Jack is Cooking Sausages with Pepper and Onions

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Today i have a simple recipe for Sausage with Peppers and Onions.  It’s very easy and fast to throw together for a good lunch, or dinner.  Also it is good to eat with beer, as a good beer is one of the ingredients.
Here’s what you will need:
1 lb Sausages (Herondale Farm Sweet or Hot Italian!)
1 Onion
1 Red Pepper
Salt 
Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
1 pinch Fresh Rosemary
Good Beer. (maybe a cup)  I used a Weihenstephaner.  
A Baguette
Instructions:
1. Slice the onion and peppers so they are the same size.  Open the Beer.
2.  First Brown the sausages in a skillet, until they are nicely brown on all sides.
3.  Using the same pan as for the sausages, heat the oil back up and add the onions and the peppers, and cook until they are a little brown.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and a little herbs de provence (maybe 1/2 teaspoon), as well as the rosemary.

4.  Add the sausages back to the pan, and just enough beer, so that the sausages are halfway covered.  let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until reduced 3/4 of the way down.  

5.  Serve on piece of baguette, with the rest of the beer.

Jack is Cooking a Peanut Butter Rice Casserole Thing

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tonight for dinner, i have made a delicious Rice Casserole thing.  im not really sure what you would call it. but its got rice, and vegetables, and peanut butter in it, and its really really good!  the other really awesome thing about this is that it all happens in one pot, or pan, so the cleanup is very minimal.

Heres what i used:
2 tablespoons oil
2 green onions
1 cup of rice
1/2 cup of stock
1 slice of ham (totally optional)
1/2 to 1 whole red pepper
2/3 cup of milk (you can also use coconut milk, which makes this even more delicious)
2-4 cloves garlic
2 inches of ginger
1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
salt
3 tablespoons of peanut butter
1 small can of chopped tomato
1 large sweet potato, or a few small ones
1 carrot
baby bok choy

heres everything all chopped up and ready to go:

so the first step, is to mix the peanut butter, the milk, the garlic, and the sriracha sauce together in a bowl.

then in the casserole pan (or dutch oven)

put the oil.  then the onions.  then the rice:

then add the stock:
lay the slice of ham on top of this. ( i recommend slicing some holes in the ham so that the milk mixture while incorporate with the rice mixture below)  on top of the ham put the peppers and the ginger:
Pour the milk and PB mixture over this.  then put the carrot, the tomato, and then sweet potato over that:
Finally, put the Bok Choy over everything, and drizzle some spicy sesame oil on it:
Cover with tinfoil and bake in the oven at 450° for 45 minutes
take out and enjoy!
keep the leftovers in the fridge.  its even better the next day!
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!

Jack is Cooking Tom Kha Soup with Princess Know it All

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Here is the first of four thai recipes that i collaborated with Princess Know it All.

Check out her website!:

www.princessknowitall.com

These four videos will be released over the next few months, so stay tuned for those!

To make the Tom Khan Soup you will need:
Shiitake Mushrooms
red and or green pepper
1/2 can coconut milk
1/3 cup coriander
lime juice
3-4 cups vegetable stock
1 stalk lemongrass (the bottom third minced)
3 kaffir lime leaves

2 tblspoons fish sauce
1-2 small red chillies
3 cloves garlic
cherry tomatoes

Jack is Cooking Pizza!!

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So the other night, julie suggested we make pizza.  i thought that was just a FANtastic idea, so we did!   i used the a little dough i saved from making bread on monday night, and then also some other leftover ingredients i had in my fridge.
Making pizza is LOTs of fun!  you can put almost anything on it that your heart desires.  Also, if you can’t make your own dough its easy to buy.  some supermarkets have ready made dough, but also most pizzerias (at least here in NYC) will sell the dough pretty cheaply.
heres what we used:
as you can see in the above pictures the ingredients are:
Mozzarella
Red and Green Peppers
Some Chopped up Ham
Some Gouda (grated)
Diced Tomatoes
and also we caramelized some onions to put on after the pizza was cooked:
Theres the dough rising a little in the upper left corner of that last picture!
So after the dough rose for like 1.5 hours we spread it out and put the diced tomatoes all over it:
Then i got some new lights in my kitchen, so i could take better pictures!  haha
anyways, after the tomatoes, we put on the sliced mozzarella, red and green peppers, ham, and gouda cheese.  plus a little salt and pepper.
We baked it in the oven for 20 minutes at 450°.  after we took it out of the oven, we put the caramelized onions on it, cut it up and ate it!
I was hoping for some leftovers for lunch today, but the thing was so damn delicious we ate the whole pizza!