Sunday, September 9, 2007

Cuban Shredded Pork

These recipes are my dad's and this pork is AWESOME! He hasn't been making this that long for us but my wife and I are in love with this recipe. We've both made it once and it's super easy. I don't think he'd mind me posting it here.

Cuban Shredded Pork

1. 4 lbs pork butt/shoulder roast with or without bone
2. 3 finely diced cloves of garlic
3. Juice from 1 lemon or line
4. Black Pepper and Salt to taste
5. 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
6. 1/2 cupt water

1. Trim any outer layer of fat from pork roast.
2. Place all ingredients in a tall baking pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
3. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 hours.
4. Remove foil (watch for steam which can burn when removing foil)
5. Using two forks pulling in opposite directions, shred pork, removing any large pieces of fat and bones.

Serve with:

Jim's Mediterranean Rice

1. 4 cups water
2. 2 cups Jasmine or Bastante Rice
3. 1 tsp curry powder
4. Salt and Pepper to taste
5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
6. 1/8 tsp ground cloves
7. 1/2 cup raisins
9. 1/4 cup sliced almonds
10. 1 tsp chicken soup base

1. Boil water in 2 quart sauce pan.
2. Add all ingredients and stir until mixture begins to boil.
3. Cover the pan with a lid and cook about ten minutes at the lowest possible flame.
4. Uncover lid and rake rice with a dinner fork.
5. Taste Rice and if rice needs more cooking add water as needed, cover lid, let simmer one minute, turn off heat, and let sit covered several more minutes.

Cuban Black Bean

1. 1 lb. dry black beans
2. 2 quarts water
3. 1 tsp bacon fat
4. 6 finely diced garlic cloves
5. 1 large diced onion
6. 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
7. 1/2 can tomato paste
8. 2 teaspoons salt
9. Black Pepper to taste
10. 1/2 tsp cumin
11. Option: 1 finely diced jalepeno if you like spicy

1. Place all ingredients in a pressure cooker and simmer under pressure for 40 minutes.
2. Release pressure and simmer under low fire until all liquid becomes thick like black gravy. Do not overcook beans so that they become mushy.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Video On The New iPod Nano

Apple has just announced the release of the new iPod Nano which now plays video. The image to the left is from their website and I believe it represents the actual size of the screen. This Nano comes with the same drive space as the previous nanos, 4 or 8 GB, so you're not exactly going to stuff a lot of video on them although that's the same with the iPhone. If you really want a serious video player you should probably still consider the full sized iPod.

While the overall size doesn't appear to have grown to increase the potential screen size the new Nano appears to have gotten wider yet shorter. Unfortunately this makes it less sleek and it's going to be harder to slide into small pockets. While the added function of video is nice, let's be serious here, if you want to watch a movie, you need a bigger screen or you're going to lose your sight. I love my iPod Nano and while I've been considering picking up an additional Video iPod, I don't think I'll be investing in this one. In fact, I'm glad that we have two of the older generation iPod Nanos in our household as it looks like they will no longer be carried, because the sleek design fits my purposes much better.

I think Apple is making a mistake by discontinuing the old design and not allowing the option for it. Video is a cool feature, but it's not what I got my Nano for.

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