Category Archives: carne

Soon to be in Oregon..

Well, I hope to be out of the KC area by the middle of May. Thence to Salem, Oregon. I’ll not miss Brownbackistan one whit. I will have a place to garden and to have a smoker again. No more apartment cooking. Yahoo!

torito

The carniceria closest to us in Salem. El Torito.

Will be glad to be there..  real strawberries.. not those cardboard ones from Las Califas.  Serious wineries, more craft brewing. Hell, I may get me a cajun cooker, too. Quien sabe?

tacos

Tacos from El Sureño. A block from El Torito

Eating around Abiquiu, NM

Mainly photos with captions..

Santa Fe

Lunch at the Museum Hill cafe: Santa Fe.

el rito

Chile Relleno, El Farolito, El Rito, NM

Farolito

El Farolito

Goat stew for Easter.

A bit late.. but I got some good halal goat in OPKS. The recipe was originally for lamb.

MOROCCAN GOAT STEW

FOR THE GOAT

1 tbspn olive oil,  750g goat shoulder, cut into 4-5cm cubes

chiva

Halal goat

1 onion, finely diced,  4 garlic cloves, crushed,  1 can plum tomatoes, chopped, 1 cinnamon stick (optional)

30g dried apricots, roughly chopped, pinch of saffron, goat or lamb stock or water

FOR THE SPICE MIXTURE

1 tspn ground cumin, 1 tspn ground coriander, 1 tspn ground ginger,1.5 tspn smoked paprika, 1 tspn turmeric, Half tspn ground chilli

Salt and freshly ground pepper

sazon chiva

seasoned goat meat

TO GARNISH

4 tbspn finely chopped coriander, Half-1 tspn of Harissa paste, zest and juice of half a lemon, 1 tbspn honey

SERVE WITH

300gm pumpkin, peeled, chopped into 1-2cm cubes and roasted in olive oil with a little seasoning.

METHOD

Place the olive oil in a large saucepan or casserole pan and put it over a moderate-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion to the pan and sweat for one minute until transparent.

Place all the spice mixture ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Toss the goat in the spices so that it is well coated.

Add the spiced goat and garlic to the pan and seal the goat on all sides so that it is browned.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, cinnamon stick, apricots, saffron and enough stock to just cover the goat. Bring to the oil then reduce to a slow simmer. Leave the goat to cook for 1-1.5 hours or until the meat is tender, stirring regularly with a wooden spoon (add more stock or water if the liquid is below the goat). (You can do this on top of the stove or in the oven. If the stew is too watery, drain off the excess liquid into a saucepan and reduce until thickened. Then return to the stew.

Stir in 3 tblspns of the chopped coriander, harissa paste (more or less to taste), lemon zest, juice and honey.

Garnish with roasted pumpkin and scatter over remaining coriander

goat stew

In progress

goast for Easter

Easter dinner

TEXAS MONTHLY now has a barbecue editor!

From the NY Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/us/texas-monthly-hires-full-time-barbecue-editor.html?hpw

Approx: 2:00 PM

crankin’ away

and a scene I painted taken from a photo taken by a pal of mine, Mike Farmer. It’s at Kreuz Market in Lockhart, TX

Kreuz scene

Altercation at the counter

Carne Guisada January 13, 2013

Yesterday I decided to make a beef stew, which turned out as a form of carne guisada.

  • 1.5 lbs beef stew meat in ~ 3/4″ cubes. (You could use pork, lamb, goat, venison, or elk here)
  • 1/2 cup ~  chorizo (if dried Spanish.. chop it up, if Mexican, w/o casing) I used Chorizo Seco from El Torito #2 in KCKS.
  • 1 tbs olive oil (or bacon drippings or canola oil)
  • 2 medium yellow onions chopped 1/2″
  • 3 shallots sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped, crushed, whatever..)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped roughly
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped roughly
  • 6-8 tomatillos, husked & quartered
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 3-4 small russet potatoes cut into 8ths.
  • 2 corn tortillas torn to bits (these are for both flavor and thickening)
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp epazote
  • 2 tsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 tbs chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp Penzey’s Bonnes Herbes Parisienne (the end of a jar of this stuff I had)
  • 1 tsp ground chile ancho
  • 1/2 tsp chile caribe or crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp minced chile serrano  (I could add more chile, but my mother-in-law eats with us)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • stock to cover (I used chicken stock this time)
  • salt to taste

Heat oil in large stewpot. Brown/render chorizo on low heat. Add beef and brown slowly.. when partially browned, add onions, shallots, garlic, epazote, mexican oregano, bay leaf, cumin and chiles. Stir regularly. As the onions finish, add bell peppers and have them soften. Add tomatillos, tomato paste, carrots, and potatoes. Add beer and stock as needed. (You could be hoity-toity and use white wine. But you don’t have to.)
Bring to a low boil, add torn-up corn tortillas, and cilantro, stir, and lower to a simmer, cover and let cook for at least two hours.

Good with bolillos (french bread) or cornbread.

Carne guisada Jan. 13, 2013

Carne guisada Jan. 13, 2013

Pig roast at Local Pig, KCMO and another opening.

Wow.. this was great. They made their own beans and the cole slaw was not some bland and overly sweet grocery store salad bar mush. I was most impressed.  This was for the grand opening at Local Pig, a an artisanal butcher shop that produces charcuterie  in the East Bottoms. This is about two blocks from Knucklehead’s, a music venue where have I occasionally sat in on accordion at the blues jams, just north, across the railroad tracks.

Inside the Local Pig..

The Local Pig has a nice interior.

There was quite a crowd, even when I got there a bit after noon. It was chilly and windy, in the 40s, but pleasant. There seemed to be a rather well-behaved crowd.

behind the Local Pig

The crowd is served.

The plates were quite nice. The buns/rolls were amazingly good. Not some sort of  Bunny Bread/burger bun dreck.

Here’s a photo of my plate.

yum

Pork plate at Local Pig's grand opening.

If I had known, I could have gotten some ribs. But I didn’t. Here’s a plate of rib remains. Sigh. Whimper.

costillas

Had I just know; I could have had a rib or three. Shucks.

Lest we forget, the guest of honor… a noble beast..

cabeza de chancho

Head office!

And here’s the guest of honor with the woman who was nobly serving the Boulevard Ales on tap. Good work, folks!

the guest and a minion

The Guest of Honor and one of his Minions..

Not forgetting, EL TORITO #3 (I think it’s number 3) just opened its new supermercado on the north side of Independence Avenue, across from ACE Hardware. It’s a really nice place to shop for comida and has a great carniceria.

I missed the food..

It got cold, but the food smelled great and I had a cup of Mexican chocolate to see if it would warm me up after I put on my jacket.  It didn’t but here are some photos of La Milpa’s Dia  de los Muertos celebration.

one of the altars.

Altar for Dia de los Muertos at La Milpa on Hull Street

Here’s more

calaca

Una calaca

Here’s a dancer

danzante

Danzante

Here’s some comida

comida

Que rico!

More comida.

mas coida!

Mas comida!

Tamales..

tamales

Be still my heart, tamales..

There were some Colombians serving arepas. I had one, but I was still cold. So I went home.

Tacos al pastor en Kansas City, MO.

These were all take-out orders..
from Carniceria El Torito!

Tacos al pastor from Carniceria El Torito!

And they are only a buck on Tuesdays!

Tacos al pastor from Taqueria Mejico #2
Tacos al pastor from Taqueria Mejico #2

At this place one can sit down and have a Bohemia, a much better beer than Dos Equis.  I would be happy to shill for Bohemia since I am a lot more interesting than the most interesting man in the world. I’ve read he’s really from Brooklyn and formerly a lawyer.

Here’s a painting from the wall of the Carniceria El Torito (on St Johns). Nice place, nice folks.

pintura de chancho

Pintura de chancho

PANCHITO (Formerly THE HOOK)

After weeks of watching the work go on in the rehabbing of this former Midlothian TPKE fried fish emporium into a taqueria, I noticed that it was OPENING SOON!

sopes

Nearest the camera, carne al pastor, then carnitas, then carne asada..

And it was called PANCHITO Restaurante Mejicano y Taqueria (Authentic)  (or something like that) and we decided to investigate this place on Saturday. We met at one PM (I got there first and was able to find a menu and got an agua gaseosa (mineral water). We only wanted a snack, so rather than getting full plates, I decided that we should split three sopes (thick corn tortillas with a rim/edge) and chose carnitas (fried pork bits), carne al pastor (marinated pork), and carne asada (grilled beef).

After our order was placed, my brain was picked re: local ethnic grocery stores, educational background, and common acquaintances.

Our order arrived and we fell to with some salsa verde of moderate picante added to our meal. Everything tasted authentic and was approved of. The toppings were a trifle dry, but we couldn’t really see ordering fully sauced dishes at that time of the day, since we had other things to accomplish before the day was out.  I want to come back and try some of the platters; I think they had chicharron en salsa verde. I may go back by and pick up a menu.

It also seemed on the pricey side.. I would have expected the platters to be at least a dollar or so less.

PANCHITO is open most days from 10 AM to 10 PM.. Fridays & Saturdays from 10  AM to 4 AM. It could prove to be too interesting a place to visit in the early morning hours since it is right next to several transient motels. You young folks can live large, but I’ll pass.

signage

Panchito Taqueria

And one should note that the formica booths are not for large folks.

inside panchito

the charm of formica and the transient motel..

KC Kiełbasa

Whilst in KCMO, I found this place..
Peter May House of Keilbasa
1654 Bristol Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64126
(816) 231-9850
Good stuff.. about 3/4″ in diameter and better than the kielbasa at European Market out on Broad..

kielbasa

Sorry, this is a generic photo..

a local review from Yelp:

So I was browsing through random reviews and the word “kielbasa” pops up on my screen. That’s about all you need to get my attention; for 4 whole days I had kielbasa on my mind and yesterday had to talk myself out of driving 30 miles one way just to get my hands on some smoked sausage. It’s not surprising that I’ve never heard of this place before – it’s in the middle of a neighborhood and you have to be looking for it in order to find it. The sign says “since 1929″ and inside it looks like they haven’t thrown anything away since then – toys, tchotchkes, photos, golf clubs – for the lovers of places with atmosphere it doesn’t get any more unique. Breakfast and lunch menus (see photos) list some super cheap items. I haven’t tried any since I had to run back to work, but I knew what I was there for, so I asked for kielbasa. I paid $8.25 for about 1.5 lbs. which ended up to be about 3 kielbasa-feet.I have to say this was easily the best kielbasa outside of the farmers market in my hometown of Odessa, Ukraine. It was smoky, slightly spicy, a little sweet, overall delicious, addictive kielbasa. I ate probably a third of it on the way to work.
If you are looking for a quirky place, with cheap food and awesome kielbasa, find this place and try it out.
P.S. I’ve tried Krizman’s but it was a long time ago and now I think this one is better.

It should be noted that RVA needs more Eastern Europeans and Mexicans.