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Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

This is my first time to participate in the Foodie Pen Pal.  It was fun to learn about another blogger and gather some things to send her that were of interest and some things to tell her about the area where I live.
The Lean Green Bean

I was matched with Angie.  Check out her story I Love Tangie.  She makes and sells homemade cleaning products.  (Like her own laundry detergent.)  She is into a recycled world to save our planet.

I must say I will read her news and try to be more conscious of my world.  I recycle what I can.  I don’t use spray cans.  But I did pollute the air with Aqua Net when I was a teenager.  In wild, windy West Texas you had to have something to paste that bouffant hairdo in place.  Oh my, memories!  We will save that memory for another time.

Even more exciting is the package I received from Krystin.  She lives in Edmond, OK. She has lots of opportunities for family entertainment in her area on her blog.  Last week it was all about Easter events for the little bunnies on the Saturday before Easter. Sell a Metro Home  I’ve learned a lot about Edmond, OK just reading it.

I need to go visit Krystin.  She also listed all the places for a little retail therapy nearby.  I thought Oklahoma was like the Drummond Ranch (Pioneer Woman) with miles of open space.  She makes it sound like she is surrounded by miles of shopping malls.  I can go for that.

She sent me a package with the best of Oklahoma “foody stuff”.  Some Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly for my spicy side; some bar-b-que sauce and gravy mix for a taste of great Oklahoma cooking, and some dried okra. (Cuz I mentioned I liked okra.)  If you haven’t had it, you should look for it in your whole food section of your Sprouts.  It is delicious!

Oh and did I mention she lives just minutes from an historic round barn? Aracadia Round Barn History   It’s on the historic Route  66.  Built in 1898 and restored in 1992.   This would be a great school field trip. It would be a little far for the kids in El Paso, but it would be amazing to see.  She sent me a post card with a little about it.  So I had to do some research on it.  You will find it very interesting – just like her site.

Edmond, OK Treats

Thank you, Kristyn for the great package and the geography and history lesson.  I’m always open to learning about something new and exploring new tastes.  I used the jelly in a Sweet and Spicy Cole Slaw for some sliders.  It was a great hit.  Here’s what I did.

Every other Sunday evening I meet with a Casa group (from my church) for a pot luck dinner and a study.  The pressure is on to come up with something good and different.  I’m usually counted on to bring a dessert.  This last Sunday I was in the mood for something different.  And I had made this pork which I could not possibly eat all by myself.  So I came up with this quick slaw and got some rolls and we had sliders.  I thought that would be different.

As it turned out there was no dessert.  We had fried chicken, Irish soda bread, a relish tray, stuffed mushrooms,  my pork and slaw and more bread and meatballs in a cream sauce.  We were all thinking heavy on the meat I guess.  It usually results in a rather well-balanced meal.  Next time I’m sure we will all resort to our usual offerings.  Normally we are very traditional.

Dr Pepper Pulled Pork Sliders

The pulled pork was so easy to make and smelled so good I wasn’t sure I would wait to serve it to have a slider.  But I waited.  I made the slaw to serve with these sliders.  Everybody loved it.

I used the Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly I got from Krystin (my March Foodie Pen Pal).   But you could use any pepper jelly or red chile flakes and Sweet ‘n Low for the sweet taste.  This is a quick slaw that sets up fast.  I think this would be good on almost anything.

Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

 

Super Bowl Means Super Food

So, it is time to get ready for a Super Food Spread on the 50 yard line for the SUPER BOWL.  That is the best part for me.  I have to keep up with scores for a “little project” I have at work, so I do watch the game. It is important to me to have everything ready and easy to serve before guests arrive.  Right now my choices are wide open as to what I will serve to make my buffet the “winning score” for the game crowd.  My youngest daughter says she is “side-lined” and isn’t watching the game because she’s on a diet and all that food is too fatty.  Remember a party is a people event with food present, not a food event with people present.  Right!  Like I’m in step with that!

Now, what to serve for the pre-game dish?  I like some munchies like the Noodle Nibbles or Deviled Cashews as a starter.  A veggie and dip tray with a low fat cold dip is a way to “kick off” the party and it can be easily freshened during “time outs.”  I like to add some of the BLT Bites, pickled jalapeño slices and a variety of olives from the deli section at the store to this tray too for a “kick off.”  Then I like a hot dip such as spicy chili con queso with tostada chips (they sort of remind me of a penalty flag).  A dry roasted snack like Tidbits served in the Chex Mix party bowl is a “first down.” You can make your favorite snack mix or buy a bag of ready-made.  They are tasty and so easy but, in a very attractive dish.  

 

A half-time show stopper is pizza (delivered) and small sliders.  You can pre-grill the burgers before the game starts and keep them warm in a very slow oven.  Serve them on small buns with a variety of flavored mayonnaise and mustards.  This usually calms the crowds into a lull while they watch the super half-time show.

 

Then, by the fourth quarter, everyone is ready for something sweet.  Some bite-size sweets to sweeten up the fans of the losing team are a “rule.”    Remember that cookie exchange in December?  It comes in handy here again. The Potato Chip Cookies are a “touch down” for fans of both teams!  And the Brownie Bites are a “field goal” in the last minutes of the 4th quarter to end this party on a sweet note.

Good luck to your favorite team and have a “Super” cooking time….can’t wait for those commercials.  I have a lot more snack, soup and dessert ideas in my recipe box. Take a ramble.

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