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Homemade Pastrami

Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Cooking, Grilling, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Pastrami

I’m a huge fan of corned beef and pastrami. Most people don’t realize that pastrami is just corned beef that has been rubbed and smoked. My problem with grocery store deli pastrami is that the meat is mushy, the fat at the edges is chewy like a rubber band, and the spice rub is pretty bland. So I decided to make my own. In a recent post, I detailed how to make corned beef from scratch. Now I’ll cover the process of turning corned beef into great pastrami. I used the point cut...

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Homemade Corned Beef Hash

Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Corned Beef Hash

I recently experimented with making my own corned beef from scratch. The main reason I did it was to make good corned beef hash. I even made a big batch of corned beef and cabbage just to boil the potatoes to use later in the hash. If you’ve only ever had the canned variety of corned beef hash with the cubed, cat-food-like morsels, you owe it to yourself to try the real thing. It’s rare for diners and restaurants to cook corned beef hash from scratch. Almost everyone griddles...

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Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage

Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage

I recently experimented with making my own corned beef from scratch. In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, I used the fresh corned beef to make traditional corned beef and cabbage. It was easily the best corned beef and cabbage I’ve ever had. It was also the only corned beef and cabbage I’ve ever had. Cooking corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day is more of an Irish-American tradition than an Irish one. There’s not much to making the dish. You gently simmer some...

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Homemade Corned Beef

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Cooking, Recipes | 1 comment

Homemade Corned Beef

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a fridge in my new basement that I’ve dedicated to curing and aging meats. As part of that hobby, I thought I’d make some corned beef. I prepared it according to the instructions at AmazingRibs.com, which is a great resource for learning the hows and whys of properly cooked meats. They have especially good tips about barbecuing and meat preparation in general, although I must admit that I prefer my own processes for southern-style pulled pork...

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DIY Charcuterie

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Cooking | 0 comments

DIY Charcuterie

One of my favorite meals to eat is the meat and cheese sampler from The Lazy Goat in Greenville, SC. I love well-prepared charcuterie and antipasti. What I don’t love is the price. What makes the cured/dried versions of otherwise affordable meats so expensive is the skill it takes to prep them and time it takes to cure. I have plenty of time. I just need the skills. I’ve kept an extra refrigerator in my garage for years, but I never got around to using it for much more than overflow...

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A Pet Peeve About Restaurant Italian Food

Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Cooking, Opinion | 0 comments

A Pet Peeve About Restaurant Italian Food

I grew up in a home where Italian food was on the table several nights per week. There was a big pot of red sauce on the stove most weekends, and our holiday menus featured enough sausage, eggplant, shells/ziti/lasagna, and stuffed artichokes to feed a small army (I have 26 first cousins). When I started cooking for myself, I learned how to make a lot of the traditional Italian dishes that incorporate wine/stock/cream sauces. I experimented with piccata, marsala, saltimbocca, puttanesca,...

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20 Grill & BBQ Recipes

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

20 Grill & BBQ Recipes

For everyone who’s planning on firing up the grill and/or barbecue this weekend, here are some recipes that you might want to look over. Thanks to Google search and Pinterest, these already get pretty heavy traffic around Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I just thought I’d put them all in one place to make it easier to share.   The Secret To Good Grilling   How To Make Perfect Pulled Pork BBQ   Memphis-Style (Dry Rubbed) Baby Back Ribs   NC-Style Barbecue...

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I’ve never liked brussels sprouts. It’s probably because I didn’t eat them growing up and have rarely had good ones since. Brussels sprouts are cruciferious vegetables along with cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage. I’ve developed a real affinity for caramelized cauliflower and roasted broccoli, and I like to grill some bok choy as a side for my barbecue, so I figured I’d try to roast some brussels sprouts as well. The results were better than I hoped. I...

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Bacon-Wrapped, Pimento-Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Cooking, Recipes | 1 comment

Bacon-Wrapped, Pimento-Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

My Creamy Pimento Cheese recipe makes almost 2 quarts of the delectable southern spread. I usually make it for guests, but I also make it for the wife when she’s craving some. In those situations, there’s always a good amount left over. I try to be creative with the ways I incorporate it into other dishes. We make things like pimento cheese grits, pimento cheese burgers, and pimento cheese omelets. But my favorite way to finish off the leftovers is to make jalapeño poppers. Do you...

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Homemade White Pizza

Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade White Pizza

I’ve been experimenting with white pizzas lately. White pizza is a northern, olive-oil based pie that’s made its way south with the growing prevalence of NY-style pizzerias. It can be as complex or as simple as you want to make it. I still haven’t mastered the art of making good pizza crust. Much of my disappointment stems from the fact that I can’t replicate a domed, brick oven at home. There are all kinds of hacks to superheat the top of a conventional oven, and...

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The Best (And Cheapest) Way To Make Schnitzel

Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

The Best (And Cheapest) Way To Make Schnitzel

The wife and I love wiener schnitzel. Every couple of months, I’ll wreck the kitchen by preparing a table full of schnitzel, spaetzle (mini dumplings), sweet and sour cabbage, and German-style potato salad. My only problem with schnitzel is that veal is so expensive. And when you’re buying scallopini, you pay even more for less. At some point—I’m not really sure when—I stopped using veal in my recipe altogether. Frying foods is a bit of a production. If you’re...

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Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs

Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs

When the wife and I were at the Lu San Chinese Garden in Portland, we sat down for some tea and snacks. I ordered a marbled tea egg, which is an egg that’s been hard-boiled and simmered in a mixture of tea and soy sauce and other aromatics. I thought it was delicious and decided I’d try to make some myself. Apparently, The marbled tea egg is the Chinese equivalent of the American hot dog. It’s sold in malls, at sporting events, and on street corners. I can’t decide if...

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Sautéed, Fresh Green Beans

Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Cooking, Recipes | 0 comments

Sautéed, Fresh Green Beans

A year or so ago, the wife went to the farmers’ market with me. That’s a very rare occurrence since she hates grocery shopping the way I hate being stranded in large department stores, forced to “watch the cart while I try this on.” Anyway, she bagged a couple of pounds of fresh green/string beans while I was in the cooler doing something or other. She asked how I usually like to prepare them, and I replied, “from a can.” She decided she would cook them...

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