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Pork belly: an experiment in deliciousness

February 22, 2017 Leave a comment

During the week my meals are pretty lame, but that’s by design. Weekday meals keep me fueled, but weekend meals feed my soul. Otherwise y’all, I’d be getting down with high octane deliciousness all the time, trust.

I tend to watch the Food Network quite a bit, mostly because I’m fascinated by the dishes expert-level chefs can whip up. Perhaps in another life I went to culinary school and opened my own restaurant instead of being a veteran of the IT industry, but in this life I have much catching up to do.

Getting back to the Food Network: they love them some pork belly. Would you believe that aside from bacon I’ve never tried it? A few weeks ago, I decided to do something about that.

This recipe, oh my goodness, this recipeΒ for Roasted Pork Belly with Brown Sugar Glaze was killer. Even before the glazing, I was taste testing the pork belly more times than I really needed, it was that delicious. Definitely not an all the time thing or I’d be having major issues, but it was awesome. And, two days later I used the leftovers for a homemade pizza.

If you try it, let me know what you think.

Tamales… a family tradition shown in pictures

December 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Normally I miss the annual Tamalada at my mom’s house if it happens the day before Thanksgiving because I have to work. This year, she moved it to today. Since I’m on winter break from work, I was able to actually attend and lend a hand. All told, it took about 5 hours of labor, gossip, laughter, and a few burned digits. Successful outing, I’d say.

Here are some photos from the event. Note: some were consumed and definitely enjoyed.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and is my day to bake cookies. Let’s just say that after this week I’m done with cooking for a while πŸ™‚

The final product. One the left is a bean and cream cheese tamale, and on the right is a chicken/turkey tamale.

The final product. One the left is a bean and cream cheese tamale, and on the right is a chicken/turkey tamale.

Sometimes there's not enough time to make beans from scratch. I buy them from El Pato ready made if needed.

Sometimes there’s not enough time to make beans from scratch. I buy them from El Pato ready made if needed.

Chopped and seasoned chicken and turkey cooking with the secret seasonings.

Chopped chicken and turkey cooking with the secret seasonings.

Masa normally doesn't come pre-seasoned. Gotta put in a little elbow grease to get it ready. Grandma is even there supervising :)

Masa normally doesn’t come pre-seasoned. Gotta put in a little elbow grease to get it ready. Grandma is even there supervising πŸ™‚

My mom is old school, she still uses a molcajete to grind up seasonings. One day I will own this thing. After decades of seasoning it's gone through, it's priceless to me :)

My mom is old school, she still uses a molcajete to grind up seasonings. One day I will own this thing. After decades of seasoning it’s gone through, it’s priceless to me πŸ™‚

Don't forget the corn husks. They have to be softened in water and all stray strands removed.

Don’t forget the corn husks. They have to be softened in water and all stray strands removed.

Kinda blurry, but this one is ready to be rolled.

Kinda blurry, but this chicken and turkey tamale is ready to be rolled.

Extreme close up! There really isn't a lot of cream cheese in the tamale, but the angle makes it look as such.

Extreme close up! There really isn’t a lot of cream cheese in the tamale, but the angle makes it look as such.

Ready to rock and roll on the stove for an hour or so.

Ready to rock and roll on the stove for an hour or so.

Categories: Food

Why I think Sons of Anarchy plays with my emotions, and Happy Holidays

December 26, 2013 Leave a comment

So I’m a recent new addition to the Sons of Anarchy world of mayhem and hotness (hullooooo Jax Teller!). We’re about halfway through Season 6 and I’m not sure how much more I can take. It’s like there’s a steamroller that keeps progressing through the season, just like the previous seasons.

How is it that I feel these things about felons, killers even? It’s like with the Sopranos… these guys were mobsters but damn if Tony Soprano didn’t worm his way into my heart from the first episode on. SoA does this goodstyle also. Kurt Sutter (also the showrunner) does this especially well as Otto. No spoilers here, but truly Otto is always in for the biggest world of hurt. And how is it that a weirdo like Tigg ends up as one of my faves? He’s nuts as hell in so many ways!

Ugh, I need to figure this out. In the meantime, check out the show only if you’re cool with violence, bad sexual situations (think Oz, my friends) and lots of naked butts (thank you Jax!).

A word (or two) about the holidays

Happy Holidays! If you have time off, use it wisely to catch up on your favorite shows and check out some new ones. If you have to work, well I feel your pain, brothers and sisters. I hope Santa brought you some of your favorite indulgences. Mine did πŸ™‚

If I lived near a Lush store, I’d have to admit a real problem.

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I also did some cookie baking for my nearest and dearest. Took me the majority of Christmas Eve, but it’s gotta happen, right?

ChristmasCookies

I’ve gotta go into cookie rehab now, I think. Hopefully they take walk-ins.

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