Sunday, December 23, 2012

I love meatloaf!

Several years ago I was challenged to a meatloaf-off by my step-father, Duane. He was a Navy cook back in the day and he said his would beat mine hands down. The stage was set, the meatloaf's were mushed and gushed, then baked. The table was set, we sat down to taste each other's meatloaf. My mom was the third judge to act as the tie breaker. The ground meats were tasted and evaluated.

The votes came in 3 - 0 for Denise's meatloaf. If you knew Duane, you knew he did not lose easily. My mom was shocked, this was huge!

Tonight, I have to say I put that meatloaf baked at least 25 years ago to shame. Mom and Duane you would be proud. I'm a meatloaf lover...and this one tonight takes the cake! Italian sausage and cheddar cheese are the secrets.

I can't wait for meatloaf sandwiches!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Impromptu snow day!

Kaitlyn killing it on her snow blades!
Some days you have a ton of things you need to get done: laundry, house cleaning, around the holidays gift shopping and making. OR you get a message from a best girlfriend saying, "let's go to the mountain."

I'm happy, no ecstatic to say I chose the mountain over chores. We had an epic time. It dumped all day, the snow was awesome.


Thanks Martha, Kaitlyn, Blu and Hannah!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Homemade Carnitas - Yum

Growing up on Southern California I was spoiled with amazing Mexican food. I had struggled to find an "authentic" Mexican restaurant. Luckily, I have finally found one, and its in my Neighborhood. Its called La Bamba and its on Powell at SE 49th. Great food, great service.

In my Mexican food draught I conjured up a super simple recipe for homemade Carnitas.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

3 to 4 lbs country-style pork ribs
1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
2 cans Herdez Casera salsa
1 clove garlic (minced)

Place pork ribs into slow cooker. Pour can of beef broth over ribs. Pour both cans of Herdez over ribs. Add garlic. Cook on low heat all day (about 8 hours). Remove meat from slow cooker and shred with two forks, separating the bones and fat from the meat. Spread on sheet pan, Place in broiler for about 3-5 minutes. Serve as tacos or burritos.