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Friday
Feb062015

George's Gameday Posole

A traditional Mexican dish from the pacific coast region of Jalisco; Posole is a thick soup made with hominy–dried corn with the hull and germ removed. Makes any large gathering a fiesta!


George's Gameday Posole

Makes 8 servings

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2 pounds pork shoulder chops

1/2 cup Posole Pork Rub
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 sweet onion, sliced thick, grilled and chopped
4 jalapenos, roasted on grill; split seeded and chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups hot chicken broth
4 cups canned hominy, drained and rinsed
1 Tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh cilentro
3 fresh red radishes, sliced thin
1 cup fresh cabbage, finely shredded

Rub pork on all sides with Posole Pork Rub, and refrigerate for at least two 2 hours or overnight.

Pre heat large soup pot  to high heat.

Brush chops with 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Add chops and sear pork on both sides until browned and not fully cooked. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil, chopped onion, garlic, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the hot broth, jalapenos, hominy and simmer for 1 hour. Remove chops, cool and chop meat into small pieces. Put pork back into soup. Continue cooking for 30 additional minutes. The longer and slower the soup simmers the better.

Stir in cilantro and serve bowls of soup topped with sliced radish, shredded cabbage, and with warm corn tortillas. 

Posole Pork Rub

2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon each: ground cumin, black pepper, garlic powder, sweet paprika, chili powder, thyme
1/2 teaspoon each: nutmeg, allspice

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Store in a tightly sealed container.

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Tuesday
Feb032015

the best Sour Cream Coffee Cake 

 

Would you like a slice of old-fashioned-style cake that is equally as good for a morning coffee break, mid-day snack and even dessert? Then this is it. 

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Makes a 9" Bundt Pan, about 10-12 slices

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For the Crumb Topping:

1/2 cup light brown sugar

6 Tablespoons sweet butter, softened

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Place the butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and vanilla in a bowl and crumble together with your fingers until it forms a crumb mixture. Add in the nuts. Reserve and mix cake batter.

For the Cake:

1/2 cup sweet butter, one stick softened 

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup low fat plain yogurt

1/4 cup 2% milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon fresh grated orange rind

Grease and flour a tube, Bundt-style, or a regular-sized 9 1/2-inch baking pan.

Cream together the butter, sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Mix in eggs, vanilla and orange zest, one at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, yogurt and milk together. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately in three stages with the sour cream, yogurt, and milk mixture; stirring and scraping the bowl with spatula after each addition. Mix until just blended. Do not over mix.

Place half the batter in the pan, and sprinkle with half the topping mixture. With the back of butter knife swirl the batter slightly to mix the crumb mixture slightly into the bottom of cake batter. Add remaining batter, then the crumb topping.

Bake coffee cake in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the cake tests done. Cool for 15-20 minutes, and then remove from pan by placing a large plate over top of cake and invert pan. Tap the sides of cake pan to free cake from pan. Plate serving platter over the bottom and invert again. The crumb topping should be on the side up to serve. Allow to cool at least 2 hours (if you can) before slicing!

Cover cake once fully cooled.

TIP: Wait for the cake to cool completely for a couple hours. Slicing this coffee cake prematurely will allow steam (or moisture) to escape, thereby making for a dryer cake when it cools. So please resist until it cools. This recipe also doubles for a test in patience! Enjoy!

Saturday
Jan312015

Gameday Chili

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Entertaining a crowd during Gameday Season?

Then, it's time to fire up that cooktop + start chopping. Those flavors will come together deliciously by gameday. This recipe has one bottle IPA beer; my personal taste favorite from my local micro-brew. I always advise, only use what you would drink! 

This basic chili recipe combines several flavors of the Southwest. 

Options: Turkey and pork can be substituted for beef and used in a combination for ultimate flavor. Make it vegetarian by using eggplant, squash, and extra onion in place of the meat.

IPA Chili  
Makes 6- 8 servings

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2 pounds sirloin or chuck - cut into 1/2 inch pieces; or a ground beef combo
4 slices maple cured bacon, chopped
10 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
1 fresh serrano chili pepper, chopped
1 Tablespoon each: cumin, oregano, basil and thyme
1 teaspoon cinnamon
12 ounces of a good microbrew IPA
2 cups canned plum tomatoes with juice, chopped
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 16-ounce can of red beans, rinsed and drained
2 Tablespoons cilantro

Pre heat a large soup pot over medium high heat.

Add bacon and allow bacon to get a light golden color. Add garlic, onion, olive oil, scallions, jalapenos, serrano, and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add beef and cook until becomes lightly browned.  Drain off any excess fat. Season with cumin, oregano, basil, hot pepper flakes, and cinnamon. 

Add beer and reduce liquid for one minute, add tomatoes and vinegar. 

Lower temperature to a gentle simmer. Stir, cover pot and cook for 1 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Add beans and cook for 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. 

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