Yucatan-Style Slow-Roasted Pork [Video]

Yucatan-Style Slow-Roasted Pork

With autumn each year, cravings for slow-cooked pork and beef always seem to work their way into my thoughts, creating an almost insatiable hunger for tender, spiced meat.  I find that nothing banishes the dreariness of a cold, dark evening quite like a warm plate of succulent, slow-cooked meat.  This Yucatan-Style Slow-Roasted Pork, a newer addition to my repertoire, is the perfect cure to my cool weather cravings.  The pork rub is made of a tantalizing array of spices including annatto, cumin, allspice, red pepper flake, smoked paprika and ground ancho chile.  Slathered and sealed, the 3 pound hunk of Boston butt slowly cooks for 4 to 5 hours nestled in an aluminum foil package.  The finished meat is boldly spiced and fall-apart tender.  So, so delicious.

Be sure to check out the video below for step-by-step instruction on how to make Yucatan-Style Slow-Roasted Pork.  This video is a fairly good representation of how long it would take to prepare this recipe (i.e. minimal editing and advanced prep work).  You really can prepare this dish in about 15 – 20 minutes (not including 4 – 5 hours of inactive wait time).  Continue reading for the recipe!

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Roasted Beets with Red Onion, Poblano and Lime

Roasted Beets with Red Onion, Poblano and Lime

Roasted Beets with Red Onion, Poblano and Lime is another dish I will be serving at my friend’s wedding coming up in October.  Not the most universally liked vegetable, beets may seem like a risky option for a wedding; however, this particular preparation of beets is seriously legit.  A guaranteed crowd-pleaser.  Really the best beets I have ever tasted.  Vibrant wedges of sweet, colorful beets are tossed with poblanos and sliced red onion then roasted in a dressing made of olive oil and Worcestershire sauce.  Finished with bright lime juice and fresh cilantro, these beets are bold, balanced and packed with the most amazing depth of flavor.  The Worcestershire infuses the vegetables with a rich, complex meatiness that works well with the natural earthiness of the beets.  The lime and cilantro cut through the heavy flavors and round out each bite.  Whether you like beets or not, you must give this recipe a try.  It’s one I’m sure both you and the wedding guests will love!  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Spices, Chile and Lime

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Spices, Chile and Lime

Fall, my favorite season, is rapidly approaching.  I am eagerly looking forward to cooler temperatures, stunning sunsets and especially… fall produce.  After spotting an early display of butternut squash at the market, I immediately purchased one with thoughts of this recipe in my head.  Roasted Butternut Squash with Sweet Spices, Chile and Lime is a perfect transition side dish between summer and fall.  Earthy butternut squash is brushed with olive oil, home ground cardamom, allspice and flaky sea salt then roasted til tender and creamy.  The sweet spiced squash is then arranged with lime slices, serrano chiles, cilantro and a cool yogurt-tahini dressing.  The contrasting flavors and textures of this dish are just spectacular.  Continue reading for an early taste of fall.

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Cornmeal Crusted Fish Tacos with Rhubarb Salsa

Cornmeal Crusted Fish Tacos with Rhubarb Salsa

I recently saw a recipe in The New York Times for Chicken Liver Tacos with Rhubarb Salsa.  The chicken liver component made me cringe a bit, but my interest was certainly piqued by the rhubarb salsa!  Tart, fresh rhubarb is mixed with spring onion, spicy jalapeño, cider vinegar and smoky chipotle powder.  I paired this adventurous salsa with strips of cornmeal crusted white fish and creamy, caramelized onions.  The finished taco was definitely like nothing I have ever tasted before.  An enjoyable array of bold, bright flavors and varying textures that is sure to arouse your taste buds.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Slow Cooker Mole with Grilled Chicken

Slow Cooker Mole with Grilled Chicken, Rice and Chips Yesterday, I showed you how to make homemade Drunken Salsa.  Today, I am going to continue the Mexican theme with this Slow Cooker Mole with Grilled Chicken.  A Mole is a dark Mexican sauce that typically has chile peppers, tomatoes, dried fruit, sesame seeds, chocolate and a wide variety of fragrant spices.  Start to finish, this recipe takes about 9 hours (mainly inactive slow cooking time), so plan accordingly.  This may seem very involved; however, compared to a traditional Mole (which can have 20+ ingredients, take several days to make and require a small army of Mexican grandmothers), this recipe is both quick and easy.  I’ll have to say that the flavors and aromas of this dish are just unreal.  Rich and bold, this sauce has a mouth-watering depth of flavor that is like nothing you’ve ever tasted.  Well worth the effort.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Coconut Lentil Soup If you have never smelled or tasted toasted curry powder before, you must give this recipe a try.  Heating curry powder in a dry skillet over low flame releases such a wonderfully complex aroma (that my friend mentioned he could smell all the way from the street!).  This Coconut Red Lentil Soup combines toasted curry powder with tender lentils, fresh ginger, rich coconut milk and plumped up golden raisins.  A combination that is exotic, healthy and mouth-watering delicious!  Continue reading for the recipe.

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