Swapped Books and Pulled Pork

Charlie and I pulled off a book swap on Saturday.

Folks put their books in an appropriate category then chose books that interested them.
Folks put their books in an appropriate category then chose books that interested them.

A variety of people, some who didn’t even know each other, each brought ten books to swap which led to conversations about common interests: books.

Non fiction
Non fiction remains

One couple came who was unknown to both of us sent by a mutual friend.

Fiction on the mantel.
Fiction on the mantel.

I am left with a bigger pile of books than I started with which will ultimately be donated to The Book Thing when it reopens after a recent fire.

The kitchen island was set up with the food buffet: pulled pork sliders, tortellini salad, barbecue chicken thighs, bread and butter pickles, grapes, brownies, and ice cream sandwiches.
The kitchen island was set up with the food buffet: pulled pork sliders, tortellini salad, barbecue chicken thighs, bread and butter pickles, grapes, brownies, and ice cream sandwiches.

The menu was very successful and would work for a large or small crowd.

I used a 9-pound bone-in pork shoulder with the skin.
I used a 9-pound bone-in pork shoulder with the skin.

I used Martha Stewart’s recipe for pulled pork.

Bacon is fried to render fat for searing the pork shoulder.
Bacon is fried to render fat for searing the pork shoulder.

The pork was seared in bacon grease.

I had to sear the pork in a bigger pan because it would not fit in my Dutch oven without being trimmed.
I had to sear the pork in a bigger pan because it would not fit in my Dutch oven without being trimmed.

I had to cut down the pork should to fit into the Dutch oven but I added the trimmed pieces to the pot.

Ingredients for the sauce.
Ingredients for the sauce.

The ingredients were mixed together and poured over the pork and bacon.

The pork shoulder is braised for 6 hours to become pulled pork.
The pork shoulder is braised for 6 hours to become pulled pork.

The pork finished cooking at half past midnight for 6 hours in a 300 degree oven.

Pulled pork
Pulled pork

I let it cool until early the next morning when I shredded it into fine pieces and returned it to the pot juices.

We prepared the pulled pork on small rolls to make it easy to eat.
We prepared the pulled pork on small rolls to make it easy to eat.

Later in the day the pulled pork was served on small slider-sized rolls — easy to eat. I can fully recommend this recipe.

Did you have something especially good to eat this weekend?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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