Tag Archives: All-Purpose Meat Rub

Sweet and Sour Pork

My earliest remembrances of the combination of pork, pineapple, onion and green bell pepper stemmed from my introduction to shish kebabs many years ago.  Unfortunately I must admit that I was not impressed.  I realize now that my displeasure arose from the fact that once grilled, the mound of food on my plate consisted of pieces of pork, many […]

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Portuguese-Style Clams and Pork (Cataplana)

Southern Portugal is three quarters surrounded by the sea so it is not surprising that fish and seafood are heavily featured in the Portuguese diet and gave rise to the unique invention of the perfect vessel, the cataplana, for steaming shellfish. Cataplana, much like the word tagine, is the name of both the recipe and […]

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Escalopes of Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Bing Cherry Sauce

Fresh cherries are in abundance!  Display cases at markets everywhere are filled to overflowing with luscious and plump black cherries, rose and yellow-hued Queen Annes and tiny brilliant red sour cherries… each one a delightful inspiration for the chef and the baker alike!  At this time of the year we tend to overindulge in one […]

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Chile Verde Tamale Pie

A tamale minus the corn husk wrapper, this delicious version of tamale pie is made with succulent pieces of well-browned pork shoulder rather than ground beef and is coupled with a host of chili peppers well-charred over an open flame to give rise to their flavorful, smoky goodness.  With Cinco de Mayo a matter of […]

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Oven Roasted Game Hens with Pan Gravy and Wild Rice and Mushroom Dressing

There are dishes that seem to follow the ebb and flow of popularity as time goes by.  One such dish is the humble Cornish game hen.  I remember the 60’s well… a time when ordering a game hen at a fine restaurant was rather a posh thing to do, especially because of the wonderful presentation.  […]

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Pork Shoulder with Green Olives and Baby Artichokes

The “other white meat” frequently appears on our dinner menu here at home for a variety of  reasons.  An incredibly versatile meat, pork can be showcased in many ways.  It easily takes on the flavors of any number of delicious marinades and can be grilled to perfection, slowly smoked, quickly sauteed, oven roasted, pan roasted… or […]

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Asian Style Spicy Noodles

My flight from Narita International Airport outside of Tokyo to Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport had been pleasant and uneventful.  I arrived at 5:00 PM on a Sunday afternoon and, following my journey through customs and baggage claim, was met by the distributors who were going to be my hosts during my days of business in Thailand.  It […]

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Grilled Duck Breasts with Savory Cranberry Merlot Sauce and Yam Raviolis

Inspiration at our stove comes from many places… and it was a recent Saturday morning cooking show that provided the jumping off point for the creation of this succulent and tasty dish, Grilled Duck Breasts with Savory Cranberry Merlot Sauce and Yam Raviolis.  We were particularly intrigued by the fact that this wonderful cranberry sauce that marries so […]

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Country Style Portuguese Pork with Onion and Pancetta Gravy

From the Archipelago of the Azores to the San Francisco Bay Area comes this traditional pork dish the recipe of which has been passed down for generations in Dayton’s family.  Carne de Porco em Vinho d’Alhos, or, literally, pork in wine of garlic, is a dish that Dayton’s mom, who was of Portuguese descent, learned from […]

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Two Potato Pot Roast

There are times when the simplest of meals can be the most satisfying as well as the most delicious.  One such meal is good ol’ fashioned pot roast… and that for several reasons.  First of all, there is nothing more fragrant than a beautiful piece of chuck roasting to fork-tender perfection.  Secondly, the left-overs are […]

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