Seat of the Pants Cooking, Summer edition
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve posted about my ‘Seat of the Pants’ cooking style. Since the last post, I’ve gotten a new slow cooker and I find them more useful in the heat of the summer than the winter.
In cold winter months, I’d rather have a roast in the oven that fills the house with an aroma that makes your mouth water. Not that you don’t get some good scents coming from the slow cooker but, it’s not the same.
Anyway…before I get into what I cooked yesterday I want to tell you about where I shop for the best meats.
When we first moved here I loved going to the little market a few blocks away. A typical ‘grab and go’ kind of place but with a fabulous butcher shop in the back. They also make sandwiches for take-out.
Oh, and it’s where I met the best dog sitter, Jann. Sadly, Jann has moved to Alabama. ☹ Please come back, Jann!!!
Where was I? Oh…
After being here for a while I discovered the butcher shop inside the market got their meats from an open to the public wholesale meat market a couple of towns away. It’s kind of on my way to the full-size grocery store. How convenient!
I thought I’d died and gone to heaven the first time I went there. On a typical visit to the wholesaler, I’ll get 2 filet mignon, 2 pork chops or a pork roast, a huge bag of chicken breasts, and maybe ribs. Plus, a dozen jumbo eggs for $.99, butter, an assortment of cheeses, ground turkey for the dog grub, prepared macaroni or potato salad, and freshly made meatballs. Grand total is usually between $45-60.00!!
Yes, you read that correctly!
This time of year with so many excellent produce stands around us and this gold mine for quality meats, etc., we eat like royalty.
So, I had gotten pork tenderloin at the meat market and fresh peaches at the farm stand and decided to put it together in the slow cooker. I perused several recipes online to get a feel for how I wanted to make it.
I rubbed the pork with a mixture of smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic, fresh thyme, and rosemary.
I peeled and cut four peaches and mixed them with a little bourbon, a sweet heat chili sauce, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, and a little sriracha. After it got going it smelled delicious.
In the end, it was not quite spiced enough. It needed more heat and bourbon, I think. It wasn’t bad but, could have been much better. ‘Seat of the Pants’ cooking is always an adventure and sometimes it turns out better than expected. This wasn’t one of those times, but it won’t keep me from trying again.
Do you ever cook this way? What are some of your favorite slow cooker recipes? Please share with me in the comments.