Slow Cooker Short Ribs with Berbere & Ginger Sugar

short rib w grits

These ribs are so good. They’ve got this sneaky heat that warms you up and makes you want to eat more! And they are super easy to make, here are the guidelines:

1/4 cup flour for dredging

2 teaspoon Adobo

Oil and/or butter for browning

2-3 pounds short ribs

1 cup diced onion

1/2 cup celery with tops, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

1 cup beef broth

1 can diced or crushed tomatoes

4 tablespoons Berbere

3/4 cup Ginger Sugar

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine flour and adobo on a plate and lightly coat your ribs with this combo. Once ribs are coated, throw into a pan with butter over medium high to brown. Throw browned ribs into your slow cooker.

In the same pan you used to brown the meat throw in onions, celery, and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Pour over ribs and cook on low for 9 hours.

Remove ribs and pour the remains into a saucepan and cook until thickened ~ use as is or puree to create a smoother sauce.

Serve with grits and greens or anything else your heart desires.

Soy Marinated Eggs

jammy soy eggs

These eggs are super tasty and super easy to make! We found this recipe a while back in Bon Appetit and decided to revisit it, we made some minor changes like adding more garlic and slicing it instead of leaving it whole (Our goal was to make soy noodles w the marinade and who doesn’t love sliced garlic and pasta? More on that later). And we used chipotle flakes… oh and we threw in some Worcestershire sauce because we didn’t have mirin…But other than all that, we followed the recipe!!

Anyhow here it is:

6 eggs

8 cloves of glarlic, sliced

3 tsp chipotle flakes

3/4 cup soy sauce

3 Tbsp. rice vinegar

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 cups water

Bring a large pot of water to a boil ~ while you’re waiting for that magic to happen go ahead and slice up your garlic. Once the water is at a rolling bubble gently throw your eggs in and set your timer for 7 mins (if you want the eggs more runny set the timer for less, if you want them less jammy more solid set your timer for more time). When their time is up throw those bad boys in an ice bath. When they are cool enough to touch get peeling!

In a medium saucepan bring the last six ingredients to a boil ~ once this mixture is boiling reduce heat and let simmer for 5 mins. Remove from heat and if you haven’t already, peel those eggs. Throw your eggs into the soy mix for at least an hour.

Serve by themselves with a little sauce on top and some Shichimi Togarashi or throw them on top of a salad or ramen!!!

Whatever you do with these tasty treats, enjoy!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Harissa Shrimp!

To make these delightful tasty shrimp we used this Spanish Shrimp recipe but added Harissa & onions!

Be sure to serve with warm bread, you don’t want to miss out on all the juice at the bottom of your bowl!

shrimps

Here’s what ya need:

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

8 cloves of garlic, minced

half an onion, sliced

2 Tablespoons Harissa

2 pounds shrimp: peeled and deveined with the tails left on & seasoned with salt

a loaf of crusty bread (this is essential for sopping up all the tasty oil left in the bottom of your bowl)

In a large pan heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and Harissa and cook stirring for 2 minutes. Lay the shrimp into the pan. Once you’ve got them all in, flip them over. After one flip they should done so scoop them out into bowls and pour any remaining oil over them. Serve immediately with crusty bread!

 

Shredded Chicken with Latin Rub

This shredded chicken is SO EASY and so delicious. Use our Latin Rub for a fiesta or switch it up and use whatever seasoning you want! May we suggest Durango BBQ ;)…

shredded chicken tacos

Here’s what you need:

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or breast, we like thighs cuz they’re always so moist and delicious)

2 Tablespoons olive oil

3/4 cup chicken broth

2 Tablespoons Latin Rub

Coat your chicken thighs with Latin Rub. In a skillet over medium, heat up the olive oil then add the chicken. Cook for 5 minutes, then flip. Add the broth and cover the pan. Cook for 10ish minutes or until chicken reaches that magical internal temp of 165F that means it’s safe to eat! Now shred it! Using two forks pull that chicken apart!

Serve however your heart desires! We made simple and delicious tacos with a little guac, pico de gallo, y a spicy yogurt sauce!

Enjoy!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Curry Coconut Broth

This broth is a building block for greatness. Throw it on some ramen, use it to make baked chicken & rice, add some roasted veggies and call it soup…. get wild, go crazy, let your heart guide the way!

Here’s what ya need:

1 can of coconut milk

1 can of water (empty that coconut milk can and fill it with water…)

1 quart of broth/stock (you choose: vegetable, chicken, beef…)

1 heaping tablespoon Hot Curry

salt to taste (start with a teaspoon or 2 and go from there)

Combine all the ingredients in a pot over medium-low heat, give it some time to think about what it’s going to become. And that’s it, use it however your heart desires.

I know, I know, some of you are thinking, Caitlin, I came here for a recipe not for you to tell me to do whatever I want, I don’t know what I want, that’s why I’m here!  Soooo here’s an example of what to do with this broth:

For the following photo, after we put the broth together we chopped up some veggies (sweet potatoes & brussels sprouts) coated them with olive oil and a little Garam Masala & Chimayo Chili, then we roasted them at 450 for about 25 minutes.  Once that 25 minutes was up we boiled up 2 pots of water to cooke some ramen & boil some eggs. We divided the ramen into some bowls, poured on the curry broth, topped it with the roasted veg and called it a meal!

curry coconut ramen bowl w roasted veg and egg

Enjoy!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Revisited

It’s not fall until Caitlin makes some sort of pumpkin muffin and, by golly, for a few days we felt the faint kiss of fall in the morning breeze!

So Caitlin made her classic chocolate chip pumpkin muffins but instead cinnamon she threw in some Chinese 5 Spice!

If you’d like to add a hint of intrigue to your fall and winter cooking we dare you to use Chinese 5 Spice, it will bewilder your friends and possibly leave your relatives speechless!

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Here’s how to make these muffins (if you prefer to play it safe, substitute Poudre Douce (that’s our pie spice) or cinnamon for the Chinese 5 Spice):

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons Chinese 5 Spice

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup Ginger Sugar (Optional, it adds a nice bite! Of course, you could just use all plain sugar)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons sorghum or molasses

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional but highly recommended)

Preheat oven to 350° and line your muffin tins with festive liners ~ this recipe makes about 18 muffins.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a small bowl. Using your electric mixer or some serious elbow juice mix together the sugar and butter until it looks a bit like wet sand. Scrape down the sides of your bowl and add oil, eggs, molasses, and pumpkin. Mix thoroughly and scrape the sides down again. Add the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides at least once. Throw in the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.

Pour the batter into your prepared muffin tins. Fill each to about two thirds full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean! Let cool in the tins for a few minutes then move to a wire rack to continue cooling. At this point, it is highly likely that they will start disappearing. However, if you manage to have some at the end of the day, they should last for a few days in an airtight container.

Happy fall, friends!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Citrus Polenta Cake

This cake is truly delightful! Not too sweet it can be dessert at any time of day ~ brunch, lunch, dinner, tea time!

We topped ours with peaches but any fruit medley would do! Oh, and maybe some whipped cream too!

Peach Polenta Cake

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup butter, at room temp

1/4 cup Hibiscus Citrus Sugar

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs, room temp

1/2 cup buttermilk

zest of one lemon

For peach topping:

4-5 peaches, sliced

2 Tablespoons butter

1/4 cup Hibiscus Citrus Sugar

juice of half a lemon

Preheat oven to 350F. Generously coat a 9-inch round baking pan with shortening and lightly flour the pan.

In a medium bowl sift together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.

With your stand mixer beat butter until it is light and airy. Add the sugars and continue to cream until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add buttermilk and lemon zest, mixing until smooth. Gradually stir in flour mixture until just incorporated, don’t over mix.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until golden and cooked through ~ 25 to 30 minutes ~ check it by sticking it with a toothpick, if it comes out clean you’re good to go. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Flip cake out onto the rack then flip it onto your serving plate to let cool completely.

At this point, you can make your topping! We used peaches but anything goes! Maybe some ice cream, or whipped cream.

For the peach topping melt the butter in a saucepan and then add all the other ingredients. Let them hangout together over medium heat until the juices thicken then they are good to go!

Stay sweet, friends!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Dirty Irish Chai ~ two ways

March is a tricky month. Will it be cold, will it be hot, or will it be tepid & springlike? You just never can tell. This year its been a bit warm in the lead up to St. Paddy’s Day so we created a refreshing version of an Irish Coffee!

Dirty Irish Chai

So we made it two ways ~ shaken and stirred.

Pictured above we shook the ingredients with ice for about a minute and a half. This made the drink nice and cold and created a lovely frothy topping.

Pictured below, we combined all the ingredients in a glass with ice, stirred it up a bit, then topped it off with homemade Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream!

Dirty Irish Chai

Both are DELICIOUS. The whipped cream really makes for easy drinking, it’s almost like there isn’t any alcohol in there…. Soooo if you’d like to be more aware of the alcohol you’re drinking and leave out some calories, maybe use the shaken method.

It’s up to you, listen to your heart, either way, you’re gonna get a lovely chai spice sweetness from the simple syrup and a serious kick of caffeine from the cold brew!

Here are the ingredients:

1.5 ounce whiskey of choice

1 ounce Chai Simple Syrup

2 ounces cold brew coffee

Method 1: Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake for at least a minute, strain into a glass & enjoy.

Method 2: Pour all ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir a bit. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy.

Cheers!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

 

Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

The perfect topping for pies, ice cream, hot cocoa, and fresh fruit!!!!

Dirty Irish Chai

It’s easy and delicious and all your friends and family will be impressed that you made whipped cream:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Sugar

Place mixing bowl and a balloon whisk in freezer for at least 20 minutes to chill. (This step is optional, however it makes it a little easier to whip up the cream by hand ~ you can also just throw these ingredients into the bowl of your electric mixer and whip it up that way.)

Pour cream and sugar into your chilled bowl. Whisk for approximately 3-5 minutes or until cream reaches the soft peak stage. You’ll know you’re there when you see peaks fall ever so slightly to the side when you lift your whisk out of the bowl!

And it’s that easy!

Enjoy!

Charleston Spice Co.

The King of Tarts

This all started with a desire to make a king cake. I made a king cake but it just wasn’t all that satisfying.  Sooooo I decided to make pop tarts that were filled and decorated just like I’d fill and decorate a king cake!

King of Tarts

The crust is a simple sugar cookie dough. The filling can be as basic or as wild as you want to get!! And that’s the beauty of this recipe ~ there are no rules for the filling! At the end of this post, I’ll tell you all about the fillings I’ve tried so far (and ya best believe I’ll be making these again to try more fillings!).

For the crust (makes about 15 tarts when the dough is rolled to 1/4″ and cut with a 3.5″ diameter round cookie cutter):

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set to the side. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Slowly add in the flour mix. Mix until completely combined.

Split the dough in half or into thirds and roll out to desired thickness. I placed both sheets of dough onto a baking sheet layered with parchment paper and then placed them in the refrigerator to chill. Once the dough was chilled I cut it to my desired shape, I used a 3.5″ diameter cookie cutter. How you proceed here is up to you. I decided to cut all the dough before I began assembling the tarts, keeping it chilled in the fridge.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and assemble your fillings!

As far as fillings go, let your heart guide you. Here are some of the fillings we tried:

~ plain homemade caramel sauce

~ caramel sauce with thinly sliced apple & cinnamon sugar

~ chocolate chips

~ chocolate chips, toasted pecans, & caramel sauce

~ lemon curd

~ homemade kumquat marmalade

The possibilities are endless!! Place your desired filling in the middle of your crust and seal around the outside with a fork. Bake for 17 minutes, or until the edges of crust begin to brown. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

Once cool you can decorate! For the sugary topping we sifted 1 cup of confectioners sugar and added a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of milk ~ you may want a splash more milk, but we found that keeping the topping a little thicker helped keep it from all rolling right off the tarts! Top with sugar, sprinkles, and maybe a drizzle of caramel!

The beauty of these tarts is that there is no limit to what you can put inside!! So let your imagination guide you!

Happy baking!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

King of Tarts