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slowcooked pork & bean chili

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, slowcooker, snacks on 02.26.12 at 4:16 pm

hello, slowcooker sunday! comfort food on a snowy, lazy sunday? sign me up.

and what’s great about this recipe is that you likely won’t need to run to the grocery store for the ingredients. i’m guessing you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. you can prep the chili for the slowcooker and then smell the lovely slowcooker aroma while you curl up on the sofa with your fave book. now, how’s that for a pretty stellar snow day? :)

the pork:
– heat up 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (evoo) in a large saucepan on high heat
– brown 1/2 white onion (peeled, rough chop) in pan
– add a dash of sea salt
– add 500g lean ground pork to onions
– sprinkle 1 tsp ancho chile spice
– lightly drizzle hot sauce
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– sauté ground pork until browned, but not fully cooked
– remove from heat & set aside, while prepping other ingredients for the slowcooker

the beans:
– 1 can (approx 500mL) white kidney beans

(tip: best to drain canned beans in a colander under cold running water to remove any starchy residue.)

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slowcooked honey pork ribs

In appetizers, culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, slowcooker, snacks on 02.02.12 at 9:58 pm

and the meat falls right off the bone…

there are heaps of rave reviews out there by slowcooker enthusiasts who sing the praises of slowcooked ribs. after this delish culinary experiment with pork ribs, i’m a believer. :)

many cooks turn to montreal steak spice as a rub for steaks… this time around, i thought this seasoning staple would make for a fantastic culinary experiment with slowcooked pork ribs… hello!

montreal steak spice is a blend of pepper, salt, coriander, dill, mustard seeds, dehydrated garlic and onions, red pepper flakes, rosemary, thyme, paprika and caraway seeds. check out the fantastic specks of colour it adds to the food prep. beauty.

slowcook the ribs:
add the following ingredients into a medium slowcooker and stir to combine well.
simmer on high heat in the slowcooker for approx 5-5.5 hours.

– 1.5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
– drizzle of honey
– dash of sea salt
– 1 rack of meaty pork ribs (split into 2-3 portions)
– sprinkle 2 tsp montreal steak spice (divided) over pork ribs
– add 1/2 cup sparkling water (instead of soda)
– add 2/3 water (divided)
– drizzle of honey

note: recommend not leaving the slowcooker unattended. you will need to stir ingredients occasionally and lift the slowcooker lid slightly to release steam occasionally during the slowcooking process, so it’s best to stay nearby. be sure to follow the safety instructional manual that came with your particular model of slowcooker.

food styling:
– nosh on these slowcooked ribs on their own
– or pair them with brown rice or homemade coleslaw

looking for some healthy snacks for your next gameday or superbowl party? check out these simple recipes to feed a crowd!

ancho chile black bean chili

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch, slowcooker, snacks on 11.30.11 at 9:16 pm

snow day? hello, comfort food. nothing like a winter storm to make you crave some slowcooked goodness. this hearty slowcooked chili will warm you up and have you coming back for seconds. it did for me. :)

what’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need to run to the grocery store for the ingredients. i’m guessing you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. you can prep the chili for the slowcooker and then smell the lovely slowcooker aroma while you curl up on the sofa. now how’s that for a pretty stellar snow day?

the ancho chile beef:
– heat up 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (evoo) in a large saucepan on high heat
– brown 2 large shallots (peeled, rough chop) in pan
– add a dash of sea salt
– add 500g lean ground beef to shallots
– sprinkle 1 tsp ancho chile spice
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– sauté ground beef until browned, but not fully cooked
– remove from heat & set aside, while prepping other ingredients for the slowcooker

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