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Southern Style Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey

Southern Style Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey

Although grown year round, collards’ peak season is the first quarter of the year, so the time is now. Although uniquely tolerant of both cold and hot climates, collards (and kale) actually benefit from frost, which causes them to produce sweeter leaves. Here are just […]

Seared Lamb Loin Chops

Seared Lamb Loin Chops

You know that saying “eat more chicken?” Well.. in this case.. eat more lamb, the cows will thank you! Lamb loin chops marinaded in garlic, steak seasoning and canola oil will have you drooling for more.  These chops are really the filet mignon of lamb..for real. The loin chop looks like a miniature T-bone steak, containing a portion of the loin and tenderloin. The loin chop is the leanest and most tender cut of lamb, ideal for cooking quickly at high temperatures (in a cast iron skillet or grill) for a caramelized outside and pink inside.

I don’t want to toot my own horn.. well.. maybe just a little. I’m my own worst critic but my family and friends rave about my cooking time and time again. Of course I rarely taste test during the preparation. I don’t know why but my instinct always tell me that it’s going to be a hit. I do think what I make tastes good but I think it’s difficult to really appreciate your own cooking because I am a bit of a perfectionist.

Lamb loin chops smothered with grape tomatoes and red onions was one of those particular recipes that really stood out and got the wow factor, even from me. And I’m not saying this to brag, I owe it all to the Lamb Chop. The flavor and tenderness can be compared to a nice tenderloin steak.

I think lamb tends to get a bad rap for it’s distinct taste and constant comparisons to beef. Here’s the thing though, lamb loin chops prepared medium rare in a cast iron skillet will have a melt in your mouth method to preparing the most tender lamb ever. It’s much more flavorful and tender this way.

Garlic, tomatoes with a great marinade over the Loin chops. Do I really need to say more? The best part is this simple delicious, mouth watering, melt in your mouth recipe is ready I’m 15 minutes from start to finish, except the marinade unless you choose not too. You can’t argue with an easy win.

Seared Lamb Loin Chops

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 8 lamb loin chops approximately 3 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced or minced
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • ½ pound baby bella mushrooms sliced
  • grape tomatoes sliced


  1. In a large bowl mix the ingredients, add lamb and turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. (I did overnight).
  2. Heat a large cast iron skillet to med-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of canola and cook mushrooms and onions until browned.
  3. Add more canola oil and sear the lamb for about 5 to 8 minutes on each side, depending on your desired doneness. Pout leftover marinade and garlic over the lamb.
  4. Add sliced tomatoes, mushrooms and onion, cook for a couple of minutes to absorb the flavors.
  5. 5. season, salt & pepper to taste
Homemade Turkey and Vegetable Soup

Homemade Turkey and Vegetable Soup

As spring is fast approaching, and it starts to get warm outside, we often tend to put the breaks on all of the warm and fuzzies about soups that have kept us warm all winter long.  Instead of preparing to store the stock pots over […]

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken Wings

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken Wings

Hoisin Sriracha Chicken Wings

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 5


  • 3 pounds chicken wings tips removed
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce divided
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar;chopped green onions optional as garnish


  1. Coat inside of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Pre-heat broiler. Spray large baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.
  3. Arrange wings on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Broil 6 to 8 minutes or until browned, turning once.
  5. Transfer wings to slow cooker.
  6. Combine hoisin sauce, 1/4 cup sriracha sauce and brown sugar in medium bowl; mix well.
  7. Pour sauce mixture over wings; stir to coat.
  8. Cover; cook on low 3.5 to 4 hours.
  9. Remove wings to large serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm.
  10. Turn slow cooker to HIGH.
  11. Cook, uncovered 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  12. Stir in remaining tablespoon of sriracha sauce.
  13. Spoon sauce over wings; sprinkle with green onions
Citrus and Black Strap Molasses Glazed Salmon

Citrus and Black Strap Molasses Glazed Salmon

Easter seems to have come out of nowhere this year and has crept up on me like the daisy’s have sprung up overnight! Spring is within arms reach and is dropping hints that she is fast approaching and she may finally be here. We are […]

Chuck Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Celery

Chuck Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Celery

Try this easy roast beef recipe which is one of my most popular recipes plus get my tips for how to cook and slice roast beef for juicy, tender roast beef perfection. 

Once you learn how to cook roast beef, you’ll be able to replace all that deli meat you’ve been buying at the store and your life will be so much more flavorful and delicious. Promise.

There are a few main steps to cooking roast beef that will help you make your roast beef amazing and tender, which consist mainly of how to choose your beef, how to season it, what temperature to cook it at and then how to slice it.

We’ll cover how to master all of this in this post. I got you – we’re gonna make some tasty roast beef together.


Not all beef is created equal for roasting. Some beef, like steaks, are best pan-roasted or grilled, and other beefs, like ground beef are better cooked on the stove top. For the best types of roasts for roasting, look for one of the following:

Top Round Roast (Inside Round) – this cut of beef is similar to the top sirloin in fat and flavor and is the most common cut used for roast beef.
Top Sirloin Roast (Top Butt) – this cut is lean and full of flavor with a little but of marbling.
Bottom Round Roast (Rolled Rump Roast) – this cut is a good budget cut and has more marbling than the Top Round.
Eye Of Round Roast – this is a circular cut that is very lean so needs to be very thinly sliced when roasted.

Now, it’s always possible to find other cuts of beef that will work for roast beef recipes so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any of these exact names. You can also ask your butcher what they would recommend as they’ll have the best understanding of what they have available in their meat market for you, too.


Okay, so now that we’ve chosen a cut of beef that is expected to be tender, juicy, and flavorful and we’re ready to make it, what’s next?

Well, we need to season it and prep it for the oven. Since this won’t take very long, we need to make sure the oven is ready for the beef so make sure your oven is pre-heated. Placing a roast into an unheated oven will make things tricky because it will throw off your temperatures and timing so I highly recommend you have the oven fully pre-heated and ready to go.

The good news is that seasoning roast beef does not take make energy at all. In fact, it’s an easy prep of inserting a few garlic slices around the roast, lathering it with some olive oil, and then seasoning with sea salt, black pepper, and a few dried herbs for some additional flavor. My favorite herbs to use with roast beef are rosemary and thyme, but you can add mostly anything to it that you’d normally cook with and it’ll taste great.


I have found the best temperature to cook roast beef starts at 375 degrees F and then ends a little lower to finish it off at 250 degrees F.

Changing the temperature midway through has the effect of not overcooking the beef and allowing it to gently come up to the right temperature to remove from the oven. I usually remove the roast when it reaches 135 degrees F in the deepest part of the roast because, as it rests for 10 minutes on the counter before slicing, the temperature will continue to rise up to 145 degrees, leaving it perfectly pink and juicy – just the way roast beef is meant to be served.

If you’d prefer your roast beef to be a little less pink, you can remove from the oven a little closer to when it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees and allowing it to rest and rise past 145 degrees F. Either way works, it’s simply a matter of preference.

For the most tender roast beef, you’re going to want the final temperature to be right around 145 degrees F. Any higher and the roast will start to become more tough and chewy.

I highly recommend using a digital thermometer to insure your internal meat temperature is where you want it. It removes the guessing out of cooking and helps make the meat the perfect temperature.


Ahh, slicing your roast beef. This is a major step as well to insure the most tender roast beef possible.

When you slice your roast beef, you want to make sure you’re slicing across the grain (as opposed to with the grain).

If you’re not sure how to find the grain, take a look at your roast and look for the long grooves and lines. Those will all tend to go in parallel across the roast in one direction. These are the muscle fibers and we want to cut across them (against them), not with them. If you cut with the grain, you’d be eating an entire long muscle fiber, which would be tough and chewy. Instead, if you cut against the grain, you’re eating just a portion of several of the muscle fibers, which makes for a much more tender bite.



Chuck Roast with Potatoes, Carrots and Celery

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Valencia


  • 3-5 pound chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons Canola oil
  • 5 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 4 carrots long stem
  • 3 celery stalks;1 onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 Sazon packets
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 garlic cloves;sprigs of thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine


  1. Rinse chuck roast and pat dry
  2. Cut (6) 4 1/2 inch slits in chuck roast and place 1 clove of garlic in each (add more if you love garlic as much as I do).
  3. Coat entire roast with canola oil and season with 1/2 tsp sea salt, worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, 1/2 tsp seasoning salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder and place in roaster pan and cover.; Place roast into the oven for approximately 3 hours at 350°. Cube potatoes and cut celery and carrots into 3 inch slices.
  4. In a heated pan with 2 tbsp canola oil, sauté approximately 5-8 minutes and allow vegetables to slightly tender and brown.
  5. Add tomato paste, garlic cloves, wine, beef broth, sazon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder and mix well. Add to roasting pan with chuck roast.
  6. Bake an additional hour and a half until the roast is tender basting with juice drippings every 30 minutes to ensure tenderness.
  7. Add parsley for garnish if you choose and serve. Cornbread goes well with this meal!