Poutine Recipe March Madness Party Appetizer

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Since our Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Tournament came to a screeching halt last weekend with a heart breaking loss to Notre Dame, I’m less than exited about having a party for the final four this weekend.   However, I will still be checking out the game, and I’m going to need some tasty treats to satisfy my cravings. Lately I’ve been obsessed with poutine. This slightly dirty sounding dish is a Canadian classic. French fries topped with gooey cheese curds and gravy. What could be better? Well, Jena and I set out to attempt that very task.  Make poutine better.  As luck would have it, we come from Wisconsin, so cheese curds are really another food group unto themselves. We have access to the best cheese curds in the country. They are also available in many flavors. Cajun, garlic and chive, even bloody mary flavored cheese curds. So, by adding Wisconsin cheese curds, we’re already taking it up a notch.
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If we wanted a better poutine though, it was going to require more than an upgrade in cheese curds. It’s Spring, so that means barbecue. Pulled pork seemed like a natural for poutine, so we added some homemade pulled pork to the list. Since I wanted something easy to make, my normal process of smoking a pork butt for 12 hours in my smoker seemed a little overkill, so instead I simply rubbed about two pounds of boneless pork roast with about a quarter cup of a sugar and paprika mixture. A 50/50 blend works fine. Add a teaspoon of salt and rub it all over the pork. Add it to a slow cooker with a half a pound of smoked sausage, a cup of water or beer, and about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. stir, cover and cook on low for about 5 hours or until mixture can be pulled apart with a fork. I added smoked sausage pieces to the mix to add some smokey flavor to the pork since I wasn’t smoking it myself. You can bypass this whole step by using any prepared pulled pork you want. If you have a favorite barbecue joint, this would be the time to get take out. When the pork is tender, remove the roast and sausage, let it cool, then use the liquid to make the sauce by straining the fat off the top and adding 1/4 cup ketchup, a couple tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of prepared beef gravy. Cook the mixture on high until hot and thickened slightly. Pull the pork with a couple of forks, or roughly chop it with a knife. Add it back to the sauce and keep warm until needed.

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Since we are doing kind of a southern barbecue version of poutine, what better way to spruce it up than by substituting sweet potatoes for the russet potatoes? Sweet potatoes have a nice, sweet flavor that goes great with barbecue. If you want to make your own, feel free. I hate deep frying in the house, so we went with the oven baked version. The only step left was to put it all together. Make a nice pile of sweet potato fries on a platter or baking sheet. Scatter about a cup of cheese curds of your choice over the top. Place in a 200 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the curds are nice and soft. Remove from the oven, spoon a healthy portion of the pork and sauce mixture over the top and have at it. Whether you’re watching the final four games or golf, or enjoying a warm spring weekend (we’re expecting snow), this pulled pork poutine will be the real winner, and you’ll thank me for it. until next time, cook with love and live to cook.

Jim & Jena.

 

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Smokey sausage, pulled pork, sweet potatoes, cheese curds and barbecue gravy combine to create the ultimate indulgent appetizer for the next big game. Add some beers and your good to go.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
  • 1.5 lbs. Boneless pork roast
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 C. Water
  • ½ Lb. Smoked sausage link
  • ¼ C. Ketchup
  • ½ C. Prepared beef gravy
  • 1 lb. Frozen sweet potato fries
  • 1 C. White cheddar cheese curds
Instructions
  1. Combine paprika, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Rub over pork, then place in a 2 quart slow cooker. Add water and smoked sausage. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until pork is fork tender. Remove pork and sausage and set aside while making the sauce.
  2. For the sauce, skim the fat off the top of the remaining cooking liquid, then add ketchup and gravy. Stir to combine. cook on high until hot and thickened. Pull pork apart with 2 forks or roughly chop with a knife. Add pork and sausage back to prepared sauce and fold in with a spatula. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  3. Prepare sweet potato fries according to package directions until crisp and hot in a shallow pan or baking sheet lined with non stick foil.
  4. Top fries with cheese curds and keep warm in the oven until curds are soft.
  5. Top with meat and sauce mixture and serve.

 

LOVONI - Be still my beating heart! OMG! This recipe sounds incredible!

DIY Marble Bird Place Card Holder & Easter Decor

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Happy Good Friday! Here to share with you a place card holder made out of clay, and some design tips for a Spring table. Having a bunch of people over for Easter? Make these easy place card holders we designed to save your seat!

To make these beautiful, easy-to-create birds, we tied-in our previous post of Concrete-Marble Easter Eggs made using the same clay technique.

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You will need:
Oven-bake clay (white, grey and black)
Paper
Pen

1. Grab a large chunk of white clay, one-fourth piece of grey clay, and just a pinch of the black clay. Roll out the white clay into three pieces, the grey clay into two and the black into one. Pair each white piece with either a grey or black piece of clay.

2. Roll and twist all three pieces separately. Fold over, twist and roll three more times.

3. Join the three pieces. Twist, roll, fold and repeat three times and then coil and smash them together in a ball.

4. Divide the clay into two equal parts and roll them into an egg shape.

5. Place a finger in the middle (the back of the bird) of the egg, and pull the smaller front portion of the egg up, forming a head.

6. Using your fingers as a forceps, pinch the head to make a beak for the bird. Cut a slit in the beak using a thick piece of paper, such as a business card.

7. Pinch the very back end of the bird, to give the bird a little tail, pointing to the sky. Tweak your bird as you prefer.

8. Bake per your oven-bake clay instructions, or for 30min at 375 if it does not specify.

9. Add a piece of paper, cut into a ribbon shape

10. Write your guest’s name on the paper and place in the bird’s mouth.

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For designing our Easter table, we utilized a concrete and marble look for the decorations, and used hints of green color around the table to remind people of Spring.

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How will you design and decorate this year? Leave a comment below, we would love to hear your ideas!

Thank you for checking out our latest entertaining post. until next time, don’t wait for a special occasion – create one!

Jena and Jim

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DIY Marble and Concrete Easter Egg Craft

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Here we go!  I have been thinking A LOT about our Easter decor this year.  I am so excited to share with you what we came up with… Clay-marble and concrete Easter eggs!

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You will need:
Plastic eggs for molds
Concrete mix
Grey paint
Oven-bake clay (white, grey and Black)

1. Start stirring water into the concrete to achieve a somewhat crumbly mixture. Loosely pour the mixture into the plastic Easter egg halves. Do not fill completely and leave a rough edge. Do not let it harden all the way, or it will be difficult to remove. I tapped mine out of the mold after a few hours.

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2. Grab a large chunk of white clay, one-fourth piece of grey clay, and just a pinch of the black clay. Roll out the white clay into three pieces, the grey clay into two and the black into one. Pair each white piece with either a grey or black piece of clay.

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3. Roll and twist all three pieces separately. Fold over, twist and roll three more times.

4. Join the three pieces. Twist, roll, fold and repeat three times and then coil and smash them together in a ball.
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5. Divide the clay into four equal parts and roll them into balls.

6. Take a ball and make a mini pinch pot. Cup it around the dried concrete end and smudge together.
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7. Bake per your oven-bake clay instructions, or for 30min at 375 if it does not specify.

8. Mix some grey paint and water. Wash the paint over the concrete and you are done!

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Stay tuned for more this week on our intriguing mix of concrete and marble Easter tablescape.

Thank you for checking out our latest entertaining post. until next time, don’t wait for a special occasion – create one!

Jena and Jim
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Lori - You come up with the most brilliant ideas! These are gorgeous!

Pang - What a fantastic idea!!! Those eggs are beautiful. 🙂

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St. Patty’s Day Corned Beef Pot Pie

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Top o’ the morning to ya and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day as well.  Before I throw on me green attire and start eatin me Lucky Charms, I thought I’d give ya a little golden recipe known as the St. Patty’s Day Corned Beef Pot Pie. It’s filled with all the wonderful treats we Irish love so much. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, onions, swiss cheese, thousand island dressing and caraway seeds.  Alright, alright, I need to stop this madness. First, let’s be honest, I don’t write with an Irish accent. Nobody does that. Heck, I’m not even Irish. I’m mostly British, which I found out a few years ago. I thought I was Irish and loved St. Patrick’s Day and all the traditions that went with it. Mostly the green beer, the food, the goofy old Irish songs and the talking like a leprechaun all day.  Then I found out I wasn’t Irish.  It kind of took the wind out of my sails with celebrating this holiday.

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Let’s be honest though, St. patrick’s Day is another holiday that Americans use as an excuse for consuming copious amounts of green colored beer, eating massive amounts of so called Irish food, while playing Irish sounding music, while wearing green colored clothing with shamrocks painted on their faces. People of Ireland don’t eat corned beef, and they would never dream of ruining their beer by putting artificial green color in it. They are more likely to celebrate this day eating pork than beef. In fact, it was us Brits (did I just call myself a Brit.?, lol) that invented corned beef. The Irish considered the cow sacred. Cows weren’t eaten unless they were no longer of any use in the fields. Ireland only started producing corned beef for Britain because their tax on the salt needed to cure the beef was one tenth of what it was in Britain. Imagine that, people working around high taxes by going somewhere else to get what they wanted cheaper. Hmmm, I think a certain country was started by this same concept back in the 1600’s?

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Well, you may not be Irish, and you may not like getting hammered while listening to Celtic music, but Jena and I think you’ll love this St. Patty’s Day Pot Pie. It’s a great way to use up the leftover corned beef and cabbage you’ll have in the fridge tomorrow. Or, you can make it your new tradition every year. Personally, I think it tastes better, but what do I know, I’m British. Until next time, remember to Cook with love and live to cook.

Jim & Jena

 

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This pot pie combines all the flavors we Americans love to associate with St. Patrick's Day. Corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, thousand island dressing and swiss cheese enrobed in a flaky crust.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 C. Small yellow potatoes, cubed
  • 3 C. Reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 C. Chopped sweet onion
  • 1¼ C. Sliced carrots
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 2 C. Savor or green cabbage, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 C. Cooked Corned beef, shredded or cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 C. Thousand island dressing
  • ½ C. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp. Cracked black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Box Refrigerated pie crust dough (enough for 2 crusts)
  • 2 Tbsp. Rye flour, optional
  • 1 tsp. caraway seeds, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan or dutch oven, simmer potatoes in chicken broth until barely cooked through (about 10 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium skillet over medium heat until melted. Add onions, carrots and garlic and cook until carrots are crisp tender.
  3. Add cabbage and cook an additional minute or until softened.
  4. Stir in flour and cook for about 4 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Add potatoes and broth mixture and stir until thickened.
  6. Stir in dressing, cheese and pepper. Cook until cheese is melted and mixture is thick.
  7. Fold in cooked corned beef and remove pan from heat to let cool. Transfer mixture to a container, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until completely cooled.
  8. Meanwhile, remove pie dough from refrigerator and let rest for 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle half of the rye flour onto a clean surface and unroll one pie dough over flour. Sprinkle with half of the caraway seeds, then roll pie crust out until circle is about an inch bigger.
  10. Place in pie pan and trim edges to about a half an inch hangs over the edge.
  11. Sprinkle remaining flour on surface and unroll remaining pie dough over flour. Sprinkle remaining caraway seeds on dough and lightly roll over dough, allowing seeds to be pressed into dough.
  12. Spoon cooled filling into dough lined pie pan.
  13. Place remaining dough circle over filling and roll in edges to top of pan.
  14. Crimp edges with your fingers.
  15. Transfer pie to a foil lined baking sheet. Make small holes in pie for venting.
  16. Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
  17. Remove from oven, let cool for about 5 minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.
Notes
For a fun alternative, cut pie dough into shamrock shapes and spoon about ½ cup of filling onto one shamrock. Brush edges with egg wash, then top with another shamrock. Press to seal. Bake for 2--25 minutes.

 

Sarah and Laura @ Wandercooks - Yum! This sounds brilliant. Laura and I are yet to make pie from scratch together, we’ve crossed off sausage rolls so I think this is the next one on the list. We may have to pass on the Celtic music, but I’m sure there will be a glass of wine or two involved while we’re cooking haha.

Nicholas - Hey, Just to let you know it’s St Paddy’s and not Patty’s!

Pet hate for Irish People, I am not Irish but English but have many Irish Friends.

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Ancient Grains – Heavy Metal Detox Oatmeal Smoothie

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With a title like heavy metal oatmeal smoothie, you’re probably expecting an article that discusses either a smoothie made from oatmeal and heavy metal, or one you would drink while listening to Metallica or Megadeath.  I have been known to turn the volume up to eleven while listening to many metal songs in my car, but this article is about the wonders of not only that ancient grain known as oats, but a super hero fighting tandem known as parsley and cilantro.  Not quite as exciting as those Marvel super hero’s, but then again can Ironman Tony Stark remove lead, copper, mercury or aluminum the way cilantro and parsley can?  Come on, his name is Ironman, he’s more likely to give you heavy metal poisoning than help lower it.  Can Captain America lower your blood pressure or give you the dietary fiber that oats can?  No way Jose’.  Oh sure they’re macho and cool and all that stuff, but when you need help fighting off those enemies of your body naturally, those guys are nowhere to be found.

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All kidding aside, heavy metal toxification can be a serious issue for many people.  Lead and mercury can find it’s way into the body many different ways.  As we’ve seen on the news, the water we think is safe can sometimes be loaded with it.  Just ask the people of Flint, MI what they think about lead.  As someone who grew up in an age where lead was in everything, it can be easy to enter your body and never leave.  So what’s the big deal with your body having heavy metals?  Well, lead, mercury and aluminum can cause chronic health issues.  Mental confusion, muscle and joint aches, headaches, memory loss, digestive problems, food intolerances, allergies, vision problems and fatigue are just a small list of symptoms caused by heavy metal poisoning.  Trust me, I just found out I had high doses of lead in my body and it has been there quite awhile.  Hey, maybe I can use that as my excuse on why I did so poorly in school as a child?  Must have been all that paint I was eating.  Ha, ha.  Well, now I have a natural herb that just might help get the lead out, and I’m not talking about zeplin.  Cilantro’s benefits don’t end with helping remove heavy metals.  It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, helps reduce bad cholesterol, eases hormonal swings during menopause, promotes liver health, and a host of other benefits.  Parsley helps support kidney function, can help inhibit cancerous tumors, relaxes stiff muscles and a number of other benefits.

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We decided to combine some leftover oatmeal,(you can use quinoameal, or buckwheatmeal as well) in case you still had some, with cilantro, parsley, coconut water, almond milk, fresh apple, honey and ice to create a healthy smoothie loaded with super hero powers to help your body fight off those annoying villians.  It tasts good, it’s refreshing, cheap and easy to make and a great way to finish our ancient grain month with a healthy bang.  So the next time your feeling a little sluggish, confused, or have annoying muscle aches, pick up some ancient grains, cilantro and parsley and throw them in a blender with some milk, fruit and ice.  It may just keep the doctor away better than that lonely apple.  It certainly can’t hurt.  For more information about how to use cilantro as a heavy metal remover, check out this article from Natural Society.  Until next time, remember to cook with love and live to cook.

Jim & Jena

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This cleansing powerhouse is a great way to help the body flush heavy metals from the body, while adding fiber and healthy fat.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • ¼ C. leftover oatmeal, quinoameal, or buchwheatmeal
  • 1 C. Almond coconut milk or skim milk
  • ½ C. Cocunut water
  • ½ C. Green Apple (1/2 C.)
  • ¼ C. Fresh parsley
  • ¼ C. Fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. Raw honey
  • 3-4 Ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until well blended and smooth. Transfer to a glass and enjoy.
Notes
This drink is best when consumed early in the morning on an empty stomach.

 

 

 

marcie - I grew up when lead was in everything, too, and I’ve been known to crank up the music when Metallica and Megadeth come on. 🙂 This smoothie sounds fantastic and I love all of the greens and oats!

Katrina - Looove all the good stuff in this smoothie! It sounds wonderful!

Eleni paipeti - I will try that

Kimberly - “Leftover oatmeal”… does that mean the oatmeal has to be cooked first? This sounds amazing but I’d like to make it the correct way.

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