Slaw

crispy short rib carnitas with sunset slaw

I am the one that spends the most amount of time in the house thinking about food.  What I mean is coming up with the meals, shopping for the meals and making the meals. Probably why I have a food blog, well partly why I have a food blog; I just really love food.

Last weekend my husband and I were away so my daughter who was home with the dog pulled out several of her favorite cookbooks and took over for the week.  She came up with a game plan and also shopped for the weeks worth of dinners with one night ordering take out.  If you think about it and are fortunate to eat 3 meals a day. breakfast, lunch and dinner for a year that is 1,095 meals to plan for.  That is a lot of thinking, planning, buying and making. I know it really isn’t that high of a number. No one is making something unique every day, every meal. We all have a meal or two or twelve that we eat several times a month. I mean who opens a box of cereal with the intent of having one bowl only.

I was very nice to not have to think, plan or purchase dinner last week. Two of the meals I will be sharing with you over the next week or so. One was she has made before and we all love. The last one while it was good I believe it will be a one and done. Though we do tend to learn and discuss how we would make it different next time.

crispy short rib carnitas and slaw

dclarkabal

Ingredients
  

Carnitas

  • 3 pounds bone in short ribs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 2 limes 1 1/2 juiced save the other half for slaw
  • 5 garlic cloves unpeeled

Slaw

  • 3 cups red cabbage finely shredded
  • 1 carrot peeled, coarsely grated
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • kosher salt
  • 1 dollop mayonnaise
  • dash hot sauce (optional)

Instructions
 

Short Ribs

  • preheat the oven to 275'F. Combine the salt and chili powder in a small dish. Spread this mixture all over the short ribs. Arrange the ribs in a dutch oven or similar as long as the dish is taller than the ribs. Pour the orange juice and lime in the bottom of the dish, scatter the garlic around the ribs. Cover the dish with the cover or tightly with tinfoil. Bake slowly for 2-2 1/2 hours. The meat should be tender, the fat rendered. The meat should be starting to separate from the bones.
  • Remove the cover and increase the heat to 425'F. Basting the ribs with the pan juices once or twice for 15-20 minutes. You want the edges crispy and browned.

Slaw - make while waiting for the ribs to finish

  • Toss the cabbage, carrot, salt and lime juice together in a bowl. Set aside for 5 or so minutes, the slaw will be easier to work with. Stir in the scallions, then the mayo and hot sauce if you are using it, adjust the seasoning and then add the cilantro.

finishing up the ribs

  • Discard the bones, pick off any large chunks of fat, then lightly shred the meat into a dish. pouring the extra pan juices over it.
  • You can squeeze the garlic out into a small dish and smear on the tortilla or save for later

Assembling

  • heat the corn tortillas for 20-30 seconds on each side. Pile a small amount of shredded short rib meat on top. either add slaw to the top or on the side. If desired top with chopped white onion, cilantro, squeeze of lime. you do you!

Skirt Steak Fajitas with grilled veggie slaw and a dried chili salsa

Here is another week I haven’t made anything new to share with you all. However my daughter was having a couple of friends over so there dog could play with our new rescue. I can’t remember if I mentioned we lost out last rescue after 9 years to bladder cancer in March; we were all super sad and writing this my eyes are tearing up – you get the picture. Anyway my daughter and husband were both all in to get another dog where I just wasn’t ready to make that commitment. Then along came Billy and at first I was hesitant but am now very glad we did get him; he is very sweet boy.


Back to food my daughter tends to make something I generally wouldn’t. I love the idea of Fajita but I would never order them out, I love the flavor of onions bring to the food party and I don’t mind peppers but when I add them to anything I cut them super small, so the large ones that come with what they serve at restaurants just don’t appeal to me at all.


When she started in the kitchen I said to her if you are making something cool and worth blogging about please take pictures as I headed out to work on one of my projects so I can finish it up. I am refinishing a bench that I took apart a couple of year ago. It’s a process…


She prepped everything and marinated the steaks; yes we made two of them. She brought everything outside where I was sitting with he friends while the dogs chased each other around the yard. I was curious if she was going to grill; I know she has started the gas grill but I have never seen her grill anything. She made a comment that I couldn’t have two guest cooks in a row so she figured I would work the grill so I could be apart of this weeks cooking for my blog; Isn’t she sweet LOL!


Skirt steak fajitas with grilled veggies and dried chili salsa

Ingredients
  

Steak and Marinade

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro stems use the tops in the slaw
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 pound skirt steak

Vegetable Slaw

  • 1 small head of cabbage cut in half leaving core intact for now
  • 1 large white onion peeled halved leaving the root (hairy) end for now
  • 1 bunch scallions trimmed
  • 6 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 small red onion finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 package warm flour tortillas

Dried Chili Salsa

  • 1 dried chili pasilla
  • 1 dried chili ancho
  • 1 dried chili guajillo
  • 1 medium white onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup distilled white vinegar

Instructions
 

Steak Marinade

  • In a blender add the first 8 ingredients and blend until smooth. transfer to either a sealed container or a ziploc bag. Add the steak and marinade for 4 to 24 hours.

Dried Chile Salsa

  • Toast chiles in a dry medium skillet over high heat, turning often until fragrant. about 3 minutes. Let them cool slightly, remove stems and seeds. Place chiles, onion, garlic, salt and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer until very soft. about 15-20 minutes.
  • Puree chile mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain until a medium bowl and mix in vinegar.

Veggies

  • In a large bowl add the chopped red onion, lime juice, cilantro and 2 tablespoon of olive oil. season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Start grill and when ready at medium-high heat. drizzle cabbage, onion and green onions with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill turning occasionally, until the veggies are charged and softened. roughly 4 minutes for scallions, 10-12 for cabbage and onion. Let the veggies cool slightly so you can chop them
  • once grilled veggies are cooled, core the cabbage and cut into bite-size pieces along with the scallions and onion. Toss the chopped veggies in the bowl with the red onions season with salt and pepper.

Steak

  • remove the steak from the marinade, scrape off excess. season both side with salt and pepper. Grill steak until medium rare, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. make sure to slice against the grain of the steak into long thin pieces.
  • Serve steak with vegetables, tortilla and dried chili salsa

Grilled Za’atar rubbed porkloin with apple cabbage slaw

Well it was a pretty uninspiring week for food in my house this last week. I didn’t come up with anything new, I was totally fine with eating cereal for dinner every night; we didn’t but I could have.  Sometimes I am just not feeling it and then my Yankee New England roots kick in and see some things that need to be eaten or made into something before they go bad.
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So getting the feeling that I needed to start making something with the bag apples my mother-in-law dropped off, the cabbage my husband harvested from the garden and also the pork loin I took out of the freezer the other day to thaw last nights dinner pretty much made it self. Pork goes great with apples and cabbage goes great with both. I was slightly concerned it didn’t look very appetizing but I knew the flavor was there. A few comments from the fam. in-laws included it was a resounding success.

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Za’atar spice blend can be toasted sesame seed, sumac and ground thyme – try it if you come across it.

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So here is what I made with what I had on hand. Yes I even had the Za’atar spice blend on hand; my daughter brought it back from Israel. You can find it locally if you are interested or use your favorite spice blend on your pork loin.

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I forgot to grab a picture before I started slicing up the pork!

 

grilled za'atar rubbed pork loin with apple cabbage slaw

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons Za'atar spice blend or choose your favorite
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

apple cabbage slaw

  • 1 small head of cabbage diced
  • 3-4 medium apples peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • season the pork all over with salt, pepper and the Za'atar blend and let it sit until it comes up to room temperature and the grill heats up.
  • Dice the onion, slice the cabbage and peel the apples.
  • when the grill is ready add the pork loin and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until the internal temperature reaches 145'F
  • With the pork on the grill add the olive oil onion and cabbage to a large enough fry pan, season with salt and pepper and cook down for 3-4 minutes. Slice the apples and add to the cabbage. cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add some wine and chicken broth and then cook till the liquid is gone. serve along side the pork and enjoy!

Three Apple Slaw

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Slaw – who knew that little four letter word causes a love hate and tolerate feeling. Why is that?
IMG_4248.JPGI personally like to try all kinds of slaw wherever I can find it. My husband is on the other end of this, maybe not all the way to hate but more in the lines of tolerate. Probably because I make it and put it on his plate 🙂
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The other night I paired one of his favorite pork chops alongside an apple slaw, the apple slaw was the only side dish so there was nowhere to hide. I thought it was delicious, him not as much but remember he just tolerates slaw. He literally only likes the one I make with my BBQ pulled pork sandwich. When he assembles his sandwich the ratio of coleslaw and pulled pork is almost laughable for someone who tolerates coleslaw.
IMG_4251.JPGThis slaw has a lot going for it. It is crunchy, light, flavorful and it comes together easily with the only time portion being slicing the apples into sticks. Which didn’t take that long at all and you should make this.
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Three Apple Slaw

Donna Clark - Cooking at Clark Towers

Ingredients
  

  • 1 honey crisp apple
  • 1 gala apple
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce - I used sriracha
  • 4 inner celery stalks thinly sliced diagonally, plus 1/4 cup celery leaves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, poppy seeds and the hot sauce in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cut the apples lengthwise into quarters and discard the cores. Thinly slice the apple quarters lengthwise and stack the slices. Cut lengthwise again into thin sticks.

Notes

Pork chop
place the chops on the counter so they come up to room temperature. Season generously with salt and pepper.
Heat your pan with some olive oil and add the chops, leave them to brown on one side without moving them for about 3-4 minutes depending on the thickness of your chop. Turn and repeat the process until your chops reach a temperature of 145' F
Adapted from Food and Wine Magazine