Pulled Pork Rice Bowls with Sriracha Tahini Sauce

The best recipe for pulled pork that I’ve come across is from David Chang’s Momofuku.  It’s simple, uncomplicated, and results in meat with a clean flavor which is versatile enough to be used in raman, sandwiches, tacos, and rice bowls of all sorts.  A long and slow roast yields meat that’s crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.  Most recently I served it alongside some garlic-sauteed greens, fresh corn, pickled red onions and jalepenos, and a drizzle of sriracha tahini dressing.  The dressing is creamy, a bit tangy, and has just the right amount of heat to keep it interesting.  I like using this dressing for kale salads as well, and it also works as a dip for crudités.  Note that the pork requires an overnight refrigeration and about six hours in the oven, so plan ahead accordingly, but there is very little hands-on time so don’t let that scare you off.  There will be quite a bit of pork leftover if you make the amount specified in the recipe, which means you’ll have easy dinners for the rest of the week.

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Lavender Lemon Spelt Scones

Each school morning we begin with a full hour of reading as I’ve found it’s been quite a pleasant and sweet way to begin our school time together. We curl up on the couch, sip tea, and immerse ourselves in piles of books.  On one of the days during this past week, I thought it would be fun to do something a little extra-special-  a simple breakfast and reading time in bed.  My daughter was completely delighted.  We took turns reading to each other as we ate our scones and sipped our tea.  During this season of homeschooling, I’ve prioritized our reading time together with hopes that it will rekindle her love for books and her curiosity to learn.  It’s in these small ways that I hope to make reading and learning a positive and joyful experience for her.  We’ve already noticed small changes-  she now reads on her own again, the lists of books she wants from the library are getting longer, and she is always excited to begin the school day because of these shared times of reading.  We are thankful.

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Swiss Chard, Fennel, and Sausage Pasta

Pasta makes an appearance at our dinner table usually about once a week, mostly because it’s simple and also because my kids make me feel like a hero whenever I announce pasta for dinner.  I still remember the time when I served pasta tossed with a plain old jar of store-bought marinara sauce and my son declared it “my best meal EVER”.  (Oh why do I even bother sometimes?!)

This pasta, while not quite as easy as opening a jar, has minimal preparation and comes together quickly on busy weeknights .  I used some homemade tomato sauce that I still had frozen from last summer’s tomatoes, but you could easily substitute any purchased canned or jarred tomato sauce.  Ricotta and parmesan mellow out the acidity of the tomatoes and the seasonings from the chicken sausage help to further flavor the sauce.  I like my pasta heavy with vegetables so there are two whole bunches of swiss chard along with a large fennel bulb, although in the end I probably could have used even more after the vegetables cooked down.  It’s a simple dinner, I know, but delicious just the same and it’s these one-pot meals that get me through the week.

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