Friday, June 6, 2008

Things to do with Chorizo When you're poor

Moving to the land of Flat has introduced me to many new food items. The only Chorizo I knew was a hard, cured sausage like a pepperoni or a summer sausage. Apparently this is not true of Mexican chorizo. Last night was one of those scrape-the-back-of-the-cupboards nights, and all I had left in the house was a package of 6 chorizos, some lentils, and some rice.


6 chorizos, about 1 pound. removed from their jackets and crumbled up.
1 cup lentils
1 cup rice
4 cups water
garlic powder

fry up the chorizo meat until it starts to brown, add spices. throw in lentils, rice and water. stir.
bring to a nice boil, stir some more, turn down to medium heat, cook 40 minutes COVERED, stirring occasionally.

Easy, not too involved, deliciously yummy! Makes enough for two people plus lunches and have enough for another meal left over, so this should feed 4 people easily.

Sunday, June 1, 2008


Yet Another Crock Pot Pork Recipe

Not very imaginative. I know. But, true.

1- 2 pack pork loin, on sale at (hushed tones) the Evil Empire.
2- parsnips found hiding in the crisper
1 - medium onion
4- elderly apples, meduim sized
1/2 cup- cheap red wine (I use Paisano or burgundy because that's what I grew up with. don't use the salted "cooking wine" crap!)
1 1/2 cups- water
Garlic powder, powdered ginger, and rosemary to taste.

Peel, roughly chop apples, onion and parsnips into bite sized pieces. Throw into bottom of pot, toss them with your hands to combine. Sprinkle garlic, ginger and rosemary on to pork. lay pork on top of apple mixture in pot. pour in water and wine. put on high. walk away for 4 hours, OR...put on low, walk away for 6-8 hours.

Going to test this on La Ferrette and her spawn tonight. Probably supplement with veg and pasta salad.

I know the Troll and La Ferrette will eat it, but I have reservations about the spawn. Will update with reults!