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Recipe: Cucumber and mango salad with chili-spiced pork

Recipe: Cucumber and mango salad with chili-spiced pork

Ingredients 2 T. plus 1 t. olive oil 2 boneless pork loin chops coarse salt and ground pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 4 t. honey 2 T. fresh lime juice 1 large mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1″ pieces 1 English cucumber, cut into 1″ pieces 1 large head romaine lettuce roughly chopped Instructions In a medium skillet, heat 1 t. oil over medium. Pat pork dry and season with salt, pepper, and 1 t. chili powder. Cook until pork is browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes, flipping once. Transfer to a cutting board and loosely tent with foil. Let pork rest 10 minutes before thinly-slicing. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 T. oil, 1/2 t. chili powder, honey, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add mango, cucumber, and lettuce and toss to combine. Divide salad among 4 shallow bowls and serve with pork. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)VN:F [1.9.22_1171]Rating: 0 (from 0 votes) Read More →

Recipe: Pork Carnitas

Recipe: Pork Carnitas

  These marbled chunks of pork shoulder are first simmered to ensure they become tender, and then browned so they develop a flavorful crust. 6 pounds pork shoulder (butt or picnic roast), bone removed, meat cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons coarse salt 2 1/2 cups water Place cubed pork, salt, and water in a deep, straight-sided 14-inch skillet. (Water should barely cover pork.) Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer gently, stirring and skimming foam from the surface occasionally, until water has evaporated completely, 55 to 60 minutes. Once water has evaporated, pork will begin to brown in its own fat. Cook on all sides, using a spatula to turn cubes and scrape up crisp bits from the skillet, until browned and tender, about 15 minutes. Pork can be refrigerated for up to 1 day. Reheat in a skillet over low heat. Most butchers will bone and cube a whole pork shoulder for you. This tastes best when served immediately, as the crisp pork edges and browned bits soften... Read the rest of this article »

Recipe: Chinese ham and egg fried rice

Recipe: Chinese ham and egg fried rice

Ingredients 1/2 c. frozen peas 3 tbsp. vegetable 2 eggs, lightly beaten 3 c. boiled rice 1 tsp. salt 2 oz. boiled ham (1/4″ cubes) 1 scallion Instructions Prepare ahead: Place frozen peas into 4 cups boiling water and cook for 5 minutes until tender (defrost). To cook: Set a 12 inch Wok or 10 inch skillet over high heat for 30 seconds. Pour in 1 tablespoon of oil, swirl it above in the pan and immediately reduce the heat to moderate. Pour in the beat eggs. They will form a film on the bottom of the pan almost at once. Immediately lift this film gently with a fork and push it to the back of the pan so that the still liquid eggs can spread across the bottom of the pan to cook. As soon as the eggs are set, but before they become dry or begin to brown, transfer them to a small bowl and break them up with a fork. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil into the pan, swirl it around and heat it for 30 seconds. Add the rice and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes until all the grains are... Read the rest of this article »

Recipe: Pot Sticker Dumplings and Soy Vinegar Sauce

Recipe: Pot Sticker Dumplings and Soy Vinegar Sauce

From Martha Stewart’s Website Ingredients Soy-Vinegar Dipping Sauce 1/2 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon rice vinegar 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 teaspoons sugar 1 whole scallion, trimmed and sliced 1 hot green chili, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons water Dumplings 1/2 pound ground turkey, chicken, or pork (if using poultry, add 1 teaspoon peanut oil to the mixture) 1 cup finely chopped bok choy 1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1 large egg white 36 dumpling wrappers Peanut oil, for frying Instructions In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the dipping sauce. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the turkey, bok choy, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and salt. Stir in the egg white. Working with 6 at a time, lay down the dumpling wrappers on a work surface. Spoon 1 teaspoon of filling onto each one. Lightly wet the edge of each wrapper with water. Fold the dough... Read the rest of this article »

Recipe: Sausage Bread Stuffing

Recipe: Sausage Bread Stuffing

From Martha Stewart’s Website Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 onion, chopped 3 celery stalks, sliced on the bias 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh sage leaves, or 1 teaspoon crumbled dried sage 1 cup white wine 1 whole loaf bread, crusts removed, cubed (5 to 6 cups) 1 cup chicken broth 1/2 to 1 teaspoon coarse salt (depends on saltiness of sausage) Instructions Heat a large skillet, add the olive oil, and cook the sausage, stirring and breaking it up until browned, about 8 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add the butter to the skillet and when it melts, add the onion and celery. Saute until the onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sage and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the wine and deglaze the pan, stirring up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add the cubed bread to the mixture and toast and turn a bit. Stir in the cooked sausage,... Read the rest of this article »

Recipe: Brined and Oven-Roasted Turkey

Recipe: Brined and Oven-Roasted Turkey

From Martha Stewart’s Website Ingredients Brining Liquid 2 quarts water (at the very least) 1 1/2 cups coarse salt 1/2 cup sugar 1 large red onion, sliced 1 head of garlic, smashed (8 to 10 cloves) 2 bottles white wine Brine Add-Ins (Optional) 2 tablespoons crushed black peppercorns 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons dried coriander 1 tablespoon dried fennel 1 tablespoon dried cumin 1 whole cinnamon stick 5 whole cloves 4 bay leaves 4 large sprigs of fresh sage Turkey 1 16-pound turkey (approximate) 1 Sausage Bread Stuffing Extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions In a 2-quart pot, bring 2 quart of water to a boil with the salt and sugar, stirring occasionally until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Cool completely and place in a clean 5-gallon bucket with the onion, garlic, wine, and any of the optional spices or herbs. Stir in the remaining water completely to combine. Add the turkey. Cover and store in a cold place... Read the rest of this article »

Recipe: Garlic Rosemary French Bread Pizza Dough

Recipe: Garlic Rosemary French Bread Pizza Dough

From Jessica Bybee Ingredients 1 ½ C. Warm Water 1 T. Fresh Rosemary, chopped (generous T.) 2. T. Oil 1- 1 ½ T. Garlic (I used the pre-chopped stuff- if yours is fresh you will want to use less) 2 T. Sugar 1 ½ tsp. Salt 4-5 C. White Flour 1 ½ T. Gluten Flour 1 T. Yeast Instructions Put on a large cookie sheet that has been greased/sprayed and has a layer of cornmeal. I form into a long skinny form and use a sharp knife to cut slits in the top like the stores do. This loaf will rise large. It should be about double its size on the pan when you put it in the oven. While it is rising I keep it covered with sprayed saran wrap. Before putting in the oven I beat 1 egg and use a basting brush to brush a layer over the top of the bread. Be gentle so it doesn’t fall. Bake at 350 for 27-30 minutes. For normal French/white bread just don’t add the rosemary and garlic. Pizza Dough Variation Use the French/White Bread recipe but only use 1 T. Oil. You can take the dough out of the... Read the rest of this article »

Recipe: Breadmaker Never Fail Wheat Bread

Recipe: Breadmaker Never Fail Wheat Bread

From Jessica Bybee Ingredients 1 1/3 C. Warm Water (hard water works best) 2 T. Oil (Vegetable, Canola, or Light Olive Oil) 3 T. Sugar (Honey or Brown Sugar) 1 1/3 tsp. Salt 4 C. Flour (I usually do 1 C. of white for one of them to make the bread lighter) 1 T. Gluten Flour (heaping T.) 1 T. Yeast Instructions Add ingredients in order on list into bread pan of the bread maker. Start and leave alone. Mine usually stops the mixing/rising cycle after about an hour so that is when I transfer it to a bread pan and let it rise while the oven heats. I keep a piece of sprayed saran wrap on top while it rises, adjusting as it gets taller, to keep the dough moist. I let it rise about 1 ½-2 inches above the pan at its highest point before putting in the oven to cook. Bake at 350 for 26-30 minutes. (My oven is gas and I cook it for 27 minutes). Different pans may affect cook time as well. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)VN:F [1.9.22_1171]Rating: 0 (from 0 votes) Read More →

Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Ingredients 1 Whole Chicken 1 cup diced onion 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced carrots 1/3 cup flour 1/3 cup butter 1 ½ Tablespoon Parsley 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 2 cups chicken broth 3-4 cups cooked wild rice or wild rice quinoa combination 2 cups half and half ½-1 teaspoon Salt ½ teaspoon Pepper Instructions In a stock pot, put chicken in and cover with water. Cook for 45 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside. Continue cooking the chicken water until reduced to about 8 cups. Strain and set aside. In stock pot, put the flour and butter in and cook, but don’t brown. Add the onion, celery, and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions are tender. Add the chicken stock from the cooked chicken, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder and chicken broth. Cook until boiling. Shred cooked chicken. Add chicken, wild rice, half and half, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)VN:F... Read the rest of this article »

Recipe: Simple Cucumber Salad

Recipe: Simple Cucumber Salad

Summary: Emeril Lagasse Simple Cucumber Salad is light and refreshing and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ingredients 3 large seedless cucumbers (about 1 pound each or 4 pounds regular cucumbers) 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped Instructions Peel the cucumbers and cut them in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon or a melon baller, scoop out the seeds and watery center from each half, forming a shallow groove down the center. Using a mandolin, slice the cucumbers crosswise as thin as possible, ideally about 1/8 inch thick. Place the cucumbers in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Using clean hands, toss to combine the cucumbers with the salt. Set the colander over a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours. Using clean hands, squeeze handfuls of cucumber slices to release any excess liquid, and transfer the cucumbers to a medium nonreactive bowl. In another medium nonreactive bowl,... Read the rest of this article »

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