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It’s a pulled pork sammich with a load of slaw. I may call it a “Shaggy Dog”. I added a bunch of hot sauce in lieu of my regular BBQ sauce. I think it worked pretty well.I was all set, I thought, to assemble a classic porchetta but when I looked for the pork tenderloin to wrap inside the pork belly I came up short:I went ahead with it, anyway. It’s a bit more pancetta-ish. It crisps up nicely in the frying pan. There’s a load of fennel and garlic for the seasonings. It cooked in a convection oven set at 450 for 20 minutes and then turned down to 250 to finish. I didn’t time it but it was in there a couple of additional hours. You want to reach an internal temp of 140 or so.We have been making a series of visits to a doctor in a town north of us a ways, it’s about an hour trip each way. We try to time the appointments so that Mrs J walks out of the office just in time for lunch. We are both fans of a Chinese buffet next to a big Kroger store about five minutes away from the Dr’s office.They have the usual stuff you expect to see in such places. Today I saw something different that called for a trial run:They billed this thing as a Chinese Taco. I had to bring one back to the table.I’m pretty sure the meat is pork, and there are minced peppers and onions in it, along with cheese. The filling was OK – it would have been good in an egg roll or dumpling but the shell was an unfortunate choice. It didn’t seem to be a tortilla, nor was it an egg roll wrap. I suspect it might be made from dumpling dough.
Spaghetti and meatballs with some Parmesan grated on the top. I wish I had some parsley to garnish this with. I usually keep a bunch in the fridge in the winter when my patio garden is dead, but the selection at the store was sad.Meatball sammiches are a required follow-on because reasons. I couldn’t even find a green olive but I made do.I almost went with the Hungarian mushroom soup again but thought to try another recipe. This one from Serious Eats works well. The “quick and easy” caught my eye. I didn’t blend this one as thoroughly as the one the pictured on their site. This one is about a half recipe.I dumped it into this pot to use the stick blender, hoping to confine the splash.Really missing the sprig of greenery, again. Paprika seemed a good garnish but it’s not quite enough. Pretend the saltines are sliced of crusty sourdough.It fell to me to make the banana muffins this time. I used four bananas because they were small. These have the Martha Stewart crumb topping. They don’t have blueberries in them because I forgot.Tacos! I had a couple of poblanos on hand so I charred them over the big burner on the stove to make removing the skins easy. The tacos have roasted chicken, the roasted poblanos, refried beans, cabbage, red onions, green bell peppers, sour cream, and queso fresco.Sloppy joes. American cheese goes well on these, as does the giardiniera.I’m gonna tell you again, sous vide for steaks is the way to go. It may be good for other stuff, too.I’ll leave off with this curly dog. That’s what a local diner used to call their hot dogs when they were cut like so… Elsie’s BBQ was a fixture where I was growing up. Long gone now, the building has gone through several changes and is now a meat counter/deli with a few tables.