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Mexican-Style Corn On The Cob

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If you’re looking for a new way to fix corn on the cob I have it! This is my Mexican-Style Corn On The Cob, grilled in their husks, smothered with chili-lime butter, and top with Queso Fresco.

Leftover Homemade Chili dressed up on a corn tortilla. My Homemade Chili is infused with Ancho Chilies. Ancho chilies add depth of flavor and a touch of smokiness to chili. I always make a large batch of chili because it’s even better the next day.

By adding fresh grape tomatoes, diced red onion, cilantro, Queso fresco, to a warm corn tortilla. Reinventing Homemade Chili into a completely new meal.

The link for my Homemade Chili recipe is at the bottom of this post.

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Leaving the husks on the corn gives a rustic appearance I really love.

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Limes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 2 to 4 servings
Equipment: indoor grill pan, silicone pastry brush, parchment paper, plastic wrap

Ingredients:
4 corn on the cobs, with husks
Canola oil
2 stick (16 tablespoons) of unsalted butter, room temperature
4  limes, 2 zested, 2 cut into wedges for garnish
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
3/4 cup of fresh Queso Fresco, crumbled

Directions:
Start by making a *compound butter. Take a stick of room temperature unsalted butter. In a medium-size mixing bowl add lime zest, chili powder, Kosher salt, and one squeeze of fresh lime juice. Using a small rubber spatula mix to combine the ingredient together with the softened butter.

Layout a piece of plastic wrap, spoon the *compound butter out onto the plastic wrap. Roll it up like you’re making a really tightly wrapped burrito. Twist the ends in opposite directions so it seals the compound butter tightly inside, then I refrigerate the butter until it hardens enough to be sliced, around 1 hour.

Preheat an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove the corn silk by pulling the husks down leaving the husks attached to the cobs.

Brush a light coating of Canola oil on all sides of each of the corn cobs. Arrange 2 ears of corn onto a medium-high preheated grill-pan, turning them occasionally until the ears of corn are nicely charred. Repeat the process for the remaining two ears of corn. The whole process should take about 8 to 10 minutes. They will crackle and smoke a bit, that’s normal.

Take the *compound butter out of the plastic wrap, slice into 1/2-inch rounds, and rub it all over the corn. It melts beautifully as it hits the hot grilled corn. Yummy!

Place the buttered corn on the cobs onto a large serving platter. Next, make it snow with the crumbled Queso Fresco all over the top. Served simply with a few lime wedges. There you have it my Mexican-Style Corn On The Cob

*Compound butter is a mixture of butter and supplementary ingredients. Primarily, they are used to enhance flavor in various dishes. They can be made by adding additional ingredients such as herbs, spices, or aromatic liquids into butter. The butter is usually reformed, usually in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and chilled until it’s firm enough to be sliced.

Homemade Chili

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

 

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Sometimes when I’m looking around my kitchen deciding what to have for dinner, I’ll open a cabinet, and staring back at me is my Crock-pot. It’s as if it’s screaming, “pick me”. I was looking in my pantry and refrigerator and saw a few items like apricot preserves, blood orange juice, and chicken broth. Set it and forget it, I’m talking about my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.

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Chicken Broth

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours on high
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 7-quart Crock-pot, 2 large mixing bowls, 1 pair of tongs

Ingredients:
1 (3-pound) boneless pork butt (pork shoulder)
1 cup of Blood orange juice
1/2 cup of chicken broth, unsalted
1 (18-ounce) bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce, Sweet and Spicy variety
1/2 cup of apricot preserves

Spice Rub:
1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons of chili powder
3 tablespoons of smoked paprika
3 tablespoons of garlic powder
3 tablespoons of onion powder
3 tablespoon of ground cumin
3 tablespoons of mustard powder
3 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Start by adding all the spices, brown sugar, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper to a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Place the pork butt (pork shoulder) into the spice bowl and massage the spices all over the pork. Really get into the crevasses so the spices work their way all through the meat.

Add the onions to the Crock-pot and, in the bottom, so the pork would have something to rest on. Add the blood orange juice and chicken broth. Put the lid on and set the Crock-pot to cook (on high) for 4 hours.

After 4 hours of cooking, using a pair of tongs, turn the pork butt over, continue to for another 2 hours.

At this point, remove the pork, transferring it to a cutting board. The pork is so tender it just falls apart. Using two forks shred the meat into smaller pieces.

If you don’t want to make your own barbecue sauce it’s no big deal, there are so many great ones out there. In a large mixing bowl, add 1/2 a cup of apricot preserves, stir to combine. Add the sauce into the Crock-pot, toss through to combine so the pork is thoroughly coated.

Serve my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork on a buttered toasted Kaiser Roll. Top with my quick Fast Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles and Fennel Slaw With Fresh Dill.

Fast Homemade Garlic Dill Pickles

Fennel Slaw With Fresh Dill

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Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

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This it what happens when you just can’t come to a compromise. I wanted Beef Wellington, and Steve wanted the Red Ear Sunfish, he’d caught. Our “date night” brings the two together. To get my Beef Wellington recipe, click the link below.

Beef Wellington

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