Thursday, February 16, 2012

Weekly Wal-lah: Santa Fe Put a Fork in Me

     Is anyone watching American Idol? There are so many inspiring stories featured this year.
     A baby who was born without ears, parents convinced by doctors that they had a child who would never hear, never speak.........pushed through multiple surgeries, until an ear canal and ear drums were he leads a youth group in Houston, TX and can sing.....
     A Liberian native, forced into a refugee camp as a small child, for protection from the civil war that started in 1990. After watching so many before him parish, finally got his chance to live the American dream in 2001, where he knows lies no pot of gold, but rights, safety and opportunity..... and is now headed to Hollywood....
     A young lady who sings for her boyfriend of five years, to pull through by hopes of easier times....After her boyfriend's massive stroke a year ago, when he woke up and couldn't remember who she was, their love has changed. She's become his caregiver, his protector. Music is what brought them together in the beginning....and so she sings, for him.
    You never know how strong you can be, until put into a desperate situation. 
     Those people are super happy to get their chance at Hollywood, but my husband is happier, because he has yummy food for his tummy. 

     Patrick loves pulled pork. It makes his mouth water..... But who has time for smoking meat??? Not me. I'm too busy taking pictures. So until a time Jeanie comes and makes my wish of 28-hours-in-a-day come true, I've got a crock-pot meat for you to try.

I'm calling it Santa Fe Pulled Pork.

3-4 thick pork chops, seasoned with Montreal Steak Seasoning (they should be paying me by now....) and whatever smoked wood flavor you desire (apple-wood, hickory, mesquite)
1 can of your favorite flavorful salsa
1-2 bell peppers, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 mild fresh green pepper of your choice, chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed

Add all ingredients to the crock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours 6-8 if cooking on low.

     We ate on this pork for a week and never got tired of it, because it transitioned into so many different dishes.Here's an example of one:

Pulled pork salad. 

Organic Spring Herb Salad and Cilantro- mixed together and sprinkled with fresh lime juice (to neutralize and flavor the bitterness of the cilantro)
Yellow grape tomatoes
Chopped Red Onion
Diced cucumber
Diced Roma tomatoes
Sliced Almonds
Crumbled Feta Cheese
Topped with Santa Fe Pulled Pork and garnished with fresh Salsa instead of salad dressing.

We also made pulled pork tacos....and pork sandwiches.....but those are a whole 'nother mouth watering road I'm not going to go down right now........

What's your favorite way to eat pulled pork?


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