Monday, January 25, 2016

Pork Shoulder Braised in Osso Buco Sauce ("Boston Butt" cut)

YouTube Link: Pork Shoulder Braised in Osso Buco Sauce ("Boston Butt" cut)
More Videos: Helen's Kitchen Channel

5 Lb Boston Butt (boneless pork shoulder), trussed with string
2 tsp high heat oil (such as grape seed, safflower, or canola)
2 yellow onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fresh minced rosemary, sage, or thyme
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2.5 cups dry white wine
1.5 cups salt free or low-sodium chicken stock
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Brown Chicken Stock Video

Affordable Dutch Oven from Tramontina

You can certainly spend $300 on an equivalent Le Creuset, but the above Tramontina pot was only $50 and served me well for 6 years now.  The bottom of the pot did discolor (as you can see in the video) and became black, but that didn't change the pot's performance in any way.

Disclaimer: The above link is an Amazon affiliate.  I get a small percentage if you buy the pot through it.  Maybe I should have linked to Le Creuset... just kidding ;)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kale Apple Salad

YouTube Link: Kale Apple Salad
More Videos: Helen's Kitchen Channel

For the salad:
1.25 Lb Lacinato (aka Tuscan) Kale
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 apple, cut into julienne
1/4 cup dries cherries or cranberries

For the dressing:
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (optional)
1 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard (optional)
1/4 cup chopped nuts or pomegranate seeds (optional)