24 July 2011

Stay Classy, San Diego.

So, here's a funny story.  A month or so ago, I got this email from BlogHer saying that they were doing this promotion with Knorr and asking if I'd be interested in getting some chicken stock samples and making up a recipe using the stock.  Sure, why not?  Hell, we use chicken stock all the time, and worst case scenerio, I have some extra, right?

The recipe was supposed to be entered in this contest with like 200 recipes and then 8 finalists would win a trip to San Diego, where they'd then have some kind of cook-off competition thing and then maybe be selected to represent Knorr in other promotional stuff.  When I told Matt about the whole thing, he said, "Sounds like you're a little out of your league here."  I agreed, but decided that it would be fun to give it a shot.

And so I signed up, got the samples in the mail and was then kind of conflicted about what to make. I decided that it should be simple, basic, and accessible, you know, like a recipe that could go on the package or something.  This was not, I thought, a time to show off my culinary prowess (plus, who really wants to eat chicken stock ice cream, anyway?)  After some hemming and hawing, I decided to make spicy pork carnitas.  So I made them, and here's what they looked like.

But for some reason I wasn't over the moon for the recipe, and I was a little reluctant to submit it.  As the deadline was fast approaching and I was filling my days with other things like Fourth of July festivities and elliptical injuries and general slothfulness, I decided to just go ahead and submit it to fulfill my end of the bargain.

And then a couple of days ago I got an email saying that I am one of the eight finalists and that I'm going to San Diego for the BlogHer conference in a couple of weeks!  Shoot yeah!  I'm still a little bit in shock, and a lot excited, and totally looking forward to visiting the San Diego Zoo.  I'm nervous, too, because I can kind of clam up in situations where I'm expected to perform or to be charming or to meet new people.  But that's what wine's for, right?

And I've totally sized up my competition, and Matt was right--I'm totally out of my league.  But that's cool, because I have a free trip to California and I'm going to meet this guy.

Oh, and I guess I should share that recipe with you, too, huh?

Here goes it.

Spicy Pork Carnitas

1 ½-2 pounds pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced (with seeds for more spice, without for less)
1 lime, cut into quarter wedges
3 ½ cups Knorr chicken stock, made from concentrate


  1. Rub pork tenderloin on all sides with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.  Heat olive oil in dutch oven on medium-high.  Brown meat on all sides in dutch oven, then remove.
  2. Add onion and cook for three minutes.  Add jalapeno and garlic and cook for another two minutes, or until onion is translucent. 
  3. Add Knorr chicken stock to pan, bring to a simmer.
  4. Meanwhile, nestle lime wedges into the pork.  Return pork to pan and cover.  Cook on medium-low heat for 90 minutes.
  5. When the pork is tender enough, shred with two forks. 
Serve on tortillas with sour cream, shredded lettuce, cheese, and avocado.

Three cheers for zoo fun!  And carnitas!  And all expense paid trips to San Diego!  


  1. You're not out of your league. You've found your league.

    Congratulations. I know you'll do great.

  2. I'm not the least bit surprised. We're definitely trying this recipe! You'll love the San Diego Zoo....~don't~ skip the bird cage!


    I'm so excited for you! You're blog famous! :D

  4. I feel like the Chosen One since I got to eat this recipe of fame.

    Also, so, so proud of you!

  5. Awesome! Have lots of fun, and remember, you aren't out of your league or they wouldn't have picked you! (And I think your recipe looks super yummy and am going to try it).

  6. Great news! Congratulations and enjoy your trip :)

  7. Thanks, everyone! I'm excited and looking forward to it. I'll keep you updated.

  8. Why is this post tagged under "hookers"? I need to know.

    Oh, and, YEAH YOU!!!!!!!! LOVE SAN DIEGO!!!!! and carnitas! Super excited for you.



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