Monday, February 20, 2012

Mango & Kiwi

I was leaving town for 4 days and had two large mangoes and 4 kiwi fruits. I cut them up and mixed them together for a quick snack. The sweetness of the mango and tartness of the kiwi fruit was actually very balanced and went well together...and also very pretty!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Heart Pastries 4 My Valentine

We typically don't do much on Valentine's Day. I usually make dinner and this year I made a pepper-crusted filet mignon with veggies for dinner. And for dessert...I made these heart pastries because it's obligatory to make something heart-shaped on this "holiday." I filled them with peaches and brown sugar, popped them in the oven until they were golden and he ate them up. I have to admit, I did also cut his apples into heart shapes for breakfast - and yes, he enjoys these things...that's why I do them!
* These photos were taken on my phone because I'm not using the DSLR when I'm working with flour!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I made some awesome pulled pork sandwiches last week in the crock pot. This is the kind of meal I can appreciate while busy working from home. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos to share with you. But, you have to trust me that they were delicious and simple and effortless! You can even ask my brother and his girlfriend who came over unexpectedly, hence the reason why I didn't take photos.

Ingredients (just four if you count salt & pepper!):
- Pork butt (I used the smallest piece available at the store - about 3 lbs.) - you can also use shoulder
- Salt & Pepper
- A can of Coke (not Diet Coke - regular Coke)

1. Generously salt & pepper the meat.
2. Place in your slow cooker.
3. Pour the can of Coke into the slow cooker.
4. Cook on low for 8 hours
5. After 8 hours, remove the meat and dump the remaining juices (save about 3/4 cup of the juice to keep the meat from drying out.
6. Place the meat back in the slow cooker and shred with forks, pour some of the remaining juice back in to moisten.
7. Toast buns (I used dinner rolls, so they were more like sliders), top with your favorite barbeque sauce.

Serve with coleslaw, cornbread, mac & cheese, potato fries - whatever you like. Yum yum and so EASY!