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200. Roast Pork Shoulder Cubano: Puerco Asado p.477

200. Roast Pork Shoulder Cubano: Puerco Asado p.477

The recipe
Very few things in life are as good, or as simple as roast pork. The bachelor party tradition among my group of friends is to spit-roast a pig over charcoal. We recently went in on a roaster and put it through it’s paces before my wedding. Spending the afternoon hanging out and watching the [...]

9 December 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 5 Comments
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196. Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Vinegar p.541

196. Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Vinegar p.541

The recipe
The Book has got quite a few recipes that follow the [bitter green] + [cured pork] + [some acid] = [delicious] formula. In this case the bitter green is played by kale, cured pork by our perenial favourite: bacon, and cider vinegar is taking on the role of acid. You simmer the kale for [...]

5 November 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 3 Comments
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195. Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Merlot Sauce p.428

195. Pan-Seared Filet Mignon with Merlot Sauce p.428

Here’s the recipe for the Merlot sauce part of this dish,
This is the second time I’ve made this dish. The first was almost two years ago, when I made it for my dining companion’s birthday dinner. Part of her birthday present was that the steak would be just for her, not for The Project too. [...]

11 September 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 9 Comments
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193. Beets with Lime Butter p.523

193. Beets with Lime Butter p.523

The recipe
This was a very simple, and highly effective preparation for beets. My dining companion is mildly obsessed with beets, and we certainly eat more of them than the average couple. We tend to stick to Ukrainian, or Eastern European preparations, or pair them with goat cheese in salads. This week a friend brought an [...]

30 August 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 1 Comment
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188. Crisp Sautéed Cabbage with Caraway p.527

188. Crisp Sautéed Cabbage with Caraway p.527

The recipe does not appear to appear online
You know how it goes. You get ambitious and decide to make coleslaw for that barbecue you’re hosting, and think that you should buy a big cabbage because so many are coming to this to-do. You get home and start slicing the cabbage only to discover that half [...]

29 August 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 5 Comments
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187. Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes p.584

187. Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes p.584

The recipe
I served these sweet potatoes along with Lillie’s North Carolina Chopped Barbecue , and they were a lovely accompaniment. I should have though about the colour palate of our dinner before pairing sweet potatoes and barbecue, the plate was a little orange. You may eat with your eyes first, but the important bit is [...]

29 August 2008 | The Book, Vegetables | 4 Comments
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173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

The recipe
My cookie baking bonanza got a little bit confused. I made ginger cookies that didn’t taste much like ginger, and these spice cookies, which are gingerbread in disguise. I kept mixing them up when I told people which cookies where which, it seemed pretty obvious that the crispy cookies which tasted like ginger should [...]

16 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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171. Mexican Tea Cakes p.673

171. Mexican Tea Cakes p.673

The recipe
While there’s nothing particularly Mexican about these tea cakes, they’re an international favorite for good reason. I’ve always heard these cookies called Russian Tea Cakes, and they mostly seem to be made by older eastern European women at bake sales and Christmas fairs. As children, these were the cookies that we ignored on the [...]

11 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 8 Comments
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164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

164. Beef Bourguignon p.440

The recipe
I grew up on boeuf bourguignon, we could be guaranteed to have it at least once a month during the winter. Since a braised dish like this is better a day or two after it’s cooked, my mom would usually make it on a Sunday, and it would sit on the chilly garage floor [...]

16 May 2008 | Beef, Veal, Pork, and Lamb, The Book | 10 Comments
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158. Perciatelli with Sausage Ragù and Meatballs p.222

158. Perciatelli with Sausage Ragù and Meatballs p.222

I can’t find the recipe for this one online, but you can easily fake it. Last time I gave you the recipe for the life changingly good meatballs used in this recipe and they’re by far the most important part.
I mentioned that I’d be putting those meatballs up against one of the boys’ version [...]

15 April 2008 | Pasta, Noodles, and Dumplings, The Book | 4 Comments
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