Showing posts from October 25, 2009

Autumn Roast Pork!

So for a very long time I have done my best to stay away from eating pigs!! It all started when I first watched the movie "Babe". I fell in love with him, and decided to stop eating his friends! Over time I ended up becoming a " pescatarian ". That is a person who only eats vegetables and ocean creatures. That lasted about 8 years. Once I decided to wanted to go to culinary school I knew I would have to eat everything!!! And I did. But... I could never really get back to eating babes friends. Here and there, sure, but not full time! For some reason I like the bacon in Mexico, so if I find myself there.... it's all over! Last night I threw caution to the wind! I sucked it up in the name of the season, and I pan roasted the sickest pork chop ever!!! IT WAS SOOOO GOOD!!! I will tell you all about it: First I cubed about 3 sweet potatoes and baked them at 400 for about an hour. Salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of canola oil and a secret splash of vanilla extract! Then

Wine tasting on Long Island

The picture above was taken at the Raphael vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island. That's were I spent the day yesterday celebrating P2's Aunt Pat's birthday! It was so much fun. I have never been wine tasting before! If you haven't either I recommend it. Especially this time of year! It is gorgeous out here! I'm a city boy so I forget sometimes how amazing the trees in the Northeast get in the fall. Anyway... back to the vino! Raphael Vineyards was the biggest of the wineries that we went to.. and had the biggest pour! :) In all we went to 4, which I thought was the perfect amount. After that I think the silly buzz that incurs might develop into actually being drunk! For those of you that have not done this I will explain. Basically what happens is that you go from winery to winery trying the different wines they make. Each winery seems to offer 2 or 3 different tasting menus. Each menu consisting of 4 or 5 wines. Once you pic the tasting menu you like they gi