Month: July 2018

Honey Thyme Granola

Honey Thyme Granola

Granola is not something I usually make, especially not honey thyme granola. But I have Daphne Oz’s The Happy Cook from the library this week (see the other recipe I tried from her cookbook here), and this was a recipe that seemed within my comfort zone. Around […]

Balsamic Pear Grilled Cheese

Balsamic Pear Grilled Cheese

There’s nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich for the perfect weekend lunch; but it sometimes needs to be livened up a bit. Enter the elevated grilled cheese: in this case, a gorgeous balsamic onion and pear grilled cheese. It’s not much more work than a […]

Copycat Cafe Rio Pork

Copycat Cafe Rio Pork

Cafe Rio pork is the only thing I ever order there, because it’s the best. It is the most succulent, savory pork you’ve ever had. It’s sweet and tangy, with a hint of spice. Cafe Rio pork can be served in quesadillas, burritos, salads, and even pulled pork sandwiches. It’s the perfect recipe to feed a crowd, or just yourself.

 

I know that a lot of bloggers (especially in Utah) have their own Cafe Rio pork recipe, but most of the ones I’ve tried either don’t get the flavor quite right, or involve far too much work to make it worth it. This recipe is just easy and tasty enough that it’s the best sweet pork I’ve tried (maybe even better than the original).

 

A few notes: this can honestly be served with anything, but my mother-in-law likes to serve it with sweet rice, Cafe Rio dressing (recipes to come), tortillas, and assorted toppings, so everyone can assemble their own dinner. Finally, chicken or beef can be substituted for pork. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

3 lbs pork

4 cups Coke or Dr. Pepper (no diet)

3 cups salsa (mild to medium)

2 cups brown sugar

2 teaspoons minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Instructions

Sear the pork on all sides first, for extra flavor (optional).

cafe rio pork sear

Pour all ingredients into a crock pot. Stir the sauce and flip the pork occasionally. Cook on high for 4-6 hours before removing and shredding. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs

Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are obviously a kitchen basic: even children can make them. But Gordon Ramsay’s scrambled eggs are on a totally different level. They are rich and creamy while remaining light and fluffy; unlike normal scrambled eggs, they never turn out rubbery and flavorless. It […]

Quick Jambalaya

Quick Jambalaya

Jambalaya should be everyone’s go-to comfort food. Hear me out: it’s quick, easy, not unhealthy, and pretty impressive to people who have never had it before. This sausage and rice dish is relatively cheap to make (especially if you don’t add shrimp, which I usually […]

Icy Mojito Mocktail

Icy Mojito Mocktail

An icy mojito mocktail is the perfect solution to a hot summer day. And I don’t know where you live, but it has been HOT in Utah. This drink really hits the spot!

Although I don’t drink alcohol, I am definitely a fancy drink person (as you can tell from this infusion recipe), so this mojito mocktail checks all the boxes for me. The sweet bubbles of Sprite perfectly balance the cool mint leaves and tangy lime. With this icy mojito mocktail, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in no time.

One caveat about this recipe: I listed the ingredients by serving because this would be a perfect mocktail for two, but you could also make a bucket of it for your next barbecue. Feel free to play with the proportions; this is just what I found to be right if you’re making it by the glass.

Ingredients (per serving)

6 mint leaves

1 tablespoon lime juice (and zest, if using fresh limes)

1 cup Sprite

Instructions

First, combine the mint leaves and lime juice in a small bowl. Muddle (which means to gently mash) the mint leaves to release extra flavor. If you don’t have a muddler, use a wooden spoon.

muddling for icy mojito mocktail

Next, add the mint and lime juice mixture to a pitcher of Sprite (or to each glass, if making individual servings).

To serve, fill a glass with ice and pour in the mojito mocktail on top. Garnish with mint leaves. Cheers!

mojito mocktail with Sprite

Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

This moist, jammy plum cake is what first made me want to start this blog. I first found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen. Deb Perelman’s recipe is a famous one that she found in the New York Times, and then modified to one she liked better. […]

Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Let’s put the basics into Buttery Basics, starting with this lovely whipped cream recipe! I remember that I was watching Masterchef recently, and Gordon Ramsay was SHOCKED that a contestant had never made whipped cream. His reaction is especially surprising when you realize how crazy easy […]