Week 36 Cooking Results

Stuffed Burgers (p5 Entertaining Summer 2009) (Yes, again, slightly different recipe)

Burgers with bacon and cheddar in them? How could it be bad? It wasn't, it was fantastic.

Pulled Pork Chili (Joseph's Pork, my thinking, first attempt, and for movie night)

I took lots of notes, and the chili had a building heat (the more you ate, the hotter it got) which was kind of the goal. Not to make it too hot, but to make it tasty. So I should have added more chili powder after the onions and replaced one of the cans of diced tomatoes with tomato puree. I also don't know if the chili had enough of a fat base. After using 4 slices of bacon, the onions really soaked that up pretty quickly, so perhaps more bacon greese extracted from the fat? The only sad thing, is that I don't have enough pulled pork to try again. Overall I was generally happy with the results, but with a few tweaks it could be better.

Pasta with Tomato and Almond Pesto (p15 Cook's Illustrated July/August 2009)

This was fairly quick to make and tasty... Thought it wasn't as good as some other pasta type toppings...but it still worked.

Spanish Tortilla with Roasted Red Peppers and Peas (p9 Cook's Illustrated July/August 2009)

Because we ended up in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, I didn't get a chance to make this.