Friday, August 8, 2008

Dear Family & Friends,

Thank you for all your concern. There’s certainly no need to worry…and absolutely no need for you to send us food. Despite the recent pay cut, we’re still doing (and eating) fine.

Here’s a photo of us on Monday night barbecuing at Goleta Beach. We grilled up some hot dogs and chicken, had some potato salad, bbq beans, and a variety of fruits, and then some s’mores.

Then on Thursday night, after surviving on only saltine crackers and water for 3 days, we had a large, fatty dinner of bbq pork sandwiches and coleslaw. I used a very simple crockpot recipe from the internet. In the morning, I combined the following ingredients in the crockpot and set it to cook on LOW:

4 lbs. of pork shoulder
2 large onions (cut into wedges)
1 bottle of bbq sauce
1 cup of water

When I got home from work, the crockpot was filled with a lot more liquid than I started with. Somehow the onions and pork released enough juices to produce about 5 cups of a very dilute bbq sauce. I had to scoop all the liquids into a separate sauce pan and boil for an hour in order to reduce it to the proper consistency.

The coleslaw was very easy to make.
1 head of green cabbage, shredded
1 head of red cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shredded

Then mix in a sauce consisting of approximately:
2 parts mayonnaise
1 part lemon juice
1 part brown sugar
Salt to taste

Here are the final results...

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