43 posts tagged Pork

Corn & Chile Strata with Mexican Chorizo

For Christmas this year, my lovely sister Leah gave me a wonderful Williams-Sonoma cookbook full of recipes for the thing I love most in the world; brunch! Paging through page after page of beautifully shot photos, I finally settled on a recipe for a corn & chile strata with chorizo. This is an extremely homey dish, and after refrigerating overnight, I absolutely could not wait to get this in the oven the next morning. Definitely worth the preparation because it was so light and fluffy the next day; satisfied my love of homemade brunch in a huge way! Continue Reading

Pumpkin Ale Pork Chili

So, it's finally starting to feel like Fall around here, and with the slowly changing leaves (very slowly, because Dallas has been hovering in the mid-70s this week), it's starting to look a bit like it, too. So, when my friend Miah posted this recipe for a pork chili simmered in pumpkin ale with chocolate, pumpkin, and spices, I thought "What on Earth? That sounds really odd." And my next immediate thought was ". . . but Miah wouldn't steer me wrong. . ." And he absolutely didn't. The combination of flavors this chili produced were nearly addicting. It's a bit on the spicy side (so, I've been told; my sensitivity to spice has been reduced drastically in recent years) so it may be "Holy crap, my tongue! It burns!" spicy to those of you who haven't been challenged to eat raw peppers as of late. Also, while the garnish may not look exceedingly appetizing (and as a friend pointed out, a bit like melted Velveeta), it's a really uplifting flavor and is delicious mixed in with the very complex sweet and spicy chili. Continue Reading

Braised Pork Shoulder Breakfast Tacos

Though I've done so in the past (I know; bad, bad Lauren!), I just can't bring myself to call these braised pork shoulder breakfast tacos "carnitas". I didn't slow cook them in lard, and sort of cheated, if I'm being honest. Because really, that's just what braising is; joyous, minimal prep, and then shoving the meat in a dutch oven with some liquid, and just let. it. go. I watched nearly the entire web series The Guild (highly recommended if you're an internet nerd, and well, you're reading this blog, so I strongly suspect that you might be) while I was waiting for dinner to be ready. I wrote the recipe for a larger amount of pork (because most people will have a 4-6 lb. pork shoulder to work with), but what I like to do since we recently invested in our KA meat grinder (on another note, grinding meat has become somewhat relaxing in a way), is to buy a 10-12 lb hunk of shoulder from our favourite meat shop and break it down into 1-2 lb. freezable portions, so that I'm rarely overcooking and thus, boring ourselves with the same leftovers for days. This amount (1.5 lb.) of shoulder easily made 8-10 breakfast tacos, which was perfect for 2 nights of dinner for 2 people. Continue Reading

Chicken, Bacon & Cannellini Bean Chowder

This week has been a bit of a bust in our household. I've been sick since last Tuesday/Wednesday, and just when I'm finally feeling a bit better, poor W has come down with the same icky cold that started my sinus infection and bronchitis. So, last night I was in a total comfort food mode and wanted to channel this Tiger vs. Dragon Soup from Aarti's (yes, the Food Network's Star's former blog, Aartilla the Fun that I made a few weeks ago). But, I wanted it to taste more homey and rich, so based it on a chicken and cannellini bean soup I had made in the past, with the addition of some bacon . . . and some creamed corn. The creamed corn gives it a delightfully sweet touch that contrasts nicely with the savory comforting richness of chicken paired with bacon. I'm feeling better now. But, I'll probably have to make a new batch to get W through his sickness. Bless his heart. <3 Continue Reading

Pesto Pork Loin Chops with Creamy Skin-On Potatoes with Chives

So, you may have noticed that I've had a bit of a break in posting recipes. I've been in Orlando for the past week at a conference (and going out to Downtown Disney every evening and even *gasp* an evening of karaoke), and have just been completely unmotivated to cook. So, because it had been a while since I'd given you something to read about, I thought I would post a dish I made in early March. I know, I know. Yet another pork loin chop recipe. "Lauren", you must be thinking, "what's with all of the pork dishes?" But, these were so juicy and delicious, I had to share. Besides, the whole concept of Lauren's Kitchen is to keep track of dishes I really, really liked, so these definitely made the cut. Paired with some mashed potatoes with their skin and some chives and a bit of sauteed spinach, this was a great, easy, week-night meal. Assuming you made the pesto beforehand, that is. :) Continue Reading