Friday, April 30, 2010

QUINN AT 5 MONTHS





he's growing up so fast, isn't he?! he's a little over 5 months right now. i love him so much. i really have nothing else to say. hah. yay pictures! don't you love the ones of him and mark?

Monday, April 19, 2010

THE BEST CARNITAS EVER


my second recipe to share....carnitas! to let people know (just in case; i didn't know they were called this) carnitas are a type of pulled pork, just a mexican version. carnitas literally means "little meats."  to me, they are sooo much better than bbq pulled pork.

i adapted this recipe from my mom's carnitas recipe. she had always roasted it in the oven, and i wanted to do it in a slow-cooker. i also added some things to the recipe to make it extra flavorful.  mmmm its gooood.

this recipe makes a lot. but pulled pork keeps very well, and you can eat it in so many ways...on nachos, quesadillas, tacos, a salad, in wraps or a burrito, on a sandwich, by itself, etc. i ate mine on a bed of spinach leaves with salsa verde on top.

with this recipe you will need a 5-quart slow-cooker or larger. hope you like!

SLOW-COOKER CARNITAS
ingredients:
2 lbs pork butt or shoulder (same thing btw)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1 large orange)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 large lime)
7 cloves garlic, whole intact
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 tbs sea salt
1/2 tsp mexican oregano
1/2 tbs chili powder
1/4 tbs ground coriander
1/4 tsp pepper
directions:
1. cut off all extra fat from pork.
2. in small bowl, combine salt, oregano, chili powder, coriander, and pepper.
3. rub dry mixture all over the pork, then plop into the slow cooker.
4. throw in whole garlic cloves.
5. pour the citrus and broth evenly over the top of the pork.
6. cook on low for 8-10 hours, but check at 6 or 7. pork is done when it shreds easily with a fork.
tips:
- you may substitute apple cider vinegar for the citrus.
- regular oregano is okay to use, but lower the amount to 1/4 tsp.
- make sure slow-cooker does not let any steam through the lid; if it does, cover slow-cooker with a sheet of foil, then put lid on over that.
- know your slow-cooker! every one is different. mine cooks very fast, so the carnitas were done at 6 hours.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

cynthia's portraits!

so i'm not a professional or anything (far from one), but i do like taking photos and i do know how to work with a camera a bit. so when cynthia (the bff) asked me to take some photos of her, i was delighted! she needed just a photograph of herself for an awards ceremony, and she hadn't had any pictures done in yeears. so we found a few places in deep ellum (downtown dallas) and started snapping.


cynthia probably won't like that i put the jumpy picture up there, but oh well because i think it's cute! and we found a mural of dallas, so we just had to do that last one. isn't cynthia beautiful?! none of the laugh-y pictures would have worked without mark. he keeps cynthia laughing all the time.