Jack is Cooking Beef Jerky

Well Hello Internet!
i decided to take on a new project of making delicious homemade Beef Jerky! 
this was the first time, and i think it turned out pretty good, although a little salty.  
here’s what i did:
the beef:
i used an organic grass-fed sirloin tip steak from Herondale Farm
i cut this into strips that were fairly thin.
for the marinade:
ginger
garlic
soy sauce
hot sesame oil
olive oil
tahini
sriracha 
ginger ale
i marinated the steak for 24 hours in this.  
after 24 hours, i took the steak out of the marinade, and i put some dry spices on for a dry rub (this is where i used too much salt, so if you do this, be careful with the salt. 
the dry rub:
paprika
salt
pepper
herbs de provence
after i put the beef strips in this to give a little coating i put them on racks in the oven at 150°.  i let it stay in there for about 3 hours.  or basically until it became jerky. some of the pieces were finished a little before, because they were smaller, and some took a little longer, so you have to keep your eye on it.
all in all its pretty good!  but this is something i’m definitely going to keep working on. different marinades etc!
mm mm delicious!

Jack is Cooking Pork Chops

Well Hello Internet!
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 Thanksgiving Leftover Empanadillas

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As always, there is leftovers from thanksgiving, and normally i take all these different things and i make a big turkey pot pie out of them.  However this year we had LOTS of leftovers, and after picking for 2 days, and countless sandwiches, i decided that the pie i was going to make needed to not taste like thanksgiving anymore, because everybody was pretty bored of it by now!
So i decided to make Empanadillas (which are a kind of Tapas) out of the leftovers, and the greatest part is, that pretty much all the ingredients are from the leftovers, with only 2 added ingredients!
Heres what i used:
Leftover Roasted Peppers, and Asparagus
Leftover Turkey, and Ham (we had a ham also for thanksgiving this year)
This isn’t a leftover: one small chopped onion
You will also need:
some garlic
2 tomatoes (or canned diced tomatoes- i used some leftover homemade tomato sauce)
paprika
saffron
chipotle powder
lemon
salt and pepper
puff pastry
1 egg plus some water
olive oil
So i sauteed the onion in the olive oil until the onion was soft
Then i added the paprika (about 1-2 teaspoons), and a couple of strands of saffron.
Then i added the tomatoes.  i covered the pan and cooked over low heat for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, i mixed in the turkey, ham, and roasted peppers into the mix.  this i left uncovered and cooked for another 10 minutes or so, to let all the tomato-ey goodness soak into the turkey.
i decided it needed a little kick so i put in a tiny bit of chipotle powder, and squeezed some lemon juice in.
Then i cut circles out of the puff pastry dough (i used the frozen stuff.  puff pastry takes forever to make!)  i put 1 or 2 tablespoons of filling on the circles.
Folded them over and crimped them with a fork.  Then i brushed them with my egg wash.  The egg wash is just one egg, with a little water mixed in.  This makes the pastry nice and golden when it cooks.
baked them for 20 minutes at 350°
heres how they turned out!
These things are ridiculously delicious, easy to make, and much more interesting than the classic leftover pot pie!
mmmm mmmm delicious!