Chilorio: We ALL loved it! It was tender, flavorful, citrusy and amazing! It just disappeared off their plates! Sorry for the jump right in start. I'm excited to share with you how this week's "magic" recipe has fared in our house.
Let's start with our most difficult "foodie": Ms J: I had a bit of PR to do with Ms. J.. I told her "Mommy picked this recipe just for you.. Its Pork, which you love... Orange Juice, which you love... and tortillas, which you love... Your going to love it..." This pitch is not new to Ms J, she's heard it many times before. She looks at me sideways akin to the "whatch you talkin' 'bout Willis?" look and says.. "well, i guess i'll give it a try.." I made a small burrito for both girls, just tortilla, chilorio and a bit of sour cream. And... They ATE IT! I paid little attention to them while they ate (or so they thought).. I just went about my business.. Spring in my step.. =)
Verdict: Ms J: Thumbs Flat. (for those new to the blog, the kids terminology is below)
The Rest of Us: Thumbs UP!
Cost: Inexpensive.. the 3 lb boneless pork shoulder was $7.50 at my local Ralphs. OJ: I keep in the house anyways. Tortillas: Leftover from last week. Sour Cream: Staple item in my frig!
So far, I've used the chilorio in burritos and on nachos. Thinking about tortas tonight. Then my chilorio will be done for the week. Boo...
Dessert: After dinner, Ms J announced that she'd like me to pick up some carrots for her. While I resisted the urge to check her for a fever, I tentatively asked "why?." She recounted that she learned at school that to much dessert is bad for you and that veggies are good for you, so she'd rather have second helping of carrots instead of dessert a few nights a week. I quickly checked her for fever (see J's terminology below) and said "ok, but what if you eat a little more carrots with dinner, then just a little dessert? Ice Cream is made from milk.." Smart kid she is, she knew where I was heading.. She smiled sly and said "Milk is good for you too..." I said "Yup". I got a huge smile and hug.. "Mom your the best!" I'll share a secret with you.. My kids are the best..
So Next Week" I'm thinking Italian! Maybe beef brisket as base protein.. I'm already imagining the possibilities! Any ideas?
Talk to you soon.
K.I.S.S. Keep in Simple & Success!
Lil'Chef A's eating terminology:
Thumbs Down: Any form of fish and if it tastes really and I mean really bad!
Thumbs Up: "Yumm" while shaking her head in agreement and says "Its good"!
Thumbs Flat: doesn't seem to exist
Ms J's eating terminology:
Thumbs Down: First (and usually) there is a face like she smelled something horrid, nose crinkled.. eyes looking like they are going to start watering.. and she grunts the equivalent of "no way" and looks for the closest way to spit it out!
Thumbs Up: Saved for all things fried, fattening, chocolate based and not a vegetable in sight or smell.
Thumbs Flat: This is somewhere in between the nose crinkle and smiling. The face is almost always accompanied by the phrase "It's kinda good". This means, I don't hate it, I don't love it and don't expect me to eat this without some serious bargaining.