Top with the remaining raspberries. Refrigerate until serving.
**If desired, you can add dark or milk chocolate shavings before serving.
Yield: 15 servings.

10 Facts About Cast Iron Cookware

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Personal Chef and Catering Austin Texas

Cooks seeking alternatives to toxic non-stick cookware often find themselves in a bind. Stainless steel, which seems to be the healthiest alternative, is expensive, and it does not lend itself well to cooking eggs, pancakes and other dishes that non-stick cookware typically excels at. If you have not yet discovered the benefits of cast iron cooking, here are 10 reasons to buy and use a cast iron skillet.

1. Avoid Toxic Fumes– Replacing a non-stick skillet with a cast iron one allows you to avoid the toxic fumes that accompany most non-stick cookware. Cast iron can also replace aluminum cookware, which may also pose health hazards.
2. Use in oven – Besides the stove, you can use a cast iron skillet in the oven, at any temperature. This comes in handy for making corn bread, frittatas, and flat bread.
3. Nonstick – Surprisingly, a preheated cast iron skillet rivals the qualities of non-stick cookware, as long as it is properly seasoned and cared for. You can quickly move up this short learning curve by talking with employees at your local cookware store or by reading a book or Internet article about cast iron care.
4. Easy Clean up– Cast iron is easy to clean up. Not only does food easily lift off from cast iron cookware, soap is not needed or recommended, since it erodes the seasoning.
5. Health Benefits- You can actually boost your iron intake from eating food cooked in cast iron cookware. This vital mineral is crucial for maintaining energy levels, and it helps strengthen immune systems.
6. Inexpensive- Cooks looking to replace non-stick cookware often investigate stainless steel. However, a high-end, 12-inch stainless skillet runs well over $100, while a similar-sized cast iron one costs less than $30.
7. Food Cooks Beautifully– Using a cast iron skillet you can create restaurant-quality, homemade fish sticks, potato pancakes and French toast, complete with golden brown, crispy exteriors. Contrast this with non-stick cookware, which makes browning nearly impossible.
8. Sturdy/Wears well- Since it does not scratch, there is no need to use plastic utensils, and there is no fear of using your silverware to stir or scoop. It lasts for so long that many people still use cast iron cookware inherited from their parents and grandparents.
9. Any heat source can be used– In an emergency, cast iron cookware can be used over any heat source. As such, many disaster planning lists include cast iron as the survival cookware of choice.
10. Proven over years – It has been used for thousands of years. Natural News readers already understand how new technologies are often the least healthy, while those used by earlier generations are often more beneficial and more in line with how we are designed. Our cookware choice is no exception.
The Drawbacks of Cast Iron…Although there are many benefits to cast iron cooking, make sure to understand the drawbacks before you start: cast iron pans are very heavy; they require intentional maintenance in order to keep them rust-free and non-stick; and care is needed if you have a glass-top stove.
With that in mind, they’re still a great choice. Once you take the plunge, you will wonder why it took you so long to start!

Looking for a recipe for cast iron steak? Easy Cast Iron Beef Tenderloin

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Blend Recipe

Personal Chef and Catering Austin Texas

Pumpkin Spice Powder

Do you love the taste of pumpkin spice? You can add this to your coffee blend, or a compound butter, or syrup. It has many possibilities. It is a combination of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove. You could add it to your mulling spice blend to give it a little extra spice as well. This is definitely a holiday favorite for all pumpkin spice lovers!

Ingredients
3 T Cinnamon (I actually oven roast the bark and grind my own)
2 T Allspice
2 T Nutmeg
1 T Ground Cloves
1/2 t Organic Ginger

Directions
If you desire to grind your own cinnamon bark I suggest finding it at your local Asian or Indian Market or Grocery Store. Take the bark out of the package, place on baking sheet and roast until it is nice a brown and moisture is removed. Remove from oven and let cool completely! (I have ruined several coffee grinders during this process if they are not completely cooled) once ground you will mix the spices and place in an airtight jar or tin. If you want to add this to a syrup for holiday pancakes, or a butter for a banana nut bread it all works just fine! Enjoy.

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Sweet Sriracha Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Tacos

Asian Pulled Pork Tacos

Personal Chef Austin Texas

Ingredients:
2-3 pounds pork shoulder roast
1 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
3 Tablespoons of sriracha chili sauce
8 flour or corn tortillas
1/2 cup small diced carrots
1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup of honey
1-2 scallions cut and use the green part into 1/4 inch pieces
1-2 toes of garlic crushed and minced
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon of fresh lime juice (save the rest for a little squeeze on the finished product if you wish)

Directions:
Place pork shoulder roast in the crock pot fat cap side up if there is one, trim the excess. Add the brown sugar, salt and honey to the soy and water and mix to try and dissolve it just a bit. Add the sriracha, ginger and garlic to the soy mixture and give that a little stir to blend in the flavors a bit. Pour the liquid over the pork roast and then add the carrots and cilantro on top of the roast. Cover ; cook on LOW 8 hours or until meat is tender. Remove pork from slow cooker and shred the roast using 2 forks. Add 1/2 cup cooking juices to moisten pork and more if needed. Serve on a warm tortilla with the sriracha slaw mix/ DELISH!!!!

** Slaw garnish or topping for pulled pork taco: 1 package of cole slaw mix, 1 Tablespoon of frech cilantro rough chop, 1 Tablespoon of sriracha, and 1/4 cup of mayo. Mix the srirachi with the mayo and then fold into your cilantro slaw or cabbage mix serve on top of your tacos when ready to grub down! You can also add a fresh squeeze of lime and some sweet onion slices if you wish. These are some of my favorite things to eat!

Central Texas Slow Cooker Rosemary Pot Roast

Personal Chef Austin Texas

Rosemary Pot Roast
Anyone from the Central Texas or The Hill Country area knows that there is rosemary in abundance. I love fresh rosemary and I have it growing everywhere and I have propagated plants to make even more plants. That is how much I love rosemary! They say that rosemary has many healing qualities as well as it helps keep bugs away too anyone here knows about those killer Texas Mosquitoes.

Pot Roast however is one of the all time favorite comfort foods and most people in the US absolutely love it. It has been a staple for many and also ways for moms to hide a few vegetables into their children’s diets. I really love the flavor of a good pot roast and vegetables medley with a hint of rosemary. Here is my pot roast recipe that I find is a really easy one to prepare and if you prefer not to have the red wine in it you can omit it from the recipe. The alcohol cooks off but it gives it a more rounded flavor if you do add it to the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat cut into 2 inch size pieces
3-4 cans of beef broth
4 small gold or red potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces
1-2 cups water
1-2 cups of baby carrots, rinsed
1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup of red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary, rinsed and patted dry
2 sprig fresh thyme rinsed and patted dry
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

Use about 2 Tablespoons of butter and rub the inside of your crock pot to ease the cleanup and to add some extra flavor. Add all of the veggies starting with the carrots and onions first then the potatoes. Add the meat and add the garlic powder, salt and pepper, then pour in the beef broth and wine. Add the tomato paste to the water and stir a bit to incorporate the paste in to a soluble and then pour on top of the already added items. Add the fresh rosemary and thyme and cover.

Cook on HIGH 4 hours or on LOW 8 hours or until beef is tender. If you are using the higher setting you will need to monitor so you do not run it out of water/broth. You do not want to burn. When meat is tender turn off the crock pot and let rest for about 10- 20 minutes and then serve. Enjoy.