It’s New Year’s Eve!

And time to reflect upon the year that is passing and our hope for the coming year.  It is also time to wonder about, well, how am I going to incorporate lucky food into the new year!  I always thought you were supposed to eat black-eyed peas and collard greens for good luck on New…

Pork Chops with Squash and Sage

I have a black thumb, just so you know.  I love to grow plants, food, and herbs and even flowers, but they never seem to last very long.  I think I either over-water to the point they get root rot or completely forget about them until they are all dried up. 

Cantonese Pork

This is not Sweet and Sour Pork, but it is similar. It is made in the crock-pot and served over white rice.                            

So You Went and Bought Guava Paste, Now What?

Guava paste is sweet, but not overly so. It is found in Latin food stores, but can also be found in the international aisle in many supermarkets. It comes in a rectangular brick of about 14 ounces. I’ve purchased guava fruit before as when ripe, it has the most divine aroma. The first one I…

Roasted Pork Loin with Wild Mushrooms

This is a recipe inspired by my favorite celebrity chef, Eric Ripart.  You’ve perhaps seen him on PBS, Avec Eric, or maybe as a judge on Top Chef, or perhaps you’ve eaten at his NYC eatery, Le Bernardine.  What I like is that he prepares restaurant quality food, but makes it seem accessible to the…

Pork Tacos

I recently made my pork tacos with crispy pork carnitas, but you can use any shredded or cubed cooked pork.  Even leftovers can be chopped up.  Go ahead, use ground pork. I like to serve a variety of condiments to serve with the tacos, but you can just use one if you prefer.

Crispy Carnitas

Crispy Carnitas are bits of pork that have been slow cooked for hours, then cooked a second time to get a nice crispy outside. I like to do them in the pressure cooker because it not only speeds up the cooking time, but also locks in all the flavors. I have found that you can…

Memphis Style Pork Ribs

I like the Memphis style of pork rib because it is seasoned with a dry rub for starters.  Later, or rather optionally, you can choose to baste them with a mopping sauce (recipe included).  Then you can serve with a traditional BBQ sauce if you so desire.  Despite being a bit labor intensive, it only…

Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork Shoulder)

This cut of meat is very inexpensive, but it is quite tough.  That is why it needs much preparation to convert it into the juicy, tender, and flavorful dish it can be.  One way to do it is Puerto Rican style.  The meat is marinated, then roasted.  I like to marinate it for about 3…

Pozole Verde with Only Pork

I have been dying for the longest time to make pozole.  The fact that I didn’t really know what it was didn’t stop me.  Okay, I knew it was some sort of stew, made with pork and hominy (mote).  I’ve bought hominy a few times, but somehow used it for something else instead of my…

Chili Rubbed Pork Roast with Spaghetti Squash

I had never tried spaghett squash and was curious to try it.  I found this recipe in Family Circle magazine and decided to give it a try.  The squash is not exactly like spaghetti, but it is a good substitution and so much healthier!