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  1. Crock-Pot Pork Carnitas Tacos

    July 29, 2014 by Victoria

    I have actually been cooking, you know. Sort of. In the laziest manner possible anyway. Last week I saw this recipe on The Kitchn, and I thought, “Hmmm, that looks easy.” Done. To jazz it up a little, for the liquid called for in the recipe, I went wild and used Brent’s latest home brew, a fruity saison.

    20140721_205138I’ve been loving on this beer since he finished the bottling. It is definitely his best one yet, which is why I’m trying to strongly encourage his hobby by telling him to upgrade his equipment. I’m totally selfless like that.

    So with the addition of this beer, I figured tacos with a fruity salsa was the way to go. Plus the recipe mentioned tacos and had a picture of a taco with a pineapple salsa, so it’s not like this was a ground-breaking decision on my part.. And because I started out this post by telling you I was choosing recipes based on least amount of effort expenditure, you can be sure I just bought a prepared mango salsa from Whole Foods.

    20140725_175453So after they were done cooking in the slow cooker, I did add one extra small step and crisped them up a bit in a frying pan because I love the contrast of the crisp edges with the melt in your mouth pork. So that’s how it went. And these were pretty great tacos. Especially great considering I put 5 minutes of work into them total.

    And we had leftovers all weekend, which worked out well because I worked the night shift both friday and saturday and basically couldn’t even remember what year it was, let alone how to cook a meal, so leftovers saved my life. Anyone got any other summery slow cooker recipe ideas?

  2. Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Dressing

    July 16, 2014 by Victoria

    You may not know this about me, but if you know me in real life chances are you do, but I am very easily swayed by the power of suggestion. The other night Brent and I were watching Cutthroat Kitchen, which I totally recommend by the way, and the contestants had to make Chinese Chicken Salad, and just like that I was sold.

    So I went in search of a recipe. And I found one by Bobby Flay, who I have kind of a bizarre infatuation with, so I was sold again. This recipe is a total winner. And as a bonus, it requires no actual cooking, which is great during a heat wave.

    20140715_173222Just a lot of chopping, which isn’t a big deal. Actually, I’m pretty sure you could do all the shredding in a food processor if you were so inclined. It made a deliciously crunchy and refreshing dinner on a very hot night. I also ate the leftovers sans chicken today for lunch and it was equally delicious. No cooking required.

    20140715_175002Our heat wave is supposed to finally break soon and I am ridiculously excited about. I think 70 degrees sounds much more reasonable than this recent high 80′s stuff.

    PS – remember how I was watching all the episodes of House on Netflix? Well, I’m actually almost done with all 177 of them and I totally remember now why I stopped watching it when it was on the air. The first 5 seasons are pretty good, but man, seasons 6-8 are basically total garbage. Just throwing that out there for any of my fellow TV addicts. I think I’m moving on to House of Cards next. Apparently I am way tardy to the party on that one.