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looking for help for the chow al pastor recipe, because it needs it

Interesting food for thought. :D
Maybe I should try a marinated shoulder roast and see how that comes out.

Jul 23, 2011
cmztrav in Home Cooking

looking for help for the chow al pastor recipe, because it needs it

Thanks for the ideas, Paul. I do stand by my position that it's impossible to grill 1/3 inch slices of lean pork loin that Are slathered in thick marinade. You can't do it. Of course you can actually cook the pork that way but it can't come out right. It won't be charred and not overcooked at the same time.

Jul 22, 2011
cmztrav in Home Cooking

looking for help for the chow al pastor recipe, because it needs it

Thanks for a lot of good ideas. I was being sarcastic about the across-the-grain loin cut because pork loin is already quite tender. Ty bushwick!

Jul 22, 2011
cmztrav in Home Cooking

Family foods I thought was normal

That's interesting to know about Ontario :). For the shredded wheat, I never knew about that trick. I think we always just used scalded milk.

Jul 21, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

That's cool. My immediate family comes from Reading/Berks/Lancaster. I dream of shoo-fly pies and cho-cho's. What I would give for some cho-cho's now is probably obscene. And Crystal Palace hotdogs. Oh my!

Jul 21, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

looking for help for the chow al pastor recipe, because it needs it

http://www.chow.com/recipes/29554-tac...

Hi Chowhounds :

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I made this recipe, and you might see from my comments that it ticked me off. I was hoping the experts could help me turn this promising recipe into something that actually tastes great. I suspect I need fat in the marinade, and a different cut of pork.

With the onions, cilantro, and grilled pineapple, toasted raccoon would be amazing, but I'm hoping to get this recipe downpat and part of the rotation. :D I really need to learn how to cook that good Mexican-style pork that I had all over L.A., whether taco stand, taco truck, Hispanic grocery, you name it, they all had it and I've never found it duplicated anywhere else. Pork or beef, any and all ideas that will help me move towards that taste are all very appreciated. *praying reverently at the taco altar*

Jul 21, 2011
cmztrav in Home Cooking

What was the worst food you HAD to eat as a kid?

I hear you, meowzebub. Thank god that you know now that you are a better person, and have peace in that knowledge. It takes effort but it can be done. Ask me in a few years if a daughter can get over a nasty father completely. I think the right path is to find a very kind man that takes care of you very nicely and shows you how sweet and nice life can be. I hope you can find that. Trust me, those good men are all over the place. Just run away from anyone that makes you feel weird inside. Go for happiness, you deserve it.

Jul 20, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

Hi buttertart! I'm Pennsylvania Deutsch. No water on any cereal that would be alien to my family hehe. Only milk, and then the butter. My mom likes mayo on sandwiches and doesn't like oatmeal of any kind but she isn't the german half either! I always grew up with butter, so that's what I mostly prefer. I have taught myself to enjoy olive oil, or a half-n-half mix for cooking.

Is SW Ontario big on farming? Maybe that's a common thread. My area in PA is very rich farmland.

Jul 20, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

You sold me, I'll try it. :D

Jul 20, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Low Carb non meat meals?

I'll try 'em. I love the black bean taste, and I'm not diabetic. I just know that I need to keep my carbs lower rather than higher to avoid a lot of bad things like being fat and hungry all the time hehe. I'm always excited to find a new food to try out. Thanks again. :)

Jul 20, 2011
cmztrav in Home Cooking

Tacos al Pastor

Another comment. Can you imagine being told to cut your "charred" pork loin "against the grain"???? Who'd tell you to do that? Maybe somebody without any teeth? Okay, that would be understandable, but the author should probably use a disclaimer. Jill Santopietro, you stink.

Jul 20, 2011
cmztrav in Recipes

Tacos al Pastor

Now that I think about it, where is the fat in this recipe? I thought chow was a site for people that liked good food, not religiously 80's-low-fat-trends people? This recipe should have an appropriate cut (probably from a nice fatty mexican pig, not an american lean pig), and have some fat in the sauce to prevent that disgusting dried-out-paste phenomenon after grilling. How hard should this be for a website devoted to good food? Good Grief!

Jul 20, 2011
cmztrav in Recipes

Tacos al Pastor

The combination of pineapple, pork, onions and cilantro is delicious, however I didn't like the pork/sauce combo this created. I should have known not to start out with a loin, I should have known not to try to "char" tiny little slivers of paste-slathered loin on a greased grill, but I did it anyway. Grilling turned the paste really dry and paste-y and half my meat fell to the coals. Next time, I will use a different cut, larger pieces, and dry off my meat before it goes on the grill. This was no way to treat a loin.

Jul 20, 2011
cmztrav in Recipes

Low Carb non meat meals?

Thanks for the soybean tip, mcf!

Jul 19, 2011
cmztrav in Home Cooking

The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review

On another note, how bout we get all snarky about useful descriptions of the varied and beautiful things we make? Now, there are a few on that list that truly make the grade for being idiotic (I'm enough of a snob to hope Rachael Ray drowns in her bathtub. Full of EVOO. Yummo!) but most are used often because they are true and instantly understandable by most people.

Jul 19, 2011
cmztrav in Features

The 78 Most Annoying Words to Read in a Restaurant Review

@blithery poop:
Soupçon isn't pretentious, it's just French. Poop is less- than- delightful, IMO.

Jul 19, 2011
cmztrav in Features

Basic Pizza Sauce

This recipe belongs on all recipes.com, not on chow.

Jul 19, 2011
cmztrav in Recipes

Low Carb non meat meals?

Black beans are a big improvement over pasta, and more filling. You can make soups, burritoes, sides, etc. They have more fiber and fewer starches than most beans. Eggs and all of their variations are great too. Try lowcarbfriends.com for many many recipes and ideas.

Jul 19, 2011
cmztrav in Home Cooking

I'm 49 and have NEVER tasted a Chef Boyardee product

That's just cultural baloney, no need to get all militant about it. I know not one man who will spontaneously wax poetic on sweet foods. But they will eat them until they are sick if you serve them. I know many women who wax poetic on sweet foods. They eat less of that than the men I have over, by far. It's just not that simple. But thank you for injecting your VAGINA into our food discussion, I bet a lot of people appreciated that. Can we start talking about Penises too now? After all, if it's not EXACTLY EVEN IT MUST BE SEXIST.

I'm a woman and I have no sweet tooth. I like french fries and burritos. I don't believe this preference is tied to my gender. And I don't get pissed off at my female friends for talking about chocolate, or at my male friends for eating chocolate.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

I'm 49 and have NEVER tasted a Chef Boyardee product

You got it! That's where I got my early love for Dinty Moore. :)

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

I'm 49 and have NEVER tasted a Chef Boyardee product

You are missing out! It's a fast stand in for real ramen, just put in a dash or two of soy sauce, a few drops of sesame oil, chop up some scallions, and if you're going for the gold put in a hard-boiled egg sliced in half and some bean sprouts at the end. That is tasty.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

I'm 49 and have NEVER tasted a Chef Boyardee product

salt is amazing and wonderful and i'd rather die than remove it from my life. and msg.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

I can't call it a dish, per se, but I had a fondness for Dinty Moore beef stew for quite some time growing up. I think they changed the recipe since then, the beef is more like mushballs now, sadly.

Frozen potstickers can be wonderful, but I wouldn't keep eating them a secret.

My big one is spaghetti cooked, mixed with sauce and sliced pieces of mozzarella (lots) and then slightly microwaved to melt but DEFINITELY NOT LIQUEFY the cheese gently. It's a plate of pure butt-and-gut food and oh so tasty.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

That is a delicious thing, invite me too and scratch the "don't tell anybody" aspect.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Taco Truck open again in Manchester(NH)

I really like this truck. As a sample, I got 2 basics--a burrito "azada" which is nothing like the carne asada burritos I was used to from my time in LA, the meat is more stewed, and there's more stuff in them. It was delicious in its own right. And it had that proper burrito wrap that is so hard to find out here. I don't know if they steam it or what, but it's so soft and sticky, know what I mean? Maybe that is evidence of a home-made tortilla? I really don't know, but if I don't get it, I don't like the burrito too much. :)

I also got 2 tacos "adobada" which were extremely plain tasting to me, and a bit watered-down from a bunch of iceberg lettuce in them.

The red super-hot sauce container I got with them was perfect for me: blazingly hot and delicious and salty.

They came with some radish and a chunk of lime. I will definitely go back for that burrito and more sampling.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in Northern New England

Which FoodNetwork Hosts/Shows Do You Miss?

This predates FoodNetwork, and maybe even if I saw it now my opinion would be different, but as a teenager I adored Floyd on Fish.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in Food Media & News

Family foods I thought was normal

That's an amazing experience to share! Thank you!

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

Jelly and butter sandwiches, "butter breads" with every dinner, butter and tomato sandwiches, milk always on top of chocolate pudding, butter in any oatmeal/shredded wheat breakfast. Generally, milk and butter with sides of other, less important items.

As an adult, I realize that is the only possible way to live correctly. ;)

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Family foods I thought was normal

I don't think I'd care for sunny-side up egss with syrup on them, but syrup on scrambled eggs is extremely delicious.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics

Foods that unreasonably gross you out...

Sadly, my problem is everything and anything that comes out of water. Fish, shellfish, seaweed, anything. I grew up fishing with my Dad, and we never ate the fish (I guess my parents don't like it much either). It was fun, but dirty, smelly, slimy, you get the picture. To this day I haven't been able to free myself from the gut-twisting revulsion of eating fishy things.

I had to unceremoniously race, gagging violently, to a restroom in a sushi place once because I tried to "blend in" by having some no-fish-included sushi. Unfortunately, it was wrapped in seaweed and I had no idea it would taste like that. It was horrible, lol. At least I made it to the bathroom before heaving.

Jul 11, 2011
cmztrav in General Topics