Review of Urban Accents Santa Fe Mole Sauce Mix

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that many of my recipes are Mexican inspired.  One item that has been really hard for me to find when I go out to eat is gluten-free chicken with mole sauce.  I posted a photo of my finished Chicken Mole dish and someone asked "what is mole?", well according to Wikipedia: Mole is the generic name for a number of sauces originally used in Mexican cuisine, as well as for dishes based on these sauces. Outside Mexico, it often refers specifically to mole poblano. I was trying to make something different for dinner and I found a package of Urban Accents Santa Fe Mole in my cabinet, it was the perfect thing.   The sauce was very easy to make and I made some simple white rice and sautéed spinach with pine nuts to go with it.  I must say that I was very surprised with how good the Mole turned out.  My husband and I like things spicy, so often times we find recipes and spice packets to be too bland for us, this one was just right.  I will definitely buy and make this again meal.  Here...Read More
short rib

Short Ribs

I made short ribs for Christmas Dinner this year, so I wanted to make sure to share the amazing results.  I first had short ribs about 4 years ago when my step daughter ordered it.  I've always been turned off by ribs, but her meal looked really good so I asked for a taste and I loved it.  I couldn't believe it took me so long to try short ribs.  Since that first taste, I order them every chance I get. Slow Cooker Short Ribs 3 pounds bone-in beef short ribs1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon pepper1 tablespoon olive oil4 medium carrots (cut into 1-inch pieces)3 celery stalks (including leaves, cut into 1-inch pieces)1 cup beef broth4 fresh thyme sprigs1 bay leaf2 large onions (cut into 1/2-inch wedges)6 garlic cloves (minced)1 tablespoon tomato paste1/2 bottle red table wine4 teaspoons cornstarch3 tablespoons cold waterSalt and pepper to taste Sprinkle ribs with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches, brown ribs on all sides; transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Add carrots, celery, broth, thyme and bay leaf to ribs.Add onions to the same skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 8-9 minutes or...Read More