Month: September 2011

Sweet & Spicy Apple Slices

Ingredients: 20 Stayman-Winesap apples (or other firm, sweet apples) 10 cups water 4 cups sugar 6 cinnamon sticks 6 vanilla beans 12 whole star anise 12 black peppercorns 2 tablespoons whole cloves Directions: Prep 6 quart jars. Evenly divide the spices between the jars. Peel, core and slice the apples. […]

Jammin’ Pulled Pork

Ingredients: 2 1/2 boneless pork sirloin roast 8 oz  jam* 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup chili sauce (like Heinz) 2 tablespoons thick Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 teaspoons mesquite liquid smoke 1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican hot chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground ancho pepper 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1 large onion, chopped 4 […]

Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy

A cookbook I contributed recipes to,  Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy, is now available! It features recipes from me and many other food bloggers including Steamy Kitchen, Simply Recipes, Gluten-free Girl, Picky Palate and more! Also exciting, the pictures of our dishes were taken by Matt Armendariz of […]

Hot Pickled Green Tomatoes

Ingredients: 8 small, green tomatoes, cut into wedges 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup water 2 tablespoons pickling salt 1 habenaro, sliced thinly 1 teaspoon mustard seed 1 teaspoon dill seed 6 peppercorns 1 small shallot, minced Directions: Evenly divide the tomatoes, pepper, spices and shallot between 2 wide mouth […]

Spicy Vegetable Ham Pea Soup

Ingredients: 5 cups ham stock 2 cups sauteed cubed smoked ham* 2 cups green split peas 2 cups watercress (stems removed) kernels from 2 ears of corn (about 1 cup) 1 cup fresh or frozen peas 2 carrots, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 poblano peppers, diced 2 jalapeno peppers, diced 2 small […]

Pickled Long Beans

Ingredients: 1 bunch long beans (aka yard long beans, Chinese long beans) 1 Korean or Chinese hot pepper, cut into strips 2 cups white vinegar 2 cups water 3 tablespoons shoaxing wine 1/4 cup pickling salt 4 cloves garlic 1 inch knob ginger, cut into 4 slices 1 tablespoon broken […]

Mussels with Zucchini and Basil

Ingredients: 4 lb mussels 3 small zucchini, diced 1 onion, diced 2 jalapeno, minced 2 cups stock or water 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon butter freshly ground black pepper sea salt Ingredients: Heat the oil and butter in a large […]

Pickled Fennel

Ingredients: 6 bulbs fennel, in 1/4 inch slices 6 bay leaves 4 1/2 cups water 4 cups white vinegar 1/3 cup pickling salt 1/4 cup minced fennel frond 6 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons sugar 3 teaspoons black peppercorns 3 teaspoons fennel seed 3 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds 1 1/2 teaspoons […]

Grilled Salmon with Pickled Fennel

Ingredients: 1 lb fresh salmon 4 oz pickled fennel 1 large shallot, sliced thinly 1 habanero, sliced thinly 1 tablespoon juice from the jar of pickled fennel 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions: Combine all ingredients in a resealable marinating container or resealable bag. Refrigerate […]