Friday
Mar062015

Beer Braised Carnitas Recipe: The Ultimate Comfort Food & My Best Recipe Ever

 

This dish is always in heavy rotation at our house. So much so, that is never really occurred to me to even post on the blog. I mean, it's downright delicious, but is carnitas the prettiest? But when it comes down to it, this is my ultimate comfort food. Would be a shame not to share it. Criminal!

I've also cooked it SO many times, I've had a lot of time to fine tune the recipe and make a lot of changes here and there. You should feel free to add more heat, add some sweet, serve in a taco, bun, on some nachos, the sky is the limit.

If you are cooking for a large crowd, I'd suggest making two 3 lb pork butts/shoulders. One spicy, one mild. If you are just cooking this up at home, I still suggest making two full servings. This freezes like a dream and it a life saver when you need to pull something out of deep freeze for a quick week night meal. I even keep small portions frozen for additions to other dishes (like my jalepeno poppers).

The moral of the story folks, this recipe does not disappoint. 

 

Beer Braised Carnitas

Serves 6-8

*really, just double this sh*t and go for it

 

Ingredients

1, 3 lb pork butt or shoulder

2 beers (I think a good lager works best here)

1 cup chicken stock

3 dried ancho chilis (seeded, de-stemmed, and chopped- heat/roast in the pan to help this along)

2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp spicy paprika

2 tbsp chili powder (not spicy! may be called chipotle)

salt and pepper

6 garlic cloves, crushed

*for spice amp things up with some chipotle in adobo or some Mike's hot honey to finish

 

Directions

Combine chopped peppers, olive oil, spices, and crushed garlic in a large crock pot insert or dutch oven, over medium heat. 

Salt and pepper pork on both sides.

Add beer, chicken stock, and any spicy items (for extra heat) you may like to the mixture. Add pork (liquid should cover meat 1/2 to 3/4 of the way).

Cover and cook for 4 hours on the stove top, or transfer to an oven at 350 degrees, OR, place insert into crock pot and cook on high. Flip pork half way through.

You want the pork to be falling apart at this point. If it isn't, let it cook longer. You're not going to over cook it in delicious broth. If you're out and it's in a crock pot, keep is in there for a few hours on low- not going to hurt it at all. When it is falling apart, transfer to a cutting board and shred meat. Return to broth and heat through until ready to serve. You can add more seasoning at this point if you need to adjust heat or sweetness. Brown sugar, honey, and maple syrup all make lovely additions to a spicy broth. 

Serve with tacos, as I did here. If you are feeling lazy, buy a pre cut salad/slaw like this for toppings. Or create your own quick slaw with some cabbage, vinegar and yogurt. Delicious on buns, with bbq sauce, jalapeno, on top of nachos, you get the idea. This dish is a workhorse. And delicious.

Thursday
Mar052015

Spring Beauty with Clarins

 

I know, I know, I keep shouting from the rooftops that spring is here........and we are still buried in feet of snow in Boston. I am channeling my inner zen and applying copious amounts of fruity gloss until this snow melts from view. 

The team from Clarins recently blew into town, following one of our mega storms, with a dose of moisturizing skin care (so very necessary these dry winter months) and bright spring shades. THANK YOU Clarins. Thank you. This petite dose of happy-spring thoughts single handedly carried me through the last few blizzards.

A long time fan of the Double Serum, the brand's number one selling item, I needed little convincing to add their Multi Active Day cream, UV Plus HP Sunscreen and Total Eye Concentrate into the mix. They blend easily into my current regimen, layering serum, sunscreen and day cream in the AM, and then Anthelios moisturizer + sunscreen with Rodin face oil for night. Dry winter heat and freezing temps have literally sucked my skin dry. This is the one-two punch that replaces all that missing moisture and makes me look like a human being and not a yeti.

The fun stuff? All that gorgeous color. I am mildly obsessed with all shades of thier Instant Light Lip Blam Perfector. I have no fewer than three floating around in the bottom of my purse at all times. A hint of color plus a kiss of moisture. When I want to amp things up the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil takes things to a whole new level of shine. Another thing you'll want to try? Thier new shade of Intense Green eye liner. Matchy-matchy is a no-no. This is a magical complimentary shade that make your eyes pop. Well, at least mine. Especially with a nude lip and my red Mr. Magoo glasses.

Some simple changes that can make a big difference in the war against old man winter. Get thee to a Clarins counter to try these. 

 

*Clarins products gifted. All reviews and opinions totally my own. And for real, the Double Serum, amazing.

Tuesday
Mar032015

What You Wear to Shake Shack + Boston Weekly

Above: J Crew Boyfriend Jeans & pea-coat, Mother The Big Easy sweatshirt c/o Bloomingdales, Vans sneakers, Jerome Dreyfuss bag via Viola Lovely, Super Restrosun Ciccio glasses, necklace Anthropologie

 

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. Florence + the Machine, What Kind of Man. So good to have you back.

 What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

Can you tell I am sick of dressing for winter? Seriously. It just needs to quit.

I am on winter strike and only buying spring clothing and fun items for a warm weather get away, for which we have yet to actually buy tickets, or obtain a passport for our daughter for. So you'll need to bear with these winter get ups.

Also, this happens to be what I wore out to eat Shake Shack with the fam. So I needed comfy, baggy gear to accommodate the amount of food that we consumed. I mean, at least I didn't wear leggings. Which I thought about. Seriously. It's gotten that bad. Though I did try to spice up this otherwise bland outfit with a fun necklace and my Mr. Magoo red glasses. I look slightly crazy, but seriously ready for Shake Shack, no? Behind these red lenses is a serious yearning for custard shakes and cheese fries.

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

Join me for much needed spring inspiration and fashion this Friday at Bloomingdales Chestnut Hill! I'll be on hand from 1-3, spreading some Instagram wisdom, French pastry, and styling tips. What more do you need on a Friday afternoon, I ask? Friends of all ages welcome, as in, bring those kiddies! Full details here. Hope to see you there!  

You know my obsession with Swedish design. Well documented in the fashion arena. Extends to furniture as well and my friends at Lekker, who bring the furniture maker ASPLUND to Boston. Oh and be sure to stop in from Thursday, March 5 through Thursday, March 19 and enjoy 15% off all Vitra and Carl Hansen products. 

Did I mention Shake Shack opened at Legacy Place and Newbury Street this week? Last chance to indulge your winter blues. Both outposts will featuree Whoopie Pie Oh My, vanilla frozen custard blended with whoopie pie from our own South End Buttery).

Boston Ballet presents Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, through March 8th at the Boston Opera House. Time to elevate your date night.

 

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