Kroger had pork shoulders for 99 cents a pound so I grabbed one. I figured it was past time for a big pot of posole.Mrs J eats hers with crushed nacho chips but I like to go with the traditional garnishes, sans cilantro because reasons. Posole as I made it here is a pork stew with hominy spiced with a sauce made from dried chilies. I soaked the chilies in hot water and then liquified them in a blender. Push the raw sauce through a sieve and saute the result in a shallow pan with a bit of oil to bring out the flavors. Stir it into the pork broth.
We had one of those frozen turkeys leftover from the holidays and decided to free up some freezer room. It thawed in the basement fridge for a couple of days and then spent a few hours simmering it in a big pot with lots of veggies because we wanted a nice stock to come out of the effort. I had dumplings in mind. I made a half recipe, using only 1 cup of flour, rolled the dough very thin, and let it air dry for a couple of hours. The dumplings nearly disappeared in the pot they were so thin! Mrs J said she would need a few crackers, disappointed that the dumpling were so scarce. I have to say, though, that the broth was great – thick and tasty!We had plenty of broth left and, lest it go to waste, I boiled some wide egg noodles in a separate pot to add in lieu of more dumplings. They were good, not dumpling good, but they sufficed.
Mrs J grabbed a big roast at the store the other day and we went with the crockpot to cook it. She was wanting a basic pot roast supper and that is what she got. I did tweak the menu a tad and made her mash her own potatoes but she didn’t mind. The roast nearly filled the crockpot but I squeezed in carrots, onions, and celery and filled the rest of the space with beef broth and red wine. I didn’t have any fresh herbs so dried thyme and bay leaves went in for seasonings, along with black pepper and salt, natch.There was still plenty of meat and gravy left so I added a few more veggies and broth for the next day’s stew. I still have a fair sized lump of beef, I may slice it for sammiches before the day is out. Speaking of that, it may reach above 70 degrees here today, which should melt the last traces of snow. Just in time for more snow tomorrow! Ahhhh!
Sleet and freezing rain turning to snow in weather news today. Perfect day for ham and beans. I keep tweaking the recipe for these, adding tomato paste today along with the mole sauce. Main ingredients are pinto beans, cured ham, onions, chicken broth, various chili powders, a mole from New Mexico chilies and garlic. The cornbread is a standard recipe of half corn meal, half flour, an egg, butter, milk, salt, and green and red peppers. I tossed in a handful of shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, just for fun.
We bought a frozen turkey while at the grocery store the other day, they were on sale post holiday and the low prices made them hard to pass up. I roasted it yesterday, and then Mrs J demolished the carcass for the meat but not before I carved out half the breast for these pies.Mrs J swore off ready made crusts after making those pumpkin/sweet potato pies the other day. This time she went with the Smitten Kitchen recipe. She has used it before and we liked the results. The SK recipe calling for vodka in lieu of water works great, too. Alton Brown used apple jack in a similar recipe that he used for an apple pie.
The filling for these mini pies was simple enough: Make a roux then add milk to make the classic white sauce. The peas and corn were from frozen and I just stirred them in with the diced turkey meat, the fresh carrots needed a few minutes at a boil first. I also stirred into the mixture a little turkey broth that was left from the last turkey we cooked at Thanksgiving. Seasonings were minimal, just some salt and white pepper, the broth added a hint of tarragon.
Occasionally I have a yen for ramen noodles so I try to keep a few packages in the cupboard. Fast and easy meals. This one has some of that brisket that has been featured here lately, a little Chinese cabbage that I bought the last time I was at my favorite Asian grocery, a broth made with shaved bonito flakes and dried kelp, the seasoning packets from the ramen, a spoonful of chili garlic paste, and some fresh onion and jalapeno. I asked Mrs J if she wanted some but she declined, instead having a snack of chips and dip.
I’ve been dithering a bit on using that tofu but I finally managed to use up about half of the block on this Tyler Florence recipe. I used the dried mushrooms I have in the pantry, some shiitakes I believe, but the original packaging is gone. I keep them in a big plastic jar. I looked for some pork to use in this thing but settled on a half chicken breast. I think I used too much corn starch thickener because the final instruction in the recipe was to stir the soup to set up a swirling current so the egg would self-incorporate. This was so thick that that just wasn’t going to happen so I stirred it with a spoon as the egg drizzled in. I never get the egg right in these things.
I’ll get around to that miso soup I talked about the other day, I swear!
Not much to this, just a basic ramen with some additions. I tossed some dried red peppers into the chicken broth to simmer along with a few dried shiitakes. When the mushrooms were tender I sliced them and then added the package of noodles and a few pieces of roast pork from the freezer. There are all sorts of amendments possible with these sorts of quick dishes: Various vegetables like carrots and broccoli, onions, bean sprouts, or water chestnuts all come immediately to mind. Of course, chili garlic paste goes with just about anything.