Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Rainy day crafts....

Guess what I'm making with dainty, (simulated) bone Mahjong tiles and glass beads?
Since most of us need our reading glasses to play the game, I thought these might be a fun replacement for those HUGE stretchy Mahjong bracelets when we have to say good-bye to our London friends. If it keeps raining I will have enough for a year's supply!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Boston Habah.....

We had a southeasterly breeze, a few clouds in the sky - just enough to cut the glare, and an invitation from our good friends, the Smith's, to join them for a sail in Boston Harbor. It was a great afternoon for sailing, even the Hull wind turbine (that's a windmill) was cranking!

Back at the Hingham Shipyard, the hardworking crew (and me!) deserved a glass of wine to toast the cruise and the new mast. Thanks for a great day on Boston Habah!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pulled Pork - Kiss the Cook!

I don't post a lot of recipes on my blog because I usually concentrate on travel but I have not been traveling much, just enjoying this summer at the "Rivah Cottage" and I can only show you so many pictures of our beautiful river and a summer sunset. So instead, here is my recipe for Pulled Pork. It is such a great summer treat because it can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months...... and the house smells amazing, just ask Tucker!

The trick to making pulled pork healthy is to trim the meat well and then skim all the extra fat off the sauce after cooking. I serve it with soft, small buns, crisp coleslaw and cold bread and butter pickles. Here's a shopping tip, something I have learned since moving to New England is that what we call a "Boston Butt" in the south is usually called a "Pork Shoulder" up here in Boston....go figure?

1 Tbls olive oil
2 onions, cut into chunks
2 Tbls chili powder
1 Tbls ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tps cayenne pepper
12 oz beer, preferably lager
3/4 C ketchup
3/4 C cider vinegar
1/2 C whole-grain mustard
2 Tbls tomato paste
1/2 - 1 canned chipolte pepper in adobo sauce
(Note: Look for the small cans in the Mexican or Italian foods section. Chipolte chiles in adobo sauce are smoked jalapenos packed with a flavorful sauce. This gives the meat a hot but smokey flavor! )
1 5-pound bone-in Boston Butt

*Preheat the oven to 300 F. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned and very soft, about 20 minutes.
*Add the dry ingredients and cook, stirring until fragrant, 1 minute. Add beer, ketchup vinegar, mustard tomato paste, and chipolte pepper: bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, 10 minutes.
*Remove the pan from the heat and add the pork, spooning the sauce over it. Cover the pan, transfer to the oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Turn the pork over, cover, and bake for 1 1/2 hours more. Uncover and bake until fork inserted into the meat turns easily, 1 to 2 hours more.
*Transfer the pork to a large bowl and let cool. Pour the sauce into a large glass bowl and refrigerate until the fat and sauce separate. Skim off the fat. Remove the bone and the remaining pieces of fat from the meat. Pull the pork apart into long shreds using two forks.
*Add the hot sauce to the meat or serve it on the side.

Enjoy and don't forget to kiss the cook!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Ripe Melons

This is my favorite kitchen tool - a melon baller. Do you have one? Bet your Mom did! You know it may be old fashion but there is something very therapeutic about scooping out perfectly round melon balls for a colorful, cold, summer fruit salad! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer...it seems to be flying by!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A sweet Italian treat.....

There is no better place than Mike's in the North End for Cannoli......Italian pastries filled with sweetened ricotta cheese, and my personal favorite, the ends dipped in chocolate chips. The line forms around the block and when you get to the door you just fill in the open space and nudge your way to the counter. That is the reason I am outside taking pictures!
Can't wait to get home and untie the box......

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dancing in the streets......

....on a Sunday afternoon in the North End - Boston's little Italy - at one of the many summer street festivals. We just happen to know the lead singer in the feature band...... Debbie is our dog walker and - who knew- entertainer! As we tapped our feet and swayed to the beat of the music, some folks really danced.

Red Sox's game .....fugheddaboudith! We were dancing in the streets!

Stay tuned for "Food from the North End!"