Dry Rubbed Santa Maria Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast – Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/..

September 6, 2017 at 4:55 PM | Posted in carrots, pork roast, potatoes, Swift Premium | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Dry Rubbed Santa Maria Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast – Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Sliced Carrots

 

 

 

To start the morning off I fried up some Queen City Sausage Goetta Patties. They come fresh packaged and 12 Patties to the package. I had never had these before so I thought I would give them a try. Goetta is tough to keep in a patty form if you’re making them from fresh. But these come already cut into Patties, much easier to fry up. They fried up perfect and seasoned just right. I froze up the unused Patties. To go with the Goetta Patties I Scrambled a couple of Eggs and toasted a couple slices of Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Bread. Also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Went out to grab the morning paper and it was 47 degrees. It was mostly sunny and a high of 67 degrees, clouds moved in late. Cool weather for this time of year around here. Got the cart out of the shed and caught up on some yard work most of the day. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Dry Rubbed Santa Maria Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast – Pulled Pork Sandwiches w/ Savory Herb Potatoes and Sliced Carrots.

 

I had picked up a Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Santa Maria Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast at Kroger the other day and preparing it for Dinner tonight. The Dry Rubbed Santa Maria Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast comes packaged already seasoned. You can roast this in the oven or use the Slow Cooker as like I am today. I got my Crock Pot out and put a plastic liner in it and sprayed that with Pam Cooking Spray.First remove the Shoulder Roast from the package and place in slow cooker with 1 inch of water in bottom. Put the lid on and cook on high for 4 hours or until fork tender. And as always a special “Thank You” goes out to whomever invented the Crock Pot Liners! You’ve made cooking so much easier! Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

 

Removed the Roast from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly. Then shred meat with two forks for my Sandwiches. The Roast came out mouth-watering delicious! Tender, moist, and well seasoned. So tender it broke apart while taking it out of the Slow Cooker. I’m serving it on a Aunt Millie’s Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Hamburger Bun and topped with some Jack Daniels Honey Smokehouse BBQ Sauce. This is a Sandwich! I’ll use the leftovers for Sandwiches for Lunch the next few days.

 

 

 

A favorite I always pick up at Meijer are the Little Potato Company Savory Herb Potatoes. I have these quite often and really enjoy them. The Potatoes come in a microwavable tray. Just pop the tray in the microwave for five minutes and mix in the seasoning pack and you have a nutritious and tasty Potato Dish. These are definitely a good item to have in the pantry! So easy to prepare and no clean up.

 

 

 

Then I also heated up a can of Del Monte Sliced Carrots. These are so much easier to prepare than boiling fresh Carrots, and they taste just as fresh. For Dessert later a Weight Watcher’s Divine Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Bar.

 

 

 

 

 

Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Santa Maria Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast

http://www.swiftfreshpork.com/

Cooking Directions:
Slow Cooker (preferred method):

1 – Remove meat from package.
2 – Place in slow cooker with 1 inch of water in bottom.
3 – Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or until fork tender. Increase cooking time to 6 hours if cooking from frozen.
4 – Remove from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly.
5 – Shred meat with two forks.
Oven:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 – Remove meat from package.
3 – Place pan on stovetop, add two tablespoons of oil and heat pot briefly on medium-high heat.
4 – When oil is hot, brown the roast on all sides.
5 – Place roast in oven safe dish with 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook for 3 hours or until internal temperature in the thickest part of the meat reaches 185°F.
6 – Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
7 – Slice and serve.
8 – If shredded roast is desired, cook an additional hour.
*Slow cooker and oven temperatures may vary, adjust cooking times accordingly.

Seasoning Ingredients: Spices including paprika, sea salt, dextrose, dehydrated garlic & onion, yeast extract, natural flavors and citric acid.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 4 oz
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 70 %
Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 460mg
19%Total Carbohydrate 1g%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 22g 44%
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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 26, 2017 at 5:23 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Yogurt and Fish…….

 

Grilling Fish tonight? Spread a yogurt-based marinade, such as a tandoori mixture, over fish that is to be grilled. This will seal in the juices and produce a spicy low-fat crust.

It’s Nuts I tell you…….ORGANIC PEPITAS (NO SHELL PUMPKIN SEEDS)

August 24, 2017 at 5:27 AM | Posted in nuts, NUTS COM | Leave a comment
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From the nuts.com website (https://nuts.com/) its ORGANIC PEPITAS (NO SHELL PUMPKIN SEEDS).I recently had some Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and they made a great snack, low in calorie and high in protein along with many other health benefits. At the Nuts site you can purchase a wide variety of healthy and delicious items like; NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, CHOCOLATES and SWEETS, SNACKS, COFFEE and TEA, COOKING and BAKING, and GIFTS. Now more on the ORGANIC PEPITAS (NO SHELL PUMPKIN SEEDS). Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://nuts.com/

 

 

ORGANIC PEPITAS (NO SHELL PUMPKIN SEEDS)
These yummy raw organic pepitas (no shell pumpkin seeds) are certified organic by CCOF. The taste is identical to the regular pepitas (no shell pumpkin seeds). High in protein, phosphorous and iron, organic pumpkin seeds are great in salads or just for snacking. No need to worry about what to do with the shells because there aren’t any!

How to Enjoy Organic Pumpkin Seeds
Snack on these raw pepitas plain, or toss them over salads for a nice crunch. Pumpkin seeds are also delicious in soups and stews, and add a great texture to puddings, cookies, and other desserts. Sprinkle them over oatmeal and cereals, or chicken and vegetable dishes for a nutritional boost.

Pepitas are extremely popular in Mexico where they are toasted and spiced with salt, chile or other flavors for a great snack. You cooks and foodies know also that grinding them up provides the key ingredient for pipian, a type of mole.

Health Benefits of Organic Pumpkin Seeds
Organic pepitas are a rich source of protein and dietary fiber which makes for a healthy and satisfying snack. They are also loaded with minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Pumpkin seeds are naturally plentiful in antioxidant-like compounds that may lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels.

Alkaline-forming foods like organic pepitas are an excellent addition to Western diets which are often overly acidic. In fact, pepitas are the only seeds that are alkaline-forming. Research suggests that alkaline-forming foods promote cardiovascular health, build strong bones, and improve cognitive function.

Organic pumpkin seeds may also help regulate blood sugar levels. A 2010 study published the the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications found that a diet supplemented with pumpkin seed and flax mixture improved insulin regulation and supported antioxidant activity in rats.

Ingredients
Organic Pumpkin seeds Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)

Amount per serving
Calories 180
Calories from Fat 130
%DV
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
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Ohio Festivals August 25-27, 2017

August 23, 2017 at 4:59 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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August 24-27, 2017 Obetz Zucchinifest – Obetz, Ohio
The festival continues to celebrate the wonder that is the zucchini. Experience the first-class entertainment, great food and fun rides.

http://www.obetzzucchinifest.com/

 

August 25-26, 2017 Jungle Jim’s BBQ & Grilling Festival – Fairfield, Ohio
Great BBQ festival featuring a professional BBQ contest, FREE BBQ samples during our Peoples Choice contest on Saturday, plenty of the nations best BBQ vendors onsite.

http://www.junglejims.com/junglefests/

 

August 25-27, 2017 52nd Annual German-American Festival
Oregon, Ohio
Taking place at Oak Shade Grove. The Toledo Area’s Oldest, Largest and Greatest Ethnic Festival With Authentic German Food, Beer, and Entertainment. (also: gafsociety.org/Festival_Information.htm ) Attendance: 30,000

https://germanamericanfestival.net/

 

August 26-27, 2017 Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival – Cleveland, Ohio
Funds from the Cleveland Garlic Festival allow North Union Farmers’ Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland. We administer and expand our educational and charitable market programs, which continue to be very important complements to our market season (Food Stamp enhanced purchases/EBT-SNAP, Music at the Market, Chef at the Market, Mighty Locavores K-2 educational programming in Cleveland Municipal School District and much more). With the help of 150 loyal farmers and producers, North Union Farmers Market will bring fresh, local, healthy food to more than 275,000+ customers this year.

http://clevelandgarlicfestival.org/

 

August 26-27, 2017 Uncork’d WineFest – Ashtabula, Ohio
Formerly known as Wine & Walleye Festival. Original Festival, New Name. Celebrating Ashtabula County’s favorite exports, the festival has live music, wine tastings, a fishing tournament, and food from local restaurants.

http://www.uncorkdwinefest.com/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 23, 2017 at 4:57 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Didn’t know this one……..

 

When roasting a cut of beef or pork with a high fat content, cover the surface with dry mustard powder. This will counteract the fattiness and flavor to the gravy.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 8, 2017 at 5:19 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Roasted Whole Chicken………

 

To add flavor and keep a whole chicken moist during roasting, gently lift the breast skin, and tuck slices of lemon or orange underneath. Brush with oil, season, and place in a hot oven. Use unwaxed lemons if possible.

One of America’s Favorites – The Baked Potato

April 24, 2017 at 5:31 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A baked potato with butter

A baked potato, or jacket potato, is a potato that has been baked for eating. When well cooked, a baked potato has a fluffy interior and a crisp skin. It may be served with fillings and condiments such as butter, cheese or ham. Potatoes can be baked in a conventional gas or electric oven, a convection oven, a microwave oven, on a barbecue grill, or on/in an open fire. Some restaurants use special ovens designed specifically to cook large numbers of potatoes, then keep them warm and ready for service.

Prior to cooking, the potato should be scrubbed clean, washed and dried with eyes and surface blemishes removed, and basted with oil (usually Olive oil) or butter and/or salt. Pricking the potato with a fork or knife allows steam to escape during the cooking process. Potatoes cooked in a microwave oven without pricking the skin might split open due to built up internal pressure from unvented steam. It takes between one and two hours to bake a large potato in a conventional oven at 200 °C (392 °F). Microwaving takes from six to twelve minutes depending on oven power and potato size, but does not generally produce a crisp skin. Some recipes call for use of both a microwave and a conventional oven, with the microwave being used to vent most of the steam prior to the cooking process.

Some varieties of potato such as Russet and King Edward potatoes are more suitable for baking than others, owing to their size and consistency.

Wrapping the potato in aluminium foil before cooking in a standard oven will help to retain moisture, while leaving it unwrapped will result in a crisp skin. When cooking over an open fire or in the coals of a barbecue, it may require wrapping in foil to prevent burning of the skin. A potato buried directly in coals of a fire cooks very nicely, with a mostly burned and inedible skin. A baked potato is fully cooked when its internal temperature reaches 99 °C (210 °F).

Once a potato has been baked, some people discard the skin and eat only the softer and moister interior, while others enjoy the taste and texture of the crisp skin. Potatoes baked in their skins may lose between 20 and 40% of their vitamin C content because heating in air is slow and vitamin inactivation can continue for a long time. Small potatoes bake more quickly than large ones and therefore retain more of their vitamin C. Despite the popular misconception that potatoes are fattening, baked potatoes can be used as part of a healthy diet.

 

 

Baked potato and sweet potato, with kale

Some people bake their potatoes and then scoop out the interior, leaving the skin as a shell. The white interior flesh can then be mixed with various other food items such as cheese, butter, or bacon bits. This mixture is then spooned back into the skin shells and they are replaced in the oven to warm through. In America these are known variously as loaded potato skins, filled potatoes and twice baked potatoes. In Great Britain, toppings or fillings tend to be more varied than they are in America: baked beans, curried chicken, tuna, and prawn fillings are popular, and in Scotland even haggis is used as a filling for jacket potatoes.

A variation is Hasselback potatoes, where the potato is cut into very thin slices almost down the bottom, so that the potato still holds together, and is then baked in the oven, occasionally scalloped with cheese. The proper noun “Hasselback” refers to the luxurious Hasselbacken hotel and restaurant in Stockholm which originated this dish.

 
Many restaurants serve baked potatoes with sides such as butter, sour cream, chives, shredded cheese, and bacon bits. These potatoes can be a side item to a steak dinner, or some similar entree. Sides are usually optional and customers can order as many or as few as they wish.

Large, stuffed baked potatoes may be served as an entree, usually filled with meat in addition to any of the ingredients mentioned above. Barbecued or smoked meat or chili is substituted. Vegetables such as broccoli may also be added.

 

 

A baked potato with shrimp, cottage cheese, dill, tomato and lettuce

Idaho is the major producing state of potatoes. The Idaho baked potato was heavily promoted by the Northern Pacific Railroad in the early 20th century, often using Hollywood movie stars.

Hazen Titus was appointed as the Northern Pacific Railway’s dining car superintendent in 1908. He talked to Yakima Valley farmers who complained that they were unable to sell their potato crops because their potatoes were simply too large. They fed them to hogs. Titus learned that a single potato could weigh from two to five pounds, but that smaller potatoes were preferred by the end buyers of the vegetable and that many considered them not to be edible because they were difficult to cook because of their thick, rough skin.

Titus and his staff discovered the “inedible” potatoes were delicious after baking in a slow oven. He contracted to purchase as many potatoes as the farmers could produce that were more than two pounds in weight. Soon after the first delivery of “Netted Gem Bakers”, they were offered to diners on the North Coast Limited beginning in 1909. Word of the line’s specialty offering traveled quickly, and before long it was using “the Great Big Baked Potato” as a slogan to promote the railroad’s passenger service. When an addition was built for the Northern Pacific’s Seattle commissary in 1914, reporter wrote, “A large trade mark, in the shape of a baked potato, 40 ft.long and 18 ft. in diameter, surmounts the roof. The potato is electric lighted and its eyes, through the electric mechanism, are made to wink constantly. A cube of butter thrust into its split top glows intermittently.” Premiums such as postcards, letter openers, and spoons were also produced to promote “The Route of the Great Big Baked Potato”; the slogan served the Northern Pacific for about 50 years. The song “Great Big Baked Potato” (words by N.R. Streeter and H. Caldwell ; Music by Oliver George) was written about this potato.

 

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 8, 2017 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When using the Crock Pot…..

 
Do not under or overfill the crock pot. The appliance should only be filled one half to two thirds full in order for food to cook properly.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 20, 2016 at 6:16 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Thaw that Bird……

 
If you’re using a frozen turkey don’t wait until the day before Thanksgiving to take it out of the freezer. Remember, frozen turkeys take at least three to completely thaw.

BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries

November 1, 2016 at 4:52 PM | Posted in Alexia Potato Products, Swift Premium | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries

 

 

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I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam for Breakfast. Also had the morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. After Breakfast I went Meijer for some items I needed. I’ve been noticing the price of Tea just keeps going up and up! I was at Walmart last week and it’s now $2.36 a box up from $2.18 a box about a year ago and at Meijer its up to $2.68 a box. Of course Kroger has the highest price at $3.12 a box! And it’s not just Tea that’s rising in cost its everything practically. Having to really watch for sales and coupons. Outside today we were near a record high out today, 81 degrees! Highs back in the 60’s by the weekend though. Raked what leaves I could with the help of my neighbor. Still a lot of leaves left in some of the bigger trees herein the neighborhood but the smaller ones are almost bare now. For Dinner tonight I prepared a BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries.

 

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A while back I tried the Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roast , which turned out so good! I had purchased 2 of them a while back and still had one left in the freezer. So I sat it in the fridge overnight to thaw for use for tonight’s Dinner, BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwich w/ Baked Fries.

 

 

 
For the BBQ Pork Shoulder Roast Sandwiches I’ll be using the Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite bbq-pork-shoulder-roast-sandwich-w-baked-fries-005Pork Shoulder Roast again! And preparing it one of my favorite ways, the Slow Cooker. It’s a super easy recipe to make. Start by lining my Slow Cooker with a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner. Using the liner makes for little or no clean up. Next, removing meat from package. Place the Roast in slow cooker with 1 inch of water in bottom. Then across the top I added a thin coat of Jack Daniel’s Honey SmokeHouse BBQ Sauce. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or until fork tender. Then remove from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly. Next shred the meat with two forks, or a pair of Bear Claws which is what I used, in a large bowl and add the BBQ Sauce. You can add the BBQ Sauce now or you can add the Sauce on to your Sandwich instead. I used Jack Daniel’s Honey SmokeHouse BBQ Sauce, you can always use your favorite. I served the sandwich on a Healthy Life Whole Grain Sandwich Bun The Pork comes out incredible! As the other Swift Premium product it came out moist, juicy, and delicious! These products are so easy to prepare and top quality. Another great product to have handy in the frig or freezer.

 

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To go with the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches I baked some Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries. I seasoned them with McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Medley. Baked them at 425 degrees for 18 minutes. They bake up beautifully and seasoned just right, excellent Shoestring Fry! Plus they are only 120 calories and 15 net carbs. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

 

Swift Premium Dry Rubbed Carnitas Boneless Petite Pork Shoulder Roastswift-premium-dry-rubbed-carnitas-boneless-petite-pork-shoulder-roast

Cooking Directions:
Slow Cooker (preferred method):
1 – Remove meat from package.
2 – Place in slow cooker with 1 inch of water in bottom.
3 – Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or until fork tender. Increase cooking time to 6 hours if cooking from frozen.
4 – Remove from slow cooker and allow to cool slightly.
5 – Shred meat with two forks.
Oven:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 – Remove meat from package.
3 – Place pan on stove top, add two tablespoons of oil and heat pot briefly on medium-high heat.
4 – When oil is hot, brown the roast on all sides.
5 – Place roast in oven safe dish with 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook for 4 hours.
6 – Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
7 – Shred meat with two forks.
*Slow cooker and oven temperatures may vary, adjust cooking times accordingly.

Seasoning Ingredients: Sugar, salt, dehydrated onion & garlic, spices, yeast extract, lime juice powder (corn syrup solids, lime juice solids, natural flavor), natural flavors including smoke (contains modified food starch), maltodextrin and citric acid.

Nutrition Factsbbq-pork-shoulder-roast-sandwich-w-rustic-smashed-potatoes-with-001
Serving Size: 4 oz Amount Per Serving Calories 160 Calories from Fat 70 % Daily Value*Total Fat 8g 12% Saturated Fat 2g 10%Trans Fat 0gCholesterol 50mg 17%Sodium 330mg 14%Total Carbohydrate 2g1% Dietary Fiber 0g0% Sugars 1gProtein 22g 44%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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