Food, dinner, and the freezer…..

This past weekend was my father-in-love’s birthday, and we all went out to dinner on Friday night to celebrate.   It is always so much fun getting together with D’s family, and I LOVE my father-in-love….he is such a great guy!  And he adores, and I mean ADORES our kiddos 🙂   He’s a great dad, a great dad-in-love, and an awesome Papa 🙂   Anyhow, enough mush over my FIL 🙂    Onto the story…..we went out to a local mexican restaurant that D and the kids and I have never been to.  It was pretty good….but my meal was exceptional.   I ordered pork carnitas which was a citrus marinated shredded pork and it was served with homemade tortillas, pico de gallo, avocadoes and sour cream.   (And rice and beans, of course).    Well, this dish made such an impression on me that I decided to come home and search out a recipe to try out here at home.   I found the following recipe, and can’t wait to try it!  I bought some pork shoulder tonight while we were at the store, and I plan to start marinating it tomorrow evening, and then will slow cook it in my dutch oven on Friday and serve it with homemade tortillas, pico de gallo, avocado and spicy black beans and a green salad.

(Now here’s a disclaimer about where I found this recipe, there are some swear words in the text of the blog entry……so just read the recipe….not the dialogue before it).

Pulled Pork–the other carnitas

I will make sure I post the results on this recipe as soon as I’ve tried it.

While we were at the store tonight, I found some very nice looking chuck roasts (on sale for $1.59 per pound), so I picked up two….one of them will be put into the crockpot first thing tomorrow morning for tomorrow’s lunch (more about that in my next entry), the other went into the freezer for dinner one night next week or the week after.

This leads me to the freezer part of this entry 🙂    I have several pieces of meat and semi-prepared meats in the freezer for meals, so I am trying to incorporate as many of those into our meals this next couple of weeks as I can.

Here’s what’s planned so far:

roasted sticky chicken (the carcass along with the other chicken carcass and veggie scraps that I have in the freezer will be used to make chicken broth, and I’ll use that to make corn chowder)

corn chowder (see note above)

beef stew

prime rib roast

prime rib sandwiches with leftover roast

pork carnitas and bean burritos

beef roast

leftovers of beef roast will be used for bbq beef sandwiches


arabic meatballs

meatball stroganoff

split pea soup

navy bean soup

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2 Responses to Food, dinner, and the freezer…..

  1. Karen T. says:

    Lori, what a blessing to have such a wonderful father-in-law! 🙂 It sounds like he had a great birthday with his family! Love, Karen T.

  2. Pingback: Lori4SquareMom’s Place » In our kitchen this weekend….

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