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Braised Pork Chile Verde recipe

Recipe, Tacos/ Mexican By September 13, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments
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Pork Chile Verde

It’s a hearty, comforting Mexican icon. Superb in tacos, burritos, over rice or even just in a damn bowl, Pork Chile Verde is a staple on both sides of the border. Thanks to one of Food & Wine’s Best of the Best cookbooks from years back, I stumbled upon a Rick Bayless version where chunks of pork shoulder are braised slowly in an oven along with tomatillos, cilantro and pickled jalapeños. Despite countless versions of Pork Chile Verde out there, I have yet to steer from this one. And my cookbook has the stains to prove it.

Here is how you make it.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pounds of pork shoulder, cut into 1.5″ cubes
  • 1 pound tomatillos(husks removed)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 pickled jalapeños, stems removed and seeds removed if you want less heat(def. leave at least half in!)
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, rinsed and divided
  • 2 cans of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of salt + more to taste
  • sugar to taste

Essential Equipment

  • Dutch Oven/ Enameled Cast Iron oven
  • Blender or Immersion Blender

Prep/cooking time

  • 15 minutes of prep, cooking time 3.5 hours(3 hours inactive)
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DeSano Pizza ~ Austin TX

Austin, Italian/Pizza By September 10, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments
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The Vitals:
the spot: DeSano Pizza tested in Austin TX + locations in Nashville, Los Angeles and Charelston SC
the eats: Neapolitan Pizza
the bucks: small pies for $12, large pies for $21, plan on $15 person
the full nelson: Real Deal Neapolitan pizza that can satisfy the non pizza elites

There are two kinds of pizzas in this world. One is the kind you crave at 2am, ideally by the slice at a place like Joe’s Pizza in NYC. The other kind of pizza is the one you might have had to make reservations for, perhaps a week or six in advance. DeSano Pizza tastes like the latter though far more accessible and kinda satisfies that 2am vibe as well.

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Battle of the Wagyu Steaks

Recipe By August 28, 2020 Tags: , , No Comments
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I don’t always drop $40 a pound for steaks. But some things are worth it. Like birthdays. For my annual revolution around the sun, the Mrs. scored me two premium steaks: local(Texas) Wagyu Ribeyes from a couple local butcher shops. Suffice to say these are premium butcher shops and we ate well that day. Which one was actually worth the money?

Keep scrolling, friend.

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Spicy Boys ~ Austin TX

Asian, Fried Chicken, Southwest By August 23, 2020 No Comments
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The Vitals:
the spot: Spicy Boys Fried Chicken 1701 E. 6th St. Austin, TX 78702
the eats:bone in fried chicken
the bucks: $11
the full nelson: how to get hooked on dark meat chicken

I’ve been eating fried chicken all wrong. I like white meat. And I order white meat almost every time. The thing is, you can’t do that at Spicy Boys Fried Chicken. It ain’t on the menu. And it’s because like most awesome chefs, they know their food better than you.

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Vietnamese Pork Kabob Recipe

Asian, Recipe By August 20, 2020 Tags: , , , No Comments

A couple years ago I found myself at a street fair and the aroma of grilled kabobs from a Vietnamese food stand caught my attention. Meaty, juicy and flavorful, I asked the vendor what cut of meat he used. The answer was what I suspected but still surprised me: pork shoulder. I walked away determined to figure out how to make this at home.

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Antonella’s Italian Kitchen ~ Philadelphia, PA

East Coast, Sandwiches By August 12, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Antonella's Italian Kitchen montage The Vitals:
the spot: Antonella’s Italian Kitchen 841 Conestoga road Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
the eats: Meatball Hoagie
the bucks: $9
the full nelson: when your meatball fix needs a double shot of gluttony 

Antonella’s Italian Kitchen is proof that the suburbs of Philadelphia can churn out a legit hoagie. Sure, some people might not think getting a Meatball sub is that hard. They probably have never had a real hoagie. Or a grinder. Yes, they all mean the same thing but when you are in a part of the country that will passionately correct you on the proper nomenclature of a giant meatball sandwich, you are certain you are going to eat a very, very good, giant meatball sandwich.

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