1. We ate fresh strawberries while weeding at the garden yesterday. These are compliments of OldandBusted and her gardening efforts last year. Her strawberries, rosemary, oregano, thyme (?) and we think even a pea plant survived the winter and the transplanting. Thank you!
2. This morning I threw a little more than half of a pork shoulder into the crock pot along with a bottle of coke and some beef broth. It cooked on low for the next 8-9 hours, then Erich trimmed it up when he got home, threw it back in with a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and we drooled over the smell for the next 1 hour or so. At 9:30 we sat down to an awesome dinner of pulled pork sandwiches, homemade coleslaw, and a cucumber & tomato salad. I think we are the last of the crock pot owners to discover the wonders of homemade pulled pork. So delicious and easy. And I couldn't even see the fat at the end so I know it must be lowfat ;)
3. Pizza on the grill - sort of. We made a variation of our usual pizza: Boboli crust, pizza sauce, mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, corn, and fresh oregano. We put it on the pizza pan (the kind with holes) and then onto the grill. We didn't notice a huge change in taste, but the texture of the crust was better. We were afraid it would get too burned if we put it directly onto the grill.
4. Hops. Ok, you can't eat hops. But it goes with the food update because good hops yield good beer which can count as a meal in the right setting. Erich planted 4 types of hops rhizomes and 2 have finally germinated! The Willamette rhizomes are already 6-8 inches tall!!