It’s Pancake Day!
The day is not over yet, at least in the Pacific time zone. Hurry! Go make your pancakes if you haven’t yet. Breakfast at midnight can be a fun experience. [Read more…]
Do you like your eggs fried, boiled, poached or scrambled? Or maybe you like omelets. Knowing how to order eggs is harder than it should be. The next time you go out for breakfast, for instance, order fried eggs other than the typical four ways – sunny side up, over easy, over medium, and over hard. See what happens when you order over-medium-well fried eggs.
Looking for a quick appetizer to make today? Try a different twist on dipping strawberries in chocolate. Easy. Delicious. Fast.
You’ll have enough time to make it as a treat today or an after-dinner dessert if you wish.
Strawberry buttons vary from the typical dip-in-chocolate method as you can see from the pictures.
Originally, I intended to dip the strawberries in chocolate by using my friend’s daughter’s recipe with cream cheese. We were shopping in Target, and I was looking for the chocolate squares I’ve used previously for chocolate dipping. There were none available, so I purchased dark chocolate chips.
My friend, Barbara, said her daughter made the strawberries with a cream cheese filling. “Great!” I told her, remembering that I had just picked up cream cheese recently. I was all set. However, when I later was in the middle of slicing my strawberries and melting chocolate chips, I pulled out the unopened cream cheese from the fridge. Herbs and onion! Uh-oh. Herbs and onion cream cheese with strawberries and chocolate didn’t sound very appetizing. All of a sudden, my improvise method kicked in.
Barbara’s daughter made yummy strawberries fills with cream cheese (doesn’t that sound incredibly delicious?). I didn’t want to go to the store again that day. Therefore, I decided on filling the strawberries with chocolate.
First, I cut the crown of each strawberry. Next, I sliced the bottom tips off so that the strawberries would not fall over when placed on a plate.
The chocolate chips were placed into a deep bowl and into the microwave for about a minute, stirred, then back in for another thirty seconds.
Fill the strawberries, place the strawberry bottom tips (buttons) on top. Serve like that, or dip in chocolate if you choose. My husband and I had an early Valentine’s dinner and enjoyed the filled strawberries as you see in the photos. I did dip some in the melted chocolate, but our favorites were the filled strawberries that weren’t dipped in the chocolate.
Easy and quick-to-make chocolate-filled strawberries
Cut off the bottom tips (buttons) of the strawberries so they can be placed flat onto a plate. Cut the crown of the strawberries off and discard.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about a minute, stir, then put back into the microwave for about another thirty seconds. Fill the strawberries, and place the buttons on top. Voila!
If you make the chocolate-filled strawberries, let me know your variations.
See more strawberry recipes on kitchenhospitality.com.
Easy Ribeye Dinner in the Slow Cooker
Serve a ribeye dinner after the big game today. Easy. No fuss. Season and marinate and pop into the slow cooker. It’s that easy.
You’ll love this ribeye dinner, and so will your guests. What’s even better is you don’t have to miss the game or the commercials to turn the steak. Because there’s no grilling involved. The slow cooker does it all for you. Yep. It’s that simple.
Add baked potatoes with the ribeyes, and you’ve got an even easier meal. No grilling. No baking in the oven. It’s all done in the slow cooker.
All you need for the potatoes is olive oil, foil, and the trimmings. Make it easy on yourself and get already grated cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits. If you prefer real bacon and don’t mind the extra time required, fry bacon. It’s definitely tastier that way. Oh, and don’t forget the butter. Real butter. Salted butter. Oh yeah!
Now wrap those potatoes and cook them with the steaks. See my recipe below.
Add a salad to your ribeye and baked potato meal. Or, why not insert another piece of foil into the slow cooker and add Brussels Sprouts or zucchini. Easy. No hassle. Delicious. Healthy.
Include as many vegetables as you want, depending on how many you are serving. If you have a large family and an oval seven-quart slow cooker, you have plenty of room to add more vegetables and steaks.
Don’t forget the veggies either. Have fun with them. Keep them simple so there’s no extra work and you can enjoy the game. Check out these ideas:
See how easy it is to serve veggies? Again, no fuss. Simple.
Easy ribeye and baked potato slow cooker meal
-extra virgin olive oil
-roasted garlic extra virgin olive oil by Temecula Olive Oil Company
-Vela Farms Texas Sweet Tea Marinade (or make your own with tea and pure cane sugar)
-McCormick Grill Mates Mesquite
-Santa Fe Seasons Six Seasonings (herbs & spices blend)
Rub oils on potatoes. Wrap potatoes in foil and place in bottom of crockpot. Season both sides of two ribeyes, bone in, and rub in 1/4 cup marinade on both sides of steak. Place a sheet of foil on top of potatoes, turning sides of foil up to make sort of a bowl then place the steaks in foil bowl. Pour any remaining marinade around the sides of steaks. Place lid on and cook on high for 8 hrs.