February 29, 2012
February 27, 2012
When I was younger, I hated Sundays. I spent the whole day being grouchy about the return to school the next day
I would begrudgingly get in my pajamas and lay in bed. My mom came in to read me a good night story.
On a normal night, my mom would read me one chapter, then I would sail away to dream land. On Sunday nights, I sat there with my eyes open but heavy, asking for chapter after chapter. If there was a moment of weakness where I started to drift off to sleep, my mom would stop reading. I would sense the change and wake back up and ask for another chapter and tell her I wasn’t tired.
I kept thinking there was some way to delay the inevitable.
Now that I am an adult, I love Sundays. I have accepted that the work week is around the corner and am ok with it.
I don’t want to ruin my entire day by worrying about the next one. Because no matter what it is coming.
What I didn’t notice when I was younger was the quiet peaceful feel of a Sunday.
Now I love the slow cooked Sunday supper. I love the smell of a roast cooking away all day.
I love the quiet walk to and from church. I love the peace of mind I get on a Sunday. There isn’t anything you can do to stop the work week from coming, so you might as well enjoy what you have in Sunday.
Ingredients (serves 4)
2lb. Boneless Pork Loin Roast
2 Garlic Cloves, grated
1 Teaspoon of Salt
½ Teaspoon of Pepper
2 Sprigs of Rosemary
3 Slices of Prosciutto
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
2 Shallots, sliced
2 Cups of Low Sodium Chicken Stock
1 Cup of White Wine
4 Russet Potatoes, halved
1lb. of Kale, stems removed
¼ Teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Preheat the oven to 325.
Combine the grated garlic with the salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the garlic, salt, and pepper mixture all over the pork loin.
Lay the two sprigs of rosemary length-wise on top of the loin. Cover the sprigs with the prosciutto. Using kitchen string, securely tie the prosciutto in place.
Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Add the pork loin to the Dutch oven. Sear the bottom of the loin for three minutes. Remove the loin from the pot.
Add the shallots to the Dutch oven. Cook them for a minute or two. Pour in the white wine and chicken stock. Use a rubber spatula and deglaze the pan.
Place the potatoes and pork loin back to the Dutch oven and then place it in the oven.
Cook the roast for two and a half hours.
After two and a half hours, remove the Dutch oven. Add the kale and red pepper flakes to the pot and return it to the oven with the lid on for another half an hour.
When the roast is done, let it rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it. Cut a tiny slit in the crispy prosciutto crust and slide out the sprigs of rosemary.
This is a super easy meal to make that just so happens to look impressive. It is great for a slow Sunday supper or for a holiday dinner.
Sit back and enjoy your dinner, because tomorrow it is back to the grind.
February 25, 2012
On vacation you are a totally different person. I love vacation Stefanie.
She is, for the most part, a rather fun-loving and genuinely happy person. How to merge vacation Stefanie with everyday life Stefanie?
I don’t really know if Chelada is the actual bartending 101 book (if that actually exists) name for this drink. All I know is that at my brother’s super bowl party, his head chef at the place he manages, made these and called them cheladas….So I’m going with that name.
Vacation Stefanie is pretty easy-going and can be talked into most things, even when it happens to contain Clamato juice as one of the main ingredients.
At an all-inclusive resort for our honeymoon vacation Stefanie and vacation Michael were talked into having this drink when the poolside bartender said. “This one’s on me!” and handed this crazy concoction over.
Everyday life Stefanie was heard somewhere, muted in the background, saying under her breath, “You idiots. The drinks are all on you! You already pre-paid for this shit!”
Vacation Stefanie did not notice, because she was too busy fist pumping and chanting, “Free drink! Free drink! Free drink!”
So, with another weekend upon us, here is a drink your everyday life self is saying you probably won’t like, where as your vacation self is on your shoulder with a pitchfork and a Tommy Bahama shirt saying “Dooooo it!!! You deserve it. You know you’ll like it!”
Ingredients (for one cocktail)
6oz. Clamato Juice
The Juice from Half a Lime
Rim the edge of a pint glass with Tajin seasoning. (Can be found at any local Latin/Mexican market.)
Add a few ice cubes to the pint glass. Then add the tequila,Corona, and Clamato juice.
Squeeze in the juice from half of the lime and toss a few shakes of Tajin in if you are feeling so inclined. Give it a good stir.
Kick back and let your vacation self out to play for a little bit!
February 24, 2012
My husband and I met in college. We dated for seven years and have been married for about seven months. Having been around each other for such a good amount of time, we have come to have some interesting discussions/debates.
One of our favorite discussions has to do with hypothetical food and sports challenges. I will explain.
While out to dinner, I asked my husband, “If you were in the MMA ring with Chuck Lidel, how many seconds would you last? And no you can not just run around in circles trying to avoid his attack.”
My husband is scrappy, but certainly not MMA material. He replied, “Maybe five second.”
Our other favorite question is “If you were a competitive eater, what would be your specialty; hot dogs, tacos, meatballs, pizza slices…”
I swear I have a different answer every time. My husband however is fairly convinced he can out eat anybody when it comes to soft shell tacos or chicken wings. I have yet to put money on this but I do have to admit I would like to see him try.
After coming in contact with these little empanadas, I think I have found my hypothetical food of choice. They are light and flaky. You don’t technically need utensils to eat them. You don’t have to dunk them in a glass of water to eat them quicker. I am guessing I could eat twelve to twenty-four of these guys. But would I want to?
Ingredients (Makes 16 empanadas)
2 Cups of Flour
½ Teaspoon of Salt
2/3 Cup Shortening
10 Tablespoons of Water
1 Cup of Canned Black Beans
8 oz. of Goat Cheese
¼ Cup Vinegar
1 Teaspoon of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Water
Salt and Pepper
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 Egg White
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the shortening using a pastry cutter until pieces of the shortening are about the size of peas.
Add half the water then mix with a rubber spatula. Add the remaining water and mix well. Form the dough into a ball.
Roll out the dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness. Cut the dough into four inch circles. Lightly flour both sides of the circle. Place the little circles of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Drain and rinse the black beans. Add them to a medium bowl along with the goat cheese. Using a fork, mash the two ingredients together until they form a paste.
Thinly slice the jalapenos. Leave the seeds in, otherwise the heat from the jalapeno gets lost in the beans and cheese. Add the sliced jalapenos, vinegar, sugar, and water to a small bowl. Microwave the jalapenos for two minutes. We are going to make the jalapenos slightly pickled before we add them to the mix.
Let the jalapenos cool for a minute or two. Drain the jalapenos, give them a rough chop, and then add them along with the salt, pepper, and cilantro to the bowl with the black beans and goat cheese. Mix the chopped jalapenos into the black beans and goat cheese.
Place about a tablespoon of the mixture in the center of the dough. Dab a little bit of water along the edge of the empanada circle. Fold one side over the other and press the edge sealed with a fork. Continue this process for all empanadas.
When all empanadas are properly assembled, coat the top of each with a little bit of the egg white wash. This will help them become more golden in the oven.
Place the empanadas in the oven and bake for forty five minutes until golden brown.
Top them with some hot sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream or all of the above and GO. TO. TOWN!
I only ate six…. I could have kept going, but my common sense kicked in and reminded me I am not a competitive eater.
February 23, 2012