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New Recipe on Website...Pork Steaks with Fruit Reduction

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Coming Soon...Chipotle Chicken With Pomegranate Reduction

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New Website Post

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Be sure to check out my new post on my website called "Spiritual Food" on The Pastor Chef website!

http://www.thepastorchef.com/spiritual-food.html

R Davidson Chophouse Review

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My wife and I had the opportunity to go out on a date to Tuscaloosa the other night (something we don't get to do much) and try a place called R. Davidson Chophouse. I haven't heard of this place, but I wanted to try it out after looking at the menu. We were pleasantly and wonderfully surprised how good this place is!

1. The atmosphere: As we entered the restaurant we noticed how decorative the place-setting was on each table. We also noticed that there was giant projector screen TVs that could be used for presentations or to turn on a ballgame. So the feel we got when we first entered is the look of an upscale dining restaurant with a casual tone in it. We actually enjoyed and appreciated it.

2. The service: The service was excellent. We had a waiter that gave recommendations and also was pleasant and personable. On thing we appreciated is that the waiter actually tries the specials so he can give his personal input on it. He also memorizes the specials so he can recite them.  He constantly came to our table and checked on us.

3. The food: The food was spot-on. We had some dishes that I believe I would have trouble reproducing at home:


We started off with portabella  mushroom fries with a spicy horseradish dipping sauce. They were great and had a good texture and feel.  A great starter!



We actually got a surprise when our waiter brought out a complimentary rosemary bread loaf with pimento spread. It was delicious! It was a great mixture with the sweet bread and the salty pimento spread. Great combination!


The sides were al a carte, so we ordered the roasted seasonal vegetables and the lobster mac and cheese. The size of the al a carte items were big enough to feed both me and my wife. The seasonal vegetables were zucchini, onions and peppers. They were cooked great and seasoned well. The lobster mac and cheese was excellent. You would get hunks of lobster in some bites and it was perfect.


I ordered the pan roasted chicken and my wife ordered a large bone in pork chop.  In all my times ordering chicken out, this was one of the best chicken dishes I have had. It was a moist piece of chicken with a nice brown crust on the outside. I tried a bite of my wife's dish it was flavorful as well.

The only minor thing that was with the dishes is my wife's pork chop was a little under-cooked but it was still tasty.



For dessert we had bread pudding with caramel sauce on top. YES! This was an excellent bread pudding, and one order was able to feed both of us.  I would actually come here to just order this dessert!


4. Price: To have the feel of an upscale restaurant it actually was not as pricey as one would imagine. We paid a little over $60 not including tip. So the prices were reasonable for the quality of service and food.

5. Overall: Great atmosphere, great service, and great food, made for a great experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Tuscaloosa area. I would like to highlight the service. That is what made the experience. Great job!

You can find R Davidson Chophouse at:
 
2330 4th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

New Soft Boot of New Website!

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I'm here to announce my new website, http://www.thepastorchef.com/home.html. I will still be updating this page, but I'll put my own creations on the new site!



New Website Coming

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I haven't had as many updates over the past few days because pretty soon I will be moving to a new domain. I finally broke down and registered a domain to make it official. I hope to have a reveal in the next few weeks! Stay tuned!

Blog Feature: Taste of Bri

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Taste of Bri 

Gluten-free baking for all to enjoy. Dig in!


I wanted to send a blog feature of someone you should drop by and check out: Taste of Bri Bri offers delicious looking desserts that are gluten-free! With my wife having an intolerance to gluten, I am impressed by her dedication and  presentation of gluten-free recipes. She is not gluten-free herself, but has a passion for those that face this sensitivity:

"I am not gluten-free. I do not have any allergens or sensitivities to gluten, but that doesn't mean anything to me. I grew up surrounded by friends and family who always had stomach aches, which sometimes turned into something worse. I grew up surrounded by people who could not eat what they wanted because it contained gluten. I wanted to do something for them. During my freshman year of college, I became very involved in my major, but noticed the Food Science major was based mostly on chemistry labs. For me, I just wanted to bake and be in the kitchen." -Bri Hanne


She is currently finishing up a degree in Food Science. Go and check out her page! Here is some contact info:



If you are a Christian food blogger, and would like to be featured on my blog, comment on this post or email me at chbrke2012@gmail.com





Sriracha T-Bone

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We celebrated our daughter's Gotcha day by doing what we do best. Eating steaks!  I decided to do a little something different with my T-bone I  purchased, and I was very pleased of the result! I never knew putting sriracha on a steak before you cook it would turn out so well.

1 T-bone steak
1/2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp clarified butter
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp sriracha

The day before you cook your steak, remove from package and pat down with a paper towel. Sprinkle 1/2 of the amount of kosher salt to use on both sides and set in the fridge uncovered overnight. This will pull out any excess moisture.

The next day, about 20 minutes before cooking your steak, remove from fridge and pat down again with another paper towel. This next step is an optional step, but I did it anyway. Take a fork and poke small holes in both sides of the steak, then beat slightly with a meat tenderizer mallet.  Take your garlic powder and mix with your melted clarified butter.Add a pinch of salt to the butter. After doing so divide the butter evenly into two small bowls. Take a brush and generously brush both sides from only one of the bowls.  Sprinkle the rest of the salt on both sides of steaks, and add pepper and paprika.Brush sriracha evenly on both sides.

Take a skillet and turn to medium high heat. Cook steak for 6 minutes on first side and flip.  Take your unused garlic butter and spoon over the top of the steak and cook another six minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.

The result was one of the most tender, flavorful steaks I've had in a while. So tender I could tear it apart with a fork.  The Sriracha  gave the steak a rich flavor with just a little bite to it. Try this when you get a chance!

Chocolate Delight

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As we try to maintain our diet, every now and then we get a sweet craving. For me, its primarily chocolate. We found a recipe on a diet board online (I wish I had a link to share) that gives us great chocolate flavor without so much of the guilt that is involved.  Here is what we did:

2/3 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

If you are not  a honey person, you can substitute for maple syrup. 

First, begin by making sure the coconut oil is liquid. If it is not, warm it in a boiler until it melts on low heat. 

Add cocoa powder, honey vanilla extract and salt to coconut oil. Mix well.

Take a mini-muffin tin and spray with cooking spray. Fill each tin about 1/3 of the way full. This should make about 20 chocolate pieces.

Place tin in fridge and let harden for at least 2 hours. After they are set, take then out of the tins, but I would keep them in a container in the fridge, due to melting.

And there you have it! They are tasty, and help with craving every now and then. Try it sometime!






Coconut Flour Waffles

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We decided to have breakfast for dinner and try using some coconut flour we received as a gift. After we found a recipe on the Girl vs. Dough website, I must say these are great! The are light, fluffy,and tasty. Put your favorite (light) syrup and some cooked apples, and you have some good waffles. I also made some homemade sausage to go with it. In all, this dinner is gluten free and Paleo approved!

8 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk


The original recipe called for coconut milk, but we substituted for regular milk.

Break eggs into a mixer and mix together. Pour melted butter and mix for another 10 seconds. Add your milk, then dry ingredients and mix until incorporated well.

Pour batter into a waffle maker, about 1/4 cup and cook until desired doneness.

It was a delicious breakfast for dinner!
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