We’ve had a slow cooker in the cupboard forever.  Once or twice we even took it out to make hot cider for a party.  But, I had never used it to cook.  So, I was surfing the Internet and hit upon Cuban Style Pull Pork sandwiches.  Seemed like a whole lot a baking would be necessary.  And then the light bulb went off just above my head.  I could cook the pork in my slow cooker while I did other things; like watch the 49ers game.  I researched numerous recipes, added a few of my own ideas, and boom, it was time to get cooking on my new easy recipe.


Serves 8


2 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin roast

1 large Onion sliced

3/4 C Margarita (room temp)

1/2 C water (warm)

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1 Tbsp BBQ Sauce

1 tsp Liquid Smoke

salt & pepper to taste


Ciabatta rolls


Use your favorite  coleslaw recipe or buy ready made.

Slice the onion into rounds and place on bottom of slow cooker.   


In a bowl add the Margarita, water, cumin, oregano, BBQ sauce, Liquid Smoke, salt and pepper. Stir to mix.  There should be a great deal of  Margarita left in the bottle, reserve and refrigerate for consumption at dinner.      

Place Pork Loin Roast on top of the onions, and then pour mixture over the pork.





Place the cover on the slow cooker, and start cooking the pork.  If cooking on low heat it will take between 6 and 8 hour.  If you are cooking on high it will take between 3 and 4 hours.  As I understand it, as long as there is liquid in the slow cooker you just about can’t overcook the meal. 

 Now comes the hard part, what to do for anywhere from 3 to 8 hours.  I watched She Who Must Be Obeyed make her great low fat Cole Slaw and then watched a playoff game.  

Eventually, the pork will be cooked and super tender.  Remove from slow cooker and cut and pull it apart. When pork is pulled, add some of the cooking sauce for more flavor.  Place a serving on rolls, add coleslaw, and pour a nice cold Golden Margarita.  That’s it, you  just made a great easy dinner and never broke a sweat!



She Who Must Be Obeyed hates it when I leave my cell phone at home when we shop.  From her scary perspective, I am like a small boy who always wonders off, and without my phone she has to hunt me down in the store. Of course I haven’t wondered off, I’m just looking at items that interest me.  As with anything, I guess it’s a perspective thing. 

Geezer Alert!  Read further at your own risk. 

I don’t like cell phones. 

I have one, and to be honest, I could not function in today’s business world without my cell phone.  Still, I don’t like cell phones. Or perhaps more accurately, I do not like how people are socially evolving with their cell phones. Many people are literally never alone with their thoughts.  They are always talking with someone, somewhere, connected by the cell phone. 

I have actually seen two teenagers walking together, but rather than enjoying their time together, they were each on a cell phone speaking with someone else (or, who knows maybe they were speaking to each other but using the phone to look cool – still a problem). How much social stimulus does one need? I am certain women would never do this, but I have seen men in public restrooms answering the “call” of nature while at the same time on a “call” with someone somewhere who could be doing literally anything while carrying on a conversation that for some reason can not be interrupted. 

Years ago when I would see someone walking down the street ranting and raving to no one in particular, it was a pretty good indication of the person’s state of mental well being. Now, it’s more likely the person has a cell phone ear bud and is fighting with a girl friend, dropping F – bombs as he strolls along the boardwalk at the beach. 

And that, I think, is what bothers me.  The cell phone, along with reality TV, has removed the concept of self censorship and control. Since people are plugged in all the time, what once was a private thought, is now proclaimed openly for all to enjoy. No one need ever be alone with a thought, or put another way, deprived the entertainment of spontaneous flow of consciousness chatter. 

Maybe it’s just me, but I like walking alone, really alone, not even someone in my ear, just me and my thoughts. Some of my thoughts are down right stupid, and occasionally include a well deserved F – bomb. But they are solely my thoughts.  I suppose there is a danger though; what if while in quiet reflection strolling in public I speak aloud by accident?  That could be very bad without the grace provided by the cell phone ear-bud . Why, I could sound like a person just shy of a full load of bricks walking along ranting to myself.  

Wait….. That’s it!!

I shall always wear a cell phone ear-bud as a prop while walking;  that way I can blurt out virtually anything in public and get a pass.  Genius.       

Good Eating and Table Talk,



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