Pulled Pork that Practically Cooks Itself

I ordered a pork shoulder through Basis Foods a couple months ago.  The online store estimated each one at about 8 or 9 lbs.  But when it arrived from Mountain View Farm it was a whopping 13 lbs, and…it was frozen.  So I popped it in my freezer because unless I had a special occasionContinue reading “Pulled Pork that Practically Cooks Itself”

Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs

Bacon, oh delicious bacon.  There is no other food I can think of that inspires people to the same degree of epicurean lust.  In one Jim Gaffigan standup routine, he spends a good two and a half minutes extolling the joys of eating bacon in its many forms.   One waiter at work shared withContinue reading “Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs”

Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives

I have a confession to make.  Despite my Asian heritage, I don’t know much about cooking Asian food.  Sure, I know how to stir-fry and know how to use the more common Asian ingredients, but Mom’s home cooking was nothing like restaurant food.  After years of cooking for myself, then going to culinary school, IContinue reading “Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives”

A Taste of Mexico: Braised Pork Belly Tacos

I’ve been getting quite the education on Mexican food and culture at work, since many of the kitchen staff and runners are from Mexico. Every Sunday, during their break between brunch and dinner, one of the runners picks up tacos and tortas from a nearby Mexican joint for the staff. My favorite is carnitas, orContinue reading “A Taste of Mexico: Braised Pork Belly Tacos”

Oh, for the Love of Pig!

So we have a new sous chef at work. He saw a video on You Tube of Chris Consentino making Porchetta di Testa, and wanted to try it at the restaurant. What is porchetta di testa? Well it is basically a pig’s head that is boned out, marinated, then rolled up, tied, and wrapped, thenContinue reading “Oh, for the Love of Pig!”