Last December I shared my most requested recipe in a newsletter so people could make it over the holidays as I do. Oops! I need to make some changes!
Recently I made this dish and decided to really check on the directions. Every time I make it someone asks for the recipe and I've shared it many times over the years. It's one of those dishes that I call a "concoction" - my favorite way to cook because you just kind of throw in a little of this and some of that until it tastes just way you want it - delicious. I've definitely zeroed in on the way I make it - decided to see if it's anywhere near what I have in my recipe that was written probably 15+ years ago.
Yikes!! Either my taste buds have changed or I wrote Tbl instead of tsp for the chili powder or ??? I heard from many friends who said they were making my Pork Green Chili over the holidays - hope it tasted okay! And I hope they like spicy food. Luckily when I was trying out the recipe I decided to measure spices as I added them a little at a time, taste the chili and then add more if needed. I'm so glad! The basic recipe is the same but I've refined the amounts of the ingredients and I'm sharing with you here.
Pork Green Chili
Makes 10 - 12 servings
3 tablespoons peanut oil
3 (1-pound) pork center cut loin, cut into ¾-inch cubes
2 large onions, minced
6 garlic cloves, minced
6 (4-ounce) cans diced green chilies, mild
1 (15-ounce) can golden hominy, drained
2 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, original (See note below)
6 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Warm oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat on stovetop. Working in batches, brown pork on all sides and remove to a platter lined with paper toweling.
When finished with pork, add onion to pan and sauté until soft and translucent. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, but do not burn.
Drain and discard oil from pan and return pork to pan. Stir in chilies, hominy, tomatoes and chicken stock. Season with bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, thyme, cinnamon, salt and pepper and stir until well combined.
Bring to boil and reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 1hour or more. Before serving, skim excess oil off top and remove bay leaf.
Ladle chili into bowls and garnish with optional chopped onion, cilantro, lime wedges, grated cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, and flour tortillas, hard rolls or tortilla chips.
Note: I use Rotel brand tomatoes with chilies and Gebhardt's chili powder. Use 2 cans Rotel for "hot," 1 can Rotel and 1 can diced tomatoes for "medium," and all regular diced tomatoes for "mild - i.e. boring."
This recipe was included in my very first art and food calendar, called The Art of Cooking calendar in 2009. The above painting was inspired by the recipe. I can just envision this being cooked in a rustic and wonky kitchen in Mexico! I'd love to be there!!
So if you cooked this recipe and thought it was a little heavy on the spices, you might try it again. Who knew I'd think that a chili should be a bit subtle! If I'm still cooking this in 5 years, I'll test the recipe to see if my tastes have changed again . . . .
NOTE: This chili was made in preparation for an article in the Kansas City Star on Wednesday, January 25. Here's a link to that article about this chili and my art! http://www.kansascity.com/living/food-drink/come-into-my-kitchen/article128181954.html
How many times have I heard this from my painting students - "I can't even draw a stick figure!" And I've always said, "well we're not drawing or painting them so that's okay!" But then I actually painted stick figures, and I realized they're really fun and can even be a pretty darned cute work of art!
This whisical painting was inspired by a recipe from Mary Ann Rodgers that she contributed to one of my Cooking with Friends calendars. She got a recipe for Cabbage Patch Stew from her fellow teacher when they needed quick dishes after a full day at school. It was easy and her kids loved it - perfect for a busy teacher and Mom. When I got Mary Ann's recipe, I was "stuck" on how to illustrate it for the calendar. Hmmm - trying to make a head of cabbage into an interesting piece of art just didn't get me too excited. Then I had an "aha" moment - how about trying some of those little stick figures, representing young kids and their joy of school and learning and playing together. That's how this painting came about - using bold colors of course and lots of youthful whimsy. It's featured with Mary Ann's recipe in September in the 2016 Cooking with Friends calendar. I figured lots of Moms could use an easy, kid-friendly recipe in that crazy back-to-school month!
Look how this painting has been "repurposed!" This month it's on the cover of Kern County Family Magazine - a free monthly magazine for everyone who loves family, kids and Kern County, California. My dear friend L.J. Corby is publisher of this magazine and asked to use the painting for the January 2017 issue, focused on education and resources. Well of course I was thrilled! An interesting twist is that Mary Ann whose recipe inspired this painting was L.J.'s elementary teacher at Colonel Nichols School in Bakersfield. So the 3 of us are re-connected here - L.J.'s magazine, her teacher's recipe, and my whimsical artistic interpretation of that recipe. How fun is that!
Are you interested in making Cabbage Patch Stew? If so you're in luck - click here for the recipe included in Kern County Family Magazine. Thanks Mary Ann Rodgers for the delicious and very do-able recipe and the inspiration for a delightful painting! Thanks L.J. Corby for including all this in the January 2017 edition of your wonderful magazine!
You know what -maybe you CAN draw a stick figure!! Once again I've learned to keep my mind open to new painting inspirations. Doing these playful little figures was lots of fun. I know I'll do more - why don't you give it a try!
Oh no - a paint party! You’ve never painted and you can’t draw a straight line or a stick figure - this is like WAY scary! But it's oh so much fun once you get there - honest! Here’s what to expect, how to make it a fun experience and go home with your own original artwork! Warning - your face might ache a little from smiling . . .
Here are some “do’s and don’ts” for Claudia’s Paint Parties
When you show up with appetizers, we’ll have a brief “happy hour” - then we settle in and paint for about 2 hours. Here’s a “bonus” - if your painting doesn’t look like everyone else’s, that’s OK! As Bob Ross always said, “it’s your world!”
Remember - all materials are provided including paint, brushes, canvases, etc. You just show up and experience the joys of creating your work of art with your friends!
Are you ready for a paint party in Claudia True's studio? Read about Paint Parties & Classes on my website for more information or contact Claudia here. You’ll go home with your own creation - laughs and smiles are guaranteed!!
p.s. Claudia's studio is in the basement of her home in Overland Park, Ks - a suburb of Kanas City.
p.s.s. If you've been to a paint party at Claudia's studio, I'd love it if you'd share your thoughts of the experience in comments below. Well, if it was a good experience and I hope it was!!
I'm an artist living in Kansas City with my hubby and cats. My passions: colorful paintings, yummy food, and sharing my love of art and cooking with others.