Meat, Cheese and Crackers

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As you may or may not know, my family and I celebrated my wife’s Birthday this last weekend.  I received such a good response from some of you on Facebook, wishing my wife a Happy Birthday, that I decided to share one of the things I did for her.  And since it pertains to food I thought you might enjoy this.

As you can see in the photo above, I’ve got 2 plates covered with Cured Meats, Crackers and Cheese.  Which in most places around the world, it can really eat a hole in your wallet.  I mean, it’s no secret that cured meats and cheese can be very pricey.  Especially if you start getting exotic.  Where I live, for example, I can buy 4 oz. of Prosciutto for about $10 bucks.  But, that’s virtually $40 dollars a pound!  Are you kidding me?

So am I telling you that’s what I spent for each one of these cured meats?  No, I’m not and I didn’t even come close to that kind of expense.  The Great thing about food is nobody wants it to go to waste.  So if you hit the markets when they’re in rotation, you’re going to save your self a ton of money.

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Another example, in the above photo I have two different Salami’s; Genoa and Boars Head Black Pepper Salami.  Both are a half pound each and were marked down 50%.  The Prosciutto was only 2 dollars for 3 oz.  But at full price, on any other day, I would’ve spent $20 bucks just for what you see on the plate and when it was all said and done, I walked out the door paying only 1/3 that price.

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Now when it comes to these Cheese’s the price continues to soar. That is, unless you can pick these up on rotation too, and you can.  The funny thing about cheese, however, is you can’t really tell when it goes bad because it stinks when you buy it.  So you’re completely at the mercy of the attendants that swapping out the prices to keep up with the expiration dates.

Between these five cheese’s alone one could spend $40 to $50 dollars all together.  Some of these slices normally range between $8 and $13 bucks a piece.  There’s a Fromager D’affinois Cheese that is very mild and Creamy(top left), a Port Salute(Orange Label) that is mild and creamy as well just a slighly different taste.  The Blue Cheese is obvious, you either like it or you don’t.  The English White Stilton with Blueberry interesting because it’s very sweet and similar to the taste of cheese cake.  And last but not least, the Jarlsberg lite, which is just a fancy way of saying “Deli Swiss”.  And if you’re wondering what’s in the middle, those are my Marinated and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes!

So the night before my wife’s Birthday, we started celebrating each others company with the peace and quiet of the house(after we put the kids to bed), the widescreen with Netflix, a cheap box of wine and some very expensive Meats and Cheese’s that I bought for practically nothing.  And just so you know, I’m not a cheap bastard, I just know how to live and moments like these are priceless! 😉

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Kalua Pork Burrito

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The Best Kalua Pork Burrito

This Kalua Pork Burrito is so refreshing it’s like a tall cold glass of water, it’s that good.  Hawaiian meets Tex-Mex and it’s not crudded up with too many spices or seasonings either.  In fact, the only added seasoning in this entire combo is Hawaiian Sea Salt and Lime Juice.  So the great thing about that is you’re completely relying on the flavors of all of the other natural ingredients.  But, if you “just gotta”, add Cumin to the pulled pork.

Pork Burrito made from Leftovers

Carnitas is what you normally here or read on a menu when you’re ordering a Pork Burrito.  But this particular burrito was the direct results of my leftover Kalua Pork that was served up on my birthday.  So whether you call it Carnitas or just another Pork Burrito, you’re going to love this Wrap.  And just so you know, the list of recipes that can be made from a Kalua Pork Roast goes on and on and I’ll list the recipes I’ve already posted down below as well as the original Kalua Pork Roast recipe.  Also, I’ve got a great Seafood Enchilada recipe that will blow you’re mind, along with the original Salsa recipe I use in this video.

Kalua Pork Roast(Oven), Kalua Pork Roast(Crock-Pot), Seafood Enchilada,
Pulled Pork Fries, Kalua Pork Tamales, Homemade Salsa

Kalua Pork Burrito Ingredients:

1 pkg Large Tortilla’s
1 Kalua Pork Roast
2 cups Rice
1 can Black Beans, large
1 tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped
2 Avocados, sliced
1/2 Lime, squeezed
1/2 lbs Cheese, graded
1/2 cup Salsa
1/2 cup Sour Cream, optional
Salt to taste, rice

Follow my recipe video tutorials and implement the ingredients to make this wonderful Kalua Pork Burrito.

Turkey Burger Sliders

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The Best Turkey Burger is a Slider

A Turkey Burger is way better than most people realize.  I, for one, have been shockingly surprised.  I’m telling you, this literally competes with the best beef burgers. In fact the only thing that would make this recipe any better is bacon! But, I think you’ll love the fresh veggie addition I use as an alternative to more meat and cheese because the patty is already thick enough.  Besides who doesn’t love avocado?

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Turkey Burger Sliders

One of the things I love about Turkey Burger Sliders is the health benefits.  Turkey, as everyone knows, is much leaner.  The problem is, because sliders are smaller, I tend to eat more of them.  So I’m not really sure if I really benefiting from the lean meat because I tend to over eat, if I’m not careful.  These burgers are so delicious, it’s hard to not eat more than two or three at time.  But, if one is conscientious and can control their appetite, this can make a perfectly balanced meal.

Also, be sure to check out my Crispy Onion Rings and my Sweet Potato Fries with sauces in the links below.

CLICK HERE for Onion Rings
CLICK HERE for Sweet Potato Fries

Turkey Burger Slider Ingredients:

4 lbs Ground Turkey (makes 10 to 12 sliders)
Bag of Slider Buns or Dinner Rolls
Green Leaf Lettuce
2 Tomatoes
1 Red Onion
1 Cucumber
1 Avocado
1/2 stick Butter
1 tsp Mayonnaise, per bun
1 tsp Cream Cheese, per bun
Salt and Pepper

ketchup and Mustard, optional

Follow the instructions for this Turkey Burger Sliders recipe in the video tutorial.