Slow-cooked Pulled Pork and Coleslaw

Birthday meal menu ~ Gluten-free style! Bbq’d Pulled Pork Grilled Potato Slices drizzled with olive oil and seasoned well Green Beans Pasta Salad with Cucumbers, Peppers & Feta Cheese South Carolina Cole Slaw Apple Pie Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with a Chocolate Ganache Fruit Salad Everything was delicious but I’m sure you are going to want the recipe for the Pulled Pork!  It was delicious! Slow-cooked Pulled Pork 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced 4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 (4-1/2- to 5-pound) boneless or bone-in pork shoulder (also known as pork butt), twine or netting removed 2 cups barbecue sauce (optional) INSTRUCTIONS Place the onions and garlic in an even layer in the slow cooker and pour in the stock or broth. Combine the sugar, chili powder, measured salt, cumin, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pat the pork dry with paper towels. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork and place the meat on top of the onions and garlic. Cover and cook until the pork is fork tender, about 6 to 8 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low. Turn off the slow cooker and remove the pork to a cutting board. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium heatproof bowl. Pour the onion mixture from the slow cooker through the strainer and return the solids to the slow cooker. Set the strained liquid aside. If the pork...
Dishcloth Frenzy

Dishcloth Frenzy

Some special birthday girl will be getting some super cute dishcloths this weekend!  Why?  Because I was in the dishcloth making mood. The 3 I made were from www.ravelry.com They are called, “The Soft Waves – Kitchen Lovelies”  (pictured on the bottom right), “The Sunrise Dishcloth” (in the middle), and my favorite “The Moon Flower Dishcloth” (bottom left).  They are all made from the same skein, a Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream stripes called Natural Stripes. All the patterns are free on Ravelry, I will include the “Sunrise” cloth on here, very easy! Sunrise Washcloth Lion Brand® Kitchen Cotton GAUGE: Exact gauge is not essential to this project. STITCH EXPLANATION: TECHNIQUE EXPLANATION This design begins by working an adjustable ring to create a neat, closed center on the finished Washcloth. Adjustable ring method: Wrap yarn around index finger. Insert hook into ring on finger, yarn over and draw up a loop. Carefully slip ring from finger and work the stitches of Rnd 1 (in pattern, below) into the ring. When Rnd 1 is complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring. NOTES: Washcloth is worked in continuous rnds. Do NOT join and do NOT turn at the end of rnds. WASHCLOTH Following the Technique Explanation above, make an adjustable ring. Rnd 1: Ch 1. Work 9 sc in ring; do not join. Place marker to indicate beginning of rnd. Move marker up as each rnd is completed. Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each sc around – 18 hdc at the end of this rnd. Rnd 3: (2 dc in next hdc, ch 1, sk next hdc) 9 times – 18 dc...
Friday night – Pizza night!

Friday night – Pizza night!

Eating gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to forgo pizza.  Now, I have to admit it doesn’t taste like the oily, floury, pizzas that you are used to, but this recipe is so awesome, you will thank me! The first recipe I will give you is for a Crispy Thin Crust Pizza crust that I use from http://realsustenance.com Best Ever Crispy & Flaky Gluten Free Thin Crust Pizza 3 packed cups of blanched almond flour (see substitution notes below) 7 Tbsp of Starch (Potato, Tapioca or Arrowroot) 2 Tsp. Baking Powder (I use double acting) 1/4 Tsp. Salt 2/3 Cup of Flax Meal (I used golden flax seeds to make my meal) 1 cup of warm water 1 Tbs of Oil or Melted Butter. (dairy or nondairy) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer mix together the Almond Flour, Starch, Baking Powder and Salt. In a smaller separate bowl combine the flax meal, warm water and oil. Whisk together until it thickens. Add the thickened flax mixture to the stand mixer bowl and mix until well combined (note: this can also be done by hand- just make sure to mix it really well!) Divide the dough in half and line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place the first half of dough on the cookie sheet and roll it out really thin – add additional oil as needed to keep the dough from sticking. (You can also roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper) . The dough should end up no more than 1/16th inch thick. (I made a 12 inch by...
Beef Stroganoff with Spaghetti Squash

Beef Stroganoff with Spaghetti Squash

Well, it was finally time to use my spaghetti squash!  It had turned bright yellow, so I cut it in half, took out the seeds, rubbed coconut oil on the inside and put it in a 9 x 13 baking dish with a little bit of water.  I cooked it for 45 min in a 350 degree oven.  When they are done, you just use a fork and scrape out the “noodles”. Beef Stroganoff 2 T olive or coconut oil          1 lb grass-fed gr. beef 2 T tapioca starch                     1 T tapioca starch ½ c raw milk                                ½ t salt 1 c homemade beef stock       1 T olive oil 1 T lemon juice                            ½ c minced onion 3 cloves minced garlic             ½ t dry or a sprig of curry 1 T gluten-free mustard Brown ground beef in olive oil and sprinkle tapioca starch and mix around, add onion, garlic, salt and curry, cook for 5 min.  In a separate saucepan, add 2 T oil and 2 T tapioca starch, whisk until blended.  Add beef stock, milk and lemon juice simmer for 5 min.  When beef is ready, add stock mixture and mustard, cook for another 5 min for flavors to incorporate.  Serve over Spaghetti squash...
The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate

On our vacation this summer, we visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  The architecture and gardens were breathtaking!   The rose gardens smelled heavenly.  Here is just a taste.                                                             Can you tell I love flowers? A little bit of history about the Biltmore, George W. Vanderbuilt  had this magnificent home built in 1895 for his sweetheart Edith.  They had one daughter, Cornelia, who in 1924, married the Honorable John Francis Amherst Cecil.  The Biltmore still remains in the family, they along with 1800 employees run this national treasure for everyone to enjoy. Inside the house (no photos allowed) you find beautiful rooms that would have been just like the Vanderbuilts and Cecil’s lived.  They entertained alot and had rooms like “The Entrance Hall”, ” The Winter Garden”, and “The Billiard Room”  where they enjoyed refreshments and played games with their guests.  They had tapestrys hanging in a Tapestry Gallery that dated back to the 1530’s. In the basement, they had a bowling alley, a gymnasium and a swimming pool!  Apparently keeping fit was very important to them.  Let’s not forget that the indoor swimming pool held 70,000 gallons of heated water and was lit up by underwater lighting! You will have to go visit the Biltmore yourself to see all these amazing...