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Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

October is coming to a close, and thanks to daylight savings time, it will soon be dark when we get home from work. Tomorrow is Halloween, and our kids are anxiously awaiting the trick-or-treating extravaganza while parents give up feeding kids anything of nutritional value (for one evening).  

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Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Fall weather also brings more fall recipes: hearty dinners like stews, pot roasts and mashed potatoes. This recipe is a new twist on these classic comfort foods, featuring succulent short ribs and creamy polenta.

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

For those who aren’t familiar, beef short ribs are large and have more meat than their pork counterpart, spare ribs. Short ribs are one of the most flavorful cuts of meat around, and hours of low and slow cooking make them extremely tender and juicy. Luckily, a slow cooker makes this braising method easy and hands-off.  

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

While adding coffee to the braising liquid may not seem intuitive, give it a try. You’ll be surprised at the nuance it brings to meaty short ribs, and the flavors will allow for a break from standard gravies and red wine sauces. Served over polenta, you’ll have a rich and satisfying meal with almost no effort. (But look at the photos and trust us, it looks like you labored over this meal all day.)

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Creamy polenta is the perfect accompaniment to this dish, as it acts a base for absorbing savory sauces and adds its own sweet and subtle corn flavor. Again, it’s similar to the classic mashed potato, easier to prepare and saves you from falling into a starchy rut. Look for instant polenta at your grocery store, as it’s specially designed to cook in just one minute, making it a quick and comforting part of any meal.

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Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Marinating the ribs ahead of time really adds flavor to the finished dish. Feel free to use that last cup of leftover coffee. Once the ribs marinate several hours or overnight, all you have to do is pour them into the slow cooker. The slow cooker does all the work, so it’s perfect for an impressive Sunday dinner for guests, but also easy enough for a weeknight meal.

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Marinate, pour and cook – that’s it. When you come home from work your kitchen will have the most delicious aroma.

Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Coffee Braised Short Ribs
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeño peppers, minced
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon dried thyme
5 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, cut into 3-inch pieces
Polenta
Thyme leaves
Instructions
In a glass 13x9-inch baking dish, combine coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, onion, garlic, jalapeño, bay leaves, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and thyme. Add short ribs, turn to coat with marinade.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate several hours or overnight.
Place short rib mixture in slow cooker crock.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 5 ½ to 6 hours or LOW for 11 to 12 hours.
Let mixture cool and remove layer of fat off the top of mixture.
Reheat short ribs before serving.
Serve over polenta and garnish with fresh thyme.
Everyday Good Thinking http://everydaygoodthinking.com/

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In addition to offering modern convenience, the Set & Forget® Programmable Slow Cooker has three choices for easy, automatic cooking: program, probe and manual mode. For the cook who is busy all day but wants a home-cooked dinner at night, a slow cooker is the answer. And with this one, technology takes a big leap forward from the outdated slow cookers found in yesterday’s kitchens.



Crushed Cookie Frappe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

What do you get when you cross everyone’s favorite chocolate sandwich cookie with coffee, ice and whipped cream? This scrumptious crushed cookie shake. It’s perfect for hot summer days and those times when you don’t feel like making the drive to the coffee shop but really want a chilled coffee drink.

Crushed Cookie Frappe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you have a blender, you can act as your own barista and make this treat at home. Just add chocolate sandwich cookies, coffee, milk, chocolate sauce, a little sugar and some ice and you’ll have an amazingly cool frappe in minutes. Did summer just get a whole lot better?

Crushed Cookie Frappe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Crushed Cookie Frappe
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
3/4 cup water
4 Tablespoons ground espresso or other dark roast coffee
1/4 cup whole milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
2 Oreo® cookies, broken into pieces
2 1/2 cups crescent-shaped ice cubes (about 24 ice cubes)
Whipped cream
Instructions
Pour water into water reservoir. Place coffee filter in brew basket. Add ground espresso; brew coffee.
Place milk, sugar, chocolate syrup and brewed coffee in blender jar. Add ice to mixture in blender.
Press PULSE 4 or 5 times to chop ice. Then, blend on HIGH until mixture is thoroughly blended.
Add cookies to mixture in blender. PULSE until cookies are blended into mixture.
Top with whipped cream and additional cookie pieces, if desired.
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Prepare delicious summer drinks like this icy frappe or chop and puree foods with the 700 watt peak-power motor in the MultiBlend™ Blender. The signature MultiBlend™ system propels ingredients around the jar for excellent results with both liquid and solid mixtures.



Raspberry Truffle Coffee from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Rich chocolate flavors compliment the sweet raspberry and cream in this luxurious dessert coffee that’s simple enough for everyday. The coffee can be brewed in a single-serve coffee maker to make it quickly for one, or you can multiply the recipe and use a standard 12-cup coffee maker to serve a group. It’s like getting a fancy coffeehouse espresso drink, but you can do it yourself at home in just a few easy steps. Plus, there’s no one to misspell your name on the side of your to-go cup.

Raspberry Truffle Coffee from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Top your raspberry truffle coffee with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. If you are wondering how to make chocolate shavings, just use a block of your favorite chocolate and run it over a grater or scrape it with a peeler. It’s incredibly easy and adds a gorgeous touch to a delightful drink.

Raspberry Truffle Coffee from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach


Raspberry Truffle Coffee
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
8 ounces brewed coffee
1 to 2 Tablespoons (1/2 to 1 oz.) Torani® White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Sauce
1 tablespoon (1 to 1 1/3 oz) Torani® Raspberry Syrup
Milk or cream to taste
Whipped cream
Instructions
Mix chocolate sauce with brewed coffee.
Add raspberry syrup and stir well.
Add milk or cream to taste, top with whipped cream and enjoy.
Notes
Chocolate ice cream topping can be substituted for white or dark chocolate sauce.
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The FlexBrew® Single-Serve Coffeemaker allows the flexibility of brewing freshly ground coffee one minute or a single-serve pack or coffee pod the next.

 



How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

10 – Better Tasting Coffee

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

No one wants last month’s leftovers in today’s coffee, so make sure to clean your coffee maker every 30 days. Oil residue from coffee beans can build up; cleaning prevents off-flavors from affecting your coffee.

 

9 – Your Coffee Maker Lasts Longer

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Regular cleaning prevents water mineral deposits, which can shorten a coffee maker’s life, from building up in the heater.

 

8 – Speedy Brew Times

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Calcification from hard water can build up in the heater pipes, insulating them so the heater takes longer and increases brew times. Cleaning fixes this.

 

7 – Clean and Dry

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Discard wet grounds after brewing and don’t let them sit in the filter basket all day. Leave the lid up to after a washing to ensure a clean, dry environment.

 

6 – Coffee Windows Won’t Lie

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

In some coffee maker reservoirs or coffee pots, there is a coffee level window showing how many cups of coffee are left. Regular cleaning prevents you from thinking there’s coffee left when there isn’t.

 

5 – Shine On

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Tannins in coffee can cause brown stains to build up on the interior of coffee pots. Regular cleaning keeps pots looking shiny and new.

 

4 – Office Mugs Aren’t Different

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

A quick rinse doesn’t clean out the oil residue from daily coffee drinking. Send it through the dishwasher or wash it with hot, soapy water. If it’s still sporting coffee rings, mix equal parts of baking soda and water into a paste and scour the stains prior to washing.

 

3 – Buffy the Stain Slayer

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

The appearance of your appliances can affect the overall look of your kitchen. Keep your kitchen looking sparkly and new by rubbing down the outside of your coffee maker.

 

2 – Clean Hidden Parts

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Don’t forget to clean all the pieces hiding inside your coffee maker. Clean the brew basket, any permanent filters, the drip tray and the hot plate. Check the manual to see which parts are dishwasher safe.

 

1 – If It Looks Good, You Look Good

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Have you ever visited a friend with a moldy coffee maker? It makes for awkward conversation, so keep your coffee pot clean. When guests go to brew coffee, you’ll look like a domestic goddess.

 

The Ultimate How-To Guide

How to Clean the 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

To clean 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker, select the carafe side.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Press the ON button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

How to Clean a Traditional 12 Cup Coffee Maker

To clean standard coffee makers, pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir. Press the ON or BREW button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes. Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished. Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.

 

How to Clean the Hot Plate

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

If there are stubborn stains on the hot plate, lay a wet paper towel over the cooled plate to soak until stains are softened. Remove and wipe clean.

 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Exterior

How to Clean Your Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking @hamiltonbeach

Wipe with a damp cloth in the direction of the metal grain. Buff with a dry, soft cloth to achieve a brilliant shine.

 



Irish Coffee with the BrewStation® Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

The Irish are distinctly known for their love of good stout and good whiskey, so it’s no surprise that Jack Koeppler, owner of the San Francisco restaurant the Buena Vista in 1952, teamed up with travel writer Stanton Delaplane to try to recreate a tasty drink the former had during a pass-through at Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

Irish Coffee with the BrewStation® Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

The delicious coffee recipe featured Irish whiskey and cream, and is still served at the restaurant today. These two are often credited for bringing Irish coffee as we know it now to America. Boy, are we glad they did!

Irish Coffee with the BrewStation® Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

With its dark coffee flavor and sweet brown sugar, it almost tastes like chocolate. Add whiskey and top it with whipped cream to create a warming and smooth cocktail coffee, great for a cool night. It’s a great accompaniment to serve alongside dessert, too.

Irish Coffee with the BrewStation® Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - Happy St. Patrick's Day! Irish Coffee with the BrewStation® Coffee Maker from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

 


Irish Coffee

We love using our Brewstation® Coffee Maker to brew delicious, dark roast coffee for this cocktail.
Ingredients
6 ounces dark brewed coffee
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
Whipped cream
Instructions
Place Irish whiskey and brown sugar in a mug.
Add coffee to mug and stir. Top with whipped cream.
Everyday Good Thinking http://everydaygoodthinking.com/

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