Pork! Pork! Pork!

March 15th, 2010

I know I’ve mentioned Gene’s Sausage Shop but I have yet to explain… the last time Juan came to visit, we ate pork! lots and lots of pork!

I had heard abut Gene’s from a number of friends and knew that it was necessary to go visit.  I waited for Juan to come because he is always up for exploring a new food shop with me.  It was delightful- two floors of delicious food.  There was a long case of meats both cooked and uncooked- a large amount of which is made there.  Cheese, breads, fruits and vegetables. Upstairs there were different imported products including jams, teas, sardines and liquor.  We explored.

It did take awhile to decide though… We settled on Canadian Ham, Alpine Sausage, Head Cheese, Bread, Cheese, various jams and a Honey Tangerine (which is my new favorite citrus).  The rest of the weekend, we feasted on lots and lots of pork.  Overall, I was very impressed with both the quality and the price of the products.  I would definitely go again especially for a special dinner.

Also that weekend, I had a romantic dinner planned… Roast Pork Tenderloin with garlic and sage, mashed potatoes and roasted beets.  Everything turned out to be delicious.  To make the pork tenderloin, I made a couple slits in the pork, put in some garlic and sage, seared it on the stove and then cooked it at 450 until it was cooked through. Juan made us pork sandwiches with the leftovers the next day… did I mention we ate a lot of pork!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote Gene’s.

I know I promised…

February 28th, 2010

… a weekend of cooking but… It is a lazy Sunday and I’m not in the mood for a big meal… Instead, I give you…Bagna Cauda mopped up with Italian Bread (and part of the Omnivore’s 100).  I made this for our New Years Dinner… I’ve never liked anchovies but with butter, olive oil and garlic, it was delicious and did not last long.  Juan took the deer photo during our skiing trip over Christmas break… we would walk outside of our room and there would be deer… so cute…

Don’t Judge…

February 27th, 2010

… this dish by the photo… go here and see how delicious it can look…It is really delicious!  A Life (Time) of Cooking is one of my favorite blogs… Not only because of the gorgeous photographs and intriguing recipes but I always feel relaxed and refreshed after reading the posts…  I made Fragrant Eggplant and Yoghurt… Unfortunately, I forgot to watch the time and burned the garlic.  So I sliced up a clove to mix in with some greek yogurt.  It was an excellent and healthy dinner.