Chili Cook Off at Keller Williams Realty Boise last week. I did not win. However, I can say that I had no chili left. Hmmm. How on earth can real pork shoulder compare to ground beef!!! And beans! No beans for goodness sakes!….. Oh well. Here is the recipe that many asked for. You all just wait for next year!
Recipe by Laurie Barrera
Makes 14 servings
|2-3 lbs boneless pork shoulder||2 cans red enchilada sauce, 10 oz each|
|¼ cup olive oil, or more if needed||2 cans green enchilada sauce, 10 oz each|
|1 cup sweet yellow onion, chopped||1 bottle amber ale|
|2 guajillo peppers, dried||2 cans diced green chiles, 7oz & 4oz|
|2 pasilla-ancho peppers, dried||1 tablespoon ground cumin|
|2 cans diced tomatoes, 28 oz each||1 tblsp. + 1 tsp. Gephardt chili powder|
|1 tablespoon minced garlic||Olive oil mister|
Cut open the dried peppers, deseed and cut in sections. Sauté in a dry pan and “toast” the peppers lightly. Keep an eye on this and do not blacken! Turn off heat and pour enough hot water to cover the peppers. Rehydrate for at least 30 minutes. Drain water and set aside. Place peppers in food processor and add the 4oz can of diced green chiles. Pulse until paste forms, adding drained water if necessary. Remove any remaining skin from the pepper paste.
Trim pork of excess fat. Combine 1 tablespoon Gephardt’s chili powder with 1 tablespoon olive oil to form paste. Rub pork on all sides. Spray large pan with olive oil and add 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Brown roast on all sides, about 8-10 minutes. Dredge lightly in flour and place in large slow cooker. Add 1 can each of red and green enchilada sauce plus enough of the amber ale to almost cover the roast. Begin cooking on low for 4-6 hours, or two hours per pound.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the same pan you browned meat in. Add cumin and 1 teaspoon chili powder and sauté for 1 minute. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté about 2 minutes. Add the chili paste and mix together. Transfer mixture to slow cooker, add tomatoes and remaining enchilada sauce to about 1 inch from cooking base; do not fill to top of slow cooker.
When meat is done, lift and cut or shred in to bite sized pieces and return to slow cooker. Slow cooking a roast whole will ensure tenderness, believe me this is worth it!
Note: if cooking for a crowd, you will only need to add 1 28oz can of tomatoes for a 4.5 lb roast. Adjust the timing accordingly.
Garnish with tortilla chips and Buon Apetito!
That is exactly what I asked myself yesterday. Home bound with a cold. My strategy for colds is to lay low for 24-36 hours and yes, I do beat that cold. I do have help from plenty of liquids, vitamin C and Zinc, tea and good food. Not wanting to leave the house – God forbid! – so what to cook was the question of the day.
Let’s see. What is in my pantry? Orzo pasta, check. Lemon, check. Sun dried tomatoes, check. Capers, check. Green beans not yet used. Feta cheese. That’s it! The “frosting” was a package of thick sliced bacon. Ah, yes.
I bake my bacon at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, depending on crispiness. So I went about cooking the entire package. Two crispy pieces were food tested right away by myself and Zeke, my labradoodle aka rasta-doodle. Check. I actually cooked the green beans in the bacon grease for five minutes at the same 400 degrees. Blot the grease, after all, enough is enough!
While the orzo cooked, I cut up the bacon, sliced the green beans, and tossed it all with the tomatoes and capers. My dressing is simple: half cup olive oil, half cup fresh lemon juice, heaping tablespoon of lemon zest, salt & pepper sparingly. Toss the orzo, dressing and feta and there you have it. Comfort food.
By the way, I did beat my cold. Realtors don’t get “time off”, so I wrote an offer on a home a Buyer liked. Wrote up the paperwork for a new North End listing. Wrote a dozen thank you and note cards plus a letter to Paul. Yes, a bit silly but I love writing letters and I love him. :-) Feeling much better!
It seems these days that just the word “mold” stirs a negative reaction. I understand that, but this does not always have to be the case. Most mold situations can be remedied! Consulting with an expert first will alleviate the fears, explain the details and help you as a Seller or Buyer along the way towards the real estate transaction you want to close. Or, as a homeowner, fix the problem and be assured your future has an answer! The following piece is from a contractor here in the Treasure Valley that I have used and trust completely. His knowledge is outstanding and all of my clients are very pleased by his professionalism!
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So, today, I get this email with a topic titled “What Chihuahuas Can Teach Us About Interior Design”. Seriously? How on earth was I going to pass up reading that one? And, you, will you?