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A Sleater-Kinney/ Bob’s Burger crossover video. Awesome :)

February 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Tina is definitely a Riot Grrrl:

Asado de Puerco (slow-simmered Mexican-style pork)… recipe and photos included

February 15, 2015 Leave a comment

I’ve tried making this dish a few times before, but never really hit on a winning recipe. My measure is usually “does it taste as good as my favorite Mexican restaurant?” The answer had been no for a while, but today I think I finally got it. So here we go:

Total prep time: about two hours. Taste? Delicioso :)

Total prep time: about two hours. Taste? Delicioso 🙂

The recipe calls for two Chili Ancho pods and one Chili Cascavel pod

The recipe calls for two Chili Ancho pods and one Chili Cascavel pod. De-vein each pod and remove all seeds.

Boil the pods for about 15 minutes until they're soft.

Boil the pods for about 15 minutes until they’re soft.

Once the pods are soft, put them in a blender along with maybe 1/3 cup of the water they boiled in, and puree. Using a strainer, strain out the excess liquid and you will have a nice looking paste left over.

Once the pods are soft, put them in a blender along with maybe 1/3 cup of the water they boiled in, and puree. Using a strainer, strain out the excess liquid and you will have a nice looking paste left over.

Included here is about 1 lb of cubed, boneless pork shoulder, one clove of garlic (minced), and about 1/2 cup raw onion

Included here is about 1 lb of cubed, boneless pork shoulder, one clove of garlic (minced), and about 1/2 cup raw onion. Brown the cubed pork in two batches in a Dutch oven using 1 TB of oil. Once the meat has been browned, throw in the onions and garlic.

Here we have 1 tsp of Mexican Oregano, 2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, and 1 tsp of ground Cumin. The liquid is 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Add this to the pork, onions and garlic along with 1 cup of water. Turn heat to low and simmer covered  for at least an hour, maybe more (depending on how tender you like it). Watch the liquid level as you may have to add some from time to time.

Here we have 1 tsp of Mexican Oregano, 2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, and 1 tsp of ground Cumin. The liquid is 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Add this to the pork, onions and garlic along with 1 cup of water and the chili paste. Turn heat to low and simmer covered for at least an hour, maybe more (depending on how tender you like it). Watch the liquid level as you may have to add some from time to time.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chili Ancho pods, de-veined and de-seeded
  • 1 Chili Cascavel pod, de-veined and de-seeded
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 lb cubed boneless pork shoulder (trimmed of excess fat)
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 TB oil

Directions:

  1. Soak both chiles in boiling water until pliable, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until very smooth. Press the mixture through a sieve and reserve.
  2. Cut the meat into 1-inch pieces. Heat oil in Dutch oven on the stovetop (medium heat). Working in batches, brown the pork in a single layer so as not to crowd the pan. Transfer the browned pork to a plate before adding the next batch.
  3. When all the pork is browned, return it to the pot and add the ground chile paste, onion and garlic. Mix well and add the salt, oregano, cumin and pepper. Add 1 cup of water and the vinegar. Cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the meat is tender, cooking for at least 1 hour, adding a bit of additional water as needed if the mixture dries out too much.

Music Review: Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities to Love”

February 3, 2015 Leave a comment

From left: Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney)

The album has been out a few weeks, and as usual, I’m late with the review. But that’s ok, no one pays me for this anyway 🙂

If you’re a fan of Sleater-Kinney since back in the day like I am, I think you’ll like this album. Clocking in at 32 minutes, you can listen to it on the commute to work/school and be done by the time you get into the parking lot.

So, track by track, here’s the review. I’ll also post each cut as Sub Pop helpfully added all of them to their Youtube channel.

  • Price Tag – classic SK

  • Fangless – I got such a Modest Mouse vibe from this song I had to go put one some old MM just so I was sure I wasn’t going crazy:

  • Surface Envy – classic SK and I can’t stop listening to this track. It’s my theme for the winter:

  • Title Track (No Cities to Love) – S’alright.

  • A New Wave – LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. Performance from the Late Show with David Letterman:

  • No Anthems – Very rough, garage rock… never a bad thing:

  • Gimme Love – Haven’t decided how I feel about it. Maybe a few more listens will convince me one way or another:

  • Bury Our Friends – Modest Mouse represents again!

  • Hey Darling – Listen to the track first:

And then listen to Lita wail:

  • Fade – Kinda dark. Good ending to the album:

All in all, a great album. My all time favorite SK album is still The Hot Rock, but this one is really growing on me. If you get the chance, see the ladies live on tour this spring and rock out.

Welcome back, ladies. The rock and roll is mightily appreciated!

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