Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Notes: I hate to share a recipe that I didn't like, so I'll just say that my cornbread was made with buttermilk and without flour. I recommend any non-sweet, simple cornbread for this. I highly recommend the Fatali pepper: its citrus undertones pair perfectly with the peaches. If you can't find them, use a habanero. If you can't handle the heat, use chipotle. I found a bunch of fatali peppers at the farmer's market and have been storing them in the freezer. :)
- 4 8-ounce Pork Chops
- 3 Cups Cornbread Crumbs
- 1 Tablespoon Thyme
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 Large Peaches, peeled, pit removed, and diced into 1/4 inch cubes
- 1 Cup Corn, cooked and cooled
- 1 Minced Fatali Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the milk into a shallow dish and add the pork chops. Let soak for 30 minutes.
Add the vegetable oil to a large saute pan and heat to medium high.
In a large bowl, mix together the cornbread crumbs, thyme, and black pepper. Place the pork chops in the cornbread mixture and turn to coat. Press the mixture lightly onto the pork.
Put the pork chops into the hot saute pan. Cook until golden brown and turn over, about 3 minutes each side. Transfer the pork chops to a cookie sheet or rack and place into the preheated oven. Bake in oven until the pork chops are completely cooked through with no pink in the center, approximately 10 to 15 minutes depending on how thick your chops are. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the diced peaches, corn, fatali, salt, and pepper. Mix well. The salsa can be made one day ahead if needed.To serve, place pork chops on plates and spoon salsa over the top.
Yield: 4 servings
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Note: it can be nice to have two people do this together (yay Peter!)
Zabaglione (for 2)
adapted from Joy of Cooking
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup Marsala wine
2 egg whites (optional)
In a double boiler (or in my case in a small sauce pan over a larger one), whisk together all ingredients over boiling water. Do not immerse pan in boiling water. Whisking constantly, slowly bring mixture to 160 degrees (will become lighter and thicker). Meanwhile (this is where helps comes in), beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into finished custard. Serve immediately!
Shortbread cookies (for 2 or 3)
2 oz butter, softened
1 oz granulated sugar
3 oz flour
pinch of salt
turbinado sugar (or other large-crystal sugar), or just white sugar
Mix together first four ingredients, form into cookies by hand, and then bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 min. Sprinkle with sugar. I actually did this in the toaster oven since it was such a small batch.
ps: Peter's comment on the zabaglione: "it was good--interesting, but good." :)