Beef and Pork

Thai Beef with Rice Noodles

September 20, 2017

Poke around the internet and you’ll find guay teow neua sab interpreted any number of ways. The noodles are invariably rice, but the meat can range from braising cuts to ground beef. Some dishes are wet enough to qualify as soups. Others are dry enough to be eaten with forks. However you…

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Steak Salad

September 11, 2017

It’s impossible to post without thinking of everyone Mexico, Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean Islands. If you can help any of these folks, in however small a way, please do. To donate to victims of Hurricane Harvey, here is a list of charities from the New York Times. To help people…

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Bitter Melon Curry

August 27, 2017

Note: The full impact of Hurricane Harvey was reaching the news after I posted. To help those affected in Texas, from the New York Times: Donations to the Red Cross for those affected by Harvey can be made online, or text HARVEY to 90999. Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online. Catholic Charities is accepting donations online,…

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Recent events have left me careering between rage and despair. Occasionally there’s a comparatively calm moment of depression, a lull in the mental action, before some tidbit of horrible news sends me bouncing off the walls again. Writing is nearly impossible. How do you sit down and write: “Today I…

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In 1994, yours truly sat in a grubby apartment, roach-infested apartment, reading Laurie Colwin’s More Home Cooking. Building management suggested we purchase geckos to eat the roaches. Animals of the four-legged variety were not permitted. (Forbidden.) So a youthful version of yours truly sat in the chair she’d hauled in from the…

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Citrus Marinated Pork Chops

February 8, 2017

Pork chops, The IK’s notebook reads somewhere around January 27th. Make again.  Lest you think this a gratuitous cat pic, know that all blog photography happens directly in front of that chair. The cat has decided to supervise. And the IK does wash that chair cover. Frequently. Some of the best meals…

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Braised Oxtail

February 2, 2017

Michael Franti wrote a song called “Everyday Life Has Become A Health Risk.” No explanation necessary, right? — So, food. It feels insane to discuss food right now. The United States is collapsing and we’re talking about oxtail? Well, we still need to eat. And we must escape, if only…

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Why not start with a nice NorCal flower picture? I was trying to take flower pictures the other day, and this seems like a good excuse to use them. Here’s another. You may be wondering flowers have to with pot au feu, or boiled beef. Nothing. They’re just pretty in…

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Pork Belly with Potatoes

January 8, 2017

On December 18th 2015, the IK posted a recipe for pork belly with beans. By some weird coincidence, exactly one year later, on December 18th, 2016, the IK decided to make pork belly with beans again. While the foregoing makes it sound as if Mr. and Mrs. IK have eaten the dish only…

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“There is nothing like a visitor from another continent to confuse you about your own homeland…One night an Indian friend came to dinner…He asked me to help him figure out American cooking, at which point I drew a blank. He said: “I would like to cook some American dishes, but…

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