I went to a cooking class at Rialto on Sunday. It was great. Jody Adams is the chef and she is a very interesting woman, besides being an amazing chef. The topic was braising and she prepared 3 dishes, then you sit down and enjoy all the dishes with a wine pairing. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday!
So, she made a braised pork belly on a citrus salad that was so amazing, I have been dreaming about it. No sheeps for me falling asleep this week, pork belly ….pork belly….It will be on the menu for my Fall Dinner party next year.
Yesterday I had a 3 pound pork loin roast (Under $6) and I decided I would braise it. Braising is such a great way to add flavor to any cut of meat or some veggies (think leeks). It is a moist cooking method that creates a luscious sauce (ok, now you know why I love braising!).
This the basic method: Sear the braising subject. Remove and carmelize braising veg in same pot. Add liquid (beer, wine, stock, combo), return braising subject to pot. Add water if needed so liquid comes a third of the way up, cover and finish in oven for hours. Take out and enjoy the luscious sauce with braising liquid. You can also finish braise in a crock pot but you must sear the subject and veg first, that is the main flavoring. Continue reading Braised Pork Roast
OMG there is nothing like a great sandwich, especially one with melted cheese and lots of flavor on crispy bread, yum!!! This is a great sandwich for a football party, you could get them all assembled ahead of time and just finish when you are ready to serve. Great use of any leftover roasted pork you might have! Get your Cuban on! Continue reading Cuban Sandwiches
Have I told you how much I adore soups and stews? Well, I do. There is something so warm and welcoming about a hearty bowl of homemade soup. Homemade soup is healthy and inexpensive to make. Whenever I make a batch, I always double it and freeze the leftovers in individual containers to have on hand for a healthy delicious lunch. If you are going to double this recipe, make sure you make it in 2 different pots. I really found making this that if you double in a large pot, the flavors are never as intense as when you make a single batch in one pot.
If you like spice, add more chiles! I will usually add 3 or so and then an hour into the cooking add a little more if it’s not too spicy. Continue reading Posole (Mexican Pork Stew)
These tacos are soooo good! You can make them as spicy or as mild as you want depending on how much of the seeds you keep. Sometimes, I will add some chiptole pepper to it as well. I usually make it a little on the milder side for my family and then just put a lot of hot sauce on it.
They are great for game day. If we are having Football party, I like to make these and have all the fixing’s laid out on the counter and then guests can just go make their own whenever they are hungry. You need to keep things super casual on game day, can’t risk missing a big play! Enjoy and Go Pats!!!! Continue reading Slow Cooker Pork Adobada Tacos
This slow roasted pork has it all. Totally delicious, totally easy to make and easy on your budget. Continue reading Slow Roasted Pork