Month: July 2014

Cherry Chipotle Pork Ribs: Using The 2-2-1 Method

Cherry Chipotle Pork Ribs: Using The 2-2-1 Method

Last year I realized that I did not have a rib recipe (aside from short ribs) on my blog, nor could I say I really knew how to make them.  Then in a very candid conversation with my friend Stephen from Latino Foodie who was also in the same boat with the “rib situation” we both decided to master making ribs.  Well we kinda motivated each other to get ribbing.  That was last summer and it didn’t happen on my part.

Then last month I was on a trip with Walmart in their hometown of Arkansas and they brought in some master bar-b-que experts to teach us a few tricks of the grill.  I watched them and was amazed at a few things I had never learned along the way, and knew I would incorporate my newly found knowledge into some grilling recipes.  Then one of the masters teaching us about steak, grilling and the best cuts to look for mentioned that he was a rib master and had won many competitions.  Mind you he was not showing us how to make ribs at all.  I waited until his demo was over then pounded him with a million questions about making ribs on the grill from start to finish.  He told me about the 2-2-1 method which means, 2 hours with the ribs on the grill (ribs facing down), 2 hours with the ribs wrapped in foil (meaty side down-ribs sticking up), then remove ribs from foil and place them back on the grill (rib side down) for 1 hour.  Now the part I didn’t know is you can’t cook ribs under direct heat, or at least you shouldn’t.  He told me to heat the outer flames on my grill to a medium low heat and place the ribs in the middle.  And to keep the hood of my barbecue closed the entire time with the exception of the meat turning (of course.) He said his favorite ribs to grill were the St. Louis Style pork ribs.  I asked him where I could buy my ribs and he said he always buys his slabs at Walmart.

Here is my video showing you exactly how I made my delicious cherry chipotle ribs, from start to finish, using the 2-2-1 method.  Oh and can I just say they were the best darn ribs I ever had!  Toot, toot (my own horn.)
Cherry Chipotle Ribs Using The 2-2-1 Grilling Method #WMTMoms

Ingredients for cherry chipotle ribs:

  • 1 – teaspoon garlic powder
  • a pinch oregano
  • 1 – teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 – teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 – teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 – teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 3 to 4 – pounds St. Louis Style Ribs
  • 6 – tablespoons butter (divided in half – one portion per packet)
  • 1 – lime
  • 1/4 – cup honey ( 1/8 cup per packet)
  • A generous helping of Cherry Chipotle Fruit Sauce by Not Ketchup (Shhhhhh, I bought this sauce at Sam’s club! If you can’t find it feel free to use your fave fruit sauce or BBQ sauce)

Directions:

Watch video for directions and how to get these scrumptious babies in your life! 🙂

ribs on the grill freshly dressed in cherry chipotle Not Ketchup

St. Louis Style Pork Ribs Cherry Chipotle

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Catch The Lowest Prices On Groceries With Walmart’s Savings Catcher

Catch The Lowest Prices On Groceries With Walmart’s Savings Catcher

Savings-cather-walmart-receiptI don’t know about you, but I love finding quality products and pay the best price the market has to offer for them. No one likes to be overcharged. Right? Especially when it comes to groceries and other household items. I know a few of my friends clip coupons and look through the ads to find the best prices possible on things they need around the house. Or only shop on certain days when their supermarket offers super low prices. Well don’t waste another minute doing this kind of research… Walmart will do it for you. They have this new program that I have been testing out as a sneak peak called “Savings Catcher,” and what it is is a reward program which allows you to shop knowing you are getting the lowest price possible, and that goes for groceries too. At the end of your shopping experience, all you have to do is log into Walmart’s Saving Catcher site, and type in your TC # on the receipt. The saving’s catcher would then populate all the stores in your surrounding area and compare the advertised prices from their stores to Walmarts’, and if any of those surrounding stores offered an item at a lower price… Walmart will pay you the difference. How does this happen? It’s so simple and easy to do and will be available to the public starting this August 4th! Let me explain further….

  1. Log into Walmart’s Saving Cathers Site. walmart savings catcher log in
  2. Create an account or log in with your password, where it says sign in.
  3. Then this page will appear.  Take your receipt and type in the TC # (at the bottom of your receipt right above the bar code) into the savings catcher site along with the date. savings catcher TC number code walmart
  4. Next will receive an email letting you know that Walmart received your receipts and are looking for lower prices.
  5. Then a few days later you will receive another email letting you know that they either found lower prices or didn’t.
  6. When savings are found, you can accumulate your saving’s catcher credit and redeem it at any time onto a walmart gift card to spend at Walmart!
  7. Once you redeem your savings Walmart will send you an e-gift card right to your email box. LUCKY! Get ready to shop and know you REALLY are getting the lowest price.

If you’re still not clear on how to use the program, check out this video:

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Dip And Drizzle In Chocolate With Wilton’s Melting Pot

Dip And Drizzle In Chocolate With Wilton’s Melting Pot

Chocolate dipped snacks using  #WiltonCandyMelts

The thought of melted chocolate on anything my heart desires makes me go all googley eyed. Yes, I’m a chocolate fanatic. In fact, I went to a brunch last year where a free flowing dessert fountain oozed with an abundance of melted chocolate that could spark the envy of Willy Wonka. I was tempted to jump in and swim in a pool of chocolate, but I behaved myself and acted like a grown up. Instead I opted to make a cozy little seat at the rim of the basin and eat until my heart was content. As I sat at the edge of the fountain reaching over to dip my strawberries and marshmallows, I thought to myself “If only I could have a small portion of this melted chocolate to dip whenever I wanted. Oh that would be such giddy fun!” I imagined all the spectacular  projects I could do with my son, or how decorative the snacks would be at my next party. 

It seems Wilton has granted me my wishes, because they now have this amazing little pot to melt your chocolate melts in: Wilton Candy Melts™ Candy Melting Pot.  You choose the flavor, add them to the silicone lined pot, and let them melt. What you choose to dip or drizzle is up to you. Plus Wilton has the coolest tools to help make the whole dipping process a lot easier. Here’s the cool part, when your done, all you have to do is let the chocolate cool completely in the fridge, then pop it out of the silicone lined pot… So easy, and more importantly there is very little mess if any at all.

Nicole Presley and Ericka Sanchez #WiltonCandyMelts
chocolate dipped cookie #wiltoncandymeltsA few weeks ago my friend Ericka from Nibbles and Feasts hosted a “dip and drizzle” party here at my house, and invited over a handful of delicious friends: Wilton candy melts, pretzels, strawberries, marshmallows, cookies, potato chips, Wilton Candy Melts™ Candy Melting Pots, and a bunch of blogger friends. We had such a swell time dipping and drizzling, and of course the snacks were gone before we could even let them set and harden. Here are a few pictures from the party. Oh, and do yourself a favor…. melt some chocolate and dip away. 

friends dipping and drizzling #WiltonCandyMelts

chocolate dipped snacks for #wiltoncandymelts

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wilton. However all opinions are my own.

 

Coconut Donut Cakes: Heaven Is For Real

Coconut Donut Cakes: Heaven Is For Real

Coconut Donut Cakes #WMTMoms

My belief is no matter what religion you believe in or not: To believe in the spirit of humanity. To be kind. To treat the people you love with tenderness, patience, and respect.  To extend a hand when you can. To love with everything you got. To let people live their lives as they see fit without judging them. I believe in unconditional love.

Two weeks ago I was out having dinner with my family and on the ceiling of the restaurant was a painting of Jesus. My 4 year old son asked me who was that man and what was he looking at? I found myself at a crossroads of how to explain faith to him. I myself am still coming to terms with what I believe and what I don’t believe, plus I wanted to be mindful to not force my beliefs onto what my son should believe. Instead I would love to open him up to all sorts of different religions and theories and let him decide on his own as he grows and matures.

I decided to start a gradual introduction of religion, so he would have the tools needed when he gets older to make that decision on what he chooses to believe. I announced we would have a family movie night, and I was going to make a heavenly dessert of coconut donut cakes to go with our movie viewing. I wanted to make the evening fun, and show the lighter side of faith first. I had heard that “Heaven Is For Real” was a great family friendly movie and could be our initial stepping stone into the world of faith. The movie didn’t Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 4.11.34 PMdepict the type of church I grew up with, but the message was the same. I’m not sure if my son understood what heaven was from this film because I asked him to draw a picture of heaven and he drew a picture of my coconut donuts instead, but he did understand the core of human emotions and reached his arms around me as the film left me teary eyed, saying “You’ll be okay Mom.” That’s all I could hope for from him at this age.

I absolutely loved that Heaven is for Real was based on a true story and was the story of a small-town couple who must find the courage and conviction to share their 4 year old son’s life changing experience with their town and the world. The film stars Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly as Todd and Sonja Burpo, the real life couple whose son Colton claims to have visited heaven while having a near death experience. I got my DVD at Walmart, which includes an exclusive bonus disc. That bonus disc filled my enquiring mind…. because of course I didn’t want the story to end… I wondered what happened to them, and where are they now? Here are a few of the bonus tracks you could look forward to if you buy your disc at Walmart.

  1.  The Burpos: 11 Heavenly Years Later – An intimate sit down with the Burpos and a look at their home town to get a sense of their life now and how Colton’s miraculous story changed them.
  2.  Heart of the Movie – Todd Burpo reflects on the events from his story and how they are reflected in the film
  3.  Answers – Todd Burpo reflecting on the events in the movie.
  4.  Religious Leader Vignettes – Religious leaders reflect on the themes of the film and how they translate to real life lessons for everyone.

What is your faith? Do you have one or many or none? When was the last time you had a family movie night? What would you like to eat these coconut donut cakes with?

One of my food heavens: Coconut donut cakes

Ingredients for coconut donut cakes:

  • 2 – sticks butter (room temp)
  • 3/4 – cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 – cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 – teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 – large egg
  • 2 – egg yolks
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – cup butter milk
  • 2 – cups powdered sugar
  • 3 – tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 – cup shredded sweetened coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a donut baking pan with a non stick baking spray. I used a mini donut tray and a normal sized one. Set to the side.
  3. In a mixer beat butter and sugar until fluffy. For about 3 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Set to the side.
  5. Slowly add eggs to butter/sugar mixture and continue to mix until fully mixed in.
  6. Alternate between adding in the flour mixture and the buttermilk. Mix until fully combined.
  7. Fill the donut cavity one third of the way up. Use your finger to smooth the top of the batter. For the mini donuts I used 1 teaspoon of batter, and for the normal sized donuts I used 5 teaspoons of batter.
  8. Bake for 7 minutes for mini donuts, and 12 minutes for normal sized donuts.
  9. Remove from oven and  allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then invert them onto a cooling rack to cool completely. donut cakes with no icing
  10. In a bowl whisk powdered sugar and whipping cream together to make an icing.
  11. Dip each donut into the icing. dipping donuts in icing
  12. Top with coconut. one donut iced, and one with coconutsprinkling donuts with coconut
  13. Let set on a cooling rack for 30 minutes.
  14. Enjoy!

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Roasted Brussels Sprout And Goat Cheese Salad #KikkomanSabor

Roasted Brussels Sprout And Goat Cheese Salad #KikkomanSabor

This post is part of a compensated campaign between Kikkoman and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Roasted brussels sprout and goat cheese salad #KikkomanSabor #sponsored

I’ve been making roasted vegetables for over a decade now. Once I discovered roasting vegetables was far more superior over boiled or fried in flavor I never turned back. I make roasted veggies quite often, and love to switch up the flavor in my vegetables when ever I can. Let’s take the precious brussels sprout for instance… my family won’t have anything to do with them, unless they’re roasted.

The other day my fiancé said he wanted a salad, and I looked into the fridge but didn’t have a head of lettuce in sight. I saw a nice plump supply of raw brussels sprouts sitting there begging to be made. I thought “What if I make a brussels sprout salad and enhance the flavor with Kikkoman soy sauce? I could coat the brussels sprouts with soy sauce before roasting, then make a soy sauce mustard dressing, and sprinkle the whole thing in goat cheese.” The thought of it made my mouth water. I then started kicking myself for not thinking of making my brussels sprouts with Kikkoman sooner. I skipped the regret and started making my old recipe with a new twist. It was so easy and simple to make and seriously the salad was so cosmic it belonged to the stars. You have to try this super yum-a-licious salad, it makes the perfect accompaniment to dinner, or a solo act for lunch.

Ingredients for brussels sprout salad using #kikkomansabor

Ingredients for roasted brussels sprouts and goat cheese salad:

  • 1 – pound fresh brussels sprouts (stems trimmed off and cut in half)
  • 4 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 – teaspoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 1 – teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 – teaspoons deli mustard
  • 3 – ounces crumbled goat cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash, trim, and cut brussels sprouts.
  3. Place brussels sprout halves in a large bowl.
  4. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil, and 2 tablespoons Kikkoman soy sauce over the brussels sprout halves. Mix with your hands to evenly coat brussels sprouts. coating brussels sprouts with olive oil and #kikkomansabormixing brussels sprouts with hand
  5. Remove the brussels sprouts out of the bowl with your hands ( Note: Do not pour the brussels sprouts out onto the sheet, you don’t want the baking sheet to be wet) and place on a large baking sheet.
  6. Place baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes to roast. Then remove the brussels sprout halves from oven and using a spatula flip to roast the other side. Place back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Brussels sprout halves will be in the oven for a total of 20 minutes. Remove from the oven. Some will be extra crisp and slightly charred and others will be a little browned. Set to the side and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  7. In a small bowl whisk 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons Kikkoman soy sauce, garlic and mustard. Making a dressing using Kikkoman for brussels sprout saladwhisked dressing #kikkomansabor
  8. Pour dressing over roasted brussels sprouts, and mix to coat evenly. pour dressing over brussels sprouts
  9. Sprinkle goat cheese into the top of the salad, and mix one final time. sprinkle goat cheese on top of salad
  10. Eat either warm or cold. roasted brussels sprouts in a #kikkomansabor dressing with goat cheese mixed in #sponsored
  11. Enjoy!

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Spicy Sangrita Completo For National Tequila Day

Spicy Sangrita Completo For National Tequila Day

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the spicy Tabasco family. I am proud to be a Tabasco Tastemaker. Opinions and recipe are my own.

spicy sangrita completo #TabascoTastemakers

There have been many partners in crime throughout time. I think of the great ones like chocolate chips and cookies, or Bonnie and Clyde, or bacon wrapped hot dogs, or Tom and Jerry, and find it important not to over look the precious pair known as “Sangrita Completo.” For those of you that are not familiar with sangrita, it is a beautiful spicy tart slightly sweet chaser/accompaniment served with a shot of tequila, when you serve the two together they are called “completo.”  You have the option of either sipping them side by side or going for the gusto and shooting the hard stuff back first, then following it with a delicious sangrita.

In celebration of National Tequila Day (July 24th), I decided to prepare a batch of Tequila’s best friend Sangrita. Since it is a special day I added the smokey kick of Tabasco’s Chipotle Hot Sauce to the sangrita, and rimmed the shot glass with Tabasco’s spicy salt. These two additions made for the most wonderful flavor, and really made the pair COMPLETO!

I hope you enjoy this gorgeous sangrita this National Tequila Day or make it any time your tequila needs a friend.

all ingredients needed for sangrita completo

Ingredients for spicy sangrita completo:

  • 5 – ounces vegetable juice
  • 1 – cup clamato
  • 3 – limes (juiced) + 1 extra lime cut into wedges
  • 1/3 – cup tangerine juice
  • 7 – dashes Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • 1 – tablespoon Tabasco Spicy Salt
  • Tequila (reposado) (I used Don Julio)

Directions:

  1. In a pitcher or carafe combine vegetable juice, clamato, lime juice, tangerine juice, and Tabasco Chipotle Hot Sauce. Stir to combine.
  2. Place sangrita in the fridge to chill.
  3. With a lime wedge, rub it along side the rim of the shot glass.
  4. Place Tabasco spicy salt in a shallow bowl, then dip the rim of the shot glass into the salt.
  5. Fill the salt rimmed shot glass with sangrita.
  6. Fill a different shot glass with tequila.
  7. Serve both shot glasses side by side for a completo pair.
  8. Happy National Tequila Day! sangrita and tequila meet and become completo #TabascoTastemakers collage of spicy sangrita completo #TabascoTasteMakers
Cheese and Sausage Shells #CookWithSausage

Cheese and Sausage Shells #CookWithSausage

Cheese and sausage shells recipe #cookwithsausage

When I was a young girl just out of high school I worked as a waitress at the only Italian restaurant in China Town in Los Angeles.  I know that is an odd location for an Italian restaurant, but it was a landmark and people flocked to it anyway.  I usually worked during the lunch hour rush and at the end of my shift I would prop myself up in the kitchen on a stool and watch the chefs work.  I would watch them as they prepped for the dinner time crowd, sitting on my stool with a sugary ice tea in hand.  They used to prepare a creamy cheese shell pasta dish on certain days with little bits of ground beef in it, and garnish the top with a whole hamburger patty.  On those days I would reserve my appetite for a bowl of cheese and beef shells and pray that I would be the lucky one to get the grilled burger on top.

Since those waitressing days are far behind me, and I don’t get the chance to spy on the cooks very often anymore, I have since made a pasta shell rendition of my own.  Something that will take me to days past, and something that my son will eat until we decide it’s enough and stop him.  Here’s the whole reason I’m telling you this story….  Farmer John has these beautiful new smoked sausages that are popping up in the deli section of most major markets.  I saw them in several mouth watering flavors (Wine and Cheese, Smokey Peppers and Queso, Arrabbiata) and wondered which would make my pasta shell dish come to life.   I decided to shake up my old favorite dish with a sausage switcher instead of beef and replace the burger with Farmer John smoked sausage instead. Happiness all around, my family was full of smiles when I served them this!

For more sausage switcheroo recipes and meal inspirations, visit FarmerJohn.com/recipes

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Ingredients for cheese and sausage shells:

  • 1 – pound medium pasta shells (cooked according to box)
  • 1/2 – tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 – cup onions (chopped)
  • 1 – package Farmer John Smoked Sausage (I used wine and cheese) (4 sausages total: chop 3 sausages into 1/2 inch pieces, and reserve 1 for the top)
  • 2 – cups broccoli heads (stems removed)
  • 8 – ounces monterey jack cheese (grated)
  • 8 – ounces mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 1 – stick butter
  • 1 – tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 3 – cups 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1/2 – teaspoon Lawry’s
  • 1/2 – teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta according to box, drain and set to the side.
  2. In a large frying pan over a medium flame, add in olive oil and allow to get hot.
  3. Add in onion and cook for 3 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in 3 of the chopped smoked sausages and cook for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.
  5. Add in broccoli and cook until bright green about 2 minutes. Remove mixture from flame and set to the side. steps one two three
  6. In a large bowl combine pasta, sausage/broccoli mixture, and grated cheese. Then place mixture into a baking dish. pasta shells mixed with sausage and cheese #cookwithsausage
  7. Preheat oven to 375.
  8. While the oven is preheating, in a large frying pan over a medium flame melt butter, and add in garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
  9. Add in 1/2 and 1/2 and cook until it starts to boil. Add in Lawry’s and black pepper. making a sauce with half and half
  10. Pour mixture over pasta. pour sauce over shells and sausage
  11. Bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Fry or grill remaining sausage, and when you remove pasta from oven garnish with whole sausage on top. right out of the oven cheese and sausage shells #cookwithsausage
  13. Enjoy!
This post is sponsored by Farmer John. Recipe and opinions are my own.