Posts Tagged ‘cook’

Recipe Book

January 6, 2010

My mom and I both love love love to cook and spend an awful lot of time watching food network when we’re together. Since I’ve been away in Australia cooking makes me feel close to her and I’ve been very much into digging out new recipes and concocting some of my own to pass along to her.

Mom’s handmade Christmas gift this year was a recipe book! This fabric I absolutely loved and had intended to use as curtains in my kitchen but that idea was VETOED. Instead I used it to make this gift for mom.
Recipe Book

I used batting and binding board for the covers and stitched button holes to accommodate the green binder clips I found in the craft booking section of the craft store. The pages are recipe book fill pages from craft stores and will take regular recipe cards.

I made my own recipe cards with photographs I took of the fabric and manipulated in Adobe Illustrator. The pocket in the front of the book will hold the blanks for her.

Recipe Book

I stitched a felt tea pot to the front of the book and monogrammed it. I also hand stitched all the way around the edge of the book which not only looked nicer but also made it easier to work around the thick binding board I used.

Recipe Book

Before Christmas day I wrote down all of my favorite new food adventures from the past year and filled about the first 10 cards for her. It’ll be a work in progress!


BBQ Pie!

November 5, 2009

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Last week I cooked up a shepherd’s pie for dinner and while it was delish I wondered what else you could put in a baking dish that would be equally delicious… After a week of thinking what I might include I came up with a pulled pork bbq pie! There are no measurements here, its all made up so just play along!

What you’ll need:

  • can of sweet corn
  • pork shoulder
  • corn bread mix
  • honey
  • can of 3 bean mix
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • cayenne pepper
  • paprika
  • cinnamon
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 brown onion
  • bbq sauce
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • olive oil

That’s in no particular order…

First things first, throw your pork shoulder into the slow cooker with half of your onion chopped and let it cook on high for 4-6 hours. After 4-6 hours it should be falling apart. Pull all the meat out of the cooker onto a cutting board and start to shred the meat with two forks pulling it apart into strings.

Leave it out on the cutting board while you rinse all the meat cook-off goo out of the crock pot. If you’re like me, you chop your onion small and it’s all mixed up in the bits that cook off the meat so I chuck them and add new onion to the cleaned crock pot. Throw the pulled meat back in along with the drained can of beans, about half of your drained corn, chopped jalapeno (seeds in if you like it hot!) and a bbq sauce of your choice. I make my own but any will do. you can find some great bbq sauce recipes here. The basic vinegar sauce is yum! Just don’t add so much sauce that it gets soupy. I also suggest you don’t pick one that is too sweet…lean towards spicy.

Allow all of these ingredients to cook for another 3 or 4 hours. This is when I start my sweet potatoes…

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Peel your big sweet potato and cube it into big chunks. Throw them in a bag with some olive oil, paprika and cinnamon. Shake it all up and spread it out on a cookie sheet. Each piece should have enough cinnamon and paprika to lightly coat it. Once they’re all spread out on the cookie sheet sprinkle it with salt and brown sugar.

Bake it in the oven like you would frozen french fries. Flip them over once one side looks brown and bake them the same on the other side…you want them kind of crispy so they hold up in the pie.

Once the sweet potato fries are done and the meat has cooked in the sauce for about 3 hours, start layering (and i like to use a slotted spoon to scoop the meat) meat mixture on the bottom…pile on the sweet potato fries in the middle…and then another layer of the meat on top.

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The last layer will be your corn bread! Make the batter by the directions on the box and add the other half can of your drained sweet corn. Cover the meat with a layer of the batter. I also like to drizzle the top with honey.

Everything inside is cooked so you just need to watch for you cornbread to cook. The potato should be crispy on the outside so it’ll hold up in the bbq too.

Scoop it out just like shepherd’s pie! I suggest a side of coleslaw and maybe some extra corn bread too.

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Let me know if you tried the recipe and how you like it!