Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mexican Pulled Pork

Thank you very much to Ali Bee's Bake Shop for posting this recipe. We love it! This is the easy version I have featured another, fussier pulled pork recipe in the past.
1 pork loin roast
1 bottle of Goya Mojo Criollo (see photo)
1 bottle of mexican beer
taco fixings of your choice.
Start with a boneless pork loin roast. NOT a tenderloin, that's an expensive cut of meat, you just want it to say loin, forget the tender the cooking method will take care of that. Place said roast, fat side up, into an oven safe Dutch Oven with a tight fitting lid. I have a Le Cereucet Dutch oven, my family calls it the magic pot. I got it for my 15th anniversary. It IS magical. I switched out the plastic knob that comes with it, I bought the oven safe one, you can find them at Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma.

Dump in 1 bottle of Mexican beer & 1 bottle of Goya Mojo Criollo, you can find it with the Latin foods, it smells amazing as soon as you open it! I got it at Kroger, but now I buy it at HEB, their price is better. Add water to the pot, enough to cover the top of the roast.
Place the lid on and Roast in an oven preheated to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 hours.

Remove from the oven, if you did it right the sides of the pot will be black, that is where it pays to have a pot that cleans up like magic. Remove the roast to a large cutting board and shred it with 2 forks.

I like to skim off the fat and reserve some of the juices, but I no longer store the meat in the juices as pictured.
You can serve these as tacos, but my favorite way is to serve the meat & juices over cilantro rice & hit it with a squeeze of lime. Delicioso!
People have mentioned crockpots, so I tried cooking it one time at a lower temp of 350 degrees. It didn't get tender, the meat dried out & the sauce didn't reduce, so I can't vouch for what would happen in a crockpot.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Do You Know TED? Using Video To Re-invent Education

Have you heard of TED Talks? I discovered them when I stumbled across a video of a talk given by Temple Grandin. TED is self described on its website as
TED: Ideas worth spreading, Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world. You can watch talks on the TED website, you can subscribe to them in iTunes as either a video or audio podcast. I watch them and handful at a time on the podcast channel of my Apple TV. Some topics are of more interest than others, but I always find something thought provoking.

I'd like to share this talk with you
Salman Khan: Let's Use Video To Re-invent Education.

TED speaker profile for Mr Khan
Khan Academy

Thanks to Kayla Lamoreaux for bringing this particular talk to my attention!

Friday, June 3, 2011

How Much Is Enough? MY Crafting EQ

The class I've been waiting a year and a half for has finally begun. Library of Memories is now called Finding Photo Freedom.

I thought I'd share with you my EQ (enough quotient) this is about what we can realistically get done. If we can do more that's great, but the idea here is to be realistic about what we can accomplish and eliminate guilt over expecting too much. so here's mine.
Big Picture Classes
  • Digital Housekeeping - 15 min 3x's weekly. This includes importing photos & digi elements & maintaining my Digital organization system.
  • Time in Craft Room - 15 min 3x's or total of 45 min weekly. At present the project is making the room habitable again!
  • Work on primary online class.
  • 1 double page spread, monthly. I'm sick of feeling guilty! Anything else is gravy.
This Year
  • One Little Word
  • Library of Memories / Finding Photo Freedom
  • Start taking photos, again
  • Quit hitting delete on photos of me

  • Display some photos in the house.
    Probably this will be in a digital photo frame, but I need to find a spot for it.
  • I have given myself permission to do whatever I feel inspired to do & nothing more.