|Not THOSE Peeps®|
A family dinner is a wonderful opportunity, even though most people find them stressful. True, I was in the kitchen all day on Saturday getting our assigned foodstuffs ready, which made me tired and a little grouchy. That being said, once the burger buns were made, the pie set, and everything unloaded from the car, it was nice to sit, relax, and chat with everyone as the kids ran around. While I know that no one has a great time with every family member every time, losing integral family members like my dad has made me look forward to the time I am able to spend with my family as well as Scott's family.
Scott and I were charged with:
- potato salad
- burger buns
- pulled pork (so Scott could use his smoker)
|My buns are flat!|
Fortunately, the pulled pork was excellent and made up for the buns. I used the holiday as an excuse to head out to The Pork Shop in Queen Creek. This place has been around for over 30 years, and all it does is pork. Any pork product you can think of - including pig ears for doggies! - is sold here. One can ever purchase half a hog to put in the freezer! So, I called in my order of one pork butt and four pig ears, and on our way home from the farm on Friday, I made my way out there (it totally was NOT on the way home, but it WAS totally worth the trip).
It smelled divine when I walked in, so much so that while the dude with the most awesome mustache I have ever seen was getting my order, I grabbed a package of pepper bacon from the bacon refrigerator case (I call it that because bacon was the only item in that particular case) to add to it.
Scott stayed up late Saturday night to put the pork in so that it would still be warm when dinner was served on Sunday. It went into the smoker about midnight (after getting a rubdown that morning that included sugar, salt, and various peppers); he got up around 6:30 to check on it and then went back to bed for a while (while I tried to distract HRH with making bunny cookies, but the promise of presents from the Easter Bunny was finally just too much to bear). The end result was a fantastic and tender pulled pork that needed no sauce, even though he did bring the last of our East Carolina sauce, just in case.
|pre-icing bunny cookies - I love me a good sugar cookie!|
chess pie. After all, we were having pulled pork - what better dessert for a Southern dish like that as chess pie, right?
If you haven't heard of a chess pie, you are not alone. These pies, common in the South but not really anywhere else, are basically a custard baked into a pie shell. The basic ingredients - like in much of Southern cooking - are eggs, sugar, flour, and butter. You can make several flavors of chess pie; thanks to President Bill Clinton, lemon chess pie is probably the best known one. But why not an orange one? And voilà - a dessert was born.
In the end, it was a lovely day that made me appreciate family and food. Just... next year we have got to taper down. The amount of food we had was overwhelming, and somewhere not too far, I know there are families who had to do without on a holiday.