Winners and a Recipe! January 21, 2014
Because who doesn't love a crock pot recipe? If you don't have a slow cooker, you should get one because there is nothing better than coming home after a long day and the house smells like it's been cooking for you while you've been gone. AMAZEBALLS. Also, they're like fifteen bucks if you catch a sale. And they don't heat up the kitchen. But you knew that already, probably.
But first: the lucky winners of the PACK UP THE MOON advanced reader's copy have been emailed and they are...
Pat L and Snow! <--- from comments
K. Barry, D. Hunt, and Shelda! <---- from my subscription list
Thanks for entering, y'all, and don't forget, you can still enter to win one of twenty-five copies over at Goodreads!
Speaking of Lucky-AKA-Greg, that wee chihuahua from two posts ago? He's doing really well in his hopefully-forever home. He's such a cuddlebug.
Much like Clementine and Clara are world-champion cuddlers:
Yes, though Clementine is the cuddliest dog in the world, she often looks that worried. You know what she's worried about? She's worried we won't give her roast beef in the next five minutes, because that's what she believes should happen. Cooked crab would do, too. Or prime rib! Shrimp! Or pineapple pork al pastor!
Oh, that last? THAT IS THE MOST AMAZING AND EASY PORK IN THE WORLD
Pineapple Pork al Pastor for Taco Night!
(A friend modified a recipe which I then threw around the kitchen, and I honestly have no idea where it originated, forgive me. But now it's yours. Don't let the pineapple throw you off -- the dish isn't overly sweet or tangy -- the pineapple containes bromelain which breaks down the pork and makes it soft and juicy. It's also fun to say. Bromelain. Try it.)
3-4 lbs pork shoulder, bone removed
One half to a whole pineapple, diced (it's not hard) or use a can or two if you don't have fresh (I use the whole pineapple)
1 jalapeño, diced
couple of cloves of garlic, chopped
1 white onion, diced
healthy dash of chili powder
4 tbs of cumin
salt to taste
some canned chipotle peppers, mashed, with their sauce (I use about half the can)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup OJ or white vinegar
Throw it all in the crock pot before you leave the house! Turn it on low all day! Come home and warm some corn tortillas (or just put your fillings on a plate because you can't be bothered with the tortilla, that works too). Fill your soft tacos with this heavenly pork, avocado, a little chopped red cabbage, a bit of sriracha mayo or cheese or both, and DIE of bliss. Okay, don't die. But enjoy.