Zach Cooks!

I’m always looking for the easy way out of cooking.  It’s not that I don’t like cooking – I actually love it.

It’s just that I’m so busy and time to fix dinner falls at the same hour as time to feed pigs…  So when I make dinner, it’s not served until somewhere between 7:30 and 8:30 pm.  That’s too late.

Zach, or Z for short, is already a great cook at age 13.  He enjoys it and he’d rather cook dinner than help with farm work any day.

It works for all of us to give the chore of dinner prep to Z.

Now, if I could just get him to write the blog posts to go with his recipes!  (That’s is one of my homeschool and farm goals for this year – to improve his writing to the point where he can start to take over blogging while continuing to learn how to cook and come up with new recipes.)

I have to get him to write down his fried rice recipe for me and for you!  That’s one that he made up from scratch after having followed a recipe, results of which he did not really like!  Maybe that’ll be the next recipe I share!

Who makes dinner at your house?

BBQ Pork Sloppy Joes, a Quick Weekday Meal

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds Franchesca’s Dawn Farm ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, lard, coconut oil or your favorite fat
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark, packed)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 3-4 dashes ground allspice
  • IF you like it spicy, add 1/4 – 1 tsp of cayenne or your favorite hot pepper.  I like Chipotle with it’s lovely smoked flavor.
  • buns or Asiago Cheese Bagels from Panera Bread

How to make the sloppy Joes:

  1. Brown the ground pork in a large skillet.  You should not need to grease the pan.  Spoon the ground pork into a bowl and set it aside.  Save some of the pork fat in the skillet to brown the vegetables.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring, until the onion is lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Add the pork back to the skillet; add the ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, allspice and hot pepper if you are using it. Bring to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Taste and add salt, if needed.
  4. Serve on hamburger buns or – it’s great on Asiago Cheese Bagels from Panera Bread.

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