What’s up, world?!
I know, I know it’s been a bit, but when you’re balancing three competing yet utterly important parts of your life, they don’t always play well together!
But while I’m weeks behind for my monthly wrap-up, there’re tales to be told before I get there, starting with a celebration for my (not-so-) little guy and how we quenches the thirst of dozens with as little fuss and muss as possible!
Baby Dedications: Because Little Guys Don’t Stay Little FOREVER
You know who had his baby dedication this past weekend?
It’s kind of ironic that Baptist Christians do baby dedications instead of child baptisms, but with a Dad who slipped and splashed into the baptismal tank back when he did his in ’09, I’ll take what I can get.
Part of the entire baby dedication was preparing a luncheon following the service to thank all our guests for coming — normally, when you get the family together, you get bottled and canned drinks in every colour of the rainbow to slake their thirsts. You spend dozens of dollars getting bubbles down their gullets, hoping you bought enough to last the night so you don’t need to make another run. And though you’re environmentally-conscious enough to recycle, wouldn’t it be so much better if we could avoid the waste by-products in the first place?
So when we hosted our families at church after the dedication, I decided to try something different, bringing my SodaStream Source with a bevy of flavour syrup to keep all the taste without the waste!
Though too busy entertaining guests and sneaking nibbles of chili and corned beef sandwiches to get many photos or sound bites from family members, I can tell you that everyone loved it, asking Sarah where she bought it so they could get some for later! No one could believe it was the simple combination of SodaStream, tap water and flavour syrups!
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Son dedicated with all our family coming together despite the Yonge Run making it near impossible to get in or out of the city’s south end? Check. SodaStream proving popular with our guests as a healthier alternative to other canned and bottled beverages we could’ve served them instead? Check. Less fuss, less muss, less clean-up? Check!
So if you have a gargantuan thirst to quench and you want to stretch your dollars for the long run, consider the SodaStream, a way to get great flavour, save on waste, and make a drink that can truly handle however you enjoy getting your sparkling drink on!
Get your bubble on,
“Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with SodaStream Canada and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”NEW BLOG POST (finally): Where we celebrate my son’s dedication and quench the thirst of dozens with some #BubblesMyWay! What’s up, world?! I know, I know it’s been a bit, but when you’re balancing three competing yet utterly
If one thing unifies my friends and I, it’s food. Sarah’s always said that I merely eat to live — I don’t salivate at the thought of delicious meals, but let’s get one thing straight — I know delicious food when I taste it!
Since becoming a parent, I don’t get out much. Save a birthday party, I spent March largely as a shut-in, wavering from my routine of work, home and church only for trips to the parents and the dentist. While the days of luxurious ice cream and dining at 350 metres are behind me for now, it doesn’t mean I can’t eat tasty food at home!
This year, Dempster’s challenged me to change my thinking on the sandwich, seeing whether I could eat them for dinner instead of lunch! Though it’s the last thing I’d expect on a plate to finish a long day, what is a sandwich really, but a stack of deliciousness between two slices of bread?
So with my limited culinary skills, there was only one place to find a recipe that would make for amazing sandwich fare — the Internet. More specifically, Epicurious, the one-stop shop for leaving your taste buds senseless! Without further ado, let’s drive into a pork sandwich that’ll knock your socks off!!!
Hot Slow-Roasted Pork, Onion, and Mozzarella Sandwiches
9 lbs pork shoulder
4 large garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground in mortar with pestle or spice grinder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound onions, halved, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 pound red bell peppers, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1/2 pound green bell peppers, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 package Dempster’s Deluxe White Hamburger Buns
1 1/2 pounds fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
Chop garlic on work surface. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and mince until paste forms. Transfer paste to small bowl; mix in parsley and next 7 ingredients. Using small sharp knife, make 20 evenly spaced 1-inch-long, 2-inch-deep slits in pork. Stuff seasoning mixture into slits. Sprinkle outside of pork with salt and pepper. Let stand 1 hour for seasonings to penetrate.
Place pork in slow cooker on low for 7 hours.
Pour leftover juices from roasting pan into 4-cup measuring cup. Spoon off fat. If necessary, add enough water to degreased juices to measure 2 cups. Stir 2 tablespoons juices and cornstarch in small saucepan until cornstarch dissolves; whisk in remaining juices and vinegar. Whisk over medium heat until sauce boils and thickens, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and all peppers; sauté until vegetables are tender and brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Arrange Dempster’s Deluxe White Hamburger Bun bottoms on work surface; mound with warm pork and drizzle with sauce. Cover with cheese, vegetables, and bun tops. Serve warm.
The pork, sauce, and vegetables can be made one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate everything separately. Before serving, reheat pork, covered, in 350°F oven about 40 minutes; rewarm sauce and vegetables over medium heat.
Born and Bread to be Fed Instead!
So if you’re looking for a delicious sandwich to eat — or have a stellar recipe to share yourself — you should consider Appehtite.ca, Maple Leaf Foods’ new site for sharing recipes and connecting with other Canadian chefs who’re doing the same! You can feel free to learn more there, or even discover more about the Dempster’s DIY Sandwich challenge on their site, Twitter or Instagram!
If you’re at the day’s end and you don’t know what’s for dinner, consider the highly underrated sandwich! It can be delicious, nutritious, and rival just about any dish that doesn’t involve any bread. They’re versatile, portable and all sorts of filling — the sandwich. It’s time to give it another shot.
[Disclaimer: Maple Leaf Foods got in touch with me to write some posts on their DIY Sandwich brand! Though the work’s paid, the opinions are all mine — and the sandwich? Truly delicious! Enjoy!]A Dempster’s DIY Sandwich tale full of ingredients, photos and recipes galore! If one thing unifies my friends and I, it’s food. Sarah’s always said that I merely eat to live — I don’t salivate at the thought of delicious meals, but let’s get one thing straight — I know delicious food when I taste it!
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