We had a 3 pound piece of belly leftover from the pork belly with mustard greens we did the other day in the pressure cooker. I’ve done homemade bacon before but this time I wanted to try it with the pink salt cure. This one sat in the fridge with a cure of brown sugar, kosher salt, and a little pink salt. We applied the cure as a dry rub, bagged it it plastic and let it go for a week, turned over daily. Here it is after the week was up, rinsed and air drying. Overnight drying is best but 4 hours will do.After the slab dried it was rubbed with maple sugar and coarse black pepper and placed into the smoker at 175 degrees for a few hours. It still hadn’t reached an internal temp of 150 but I didn’t want it too smoky so it was finished in the oven indoors. It was cooled to room temp, bagged in plastic, and put back into the fridge for another overnighter.It wants to be chilled for easier slicing. One of the benefits of home curing is that you can slice it as thick as you want it. I’m a little disappointed in what Kroger sells as “thick sliced”.The maple sugar in the finish turns a nice crusty caramel color when frying. I have one more half slab of pork belly in the freezer, I’m tempted to pull it and start more bacon.
French toast and those teeny breakfast sausages are a big hit around here, Mrs J is up for this anytime. Me, too!This is another Harvey rescue. Cute as a button and already adopted. SQUEEE!Kroger has these chicken quarters on sale pretty often. I think they are asking about $1/lb. I usually buy several packages and put them away in vacuum bags.Crinkle fries and baked beans with the chicken are just perfect. Mrs J is the crinkle fries fan, but I’m no slouch at putting them away.More of that crockpot Italian beef, this one on a deli bought roll.This is a really hopeful looking kitteh. It’s not a Harvey rescue but don’t let that stop you! http://www.stfrancis-care.org/One moar!I just pulled this lasagna from the oven. It’s made with those no boil noodles. We are going to have it for dinner tonight and I’ll have more photos later.
Like I said, the killer app for steaks is sous vide. These spent the afternoon at 136°F. A quick sear then a rest while a pan sauce was made from the bag liquids, butter, wine, and soy sauce. That was a big rib steak, even I didn’t eat the whole thing.A veggie beef soup follows leftover steak at our house. A smoked pork sammich turned the soup into a real meal.Kitteh! The kittens were recipients of a round of claw clipping, they were a bit disturbed and needed a firm grasp to hold them for the task.I told Mrs J to mention that too firm a grasp causes their little kitteh eyes to bug out.
Teeny weenies! Hash browns and eggs! Mmm… breakfast for dinner.Mrs J spends most of her volunteer time in the kitteh house but she does catch the occasional pupper. This little girl came in when her owner passed. She’s heartworm positive but is expected to be fine.Fried fish for the win! I made a tartar sauce with fresh dill, lemon juice, lemon zest, minced dill pickles, and mayo.I’ll finish with an adult cat. No info at all on this one but Mrs J days she’s very friendly. She’s been at the shelter for a week or so.
Mrs J adds Russian Sage to her garden. She has been looking for it a while and finally spotted a set at a big box store.More naan pizza! These are closer to pitas than the last batch we bought and a bit smaller. I made a white sauce with garlic and stirred in provolone to make it a mornay sauce for the base. Chopped roast chicken was the main topping with Brussels sprout slices and a bit of balsamic glaze. More cheese was sprinkled on before these went into the oven.They worked out very well. I added some red pepper flakes and a grind of black peppercorns to mine.Some BLTs with my own homemade bacon. Too early for fresh garden tomatoes so we went with some from the Kroger garden.More breakfast for dinner. We love those little sausages.Kittehs! These are two of our own kittehs – Ginger Boy and Ollie.