Daughter Miriam asked for a vegetable forward soup fir this Sunday’s dinner. I decided on an Italian Wedding Soup. What defines an Italian Wedding Soup—according to Wikipedia—are green vegetables, meat (usually meatballs), chicken broth, and usually some kind of small pasta. I can see that for a large wedding feast you would want to keep it simple, but this was for a family dinner—I decided to bump up the vegetables.
Category Archives: Pork
Wife Jan is hosting Ethnobreakfast again and I am getting tired of endless variations of deviled eggs. Recently, I have discovered how to make the perfect short crust. Mini quiches came to mind as something new and different to experiment with. She is expecting 20 people to physically show up—some Skype into the meeting—so that means making at least 40 quiches.
Last week, son-in-law Chris asked for calzone for his birthday meal, but he waited too long—the pizza dough takes at least 3 day to be properly cold-risen. When I make pizza dough it produces enough to make 3 pizzas—a calzone is really just a folded over pizza. I plan to use only tow thirds of this dough for this meal. This dough freezes really well and I will save the third portion for another day. A Caesar salad completes the meal.
I’m making a simple broiled salmon—with just a little lemon juice and salt—for a weeknight meal, but I wanted something more than plain rice to go with it. I had some left over rice in the refrigerator, so I thought that fried rice would be nice. Tonight I decided to try to make it like Chinese restaurant rice with the finely diced vegetables.
Eilene’s friends are coming over for dinner after a long hike. Wife Jan is still at Burning Man and while she would find this dish “too rich” the kids will like it. While I could have made my own Alfredo sauce I decided to try a short cut. I like to make the dishes that I make for Eilene’s friends one dish meals—protein, starch, and vegetables all in one recipe.
Last week, we were at a local restaurant that served lau lau pork (leaf leaf pork). Miriam bought a side dish of this and it was amazing. In reading about it, it appears that it is usually made with both fish and pork, but the restaurant and many of the recipes I found on-line replace the salted fish with soy sauce.
Last week Jan’s farmer friend dropped pounds of tomatoes on us. To preserve them, I turned them into three quarts of a simple tomato sauce—just tomatoes and a bit of salt. This allowed me the greatest flexibility when I decided what to use the sauce in a recipe— meaning it did not lock me into Italian cuisine, like so many of the sauces on-line.
Eilene is having friends over, so I needed something to feed hungry 20-somethings. I have made versions of both this dish and jambalaya before, but I wanted one that was simple enough for a weekday meal. The basic difference between a gumbo and jambalaya is whether you pour the sauce over the rice or cook the rice in the sauce.