Pulled pork is generally thought of as something you put into a soft bun, sometimes topped with coleslaw. You get it from a BBQ joint. Smoky Date Pulled Pork Packets might raise some eyebrows. It also will raise a lot of forks to mouths.
Pulled pork tends to be slathered with BBQ sauce, but this one is slightly different. My base sauce is Smoky Date Not Ketchup, a sauce that starts with fruit instead of tomatoes. Add in a few more ingredients, and you have an Artisan fruit ketchup.
If you have a favorite pulled pork, or maybe have some stashed in your freezer, feel free to use that. BBQ shredded chicken would also be delicious in these packets.
If you make the pulled pork but do not want to make packets, enjoy it on a bun or rolled in a tortilla. Eat it any way you like.
I had a package of Egg Roll Wraps from Melissa’s Produce that needed filling, and I just didn’t feel like chopping and sautéing vegetables to make traditional egg rolls. And who needs tradition when you have some really good Smoky Date Pulled Pork in the refrigerator?
I loved these with Chinese hot mustard, which balances the sweetness of the pork. Try your favorite hot sauce with these packets of perfection.
The first time I laid eyes on this bread I was drawn to it. The psychedelic swirl of color got my attention, my mind filling with fun recipe ideas to showcase the intertwined hues. It was love at first bite.
My brother-from-another-mother Kevin’s wife Myrna brought a loaf to Ruby, so she could have cool lunches for school. Can you imagine pulling your sandwich out of your lunchbox, and finding your bread is a riot of color! You’d be the talk of the playground that day.
The only bad thing about this bread is that is only available at the King’s Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant in Torrance, CA. Yes, that King’s Hawaiian, maker of the famous Hawaiian sweet breads and rolls you find in your local supermarket. The restaurant serves Hawaiian foods, like Kalua Pork, Loco Moco and Spam Musubi. All foods I was introduced to back in college by my freshman year roommate from Oahu. Until I return to Hawaii to visit, its nice to be able to revisit the taste of Hawaii.
Although I was inspired to make this bread pudding by the colors of this bread, you can use a regular loaf of white bread. The pineapple coconut flavor will be just as good, just not as bright.
The time noted on this recipe does not include soaking and drying time.
“Don’t you want me baby? Don’t you want me now-ow-ow-ow?”
Those song lyrics have become an earworm for me. As I edited my photos of this Baked Cinnamon Pecan French Toast, I felt it beckoning me, taunting me with its gooey goodness, teasingly whispering “Don’t you want me now?”
The fact that I was hungry, tired and drinking a lovely glass of wine probably had a lot to do with my momentary hallucination. Probably.
Can’t you hear it now? Look at the gooey caramel, the pecans, the custard soaked bread. Yeah, you know you want it.
Luckily, I happen to be willing to provide you with a recipe so you can make your own Baked Cinnamon Pecan French Toast.
Power Greens Pizza with Pine Nuts. Say that three times fast!
I love this recipe because it is an easy weeknight meal, made with some leftover greens and pantry staples. I don’t really know how to make small portions, due to being raised by women from the south. You always had to make sure you had enough food in case someone dropped by. Therefore, leftovers are a constant in my refrigerator.
Rooting through my fridge for something to cook for dinner one night, it looked pretty bleak. I am not one of those people who plan out a weeks worth of meals, and are really organized, and never serve the same meal twice. Whatever.
I found some leftover kale and collard greens, and the lightbulb went on. Maybe it was the refrigerator light, I’m not sure. Either way, I was inspired to use the greens to make dinner.
This pizza can be made with any greens you have on hand, even thawed frozen spinach, in a pinch. Trader Joe’s has a Pesto Gouda cheese I like, so I chose that in keeping with the green theme. They also have a frozen pizza crust that are great to always have on hand for those times you need a quick lunch or dinner. If a Pesto flavored cheese is not available, just use Mozzarella and spread a little pesto on the par-baked crust. before adding the toppings.
It is Spring! Once again I am wondering where the time went? Wasn’t it just Christmas? Oh well, spring is my favorite season, because the flowers bloom and the trees grow new leaves. And my allergies are out of control.
But who cares, its Spring! In case you are a little behind, like I am, here are a few recipes that would be perfect for Easter dinner.