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Hard Cider Pulled Pork

It’s slow cooker season. My favorite time of year. It means a kitchen smelling wonderful all day. I also generally means falling apart meats. In this instance, it means pulled pork.  The last recipe I posted on this website about pulled pork was in 2017 ( ). This recipe is very similar- mainly minor tweaks, except for the big change of hard cider instead of chicken stock and a final broiling of the meat. The final broil adds that extra char-y goodness. It brings us a step closer to being as good as making pulled pork the authentic, slow-smoked way.The hard cider pairs really well with the apple cider vinegar and gives a sweet, tangy note to the park. I was remiss last time not to give a coleslaw recipe, which I have rectified here. It’s simple, quick and delicious, and adds a much needed crunchy texture and freshness. Simply add toasted buttered buns and pile that meat high with the tangy coleslaw and you


It’s the holidays which means…. quiche? Yes! Quiche is a brilliant addition to a holiday brunch table, or something you can make the night ahead and simplify breakfast on a busy shopping, wrapping, baking day. And during a time of indulgence, the addition of so many veggies in the quiche might make you feel positively healthy! Although the crust, cheese and cream might make a dent in that net positive….. My chickens are still laying an egg a day each, so this meal has the added benefit of helping me to deplete my egg reserves. I have a feeling that I might soon be requested to make eggnog since I already have the eggs and cream and homemade brandy…. Happy Holidays! Ingredients: 1 pie crust (homemade or store-bought) 8 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup heavy cream salt and pepper 1/2 cup broccoli florets 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 1 small onion, diced 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder pinc

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Oh my heavens, I have taken quite a sabbatical from this blog! I have been a busy bee: teaching at 5 different schools, running own voice studio, and was just in a wonderfully fun but intense show at a local professional theater. My students just competed in a state-wide competition and one got second place! I have seen 8 local shows with my students in them lately and my university students are gearing up for their juries tomorrow and my diction students for their final this week. In other words, life has been HECTIC. Today, however, I made it my number one priority to bake. I needed to create something delicious and smell something warm and welcoming wafting from my oven. Because I had some lingering cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving, I decided to use it up in my holiday muffin recipe, starring pecans, oats, pumpkin pie spice and streusel topping.  I had a student over for Thanksgiving and we made homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Vanilla beans are horribly expensive th