My new issue of RR mag has arrived so I need to write about how the last went. If you know me, this is one of my fave topics to chat about so this may be a challenge to keep focused but let’s go for the ride:
For last month’s issue I started with the pizza burger. The pizza flavored onions called for a reduction with wine and I used my two-buck chuck from trader joe’s. It was a new one: noveau red I think it was called. I have had a lot of reds and this one was really good. I don’t ordinarily drink and cook, although it is a nice experience, I did this time. This wine was dry but had zero notes of acidity. It lived up well to the award winning reputation Trader’s has for it’s wine!! I did not end up ‘cheating’ with jarred pizza sauce and I’m glad b/c it was pretty easy and turned out well. The sesame seed buns were not a hit with the kids–what is wrong with them. I love sesame seeds and it reminds me of our visits to Mongolian BBQ in Mountain Side, California where we would douse everything with the seeds. The burger itself was basic and I’m still perfecting my stovetop strategy. I need to remember to flatten them to less than 1/4 inch before cooking–those patties sure do bunch up!
On to the twist on a dish: deviled eggs. So perhaps one of you could’ve mentioned, gee, that seems like a lot to eat hard boiled eggs on the daily. But no one said that and we ate eggs for about 3 days. Well, because of that I didn’t really get to cook through all the available twists and guess which ingredient went entirely unused: WHOLE PiCKLED BEETS! I really can’t grow to love this earth flavored (euphemism for dirt) veggie. I did make the buffalo styled, Chesapeake crab and the bacon egg and cheese. There was a lot of leftover filling and now one week later, I could go for an egg salad sandwich, but made zero of those last week. I don’t know how I could forget to mention INSTANT POT. All of this was made possible by the InSTANT POT and I feel that the editors at RR are really remiss in not even mentioning and perhaps they don’t even know? I use the 5-5-5 method to perfection and the girls happily help peel b/c it’s so darn easy. As for faves: the first go w/ buffalo turned out too salty so I omitted salt on subsequent batches. The Bacon Egg and Cheese were a crowd (really just the big guy, me and my middle little) pleaser. Likely b/c of the BACON!! and now for my Air Fryer’s turn at glory. have you tried air fryer bacon? omeee oh my! yes. I can now have bacon any time within 10 minutes and no mess and it is perfection.
I made nothing else from this issue and truth be told haven’t finished reading it. The new issue has arrived and I’ve already made the Turkey burger. Let me tell you there was no twist on dish and RR pls get on it lol. So here’s a bit of a secret to it: she adds about 1T of sour cream per pound. This keeps them from drying out. Also, Leeks are a much milder onion and while I don’t like all the dirt and the washing–I think I can tolerate Leeks–no upset tummy. I forgot the swiss for my patty, but still delicious.
Another thing I made: Dr. Pepper pulled pork thanks to @OneHappyHousewife. I follow her on IG, FB and her blog. Catch up with her now b/c you won’t regret it. Anywhooo, my whole house stinks from the browning of the meat and I couldn’t fit the entire 8 pounds in my pot–what size do I have anyway? I had to fix the cooking b/c the timer started before it had gotten to pressure: you do know that’s a no no right? so I carefully stopped and opened (never force it open–I shouldn’t have to even say that) took all the meat out and scraped the bottom with a wooden spoon –any burnt on spots will prevent it from coming to pressure. Returned the meat to the pot and poured on more soda (b/c that won out over water). I set it and walked away for about 5 and that fixed it. It cooked forever and I was momma taxi so hubby finished it. I get a text asking if pup can have the sauce? sorry, no. Come home to pork no sauce. Why??? I cried and cried. welp, he didn’t know. Can I just say–still delicious. I need to cook that last 2.5 pounds, but I think I’m out of sweet baby ray’s. I might add catsup, mustard, brown sugar or something–probably extra water is just going to have to win this time. Pretty sure if you follow the instructions to a teee, it’s going to be perfection!!
Tonight’s tasks: cook that pork, prep the mango, prep the cantaloupe and go see a middle school show!! oh yeah, laundry for soccer uniforms too. etc. etc.