For a very long time I hated the idea of pork. OK, not pork. Pork chops. Pork is great. Ham is great. Bacon is great. So why no love for the pork chop? I think it’s because pork chops very often turn out like meaty grey hockey pucks. They look very inviting. Often they are not. No wonder applesauce is so popular with pork chops. So pork chops this is not. I don’t buy chops anymore. I just buy a tenderloin when the urge hits.
I first started messing around with pork tenderloins a few years ago. I tried many different methods, many different temperatures….endless. I tried an experiment when we were hosting Thanksgiving a year or two ago. I made two giant tenderloins; one sweet, one savory. I used the revised FDA safe cooking temperatures, in this case 145 degrees F. Anyone who can remember President Eisenhower would be horrified. Pork’s always been 160 degrees F, for as long as anyone can remember. As my mother used to say of eating raw chocolate chip cookie dough from the bowl…”You’ll get worms…” Continue reading →
Pasta is so damn versatile. I mean really. You can do just about anything with it. Hell I’ve even made chocolate pasta. This recipe isn’t quite the stretch. It’s some part Primavera, some part pasta, some part bread and bacon. How good does that sound? Sounds like a party to me. Continue reading →
OK – perhaps not that lazy. It’s not that I had a particularly unproductive day. I worked. I got some exercise. I even washed the car. The evening quickly turned lazy after the plan for a “dessert pizza” sort of thing was torpedoed by lack of a certain ingredient. I wasn’t interested in the hour round trip to the store that undoubtedly would have it. After a brief funk, plan B emerged, in which a corn chowder would be assembled. Continue reading →
I’m sure colcannon and a nice beef stew to ladle atop would have been more appropriate for the theme of the day. I, for one, spent most of my day keeping binge drinking hipsters wearing ironic green clothing from bouncing off the hood of my car. Seattle mustering its best attempt at becoming Boston for a day. I went out for work and quick run to the store. Otherwise I stayed safely in the confines of my own kitchen.
I made something of a half-hearted effort to find something Irish to make. Soda bread seemed really obvious. I hadn’t gotten very far when the idea of a chicken pot pie grabbed my attention. I didn’t need any convincing. Continue reading →
Today was a relatively easy day for me. I didn’t have to go into work. I got up late. I was about as lazy as a guy could ask for. After I’d determined I wasn’t working and I’d have a nights worth of uninterrupted cooking time I hit the store. Stores actually. Errands aside I got to making some Bibimbap. I discovered this dish one night out at Kimchi Bistro. It’s a “hot-pot” meal, meaning it’s served in a stone bowl that’s heated to some 400 degrees. I think the restaurant’s menu puts it best:
This was the only item so worded in the entirety of the menu. Clearly you can see why I needed to order it. So taken in fact, I decided to give it a go at home. Continue reading →
I should have done more with my day today, that much is certain. I worked a full day, came home, and promptly fell asleep for two hours on the couch. Seizing the need to do something productive, I rolled out to the store to pick up a few items for “dinner.” I say dinner in quotes because we’ve been living nicely off leftovers. Both a Thai Basil Chicken and a Bubble and Squeak in the fridge. More of a late night snack, then. Continue reading →
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