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Pork Chop Heaven, aka: Pork Chops with Fennel Pollen

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Fennel pollen is kind of expensive but also really amazing. There really isn’t a great substitute for it, so if you’ve got a little extra money, I’d invest in some. So fragrant. Kind of like if you mixed fennel with curry and some kind of mystery tasty ingredient. I’ve seen it online at Amazon. I was going to go that route but, in the words of jwa, I was able to score some through my “shadowy, underground, food blog connections.”

Actually, I made a comment on twitter about wanting to get some and a . . . → Read More: Pork Chop Heaven, aka: Pork Chops with Fennel Pollen

Future Space Food II: Electric Vegetarian Boogaloo

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So, when we last left off with this culinary space odyssey, Rachael Ray’s Swedish Meatballs were pretty good. They also contained full-fat sour cream, which is why for the two other recipes I cooked, I went right to the healthier section of The Astronaut’s Cookbook.

NASA, it seems has done some research on vegetarian diets for long space flights and there are about 20 of these recipes in the book. A number looked interesting but in the end I went with Kidney Bean Burgers (I had actually been looking for a veggie burger recipe) and . . . → Read More: Future Space Food II: Electric Vegetarian Boogaloo

Rachael Ray (and More) in Space: Part I

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Facebook, not just for fake farms and stupid quizzes… I went to grade school, junior high and then high school with someone who now works at NASA. I know, neat! We recently got back in touch via facebook and now I am contributing to a cookbook review he’s working on. Not just any cookbook, but The Astronaut’s Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More. I must admit that when he first asked me if I wanted to help review the book and cook a few of the recipes I was a little worried. My only previous experience . . . → Read More: Rachael Ray (and More) in Space: Part I

Easy Mole Sauce (and what to do with it)

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I once spent the better part of a day making a Rick Bayless Mole Sauce recipe. Hours and hours and the end result was…fine. Which I’m pretty sure had much more to do with my execution than the recipe, but there it is. I wasn’t in love with it and jwa actually didn’t like it. Then I make this recipe not expecting much and it is really good. I guess you just never know.

Of course I have absolutely no problem spending all day on a sauce, but I’m okay taking a short cut or . . . → Read More: Easy Mole Sauce (and what to do with it)