I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with coleslaw

You can make it easier buy using your favorite BBQ sauce, but I think making your own makes it over the top tasty.  I do love no fuss slow cooker meals, especially when making it for a party.  Making your own hamburger buns will even make this better.

(serves 8-10)

Pulled Pork Ingredients:
*2 teaspoons olive oil
*1 (4 pound) pork shoulder roast
*1 tablespoon butter, melted
*1/2 sweet onion, chopped very fine
*3 garlic cloves, minced
*1 1/4 cup ketchup
*1 1/4 cup tomato sauce
*1/2 cup brown sugar
*1/2 cup Italian red wine vinegar
*1/4 cup dark molasses
*1\2 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke
*1/4 teaspoon chili powder
*1/4 teaspoon paprika
*1/4 teaspoon celery seed
*1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
*1/2 teaspoon sea salt
*1/2 teaspoon pepper
*1 teaspoon dried thyme
*1 teaspoon yellow mustard

Coleslaw Ingredients: (optional)
*1/2  head green cabbage, shredded
*1 carrot, grated
*1/2  red onion, thinly sliced
*1/8 cup dijon mustard
*3/4 cups mayonnaise
*1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (can use white vinegar too)
*Juice from 1/2 small lemon
*1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
*1/4 teaspoon celery seed
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

*8-10 hamburger buns

Coleslaw Directions:
~Combine all ingredients and mix well.
~Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Pulled Pork Directions:
~Pour vegetable oil into a skillet over medium-high heat.
~Place pork roast into skillet and cook about 2-3 minutes on both sides.
~Remove from heat.
~Place melted butter, onion, garlic, ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke, chili powder, paprika, celery seed, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, thyme & mustard into the slow cooker.
~Stir ingredients together.
~Place seared roast into slow cooker.
~Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours.
~Remove pork roast from slow cooker
~Shred meat using two forks.
~Return meat to slow cooker.

Making the Sandwich:
~Spread butter on the inside of all of the hamburger buns.
~Toast buns, butter side down, in a large skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown.
~Spoon bbq pork onto bottom buns.
~Spoon desired amount of coleslaw over top of cheese.
~Place top bun on and enjoy.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Soft Hamburger Buns

Some meals just call for homemade hamburger buns.  When I take the time & effort into making pulled pork, I think it needs homemade hamburger buns.   These buns are rather large, but just make them smaller if you want.  I normally make 8, but if I'm going to make burgers then I would make 12.

(makes 8-12)

*2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
*3 cups all-purpose flour
*1 cup warm water
*1 large egg
*3 tablespoons butter, melted
*2 tablespoons granulated sugar
*1 1/2 teaspoons salt
*1 teaspoon olive oil
*1 egg yolk, beaten
*1/2 tablespoon milk
*2 teaspoons sesame seeds
*1 tablespoon butter
*1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

~Put yeast, water and 1/2 cup flour into a mixing bowl.
~Mix just until smooth.
~Let stand until foamy, 15 minutes.
~In a small bowl, whisk egg, butter, sugar and salt.
~Add into yeast mixture and mix well.
~Add remaining 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time.  Mixing slightly between each addition.
~Knead sough until soft and sticky.
~Spread olive oil all over inside of a clean glass bowl.
~Transfer bowl into oiled bowl, and turn dough over in bowl a few times to coat surface of dough.
~Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft free area for about 2 hours.
~Cover a 8x10 inch pan with parchment paper.
~Remove dough from bowl and place on a floured surface.
~Flatten out dough to a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
~Cut into 8-12 equal pieces.
~Make each dough section into a round disc.~Place dough into pan about 1/2 apart from each other.
~Lightly dust with flour and cover lightly with plastic wrap.
~Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
~In a small bowl, beat egg yolk & milk together.
~Very gently brush egg yolk mixture over dough.
~Sprinkle sesame seeds over dough.
~Bake for 15-17 minutes.
~Remove from oven.
~Gently spread butter over hot buns.
~Sprinkle a little garlic salt over hot buns.
~Allow buns to cool while still in the pan.
~Once cool, break apart.
~Cut in half crosswise to use.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Banana Cream Pudding

What do you get when you cross a cheesecake with banana pudding?  Once awesome dessert.  It's gone every time I take it to a party.


*1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
*1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
*1 (3.5 ounce) pacage instant banana cream pudding mix
*1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
*1/2 cup heavy cream
*3 cups whole milk
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*1 (8 ounce) container cool whip, thawed
*4-6 bananas, sliced
*1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers

~In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy.
~Mix in sweetened condensed milk, banana cream pudding, vanilla pudding, heavy cream, milk & vanilla until smooth.
~Gently fold in cool whip.
~Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan with about half of the vanilla wafers.
~Place banana's evenly over the wafers.
~Spread pudding mixture over the bananas.
~Crush 12-16 vanilla wafers (I use a food processor for this).
~Sprinkle vanilla wafer crumbs over top of pudding.
~Chill for a couple hours and serve.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Classic Pepperoni & Mushroom Pizza

I love to make homemade pizza for my family.  It took me a lot of trials & errors to get the curt the way I wanted and to cook it so it looked and tasted like one from the pizzeria.   To me buying high quality pepperoni, mozzarella cheese & parmesan cheese makes this pizza outstanding.   You need to invest in a pizza stone or use glazed quarry tiles to make a good crusty pizza.


~One store or pizzeria bought pizza dough or make your own pizza crust.
~1-1/2 cups pizza sauce (I like to make my own).
~Pepperoni, as much as you like on a pizza (use good quality pepperoni)
~1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
~1/4 cup fresh mozzarella ball, crumbled
~1/2 cup fresh sliced mushrooms (optional)
~1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded & divided
~1-2 tablespoons olive oil

~Place pizza stone or glazed quarry tiles in cold oven.
~Preheat oven to 500 degrees for 30-45 minutes before place putting pizza on stone.
~Flour a pizza paddle (large thin wooden cutting board or a cookie sheet upside-down).
~Form pizza dough into a 12-inch circle or rectangle.
~Place on the floured pizza paddle/cookie sheet.
~Drizzle pizza sauce in a circular motion over pizza (don't saturate with sauce).
~Place shredded mozzarella cheese over pizza dough.
~Sprinkle 1/8 cup parmesan cheese over pizza.
~Place crumbled mozzarella cheese ove pizza.
~Place pepperoni over pizza.
~Place mushrooms over pizza.
~Slide pizza onto stone, started from the back of the pizza stone.
~Bake for 3-4 minutes.
~Turn off oven.
~Turn on to Broil.
~Cook for another 2-4 minutes, careful not to burn it.
~Remove from oven.
~Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese.
~Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.