Category Meat

Pickled Pork Loin and Onion

It’s always nice when an experiment succeeds. I like pickling ramps and onions. I like brining pork. I wondered what would happen if I combined the two. In this case, I created a pickling brine and used it on both red onions and pork loin, which were then served together. Big hit. The key is doing… Continue reading

Lamb Shanks, Lentils and Red Wine

1 lb black lentils (french/puy lentils can be used instead) 5 lamb shanks 1.5 vidalia/sweet onions, finely diced (or red onions) 4 cloves of garlic, minced 3 carrots, halved across the length 1 stalk of celery, halved across the length 2 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp pork lard (optional) bottle of red wine (such as… Continue reading

Smoked Beef Braise

Yesterday for a dinner party I decided to add a new flavor to a beef braise: smoke. The results were quite a hit when combined with the braising sauce. The cut was a 4 pound boneless chuck. I gave it a dry rub of: 3/4 tsp black peppercorns 1 tbsp coriander seed 1 tbsp ground… Continue reading

Lime and Jalapeno Brined Pork Chops

I’ll have to add some photographs later, but I wanted to record this experiment for future use. Brine (for two pork chops) 2 limes 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 red (or green) jalapeno pepper, very thinly sliced handful of cilantro, chopped 1.5 tsp salt 1 tsp sugar red vinegar olive oil Quarter the limes and… Continue reading

Chipotle Pork Shoulder Braise

Chipotle Pork Shoulder Braise 1 3-4 lb pork shoulder, bone-in 1 tbsp mexican oregano 2 chipotle peppers, in adobo sauce 2 ancho chiles, seeds removed 1 tin of fire roasted tomatoes 1 beer 1 large onion, chopped 5 cloves of garlic, minced 1.5 tbsp kosher salt 1 tbsp coriander seed 1/2 tsp cumin seed 10… Continue reading

Prosciutto-Wrapped Roasted Pork Loin

I’m always a fan of the combination of taste and simplicity, especially these days when my schedule does not allow for extended adventures in the kitchen.  This dish was a snap to make, and tons of flavor. The oregano and prosciutto combine beautifully and seep into the roast. a boneless pork loin enough imported prosciutto… Continue reading

Easy Baked Pork Tenderloin: Two Ways

I love to grill pork tenderloin, but with a freezing spring here, I have been baking in the oven instead for a tasty but extremely low-maintenance mid-week dinner. Here are two simple approaches, one European-inspired, the other Asian-inspired. If you can marinate the meat for 30-60 min before putting in the oven, so much the… Continue reading

Pork Loin Roast w Orange Juice and Lime

I rarely mix fruit and meat. A pork-and-apples dish was the cause of a veritable showdown at the OK Corral of my mother’s kitchen when I was 7 years old.  But a few years ago when I was just starting out with this blog, I remember doing a pork roast with orange juice and loving… Continue reading