Showing posts with label A Fatal Slip. Show all posts
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Bowl Recipe for a Crowd!

Pulled Pork for Super Bowl Sunday!

Having a crowd for a Super Bowl Party tomorrow?  This is a recipe for you!  Cook in the slow cooker during the day, and it's ready for kick-off when the party starts.  Serve with a big bowl of cole slaw and whatever else you like.

No, this is not a pulled pork that you smoke lovingly over a charcoal fire stoked with mesquite, applewood or other fancy wood chips.  But it's easy to pull together, and it cooks while you do other things.  What makes it special is the BBQ sauce.  The recipe for my favorite--from an old James Beard cookbook--follows.

Pulled Pork

1 piece of pork loin or pork shoulder/butt--whatever will fit in your slow cooker and will serve the crowd you're having
1 bottle root beer (diet works, too)
1 large onion, sliced
Hamburger buns, toasted
BBQ sauce (recipe follows)

Place pork in slow cooker along with onion.  Add root beer to almost cover.  

Cook on low for approximately 8 hours.

Remove pork from slow cooker.  Remove fat (it should separate from the meat easily), and shred using two forks.

Drain liquid from slow cooker (reserve in case it's needed).  Return pork to slow cooker with onions and enough BBQ sauce (recipe follows) to coat.  (If the mixture is too thick, you can add some of the reserved liquid.)

Barbecue Sauce

2 medium onions, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup of tomato puree
1 teaspoon basil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup beef stock
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup red wine

Saute chopped onions in olive oil until soft.  Add all the rest of the ingredients, except wine, and simmer gently for 15 minutes.  Add wine and simmer for five minutes.

Serve pulled pork over toasted buns with extra BBQ sauce on the side.  

Hope your team wins!  

Note:  This BBQ sauce is not as thick as the bottled stuff.  You can also use a bottle of your favorite sauce, but this sauce is easy and really makes the pulled pork special!

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Coming March 4!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The "Lucy Burdette" Daiquiri, Courtesy of @SusanMacNeal

Hemingway Polydactyl Looking Over Murder with Ganache
LUCY BURDETTE: As you've already heard, four of us writers here on MLK have books coming out next week--Avery Aames with DAYS OF WINE AND ROQUEFORT, Meg London with A FATAL SLIP, Sheila Connolly with SCANDAL IN SKIBBEREEN, and me, Lucy, with MURDER WITH GANACHE. You have some fun reading ahead during the cold, gray February days!

The weeks right before a book launch are exciting but exhausting. We're furiously writing blogs, and planning for book parties, and doing interviews, and sending out press releases--not to mention working on the next book so we don't fall too far behind! (And in my case, taking pictures of cats with books:)
I have to admit I haven't cooked much for the last few weeks, so I was worried about a new recipe for today's post.

 But luckily for me, a girlfriend over on Jungle Red Writers, Susan Elia MacNeal, came through with a fabulous idea--a cocktail called the "Lucy Burdette." And so today I'm sharing that with you!

"The Lucy Burdette"
(A Key Lime Daiquiri to toast the new Key West-based book! Surely Papa Hemingway would approve...)

2 parts white rum
1 part freshly sqeezed key lime juice
1/2 part simple sugar syrup (or to taste)

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of key lime.
Come--pour yourself a glass and join me to toast the new books. Put your feet up, tip your face toward the sun, and we'll read a couple pages aloud....
"Faster than a speeding Kitchenaid mixer, I scraped the freshly-squeezed lime juice and zested lime peel into the bowl and beat the batter to a creamy pale green. Inside the oven, the first set of cupcakes rose gracefully, releasing their sweet and sour citrus fragrance into the tiny galley of our houseboat."

From MURDER WITH GANACHE by Lucy Burdette, available for pre-order wherever books are  sold!

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