Archive | September, 2013

Easy Pulled Pork

22 Sep

I love my crock pot. I don’t use it nearly enough. Something about being able to throw a bunch of items into a pot and have it ready for you when you get home makes this a great “quick” fix meal. If only they cleaned themselves!

I made BBQ pulled pork the other night and it was super simple and delicious. This would have served two to four people.

All you need:

1 lb boneless pork ribs
1 cup Coke (I had some that was sort of flat and it worked great. Bubbles don’t seem to matter in a crock pot)
2 cups BBQ sauce, any brand
1/4 red onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced

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I didn’t have brown sugar but if I did, I would have added a couple of Tablespoons to the mix. Combine all items in the crock pot. I kept it on low for about way too long because I got stuck in traffic coming home but it still tasted good. I would keep it for 4 – 6 hours.
Serve on rolls for pulled pork sandwiches or with sides like macaroni and cheese, baked beans and mashed potatoes!
C’est si Yum!

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Spaghetti Squash

20 Sep

I love spaghetti squash. I am however not a believer that spaghetti squash replaces spaghetti but I do think it would work as a side if you are looking to do two veggies vs. a veggie and a starch.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise like so:

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Remove the seeds with a fork. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil. Place “face” down on tin foil (I still spray the tin foil to make sure it didn’t stick) and wrap.

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Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. You’ll know when it is ready when you can press the squash down and it gives easily (careful it will be hot). Remove from the oven and use a fork to scrape the squash out.

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I recommend seasoning with a little more salt when it comes out. You can make it sweet with honey or savory with a harder cheese like Parmesan. Serve hot! C’est si yum!

 

Cakeball Pop Experiment (and fail)

18 Sep

Cakeball pops are cute. They have frosting, cake on the inside and are covered in chocolate on the outside. What’s not to love, right?

My boyfriend’s family was throwing a party for his cousin going off to college and I thought, cakeball pops (not the simple cakeaballs shown here, thanks Betty Crocker) with sprinkles that match his school colors would be so great! I successfully made brownie balls pops (a recipe for another post) so I figured these would be just as easy. WRONG. 

I have rarely used this term but “epic fail” is the best way to describe it.

Take a box cake mix, bake the cake in sheet form and cool. Crumble the cake and mix with frosting of choice. Roll the cake/frosting into balls and freeze to firm up. Melt chocolate and dip your sticks into the chocolate and then into the balls. Again, cool. I read warnings about using too much and then too little frosting…I don’t know which is the right way but you want to make sure the cake does not crumble after frozen. Once the cakeball pops are cold and have the sticks in them, you roll them in melted chocolate. This is where the fail happened. The cakeballs were cool, had frosting in them and the sticks secured but I managed to get THREE cakeball pops out of about a dozen. You’ll notice in the final picture that the close of this experiment was the loss of a cakeball in the chocolate.

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I did not send them to the party but will say that I’ll probably stick to brownie pops. Stay tuned for that recipe and best of luck to you cakeballers!

C’est si yum (most of the time).