Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Cuban Sandwich (El Cubano)

The Cuban Sandwich (El Cubano)

It’s been a minute since my last post. Things were getting a little overwhelming for a while with papers due for school, Laura working extra hours which left me to keep Jack on his nightly schedule while simultaneously trying to get dinner ready. And the construction they’ve been doing in town has messed up traffic, so on top of all of that, it’s been hard to even get home on time to get it all done. But, it should all lighten up soon when the construction dies down and Laura’s busy season tapers off.

With all of that, I’ve still had ideas swimming in my head for things I feel like cooking or would like to try. I talk about food at work a lot (go figure), and one of the things that seems to resurface is making Cuban sandwiches. They’re really very simple to make, but when done properly, they can be incredibly satisfying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Entree/Main Dish, Food, Pork


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Puff Pastry

Puff Pastry

Laura had to make a puff pastry recipe about a month ago for work. The chef there wanted to make a beef wellington for family meal, so it seemed natural to ask the pastry chef to make puff pastry dough. Unfortunately, she hadn’t made puff pastry since the days of culinary school, seeing as almost every company in the food industry buys it in frozen sheets. So, we found our old college recipe, and, being the laminated dough king that I am, I explained how to make the dough, make the beurrage (a butter and flour mixture), fold the beurrage into the dough, and make all the subsequent folds and turns to make that layered deliciousness.

Well, Laura made it at work. It came out fine and they used it for the wellington, but she wasn’t overly confident that she did all the folds and turns correctly. So, she’s been bugging me to show her how to do it at home. I saw it as a perfect opportunity to make some homemade turnovers, which I had been craving lately for whatever reason. A win-win situation!

However . . . Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Baking, Dessert, Food


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September 11, 2012

We Will Never Forget

“The planes were hijacked, the buildings fell, and thousands of lives were lost nearly a thousand miles from here. But the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on the heart of America.
And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice:

We will not give in to terrorists;

We will not rest until they are found and defeated;

We will win this struggle not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace;

So help us God.”
-Tom Harkin

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Food


Tortellini with Italian Sausage and Fresh Vegetables

Tortellini with Italian Sausage and Fresh Vegetables

A very good friend of mine requested a while back for a recipe that could be done in about 30 minutes. Understandably, as she is not only an Army wife to a special forces soldier, a mother of a daughter with a baby boy on the way, as well as a full time soldier herself with multiple deployments under her belt. She’s a busy woman. In addition, she’s probably one of the most selfless people I know, helping out friends and soldiers alike whenever they are in need. This one is for her.

Trying to come up with an under 30 minute recipe isn’t very easy, however. Many are familiar with the concept of cooking a quick dinner thanks to Rachel Ray’s tv show, as well as the plethora of quick and easy recipes from big food companies such as Kraft and Campbell’s. In either case, most of these meals are prepared from pre-made foods, which are typically processed and/or have funky ingredients in them. I try to keep things as from-scratch as I can when cooking.

I do have a go-to meal that I use quite often when time is short. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Entree/Main Dish, Food, Italian, Pork


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Labor Day, what? BBQ Spiral Cut Hot Dogs!

Labor Day, what? BBQ Spiral Cut Hot Dogs!

It’s the last day of my Labor Day four-day weekend. My wife worked all day (by that I mean she left at seven this morning and is still at work as I write this at 7:12 pm,) and I had the baby boy to myself. We ran a few errands, got some things over at the NEX, and walked around Ward Centers.

I wasn’t even planning on doing a post today. While I was at the commissary, I decided I wanted hot dogs for dinner, seeing as I would be cooking for just myself. When I got home, I remembered a friend and old boss of mine had posted pics of spiral cut hot dogs on his facebook. Oh, yeah, this is happening. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Beef, Entree/Main Dish, Food


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