Another night spent burning the midnight oil…

I nursed a large thermos of Philz Coffee with heavy cream at the beginning of my shift so I didn’t get hungry until close to 5:00 a.m. For my only meal at work, I chowed on leftover Damn Fine Chicken, braised cabbage, and stir-fried spigarello and bacon.

When I got home, I was greeted with hugs from my boys and the intoxicating smell of slow cooked Kalua pig. Surely, one of my top 10 favorite ways to end the day.

Fitbomb transformed Big-O into his Mini-Me before I walked him to school…

…because Big-O had another Picture Day today!

When I returned home, I peeked in on the Kalua Pig in the slow cooker and added another 8 hours to the cooking time. The smell of porky goodness made me hungry so I ate another meal: a fried Applegate Farms chicken apple sausage and heirloom tomato salad.

Then, I went to bed until dinner.

When I woke up at 5:00 p.m, the Kalua Pig was finally finished cooking!

To accompany the swine, I roasted a tray of broccoli and bacon

…mashed a bowl of guacamole

…washed some butter lettuce leaves…

…charred some sweet peppers…

…chopped a few heirloom tomatoes…

…and sauteed some ‘shrooms.

Then, I plated the pig

…and gathered the family to the dinner table to make their own lettuce tacos.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I prepared a batch of marinated roasted bell peppers and then attempted to take a quick catnap before work. No such luck.

Oh well. Just five more nights…

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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