Monthly Archives: May 2010

Cochinita Pibil

Cochinita Pibil over Mexican Rice

This is some seriously wonderful stuff. I’m definitely making this one again.

The cranberry/lemon mixture doesn’t seem to be terribly different from how I imagine the orange/lime tastes. It’s fruity and acidic – all that matters. The banana leaves were everything I had hoped for – fun to use and they definitely added to the dish. Besides the wonderful flavor, what I loved was once it went into the oven, I was done! I didn’t have to poke at it or check it until 3 hours later. (And it was done!)

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Orzo-Triticale Salad with Chevre and Feta

Orzo-Triticale Salad with Chevre and Feta

This was inspired by a recipe that my mom has made for me a couple of times in the past few years. Every time she’s made it, I think of something else that would be great in it… and always forget to suggest it when she makes it the next time. She made it for me and my husband a little while ago and I decided this time, I wouldn’t forget! So I made it again a few days later.

It came out beautifully. The triticale’s chewiness contrasted nicely with the softness of the orzo. (Any chewy grain would work well in its place, like barley or brown rice.) I did wind up throwing in whatever was in the fridge that needed to be used, but it resulted in a well-rounded, delicious salad, so I’m not unhappy.

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English Muffin Bread

A Rozentāli Breakfast

Today, I’m continuing the breakfast post from last week with two recipes for English Muffin Bread! This bread is superb, with a lovely, craggy crumb and is just right for pairing with Breakfast Sausage Patties.

We love our English muffins, but the damned things are super-pricey off-sale. What we like best is to fry an egg, a Breakfast Sausage Patty and top our freshly toasted, buttered muffin with them for a Muffinwich. A Rozentāli Breakfast

Today, I’m continuing the breakfast post from last week with two recipes for English Muffin Bread! This bread is superb, with a lovely, craggy crumb and is just right for pairing with Breakfast Sausage Patties.

We love our English muffins, but the damned things are super-pricey off-sale. What we like best is to fry an egg, a Breakfast Sausage Patty and top our freshly toasted, buttered muffin with them for a Muffinwich.

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From Scratch: Breakfast Sausage Patties

A Rozentāli Breakfast

Don’t these look delicious? This is one of the breakfasts my husband makes for me on a regular basis! An omelet, two slices of English Muffin Bread and a homemade sausage patty! On Monday, I’ll share the English Muffin Bread recipe.

This is one my husband makes and it is so good, I don’t know why we didn’t do it sooner. The impetus for it was reading the sausage section in Ruhlman’s book, Ratio.

So, we picked up a bone-in pork roast on sale with a fair amount of fat and tried again. Yes, Ruhlman is right. 20% fat is about right, it creates a yummy sausage with good texture, juicy flavor and just enough fat to fry itself up. I would caution you against skipping or reducing the minimum hour of marinating; it’s absolutely essential (thanks Alton!) and produces the best flavor.

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Latvian Iced Mint Tea

We have a brand new little Chocolate Mint plant as part of our spring planting because I quite simply could not resist the York Peppermint Patty smell of its leaves. I knew this variety existed but I wasn’t expecting to find it at the local nursery.

We figured that since we like hot peppermint tea, making an iced version should be quite tasty. Turns out we were right, it’s really good and very refreshing. It’s a lot like lemonade – great to have a tall, cold glass of this when it’s hot and you’re working in the garden. While I don’t like traditional American iced teas, this is just right to me.

Plus, it’s a good way to use up mint.

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Graham Bread

Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably saw my comments about a bread I baked that came out beautifully. Today, I’ll share the recipe. :)

The recipe is from an excellent book on breadmaking by James Beard that I found at the local thrift store for $2. (I love thrifting!) As I also mentioned on Twitter, I’m very tempted to work my way through it because so far, everything either my husband and I have tried has come out beautifully.

It looks like a wheat bread like many others — you can’t smell the heavenly wheaty scent that rises from a freshly toasted slice nor taste it with some orange blossom honey drizzled over.Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably saw my comments about a bread I baked that came out beautifully. Today, I’ll share the recipe. :)

The recipe is from an excellent book on breadmaking by James Beard that I found at the local thrift store for $2. (I love thrifting!) As I also mentioned on Twitter, I’m very tempted to work my way through it because so far, everything either my husband and I have tried has come out beautifully.

It looks like a wheat bread like many others — you can’t smell the heavenly wheaty scent that rises from a freshly toasted slice nor taste it with some orange blossom honey drizzled over.

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Cabbage Latkes (or.. Kāpostu kotletes)

Cabbage Latkes

When we had them the first time, they tasted just like fantastic latkes but a little sweeter. And they’re definitely not as calorically dense as real potato latkes; the entire recipe, if you were to sit down and eat the whole batch, would cost you under 400 calories.

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