Sunday
Aug312014

What to do with the leftovers? Dr Pepper Pork Tacos with Cilantro and Sour Cream

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! I hope the weather is beautiful where you are and you're enjoying the long weekend. You may have noticed there wasn't a Friday food post this week, that's because I decided to take a rare weekend off. I started out catching up on the new season of Dr Who on Friday and went to see the new Sin City movie on Saturday. Now that we have a toddler underfoot date nights are rare things, but I've got the best friend ever who offered to babysit for us so I jumped at the chance. Today she brought her family along for some fun and we spent a good part of the day at Taste of Madison trying out bits and bites from our local restaurants. This event is without a doubt my favorite all year, not that should surprise you since it's food related. Our local restaurants set up tents around the Capitol grounds, the same place the Dane County Farmers' Market takes place. The prices are reasonable, usually $3-4 to sample an item off the menu. I love that this event gives us a chance to sample the best food Madison has to offer all in one place. If you're curious about what I tried this year you can check out my instagram feed for the highlights. We stumbled across some real gems including dessert Sushi and Beer Battered Fries with Truffle Oil. 

Now that I've spent the last few minutes teasing you with the things I've eaten today, I'll go ahead and share a recipe for the Dr Pepper Pork tacos that I mentioned recently. Those of you who made my recipe from last week know that it makes a ton, so if you weren't feeding a crowd, then you've likely got plenty of leftovers. As much as I like eating pulled pork sandwiches I do get tired of them, so when I've had my fill I switch over to tacos. These are quick to toss together and don't require you to do anything more strenuous that reheating leftover Dr Pepper Pork. We all need a few meals like that in our repertoire. If you haven't had the chance to make last week's recipe yet, all I can say is "for shame Doc!" Seriously though, you're really missing out, Dr Pepper Pork is amazing.
Dr Pepper Pork Tacos

Ingredients

Dr Pepper Pork (use the recipe here)
flour tortillas, taco sized
sour cream
fresh cilantro 

optional

lime wedges

Directions

  • Top tortillas with Dr Pepper pork, sour cream, and fresh cilantro. Drizzle with lime juice (optional) then devour immediately!
Tuesday
Aug262014

Tuesday Tea - Piña Colada and Crème Carmello - Steeped Tea

About Steeped Tea

Several months ago I was contacted by Christa Jones, a consultant for Steeped Tea. I was unfamiliar with this Canada-based company so Christa urged me to take a peak at their seasonal brochure. I was absolutely fascinated by their offerings. Not only do they stock a full range of teas, but they also carry cute teaware, and edibles like Chocolate Chai Muffin Mix and Matcha Mousse. 

Steeped tea isn't your typical tea business. While they do offer ordering online, they're actually structured more like Mary Kay (makeup) or PartyLite (candles) and use direct sales to spread the word about their teas. The idea of a house party may not be for everyone, but it is a great way to share your love of tea with others. According to their website "this company began as a passionate search for the perfect cup of tea. Along the way we discovered that the secret was who you shared it with." Well Steeped Tea, I couldn't agree more.

Today I'll be sharing two of their caffeine free options with you, Piña Colada and Crème Carmello. Both blends use a rooibos base and since they're caffeine free they're the perfect after dinner treat that won't keep you up all night.

Piña Colada
Tea Description:

Get caught in the rain with this coconut and rum flavored blend.

Ingredients: Rooibos tea, pineapple pieces, coconut pieces, natural flavor.

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Rooibos (flavored)

Where to Purchase: 

Canada - if you live in Alberta you can contact Christa Jones to host your own Steeped Tea Party. Otherwise you can find the nearest Steeped Tea consultant here

United States - My US readers can order Steeped Tea online here

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 1.5 teaspoons per 8oz serving

Water Temp: 208°F 

Steep Time: 4-6 minutes

Review:

Do you like Piña Coladas? I know I sure do. I'm also not into yoga and have half a brain. Sorry, I couldn't resist, Jimmy Buffett is just so catchy! Anyway, what's not to like about the combination of pineapple, coconut, and rum all blended up into a frozen beverage served with a little umbrella. The sad thing is that I've pretty well given up alcohol so it's been a long time since I've had one. The good news is that there are plenty of tea comanies releasing my favorite alcoholic drinks in tea form. 

While this doesn't taste quite like a Piña Colada, it is delicious. The flavor tastes strongly of brown sugar with all of its maple goodness. Since the pineapple and coconut flavors don't stand out as much this blend tastes more like pineapple upside down cake. Still tasty, but not quite what I had expected. The pineapple did come out more once I iced this tea down, but the coconut flavor stayed in the background keeping it from truly tasting like a piña colada.

Would I order this again? Maybe. While I did enjoy this, it tastes very similar to several other blends I've tried recently.

Crème Carmello
Tea Description:

Like a caramel chocolate bar, one helping is not enough!

Ingredients: Rooibos tea, hazelnut pieces, calendula petals, natural flavor. Contains Nuts.

Other Information:

Leaf Type: Rooibos (flavored)

Where to Purchase: 

Canada - if you live in Alberta you can contact Christa Jones to host your own Steeped Tea Party. Otherwise you can find the nearest Steeped Tea consultant here

United States - My US readers can order Steeped Tea online here

Suggested Brewing Tips:

Serving Size: 1.5 teaspoons per 8oz serving

Water Temp: 208°F

Steep Time: 4-6 minutes

Review:

I love dessert teas, they have all of the flavor of a well crafted dessert without any of the calories. Our second blend of the day, Crème Carmello, has that wonderful deep burnt sugar flavor you find in crème brûlée. It's seriously delicious and the addition of hazelnuts only makes it better. I've never had hazelnut crème brûlée, I'm not even sure if it is a thing, but if it is I imagine it tastes just like this tea. 

My Rating: 78/100

Would I order this again? Probably not. Even though I enjoyed the flavor of this tea it isn't something I see myself turning to often.

Disclosure

In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that Christa Jones a Steeped Tea consultant has provided me with tea for review. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Friday
Aug222014

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork

I've been hearing about pulled pork made with soda for years, but didn't get around to making it until recently. Boy, I have to tell you, I've been missing out. I feel like I should warn you guys ahead of time, this pulled pork is addictive. I'll sound like a glutton for admitting this, but I could easily eat an entire crock pot full of this all by myself. There is something about the combination of sweet and spicy that really hits the spot. Even better is the fact that this recipe is flexible, which is great, especially if you're going to be feeding a crowd. You can put it on a bun and top it with some Creamy Summer Coleslaw, make soft tacos topped with sour cream and cilantro, or eat it straight out of the slow cooker. No matter how you choose to serve it it's guaranteed to please.
Dr Pepper Pulled Pork 

Ingredients

1 5lb pork shoulder ("pork butt")
1 (7 Ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 can Dr Pepper
3 Tablespoons Yellow Mustard
1 Tablespoon mild molasses
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Dry Rub

1 teaspoon cumin
1½ teaspoons coriander, ground
1½ teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper, ground
1 Tablespoon kosher salt  

Directions

  • To make the dry rub combine cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, ground black pepper, and kosher salt.
  • Separate chipotle peppers from adobo sauce. Reserve the sauce and add peppers to slow cooker with diced yellow onions and Dr Pepper.
  • Combine adobo sauce, yellow mustard, mild molasses, and Worcestershire sauce, then massage sauce over the pork butt. Top with dry rub and place in slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours, or until pork easily pulls apart. Cooking time varies widely depending on the size of the roast. Stir well to coat with juices before serving.

Notes

Our Creamy Summer Coleslaw makes the perfect side dish to accompany this recipe.

Recipe Inspiration

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/spicy-dr-pepper-shredded-pork/