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 http://www.freecycle.org/. 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.
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
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.