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Posole Rojo

(serves 6-8)

For posole corn:

1 – 12 ounce package of white corn posole
1 T salt
Water

Allow posole corn to soak overnight in a bowl of water. The next day, drain water off and place corn in a large pot. Add salt and cover with water by at least 2 inches. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 2- 2 1/2 hours adding additional water to maintain the coverage by 2 inches or so. The final texture will be “toothy” but tender. Drain. Reserve cooking liquid.

For chile puree:

1/3 C vegetable oil
5 Ancho Chiles (stems removed, seeded and torn into smaller pieces)
7-8 Chile Arbol (stems removed, seeded and broken into smaller pieces)
1 yellow onion, diced
6-8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 corn tortillas (each cut into six pieces)
1 T cumin
1 T dried oregano
1 box of chicken stock

In a preheated skillet, add oil. Once shimmering, add remaining ingredients and sauté until chiles, onion and garlic have softened. Moderate your heat to prevent burning on the bottom of the skillet. Enjoy this process! The fragrance is heavenly. Once softened, allow cooling. Slowly, puree mixture in a blender using chicken stock. Adding stock slowly forces a “grinding” of the ingredients. The puree will look like mole. A very silky texture is what you’re looking for.

For pork:

2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into chunks
1/4 C vegetable oil
Salt and pepper

In a preheated Dutch oven, add oil. In batches, brown pork pieces seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Final cooking:

1 carton chicken stock
2 t salt
Several ladles of posole cooking liquid

Combine posole corn, chile puree, browned pork, chicken stock salt and posole liquid into the Dutch oven. Mix well, cover and place into a preheated 275 degree oven for 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Remove and allow cooling for about 20 minutes, uncovered.

Ladle into bowls and top with traditional garnishes.

Traditional garnishes:

Pass these garnishes at your table. They all add a distinctive punch. Don’t forget the squeeze of lime.

Thinly shredded green cabbage
Radishes, small dice
White onion, small dice
Cilantro
Dried oregano
Lime wedges
Crispy tortilla wedges

The combination of the deeply rich, flavorful broth with the raw garnishes is so delicious. This can be made three days out. It also freezes well for later use. It’s a journey but SOOOO worth the effort. There are times when you need a quick meal on the  table and there are times when a process is just as rewarding as the meal itself. This recipe represents the latter. Tightly focus on each step and you will be rewarded with a heart-warming bowl of goodness.

It’s been awhile…

Have you been through the entire recipe catalogue?

I will not even attempt to make excuses for the long absence of posting. Jerry is sniffing out new recipes that are sure to entice. We will start with a Winter Wonderland Salad, followed by Ganzo Banzo, Mushroom Flatbread, and Frito Pie.

What a year. And it’s not over. When all seems too much, get in the kitchen and make some COMFORT food. Focus on the process, enjoy the smells and savor the flavors. It will restore a sense of normalcy. Do this for your own sanity and delight.

Here’s to better times ahead.

Brent

COMFORT food sounds perfect when this is your view!

 

Comfort Table 2018….DON’T MISS!

HIGH’S CAFE & STORE
presents

OVER 30 PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE GATHER TO
PRESENT AN EVENING DEDICATED TO

“SACRED SPACES”

ORIGINAL POETRY BY DOUGLAS SKRIEF, HEAVENLY VOCALS BLENDED, IVORIES EXPERTLY PLAYED AND SPECIAL GUEST MELISSA GIVENS WILL TRANSPORT YOU TO A SACRED SPACE.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET TODAY. THE CONCERT ALWAYS SELLS OUT.
IF YOU WAIT, YOU RISK MISSING THIS INSPIRING EVENING.

FOLLOWING THE CONCERT, COME TO HIGH’S CAFE & STORE WHERE A JAZZ TRIO WILL KEEP THE GOOD FEELINGS GOING AS YOU ENJOY SOME TASTY NOSH AND WINE.

BE A PART OF THIS YEARLY EVENT THAT NO ONE SHOULD MISS!

A Sneak Peak

FOLKS, we are counting the days until the debut of our long-awaited cookbook arrives. Keep your eyes on your email as we will throw a book signing bash in November. Date to be determined. For our friends out-of-state or out-of-area, we will have an online store at highscafeandstore.com where you can purchase as many books as you want and we will ship them to you! Thank you for your patience in this endeavor. On behalf of our team, Denise and I thank you for your support and patronage. 

We are grateful!

8th Annual Comfort Musicale!

It’s that time of year again! Our annual  musicale, which brings together musicians from all over the state, is Monday July 24, 7 PM.

Tickets can be purchased at High’s Cafe & Store during normal business hours. We are unable to process a credit card transaction. Checks made payable to The Comfort Table or cash will be accepted for payment.  Generous underwriting allows for 100% of the ticket price to go to the table and pantry. Following the concert, the good feelings continue with wine and nosh at High’s. The after party is a great time to greet and thank the various performers. This year, a string group from The Austin Symphony will join 22 professional singers,  a pianist, guitarist, oboist, and bassist along with our word maestro Douglas Skrief from International Falls, Minnesota.

Many audience members have come year after year for the gathering. In the intimate venue of Spinelli’s (former Gaddis Methodist Church), you literally are surrounded in sound. Allow the music and the poetry to transport you to a “better place”.  If you have never been, YOU ARE MISSING SOMETHING TRULY SPECIAL.

Get your tickets today. The event is always sold out. Only 175 seats are available. 

 

 

Update from the garden…

Well, we dodged another “frozen bullet”. Temps hit the mid 20’s the other evening. No damage. However, we can’t relax yet. Work continues on the garden project. Liners were added for weed protection. 11 yards of top soil was delivered. Mixing in some fertilizer, worms, compost….good start for our veggies. Blooming continues to catch the eye: peonies are on the verge of opening, Russian olive trees are sprouting, honeysuckle is thriving, ground cover is thick and lush and grasses sway. PVC pipe makes a hoop-like frame for the raised bed covers. Progress. Stay tuned!