Jack is Cooking Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tacos for Dinner

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Here is a great easy recipe for some breakfast Taco’s that I made one day.  i made this out of leftovers in my fridge.
here’s what you will need:
corn tortillas (i got mine from Tortilleria Mexicano Tres Hermanos – they sell tortillas for $1 at their restaurant in Brooklyn.  also it is probably the best tacos and tortas i’ve ever had.  i am completely obsessed with this place and wish that it wasn’t so far away from where i live in the city.  you can stuff yourself with real authentic mexican food for under $10, and then buy some tortillas to make more of your own!!!)  
eggs
for the salsa:
1 or half an onion
1 or half a tomato
half a red pepper
clove of garlic
a small can of sweet corn
some cumin
salt and pepper
some paprika.
first, i made the salsa.  i cooked this salsa so that all the flavours were really nice and melty.  (that’s the best way i can describe it!)  
i sauteed the onions and garlic, until they were translucent.  mean while in the oven i turned on my broiler, and i roasted the tomato, the red pepper,  and the corn until they got a nice charring on the skin. then i chopped them all up finely and added them to the onions, and cooked for 5-10 minutes.  i added some salt and pepper, some cumin and some paprika for flavoring.  voila!  corn salsa!  
Next, i scrambled some eggs.  i hope that everybody knows at least how to scramble an egg.  its hard to screw that up.  but if you don’t here are the instructions:  
crack 2-3 eggs in a bowl.  and salt and pepper.  stir well with a fork.
heat pan on med – low heat.  melt butter in a pan.  pour eggs in.  stir them while they cook, until they are almost done.  turn off the stove.  they will keep cooking, so turn off the stove right before they look done.  serve immediately!  now you know!!  
so anyways, heat up the tortillas.  if you put them in a paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds they will be nice and warm.  or else you can warm them in a pan.  
put some eggs on each tortilla:

next!  put some of that delicious Salsa on top of the eggs, and top with your favorite cheese.  at the time the only cheese i had was feta.  not exactly mexican but it was still delicious!
Serve up these soft tacos with a napkin!  they are a little messy!!

mmm mmmm delicious!

Jack is Cooking French Toast

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The other morning i made French Toast for breakfast.  it is super easy to make!  here’s what you’ll need:
Eggs (2 for 4 or 5 pieces)
milk
vanilla
cinammon
bread (preferably a little stale)
now then there are probably precise measurements that you are supposed to use, but i kind of do it by eyeball.  the way i like to do this, is to crack the eggs onto a plate.  but don’t mix them yet.  then i pour some milk onto the plate until the milk makes a full circle around the eggs.  then i put what i imagine to be a teaspoon of vanilla.  the cinnamon, i put enough to put a dusting over the yellow of each egg.  then i take a fork and whisk it all together.
after that take the bread and let it soak in the egg mixture.  if the bread is less stale it will absorb it all pretty quick, so you don’t have to do it for so long.  the more stale the bread, the longer you should soak.
in a frying pan melt some butter.  once its nice and melted put the bread in and start to fry it!
When the bread gets nice and golden on the bottom its time to flip!
when its golden on the other side its done!
i like to put a little butter on top and lots of maple syrup.  i LOVE maple syrup.  with pancakes and french toast and waffles i like them to be swimming in maple syrup.  
mmm mmm delicious!

Jack is Cooking Really F***ing Delicious Sugar Cookies

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So yesterday i went on a tour of the French culinary institute to investigate the possibilities of taking a pastry course.  and oh man was it awesome!  i got a contact sugar high!
i was so excited that i ran home and i decided to make cookies!  and then while they were cooking i was still so excited that i wrote a song about making the cookies! the song is called “really f***ing delicious sugar cookies”  and yes i say the “F” word a lot  in the song, so if your sensitive or something don’t watch it.  but your gonna miss out on its supreme awesomeness!
 so check out that video at the end of this post!!!
but heres how you make these really f***ing delicious sugar cookies!  (aka the lyrics to the song!)
preheat oven to 350°
heres what you’ll need:
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter
1.5 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3.5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
So you take the butter, and the shortening, and the sugar and you mix it all together
until you get a nice creamy substance that looks really f***ing good
and then you take the eggs, and the vanilla extract, and you mix that into the creamy substance
until it looks really f***ing delicious
Then in another bowl, you take the flour and the baking powder and the salt, and you mix it together until it looks like flour again!  then you take this flour mixture, and you slowly mix it into the creamy delicious mixture, until you get a nice big ball of dough that looks really f***ing delicious!
Then you take this big ball of dough, and break of smaller balls, and roll them around in your hand until you have little balls of dough.  then you take these balls of dough, and you roll them around in sugar, (i also rolled some around in cinnamon sugar to make snickerdoodles)
place these sugar coated balls of dough on a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven

and out they come!  and oh man are they really f***ing delicious!

the snickerdoodles are excellent with nutella on them.  i still have half of that really big ball of dough left, so i am going to make more cookies tomorrow night.  but im gonna do something really super special that is even better than this, so i will make another post about it!!!

mmmm mmmm delicious!

oh yah!  heres the song!

Jack is Cooking Pork Chops

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So last night i somehow had the motivation to get up and make some dinner.  nothing fancy, but boy was it good!  i made breaded pork chops
heres what i used
2 pork chops ( from Herondale Farm of course!)
bread crumbs
paprika
parsley
one egg
also
some french cut beans
cheddar cheese
milk
a little bit of flour
garlic
So First i took the bread crumbs and mixed them with a little paprika and some parsley.
then i took the pork chops and dipped them in the egg, and then in the bread crumbs, and then because i like them extra breaded, i put them back in the egg, and then back in the bread crumbs.  that’s easy right?
heres what they looked like
Then i took the chops, and i heated some olive oil in a pan.  i cooked them for like 1-2 minutes on each side.  then i put them in the oven at 350 for another 20 minutes.
In the meantime, i put a little butter in that pan (some of the oil had been soaked up by the chops)
i sauteed some garlic.  then i added the french cut beans.  i let those cook for a couple minutes over low/medium heat.  once they were cooked i put a little bit of flour in the pan to start a roux.  i added maybe half a cup of milk, and some grated cheddar cheese.
This made a nice side dish to the pork chops and added a little bit of green.
heres both together!  sorry for a lack of pictures this time.
mmm  mmm delicious

Jack is Cooking Pecan Pie

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Since tomorrow is thanksgiving, tonight i am making pecan pie!  A whole lot of pecan pies!
these ingredients are enough for 3 pies

9 eggs
2 1/4 cup of sugar
2 cups of agave nectar
3 teaspoons of vanilla
3 pinches of salt
4 cups of chopped pecans
1 cup of whole pecans
3 pie crusts (i used gluten free pie crusts)

ok so i mixed everything except the pecans together in a big bowl:


this is what it looked like when everything was mixed.  make sure all the sugar and eggs are mixed in!


then i added the chopped pecans, and really mixed those in too.


you gotta keep mixing!  it will separate!

anyways,
while i was mixing i put the pie crusts in the oven for 5 minutes to precook them.
when i took them out i poured the filling in and then made some patterns with the whole pecans:


i baked it for 45 minutes at 350°
it may take a little longer, or a little less based on your oven, but if you poke it with a fork, it should be pillowy, but firm.  imagine an omelette filled with sugar and pecans!  😀



But wait!  Didn’t I say that I was making three pies?

I decided to get a little creative and I made two more pies with the remaining pie mixture, combining it with pumpkin pie!

I used just a canned pumpkin pie mix and folledthe directions on the can. Luckily both pies cook the same amount of time!

The first pie, I made a ying yang.  I used parchment paper to create the division while pouring.






I baked this one first for 15 minutes at 425. Then I remove the parchment paper. The pie was now firm enough p remove it but not too firm:  then I turned the oven to 350 and baked for another 25 minutes


The second pie was kind of a swirl. I poured the pecan mixture into the pumpkin mixture, and then swirled!  here’s how it came out:

I call it the milky way pumpkin-pecan pie!

Here’s both:

And here’s all the pies!!


Oh man 4 pies!  I think well have to eat one tonight… They are irresistable!


happy thanksgiving!


mmm mmmm delicious!