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Carb Check Diet: Carb-Check Recipes - Sauces

By Mike Thayer

One of the best compliments to any meat/fish dish is a great pan sauce.  Sauces add another texture and some moisture to your dish (and just in case you overcooked that pork chop or chicken breast, you'll need that sauce!), more importantly, it's another layer of FLAVOR! 

Knowing how to make a quick pan sauce can turn that plain pork chop into a mouth-watering entree or a boring chicken breast into a, "DAMN this is good!"  

One of my go-to preparations when I pan fry a meat or fish is rubbing that protein down with equal parts Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and seasoned salt.  I use that as a substitute for breading.  After you've cooked that Parmesan/garlic powder/seasoned salt rubbed protein in some olive oil to perfection, remove from the pan, but don't turn off the heat.

It's time to make a sauce.  You'll probably notice a bunch of "brown bits" in that pan.....  That's FLAVOR!  It's all that seasoning rub and olive oil goodness that didn't stick to the chop, chicken, steak or piece of fish.  In culinary terms those brown bits are called 'Fond' and that fond is the base for a great sauce.

All you need to do after you remove the protein from the pan is add liquid.  Just about anything will do, chicken stock, beef stock (I like to use low sodium varieties, because you've already added salt to the rub and you don't want to over-salt), wine (take the pan off the heat before adding any kind of alcohol), cream, heck even water will do the trick, about a 1/2 cup will do.  After adding that liquid, stir things up with a wooden spoon or a whisk to break up the fond and incorporate it into the liquid, creating the sauce.  This is a loose sauce, not a gravy, cook to desired thickness and pour over the meat.  Parmesan, seasoned salt, garlic and yes, even when combined with plain ol' water, is DELICIOUS!  It's another does of YUM!

Bonus, cleaning the pan just got a lot easier! 

Enjoy.

via www.carbcheckdiet.com


Grillinggoodeats.com: Lamb Recipes

Grilling Good Eats

by Mike Thayer

If you've never had lamb before, it's a MUST try!  Lamb is the go-to meat in much of the Mediterranean. It's used there like beef is here in the states to make sandwiches, casseroles, entrees and sides.  It's enjoyed as roasts, chops and you've probably heard of a 'Rack of Lamb' which is delicious!    The meat presents a whole different flavor profile and it's outstanding!  So if you're looking for something a little different to try, lamb is the ticket, no mint jelly required!

Meat Temp for Lamb:  To get a medium rare, grill lamb until the meat thermometer hits the 135 degree mark.   Remember to let the meat rest after pulling it from the grill!

Mike's Lamb Chops

A lamb chop from the grill is OH SO TASTY!  If you've never grilled lamb before this is the cut to grill that first time.  They are easy to do and do well and by serving lamb to dinner guests you'll look like a real grill pro.

Ingredients

  • 6-8 lamb chops
  • ½ cup white wine (use something you like to drink)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cookies Flavor Enhancer or your favorite rub
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried Rosemary

Directions
Whisk together the wine, olive oil, rub, garlic powder, minced onion and Rosemary. After placing the chops in a ziplock bag, pour the wine mixture over the chops and let those flavors marry, refrigerating for at least four hours. Grill over direct heat, lid off, to get that good sear and great looking grill marks, 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the chops. After you’ve got that great presentation side look, flip the chops over to the low heat side of the grill and cover. Grill for about another 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer hit’s the 135 degree mark (medium rare). In the grill set-up, cherry wood pellets add another layer of flavor. TIP: Trim some of the fat off the chops before marinating or rubbing and save it to create pan drippings. When you’re grilling, put those fat trimmings in a cast iron skillet over low heat and let them render to create the base for a sauce or gravy.

A quick pan sauce for chops…. Combine lamb fat drippings with a little flour, some black berries or blueberries - whatever kind of berry you might have on hand for that matter - and some balsamic vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste and you’ve made an excellent compliment to the chops!

For more great grilling recipes, beef, chicken, fish and more, go to www.grillinggoodeats.com


Iowa Utilities Board approves water rate increase

The Iowa Utilities Board on Monday granted Iowa American Water the authority to implement a 10.37 percent rate increase that will boost annual revenue by $3.9 million.

The decision comes almost 10 months after the company applied for a 13.7 percent rate increase that would have grown annual revenue by $5.15 million.  

However, customer rates will not be set until Iowa American develops and files a new rate design, which the state board must review and approve.

The final order amount includes the utility's previous temporary rate increase on May 9, 2016, that added $2.33 to the average monthly bill and expands its annual revenue by about $2.1 million.

via qctimes.com


Nebraska ranks No. 13, Iowa No. 6 on best states list

LINCOLN — Nebraska and Iowa rank high among states — but not at the top — for the job they do serving their residents.

At least, that’s according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking of the 50 states to be released today.

Nebraska came out at No. 13 overall in the list. Iowa is No. 6.

U.S. News, which has a long history of ranking colleges and hospitals, developed the new Best States ranking based on what residents value most in their states.

via www.omaha.com


Oil prices dip, rising U.S. output offsets OPEC cuts

Global oil prices dipped on Tuesday but continued to trade in a tight range with the OPEC-led output cuts offset by increasing crude production from the United States.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has so far surprised the market by showing record compliance with oil-output curbs, and could improve in coming months as the biggest laggards - the United Arab Emirates and Iraq - pledge to catch up quickly with their targets.

But while the Nov. 30 agreement to reduce production prompted oil prices to rise $10 a barrel, they have been trading in a narrow $3 range in recent weeks.

via www.reuters.com


Trump to sign order reviewing EPA water rule - CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump will sign Tuesday an executive order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to review Obama-era water regulations to make sure they are not harming the economy, according to an internal EPA email obtained by CNN.

The order -- which is currently in draft form and subject to change before Tuesday afternoon, when Trump is expected to sign it -- addresses the "Waters of the United States" rule, which applies to 60% of the bodies of water in the US.

via www.cnn.com


Trump previews joint address to Congress, takes blame for communication issues | Fox News

President Trump on Tuesday morning said his joint address to Congress this evening would focus on the central planks of his campaign – the military, the border, jobs and health care – and he took responsibility for any communications miscues that have blunted the effectiveness of his message in the early days of the administration.

Trump, in an exclusive interview with “Fox & Friends,” specifically cited his immigration policy, and said that perhaps the rollout of his plan to keep out and remove criminal illegals hadn’t been “communicated effectively.”

“And maybe that’s my fault,” Trump said.

He later awarded himself a grade of a “C” or “C-plus” on communicating, straightforwardly saying, “My messaging isn’t good.”

via www.foxnews.com


Cook beginning to figure things out for Hawkeyes

Tyler Cook continued to score points for the Iowa basketball team last week.

He scored 14 points in a victory over Indiana and added a Big Ten career-high 21 in a Saturday night upset of Maryland.

That’s nothing new. The 6-foot-9 freshman has been the team’s second-leading scorer most of the season. What has been different for the past few weeks is that Cook is beginning to do many of the less noticeable things that Iowa coach Fran McCaffery hoped he could give the Hawkeyes.

via qctimes.com


Midwest Poly-Solutions LTD

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Blackman Albrecht's Interiors

Blackman Albrecht's InteriorsBlackman Albrecht's Interiors (formerly known as Blackman Decorating), is a full service flooring and window covering store.

We aren't just a flooring store. Besides flooring and blinds, we also have the Amisco brand featured in the store. Super comfortable and high quality steel framed barstools, dining chairs and dining and bar height tables.

Location

1924 Boyrum St
Iowa City, IA
PH: 319-337-7713

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