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Beef Roast Slow Cooked with Tamarind & Molasses

4 to 5 Pound, Beef Chuck Roast, Boneless

1 Large Onion, Medium Chopped, and Divided

2 to 3 Tablespoon, Toasted Sesame Oil

2 to 3 Tablespoon, Garlic, Fine Mince

1 Large, Lemon, Zest & Juice

1 Large, Lime, Zest & Juice

1/2 Cup, Black Strap Molasses, Unsulfured

1/2 Cup, Yogurt, Plain

1/4 Cup, Butter, at Room Temp

2 to 3 Tablespoon, Tamarind Paste

1/4 Teaspoon, Nutmeg

1 to 2 Tablespoon, Lemongrass, Chopped, Tied in Cheesecloth Satchel

Salt & Pepper, To Taste

Smear the inside, sides & bottom of your Slow Cooker with the Sesame Oil

Scatter 1/2 the Onion

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Pork Loin Slow Cooked with Marjoram & Lime



3 1/2 to 4 1/2 Pound, Boneless Pork Loin Roast

1 Large, Yellow Onion, Course Chop

3 to 4 Tablespoon, Garlic, Fine Chop

2 to 3 Finger Width Sprigs of, Marjoram

1 to 2 Finger Width Sprigs of, Thyme

3 Large, Limes, Juice & Zest

3 or 4 Stalks, Celery, Course Chop

Salt & Pepper, to Taste

Nutmeg, Dash of

1/2 Bottle, Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale


Season all side of the Pork Loin Roast with Salt & Pepper to Taste, Place Pork Roast Fatty Side Up in Slow Cooker

Add all other ingredients

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Lamb Shank Slow Cooked with a Trio of Citrus

2 1/2 to 3 Pounds, Lamb Shank, ‘3’ Shanks

1 Large, Onion, Course Chopped

2 to 3 Cloves, Garlic, Fine Chopped

3 Stalks, Celery, Course Chopped

4 Large, Carrot, Sliced, about Finger Thick

1 Large, Orange, Zest & Juice

1 Large, Lemon, Zest & Juice

2 Large, Lime, Zest & Juice

Bunch, Thyme, about 2 Fingers Thick

3 to 4, Bay Leaf

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Dash, of Nutmeg

1 Cup, Chicken Broth

1 Cup Pinot Noir

3 or 4 Glugs, Olive Oil


Heat Olive Oil in large heavy skillet, Season with Salt & Pepper then Sear

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Pork Picnic Roast/ Skin On, Slow Cooked in Molasses & Pumpkin Ale

4 to 5 Pounds Fresh (Not Cured/ Smoked) Pork Picnic Roast

Salt & Pepper to Taste


1 TSP Onion Powder (NOT Salt)

1 TSP Garlic Powder (Not Salt)

1/2 TSP Dry Mustard

1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes, Crushed

3 TBS Brown Sugar

1/4 TSP Nutmeg

3/4 TSP Clove, Ground

3/4 TSP Allspice

1/4 TSP Cinnamon

Sift or Mix the above 9 ingredients together really, really well.



3 or 4 TBS Molasses

3 or 4 TBS Dark Soy Sauce

1/3 Cup Seasonal Pumpkin Ale, I used Anderson Valley’s version.

Whisk the above 3 items together.

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Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs in Red Coconut Curry

As the last little bit of a Minnesota winter was dying off (post was written a while ago just not posted), ever so slowly I mind you and with great drama to boot, I had been thinking of slow cooked beef short ribs. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, this sort of conundrum has not stopped me before. I chatting this topic up with my “cooking partner in crime” ™ we looked around the kitchen to see what was available and came up with this nice curry. This will work all year long and will be

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Pulled Chicken Tacos (Braised Chicken Thighs)

Chicken thighs are so dirt cheap and are soooooo tasty and juicy that they are perfect for quick cooking and braising alike.

A few weekends ago I really wanted to make some tacos for Cinco de Mayo and I decided that chicken thighs + braising = good idea.  My thought was to make a modified sofrito* as the braising aromatics and add other spices that would infuse a Mexican vibe, this is what I did to make awesomeness.

8 chicken thighs skin on, bone in Half of an onion chopped 4-5 cloves of garlic 1 jalapeno chopped ¼ cup

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The last seven weeks I have been working out at the MN Renascence Festival on top of my day job which I usually do some over time so cooking at home has been at a minimum for many of a week.  All I can say is that if the zombie apocalypse happened I would fit right in! One thing I did cook was some awesome slow cooker pulled pork that I took out for my co-workers.

I made sandwiches out of these but you could do so much with the end product.  I am thinking of nachos, tacos, over

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/ Yogurt Cole Slaw Topping

I have become a freak for a good pulled pork sandwich recently, I have always liked them but I am finding myself ordering it out more and more these days so I decided to make some at home! Hell, I find myself thinking about them at random times, it might be turning in to a problem but its pork so there is NO PROBLEM HERE. Tender and juicy meat with a nice crust on the outside it is great to have at home alone greedily hogging them to yourself (happy for the pun) or enjoy them with friends and

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Chicken in the Slow Cooker/ Crock Pot

Recently I’ve been experimenting with cooking a whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker. It is really amazing how juicy the Chicken turns out. The way you season it has no boundaries! Here is my latest version;


I started by softening 1 stick Butter in a two cup glass measure. Add to the Butter 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Marjoram and Sage, one teaspoon Smokey Paprika, 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne, 2 tablespoons Dried Lavender, 2 tablespoons Dried Thyme, the zest of one medium Lemon, generous amounts of Salt and Pepper.  Mix well.


Our Good Friends Chopped

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Stormin’ Norman’s Midwest Chop Suey (Stuey):

My dad was a wonderful cook albeit not overly adventurous, he loved his meat and potatoes, that is how he grew up on his grandpa’s farm after all.  This dish is one of his and was one of my favorites as a kid and still is.  It was something he would throw together if I was coming down to help around the house or just visit.  I was not sure why he called it Chop Suey since it isn’t anything like the Asian Chop Suey so I asked my mom.  She said he liked the name and made the

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