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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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Luck of the Irish Death

17 Mar

My special drink for the festive Dia de San Patricio…an Irish Death milkshake. Here we go…

1 cup Irish Death beer (my absolute favorite)

1 1/2 cup gourmet chocolate ice cream. My preference is a local rock star brand called Whidbey Ice Cream (from Whidbey Island where I grew up)

Blend starting with low and them move to high (per Jeff Mauro of Food Network). Do not liquefy – needs to be thick

Grade dark chocolate with 85% cocoa

Drink slowly. This is really hard to do. It’s cold, rich, and delicious!

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Happy St. Patty’s Day with Style

17 Mar

Okay, no talk of green beer from me today. But don’t think for a moment I’m not in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. As a a Catholic, this is a grand feast day. We are all Irish today (even  St. Patrick wasn’t really Irish).

A few years ago, I found a terrific recipe in a Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine. Here is my quick share with you today (full disclosure – NOT, I say, NOT Paleo-friendly)…

  • Pull out your blender
  • Pour a full bottle of Guinness into the blender
  • Add Vanilla ice cream (at least three big scoops). Don’t be shy.
  • Blend vigorously into a milkshake and pour into your favorite stein or milkshake glass
  • Top off with a wee bot o’ whipped cream.
  • Throw some green sprinkles and pop on a cherry for a bit of luck.
  • Enjoy!

Note – I’ve also used chocolate ice cream and actually favor that. Dark, rich chocolate goes with the beer. This was the recipe from the magazine, but I wanted to give you this option, too!

Off to a St. Patrick’s Day party tonight. I will report full tomorrow!

May the luck of the Irish be with you today!

Eat well,


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