Beef Barley Soup Recipe

Beef Barley Soup

This is a Cuisinart Original Recipe

Beef Barley Soup

You will need:

  • 2 pounds stew meat, like 1-inch pieces of chuck roast
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt(kosher salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (unsalted)
  • 1 onion (cut the medium onion into 1-inch pieces)
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smash them
  • 3/4 cup of pearl barley
  • 8 ounces of baby carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon  of fresh thyme, chop it
  • 1/3 cup of sherry
  • 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh parsley (about 5 sprigs and chop it)


You have to season with salt and pepper the meat. Put the butter into the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker and set it to sauté. When the butter is sizzling add the beef until brown. Remove and reserve.

Meanwhile, the beef is browning, let’s do some other stuff. Put the metal chopping blade into the Cuisinart Food Processor, add the onions and chop them.

Slice the mushrooms with the slicing disc. Once the beef has browned add the baby carrots,  garlic, onions and mushrooms to the pot. Continue to sauté for about 10 minutes until vegetables soften. Add sherry to the pot and cook until liquid evaporates.

Add the reserved meat, broth, and barley to the pot. Select High Pressure and Lock lid into place. Set timer to 30 minutes. When time is up, use the Natural Release Method to release all pressure. Remove lid carefully when float valve drops and allow steam to disperse.

You can Serve immediately but if you have to adjust seasoning accordingly to taste. Add the chopped parsley and maybe for an extra kick you can add 2 additional tablespoons of sherry.
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Chicken With Rice Casserole Recipe

Chicken With Rice Casserole Recipe

Chicken With Rice Casserole RecipeEverywhere you look when you read an article, which a tv show or surf the web you can’t go more than a couple of days without seeing something (and this is a huge problem) related to people that are overweight. More and more people become obese and the reason for that is either lack of exercise, the wrong diet or eating food that is unhealthy and contains lots and lots of fats.

But as always there is a solution to this! People should focus on some low-fat foods and what comes to mind is chicken.

For this, i will share with you a low-fat chicken with rice that is one of my favorite and very easy to do.


  • A third of a cup of flour
  • One and a half teaspoon of salt
  • A pinch of pepper
  • One cup of chicken broth
  • One and a half cups of skim milk
  • One and a half cups of cooked rice(i like the wild one but you can use also white rice)
  • A skinned chicken breast (cooked a little bit in a pan until it get’s some color)
  • A chopped green bell pepper (you can use your best food chopper to chop this)
  • 4 Ounces of Mushrooms


For this casserole you have to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F(about 175 Celsius). Take a large saucepan blend the salt, pepper and flour. Add the milk and broth. You will have to stir constantly (at low heat) until you get a smooth mixture. When the mixture is smooth bring it to a boil for just one minute and after add the rest of the ingredients. Stir for about 2 minute more.

When this is finished pour all of it in a baking dish or in a 1 1/2-quart casserole(either one is great) and put it in the oven for about 45 to 50 minutes. You can also serve it with fresh chopped herbs(parsley for eg.).

This great recipe is for 4 persons so that you can enjoy it with your friends over a nice and healthy dinner.

Great Meatloaf Recipe


  • Cut into quarters 2 small onions
  • 2 slices of bread broken in pieces (a day-old)
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves (loosely packed)
  • Cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 ounce of parmesan cheese
  • Cut into 1-inch pieces* a 2 pounds boneless chuck
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Lightly beat 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of kosher salt


You have to preheat the oven. Set it to 375°F.


In your, Cuisinart Food Processor inserts metal chopping blade and add the onions and pulse about 8-10 times until it meatloaf recipeis finely chopped. Now place the rest of the ingredients (except the eggs) and pulse a few times more until the consistency that you desire is reached (but please do not over-process them). After that, you can add the eggs and incorporate them into the mixture.

Place the mix into a large loaf pan, put it in the preheated oven and bake for about 1-1/2 hours until browned. Use a meat thermometer to see the temp registered(you are looking for about 175°F) and also the juices have to be clear, not pink. When this is achieved the meatloaf is ready. Let it rest for about 10-15 minutes then serve.

You can have an optional glaze:

When the meatloaf has baked for about 45 minutes you can spread a mixture of 1/4 cup ketchup with a tablespoon of brown sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard. (you have to stir until smooth this mixture)

*You can also use a mixture of beef, veal, and pork.

Benefits Of Buying a Food Chopper

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best food processorIf you are looking at this great kitchen appliance and i going to use it if I buy it? The answer to this simple question is YES! If you own one trust me you are going to use it like crazy because this best food appliance comes with so many advantages!

The first one that comes to mind is that you will literary cut in half the time spend preparing your ingredients when you are cooking. Slicing, dicing, grinding, mincing and so on are those time-consuming tasks you have to do in the kitchen. With one of the best food processors you will make them in half the time, maybe even faster, and you will not have to spend so many hours preparing ingredients but do the thing you love most – cooking.

You benefit from the multiple blades and discs available that are capable of doing all sorts of operations and all of that comes only by a push of a button. Who doesn’t love that? Food processing just got easy.

Every single food program on tv will show the cook armed with a chef’s knife and a top food chopper and slicer. The creation of nutritious and good looking dishes just become a breeze and it will be done in no time at all. This is exactly what you need in your kitchen and once you used a food grinder you will never look at home cooking to be a tedious task but you will just simply love it.

Be Healthy With a Food Processor

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best food processorToday eating healthy can really put a dent in your wallet. You will find everything from pre-packaged meals to organic food and this can be a little expensive for everyone. Wouldn’t it be super if you could make your very own healthy dishes at home without all of these expensive ingredients?

And now is the moment when a top food kitchen system comes in. If you want a healthy life, fruits and vegetables are a must. But consuming them as it tends to become a little bit boring. This is also the reason why people don’t follow their diets – boredom of eating the same food in the same form always.

What if you can spice things up and not look at an apple like it is and start looking at it like an apple smoothie or an apple salad? Sounds interesting!? Well, it is, and with a food chopper and slicer, you can start making different things every day from the same raw materials. You can make soups, purees, salads and so many things with the best food processor and also be saving a great deal of time in doing so. From now on you will use veggies and fruits in the best way you possibly can.

All of those are posable because a kitchen system comes with a work bowl from 3 to 15+ cups capacity, a number of slicing and shredding discs that will offer you endless choices in how to prepare your healthy meals and also an infinite number of food processor recipes that you can try.

With a food machine, you options are virtually unlimited.

What Is A Food Processor And How Can You Use It

food chopper and blenderThe food processor has to be the most clever kitchen appliance ever invented. From slicing, mincing, shredding to dicing this food machine is one of the complete appliances available on the market and if the food chopper is one of the best cleanings is a breeze as most of the blades, bowls, and discs are dishwasher safe.

This kitchen gadget is so versatile due to the slicing blades and shredding discs included that preparing and cooking your food will be a great pleasure. You can prepare a lot of great dishes with it:


Every one of us loves a great and delicious soup but hates the time to prepare the ingredients for it. But now, with a complete food kitchen system, all will be so easy and will only take a few minutes. All chopping the veggies and even the species are not a problem. You can even adjust the consistency of your soup as almost every model has a Pulse option.


Now you don’t have to discard your old bread because you can make crumbs and even croutons from it. This makes wonderful coatings for your fried pork chops and fried chicken.


You can have a delicious and healthy salad every day in just a couple of minutes. Chopping the veggies and even making the dressing was never this easy.


Spaghetti Tuesday’s? No problem! You can make spaghetti and meatballs every time you want as the food machine even grinds meat. You can grind and shred every type of meat that usually will not find in stores, like turkey and chicken.


This task is the most tedious one you can do. But with a top food slicer is fun. These are just a few of the various task you need to do in your kitchen that from now on is just fun to do.

What Life Would Be Without Kitchen Appliances

female chopping food ingredients

To live without appliances these days it is a bit hard especially when everybody is so busy. They make life much easier, much faster, and also a lot more exact. This is why it pays to be wise and also economical; buying simply the units that you actually utilize regularly. If you are having a predicament in finding out which products you need to pack your kitchen with, worry not because we have covered the top kitchen counter must-haves for you.

To become a good cook, you need all the essential kitchen equipment and gadgets. But unfortunately many of these kitchen gadgets that we purchase never get used as we make these purchases not knowing which will work for us. The most used tool in the modern kitchen is the immersion blender and you can find it in a lot of shapes and sizes.

Just like a mini food processor, there is the immersion blender and it is very useful for blending soups, smoothies, making purees, various sauces and even mayonnaise. Also called stick blender is a very versatile tool to have around the kitchen. But not all immersion blenders are so efficient and for that, you have to read all the reviews you can find to make the correct choice when you want to buy one.

The pleasurable experience of cooking is made ease by the application of food processors, which can now be seen in all kitchens. The home management is achieved by the available number of food processors at present. The process of grinding, chopping, juicing, blending, cutting and squeezing will extract the pulp from your fruits or veggies.
If you want to extract the juices of citrus fruits you can also use a Hand-made juicer. But the electrically driven appliances will extract the juice in a better and easy way. They will require less manpower and effort and the juice tastes great.

Some of the other things I want to mention about our food processor while I take this shredded cheese out, look how gorgeous that is. It couldn’t be easier. Couple other things I want to mention about our food processor is that all the removable parts are dishwasher safe. It also comes with a great how-to DVD, shows you all the pieces and parts of your food processor. It also comes with a spatula that’s designed specifically to use inside your work bowl. And you can’t imagine how useful this appliance is. It takes up very little counter space. It takes up about the size of a piece of paper, an 8 ½ by 11 pieces of paper but it’s unbelievably versatile. Enjoy your new food processor.

Cooking With Basic Functions Or With Full Featured Devices?

Cooking With Basic Functions Or With Full Featured DevicesWith time passing kitchen appliances start to look older. The shiny coat and it’s color will fade and in a second you will start to see marks and scratches. But If the appliance still works there is no need to replace it. It will maybe give your kitchen a more vintage look.

Fewer food processors have beyond the basic functions, have some whistles and bells that can be very helpful. Features like nesting bowls when you can attach a smaller bowl making the food processor into a mini-chopper. To prevent leaks some come with a gasket on the lid of the bowl but because of that on some model, the lid will be a bit harder to clean as the gasket tends to trap bits of food. The will also have a locking blade, adjustable disks that can control the thickness of slices.

To prepare healthy meals today’s cooks will always look for convenient and easier ways. And for that easier path to food preparation, we try all kinds gadgets and devices that promise that easier way. And to that end, the stores always stock the shelves with some fancy vegetable peelers, cappuccino frothers, egg crackers and avocado slices. But most of them will fail to live up to the expectations. But not the food processor. This is a handy machine that helps you at home and even the professional cook achieve incredible results if you use it properly. And that raises the question – how can you get the most use out of this time-saving device?

With a food processor, all the jobs you did by hand are now over. A grating can be done in seconds with the help of a food processor. Cutting up vegetables and fruits can also be done in seconds. Although the manual exercise will have some therapeutic values, Kneading the dough will be a breeze and will be done very quickly and easily with the help of a food chopper. What makes it such a breeze are the different attachments that are specially designed for these kinds of jobs. You can make even guacamole or a great tasting salsa if you like Mexican food. And all that will be done in a fraction of the time.