Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my site!
I'm Cindy, and I love to cook! And, I love to eat... hence the size of my rear end! I come from a long line of cooks. My great great Grandmother was a cook in the original Harvey Houses. My grandmother Julia was an awesome cook, and my mom was incredible. I owe my skills to these great women. Especially my Mom who said this to me about making gravy... "Cindy Lynn, wallpaper paste is wallpaper paste & gravy is gravy. Never the two shall meet!" Shall we say my first experience at making gravy left a little bit to be desired! Thank the high heavens my cooking skills have improved since then! Enjoy!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Beef Carnitas

I had never made carnitas before and assumed that it would be an incredible amount of work. I was wrong. These were remarkably easy to make and absolutely delicious. The only thing I would change is that I would double the recipe so we would have more leftovers! My son devoured them, as did my husband and me! I got the recipe from Cooking Light. I only altered it slightly by replacing Olive Oil for the cooking spray and used an entire white onion rather than the one cup of non descript onion the recipe called for. Serve the carnitas with warm flour tortillas, some fresh cilantro, onion, salsa and lime. I think your mouth will be VERY happy!


Olive Oil
1 white onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 pounds beef stew meat, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup less-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 large unpeeled orange wedge


Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Drizzle olive oil into the pot.

Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beef; sauté 5 minutes or until beef is browned on all sides.

Stir in broth, sugar, salt, and pepper; nestle orange section into beef mixture. Bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender. Remove and discard orange.

Continue simmering, uncovered, 8 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently.

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