Good and Bad News

The good news first…

We’re on a new host! Yes, cheaper, but it also has many upsides to it. The VPS has more memory and a tad more space. Good for all!
Also, soon I may start experimenting again with food. I do miss cooking, and I’d like to share my new discoveries with the world!

The bad news…

I could not save the comments. For whatever reason I lost access to the admin portion of the site and had to basically start over fresh. I did manage to import all existing posts, but no categories came with them.

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Braised Pork Loin Roast with Apples

Braised Pork Roast with ApplesA couple of weeks ago we bought a pork loin roast, and I intended to cut it into boneless chops. I decided not to and was faced with a couple of options on how to cook this big hunk of pork. You rarely see pork roasts braised, so I figured I would give it a try. The results were quite delicious.

I have always enjoyed eating pork. From chops to bacon you can’t beat the deliciousness.

First off, I’m going to explain the done-ness of this dish. According to the USDA the internal temperature you should cook your pork to is 145°F/67°C with a rest of 3 minutes, which is a nice medium rare. Currently the FDA still shows a recommended internal cooking temperature of 160°F/71°C, but since this is based on old data I put more faith in the USDA. The biggest reason was because of Trichinosis, a nasty parasitic disease. There has not been a verified case of Trichinosis in the US in a very long time. This is due to changes in diet and processing of pork today. The meat is so deeply frozen that nothing survives. This, combined with a clean cooking environment, make for very safe pork medium rare pork.

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McDonald’s Healthy Fast Food? I am not convinced.

I came across an article today describing McDonald’s new initiative of trying to make their Happy Meals healthier. My first thought was “Good for them.” Then, I actually read the article. Eh, in my opinion it’s a weak effort and here’s why.

You see, the healthy part of it is a serving of apple slices, or carrots, or any other fruit or vegetable that’s “in season.” They are also lowering the serving of fries to 1.1 ounce, down from 2.4 ounces. Ok, so it’s a step in the right direction, but I think they can do better.

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Culinary School: To go or not to go

That’s the question isn’t it? A few months ago I came across an article that talked about how law makers were looking at new and stricter requirements on trade schools, pointing mostly at culinary schools for being so expensive that you can’t possibly pay your loans back. I’ve been thinking about writing an article of my own about the good, the bad, and the ugly of going to culinary school since I’ve been through the process and everything that goes with it. Today I decided to go ahead and write about it.

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Recipe – Lightly Breaded Flounder


Lightly Breaded Flounder

Lightly Breaded Flounder

This is a very light and healthy fish dish I made tonight. It was fairly quick, as fish tend to cook in almost no time. Oh it was so good! I used the herbs and seasonings I have on hand, so the dredge can be played with some to bring out more flavor, but this was so good!

I could really stand to eat like this every night! Oh yes, and we broke out our best dishes! ;)

Happy eating!

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Happy 4th of July!

Fireworks

I would like to take this time to thank our brave men and women of the US Armed Forces. You all mean so much to me. All of you make it possible for us to live in a free society, and be able to pursue our dreams. Thank you for being you and serving your country.

 

Sometimes we take for granted that you fight for our freedom. You sacrifice your rights, privileges, and lives to give those same rights and privileges to the rest of us so we may live free. Freedom doesn’t come free, and we should all appreciate those who make the sacrifices for the greater good.

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Recipe – Pepper Jack Stuffed Baby Portabella Mushrooms

This is one of my favorite recipes to date! When I went to work at my last restaurant and we were testing recipes for the menu, one of the owners requested a Pepper Jack stuffed Mushroom, and this was the result. They were so good! We didn’t use them for the menu, but I did keep the recipe around.

So I present to you my version of a stuffed mushroom with a kick!