Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Cuban Pork

Since stumbling into them many years ago in Miami’s Little Havana, Bev and I have maintained our fondness for Cuban sandwiches and have made a version of them on occasion.  Key components of the sandwich are the Cuban Pork and the Mojo sauce and Bev decided they would make a good Thursday night meal for our friends – not as sandwiches.

We had a 4½ lb. pork butt in the freezer along with 1½ lb. of country style ribs (which are just sliced-up pork butt) and we believed this would provide plenty of meat for all of us.  In an effort to get the sauce over more of the butt surface area and have it cook the same as the ribs, I broke it down into smaller pieces – except for the bone.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Cashew Chicken Ala Kevin

I had been wanting to make a Chinese dish with cashews so when Sil, Pat, gave us a jar of the nuts, I went in search of a recipe.  The one I chose was in my recipe file and it is Cashew Chicken from the very reliable Kevin on his Closet Cooking blog. Since I had 1½ pounds of chicken and wanted leftovers, I increased the ingredient amounts to get the one below.  Click on the link for the original recipes and more pics like this.

I often post a pic from the site the recipe came from because they are often from food bloggers who make it a priority to get good shots of their dishes, whereas I’m just getting a few shots of the food before it gets cold – their shots show what my dishes should look like.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Reuben Sandwich Discovery

I bought a corned beef flat the other day specifically to make Reuben sandwiches but I can’t remember what it weighed.  I noticed on the label that it contained a fair amount of water which I assume is curing liquid that is injected into the meat to speed the process.

Monday, January 4, 2021

New Year’s Eve Pizza, New Years Day Pizza Rolls, and Peas For Luck

My darlin wife loves pizza and every so often she requires a fix and such was the case on New Year’s eve so she decided to whip one up.  She has made them by enhancing a frozen pizza, using a refrigerated pizza dough, and making the crust from some of her normal bread dough, but for this one, she opted to make the dough from scratch using Regal00 Pizza Flour that she bought from WebstaurantStore.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Chicken Fried Pork Loin AKA Schnitzel


Let’s all hope that 2021 soon looks much better than 2020.

We’ve eaten schnitzel in Germany, Austria, Texas, and several other US places and have never had a bad one. Schnitzel is defined as a thin slice of veal or other light meat, coated in breadcrumbs and fried.  Wiener Schnitzel is made with veal, Schweineschnitzel is made with pork and Hähnchenschnitzel is made with chicken. When it’s made with beef, it’s the American invented Chicken Fried Steak which is believed to have originated from the Germans and Austrians who settled in the Texas Hill Country where beef was king.  This German influence is also likely why Texas BBQ menus include sausage.  

This is a great looking rendition from the Daring Gourmet.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Fried Crappie & Catfish with Brown Butter

A couple of years ago, I mistakenly cooked the butter too much while sauteing some Royal Red shrimp and we all loved them in brown butter (especially Big Daddy Dave).  Not sure why, but I don’t believe we’ve made something with browned butter since but then I saw this very simple recipe that needed to be tried.  Amanda’s recipe on her Crafty Cooking Mama blog calls for baking the haddock but I opted to use crappie & catfish and give it a quick pan fry.  Click on the above link for her recipe and more pics like this one.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Carb-a-thon For Christmas – Biscuits & Gravy and Potato Soup – And A White Christmas

For those of you eating more of a Keto diet, you may want to skip this post as our planned Christmas meals were on the opposite end of the spectrum.  It all started when Bev decided upon one of her favorite holiday meals for this year’s Christmas supper - potato soup with cornbread.  Then she was looking on-line and saw several biscuit recipes and said she’d like to try them sometime so I suggested Christmas breakfast as a start.