Blog move!

In Uncategorized on February 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

We interrupt your regularly scheduled recipe posts to let you know that I’m transferring this website to a new domain!

Please update your links to: http://anotherfreakingcookingblog.kcmody.com/

Cheers!

 

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Weekly roundup (2/18/11)

In weekly roundup on February 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

Brr, suddenly we were swept back into winter with a week’s worth of storms.

  • Looking for help on purchasing fish that’ll be good for you and the planet? The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a very neat app called Seafood Watch to help you make sustainable choices. Plus, it’s free!
  • Maybe it’s because of the chill in the air, but I got very excited about the BBC’s menu for afternoon tea.
  • So I’m mentally preparing myself to fulfill my 2011 Resolution (pie crust, in case you haven’t been keeping track). This video certainly helped! Maybe one day I’ll even try, eh?

Chili-glazed pork and sweet potato hash

In recipe on February 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

Mad‘s back with another guest post! Don’t forget to head over to her blog for the whole Dinner & an Album feature!

I consider myself a fan and connoisseur of pork in just about any formation, be it loins, ribs, roast, chops, or the king of pork products, BACON, so it’s always fun to try out a new approach to cooking this most appetizing of meats. This recipe for chili-glazed pork was relatively simple, and goes exceedingly well with the side dish of savory sweet potato hash.

You can do a lot of things with pork tenderloin since its shape gives it a propensity for being stuffed with any number of hearty delectables, but in this case we’re taking the easy route by simply coating the outside with salt, pepper, olive oil, chili powder and maple syrup. (Who wants to bother with kitchen twine anyway?) Admittedly, I did go a bit heavier on the “glazed” part of this recipe than the “chili” part, but the proportions are pretty malleable depending on your preference for spiciness/sweetness. The end result is an aromatic, mouthwatering main course that is also quick and filling.

If the pork was the famous, high-paid star of this dinner production, the hash was the underrated character actor who ultimately stole the show. Deepak Chopra has this thing about “the flavors of life,” which describes the benefits of a diet that includes a wide range of color and texture. This idea appeals to both the artist and foodie in me, and the dark oranges and greens of the potato hash are definitely as attractive as they delicious. Though the ingredients may seem sparse (it’s literally sweet potatoes, shallots and spinach), the mélange is comforting and savory and packs a nutritional punch to boot. Let’s hear it for unintentionally eating healthy!

Chili-glazed pork & sweet potato hash