17
Aug 11

Pulled Pork Sliders with Mardi Gras Slaw

The pulled pork from the 16-hour smoking session was absolutely glorious.  I couldn’t believe how juicy and tender it was!  Actually, I can, because I’m eating it again as I write this post!  And you can really taste the honey in each bite!  Mmm mmm mmm…

Remember this?  Please hold while I take another bite…

We made little sliders with none other than King’s Hawaiian bread.  If you’re gonna make sliders, might as well take it back to the old school.  That’s how I roll. Get it?

Cut them in half, and spread the love butter.

Toast and watch the butter melt.  Take a giant whiff.  Happiness.

Whip up some Mardi Gras Slaw…so pretty, so yummy.

Top the buttered bottom (that sounds cute) with some pulled pork, coleslaw, and top half of the roll.

Now go wash it down with some frosty beer!

Take one last look.  Lovely.


16
Aug 11

Mardi Gras Slaw

This was inspired by The Pioneer Woman with a few twists and additions of my own.

A little 411…I originally named this coleslaw and the title of this post “Purple & Green Slaw,” because I couldn’t think of a better name. Then, I Googled “purple and green,” and it turns out that purple, green, and gold represent Mardi Gras!  I researched a little more, and it turns out that each color represents something.

  • Purple represents justice.  This is prefect, because purple cabbages need justice.  You’ll see what I mean later in my little rant about the name, red cabbage.
  • Green represents faith.  You can always trust that jalapeño, lime, and cilantro will come through for you.
  • Gold represents power.  Garlic’s powerful fragrance gives it the name “the stinking rose.”

OK, so what if it’s cheesy!  I wanted to justify my coleslaw name.  Leave me alone.

Cyn’s Mardi Gras Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 green cabbage
  • 1/2 red cabbage
  • 1 jalapeño
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • lime
  • mayonnaise, approx. 1/3 cup
  • milk, approx. 1/3 cup
  • vinegar, 1 tbsp
  • brown sugar, 1 tbsp
  • paprika, 1 tsp
  • poppy seeds, 1, tsp
  • salt
  • black pepper

*Please note that I don’t really measure.  These are very loose approximations.  In fact, you’ll probably see all of my recipes in whole number tbsp or tsp…never fractions.

Directions: Combine thinly sliced cabbage, finely chopped (almost minced) jalapeños and garlic (also minced) in a bowl.  Mix wet ingredients and spices in a cup. Pour dressing over slaw and toss.  Top with roughly chopped cilantro and lime, and toss lightly. So easy!


First, quarter the cabbage.  Don’t forget to cut the core out!  I don’t know how it tastes, but something tells me it’s not yummy.

Slice it really thin, and put into a bowl.  By the way, this looks like purple to me.  So why is it called red cabbage?  Just like red onions. They’re purple! Things like that bother me.


Do the same with the green cabbage.


OK, so I did the green first, then the red purple.  So what?  Why do I feel like I have to work on the green cabbage first and then the purple?  It’s the same thing with onions.  When I use both yellow and purple onions, I always work with the yellow first.  I feel like that’s the correct order.

Finely chop a jalapeño and some garlic…almost minced.  Is it weird to put garlic in coleslaw??  I can’t help it.  If you didn’t know…I mention it here.

Mix a 1:1 ratio of mayonnaise and milk, about 1/3 cup of each.  Then mix in vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, poppy seeds, salt, and pepper.  I had some poppy seeds laying around, so I decided to add it into the mix.  And I’m so glad I did!  Oh, and I’ve started using paprika in everything.  I love it.  Plus, I like saying it.  Come on…say it three times…paprika paprika paprika.

Now, poke your pinky in there and give it a little taste.  That’s exactly what I did.  Just don’t double dip.  I poked my other pinky to give hubby a taste too.  It was perfect…my first time too!  But again, my measurements are not exact, so adjust to your taste.

Pour the dressing over the veggies, toss, toss, toss, and see magic happen.  I use plastic gloves.  It’s the easiest.  I use plastic gloves for a lot of stuff…can’t imagine kitchen (or bathroom) work without it. If you’re unsure of how much dressing you should use, pour some, toss, and add as needed.  You can always add dressing, but you can’t take away.  Unless you don’t mind chopping up more cabbage.

After you’ve tossed the slaw, add a lot of roughly chopped cilantro…the more the merrier.  Squeeze the juice of one lime all over, and toss lightly. Cilantro is another one my of faves, but it didn’t make my list only because I don’t always have it in the kitchen.

In case you’re wondering, that’s MK’s thumb. My hands are not that big.

And there’s my Purple & Green Slaw Mardi Gras Slaw!   I think it looks so much more elegant than the traditional coleslaw with bits of carrot and pale green cabbage.  Don’t  you?

Mardi Gras Slaw

Ingredients

◦ 1/2 green cabbage
◦ 1/2 red cabbage
◦ 1 jalapeño
◦ garlic
◦ cilantro
◦ lime
◦ mayonnaise, approx. 1/3 cup
◦ milk, approx. 1/3 cup
◦ vinegar, 1 tbsp
◦ brown sugar, 1 tbsp
◦ paprika, 1 tsp
◦ poppy seeds, 1, tsp
◦ salt
◦ black pepper

Instructions

Combine thinly sliced cabbage, finely chopped (almost minced) jalapeños and garlic (also minced) in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients and spices in a cup. Pour dressing over slaw and toss. Top with roughly chopped cilantro and lime, and toss lightly. So easy!
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/08/16/mardi-gras-slaw/


15
Aug 11

Hanging with Mr. Brown: Pulled Pork

My hubby, AKA MK, loves to BBQ whether it’s for a big group of friends or for just the two of us…like all the time.  I know…I’m so lucky! So since we got a smoker a couple of months ago, we’ve been carnivores!  MK still has his heart set on the BGE (Big Green Egg), but I had to put my foot down for now.  So, we got the next best option.  Meet R2-D2!  Haha…it’s really called the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker AKA the Weber Bullet. This bad boy is a champ too!  All the competitions use this guy.  $1000 for BGE vs. $350 for R2-D2…I think this is more than excellent for our first smoker.  Sorry, honey…BGE will have to wait.

We went to Costco on Saturday and picked up a giant pork shoulder. We had to save the other half for later. But here he is (half of what we bought).  Say ‘hi’ to Wilbur.  (Sorry.)

MK’s directions for smoked pulled pork (courtesy of the Weber Bullet Forum)…which we smoked for about 16 hours this time!  It was smoking away overnight and until the next day after church and a trip to the market!  We got home and finally ate around 1 or 2 PM after all the other prep.  Can you imagine how tender it was??

Summary

  1. Purchase boneless or bone-in pork butts.
  2. Trim excess fat.
  3. Apply half of the Mr. Brown Rub and refrigerate overnight, then apply more rub just before cooking.
  4. Cook at 225-250°F to an internal temperature of 190°F in smoker with any fruit wood (we use chunk apple wood).
  5. Baste with Southern Sop during cooking (Mr. Brown rub leftover plus apple juice).
  6. Wrap in aluminum foil and hold in an empty ice chest until ready to serve.
  7. Pull meat and serve with barbecue sauce on the side.

Here’s the recipe for ‘Mr. Brown’ (spice medley) that turns into that beautiful, dark, crispy outer crust bark.

Mr. Brown

  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup Turbinado sugar (aka suger in the raw)
  • 2 Tablespoons table salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

It’s in a baggie, because we had some left over from another BBQ.  Do you like my “Mr. Brown” label?

Finally!!  Look at that beast beauty!  Now, time to shred the bad boy!  I left that to MK.  He seems to have fun doing it.  Wait, actually, he did everything.  I prepped other stuff.

Is he making a heart with this hands?  I just saw that now.  I heart you, too.

Go ahead…take a bite.  I know you want to.  Now, you can slather with any BBQ sauce you want, but we have to do it the right way. No, we didn’t make BBQ sauce from scratch.  Try this…you’ll like it.

MK’s BBQ “Secret” Recipe

KC Masterpiece Private Stock Reserve (real sugar)
Honey
5 parts BBQ sauce to 1 part honey

He uses KC Masterpiece.  BUT, please note the following (from another forum member):

This contains HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). KC Masterpiece finally came out with a pure cane sugar version (much better for grilling/carmelizes better on meats). It’s only available at Costco, sold as KC Masterpiece Private Reserve. YUM!

Sam’s Club sells KC Masterpiece Private Stock with HFCS.

Yay for Costco!  We picked that up too.  Boo for Sam’s Club.

Mr. Honey Bear meet Mr. KC made with real sugar.  Reserve, baby.

Pour…

Mix…

Drool…

It was the…best…pulled pork…EVER!!!  I’ve never had pulled pork so juicy and tender.  I wanted to post what we did with the pulled pork, but I’m getting tired.  It’s going to have to wait until later.  Trust me…you’ll want to check back.

Stay tuned…

Hanging with Mr. Brown: Pulled Pork

Ingredients

Mr. Brown
◦ 1/4 cup ground black pepper
◦ 1/4 cup paprika
◦ 1/4 cup Turbinado sugar (aka suger in the raw)
◦ 2 Tablespoons table salt
◦ 2 teaspoons dry mustard
◦ 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

Pulled Pork
1. Purchase boneless or bone-in pork butts.
2. Trim excess fat.
3. Apply half of the Mr. Brown Rub and refrigerate overnight, then apply more rub just before cooking.
4. Cook at 225-250°F to an internal temperature of 190°F in smoker with any fruit wood (we use chunk apple wood).
5. Baste with Southern Sop during cooking (Mr. Brown rub leftover plus apple juice).
6. Wrap in aluminum foil and hold in an empty ice chest until ready to serve.
7. Pull meat and serve with barbecue sauce on the side.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/08/15/hanging-with-mr-brown/


14
Aug 11

Piggy Sunday Afternoon

Oink! You do not want to miss out on tomorrow’s post! Here’s just a quick preview. Drools…

Gotta go! Time to run Kuma at the park!

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13
Aug 11

Learning process…

So, I’ve been trying to figure out how to link my blog to Facebook, and it’s so confusing!  There are so many different plugins (which, by the way, I still don’t understand fully), and it seems like I have to jump through a million hoops to set it up!  I’m sure there are a few things I’m missing and not doing right, but oh well.  It’s a learning process.  So please help me out by commenting or liking!

For now, say ‘hi’ to Kuma.


13
Aug 11

Going mobile!

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Happy Saturday, everyone!

I’m so excited that I’m testing out my first post via phone! Now I can bore you with my little updates all day! I’ll try to keep it to a minimum. :)

For now, my lunch… @ Elijah’s in Del Mar…Roasted chicken hash with garlic, artichokes, red onion, and rosemary, topped with two eggs. So yummy!  Overall, their food is just OK.  But the flavors in this hash were excellent.  I love rosemary!

 

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12
Aug 11

Onion Salad

If you’re Asian, or even if you’re not!  You understand the need to have that crunchy, spicy, sour, salty, veggie side dish to accompany all the fatty and greasy goodness we often eat.  You visualize (or at least I do) the oil globules hardening from mixing with all the cold beverages you consume.

OK, back to the point.  Koreans’ number one staple is kimchi (next to rice…or maybe vice versa), but sometimes we don’t always have kimchi in the house (unless you live with your parents).  Hannah shared a yummy onion salad recipe with us that is sure to satisfy every taste bud.  It has every flavor you need: sour, salty, spicy, nutty, and…sweet…like me!  Pfftt.  Just kidding.  I guess I’d be spicy, if I had to choose.  Not saying I’m hot or anything, but anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE spicy food and hot sauces.

Ban’s Onion Salad

  • A lot of vinegar
  • Honey
  • Touch of soy sauce
  • Touch of sesame oil
  • Wasabi
 

Here are a few different versions by the girls. 

Can you tell which one is the original?

Onion Salad

Ingredients

◦ A lot of vinegar
◦ Honey
◦ Touch of soy sauce
◦ Touch of sesame oil
◦ Wasabi

Instructions

Slice onions thinly. Add ingredients, and mix.
http://cynthiakim.com/2011/08/12/onion-salad/


12
Aug 11

A Noodle Kind of Week

My girls and I send phone pics of everything that goes on in our lives…like everyday…all day.  Why am I not surprised that we all had cold noodles at least once during the past week?  Not even together…we live in SD, OC, IE, and LA!


It’s like a domino effect.  By the way, these are all homemade except one.

Can you guess which one cheated?


11
Aug 11

Fresh Spring Rolls

One of my besties, Hannah, gave the girls this simple and yummy idea during our recent girls’ trip to Warner Springs.  I don’t know why we never thought of doing this before!  It’s so fresh, tasty, and fun!  It does take some prep time, but what doesn’t, right?

Here is her recipe…literally cut and pasted from her iPhone.

Recipe……..

Viet rice wrap (use large bowl of cool water at the table to dip dry rice discs through before adding fillings)
Vermicelli noodles (boiled and cooled)
Fish sauce (dilute w water, lime juice, touch of minced garlic)
Garlic chili sauce

Meats u can use any or all of the following:
Shrimp (just got frozen packs at hk mart)
Bulgogi
Spicy dweji bulgogi
Chicken bulgogi

Produce (pick n choose what u like) or use all for a fancy feast:

Sliced Bell pepper
Sliced White onion
Sliced jalapeño
Mint
Cilantro
Sliced gehnip
Sliced napa cabbage
Spinach
Avocado
Sook joo namool (bean sprout)

Prepped produce looks great arranged around a circular platter with noodles piled in the middle.

Here we go!

I only got the essential veggies.  And by “essential,” I mean the ones that I can’t live without.  First, rinse the easy ones (no knife necessary): sook joo namool AKA mung bean sprouts, cilantro, and mint.  No, I’m not at a pho restaurant.

Chop, chop, chop…OK, so carrots aren’t really one of my essentials, but I just added them for color since I had some sliced up anyways. But the rest are absolutely necessary (again, for me).

Next, the stars of the show: the rice noodles and rice paper wraps.  Zion market in SD didn’t have rice papers…bummer!  So I went to 99 Ranch which is, thankfully, not too far.  I’m glad though, because the selection was way better than what the Korean market here would have carried.  I forgot to snap a shot of the noodles before I tore open the bag.  Oops.

Boil and cool the noodles.  I usually limit my carb intake, but I couldn’t resist for this meal.

Next, prepare the fish sauce.  I don’t like to buy fish sauce that’s been flavored, because you end up buying a bottle that’s 75% water, vinegar and sugar.  So, I bought a bottle of straight fish sauce (be careful…it’s a stinker), and I added a lot of vinegar, some water, brown sugar, chili sauce, and…a…whole…lotta…garlic.  Oh, and I stole some carrots from the veggie prep to make it look like how it comes out at Vietnamese restaurants…except the carrots are thinly shredded at the restaurants.  But whatever.  I’m still fancy.

Now, on to the meats.  You can use any kind of meat, or if you want to keep it veggie-style, you can do that too!  But I’m a meat girl, so I got two kinds.  I normally don’t buy pre-marinated meats at the markets, because I’m pretty sure they use a ton of sugar and other stuff I don’t care for.  But I knew the prep would take too long, so I had to give in to pre-marinated Korean short ribs and spicy pork shoulder. Besides, you’re not eating much meat in quantity, if you think about it.

And there you go!  Oh, forgot to mention…the rice papers are really stiff out of the bag.  You have to dip it in a bowl of water, hence the silver pan of water. But only dip for a couple of seconds, as it’ll continue to soften on your plate!

Gettin’ my first roll on!  Looks like it’s a gonna be a fatty.  I was warned of being greedy and stuffing too much in one roll.  But I’m an overdoer when it comes to food.  Please excuse the ugly disposable plates.

Not bad for my first roll.  It looks kind of messy, since it’s see-though.  At least I garnished it with some mint!  Hubby thought it was the best meal we ever had at home.  Really??  I don’t know how I feel about that comment.

What do you think?  Would you try this at home?


09
Aug 11

Runny Nose

Look who else has a runny nose besides me.

Isn’t it so cute??  Well, I think so.