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Are you CRAVING Thanksgiving dinner?

I am already craving the Feast that is ahead this month.  So to fill the need of my stomach with speed I tossed some ingredients in a pot and came up with this beauty!DSCN0233

Thanksgiving Dinner Soup

Serves 4

Time:15 minutes

2 T Butter

1/2 cup diced onion

2 sticks chopped celery

1 large thinly sliced carrot

2 cups shredded chicken

2 cups water

2 cups milk

3 t. chicken boullion

1/2 t thyme

1 1/2 t ground sage

1 t poultry seasoning

Topping:

1 prepared package of Turkey Stove Top

Saute the vegetable in the butter until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add in chicken, water, milk and spices.  Bring to a boil.  Prepare the Stove Top as directed on the box.  I make this in a microwave safe container in 5 minutes tops.  Ladle “soup” into bowls and top with a generous serving spoon of stuffing.  I like each bite of soup to have some stuffing accompanying it, that way the soup doesn’t feel like it is meeting its doom all by itself. 🙂  Happy Early Celebrating!DSCN0232           Before Topped with StuffingDSCN0234The Final Product

Pulled Pork- At its BEST!

100_3436 I was never one for pulled pork sandwiches as a child.  At one point I saw the reason why, as my Dad didn’t add any flavoring to the pork until after it was shredded. My Dad is an amazing man and had a heck of a time raising all of us, but his pulled pork was not my ideal. So I found a remedy and even shared it with him after he had seconds.   As an adult, and on a VERY tight income (2 years and another 3 years of being a college students wife) I found food that was tasty, filling and cheap.  When meat was on the menu it tended to be pork roasts that I purchased for a steal of a deal.  And I would make sure that it would last more than one meal.  I have been making this recipe for so long I can’t even find the original recipe, and I don’t even measure anymore.  It is easy, it is yummy and it is cheap!

Pulled Pork

3-4 lbs of pork roast (no bones)

Sauce

1 bottle bbq sauce (use your favorite, I just use the Kraft variety)

3 TBSP apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Rub

1 cup brown sugar

1 TBSP onion powder

1-2 TBSP kosher salt

1 tsp fresh ground pepper

a Dash or 2 of cayenne pepper

Combine bottom 5 ingredients in small bowl.  Use as a dry rub on the pork, place in bottom of crock pot.  Pour about 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce into the crock pot and add the vinegar and liquid smoke to the bottle.  Shake and pour over the roast.  Set crock pot on High for 6 hours or 10 hours on low.  The meat should shred easily with 2 forks.  Place on toasted buns, or bread, or eat it off of the fork, etc.

According to my dear younger sister who lived in South Carolina for several months, the best way to serve this is on a hotdog bun with a lot of fresh SLAW!

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