Sunday, February 12, 2012

Montana's Pulled Pork Sandwich (Copycat Recipe)

My sister and I went out for lunch to Montana's a couple weeks ago.  I had their pulled pork sandwich.  It was SOOO good!!  I tried my best at a copy-cat version of it....

Montana's Pulled Pork Sandwich (Copycat Recipe)

1 Pork Roast
1 pkg. Onion Soup Mix
1 jar of Montana's Apple Butter BBQ Sauce
Hamburger Buns
Garlic Spread
Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

First I put the Pork Roast (topped with the onion soup mix and I put a little bit of water at the bottom) in the slow cooker for about 7 hours on high.  Then I pulled it apart and removed the fat.  I then added the jar of the BBQ Sauce.

Spread the garlic spread on the hamburger buns on the insides of the top and bottom.  Broil until toasted.

Fry the onions in butter until browned.

Put the meat onto the bun, top with onions and cheese and top of the bun.  Would taste great served with french fries.

Now, I just need to get to Montana's and buy a case of the BBQ Sauce ;) lol

You Color My World, Valentine!

I know this doesn't have anything to do with food, but I thought I'd share these really neat valentines we made. :)

First of all, you will need to gather all the old crayons in the house.  You can also purchase new crayons as well.  Then we removed the labels.  I used a utility knife to make a slit down the length of the crayon to easily remove the labels.  Once you've removed all of the labels, break the crayons into small pieces. The smaller the better…
You will need to use a heart shaped silicon baking mold to melt your crayons in. I found it at the Dollarama.
Place in your oven (or toaste oven) that has been pre-heated to 300 degrees and baked for 15 minutes (or less), just until they are melted.  The crayons will become completely liquefied so be careful when you pull them out of the oven. Carefully place them on the counter to cool. You want to make sure that you don't move them around too much and mix the colors more than you want. Wait for about 20 minutes or until the crayon is solid again and then gently remove it from the mold and let cool completely.
Next we designed some hearts on Photoshop and wrote the words, "You Color my World" at the bottom of the heart.  On the back we printed, " Love, (Name)".  Then the kids cut out the hearts and wrote the person's name at the top of the heart that they were giving the valentine to.  Then we hot-glued the crayon heart to the centre of the paper heart.
There, all ready to go! :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Colorful Swirl Cookies

Colorful Swirl Cookies

2 cups Flour, plus possibly a few more tbsp
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
2/3 cup Icing Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1 1/4 cup Butter (cut in chunks)
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. of food coloring of your choice (and/or 1/2 tsp. of any desired extra extracts)
1 1/2 cup Sprinkles

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugars in a food processor and process briefly to mix. Add the butter in pieces; process with on/off bursts until the mixture has the consistency of cornmeal. Add the vanilla and process until the mixture just forms a ball.
Divide the dough into 2 equal portions then return one of the portions to the food processor. Add the strawberry extract, food coloring, and the extra tablespoons of flour to the processor and process until just incorporated.
Roll out each portion of dough between sheets of waxed paper. You want a rectangle about 11 × 9 inches. Leave the dough between the sheets of waxed paper and slide onto a baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
Remove dough pieces from refrigerator. Pour the sprinkles into a shallow rectangular dish or onto wax paper.
Peel off the top sheet of waxed paper from both doughs. Brush the vanilla dough very lightly with water. Using the waxed paper, lift the strawberry dough and flip it onto the vanilla dough so they are stacked. Press with your fingertips to seal the two doughs together. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper.
When the dough is just pliable (but still cold), roll up the dough(begin with the long side) like a jellyroll. As you begin to roll, gently curl the edge with your fingertips so you don’t get any air pockets as you roll dough into a log. As you roll, the vanilla portion may want to tear, pinch tears together as they happen and keep rolling.
After forming the dough into a log, throw away the waxed paper. Gently lift the log on top of the sprinkles in the dish and roll until the log is completely coated. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to slice (from 4 hours to a week, or freeze for up to 2 months; defrost in the refrigerator overnight before slicing).  I was in a hurry, so I didn't refrigerate at all, and it worked just fine.
Heat oven to 350°. To bake, slice the log into ⅛- to ¼-inch-thick cookies and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 15 to 17 minutes, until the cookies are no longer shiny on top and the bottoms of the vanilla portion are golden.