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Friday, September 14, 2012

Have a Fun-Filled Festival Weekend!


With some beautiful weather being forecast for us this weekend, your family will be able to really enjoy some outdoor time at any of these local festivals!  Have fun!

Gaslight Festival- September 14, 7-10pm, September 15, 9am-10pm, & September 16, noon-6pm; 10434 Watterson Trail in Jeffersontown; FREE admission; arts and crafts vendors, balloon glow, car show, soap box derby & more!

Pal Wow Family Fest- Saturday, September 15, 10am-8:30pm; 1540 Hwy 150 NE at Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra, IN; FREE admission; craft booths, vendors, concert, car show, fireworks (at 8:45pm)

National Jug Band Jubilee- Saturday, September 15 at Brown-Forman Amphitheater at the Louisville Waterfront Park, noon-11pm; FREE admission;lots of live entertainment, vendors, and workshops

Lanesville Heritage Weekend- September 14-16 in Lanesville, IN near Lanesville High School; FREE admission & FREE parking; “see how our forefathers lived one hundred years ago or more”; enjoy  demonstrations from blacksmiths, sorghum cooking, kane preparation, goat milking, and much, much more!

Roots & Shoots Kentucky Day of Peace- Sunday, September 16 at Louisville Waterfront Park, noon-5pm; FREE public event; your family will enjoy a peace dove parade, kids crafts & activities, entertainment, and presentations from local humanitarian and environmental organizations

National Eat Together Week- Friday: Pulled Pork Fried Rice


Prep Time: 5 minutes.  Cook Time: 30 minutes.

Ingredients
1/2 pound cooked pulled pork
1 cup long-grain rice
1 3/4 cup water, plus 2 tablespoons
4 1/2 teaspoons safflower oil, OR sunflower, or other high-heat cooking oil
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 tablespoon chicken broth
2 teaspoons soy sauce, or more to taste
2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Cooking Directions
In a medium pot over medium-high heat, combine the rice and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the water has evaporated and the rice is al dente, about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside, uncovered.

In a wok or large skillet over high heat, warm the oil. Add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer about half of the pork to a plate or bowl and cover loosely to keep warm.

Add the rice and vegetables to the skillet and stir-fry until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and soy sauce. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs, gently stirring the eggs occasionally until softly set, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir to mix the eggs into the rice. Add more soy sauce to taste, top with the reserved pork, and serve.

Note: Cooking the rice al dente will help keep it from becoming gummy in the stir-fry.

Makes 6 servings

This recipe was brought to you by the National Pork Board. For more pulled pork recipes, tips and inspiration for National Eat Together Week and beyond, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com.





Thursday, September 13, 2012

It’s About Time


I happened upon a poem today that helps me convey this months message … "Time is a Gift". The poem is credited to Shaun William Hayes, and one line in particular speaks volumes:

"Make time, give time, take time out"

This past month has been the busiest ever for my small company - of which I am very grateful. As it happened, friend and family commitments (planned and otherwise) were exceptionally great this past month as well … my time was at risk.

National Eat Together Week- Thursday: Pulled Pork Tacos


Prep Time: 10 minutes.  Cook Time: 10 minutes.

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds cooked pulled pork , warmed
12 5- or 6-inch corn tortillas, OR flour tortillas
3 cups iceberg lettuce, OR romaine lettuce, shredded (about 1/4 head of iceberg or 1/2 small head of romaine)
1 cup salsa, purchased or homemade, or more to taste

Cooking Directions
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place two tortillas in the skillet and cook until warm and softened, about 30 seconds per side. Fill the tortillas with about 1 1/2 ounces of the pork, 1/4 cup of the lettuce, and 4 teaspoons of the salsa.

Repeat with the remaining tortillas and serve.

* If you prefer to heat all of the tortillas at once, microwave them on high until warm and softened, 1 to 2 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

This recipe was brought to you by the National Pork Board. For more pulled pork recipes, tips and inspiration for National Eat Together Week and beyond, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com.




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Disney on Ice Giveaway


If your family has never experienced Disney on Ice, let me tell you, it is magical!  We took our kids last year, and they loved every minute of it! With all of the gang from Toy Story, the Little Mermaid, and other Disney favorites, you don’t want to miss out as Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, September 27-30, at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville.

Tickets start at just $15 (additional fees may apply), and you can purchase them online here at TicketMaster, or… you can win some!

Five lucky winners will each win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy.  Enter below for your chance to win.

Giveaway ends at midnight on 9/18/12. 
Photo Source: Chicago Tribune 


Update: Our winners are Jennifer Kavanagh, Melissa Tichy, Deanne Byrd, Michelle Hatfield, & Tish Cordrey.


National Eat Together Week- Wednesday: Pulled Pork Greek Salad


Prep Time: 20 minutes.

Ingredients
1/2 pound cooked pulled pork
10 cups romaine lettuce, chopped (about 1 large head)
1/4 cup Italian dressing, purchased or homemade, divided
2 small tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
1/2 red onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup kalamata olives, halved, pitted

Cooking Directions In a large bowl, toss the lettuce with about half of the dressing. Transfer the salad to plates or a platter and arrange the pork, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta, and olives on top. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve.

Makes 4 servings

This recipe was brought to you by the National Pork Board. For more pulled pork recipes, tips and inspiration for National Eat Together Week and beyond, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com.
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

National Eat Together Week- Tuesday: Pulled Pork Scramble



Prep Time: 10 minutes.  Cook Time: 15 minutes.

Ingredients 6 ounces cooked pulled pork
6 large eggs
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small red pepper, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 small green bell pepper, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, OR Monterey Jack, or mozzarella, shredded, divided  

Cooking Directions
In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the pork and stir occasionally until hot, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate or bowl, cover loosely to keep warm, and set aside.
Return the skillet to medium heat, add the bell peppers, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggs are softly set, about 2 minutes. Stir in about half of the pork. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggs are set, about 1 minute.

Scatter the cheese and the remaining pork on top and serve.

Makes 4 servings

This recipe was brought to you by the National Pork Board. For more pulled pork recipes, tips and inspiration for National Eat Together Week and beyond, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com.




Monday, September 10, 2012

National Eat Together Week- Monday: BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza


In celebration of National Eat Together Week, September 9-15, we are so excited to give you some great recipes, all of which are made with pulled pork.  To start your week, just prepare a pork shoulder or roast in a slow cooker, oven, or grill, and then incorporate the pulled pork into these great recipes throughout the week.  What a great timesaver!  Enjoy!

Prep Time: 45 minutes.  Cook Time: 10 minutes.  Marinating Time: 12 hours.

Ingredients
6 ounces cooked pulled pork
2 tablespoons water, warm (115 to 120 degrees F)
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 cup water, cool (65 to 70 degrees F)
1 teaspoon salt
olive oil, for the bowl
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, purchased or homemade
1/2 cup smoked Gouda, OR smoked mozzarella, mozzarella, or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
3 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces


Cooking Directions
To make the pizza dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm water and yeast and set aside 15 minutes (the mixture might not get foamy). Add the flour, cool water, and salt and mix with a dough hook attachment on medium-low speed for 4 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes, then mix on medium speed until the dough is smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky, about 3 minutes.

Lightly oil a medium bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, turning it to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill the dough at least overnight, or up to 2 days.

Transfer the dough to a countertop and return it to room temperature, 1 to 2 hours.
To make the pizza: Preheat an oven, along with a pizza stone if you have one, to 500 degrees F.

On a lightly floured surface, roll or stretch the dough out to a 12- to 14-inch round. Transfer the dough to a pizza pan or a flour- or cornmeal-dusted pizza paddle. Top with the barbecue sauce, cheese, pork, and scallions. Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until golden and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.

Cut into wedges and serve.

Makes 3 or 4 servings

This recipe was brought to you by the National Pork Board.  For more pulled pork recipes, tips and inspiration for National Eat Together Week and beyond, visit www.PorkBeInspired.com.


Parent Perspectives- Part 7


Are your children's rigorous school schedules getting you down, yet?  

Did you know school does not have to be 9-3, unless you want it to be? It does not have to look the same each day. It can include siblings of different ages on the same fun learning adventures. As much as we may be tempted to make it happen unnaturally, our children do not have to be smarter, funnier, or even more socially acceptable than other children their age.
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