Monthly Archives: March 2011

No-Knead to Fuss !

Perhaps nothing smells more inviting than the aroma of fresh bread baking in the oven. So when my wife’s long-time friend Virginia turned me on to a simple no-knead bread recipe recently, I just had to try it.

The original recipe is from Jim Lahey, of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City. All it takes is flour, yeast, salt and water… what could be easier?  The recipe calls for baking the bread in a Dutch Oven, but don’t waste your money on expensive pots… I picked up a 6 qt. enameled cast iron Dutch Oven at Costco for only $39.

Well, we’ve gone through about a dozen loaves so far, and I’m scoring big points with family & friends . The kids love it toasted with butter, and I’m getting rave reviews on the exquisite crunchiness of the crust.

So why not start baking your own bread at home? You’ll be so impressed with the results, you may never buy another expensive artisanal loaf again. You can find the no-knead bread recipe, and view the New York Times video with Mark Bittman by clicking on the provided links.

-Joe

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Saucy Mama’s Lime Chipotle Pulled Pork

Joe, Heather and I attended the Fancy Food Show recently and were tempted by all the tantalizing new flavors and products. Rubs, marinades, spice blends…FLAVOR was everywhere! A particular standout were the offerings from Saucy Mama, maker of marinades, dressings, sauces and mustards.  We sampled some of their popular items such as Lime Chipotle Marinade, Sesame Ginger Dressing, Cracked Pepper Marinade and Chipotle Mustard to name a few.  They were all chock full of zest, spice, and character.

Saucy Mama’s motto is Make Every Meal Extraordinary, and  that is just what we decided to do.  We took Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade, combined it with pork, barbecue sauce and brown sugar, tossed it into the  slow-cooker and created a fantastic Pulled Pork recipe.  It is a little bit sweet, a little bit sour and a lot spicy hot!!!

Lime Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Makes 8 Servings

3 1/2 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast or pork butt
1 medium onion, sliced
1 bottle (12 oz.) Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Plus:
8  sandwich rolls, split
2 cups prepared cole slaw

– Place pork roast and onion in large slow-cooker.

– In small bowl, stir together Lime Chipotle Marinade, barbecue sauce, brown sugar and 1/3 cup water.  Pour over pork.  Cover and cook on LOW 8-10 hours.

– Remove pork from slow-cooker. Using a knife and fork, pull meat into shredded pieces.  Place shredded meat back into sauce in slow-cooker and stir. Keep warm until ready to serve.

– Divide pork mixture evenly between split rolls; top with cole slaw.

-Cathy

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