Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Food Success

In my ward, we have a recipe club. We decided to put up a blog for those who can't make it and for documentation. I got a recipe for shredded pork, lime rice and creamy tomatillo dressing. Yes this is all stuff they serve at Café Rio. I just had to try these recipes out for myself. So we went to the store and got all the ingredients. To make a long story short, it was sssooo amazing. They each have really distinct flavors but when you put them all together on a tortilla, it's heaven. Dan and I loved it so much, I just had to share it on my blog. 

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
3 fresh tomatillos
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
1 cup fresh cilantro
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
2 cloves minced garlic
1/3-1/2 cup buttermilk
1.     Combine all ingredients in blender. Chill for at least one hour. 

Shredded Pork (Café Rio Style)
5-6 lb. pork butt (bone in)
16 oz. jar salsa
½ can coke
3 tbsp. molasses
2 cups brown sugar
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1. Place pork in crock pot. Cover with brown sugar, salsa, molasses, cumin, salt and coke. Cover and cook until tender and pulls away with fork.
            2. About 6-8 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. 

Lime Rice
2 tbsp. butter
1 ¼ cups long grain rice
2 ¼ cups chicken broth
Juice and zest of 2 limes (the rice was really limey but good, we might use just one lime next time)
2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
¼ tsp. cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1.     In heavy pan, melt butter with rice. Add broth and other ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.

2.      Add a little more fresh chopped cilantro to taste.

I wish I had pictures to share because I love pictures with recipes but trust me pictures can't hold a candle to how good this is. I hope you enjoy because I know we did.

P.S. I also made a Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Pie. We haven't tried it yet but I'm sure I'll be posting that recipe as well.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

One Year

Sunday was our first year anniversary. How crazy is that!?!?! I can't believe that. Dan and I had the opportunity to go to Utah and see some family this last weekend. We got to meet our new little niece, Adele. She is just a doll (Dan got some pictures but I need to steal them from him). On Sunday I woke up to Dan's surprise anniversary gift. A beautiful paper origami flower. It even had some small notes written inside of it. I loved it!

1st anniversary traditional gift: paper, beautiful paper flower 
That morning we decided to get home at an early time to spend our anniversary together at home. We got home and I had left a small surprise for Dan to find when we got home.
I decided to write down some things that I look forward to in our future together. 
It was a great anniversary. We didn't have a lot of money to work with so we decided to stay in and have a romantic evening in. Dancing, candlelight dinner and some cake. We didn't have any cake from our wedding reception because it all got eaten. So I decided to make a version of our wedding cake.
We had Funfetti cake with raspberry filling and a buttercream frosting.
My attempt.
Ok so we had Funfetti cake and I also ironically had some raspberry filling. I found a great recipe for some buttercream frosting. So I went to work. I put the filling of the first round and started to place the 2nd one on the top. This is where is went bad. The top layer started to fall apart (as you can see). I frosted it thinking it would stick together. I finished and it looked great. I put it in the fridge to harden and that's when it fell apart. Oh well, it was still really good.
I love you Daniel Fry! It's been an amazing 1st year and I can't wait for the many, many years to come with you by my side.