Cafe Rio Pork and Cilantro Lime Dressing

posted on: Monday, January 14, 2008

When we moved from Hawaii to Santa Cruz we didn't have any kitchen appliances with us. We had no plates, not even a table, you get the picture. My friend suggested we try to get stuff on I had never heard about it but live by the word free so I decided to check it out. It soon became a love relationship and I even produced a documentary about it which you can hear by clicking at the audio icon to your right. My favorite kitchen item that I received was a crock pot. A shout out to the lady who gave us the crock pot, thank you! So in honor of freecycle here is a recipe I made in my crock pot.

Recipe time!
I love my crock pot almost as much as I love my kitchenaid mixer. I can throw something in the pot and leave it over night and the next day I have an awesome meal, how can you not love it. And... using a slow cooker saves energy. It's more efficient than using a stove top. It's the most energy efficient appliance in your kitchen. You can calculate how much energy all your home appliances use at this site
At my house it costs me 10 cents if I run the slow cooker on low for 10-12 hours. That's pretty good in my opinion. It's way, way, way more efficient than your oven. Sure it takes longer but nothing beats the taste of meat in a slow cooker and you just need to plan ahead. Enough preaching, here is the recipe. Thanks to Peggy for sharing this with me and the rest of the playgroup.

Cafe Rio pork

  • 3-4 lbs pork butt (pork roast)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup brown sugar
Throw it all in the crock pot and leave on low for 12 hours. Then shred the meat in the pot. Serve with the Cafe Rio cilantro lime dressing. We'll have it today for lunch on tortillas with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.
here is the Cafe Rio cilantro lime dressing recipe

  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayo1 bunch of cilantro (I put stems in also)
  • 1 pkg ranch dressing mix (dry)
  • 4 tbsp salsa verde (green salsa)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • juice of one lime (I also add the grind of that lime)
  • Mix together in blender and that's it!

Listen To This!

This week I listened to another Hidden Kitchen's documentary. I am amazed at the cool topics they address. In honor of reducing our waste listen to Deep-Fried Fuel: A Biodiesel Kitchen Vision . At a truck stop between Dallas and Waco, a little revolution has begun. Truckers at Carl's Corner fill up on biodiesel named after singer Willie Nelson. The fuel is made from farm crops and recycled restaurant grease. Just click on the picture below and it will direct you to the page where you can listen to it.


  1. Freecycle is not this good. I much prefer I-recycle

  2. Ok D, you were asking about how to take pictures of food: TURN OFF THE FLASH. #1 rule. Get it in natural light. . . close to a window etc. That is the first and foremost for better looking color thus more appetizing looking food. I'll answer more in depth on my blog later. I'm going to do an entry on it. Let me know how it goes without the flash. I'm interested to hear what type of difference you see.

  3. That bio diesel is fab. A friend of ours works at the co. that supplies/supplied willie. It's great stuff.

    You should make this and get pics and then post it on BD. It sounds delish! I love cilantro lime dressings! It's yummy on tacos (fish or chicken) :-) Have a great night Damaris!!


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