Month 2 done!

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Second part of quilt along pattern pieced!

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Funkytown

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It’s coming along …

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Center test

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Hand appliquéd a tester circle for the center of my houses. I got a late start, my templates arrived today.

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Pressure Cooker Garlicky Cuban Roast Pork

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Pressure Cooker Garlicky Cuban Pork

This cumin-scented, garlic-laced pork is marinated with grapefruit, lime, and fresh oregano for a flavor that’s earthy and garlicky, yet bright from the citrus. The meat itself is as tender as can be, falling to shreds with the touch of a fork. Serve it over rice, or tuck it into tortillas along with some salsa and avocado to create tacos.

Ingredients

8 garlic
Juice of 1 grapefruit (about 2/3 cup)
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
1 4- to 5-pound boneless pork shoulder
1 bay leaf
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Lime wedges, for serving
Hot Sauce, for serving
Tortillas, for serving (optional)
Fresh tomato salsa, for serving (optional)

Method
In a blender or mini food processor, combine the garlic, grapefruit juice, lime zest and juice, 2 tablespoons of the oil, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, and salt; process until blended. Transfer to a large bowl and add the pork and bay leaf; toss to combine. Marinate, covered, at room temperature for 1 hour (or refrigerate for up to 6 hours).

Using the sauté function set on high if available, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the pressure cooker (or use a large skillet). Remove the pork from the marinade, reserving the marinade, and shake the meat to remove any excess liquid. Cook until it is browned on all sides, about 12 minutes (you will need to do this in batches, transferring the browned pork pieces to a plate as you go).

When all the pork is browned, return the pieces to the pot along with any juices from the plate. (If you used a skillet, add 1 tablespoon water and use a wooden spoon to scrape the skillet well to include all the browned bits stuck to the bottom.) Add the reserved marinade to the pot. Cover and cook on high pressure for 80 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

Remove the pork from the cooking liquid (jus). Taste the jus, and if it seems bland or too thin, boil it down either in the pressure cooker on the sauté setting or in a separate pot on the stove until it thickens slightly and intensifies in flavor, 7 to 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and add a bit of salt if necessary. If you’d like to degrease the jus, use a fat separator to do so, or just let the jus settle and spoon the fat off the top.

Shred the meat, using your hands or two forks. Toss the meat with the jus to taste (be generous—1 1/2 to 2 cups should do it), and serve with cilantro, lime wedges, and hot sauce.

Prep
• Marinate: 1 Hour
• Ready in: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Source: New York Times Cooking (Servings: 8 | Yield: Approx 4.5 ounces per serving)

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Chocolate Coconut Brownies

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Chocolate Coconut Brownies
Ingredients

Crisco ® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 ¼ cups sugar
1 cup Crisco® Pure Organic Coconut Oil, melted
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ½ cups sweetened coconut flakes, divided

Method
Heat oven to 350°F. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.

Combine sugar and oil in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and 1 cup coconut. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup coconut.

Bake 30 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
Prep
• Prep: 10 Minutes
• Cook: 30 Minutes
• Ready in: 40 Minutes

Source: Pillsbury (Servings: 24 | Yield: One 13 x 9 pan)

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Currants

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup and Currants
Steel cut oats cook perfectly in the Instant Pot in these Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Maple Syrup.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup steel-cut oats
¼ cup dried currants or raisins
1 tablespoon maple syrup
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Method
Turn the Instant Pot to the Saute function. Add the butter. When it’s melted, stir in the oats, currants, syrup and salt. Stir until the oats are toasted about 3 minutes.

Stir in 3 1/4 cups water. Lock on the lid and set the valve to sealing. Using the manual button, set to high pressure for 10 minutes. When finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then do a pressure release.

Stir and then serve with additional butter or maple syrup if you wish.
Prep
• Prep: 5 Minutes
• Cook: 30 Minutes
• Total Time: 35 Minutes

Source: Adapted from Melissa Clark (Servings: 4 | Yield: Approx 1 cup per serving)

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Grilled Rosemary Lamb Chops

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Grilled Rosemary Lamb Chops

Ingredients

8 lamb loin chops, trimmed of fat (3.5 oz each bone-in)
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
fresh ground pepper, to taste

Method
Combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and rosemary in a small bowl. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and cover with marinade. Marinate at least 1 hour, overnight if possible. Discard the marinade, then grill over medium-high heat to desired liking, about 5 minutes on each side or broil in the oven.

Notes
Read more at https://www.skinnytaste.com/grilled-rosemary-lamb-chops-4-ww-pts/#lALoUgzEE3TWAdUW.99

Prep
• Marinate: 60 Minutes
• Total Time: 75 Minutes

Source: Skinny Taste (4 servings)

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Porcini Mushroom Relish

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Porcini Mushroom Relish

We used this simple relish on a roast beef sandwich, but it would work as a condiment on a wide variety of meat or vegetable dishes. It’s packed with umami and herby/tangy flavors.

Ingredients

½ ounce Dried Porcini Mushrooms, (I used a mix of dried mushrooms)
2 teaspoons Onion, finely minced
2 teaspoons Brined Capers, rinsed, drained & chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
½ teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Fresh Tarragon, finely sliced

Method
Rinse dried mushrooms thoroughly in warm water. Rehydrate the porcinis in hot water. Drain off the water, and let mushrooms dry on a plate lined with paper towels (pat away any additional moisture with a paper towel) and finely mince the mushrooms.

Stir in the onion, mustard, salt, olive oil, tarragon and brined capers.

Notes
Melissa notes – the original recipe did not mention rinsing the capers after draining and it also called for 2 teaspoons salt. That was way too salty. I changed the recipe accordingly to my liking.
Source: Adapted from MarxFoods (4 servings)

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Steak Salad with Blue Cheese, Hazelnuts, and Pears

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Delicious!

Steak Salad with Blue Cheese, Hazelnuts, and Pears

A good steak salad requires one thing: properly seared steak. The key? Get your pan and the oil good and hot before adding the steak to the skillet. Then, use a timer to track the recipe. It might seem silly, but this is the difference between a great crust and pink interior or the dreaded overdone steak. Once seared, you’ll pair the steak slices with peppery arugula, slices of sweet pear, toasted hazelnuts, and blue cheese. If blue is too intense for you, try a crumbled fresh goat cheese or shaved parmesan. Serve with a glass of light red wine like Pinot Noir or Syrah.

Ingredients

1 lb. flank steak (1 in. thick)
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
½ teaspoon black pepper, divided
¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
5 ounces baby arugula (about 6 cups)
1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
⅓ cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
1 ounce blue cheese, sliced or crumbled (about ¼ cup)

Method
Season steak with 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high. Cook steak, turning once, until browned on both sides, 5 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Stir together vinegar, mustard, and remaining ¼ cup oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add arugula, pear, and steak and toss to coat. Top with hazelnuts and blue cheese.

Prep
• Active: 15 Minutes
• Total Time: 15 Minutes

Source: Real Simple (4 servings)

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Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic

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Lamb Loin Chops with Garlic

Easy pan-seared Lamb Loin Chops Recipe with Garlic and Olive Oil. Delicious, Mediterranean-style dinner that takes only 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients

4 lamb loin chops
3 tablespoons olive oil
5 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
fresh parsley chopped
¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Method
Allow lamb loin chops sit on the counter at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. In other words, take them out of refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking.

Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, minced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl, and mix. Rub lamb loin chops with this mixture.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet (I used stainless steel skillet) until hot. Add lamb loin chops and cook on high heat about 3 minutes on one side, then turn over and cook for 3 minutes on the other side. Use splatter screen, if needed.

Then, reduce the heat to low, flip the lamb chops back to the other side, and let them cook on low heat for about 5 more minutes.

Remove the skillet from heat, cover with lid. Leave the chops in the skillet, off heat, covered for about 10-15 minutes.

After 10 minutes, check the lamb loin chops for doneness. They should have a nice pink color when cut in the center (not raw). The internal temperature of chops should register at 145 F. If the lamb chops are still raw, continue cooking, covered, on medium heat for another 5-10 minutes, until they are properly cooked.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

Prep
• Prep: 10 Minutes
• Cook: 20 Minutes
• Total Time: 30 Minutes

Source: Julia’s Album (4 servings)

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