Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps

Today’s lunchbox of Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps, features a wheat-free, slow roasted variation of Sam Sifton’s Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Hoisin and Ginger.  If we can’t get gluten-free hoisin sauce, I make a substitute of Tamari, brown sugar, and some fruit preserves.  Since we don’t have a slow cooker, I also modify the preparation for slow roastingContinue reading “Pork Banh Mi Lettuce Wraps”

Game Day Smoked Ribs

Superbowl Sunday morning, I couldn’t think of a better place to be than sitting on the fire escape, watching smoke billow out of our brand new Big Chief electric smoker.  D. set a fan in the window to keep the smoke blowing outward, but that didn’t keep the warm smell of hickory from filling theContinue reading “Game Day Smoked Ribs”

Cracklings!

There is still plenty of suckling pig in our freezer: a bit of pancetta, a piece of five spiced pig belly, one more ham, two shoulders, the trotters, the head, and a bunch of bones.  We cooked a bone-in loin the first weekend. It was the tiniest loin you ever saw – smaller than rackContinue reading “Cracklings!”

Suckling Pig Carbonara

D. and I are keeping our promise to our little suckling pig to make it delicious, and not to waste a bit. Earlier this week we were craving pasta carbonara, and I thought, what better way to put our suckling pig pancetta to use?  Not only was it super easy, we were able to makeContinue reading “Suckling Pig Carbonara”

Brunch Menu Teasers

Italians don’t eat brunch.  At least not that I could tell.  I traveled northern Italy for over two weeks in 2012.  For our morning meals we drank espresso and ate bread, charcuterie, cheese, and sometimes some fruit. But from Venice to the Ligurian coast, I never saw a poached egg, anywhere. So when a friendContinue reading “Brunch Menu Teasers”