8/5/22

Grilled Pork - Carne Asada Style - and perfect in tortillas with cheese, sour cream and avocado

 


I posted this recipe previously in 2013 using thin sliced steak.  That's what I usually use, but I did it differently this time and loved it - and I liked a different way of cooking it this time as well. 

I used a pork roast I had cut from a large pork loin I bought at Sam's Club.   It had a nice layer of fat on the back/bottom so I sliced thin slices of meat, but only 'to' the fat - not through it.  This made a fanned out piece of meat with the slices forming the fan, but attached on the very bottom with the layer of fat.  I placed this in the marinade in a glass dish, flipped it a couple times to get it covered in marinade, then let it set overnight.

The next day I grilled it, and it was really nice to have it fan out to cook; no pieces falling through the grates.  I grilled it on both sides, flipping when needed, until the meat was done through.  I let it set about 10 minutes, then sliced off the fat back (which had blackened nicely from the grill yet protected the meat) and then sliced the meat through to serve on low-carb flour tortillas with cheese and sour cream.
 
 
Here is the recipe as posted in 2013.  I doubled it this time and used amino acids in place of soy sauce and added a jalapeno from the garden that had turned ripe and red hot.
 
 
Carne Asada Marinade

1/2 c soy sauce or amino acids
3 garlic cloves, minced or chopped
1 T vinegar
1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped fine
1/3 c lime juice
1/4 c lemon juice
1/2 t either chipotle seasoning or cayenne
1 T (scant) chili powder, cumin and paprika
3/4 t dried oregano
1/4 c fresh parsley (you can use cilantro)
1/2 c oil (preferably olive oil)
pepper (about 1/2 t) but not salt as the soy sauce is very salty

Place all in a ziploc baggy (double bag) or in a ceramic or glass container, and add about 2 pounds thin steaks or other meat.  Let marinade overnight.  Grill until done, slice across the grain and serve.  I opted to serve with tortillas, salsa, sour cream, cheese, avocados and lettuce.  
















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8/3/22

Homemade Butter - got extra whipping cream? Make butter using just a mason jar

 

The little guy is napping a bit longer than I expected and I have a couple minutes so I'm putting a quick post up using the photos from my Instagram story/posts today! 

Homemade butter!  I make this once in a while but with the cost of whipping cream being what it is, I'm not really saving money to make it myself so I just buy it.  However, sometimes I have extra whipping cream leftover from other recipes and making homemade butter is one of the ways I use it up.  It will take about 10 minutes or so and use nothing more than your leftover whipping cream (heavy cream) and a glass jar with a lid.

 
Homemade Butter
(It's actually just home-shaken butter....)

Heavy Whipping Cream - any amount but it's best if you have at least 3/4 of a cup

Place the cream in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Start to shake it.
Continue to shake it.
Keep shaking it.
It will turn thick, then will blend together to form whipped cream.
Keep shaking it.
Just when you are thinking you are bored and 'done' and there are other things you could be doing right now....
You'll hear it separate!  You'll hear the sloshing sound of liquid and a little thump of solid butter!
Open the container and you now have buttermilk and butter.
Remove the solid butter. Use the buttermilk for any other use (ranch dressing or bread!) or just drink it if you like buttermilk.
Add about 1/2 cup ice cold water to a bowl of butter and knead the butter a bit, working out the excess liquid - a cloudy, watery liquid.
If you want to add salt at this time go ahead and add a little dash to taste (amount depends on how much butter you made.)  Pour off the excess liquid and use your homemade butter!

That's it!  You made butter.

whipping cream in a jar
 
 
 
That awesome sloshing sound you've been waiting for that means your butter has separated from the liquid and you have made butter!



Open the jar and see your butter!
 
 
 
Poured out into a bowl.  Drain it and add your ice water to knead it and work it a bit to get out excess buttermilk liquid.
  Butter!


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7/31/22

Sugar-Free, Low Carb... Vanilla Cupcakes and Chocolate Cupcakes - including a 'copycat' Hostess Cupcake version

 

Vanilla Cupcakes - low carb, sugar-free
















 

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7/30/22

By request - reposting a couple 'old' recipes: Slow Cooked Roast Beef in the Crock Pot, and a Homemade Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup

By request - I'm putting a link front and center for an "OLD" recipe - posted in 2016 that a reader wanted me to repost so she could find it easier.  :)

Slow Cooked Roast that Makes it's Own Gravy    - this is the one with the Lipton Soup Mix envelope (or as I do - making my own with beef bouillon, minced onions, celery seed....)

 

 

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Since I was looking through some old recipes I thought I'd add these as well - no reason.

Homemade Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup 

Pot Roast - Crock Pot Cooked with Mushrooms and Green Onions

 


 

 

 

 

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7/17/22

Chocolate Seashells - White and chocolate edible beach shells, homemade and so pretty

 Homemade Chocolate Seashells, all edible chocolate

Homemade Chocolate Seashells - An American Housewife
  

We have a small family gathering coming up and I decided to go with a simple 'beach theme'.  I got it in my head I wanted simple Belgian Chocolate Shells as well.  

Umm, it's mid July and it's HOT.  Like, 100 degrees hot.  There is no way I am ordering chocolates to be delivered as they would be a gooey mess when they arrived and a complete waste of money.  However, shells would go so well with the theme that I decided I would just make my own.

If you are a regular reader, you know I hate working with chocolate.  I hate chocolate to begin with, but I hate working with it even more.  It's messy and takes up a bunch of bowls, spatulas, utensils and space. It's messy.  So messy.  And I hate cleaning up the bowls and dishes after.  I just hate everything about chocolate.

But darnit, I wanted chocolate seashells for the dessert table.  So, I quickly ordered some molds, used Candy Melts I already have (keep) on hand, and whipped up these white and chocolate candy seashells in about 25-30 minutes, start to finish, including clean-up.

 
 Vanilla and chocolate candy melts - edible seashells
 
 
 
I bought two sets of molds.  The first was the well-known Wilton clear plastic molds you can buy at any Walmart, any Michaels, etc. as well as any store that sells candy making supplies.  But I also ordered some silicone molds.  I really love how this particular set of molds turned out...   

 
The molds filled with melted chocolate candies 

 
I opted to use white and chocolate but obviously you could make them any color you wish.
I used just a tiny bit of edible gold sprinkle powder/glitter on some as well. 

 
I put them into the refrigerator for about 5 minutes and then popped them out of their molds. 
 


I like the shells from the pink silicone molds better than the smaller shells from the hard plastic molds but they are both nice!

 
 
Comparing them:  the first is the silicone mold edible seashells 

 
 
And the Wilton mold edible seashells
 

 

Here are some close ups






Edible homemade chocolate shells



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Chocolate Seashells - edible chocolate shells

Links to products used in this post - Available through Amazon

Candy Melts melt very quickly, easily and smoothly.  I also had some regular chocolate chips on hand for the brown shell details; I melted but they do not melt as easy, and it hardens so quickly.  Candy Melts are much easier to use.  I keep them on hand in many different colors.


Wilton Light Cocoa and Bright White Candy Melts Candy Set, Vanilla & Chocolate Candy Melts


These are the exact silicone shell molds I used; I actually linked directly to them from my own personal order so it's the same seller as well.  There are a lot of the same or similar molds on Amazon though so I suspect it's the same molds with many different sellers or under many names as they are of course, from China.


Seashell Silicone Mold


 

 

I also bought this Wilton seashell candy mold at the same time.  It was fine but I admit I like the details of the other molds better.  I'm mixing both of them together though, for shells of all shapes and sizes so it works out well to have a variety.


Wilton Seashell Candy and lollipop Mold 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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