Rhubarb Week: Pork Chops with Cherry-Rhubarb Sauce

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When we think about rhubarb, it’s all too easy to get bogged down in thinking of it used strictly in sweet ways; in pies, jams, or in compotes.  The fact is, there are plenty of opportunities to use rhubarb in more savory applications, as well. Since my first taste of spicy rhubarb salsa (I posted… 

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Today’s Sandwich: Garlicky Broccoli Rabe & Roasted Pork (Homemade)

Broccoli Rabe and Roast Pork Sandwich

Today’s sandwich combines roasted pork loin, provolone cheese, and sauteed broccoli rabe on a Portuguese roll. Notes: Though it may have been invented in Philadelphia, this sandwich mentally transports me to Atlantic City in the Wintertime, when the frozen gray boardwalk is all but abandoned and the only sound is the endless hum coming from… 

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Breakfast Tacos con Chicharron

Breakfast Tacos con Chicarron

I‘ve had a nearly insatiable craving for habanero peppers lately. I’ve been mixing up quick-pickled habanero to ladle onto leftover pot roast nachos. I’ve been spiking my canned Chunky soup with overly-aggressive shakes of Cholula. I’ve been adding green El Yucateco in dangerous quantities to jarred salsa, and then running around the house carrying on… 

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Chile Verde (Green Chili with Pork)

Chile Verde (Green Chili with Pork)

Have you heard about how newborn babies can throw your routine into a bit of an upheaval? I’m pretty sure it’s a thing. For our first week home, I wanted to whip up a dish that we could eat all week, without burning a lot of thought or energy on preparation. A giant plastic container… 

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Chinese New Year: Fried Wontons

How to Make Fried Wontons

Chinese takeout-style fried wontons are perhaps one of the most perfect examples of a bastardized Cantonese classic, served by the foil bagful at two in the morning to college students for whom spending $3 on a late night snack is a rare luxury. A type of soup dumpling, served not in a broth, but instead… 

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Chinese New Year: Steamed Pork Dumplings with Homemade Wrappers

Steamed Pork Dumplings

Early last year, we conducted an exhaustive survey of the Chinese takeout options in the greater Portland area, sampling several restaurants’ versions of steamed pork dumplings, sweet and sour chicken, fried wontons, and scallion pancakes. It was a sampling of our favorite classics from the “greatest hits” collection of Chinese take-out, and we searched far… 

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How to Make Porchetta

Italian Roast Porchetta

Porchetta is an Italian street food, particularly in Rome, where it is served in market stalls or from trucks, often in sandwich form. Frequently made from an entire gutted, spit-roasted pig, and stuffed with citrus, rosemary, fennel, and other aromatics, the key characteristic is that each portion is a miniature celebration of the best parts… 

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How to Make Mexican Chorizo

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Unlike the Spanish style of chorizo, which is cured and sliced like a traditional sausage, Mexican chorizo is a raw ground pork sausage, often uncased, that must be cooked before you eat it. Bright red, fatty, spiked with vinegar and hot chile peppers, and intensely flavorful, I’ve come to think of it as Mexican bacon…. 

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