Cocktail O’Clock: Signs of Spring

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After a long winter, it is high time we get ourselves into spring drinking season. I don’t know about you, but by my calendar it is just about time to start thinking about sitting outside with an icy, fruity beverage. Yes, I know it is still snowing outside. No, I don’t care. This cocktail o’clock special comes from the Renaissance Montreal hotel — where I am certain it is still snowing, so if they’re already thinkin’ about spring drinkin’ you can too.

 

The East Cocktail

· 1.5 oz. Hennessy V.S.

· 1.5 oz. Sake

· 1 oz. Lime juice

· 1 oz. Lemongrass syrup

· 1 oz. Pomegranate juice

· 0.5 oz. Egg white

Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Filter the drink with a cocktail strainer into an Old Fashioned glass, already filled with ice.

Cocktail O’Clock: Luck of the Irish

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It may still be February, but the warm weather we had this past weekend has me thinking spring. When I think about the start of spring I think about St. Patrick’s Day. When I think about St. Patrick’s Day I think about the genuine, authentic displays of Irish-American heritage that fill pubs throughout New York. I’m just kidding. Let’s talk about booze.

Here’s a new cocktail recipe that let’s you celebrate St. Patrick’s — or any other day — with class. No green beer, please. Instead let’s take actual Irish beer (Guinness) and use its deep, stout-y flavor to liven up a citrusy whiskey cocktail.

Luck of the Irish

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Post-Thanksgiving Breakfast: Egg in a Hole…In a Pork Loin

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When we last encountered Smithfield Mesquite Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet, I was wrapping it in bacon for some extra-good pork-on-pork action. Fortunately, the good folks at Smithfield must have thought this was such a good idea that they now have a fresh pork loin product that comes with the (real) bacon already mixed in. Thank. You.

Even though I love me some bacon mixed in with dinners and desserts, it’s still hard to deny that it goes best with its longtime life partner, the Bert to its Ernie. I’m talking about eggs of course. I love everything about egg in a hole breakfasts — the cute appearance, the way the whites stick together in a small space and get nice and rich, and especially how the little yolky hole makes such a good spot for ripping off bread and dipping. In thinking about how to use this pork loin for a hearty holiday season breakfast I settled on recreating eggs in a hole…inside a pork loin. Here’s how it went down…

Bacon and Eggs in a Pork Loin

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Easy Pork and Apple Tacos

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As you could probably tell, I was pretty excited about my recent bacon, apple and pork creation/monstrosity. As much as I’d like to eat pork wrapped in pork and then grilled every day, unfortunately I don’t always have the time to make such an over-the-top meal. I had another of these Smithfield marinated pork loins on hand this month and was looking for a quicker way to cook it up. Smitten with the pork and apples combo, I made a quick pork and apple taco meal, perfect for that busy back-to-school, back-to-work, dear-god-why-am-I-not-on-vaction-anymore time of year.

Easy Pork and Apple Tacos

One Smithfield marinated peppercorn and garlic pork loin

One red apple

1/2 onion

queso fresco

corn tortillas

Simple directions: make this in to tacos!

Full directions:

Cut the pork loin up into small, 1/4-inch strips.

Throw the pork pieces in to a large saucepan on medium heat.

Meanwhile, chop up the half onion into small strips and throw those in with the pork.

Peel and chop your apple up in to small cubes. Toss these on the pork right as it’s just about done (after 10 minutes). I do this just to get the apples nice and hot — don’t want them all mushy!

Lather everything on to a warm tortilla; top with queso fresco and Sriracha.

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This sponsored post is part of Endless Simmer’s 2015 series as a Blogger Ambassador for Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork.

Can You Juice Beet Greens?

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It’s all hot in the food world now to use every part of the plant and not waste anything — and beets are one of those farmers market treats that always seem so wasteful. The roots are delicious, but I mean, the leaves and the stalks are like 90% of the plant. I know that you can fry up beet greens and they taste — well, let’s leave it at “OK” — so I was on the hunt for a new way to use them up. With a new juicer sitting on my counter, I wondered: can you juice beet greens? Answer below.

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BBQ Bacon Apple Pork Explosion

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With August wrapping up and summer temps finally giving us a little bit of relief, that hint of brisk in the air has me dreaming about curling up with winter-warming comfort foods. But it’s a mixed emotion, because that also means grilling season has almost come to a close. Nooooo! Just in time for Labor Day, here’s one last, very pork-y grill-season hurrah that takes some wintery flavors and makes them work for summer.

Inspired by the Internet-classic bacon explosion, I cooked up an easy and outrageous grill dish earlier this month. Here’s how it went down:

Ingredients

1 Smithfield Mesquite Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet

1 simple package of good bacon

1 baking apple (I used mutsu; granny smith or any other crisp one should do)

1/2 lemon

Core the apple and cut it into as thin slices as possible. Toss these with the juice of 1/2 lemon.

Arrange the apple slices so that they cover all sides of the pork loin (they should stick right on).

pork with apples

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