Niman Ranch Pork Belly
Look what came in the mail today.
That is a Niman Ranch Pork Belly. I've got big plans for it. Details to follow.
I always try to eat delicious food. Unfortunately I don't have that much money, so I have to cook a lot of it at home. But thats OK because I love cooking and I love eating at home with my wife. This is a website with my favorite recipes and a little bit of commentary.
Look what came in the mail today.
I took the beef out of its brine today. I decided to cut it into meal sized portions and package them for later use. The first thing you have to do is wash the brine off the meat. Then you need to dry it real well with paper towels.
I got this from one of my all time favorite cookbooks called Let's Go Dutch. We are all feeling a little under the weather so we wanted something not too spicy. Also we wanted something that would warm up the house a bit when it cooked. My wife found this great recipe for what is essentially beefsteaks braised in beer. It is served over fried cabbage and with a gravy made of the braising liquid.
I have to say I am a huge fan of the Youtube video series Germany Vs. USA. Its really quite extraordinary. One of the videos is on drinks.
Labels: A few German Mixed Drinks
I am a huge fan of fried potatoes. My wife made a Dutch dish tonight that calls for fried potatoes. I decided to see how the Germans would do it. In my research I came across a video on the subject.
When I was growing up the public school system always served hot ham and cheese sandwiches. I couldn't stand them because they weren't any good. Hows that for some circular reasoning?
Labels: Hot Ham and Cheese
I am a huge fan of split pea soup. The Dutch are particularly well known for split pea soup. I have the bone and some of the meat from an entire ham that we made on Christmas Eve. I decided to make use of part of the bone today. I got the following recipe from the book Let's Go Dutch. I had to modify it just a little based on available ingredients.
Labels: Dutch Split Pea Soup
For Christmas Dinner we had ham. I found some great videos on how to best do it. To summarize:
Labels: Ye Olde Christmas Ham
I am in the process of curing some corned beef at home. I got the idea one day when I was looking through the grocery store for some corned beef. For whatever reason, the corned beef around here sucks. I can do it better.
Labels: Home Cured Corned Beef
I got this recipe from the Emeril cookbook Emeril's Delmonico. I had to modify it a little.
Labels: Puff Pastry Cheese Twists
This is my version of the all-time classic. I add cream cheese.
Labels: Twice Baked Potatoes
The other night I made a pretty tasty pizza. Its components violate the taboos of several major religions - thus you can be sure it is a real crowd pleaser!
I got this recipe from The German Cookbook.
Another recipe from the Hemingway cookbook. This is a tasty appetizer and it is even better in the middle of winter. It helps take your mind off the crummy weather.
Labels: Avocado with Vinegar Dressing
I got this tasty recipe from The Hemingway Cookbook.
I made a cobbler based roughly on a video I found on Youtube.
Labels: Blackberry Cobbler
I was looking around and found the original recipe for Parker House Rolls. We made them and they were pretty tasty. I used them as buns for some tasty Crabby Patties.
Labels: Parker House Rolls
Seven Layer Bars
Labels: 7 Layer Bars
Its so darned cold up here! I haven't been this cold since at least 1997, my last year in Iowa City. If I remember right those last couple years in Iowa City were warmer. From there I went to Chicago and it was sheer bliss in comparison to Fort Dodge weather. Honestly, this is the coldest, crappiest weather out there.
Labels: Chicken Okra Gumbo File