Recipe: Pecan Pie Bars

A Pecan Pie Bar Recipe from Home Style Austin
The Taste Of Texas

The Texas Pecan.

No other nut will make a Texan stand up and sing “Deep In The Heart Of Texas” more than by the mere mention our great state’s tree: the Pecan. Click this link, if you think I’m kidding. :)

One of Texas’ most famous streets, 6th Street runs through the heart of downtown Austin into the setting sun to the west. Many folks – even locals – don’t know the history of this street’s original name: Pecan Street. Read this interesting blurb from the Pecan Street Festival‘s website:

“When Edwin Waller designed Austin’s street grid, he named north-south streets after Texas rivers and recommended numeric designations for east-west streets. Instead, they were named after trees. That decision was later reversed, and they were renamed with numbers. Though Pecan Street became Sixth Street, the festival honors its original name.”

Whether you were born here or moved here, this Pecan Pie bar recipe is a tasty Texas treat that will delight the young and young at heart!

Foodie Tips:

❤  While these “set” in the fridge, I prefer my pecan bars served at room temperature. Think soft and chewy.

❤  I amped this recipe up with the addition of Texas-made Falfurrias Brand Butter and Pecan Street Rum, which is distilled just outside Austin’s city limits, in Pflugerville. After one taste of the rum in hot chocolate I was hooked!

Ingredients:

For The Crust:
1 ¼ Sticks (10 Tablespoons)  |  Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
3 Tablespoons  |  Granulated Sugar
1 Large  |  Cage Free Egg
3/4 Teaspoon  |  Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons   All-Purpose Flour
¼ Teaspoon  |  Baking Powder
1/8 Teaspoon  |  Kosher Salt

For The Top:
1 Stick (½ Cup)  |  Unsalted Butter
¼ Cup  |  Light Corn Syrup
¼ Cup  |  Pecan Street Rum, Yee Haw! (optional)
3/4 Cup  |  Light Brown Sugar, Packed
1 Tablespoon  |  Heavy Cream
½ Pound  |  Texas Pecans, Chopped
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

What To Do:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2. To prepare the crust, beat the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl with an electric mixer or KitchenAid. Gosh, I love my KitchenAid! Beat until light, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the butter batter on low speed until everything is well-combined.
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

4. Press the dough into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ baking dish, forming an edge like you would a pie crust (see above). While forming, lightly sprinkle the dough and your hands with flour to make things easier (the dough will be a bit sticky).

5. Bake the dough for 15 minutes until it has set, but not browned. Set the crust aside to cool and head on to step 6!

6. To make the topping, combine the butter, corn syrup, rum (if using) and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter is melted, stirring with a wooden spoon along the way. Raise the heat and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
How To Make Pecan Pie Bars

7. Stir in the heavy cream and pecans. Pour over the crust, trying not to get the gooey topping between the crust and the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the topping has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

8. Wrap your dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold. Cut into bar-sized pieces and transfer to a serving plate.

Yield: About 9 servings. Enjoy them one by one!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
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Pecan Pie Bars

Served Solo Or With An Ice Cream Sidekick, Pecan Bars Are Delicious!

 

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Recipe: Chicken Pappardelle

Pappardelle with Chicken Recipe


Pappardelle In My Belly!

Not too long after posting about my Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pesto Pasta recipe, I fell in love with this dish. It seems I like pasta as much as the blue Texas sky.

Pappardelle? It’s a wonderfully wide noodle that hails from Tuscany. It was during a trip to Italy when I first discovered a delightful dish of pappardelle resting underneath cinghiale (wild boar) paired with a nice glass of red. Despite the fact that Italy is half the size of Texas, its 20 regions are wildly diverse in geography, dialect, and food. Pappardelle is authentic to the hills of Tuscany.

Try this dish and I’ll hope you enjoy it!

How To Make Chicken Pappardelle
Italy vs Italy Size

Foodie Tips:

❤  You can find pappardelle pasta at Central Market and HEB.

Pappardelle costs about $5 and it’s worth its weight in gold!

If you’re adventurous you can also make pappardelle by hand – here’s a fun video that shows you the magic:

❤  Many foodies prefer to cook pasta 1 minute less than the package directions indicate for al dente perfection! What does “al dente” mean? In Italian… “to the tooth,” which implies the pasta is tender, but not mushy.

❤  I once had an Italian finger shaken at me for using red sauce from a jar. “Why would you use jarred sauce?” If you’re not in a hurry, try my homemade red sauce recipe.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons  |  Olive Oil
1 ½ Pounds  |  Chicken Breast or Boneless Thighs, Chopped Into Chunks
To Taste  |  Salt and Pepper
1  |  Yellow Onion, Diced
2 Stalks   Celery, Diced
1  |  Red Pepper, Diced
1 ½ Teaspoons  |  Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
½ Teaspoon  |  Red Pepper Flakes
2 Cups  |  Bertolli Organic Pasta Sauce (Olive Oil, Garlic & Basil)
⅔ Cup  |  Chicken Broth
1 Pound  |  Pappardelle
¼ Cup  |  Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Chopped
To Love  |  Parmigiano-Reggiano, Shredded

What To Do:

1. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven or medium-sized pot over medium-high heat.

2. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper and saute it until golden brown (about 5 minutes).

3. Add the onion, celery, and red pepper – cook until the onion is soft and translucent (about 3 minutes).

4. Add the fresh rosemary and red pepper flakes. Cook 1-2 minutes to marry.

5. Add the pasta sauce and broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Shred the chicken with a fork or wooden spoon. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

6. While the sauce is simmering, prepare the pappardelle and add to the sauce.

7. Transfer your chicken pappardelle to a pasta bowl (or plate). Top with freshly chopped parsley and parmigiano-reggiano. Molto bene!

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

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Chicken Pappardelle Recipe

 

 

Spicy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Spicy Pumpkin and Avocado Soup Recipe

Pumpkin + Sausage + Avocado = Our New Fall Flavorite

The taste of fall. The warmth of Texas.

Thanks to a memorable Texas tasty trio of pumpkin, avocado and smoked sausage, this new fall flavor “flavorite” marries sweet and savory in a most delicious way.

Foodie Tips:

  Use your favorite smoked sausage in this soup – we found the more savory sausage, the merrier. We discovered this pecan smoked pepper jack sausage at HEB and we found it the perfect smokey complement to the bowl of orange.

  If you don’t have an immersion blender, no worries – you can transfer the soup in batches into a blender and purée away. We have a Cuisinart SmartStick Hand Blender that has brought quite a few years of good dishes.

  Love fall soups and stews? Visit this blog post for some of our absolute favorites! This one just made the cut!

Ingredients For Spicy Pumpkin and Avocado Soup
Ingredients: 

1 ½ Cups  |  Yellow Onion, Diced
2 Tablespoons  |  Avocado or Olive Oil
1 ½ Teaspoon  |  Kosher Salt
4  |  Garlic Cloves, Chopped
1-2 Tablespoons  |  Ground Cumin
30 Ounces  |  Pumpkin
6 Cups  |  Chicken Broth
Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce2  |  Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce
1 – 2 Tablespoons  |  Adobo Sauce
1 Tablespoon  |  More Avocado or Olive Oil
About 12 Ounces  |  Smoked Sausage, Cooked Then Sliced Or Chopped
1 Can  |  Black Beans
1 Teaspoon  |  Hot Paprika
To Garnish  |  Fresh Avocado, ½” Cubed
To Garnish  |  Italian Parsley Or Cilantro

Directions: 

1. In a medium-sized pot or Dutch oven, cook the onion, oil and salt over medium heat, covered, until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes).

2. Add the garlic and cumin and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in the pumpkin and the chicken broth. Add the chipotle peppers and the adobo sauce. Bring to a simmer and stir here and there for about 10 minutes. While the soup is simmering …

How To Make Spicy Pumpkin and Avocado Soup

3. In medium-sized skillet over medium heat cook the sausage in 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil until there’s just little bit of char on the sides. Add the black beans and paprika and cook about 2 minutes then turn off heat and let rest.

4. Using your immersion blender, process the soup until it’s creamy and smooth. Transfer soup into serving bowls and top with some of the fresh avocado and garnish with your chosen green.

A perfect bowl to ring-in the best of fall!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider





~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Spicy Pumpkin and Avocado Soup Recipe

Spicy Pumpkin and Avocado Soup Recipe

Home Style Austin’s Spicy Margarita Recipe

A Spicy Margarita Recipe from Home Style AustinWhen In Margaritaville, Texas…

It’s hard to believe that the history of the margarita dates back to less than 100 years ago. While the history of the margarita seems to have a bit of a blurred origin, we can all agree that shaken, stirred, salted, on the rocks, frozen, skinny, spicy and everything in between – to many the margarita is the official drink of Texas (sorry, beer).

While margarita choices seem limitless, my family’s favorite is our spicy margarita recipe – it packs a deep and delicious warmth that will likely have you asking for seconds … and a 10 gallon hat or sombrero so you can throw them into the air.

Foodie Tips:

Tovolo King Cube Ice Mold

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

  This is a drink best served fresh so avoid preparing them in large batches ahead of time. My #1 margarita house rule: The best margaritas are served cold, cold, coooooold! To arrive at the coldest drink possible I place my margarita glasses in the freezer for at least 15 minutes between servings. I also use a cocktail shaker – inside it I place a giant cube of ice from my prized Tovolo king cube ice mold. A few shakes later with one cube and any balmy summer day suddenly feels like a skip through the park in the crisp of fall!

* You can find Tovolo ice cube molds at Downtown Austin’s spirited Serve Gourmet or at Bed Bath & Beyond

  This recipe can be doubled but I suggest you refrain from doubling the jalapeño slices until you’re sure you like the heat on your first batch. Your lips and tongue may thank you.

Spicy Margarita Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients: 

3  |  Fresh Jalapeño Slices, ⅛ Inch Thick (include the seeds)
2 Ounces  |  Tequila (my house staple is Jose Cuervo Silver)
¾ Ounce  |  Grand Marnier
¾ Ounce  |  Triple Sec (I use Hiram Walker)
2 Ounces  |  Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
To Garnish  |  Extra Lime Wedges
To Garnish  |  Salt
To Serve  |  Ice (Cubed, Crushed or None) – Optional

Directions: 

0. Place your margarita glasses in the freezer to chill them up.

1. Gather your liquor and prepare your lime juice.

2. In a cocktail shaker place the 3 slices of jalapeño. Top with your ice cube. Pour in the tequila, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec and lime juice. Cover the shaker and give it a few ferocious shakes. Set aside.

3. Run a lime wedge along the rim of your chilled margarita glass. Optional; run the rim in a small bowl of the salt to coat the rim (I usually only salt 1/2 the rim). Add ice (optional).

4. Give your shaker a few new shakes and pour your spicy margarita mix into the glass. Top with a lime wedge (squeezed on top or served unsqueezed on the rim) and serve.

Yield: 2-4 spicy margaritas depending on the size of your glass and your love for this drink!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider




~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Firecracker Coleslaw Recipe

Firecracker Coleslaw Recipe From Home Style Austin
Bring Color And Flavor To Your Table

With our taste buds searching for a different kind of slaw we rested on this firecracker coleslaw recipe which we find perfect for the Fourth of July and family BBQs.

This is a colorful dish that’s fresh, crunchy and packs some delightful heat thanks to our trusted friend – the jalapeño. In coleslaw? Keep it tastefully weird, right?! This dish is extremely flexible and you can experiment by introducing your own favorite ingredients.

We never stray too far away from the original recipe.

Foodie Tips:

  Ingredients that sometimes make a cameo in our dish include fresh crumbled bacon or some chopped Texas pecans.

  For those searching for less heat you can reduce or eliminate the fresh jalapeño or add a bit more cabbage.

Ingredients:

The Dressing
1 ½ Tablespoons  |  Salt
1 Clove  |  Garlic, Minced
½ Cup  |  Cider Vinegar
⅓ Cup  |  Sugar
2 Tablespoons  |  Mustard (We’re keen for Trader Joe’s Garlic Aioli Mustard)
2 Tablespoons  |  Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons  |  Juice From The Jar Of Pickled Jalapeños (from below)
1 ½ Teaspoons  |  Hot Sauce (we used Hot Picapeppa Sauce)
½ Teaspoon  |  Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon  |  Celery Seed

The Slaw
½ Small  |  Green Cabbage, Cored and Shredded
½ Small  |  Red Cabbage, Cored and Shredded
3  |  Carrots, Peeled and Grated
1 Each  |  Red, Green and Yellow Bell Peppers, Seeded and Thinly Slivered
2  |  Fresh Jalapeño Peppers, Seeded and Thinly Sliced
2 Tablespoons  |  Minced Pickled Jalapeño Peppers

Directions: 

1. To prepare the dressing combine the salt and garlic in a large mixing bowl by pressing them together with the back of a spoon to make a paste.

2. Add the remaining eight dressing ingredients and whisk until everything is well-combined. Set aside.

3. Add the six slaw ingredients to the dressing and toss/mix well. Let the slaw rest in your fridge for 30 minutes or up to a few hours. This slaw is best served fresh but will last into the following day.

Yield: 10+ servings (enough for a family picnic or party)

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider




~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Home Style Austin Firecracker Coleslaw Recipe

Avocado and Chicken Enchiladas

An Avocado and Chicken Enchiladas Recipe From Home Style Austin
Avocado Creamy Good!

When our friend Penny shared this recipe we knew we had to make this dish.

Sour cream, avocado, chicken and cheese can only mean one thing – we’re having seconds.

Foodie Tips:

  I like the tasty heat of jalapeño combined with the creamy sour cream sauce. If you’re a little heat-shy you can omit the jalapeño.

  We found our Mexican cheese mixture at our neighborhood HEB which was a blend of Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Asadero and Quesadilla Cheeses. You can substitute your favorite cheese – Pepper Jack would work well.

  Great sidekicks for this dish can include my spicy stuffed cornbread, chicken tortilla soup or a fresh garden salad.

Ingredients: 

For The Sauce:

1 Tablespoon  |  Unsalted Butter (I suggest Falfurrias)
1  |  Jalapeño, Chopped With Or Without Seeds (optional)
1 Clove  |  Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon  |  Flour
1 Cup  |  Chicken Stock
2 Teaspoons  |  Cumin
¼ Teaspoon  |  Salt
½ Teaspoon  |  Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
½ Cup  |  Cilantro, Chopped
1 Cup  |  Your Favorite Salsa Verde (we used Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde)
½ Cup  |  Sour Cream

For The Enchiladas:

4 Cups  |  Rotisserie Chicken Breast, Shredded
4 Cups  |  Mexican Blend Cheese, Shredded And Divided Into Two 2-Cup Piles
3  |  Avocados, Peeled And Chopped
8  |  Flour Tortillas

An Avocado and Chicken Enchiladas Recipe From Home Style Austin

Directions:

1. Make The Sauce: In a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat sauté the garlic and jalapeño in butter for about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook for two minutes. Add the stock, cumin, salt, pepper and stir until everything comes to a boil. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the sour cream and cilantro; combine well and set aside.

2.  Prep Your Baking Dish: Coat the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with nonstick spray. Pour ½ cup of your sour cream sauce and spread it to evenly coat the bottom of the dish. Preheat oven to 375°F.

3. Make Your Enchiladas: [Note: For this step only work from 2 cups of cheese for your enchilada filling so you will have 2 cups to sprinkle on top.] Top a tortilla with the chicken, cheese, avocado and a spoonful of the sour cream sauce. Roll up the enchilada and place it seam side down in your baking dish. Repeat this process until all your enchiladas are made. If you have any extra chicken or avocado no worries – you can sprinkle this on top of your enchiladas. Pour the remaining sauce on top of the enchiladas, cover with the last 2 cups of the Mexican cheese mixture.

4. Bake Away: Place in your preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly-gooey. Remove from oven and let rest a few minutes. You can garnish with a little more chopped cilantro or chopped avocado.

Hope you enjoy this dish!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 



~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Spicy Stuffed Cornbread Recipe

A Spicy Stuffed Cornbread Recipe by Home Style Austin
Cornbread With A Kick

This week with cold, icy weather blowing into Austin, there’s nothing I like better than cooking in a warm kitchen.

This spicy stuffed cornbread recipe packs a flavorful kick and will transform mere yellow cornbread mix into a sensationally savory dish that you can eat solo or paired with your favorite main course, like my family’s recipe for homemade chili.

You’ll never think of mere cornbread the same way again! And it surely warms-up the chilliest of days … and nights.

Foodie Tip:

  For an extra-savory dish you can add some browned beef or chorizo to amp-up the cornbread.

Ingredients: 

the stuffing:

15.25 Ounce Can  |  Whole Kernel Fiesta Corn, Drained
15 Ounce Can  |  HEB Texas Style Borracho Beans With Shiner Bock, Drained
7 Ounce Can  |  Diced Green Chiles, Drained
1  |  Fresh Jalapeño, Diced (Including Seeds)
To Taste  |  Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
1 Pat  |  Butter (I suggest Falfurrias Brand Butter)
2 Cups  |  Colby Jack or Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
2-3  |  Green Onions, Sliced Thin (Optional Garnish)

the cornbread: 

You can use your favorite packaged cornbread or if you’re shy of one, here’s a recipe I like to make from scratch:

1 ¼ Cups  |  All-Purpose Flour
¾ Cup  |  Quaker Brand Enriched Corn Meal
¼ Cup  |  Sugar
2 Teaspoons  |  Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon   |  Salt
1 Cup  |  Whole Milk
¼ Cup  |  Vegetable Oil
1  |  Cage Free Egg, Beaten

Directions: 

0. Preheat oven to 400°F (or to the baking temperature specified for your chosen cornbread recipe).

Making The Filling For Spicy Stuffed Cornbread
1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the first five ingredients for the stuffing. Set aside.

2. Prepare your cornbread mix according to package instructions. If making the scratch cornbread recipe (from above) combine all dry ingredients together. Add the milk, oil and egg and stir. Set aside.

3. Butter a 9-inch square skillet or pan. Place the skillet (or pan) into your warm oven for about 5 minutes.

Spicy Stuffed Cornbread About To Go Into The Oven
4. Remove your warmed skillet from the oven. Add half your cornbread mixture into the skillet. Top the cornbread mixture with your stuffing mixture. Add 1 cup of the cheese on top then pour the rest of the cornbread mixture on the very top.

5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown and a knife or wooden pick inserted in the center removes clean.

6. Remove the stuffed cornbread from the oven, sprinkle the last cup of cheese on top then return to the oven until the cheese is bubbly awesome.

7. Remove the cornbread from the oven, garnish with some green onions (if you’d like) the let rest a few minutes.

How To Make Spicy Stuffed Cornbread
Serve warm and enjoy!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Spicy Stuffed Cornbread Is Tasty And Delicious

Spicy Stuffed Cornbread Recipe

Texas-Tuscany Beef Stew Recipe

A Texan Tuscan Beef Stew Recipe From Home Style AustinOne Hearty Meal

Even during the hottest days of summer, I dream of this amazing beef stew. Best of all, this stew is easy to make and even easier to eat!

The stew’s signature ingredients? Chianti-marinated beef brisket and a Texas jalapeño or three!

Foodie Tip:

 If you like tummy fillers like I do, you can serve the stew on top of rice or noodles. One thing we enjoy is that instead of boiling rice/pasta in water, we substitute water with beef or chicken broth for an extra-special flavor.

Ingredients: 

3-5 Pounds  |  Beef Brisket (get a good cut)
3-4 Cloves  |  Garlic, Halved
1 Bottle (750 ml)  |  Italian Chianti Wine
4 Tablespoons  |  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To Taste  |  Kosher Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2-4 Cups  |  Beef Broth
3-5 Medium-Sized Carrots  |  Peeled And Cut Into 1″ Pieces
3 Stalks  |  Celery, Chopped Into 1/2″ Pieces
4 Medium  |  Russet Or Red Potatoes, Cut Into 1-1/2″ Chunks
3 4 Inch Sprigs  |  Fresh Rosemary, Chopped

Plus Ups:

1/2 Cup  |  Kalamata Olives, Halved
2 Leaves  |  Sage Or Bay
2-3  |  Jalapeños, For A Texas-Inspired Kick
To Enjoy  |  Rice Or Noodles (Optional)

Accessories:

To Cover  |  Cling Film
To “Pat” Beef Dry  |  Paper Towels
To Brown  |  A Dutch Oven Or Large Pan
To Cook  |  A Crock Pot (Or Slow Cooker)

Directions: 

1. Place the beef into a 13-inch by 9-inch glass baking dish. Cut 6-8 “slits” in the brisket and insert the garlic halves. Pour the wine over the meat and marinate in the refrigerator, loosely covered with cling film, for 2 hours (overnight recommended). Turn the meat over and marinate here and there.

2. Remove the brisket from the wine and “pat” it dry with paper towels. Reserve the wine.

3. In a large Dutch oven or large pan, heat 4 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the meat on all sides with salt and pepper.

4. Using tongs, place the meat in the pan and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes for each side. Remove the meat and place it into your Crock Pot.

5. In the pan, pour the reserved wine, scraping up any brown bits. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Transfer into the Crock Pot.

6. Add beef broth to almost cover the beef. Cook on low Crock Pot setting for 2-2.5 hours.

7. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, potatoes and rosemary (plus the olives, sage and jalapeños, if desired). Cover and continue to cook on low setting for another 2-2.5 hours, or until tender.

8. [ Sidenote: The beef may already be soft and falling apart before you cut it! In this case, skip this step. If not… ] Remove the meat from the stew. Place the meat on a cutting board and cut into quarters. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into bite-sized pieces. Return the meat to the stew and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

9. Serve with a glass of Chianti and enjoy!

Love this recipe? We want to hear from you!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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Pappa al Pomodoro Recipe

A Pappa al Pomodoro Recipe From Home Style Austin

Tomato Bread Soup

Found during my family’s holiday travel to Tuscany, this recipe makes great use of a household staple living beyond its freshest of days; stale bread. The end result? A delicious dish that will warm the belly. And the heart.

This recipe was inspired by Gabriella’s Journal; a book celebrating aromas and flavors from the rustic culture of Tuscany.

Foodie Tip:

 If you don’t have any 2-3 day old stale bread, you can cut fresh bread into bite-sized squares and place into your oven and bake at 225°F until crunchy. Do not use soft bread for this recipe!

Ingredients: 

6 Tablespoons  |  Olive Oil
2-3  |  Garlic Cloves, Cut Into Small Pieces
1  |  Celery Stick, Chopped Into Small Pieces
3-4 (1 ¾ cups)  |  Fresh Tomatoes, Chopped (tomatoes may also be peeled)
6-8  |  Basil Leaves, Torn By Hand Into Small Pieces
To Taste  |  Salt And Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
2 ¼ Cups  |  Boiling Water
1 ½-2 Cups  |  Stale Bread, Cut Into Bite-Sized Squares
To Garnish  |  A Fresh Basil Leaf For Each Serving
To Garnish  |  Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, Shredded

Directions: 

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the oil, the garlic cloves and the chopped celery. Stir until the garlic is soft and add the chopped tomatoes, the basil leaves, salt and pepper. Cook over a low heat for 15 minutes.

2. Pour in the boiling water and fold-in the stale bread. Boil, covered, for about 40 minutes over a very low heat, gently stirring occasionally.

3. Serve soup hot in a bowl and top with a basil leaf and some shredded parmigiano-reggiano cheese.

Yields: 3-4 Servings

Love this recipe? We want to hear from you!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

 Love Food? In a click and a scroll you can visit more of my favorite recipes!

Pineapple Cookie Recipe

A Pineapple Cookie Recipe By Home Style Austin
Fabulously Fruity 

I had never heard of a pineapple cookie until last year when I first enjoyed these tasty treats. I’m a huge fan of pineapple and my friends who have had these have said they’re really good. So let’s get started!

Foodie Tips:

  • The only thing sadder than a wet blanket is a soggy pineapple cookie. Make sure and drain the pineapple.
  • I’m confident iodized salt is most often used for this recipe. I’m a salt lover and have five salt varieties in my kitchen. I used a kosher salt for these cookies and was treated to a little kick of salt in-between the pineapple nuggets. I liked.
  • I recently purchased a cookie scoop which makes forming cookies a snap. Give it a squeeze and see!

Ingredients: 

1 ¾ Cups  |  All-Purpose Flour
½ Teaspoon  |  Soda
¼ Teaspoon  |  Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon  |  Salt
½ Cup  |  Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
½ Cup  |  Sugar
½ Cup  |  Shortening
1  |  Cage Free Egg
1 Teaspoon  |  Vanilla Extract
½ Cup  |  Crushed Pineapple, Drained
½ Cup  |  Chopped Nuts (“nuts” is an abbreviation for Texas pecans)

Directions: 

0. Preheat oven to 375°F.

1. Combine flour, soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

2. Combine sugars and shortening in a large mixing bowl (I used my Kitchen Aid); cream well.

3. Beat egg and vanilla into creamed mixture.

4. By hand stir-in the pineapple and nuts.

5. Fold-in half of the dry ingredients from step 1 above into the creamy mixture. Hand mix until well blended. Add/mix/blend the last half of dry ingredients.

6. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of the cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet.

7. Bake until light golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. If the first batch turns out a bit crispy, reduce the baking time on the next go.

Yields: About 24 cookies

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