Thursday, November 20, 2008

Slow Cooking Thursday & Get going on the Christmas list...

I can't believe it's Thursday already! This week is flyin' by and I have a feeling the next one will, too. Still getting ready to host Thanksgiving for 25 people! Yikes!

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If your child is into animals ... Animal Coloring Pages
Tons of Thanksgiving pages and activities - Thanksgiving Worksheets & Printables

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Slow-Cooked Sweet 'n' Sour Pork

I found this recipe at ...
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, cut into 1-inch strips
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 (20 ounce) can unsweetened pineapple chunks
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Hot cooked rice

1. Place paprika in a large resealable plastic bag. Add pork, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a nonstick skillet, brown pork in oil in batches over medium-high heat. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker.
2. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; refrigerate the pineapple. Add the pineapple juice, onion, green pepper, vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt to slow cooker; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.
3. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into pork mixture. Add pineapple. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until sauce is thickened. Serve over rice if desired.

Head over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Slow Cooking recipes and to participate in Slow Cooking Thursday!

Question of the Day
Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?


Mari said...

Oh yummy! That sounds good right now!
One of our traditions is that if my side of the family gathers for the day, my sisters and I work on Christmas cards together after the meal is all cleaned up. It's more fun to do together!

Anonymous said...

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Great recipe. Can't wait to try it. We LOVE sweet and sour dishes.

Shell in your Pocket said...

We have certain dishes that is a MUST and we write what we are thankful on a linen table liner each year:)!! WE love Thanksgiving! My table is already set:)!
-sandy toes

Brooke said...

This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving and I am pretty excited! We will only have 14 but still! Hopefully it turns out good! Every Thanksgiving we go see a movie and we usually go to Kmart since it is the only place open! Just eating and hanging out with fam as well, of course. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I love that recipe, thanks for reminding me haven't made it in a while :)
Great deals as always...

Thanksgiving traditions, just spending the day with family, food (lots of it) and fun!

angie said...

Those are some great deals!

I guess there isn't really a specific thing about our Thanksgivings that considered a tradition. The family gets together and we have the typical turkey dinner. Still a lot of fun!

Unknown said...

Got my restaurant certs all done - Thanks!!!

Sandra said...

This sounds really good :)

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I Love Sweet & Sour Pork!!

We always watch the Macy's Day Parade!!

WheresMyAngels said...

Holy cow woman I almost missed this. I just told my husband we can eat out again now! I was lucky to find alot of resturants where I live, not so lucky for family members though. Did find one for my parents hometown, but not that great.

But I forgot to go check for their winter home. Might find some better stuff there.

WheresMyAngels said...

And thank you thank you thank you!

I love you as much as I do Travel Zoo!

~Trish~ said...

No real traditions here, sometimes we go to Colorado to visit family. This year my mom is doing that and I am going with my new guy to meet all of his family...lord help me LOL

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threesidesofcrazy said...

That pork looks sooooooooooo yummy!