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Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

The following four ingredients take 5 minutes to assemble…

The resulting meat will be feeding your family and guests for days on end…

And they deliver the most versatile, easy, meal-making thing you’ll have had in your refrigerator in a long time.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

Tender, juicy, and tantalizing Kalua Pork is amazing as is. Stuffed into a toasted roll – pretzel rolls being my personal favorite – is a meal in itself.

But there is so much more you can do with it; add to omelets or frittatas. Fill a wrap or toss into a salad. Pile into tortillas or crisp lettuce leaves, garnished with tomatoes, guacamole and salsa, for sumptuous tacos or lettuce wraps.

You get the idea – this stuff is versatile!

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December 24, 2013   2 Comments

meaty tapas

tapas book and dessert

This is the forth and final tapas recipe from Peggy’s dinner party. But before I share it with you, I nearly forgot to mention that I brought a Stone Fruit Crumble for dessert.


This time around, I used plumcots in place of the apricots and plums. Have you tried plumcots before?

stone fruit

If not, be sure to search them out and give them a go. They are not only tasty … but so very pretty too.

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August 15, 2013   No Comments

Hawaiian pulled pork sandwich

hawaii beach

It was 10 weeks ago, today, that we returned home from our glorious trip to Hawaii. I can’t help thinking about just how beautiful … and delicious it was.

slow cooker brown sugar  and root beer pulled pork sandwich

So much so, that the memory inspired this sandwich.

quick slaw

I used a purchased bag of coleslaw and zipped it up with the addition of red cabbage and cilantro. Then I made a quick dressing with mayo, sugar, pimento, and spices. Use your own favorite slaw recipe, or just purchase it ready-made from the deli.

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August 7, 2013   4 Comments

pork tenderloin and cherries


“Stone Week” continues with this main course recipe using both fresh and dried cherries.

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July 30, 2013   3 Comments

lazy cook’s pulled pork

slow cooker pulled pork

This pulled pork may take over 10 hours from start to finish in a slow cooker, but it takes a minimal about of hands-on time.

Start it before you go to bed.

In the morning, shred the meat and enjoy soon after for a picnic lunch, a late afternoon snack, or for a big family dinner.

Heck, it’s so tasty, maybe all three!

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June 21, 2013   1 Comment

Cider Vinegar Baby Back Ribs

Father's Day dinner 2013

The meat from these baby back ribs is fall-off-the-bone tender and oh so flavorful!

Dave requested vinegar based ribs as his Father’s Day main course. Done! Although the ribs were delish, they weren’t the best part of Father’s Day.

On the Thursday night before, I received a text from my sister-in-law, Teresa, saying that she was on her way to town for an unexpected visit.

Teresa and my older brother divorced over 20 years ago, but she and I have always been close… since high school actually. She and my four nephews moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho some 19 years ago. Sadly, we rarely see each other.

My dad gets up to Idaho to see his grandsons and Teresa every couple of years, but we haven’t been there since 2003.

Teresa wanted to know if she should call Dad or if I thought she should surprise him on Father’s Day instead.

Surprise, of course!

coady girls

So Teresa, her sister Jennifer, and their mom, Judy, walked in about a half hour before dinner and surprised Dad. He was overjoyed and has been talking about it everyday since. There is nothing better than seeing and catching up with family!

Jen, Judy, and Teresa are pictured above. Love them! xoxo

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June 19, 2013   5 Comments

boy’s birthday dinner

Connor requested two things for his birthday dinner – Grilled Pizza and Baby Back Ribs.

I can easily do that and was more than happy to fulfill his modest request!

bbq baby back ribs

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May 26, 2013   1 Comment

the birthday dinner

dinner plate

For our sit-down birthday dinner we had stuffed pork loin, green onion and Parmesan mashed potatoes, and a cold succotash side dish. The potatoes and the succotash have been posted here before, there are links to those recipes near the bottom of this post.

Peggy is not a big fan of beef. Occasionally, she’ll indulge in a hamburger, but put of plate with beef tenderloin in front of her and she turns her nose up at it. (I know, sometimes I think there is something wrong with that girl!)

It was a blessing when you’re feeding 25 people, though! Beef tenderloin would have been on the expensive side, to say the least. But a pork loin – now that is doable!


I was initially planning to use pork tenderloin, but when I compared the price of the loin to the tenderloin – well that made the decision for me. I purchased two huge pork loins at Costco, they were about $18.00 each.

This recipe would work just as well using beef tenderloin, so choose whichever you prefer. If you can’t find Manchego cheese, use Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack instead.

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March 2, 2013   1 Comment



On the second day after Christmas, we had no food left in the house.  OK, we had food, but nothing much to make for dinner. All I could scrounge up was the ham bone from HoneyBaked left from Christmas Eve. It had less than a cup of meat left on it.

ham bone

What to do?

I dug around and found a package of diced pancetta with an expiration date of 12/29/12. Score!

I had a few potatoes, a bell pepper, a chunk of cheddar cheese, and some leftover mushrooms that would soon be going south. Hey, this might constitute a meal, after all!

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December 28, 2012   1 Comment

small servings

These individual lasagna servings are a fun and less-mess way to serve lasagna at a casual party.  They are delicious straight from the oven or even at room temperature.

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