Wednesday, May 25, 2011

thrilla in manilla, ham hock delight and morel dilemma

Yet another idea from the geniuses from Ideas in Food I had to try.  Charred jalapeno pasta!  Real good stuff.

I used smoked flour to aid in the delicious spicy jalapeno flavor.  It turned out beautifully.

I used the pasta with some fresh manila clams, some ham hocks that I brined and then smoked for 10 hours, roasted tomatoes, garlic and shallots, white wine, and topped it with shaved vella jack.  The smokey hamhocks were just falling apart and complimented the pasta perfectly.

Just some more goodies we picked up this week.  We got these one day and then today a local forager stopped by with a trunk full of the most beautiful morel mushrooms.  We couldn't say no.

So many possibilities, so delicious!

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