Damn Ham Pork – Bam!

Pork Loin 056I LOVE Walmart! I MISS Walmart! I did not appreciate what Walmart offered, until of the slow shipping delays due to COVID.

Walmart had my favorite “cuisine” items, such as ground lamb and used to have “everyday” items like toilet paper and water bottles. I used to be able to get everything I needed in one shop.

Now, I have shop from several different stores to get what I need. Just like everyone else is, during these trying times.

Pork Loin 001I am lucky to be able shop with Aldi. They don’t have my favorite “name” brand or “cuisine” items, but hell, they have food, which is a blessing.

So I can use things from Walmart and Aldi in my next meal. I was watching The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network and LOVED the triple pork sandwich made by The Fat Kids. They were my favorite food truck and I was so sorry to see them leave. I was drooling over their fried pork with bacon and bacon cheese. So this is my tribute to their sandwich. Also a shout out to Sunny Pork Loin 010Anderson! She made a Pork Roast on Cooking for Real that was very inspiring for this recipe. As the very wise Emeril Lagasse said: Bam! Pork Fat Rules!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Pork Loin, Boneless, 2 ½ lbs.
  2. Ham Flavored Concentrate, recommended: Goya, two ¼ teaspoon packets
  3. Sazón (Coriander & Annatto with Garlic and Cumin), recommended: Goya, two ¼ teaspoon packets Pork Loin 011
  4. Granulated Garlic, recommended: HyVee, 2 tablespoons, divided
  5. Soy Sauce, recommended: HyVee, 1 teaspoon
  6. Worcestershire Sauce, recommended: HyVee, 1 teaspoon
  7. Liquid Smoke Applewood, recommended: Wrights, 1 cap
  8. Pork Rinds, recommended: Clancy’s, 3 ¼ oz.
  9. Panko Bread Crumbs, Italian Style, recommended: Great Value, 1 cup
  10. Cornstarch, recommended: Argo, 2 tablespoons
  11. Flour, recommended: Wondra, 2 tablespoons
  12. Eggs, 2 Pork Loin 029
  13. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1
  14. Cooking Oil Vegetable, recommended: Carlini, 2 to 3 cups

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Pork Loin 20 to 30 minutes before prep time.
  2. Cut in half, then in half again to get 4 pieces. Flatten to desired size and poke holes with a fork on both sides.
  3. Create “Dry” rub by mixing 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Pork Loin 030
  4. Create “Wet” rub by mixing Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and Liquid Smoke.
  5. Add Pork cuts to a storage bag and add Dry rub and then the Wet rub. Massage it in the bag to distribute the wet and dry rubs. Let it sit overnight or at least 30 minutes before cook time. Pound it to flatten it. I am using my “Mighty Vance” hammer!
  6. Add Pork Rinds to a storage bag and crush it. Move it to a paper bag and add Panko Bread Crumbs, Flour, Cornstarch 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before cook time. Pork Loin 034
  7. Pre-heat the Cooking Oil in a skillet or cast iron pan/pot.
  8. Beat the Eggs and pour into bag of pork
  9. Dip Pork into the Dry mixture paper bag and shake. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cook time.
  10. Fry the Pork Loin for 5 minutes per side.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and add the fried Pork Loin on a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove.
  13. While they are baking, you can use the heated oil for a side dish, such as French Fries or Steak Fries.
  14. Season the Fries with Parmesan Cheese after they are drained.Pork Loin 038

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Pork Loin 20 to 30 minutes before prep time.
  2. Cut in half, then in half again to get 4 pieces. Flatten to desired size and poke holes with a fork on both sides.
  3. Create “Dry” rub by mixing 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic.
  4. Create “Wet” rub by mixing Soy Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and Liquid Smoke. Pork Loin 039
  5. Add Pork cuts to a storage bag and add Dry rub and then the Wet rub. Massage it in the bag to distribute the wet and dry rubs. Let it sit overnight or at least 30 minutes before cook time. I put two pieces per plastic storage bag to make is easier to pound. Then I used “Mighty Vance” hammer to flatten the pieces.
  6. Add Pork Rinds to a storage bag and crush it. Move it to a paper bag and add Panko Bread Crumbs, Flour, Cornstarch 1 packet each of Ham Flavored Concentrate, Sazón and 1 tablespoon of Granulated Garlic. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before cook time. Pork Loin 048
  7. Pre-heat the Cooking Oil in a skillet or cast iron pan/pot.
  8. Beat one Egg and put it in a bag with 2 pieces of pork. Beat the other egg and put it in the 2nd back of pork. Then massage the egg to distribute.
  9. Dip Pork into the Dry mixture paper bag and shake.
  10. Fry the Pork Loins for 25 minutes, turning as needed.
  11. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and add the fried Pork Loin on a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes and then remove.
  13. While they are baking, you can use the heated oil for a side dish, such as French Fries or Steak Fries. It took 20 minutes for the fries. Pork Loin 051
  14. Season the Fries with Parmesan Cheese after they are drained.
  15. Rest the Pork for 5 to 10 minutes.

The pork smelled so good while it was marinated with the dry and wet rub. But, the flavor profile of ham concentrate, Apple Liquid Smoke and Sazón is a blank canvass for other flavors.

So tonight, I will dress it with an Asian flavor profile using Teriyaki Sauce, Sriracha and Soy Sauce. The tomorrow, I can use my Creole seasoning and the next day I can add a Barbecue flavor. Brats and Beer 079

Brats and Beer 090I am a night owl and stay up late watching TV and listening to my favorite “Oldies” music. My favorite late night snack is Hummus with Grilled Pita bread.

Hummus Pita Snack Ingredients:

  1. Pita bread, 1
  2. Butter with Garlic & Herbs, recommended: Kerrygold, ½ teaspoon
  3. Hummus, recommended: Sabra, Olive Tapenade, as desired Pork Loin 066
  4. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ¼ teaspoon
  5. Parchment Paper Sheets, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1

How to make it:

  1. Pre-heat a grill pan or skillet for about 3 minutes.
  2. Butter 1 side of the Pita bread.
  3. Grill for about 2 minutes and flip.
  4. Top with Sumac and grill the other side for 2 minutes.
  5. Slice and top with Hummus of your choicePork Loin 069

Breakfast Smoothie Update:

Yesterday I used an ice cube in my smoothie. Duh! Why did I do that when I have my favorite ice cream flavor in my freezer: Butter Pecan? Same thing!

  1. Fill up with about 10 ounces of Orange Juice.
  2. I also added my Liquid Biotin.
  3. Add a tablespoon of ice cream, my favorite: Butter Pecan by Great Value. Pork Loin 074
  4. I used the same small “smork” to add the Strawberry Banana Yogurt.
  5. I cut the Banana into 6 pieces, then pushed it down to make sure I did not go over 20 ounces.

 

 

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Greek Chili for a Chilly Night

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 085I used to Belly Dance in Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants back in the 80s. My favorite “taste” of Greek food included Gyros (with Feta and Lamb), Kabobs (with Sumac), Tzatziki (with Cucumbers), Hummus (from Garbanzo Beans AKA Chickpeas) and Spanakopita (with Spinach). So why not mix those flavors with my favorite dish: Chili?

My original chili was Beef Chili. My family loved it! It was thick, meaty and spicy! Using a slow cooker, instead of a stock pot, allowed all of the ingredients time to meld together. Next came CMcCormick Fiery Tastyhicken Chili made with Butter Beans, White Kidney Beans, Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage and chopped Polish Sausage.

To save calories, but keep the bold and spicy flavors intact, my next chili creation used Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage, Turkey Polish Sausage and Pork Chorizo. In fact, I liked it better than my “Slap Ya Momma” Beef Chili. None of the flavor was missing. And in fact, it was even spicier by using Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno and Habanero peppers and the McCormick Tasty Fiery Seasoning Mix of Sriracha, Lime and Garlic!

The chili seasoning can make or break your chili. It makes all of the difference in the world. Back when I first started making chili, I would buy the cheapest chili seasoning. You know the one that is Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 003the store brand or 50 cents or less. Then I discovered Williams Chili Seasoning. And I will admit: they are the best. They are the reason why my Chili brings so many compliments.

I have to admit that McCormick Seasonings are stepping up their game. They released the “Tasty” blends, that bump up the flavor using Sriracha, Lime, Garlic, Lemon Zest, Basil, Oregano, etc. I love using the Lemon Zest to season my Tuna and Catfish Nuggets. And when you mix Williams and McCormick together, get ready for a spicy flavor bomb!

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 042I had 3 hours of sleep and my Dishwasher is broken. Which means, I am mixing the meats in the skillet, instead of washing a bowl by hand. I have the slow cooker set for 4 hours, just enough time for a catnap before my Chili dinner on a chilly (19 degree) day!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Lamb, recommended: Marketside Superior Farms, 2 lb.
  2. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 ozChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 040.
  3. Italian Sausage Mild, recommended: Great Value, 1 lb
  4. Spinach, frozen chopped, recommended Great Value, 12 oz
  5. Garbanzo Beans, Chick Peas, recommended: Bush’s Best, two 15.5 oz. cans
  6. Kidney Beans, Dark Red, recommended: Great Value, 15.5 oz.
  7. Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, two 14.5 oz. cans
  8. Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Chili Style, recommended: Del Monte, 14.5 oz.Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 046
  9. Jalapeno Peppers, diced, recommended: Great Value, 4 oz.
  10. Chili Seasoning, Tex-Mex style, recommended: Williams, 1 oz.
  11. Chili Seasoning, Original style, recommended: Williams, 1 oz.
  12. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix with Sriracha, Lime and Garlic, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  13. Mirepoix with diced Yellow Onion, Carrot and Celery, 8 oz.
  14. Garlic, smashed, 10-11 cloves
  15. Sumac, recommended: Zamouri Spices, ½ teaspoonChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 052
  16. Cabernet Sauvignon, recommended: Yosemite Road, 1 cup
  17. Balsamic Vinegar, 2-3 teaspoons
  18. Liquid to thin it out, such as Cola, Chicken Broth, Water or Ice Cubes (as needed, depending on how thick or thin you prefer your chili to be), ½ to 1 can.
  19. Plastic Gloves, disposal will do
  20. Slow Cooker Liners, recommended: Reynolds

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Gloves oChili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 083n and ready to cut off the Garlic heads. Add them to the slow cooker liner and smash them with a small bowl.
  2. Mix ground Lamb, Italian Sausage and Pork Chorizo in the skillet and then brown in skillet for about 20 to 25 minutes. Add half of the Wine and Mirepoix. Cook on low for 5 minutes and then drain. I use an empty bean or diced tomato can for the grease.
  3. Drain and rinse beans. I top the beans with a dash of Sumac!
  4. Top the smashed Garlic with the remaining Mirepoix and Spinach. Then add the Tex-Mex Chili seasoning, Wine and Balsamic Vinegar. Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 049
  5. Add the Meats and then the Fiery Tasty Seasoning packet.
  6. Add the drained beans and then the Original Chili seasoning
  7. Add the 3 cans of Diced Tomatoes.
  8. Thin out with Liquids, if you want thinner Chili. I used a half can of Cola for a “sweet” touch.
  9. Add the Jalapeno Peppers and Sumac during the last 30 minutes of cook time.
  10. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours, stir halfway through.

Chili and Pineapple Coconut Rum Cake 086I like to top mine with Feta & Cheddar Cheese, Diced Cucumbers, Lime Juice and a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.

 

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2019 Cooking Ends: 2020 Cooking Begins

Samsung 870I created a Cookbook folder on my computer back in 2009. Since then, I have added my recipe creations and saved recipes for inspiration.

I am almost done working on my Cookbook. Hopefully, I will have it ready by January 2020.

I originally planned to publish my cookbook back in 2016. But, along came the thoughts and ideas for the Vampire Dancer Saga series, after seeing 3 bats in my house.

I LOVE planning my meals in advance!Samsung 871

That way, there is no excuse to order Pizza Hut, when the fridge or pantry is empty.

I try to plan my meals 1 to 2 weeks in advance, to allow “smart” shopping versus “impulse” shopping.

This week was Epic Tuna and later on, Pork Chops on Croissant Rolls. I love Salad as my side dish for dinner.

Samsung 866I am also prepping the Catfish Nuggets for tomorrow. For breakfast, during work days, I love eating Cottage Cheese with Diced Peaches.

I used to love eating a Bacon, Egg & Cheese sandwich for breakfast. Or a Spam, Egg & Cheese sandwich, or a Sausage, Egg & Cheese sandwich. I am cutting out a lot of bread to lose weight. But I will take a break on my diet to make a Biscuit, Sausage, Country Gravy, Hash Brown, Egg and Cheese Quiche for Christmas.

Ground LambMy Christmas main dish will be a Surf & Turf Spazghetti with Truffle Alfredo Sauce, Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Anchovies, Shrimp Scampi and Cream of Shrimp Condensed Soup. I even have Shrimp Bouillon cubes to boil the spaghetti pasta in. This will be epic!

For a lighter meal next week, I have a can of Baked Beans and I can chop and fry Polish Sausage to cook with it. A “Grown Up” version of Pork & Beans.

My lunch break during work days is only one hour. So I love to cook in advance and eat leftovers during the week. And then freeze the rest, when I get sick of eating it.

Samsung 862I like to make Black-eyed Peas & Cornbread for New Year’s Eve, or a pot of Chili. I plan on making Middle Eastern Chili On December 30th or 31st. The Ground Lamb is so expensive, but since it is a holiday, I will splurge.

If I know that I am planning a meal in advance, I also buy things on sale. I plan on making Meatloaf, and I have some of the ingredients now that can be used for other meals, in a pinch. For example: diced tomatoes. can be used in Spaghetti, Chili or Meatloaf. So I try to buy them on sale and stock up.

I ran out of Mirepoix, so I have to wait to make the Macaroni & Cheese with Cream of Mushroom Soup. Boo!

Samsung 864Along with the Surf & Turf Spazghetti, that is way too much pasta. But I still kept it in the picture with the Catfish Nuggets for my Happy Vance Day on December 21st. TODAY!

 

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