Posts Tagged ‘pork’

Spicy-Crispy Chinese Green Beans

September 3, 2010

On Facebook a while back one of my friends asked if I had a recipe for spicy Chinese green beans, and well, I didn’t. Intrigued, and digging into my memory banks to try and remember if my mom had made these for dinner when I was growing up, or if it was something we had when we went out to an authentic Chinese restaurant.

Spicy green beans with ground pork and shrimp.


But the closest thing I had to a family recipe was remember the smell and flavors of the food my parents cooked growing up. And technique? Likewise, plus a few years helping out in my family’s Chinese/American/Polynesian/Wisconsiny restaurant (where else can you get General Tso’s chicken, ham steak with pineapple, and Friday night fish fry with breaded cod and tartar sauce with a baked potato the size of your foot and a brandy old fashioned to wash it all down?)

Oh, and I used the Google. Yes, the Google. I ain’t gonna lie. Throw in some improvisation and inspiration and this is what I got, and if you ask my boyfriend, it turned out pretty delicious. 



Dry Rub Slow Cooker Ribs

April 30, 2010

Last spring the boyfriend and I joined Matzo and her partner (now husband) at their house for some good old fashioned grilling out. Now Matzo is a whiz with the grill. Even if I didn’t live in a third floor walk-up with no porch or balcony (or one that would not catch on fire), I imagine I’d be no Houdini with the grill.

At this grill out I brought over a package of pork ribs as my offering and Matzo did her magic and made some of the most amazing grilled meat I’ve ever had. Part of the magic was due to the bicentennial spice rub she had from Chicago’s Spice House. A mixture of Americana and goodness, it gave the ribs a fantastic, complex flavor.

Of course, me being me, I had to figure out how to replicate it at home.

It ain't pretty, but it's quite tasty.

While Matzo put some BBQ sauce on those delicious ribs of that fine spring day, when I decided to make this at home I wanted to go sans sauce, a (perhaps) misguided attempt at eating “lighter,” especially since I wasn’t in the mood to make my own BBQ sauce, as I’m getting snobbier in my old age and am trying to stay away from anything with high fructose corn syrup.