Iron Chef: BBBBQ Pork Tacos

Hi Again! I’m JWo, AK’s husband, posting this Iron Chef recipe from Cafe Beignet in New Orleans. I know right? Very meta. Also: your jealousy — I can feel it.

If this is your first Iron Chef post (it’s my second, so don’t feel too out of it), Danielle from elleinadspir created an idea that her husband would name an ingredient each week. Then, we cook with it! Last week was Balsamic Vinegar (my recipe, Danielle’s linkup). This week: BEER.

Now, my wife… she does not like the beer. She’s more a marg type of girl. So I had to sneak this secret ingredient in — how would someone do such a thing? By hiding the beer in a slow cooker OF COURSE. The best part? She loved these tacos, even after hearing it was beer’d.

I call this thing: BBBBQ Pork. the extra B is for beer. The other extra B is a typo


* 1 lb pork tenderloin (BBQ seasoning if you can find)
* 1 Onion
* 1 Shiner Bock (or other dark beer)
* 1 Can rotel (tomatoes and green chiles)
* 1 Can Pinto Beans


* Slice onion, layer into slow cooker
* Add pork tenderloin on top of onions
* Add 2/3 of the beer. Reserve other 1/3 for another use
* pour rotel over tenderloin
* Heat on high for 4 hours (or low for all the day)

On to the Pics!

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This BBBBQ Pork is available on We Eatt for Sharing.

Iron Chef: Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream

Hi Tipsy people! I’m Jesse, AK’s husband. My friends and I once tossed around a plan to have a real life Iron Chef competition. Like full-scale japanese iron chef, where we have to cook 5 dishes in 1 hour with 1 special ingredient. The trouble was: way too darn expensive. Cost Prohibitive to the nth degree.

So, flash forward another lifetime, and Danielle suggested we do an iron chef competition, but just 1 dish. I die.

So anyway, the secret ingredient: Balsamic Vinegar.

Balsamic vinegar can be tossed with strawberries to bring out there flavor, so I combined it (in syrup form) with home made ice cream. what WHAT!


  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Strawberries
  • Balsamic Vinegar


  • Make sure your ice cream maker is prepared (mine takes 4 hours to fully freeze).
  • Combine whole milk, cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl, whisk. Dice 6 strawberries and add to bowl; add mixture to ice cream maker and start.
  • Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 30 minutes until the vinegar is a very heavy syrup.
  • Slice more strawberries and add to a bowl of your ice cream. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the strawberries.
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This recipe is also on We Eatt for your sharing pleasure.

Good Eats

Kids and food…it’s a toss up right? Some days they eat great, some days you think they are a bottomless pit, and other days you wonder how they keep the energy up with the minuscule amounts of food they ingest.  On those days I’m all, let’s have a little bit more milk, whattayasay?

  1. Healthy Habits Kids Food PlateDanielle and I were talking about this plate the other day and how great it is that it helps US the parents know how much to serve and also teaches the kiddos portions of food at mealtimes.
  2. Jane Jenni Funky Monkey Melamine Plate, Amazon
  3. Fred & Friends Food Face, Amazon-This might just instigate playing with food but its funny no?
  4. Stephen Joseph Melamine Tray, Amazon-This is the type of plate I should have had as a kid because I wanted all my food separate…DID. NOT. WANT. IT. TOUCHING.

Do you guys have picky eaters or bottomless pits?

Pinterest: Food

The food on Pinterest, you guys, it’s just not good if you are trying to lose weight.  Just letting you know that now… Enter at your own risk.

  1. Sandwich Cookies
  2. Cake Batter Pie
  3. Lasagna Cups
  4. Cake Batter Bark
  5. Egg McMuffins
  6. Grill Packets
  7. Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie
  8. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
  9. Chocolate Chip Stuffed Raspberries
  10. Muddy Buddies

What recipes have you drooled over lately?

Doctor’s Orders!

This book is amazing. Everything that comes out of Cupcakes: From the Cake Mix Doctor is simply eat your way into a sugar coma amazing. It basically takes regular out of the box cake mixes and turns them into gourmet cupcakes. Get this book and try it out… just don’t blame me when your pants don’t fit:)

Recipes I Need to Try!

I have said in the past that my husband is the main cook in the house and I like to make “party food” or bake.  I also could eat Mexican food probably every day of my life, though my butt would not appreciate that.  As I peruse Google Reader, I tend to save recipes that I want to try and I just thought I’d share the list…have any of you tried any of these and loved them?

Jalapeno Egg Salad, Homesick Texan
Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos, Tasty Kitchen
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas, Elleinad Spir
Snickerdoodle Muffins, Tasty Kitchen
Mexican Chocolate Cookies, Sweet Basil
Fajita Soup, Sweet Basil
Taco Soup, Cardigan Junkie
Basic Cream Scones, Elleinad Spir
Spicy Arroz Verde, Perfect Woman Wannabe

From the Kitchen of Ella

I’ve stated before that I am a sucker for cool packaging, so when I saw these brightly colored pouches of ALL NATURAL and ORGANIC baby food on the shelves of my Tarjay I was ALL. OVER. IT. Ella’s Kitchen is co-created by an 11 year old little girl named Ella and you can read the story over here. I am all about helping an 11 year old sister out… and my AJ seems to take these down like no other, so I am sold. Here are some of our favs.

  1. Apples and Bananas
  2. Sweet Potato Pumpkin Apple and Blueberries
  3. Strawberries and Apples– AJ wasn’t a fan of strawberries overall, but mama sure did like the taste of this one!
  4. Broccoli Pears and Peas
  5. Peaches and Bananas– This is the ONLY way he will eat peaches. They are a no go otherwise.

Dreaming about Dreamfarm

I stumbled across these utensils last week and immediately shared with a couple of people.  BOTH ordered items instantly.  Everything is so unique, but more importantly practical.  Here are my favs.

  1. Clongs
  2. Scizza – scissors that cut pizza.  FTW, mind blown!
  3. Chopula
  4. Supoon

Perfect gift for that mod-chef!

The Apple Of My Eye

Let me start this by saying I am an apply crisp lover. However, now matter where you get it, it is bound to have a million gazillion calories. That doesn’t really work for me. What I have discovered, ladies, is the answer to my prayers. Dole Apply Cinnamon Fruit Crisp. Individual apple crisp serving that can travel with me wherever I may go. Low calorie, low fat, and delicious. A+ rating in my book.

Parent of the YEAR Breakfast

I’ve been digging through my most favorite recipes from childhood and trying to perfect them before I come a mother myself. Now, most of these recipes center around breakfast because my Dad made it a point to make us a fresh, hot, breakfast 90% of the time!

This recipe is my current fave, but parents of small children beware, it’s ALL sugar! 🙂

Sugar Donuts


  • Cheap biscuits (I mean CHEAP…don’t buy the name brand, but the kind of biscuits that if you “baked” them like biscuits, they would turn into rocks.)
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil


  1. Layout the biscuit dough and cut holes in the dough. (I use a water bottle or soda bottle lid.)
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet.
  3. Fry donuts in the oil, set aside on a paper towel to let the grease drain when cooked through.
  4. While the donuts are still hot, roll in sugar and set aside.

Enjoy! I’m serious when I say you’ll be a parent of the year with this sugary breakfast…