Day 117: Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cooking
April 27, 2011
Something to throw in the slow cooker in the morning and then come home to the wonderful smells when I walk through the door after a busy day. Yes….I can dream! Well if you plan ahead you can live your dreams. On Saturdays or Sundays I usually do all my meal planning for the week and grocery shop. I look at my schedule for the week and plan out meals. I love teaching my method of planning meals so much that I now teach classes on it. If you live in the Fargo Moorhead area I am teaching my “Meal Planning for Busy Families: Grilling part 1” on May 18. I love to share tips and tricks to leading a less stressful life. And sometimes it is nice to have a hands on class where I feed the group of ladies (and sometimes men). Feel free to contact me if you would like more details.
Sandra Lee is kind of the beauty queen of the cooking show world. Everyone of her episodes has her kitchen and dishes matching her out fit. She says how to take short cuts in the kitchen, but I just don’t see her spending little time on the food and then hours on the surroundings. The stylist is great on the show, but to me it takes away some of her genuineness. I feel like I am watching a Barbie cooking in her Barbie dream castle. Sandra Lee is more complex than this, she grew up poor and makes feeding the poor one of her missions. I would like her to take some of the glitz away and focus on what she is good at….finding shortcuts for meals. Ok, off of my soap box! Thanks for listening. Great cookbook full of lovely photos.
The Ruling: Everyone ate it….well not the youngest one! Whatever, I just roll my eyes and think it is a phase. The recipe calls for browning the meat first, I skipped that step as I did not want to brown the meat because I felt lazy. What I did do was throw it all in my slow cooker and turned it on. I can do that. I know how to do that. I did leave out one pack of the sloppy joe seasoning mix, as I felt that it had enough flavor with the two.
Southern Pulled Pork, page 157
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 pork shoulder roast (3 1/2 pounds)
- garlic salt
- lemon pepper
- 1 bottle (12 ounce) chili sauce
- 3 packets (1.31 ounces each) Sloppy Joe mix
- 1/2 cup low-sodium beef froth
- Hamburger buns
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork roast with garlic salt and lemon pepper. Brown on all sides. Place in a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, combine chili sauce. Sloppy Joe mix, and broth. Pour over roast.
- Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or high-heat setting for 4 hours. To serve, shred pork and place on hamburger buns.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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