Thursday, September 23, 2021

Grilled Pork Steak

Bev came home from the store recently with three pork steaks and wanted them grilled with BBQ sauce.  I had never heard of a pork steak until our midwestern friends Laurie and David (Big Daddy Dave) served them to us. In reality, they are sliced pork shoulder or Boston butt.  I decided to brine them first and found a recipe on Best Recipe Box and decided to use it but not their grilling instructions so they are mine.  

Monday, September 20, 2021

Fish Veracruz-Style

When I found this recipe for Fish Veracruz-Style from Saveur Magazine, I knew I wanted to try it with some of our crappie – our go-to for most dishes calling for white fish.  I had a little under two pounds of fish which required cooking in two batches and there was still plenty of sauce. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as written except for the heat and all fresh herbs. This is the first batch.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Bolognese With Red Lentil Pasta

I ask Bev what she would like to eat over the next few days and she said she was having cravings for pasta and would like Bolognese sauce over angel hair.  It should not be confused with meat sauce which is basically marinara with meat in it while Bolognese has only a little tomato via tomato paste.  Our favorite version has been using the recipe from Ann Burrell but since it takes about six hours to make, I opted to try a different one.  The recipe I picked was the Best Bolognese Sauce from Bon Appetit.  I made a couple of changes by substituting bacon for pancetta and red for white wine then I added garlic and doubled the recipe to get the one below – wanted leftovers.  The original can be found by clicking on the above link.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Creamy Dijon Chicken With Bacon and Spinach

While we no longer cook every Thursday for our friends, we still provide a meal about once per month.  For this one, we decided on using Kevin’s recipe for Creamy DijonChicken Thighs With Bacon and Spinach from his Closet Cooking blog which I had been wanting to make for a while.  Since I was making it for two families, I doubled the ingredients as shown below and so it could be delivered and then served hot, I turned it into a partially baked meal.  I cooked everything in one pan then divided it between two baking pans.  You can click on the above link for the original recipe and several pics like this.