Comment on Frijol con Puerco (Pork and Black Bean Stew) by ginny.
In our area of Mexico the pork is simmered in salted water until it all evaporates. Then the onion is cooked in the same skillet, and then the pork is added back in & fried. The pork is actually quite flavorful because it absorbs the salt from the cooking water. That’s how I prepared my pork for this dish. Then I added in the half cooked beans with their cooking water & let it all simmer together. It was quite good. The roasted tomato salsa was excellent and did indeed bring the dish together. No complaints from Mr Fussy Pants!
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Black Magic Chocolate Grasshopper Cake
I wanted this cake from the first minute I saw it! (On your post for St Patrick’s Day) But it was Lent and I had given up coffee so that meant I had to wait, dang it! I’ve been drooling over it for weeks (I even dreamed about it one night, if you can believe that!) You know how sometimes when you’re anticipating something for a period of time and by the time you actually experience it, it just doesn’t meet your expectations? This was not that time.
The cake in this recipe is moist beyond belief. And the buttercream (the stuff I normally scrape off) is excellent. I opted to make the glaze as a ganache and increased the peppermint in both toppings to taste. You really outdid yourself this time, Jillian!
How to Make American Cheese
I started making this recipe and got interrupted. By the time I got back to it several hours later, my gelatin was totally set and rubbery. But I decided to go forward with the recipe anyway. It turned out just fine.
Tonight I used it in mac and cheese, made with a standard béchamel. Once the bechamel had thickened, I turned the heat down low and added the cheese which I had cut into small cubes, stirring occasionally. It did take a couple of minutes to completely melt, but the sauce was smooth & velvety with no clumping whatsoever. I think the key is letting it melt slowly over low temp.
Homemade Graham Crackers
Sandra – I buy my pantry items at Mega and they have “Tres Estrellas” brand of harina de trigo (flour). The regular is in a white package with red & blue decoration. The whole wheat is called harina de trigo Integral and is in a white package with red & brown decoration. They are right next to each other on the shelf. I don’t shop at Walmart much so I’m not sure if they have the same brand or not. I think they should because it’s a very common brand over here. But if they don’t just look for “Integral” and hopefully you can find it in whatever brand of flour they carry. Good luck!
Clayton’s Cafe Famous Chicken Salad Copycat (Mock Sous Vide Method)
Made this for lunch the other day, scaled down to 1 chicken breast as Mr Fussy Pants advised that he “does not eat cold meat.” I say he does not know what he’s missing. This was excellent. I especially enjoyed the burst of sweetness from the grapes with the pungent flavor of the blue cheese. The celery provided just the right amount of crunch and the chicken was moist and tender beyond belief. Another winner!
This dish is excellent and the recipe makes quite a bit, but the leftovers just kept getting better & better. We had this the first night as our dinner, along with the homemade queso blanco. The next 2 days we had it as a side dish. And today, not wanting to waste a bit of it, I threw the last into a pot of chili. It’s especially gratifying to me when I see my husband eat heartily and truly enjoy his meal, and such was the case with these beans. Thanks so much!