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Back in Black…or at Least Blogging

6 Sep

Food JefeI’ve been deficient in my blogging. I’ve found Twitter to be an easier way to quickly post things. I’m now back and committed to posting a blog here at least once a week. Here I go….

September is here, but it’s going to be 81 degrees here. I love it, but it makes us still want to eat light. We decided to celebrate a weekend together (girls are both now home) by having Pato de Taco (Duck Tacos). The recipe is featured on this blog. I think I call it Pato de Dan or Pato de Jefe. I will have to work out something.

Bottom line ~ I’m back to blogging some of the cool things we are eating. As we move into Fall and Winter, there are plenty of opportunities to talk about food. In fact, I may expand my posts to include fine spirits, wine, beer, and cigars. I welcome your comments and also invite you to follow me on Twitter. You can see my tweets on this blog – @TheFoodJefe.

Eat well and prosper…


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Pigging Out on Christmas

26 Dec

My roasted pig was a success for Christmas. I told you on Twitter (@TheFoodJefe) that I’d give you the recipe if it was good and it was very, very good!

  • 15 pound pork shank (I didn’t officially weigh it – Esposita and I guessed)
  • Pop that gorgeous porker into a big roaster and set your oven to 350 degrees
  • Add 24 ounces of beer. I used Stone Smoked Porter
  • Drizzle lots and lots of pure honey over that honey
  • Add frozen mango chunks. I’m allergic to pineapple (makes my tongue burn and itch), so I substituted mango. If you like pineapple, go for it!
  • Nutmeg for good measure. That’s right…nutmeg.
  • Put pork into the oven and cook for about 5 hours basting regularly (about every 90 minutes or so).

The cooking time will depend on your pork and the heat you use. I went at 350 and was using a pre-cooked pork that cam from the butcher. High quality pig with no bad stuff in him. Just keep watching how it cooks as you baste. You need to avoid overcooking. One it starts falling apart and smelling awesome, you may just abut be done!

Anyway, it was terrific. Give it a try…you will be glad you did!

Eat well,



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Oh Boy Avocado!

6 Dec

I just had an angry email sent to me. It was my first as the Jefe so I’m feeling good. Here it is…

Dear Jefe,
I strongly dispute your assertion in the Scrambled egg post on November 9th  that coconut oil is the only good oil to cook with.  Try Avocado oil, which you can find at Costco or a gourmet food shop.  It has a higher smoke point than your coconut oil,  520F compared to 350F to 450F for coconut oil (Depending of course upon if you are using virgin or refined). It has a great flavor as well as providing much versatility in cooking options.  It is also high in Vitamin E and Monounsaturated fats, which promote good HDL (at least in a few studies).”

Okay…so it was my brother-in-law and he really wasn’t angry, but it sounded good.

I LOVE avocados so I’m all over this like an avocado on a taco. I’m going to head to my local Costco and see what’s cooking. More to come!

Oh…Thanks, Matt!

Eat well,


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Domingo Por La Mañana with The Food Jefe

17 Nov

Home Alone 3….see my Tweets on Twitter.

Random thoughts on this Domingo with Esposita on a girls weekend with her sisters…

1. Made Bourbon Blue Cheese burgers last night and watched college football. Sorry to see USC win, but it was a fun game to watch.

2. I enjoyed a Baileys with coffee while watching The Hunger Games. I thought Jennifer Lawrence was brilliant in her role. I wasn’t sure what to expect and actually loved the movie. Lawrence is going to be a superstar (and probably already is). I’m pumped to watch the sequel.

3. Went to Mass this morning and then went to cemetery and visited Dad. Cold, windy November morning.

4. Esposita is the best. She made enough pancakes before she left to cover me for the weekend. Watching some NFL while munching on pancakes and quiche, and a nice, hot coffee. Dogs are resting after a busy morning of eating breakfast and going potty. They know today is Domingo!

5. Seahawks on later today. Already wearing my 12 jersey to cheer hard from home. Excited for the Hawks debut of Percy Harvin.

6. I’ve got all the fixin’s ready to make Esposita Tacos de Pato (Duck Tacos). I will get all the slaw and stuff early so it’s ready to go post Seahawks win.

Wow. That’s a lot. I love Domingos in November. What are you doing and eating today?

Eat well,


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Domingo por la Mañana with The Food Jefe

3 Nov

Sunday morning getting ready for another day of the National Football League. The Seahawks play at 1 pm and we are heading to friends house to watch the game. Pizza is what on tap.

Last night, I tried something new with the burgers in Esposita’s absence. I threw in my regular bourbon and blue cheese, but substituted honey for the bacon. I thought the honey would add a little sweet to the savory that included garlic powder and olive oil. The burgers turned out nicely but I didn’t get as much if the honey taste as I would have liked to. Esposita didn’t taste it either. The next go around I will back off a little of the bourbon and increase the honey to get that taste in there. I like the idea of the honey and just need get it more flavorful.

This is a perfect Fall day with the leaves on a dewy ground and a chill in the air. Football weather, right?

That’s it for this Domingo. Enjoy your favorite way of celebrating a Sunday with family, friends, football, and plenty of food!

Eat well.


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Fighting Alzheimer’s and Dementia with Diet

22 Aug

As many of you know, my 89-year old mother suffers from dementia and has for the past several years. I’ve watched her and the residents in the memory care facility she lives in suffer through these tragic diseases. Esposita has long been researching the effect diet has on preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. There is lots of evidence to the fact that diet plays a huge role. In fact, as we study more, I can look at my mother’s eating habits during the past 20 years and I am convinced this was a factor.

I subscribe to a cool newsletter on aging that I started getting when my mother started showing signs of dementia. It’s called Silver Planet. Today, I received a newsletter with this excellent article on diet and preventing these two dreaded disease. It matches up perfectly to what Esposita and I have read. I want to share it with you. The author’s name is Laura MacDougall and she is a chef and owner of Home Plate Advantage.

Read the article

Eat well (and healthy for your brain),


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Happiness is…

6 Aug

…kicking back at home with Esposita on an 86 degree night. Listening to Sprinsteen singing Thunder Road, eating chocolate-peanut butter ice cream and an Eleven Pinot. Dude…

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