because “hackbraten” is so much more fun to say than “meatloaf”

veg. oil
1 carrot, finely diced
2 stalks cellery, finely diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 T. salt
1 T. ground pepper
1/4 t. cayanne
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 t. paprika
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 lbs. ground pork
4 eggs
1 c. ketchup
1 c. 1/2 & 1/2
1 c. quick oatmeal

Sauté veggies until tender. Add seasonings to veggies. Mix everything together until well blended. Pack into 2 bread pans & cover with foil. Bake at 400 for 1 hour. Remove foil & bake 15 minutes or until the top browns.

Tortilla Soup

For Roz, who told me he loved me over my first bowl of tortilla soup.

12 corn tortillas
canola oil
1 lb. cooked chicken, shredded
6-8 c. chicken broth
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
2 chipotle chiles
1 T. adobo sauce
2 T lime juice
1 avocado, diced
12 oz cotija cheese
fresh cilantro, chopped
crema (or sour cream)

Preheat oven to 425. Slice tortillas & coat with oil & bake for ~ 14 minutes, tossing about half way though, until tortillas are crispy but not burnt. Puree in processor or blender: onion, garlic, tomatoes, chiles, adobe. Cook the tomato sauce in oil for 10 minutes. Add the broth, chicken, & lime juice. To serve, place some toasted tortillas, chopped avocado, and crumbled cheese in a bowl. Ladle in broth and chicken. Top with a dollop of crema and sprinkling of cilantro.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 c. melted butter
1/4 c. sugar

3 – 8 oz. packages of softened cream cheese
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 c. pumpkin
2/3 c. evaporated milk
2 T cornstarch
1 1/4 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. ginger

Combine the crust ingredients and press into the bottom and an inch up the sides of a 9″ spring form pan. Bake @ 350 for 6-8 minutes. Do not allow to brown. Cool for 10 minutes.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, & brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, pumpkin, & evaporated milk. Add cornstarch & spices. Beat well & pour into the crust. Bake @ 350 for 55-60 minutes or until edge is set & center moves slightly. Turn off the oven and stick a wooden spoon in the door and let the cheesecake cool in the oven. Chill overnight.

Moroccan Chicken

4 chicken thighs
med onion
4 carrots
1/2 t. paprika
1/4 t. cumin
1/4 t. coriander
pinch cinnamon
pinch cloves
pinch cardamom
2 T. honey
1/2 T lemon juice
1 c. chicken broth
1/3 c. kalamatas
1 T. cilantro
1 lg can diced tomatoes

braze chicken on med-high in oil (5-8 min/side) remove and cover. Remove all but 1 T. fat. Cook onions & carrots util soft, add spices and cook 2 min. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 20 min. Shred chicken and return to pot. Serve with couscous

Dutch Baby

Preheat oven to 425. In medium bowl whisk together:
4 eggs
3/4 c. milk
Slowly add while whisking until smooth:
3/4 c. flour
In a 12 in a cast iron skillet, melt:
3 T. butter
Pour batter into skillet and place into preheated oven. Bake until puffy and golden brown, 15-20 minutes. While baking, in a separate skillet, brown:
1 lb. Italian sausage
Remove from pan, and in the fat left behind, cook:
4-5 chopped apples
1 t. ginger powder
When the egg pancake comes out of the oven, fill with apples, sausage, then top with:
4 oz grated white cheddar

Pie Crust

3 c. flour
2 c. butter and/or shortning
1/4 t. salt

Cut in the fat.

1 egg
enough milk or water to make a scant cup

Beat together, pour into well and gently mix. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Roll out & bake. Makes 4 crusts.

Hanque’s Biscuits

3 1/2 flour
1 t. salt
2 T. baking powder
8 T chilled butter
1 1/2 c. milk

Combine flour, salt, & BP. Grate in the cold butter with a cheese grater & toss into the flour mixture. Make a well in the center and stir in the milk quickly until just combined (less than 30 seconds). Turn on o floured surface and gently fold until consistent. Flatten to ~3/4 in. thick. Cut into biscuits, place on baking tray, and bake for ~12 minutes for 450.

Special Sauces for Pulled Pork

BBQ Sauce:
1 c. ketchup
2 T. grated onion
2 T worchestershire
2 T mustard
3 T molassas
2 T. maple syrup
3 T. cider vinegar
1 t. chili powder

Herb Paste:
1/2 c. cilantro leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/4 c. minced onion
1 jalapeno
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 c. oil
1 T. lime juice

Mojo Sauce:
4 cloves garlic
2 t. salt
1/2 c. oil
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 t. oregeno
1/8 t. black pepper


1 1/2 c. flour
1 c. cornmeal
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. frozen corn, thawed
1 c. buttermilk
2 eggs
4 T. melted butter

Preheat oven to 400. Spray square pan with oil. Whisk together dry ingredients. In a blender, combine the corn and buttermilk. Add eggs and blend for 5 more seconds. Pour wet into dry and mix until just combined. Pour in melted butter and mix in until just combined. Pour into baking dish. Bake 35-30 minutes, cool for another 20. Serves 9.