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Crockpot Coq Au Vin Recipe

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Crockpot Coq Au Vin Recipe

Crockpot Coq Au Vin Recipe

Cook Time: 4+ hours
Prep Time:  30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 4-6

Oooh, La La!  Today, I am sharing one of my favorite slow cooker “Frenchy” dishes, Coq Au Vin, which translates to chicken with wine. Every time I make this rich stew, I seriously want to lick the bowl clean it is that good. This flavorful stew with its wine-infused broth and layers of tender chicken, salty bacon, vegetables, and savory herbs, will soon become a family favorite.

Although there are several steps in the beginning to this delicious meal, have no fear, it is well worth the effort, as those steps impart the intense layers of flavor, characteristic of this dish. And because this dish is slow cooked to perfection, you prepare the ingredients and walk away until dinner it is cooked hours later, which makes it an ideal meal for busy families, guests, or anytime you need a break in the kitchen.

So what are you waiting on? You need to make this deliciously hearty stew tonight. You will not be disappointed! Make sure to grab some crusty bread to sop up the glorious juices of this amazing dish.

Comment below and let us know how you liked it!

Bon Appetit! (Frenchy for Enjoy Your Meal)

Ingredients (This recipe is adapted from Williams- Sonoma)

  • 1 bottle (750ml) Pinot Noir

  • 5 fresh parsley sprigs, plus 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) chopped parsley for garnish (you can use either flat-leaf or curly)

  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/2 leek (cut lengthwise- cut top dark greens and bottom off and rinse under cold water to remove dirt)

  • 3 1/4lb. chicken parts (breasts, thighs, and legs)- Many grocery stores have value packs

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons (tsp) ground pepper

  • 1 lb. button mushrooms (we tested with Baby Bella Mushrooms)

  • 3/4 lb. shallots halved

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) unsalted butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) tomato paste

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Champagne Mustard

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) all-purpose flour

  •  1 3/4 cups chicken broth

  • 3/4 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • kitchen twine


Preparation  
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, boil the wine until reduced by half, about 15 minutes.  

Peel and chop the vegetables as directed above. Place the parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf against the cut side of the halved leek and tie with kitchen twine.  (The fancy word is bouquet-garni which means a bundle of herbs).  (You may notice the picture is missing a leek. I asked hubby to pick one up when he came home, but he brought home fennel instead;) Set the vegetables and herbs aside.

In a large skillet on medium heat, add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off the grease. 

Remove all but 2 (Tablespoons) Tbsp. of the grease from the pan. Season the chicken with Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and pepper.  Increase the heat to medium-high, and working in batches, brown the chicken, turning once (4 to 5 minutes on each side). Remove and transfer to a slow cooker. Top with carrot pieces.

To the same skillet, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove vegetables from pan and transfer to slow cooker. Spoon over chicken.

Again, using the same skillet, melt the butter in the skillet.  Add the garlic, tomato paste, Cherchies®Champagne Mustard and flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in the reduced wine and the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon, and bouquet garni to the slow-cooker.  Set the cooker on the high setting, cover and cook until the chicken is fork-tender, about 4-5 hours.

When the chicken is tender, discard the bouquet garni and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.  Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6. Serve with crusty bread to sop up the juices and Cherry Apple Tart Recipe for a complete meal.

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Enjoy!

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20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

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20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

20 Sweet & Savory Compound Butter Recipes

So what is “churning” in our kitchen today? Compound butter! If you have never made compound butter, then you are missing out! Compound butter is a cinch to make, and it adds a decadent finish to pretty much everything, meats, seafood, bread, vegetables, pancakes, waffles, and so much more. We wanted to share 20 of our favorite compound butter combinations below, (using you guessed it, Cherchies® products), as well as directions on how to make it.

So what exactly is compound butter? It is softened butter infused with sweet or savory ingredients. The possibilities are endless as to what can go into butter...herbs, cheese, fruit, mustard, spices, jams, fruit, bacon, etc. Talk about a blank canvas!

Sweet compound butter pairs well with scones, rolls, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, croissants, etc., whereas savory compound butter is better with meats, seafood, bread, vegetables, popcorn, and pasta. And sometimes, the sweet and savory are paired together to create something unusually delicious, such as Blackberry Preserves, Champagne Mustard and butter.

Compound butter is perfect for holidays and parties, or anytime you are feeling fancy, but it also makes an ideal gift for the food-lover in your life. Wrap it up or spread the love into a pretty bowl or container and voila, an instant homemade gift!

So what are you waiting for? Mix up your favorite Cherchies® products today and make tasty compound butter. You will not be disappointed! Comment below and let us know your favorite combinations or if you have a new mix to share. Have fun!

Enjoy!

Sweet Compound butters- Use on scones, rolls, pancakes, waffles, French Toast, biscuits, corn bread, croissants, and toasted bagels.

  • Fig, cinnamon, and honey butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Fig Preserves with Cinnamon, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Strawberry honey butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Cranberry Butter with Champagne- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Cranberry Preserves with Champagne, and 1 teaspoon (tsp) orange zest.

  • Blackberry Bourbon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Blackberry Seedless Preserves, 2 teaspoons (tsp) honey, and 2 teaspoons (tsp) Bourbon (optional).

  • Cherry Vanilla Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread, and 1 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla.

  • Apple Cinnamon Honey Butter- Combine 1/2 c. butter (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter with 1/4 cup Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon honey.

  • Strawberry Lemon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spread, and 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) lemon zest.

  • Blackberry Lemon Butter- Combine 1/2 c. (8 Tablespoons) unsalted softened butter, 1/4 cup Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves, and 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) lemon zest.

Savory Compound Butters- Add to meats, seafood, breads, vegetables, popcorn, and pasta.

Here is how it is done

Soften Butter

It all starts with this key ingredient...butter! Make sure to use unsalted butter so you can control the salt, unless directed otherwise. Allow the butter to come to room temperature. I usually leave the butter out on my counter for a couple of hours, but some sources suggest cutting the butter into chunks and setting aside.

Mix

Once the butter is softened, combine the desired ingredients in a bowl with a whisk, rubber spatula, or a hand mixer. I will often soften several sticks of butter and divide them into ramekins so I can make several flavors.

Chill
Once the butter is in your desired container, chill the butter in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. The butter should be nice and firm when it is ready. Experiment and have fun!

  • Cylinder/log- Turn the mixture out onto a long sheet of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or parchment paper. Use the wrap/foil to roll the butter into a cylinder. Twist the ends, gradually applying more pressure as you twist in order to make the cylinder taut. Once the butter has chilled, slice the butter into discs or “coins” as some like to say.

  • Bowl- For a more rustic presentation, spread the butter into a pretty bowl or container. Presented this way would make perfect gifts.

  • Shape it- Spread the butter on a baking sheet and once it is chilled, use cookie cutters to create festive shapes OR spread the butter into plastic candy molds before chilling.

Up the coolness factor at your next family gathering or party and make these tasty compound butters today.

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Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

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Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

Lemon Tomato Basil Cod Recipe

Cooking Time:  25 Minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

Happy Summer everyone!  For those who grow vegetables in the Summer, your tomatoes may be about ready for harvest!  If so, why not make the best of Summer's bounty with this easy, flavorful cod recipe, bursting with juicy, ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and smothered in a delicate, lemony basil sauce.  Delicious!

Summer calls for lazier days and easier menus with fresh, flavorful ingredients.  This recipe (adapted from bakerbynature.com) featuring Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz, is a recipe we're sure your entire family will love.  It is also perfect for summer entertaining!

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Ingredients  
Adapted from Baker by Nature

For the White Wine Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pint multi-colored (red, yellow, orange) cherry tomatoes (red cherry tomatoes perfectly fine if can't find), sliced in half
  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies Basil Pizzazz
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons (tbsp) butter

For the fish

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 and a 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets
  • Cherchies Garlic Seasoning and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (for garnish)

Preparation

For the Sauce:

In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for 1 minute.  Add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 9 to 12 minutes.  Tomatoes should be soft, but still should retain their shape.  Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. Stir in Cherchies® Basil Pizzazz, lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter, and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce and tomatoes into a bowl and set aside temporarily.

For the Fish:

Using the same pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Season both sides of cod with Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning and pepper. Place cod in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully turn the cod over and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until it's cooked through.  Add in the tomatoes and the sauce to the pan and heat for a minute with the cod.

Serve the cod immediately and pour the sauce over the fish.  Garnish with chopped basil and lemon wedges for a beautiful presentation.  Serve this recipe with our Strawberry Spinach Salad and sop up the sauce with The Best Darn Garlic Bread Recipe.

Enjoy!

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Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

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Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  30 minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

There is something so darn comforting and fun about meatballs.  These quaint little globes are simple to make; the flavor combinations are unlimited, they can be served with your favorite sauce over noodles or rice, or piled into sandwiches, or served as tasty appetizers with toothpicks.  Quite the versatile little ball!  So let's talk meatballs friends, in particular, Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatball Recipe.  Are you ready to get rolling?

Why order takeout when you can eat in with a meal that is quick, easy, and just as flavorful as the take-out version, but a fraction of the cost?   I usually make these meatballs as an appetizer to share with guests and serve with toothpicks, but I recently served them to my family over rice for a quick and easy meal, and as suspected, dinner was a hit!  Everyone loves meatballs, and this recipe with sriracha, ginger, Cherchies Garlic Seasoning, and Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, is so flavorful, your family will ask for seconds.  

So, get the "ball rolling," grab some Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, spices, and make these delicious sweet and spicy meatballs today!  For a complete meal, serve this dish with our Cranberry Spinach Salad and our Best Darn Garlic Bread to sop up the sauce. 

Let us know your thoughts on this recipe and thank you for visiting our blog!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey, chicken, or pork

  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) tsp black pepper

  • 4 green onions chopped

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) freshly grated ginger

  • Cooked Rice (optional- to serve over)

For Sweet and Spicy Glaze

  • drippings from meatballs

  • 1 jar Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) sesame oil

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) chopped green onions- green part (scallions) only (optional for garnish)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the meatball ingredients and mix with your hands to combine.   Do not over mix the meat.  Use a 1 1/2" ice cream scoop to measure out perfectly-sized meatballs and place on the greased baking sheet.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until meatballs are golden brown.

While the meatballs are cooking, add the sauce ingredients to a small sauce pan.  Whisk to combine.  Turn the stove on low and cook the ingredients, whisking occasionally, until smooth.  Turn off heat.  With a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from baking pan and transfer to a large skillet.  Add the pan drippings from the meatballs, and the sauce to the skillet.  Turn the skillet on low and cook for a couple of minutes, or until heated through.

Serve the meatballs over cooked rice for a meal, or use with toothpicks as an appetizer.  Garnish with chopped scallions.

Enjoy!

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

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