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    Pressure Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

    Ooooooh weeeeeee. Love me some good pulled pork.
    Ooooooh weeeeeee. Love me some good pulled pork.

    Hi! So, I know the BBQ weekends are in the past now that we’ve somewhat said hey to the Fall weather (but it’s 90 again today.. what) but no need to pout! I was craving for some of that sweet bbq soft meat and of course looked to Google and my Instant Pot to get started. I found this easy and simple recipe, Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork by it’s Peachy Keen, and was set on my #bbqgoals. BTW, this is recipe can be made paleo very easily if you substitute the oil and make your own paleo BBQ sauce. If the BBQ sauce is too time consuming, the meat tastes great without the BBQ sauce.

    From the recipe, all you need are: pork roast, any spices you want, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 2 cups of chicken stock or water, and BBQ sauce (optional)

    I used 5ish lbs of pork shoulder which included the bone and a lot of fat, ground black pepper, Magic Mushroom Powder from nomnompaleo, 1/4 cup of extra light tasting olive oil, 2.5 cups of chicken stock, and Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ sauce. I believe this made for about 6 pulled pork sandwich servings. I also just bought normal potato rolls and toasted them in the toaster for that extra “grilled” feel. I need to get a George Foreman grill again… mine broke recently 🙁 But I’m glad I have my trusty instant pot.

    TIP: Do NOT buy an oversized pork shoulder unless you have some serious butcher tools in your kitchen. My local grocery store only had 7.5 lbs left that day and I stupidly bought it thinking I could cut it myself in half. UHHHH it took me probably a good 20-25 minutes to “shave off” 2 lbs with a long kitchen knife since the bones do not lay right across parallel from each other. Also, the pork shoulder was a little frozen so it was harder for me to cut. I gave up and tried to jam the remaining pork shoulder into my instant pot.. poor thing. I would say buy only up to 4 lbs to be safe that it’ll fit in your pot. Some pictures of my journey for your amusement…

    This is the result of me trying to massacre this piece of meat. Call me butcher Chen.
    This is the result of me trying to massacre this piece of meat. Call me butcher Chen. Added some black pepper and magic mushroom powder.
    After being cooked in the instant pot, I put it on a cookie sheet so that when I "pulled" the pork, the juices wouldn't spill out.
    After being cooked in the instant pot, I put it on a cookie sheet so that when I “pulled” the pork, the juices wouldn’t spill out. But look at that “fall off the bone” ness!
    With the help of my boyfriend who "learned how to pull the pork from randomly watching food network" (yeah I was surprised too). Wait for the meat to cool off, then use a fork to just stretch it away from the bigger piece.
    With the help of my boyfriend who “learned how to pull the pork from randomly watching food network” (yeah I was surprised too). Wait for the meat to cool off, then use a fork to just stretch it away from the bigger piece.

    Bon appetit!

    And if anyone out there is still wondering, yes I do eat the paleo chocolate mug cake every. single. morning. It’s still delish for me.

    xoxo Eileen

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    Strawberry Green Tea Layer Cake

    The finished product!
    The finished product! Green tea layer cake inside… I promise.

    As mother’s day is coming up next week, my two friends and I were talking about what we’re getting our moms. As we’re all 20-somethings now, we’ve been encountering the difficulty of getting gifts for our parents for various occasions. What do we get someone that has everything and could buy it themselves?? No more cutesy finger painted hands on paper gifts appropriate from a 5 year old. Now we care about practicality and not buying something totally useless that will collect dust. Is it a visit back to the parents home enough? What about those overly expensive Edible Arrangements baskets? Flower delivery? Something they love like cooking utensils? But then if they loved it, they would already have it. With at least 3 possible gift-giving holidays a year for someone (mother’s/father’s day, birthday, christmas), what can a gal do?!

    I’m still trying to figure this out. I normally would treat them to a nice dinner for their birthday, but this year, for my mom’s birthday, I baked her a cake. The asian palette typically does not like overly sweet, including my mom. Unfortunately, many bakeries evidently pack on that sugar; so, instead of buying a cake, I decided to make one! read more “Strawberry Green Tea Layer Cake”

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    Chicken Parmesan (Pepperjack) and Spaghetti

    chicken parmesan

    Hi! I know it’s been a long while since I posted last but here’s something I made tonight that deserved a post for me to remember what I did. This is not healthy by any means but totally delicious. Thanks Bobby Flay and my aunt for the pepperjack idea. This is the altered recipe for Chicken Parmesan (with Pepperjack Cheese instead):

    Overall: 14/15

    My chicky chicky parm parm (any Parks&Rec fans out there?!) was not as crispy as I’d normally get at restaurants but that’s probably due to the lack of oil I tried putting.. I’m sure if I actually used a lot more oil in the frying pan, it would be crispier. Still was faaaaantasic.

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    Banana Bread with Walnuts for Thanksgiving

    Banana Walnut Bread

    Overall Score: 15/15

    I made this treat for Thanksgiving this year and it was scrumptious. Best part was that compared to other banana bread recipes, it was the most simple and required the least ingredients. Lucky for me this year (I used to make banana bread but with recipes that did require random ingredients that I was only going to use a few tablespoons of and do not regularly cook with.. like sour cream? I’m asian. We don’t use sour cream.), I found this recipe on Epicurious and the bread turned out moist (eek does anyone else cringe at that word but don’t know how to replace it?), mildly sweet, and if anything else, it made the house smell SO GOOD. read more “Banana Bread with Walnuts for Thanksgiving”