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SallyBR1's picture

Just like to inform you it is 80F outside - sunny, gorgeous....

(do I see a cast iron pan flying my way?????)

soupereasy's picture

(post #51209, reply #1 of 20)

Not from my little part of NJ. Sunny, high '60's.  I could live with this pretty much year around.
Never going to happen though!;)

UncleDunc's picture

(post #51209, reply #2 of 20)

70F in Boulder, but I've seen stormy clouds looming over the mountain all day.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #51209, reply #3 of 20)

Here it's a drenching rain but that makes us happy, because we need rain and this should be enough to put an end to the fire season.

And it's finally better weather for making soups and stews. I am going to have fun tomorrow. Will be making a pork stew with chiles, tomatillos and oranges that I just love and some soup too.


SallyBR1's picture

(post #51209, reply #4 of 20)

I am actually a bit disappointed - I had a pot roast planned, which I did, but the weather does not match the menu at all

pot roast and buttermilk mashed potatoes...

oh, well - we can always pretend it's freezing outside, right?

soupereasy's picture

(post #51209, reply #5 of 20)

That pork stew sounds really interesting! Care to share?:)

kathymcmo's picture

(post #51209, reply #7 of 20)

Sure, here it is, from the 2005 FC Comfort Food, back when they used to include a few new recipes in each compilation. I've not been able to find it on the FC website. Takes a bit of time to make but well worth it. I usually freeze half of it. Let me know what you think if you make it!

Pork Stew with Green Chiles, Orange and Cilantro

Fine Cooking Comfort Food 2005

 This is good served over rice or polenta, or with cornbread.


3 lb boneless pork shoulder, preferably pork butt, trimmed & cut into 1-in cubes

2 tsp kosher salt

4 T olive oil

2 to 3 medium navel or juice oranges

1 lg onion, thinly sliced (about 2 c)

1 T chopped garlic (about 2 lg cloves)

1 T ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

¼ tsp chipotle chile powder or other hot chile powder, more to taste

2 T all-purpose flour

2 c homemade or low-salt chicken broth

8 cilantro stems

1 bay leaf

1 c roughly chopped fresh or canned tomatillos (about 5 fresh)

1 c roughly chopped fresh or canned tomatoes

1 4-oz can whole green chiles, roughly chopped

½ cup chopped cilantro leaves, more for serving


Toss the chunks of pork with 2 tsp salt. Heat 1 T of the oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-based stew pot; when it’s very hot add about half the pork or however much will fit in one layer. Lower the heat to medium and cook until well browned on all sides, 8 to 10 min. Take care not to burn the layer of cooked-on juices that will form in the bottom of the pan. Transfer the pork to a bowl, add more oil if needed and brown the remaining pork. Transfer to a bowl.

While the pork is browning, cut about a 4 x 1-in. strip of zest fro one of the oranges. Juice all the oranges to get about 1 cup.

Pour off any oil in the pot, then add about ½ cup water and dissolve the cooked-on juices. Pour out the liquid and reserve it to use in the stew (but if the juices seemed burned, discard the liquid).

Wipe out the pan, heat it to medium-high and add 2 T of oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and light golden, about 8 min. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander and chile powder, and stir for a few seconds. Add the flour, stir constantly for about 1 min to cook off the raw flour taste, then add the orange juice, the broth and the reserved dissolved pan juices. Stir to blend, bring to a boil, add the pork chunks and immediately turn the heat down to a low simmer.

Add the orange zest, cilantro stems and bay leaf. Cover and simmer about 1 hr, then add the tomatillos, tomatoes and green chiles. Continue simmering until the pork is completely tender, another 30-60 min.

Transfer the meat and vegetables with a slotted spoon to a bowl; discard the bay leaf and zest. Spoon off visible fat from the sauce. Increase heat to a gentle boil and reduce by a third, about 8 to 10 min, until the sauce is flavorful with a nice coating consistency. Return everything to the pan, add the chopped cilantro, and serve sprinkled with more cilantro.



Edited 11/1/2008 9:38 pm by kathymcmo

Heather's picture

(post #51209, reply #9 of 20)

That sounds great. Michael Chiarello has a pork/orange stew that I made last winter, we really enjoyed it. I'll try yours soon.
When the rain started yesterday I made a big pot of beef stew. I love this time of the year!

kathymcmo's picture

(post #51209, reply #11 of 20)

I love it too, and we really got a lot of rain today, a couple of inches I think. The only thing that worries me is I don't have my bulbs planted yet, but maybe it will dry out before next weekend.

The recipe is credited to Scott Phillips, not someone I'm familiar with. But it is really delicious.

Heather's picture

(post #51209, reply #13 of 20)

We had heavy rain too. And even a few cracks of lightning.

plantlust's picture

(post #51209, reply #14 of 20)

I'm still in denial. Supposed to be velly nice until Thursday, then we'll get clobbered.

Pepper & basil still look fine. Hoping against hope for the tomatoes.

If you're going to eat a creature alive, you have to expect a little screaming. It's the carnivore's burden.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

soupereasy's picture

(post #51209, reply #10 of 20)

That really does sound good! Thank you!

kathymcmo's picture

(post #51209, reply #12 of 20)

You're welcome! And now that I've got it typed up I added it to MyFineCooking, which I've been meaning to do.

teebee's picture

(post #51209, reply #6 of 20)

Today was beautiful, sunny and 58 (really about as nice as it gets here in November, although it is supposed to get into the sixties next week :)). We did, however, have a two hour delay on Wednesday of this past week because of a lake effect snowstorm. We only got an inch or so of snow, but visibility was limited first thing in the morning, and it was dark when the school buses start out. I am going to sneak in a few more meals on the grill before it gets too cold!

Quilter's picture

(post #51209, reply #8 of 20)

Hovering around 5 C here, raining, windy, generally miserable. A mountain of wet, rotting leaves all over the yard.  The snow is coming farther and farther down the mountains. The trumpeter swans have arrived back on the lake, so winter can't be far behind.  DH hasn't put the snow tires on the car yet, so I guess I can look forward to snow any day now.   Man, do I hate winter, or what? Dark when I leave for work in the morning, dark when I'm driving home. 

On the plus side, I made a pot of split pea soup the other day, with a lovely, meaty ham bone, and we made a meal of it along with some piping hot from the oven biscuits.  I do like my comfort foods in the winter.

evelyn's picture

(post #51209, reply #15 of 20)

no cast iron pans coming from my end - it's 81F today and sunny as all get out!

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roz's picture

(post #51209, reply #16 of 20)

What's the weather like in January?

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
evelyn's picture

(post #51209, reply #17 of 20)

the weather is not typical for November! We usually have had the central heating turned on about mid-October (just for a couple of hours in the late evening, but on).

Hopefully, it will be winter by january.

In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? Barack Obama
In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
roz's picture

(post #51209, reply #18 of 20)

Thank you. We are thinking of taking a week of sun somewhere. We are thinking Greece/Crete or Cuba!

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
smslaw's picture

(post #51209, reply #19 of 20)

22 degrees and sunny here in ME early this AM. DD is visiting from TX and she can't put on enough fleece to get warm.

sally ryan's picture

(post #51209, reply #20 of 20)

Forecast for Southern Ontario today is a high of 20.  That's 68 fahrenheit.  Yippee!!