Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

I'd love to give you a more interesting recipe to go along with this , but the next thing I have queued up is soup and I don't think it goes as well!

This super easy recipe can be made with whatever bread you have on hand, and can be either grilled or baked. Have fun with it!

Basic Garlic Bread

1 loaf bread, split lengthwise
1/4 cup Garlic Olive Oil
2 tbsp Italian Blend Spices

Pour the olive oil into a shallow dish and use the cut side of the bread to mop it up. Coat evenly.

Sprinkle the spices over the bread and sandwich together. Wrap with foil and toast in the oven or grill until just browning. 
(5-10 mins)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chocolate Balsamic Pork Loin Customer Request

Poodle Lover wrote:
Hi, I need recipes for the chocolate balsamic pork loin in the slow cooker.whatever else I could cook.....Please, and Thank you.

Well, Hi there back! I love a slow cooker. It always makes things so easy. If you have the time! No pictures for this one yet, sorry!

Chocolate Balsamic Pork Loin

2 lb pork tenderloin
1/4 cup Chocolate Balsamic
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup red wine *
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
pinch ground sage
salt and pepper

Whisk the sauce ingredients together and pour over the pork loin. Turn your slow cooker on low and cook for 6-8 hours. *If you don't want to use wine, use 1/2 cup broth instead.

This can also be made with chicken or beef just as easily! I also like to add a couple handfuls of chopped carrots and shallots as well if I have them on hand.

For other Chocolate Balsamic recipes, the easiest thing to do is go for fresh fruit, berries specifically. A bit of that, some fresh cream and it's good to go!

Also a drizzle on simple roasted veggies is really yummy. With Chocolate, I tend to prefer hardier veggies, like brussels sprouts and asparagus. But it's really good with green beans and onions too!