Pork and Poblano Chili with Tomatillos and Chorizo

I tried this recipe from finecooking.com and thought it was really good.  It’s also quite easy to cook.  With the prep involved and cook time, it does take a bit of time but the taste is well worth the effort.  Just remember to have the ingredients ready (mise in place) before starting so you can concentrate…

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012

Rodney Strong, Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2012 We tried this wine recently and the tannins were a bit weak with a ever so slight salty aftertaste. Winemaker’s Notes A deep, saturated color leads to lifted aromas of blackberry, cocoa and herby black-currant, which is followed by a rich, layered mouthfeel, loaded with juicy black cherry,…

Salad Dinner

Any weeknight is a good time to make this delicious salad as your main course.   Make a large simple salad and add some grilled bar-be-que chicken…           Just slice the prepared chicken across the grain.  Serve up the greens tossed with your favorite dressing on dinner plates and top it off…

Preparing Eggplant to Cook

When working with eggplant, there are a few things that you need to know.  For example, eggplant can be bitter when eaten if not prepared correctly.  The most bitter part is just below the skin so cut the ends off and use your paring knife to cut the skin off.  Make sure that you cut…

Quick Cucumber, Cabbage, and Scallion Kimchi

This a really easy and quick kimchi without using whey.  The natural lactobacillus on the surface of the vegetables can be harvested by using salt to get the fermentation started. Just core a head of Napa cabbage by slicing it in half at the base of the head.  Cut out the core then cut cabbage…

Mincing and peeling garlic

To quickly peel and mince garlic, start with the cloves you need and cut off either end of the cloves. Place one clove under the wide part of your knife and use the butt of your hand on the knife to crush the garlic beneath. When you lift the knife, the garlic underneath will be…

Mise en Place

Before you start cooking, you should have of your ingredients set out and prepped. Get everything you need ready on your counter before you start to cook.  This way, you are not looking for or prepping something you need while you are cooking.This is what’s called mise en place. It will save you time in…