Category: Carolina Country
|May 1, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under Carolina Country, chocolate, garden goodness, krispy kreme, no cook, published, strawberries, sweet treats, wendy's signature recipes|
We love strawberry time! And Krispy Kreme doughnuts, of course. How about an NC cannoli strawberry shortcake? Those signature doughnuts, combined with a creamy cannoli-like filling, sweet berries, plus a pillow of whipped cream drizzled with chocolate? Yes, please!
|April 25, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under Carolina Country, Italian, pasta, published, salads, slaws and such, wendy's signature recipes|
Published in Carolina Country Magazine May 2020
Creations like this one is why I sometimes feel like the Queen of Throw Cooking! Because that is just how this tasty salad came to be.
Each year, on the 2nd Sunday in September, Dinner in the Meadow is held in Franklin County outside Louisburg, NC. Held atop a grassy knoll in the meadow of Meadow Lane Farm, this dinner supports a grant for the chosen applicant of that year’s small farm fund grant. For many years, I have been a part of the dinner, handling marketing and social media. Most years, I throw together lunch for all the volunteer set up crew and that is how this dish came about.
Friend and farm owner Martha Mobley owns this NC Century Farm where she grows all sorts of organic produce and flowers… and raises all sorts of farm animals, mostly sheep and cows. Although a full time extension agent in Franklin County, you can find her selling her farm goodness every Saturday at the Durham Farmers’ Market. She gives me some goodies to work with for the volunteer lunch, so I had the best pork butts you can have to make this salad.
When she gave them to me, freezer to freezer, I had no idea what I’d do with them. I figured I would probably just make some pulled pork sandwiches… but when time came around, I dug around my pantry to see what else I could throw together instead! I found some orzo… sun dried tomatoes… some toasted pine nuts… and my head started getting all giddy as I had this vision! TaDa.
Pork and orzo salad!
That day, Martha said it was the best food she’d ever had and wanted me to make her more. It took me a while but I did. I also wanted to put on paper out of my head so I could share with others. Thus, here came to be, that recipe, on paper, for Carolina Country Magazine customers and anybody else that wants it! It’s has become one of my favorites too… and I hope you will give it a try as well. It takes just a little forethought to cook the pork, pasta and roasted garlic, but you can then make and enjoy this salad for days. I even froze some to see how it would hold up… and it was just as tasty!
I do hope you will throw together this salad too. And if you do, snap a picture and share over on my fun facebook page! Enjoy y’all…
For those who love pasta salads and Italian food, it doesn't get much better! This will feed a crowd, but easy to cut in half... everybody will love it, so make a bunch! Freezes too...
- 5-6 lbs. pork butt, cooked, shredded and chopped (cook ahead in crockpot)
- 1 16 ounce box orzo, cooked per package directions
- 1 8,5 ounce jar julienned sun dried tomatoes with oil, undrained
- 1 3.5 ounce capers, drained
- 1 12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped (We used Mt. Olive.)
- 1 cup white raisins
- 1 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/2 cup loosely packed, chopped fresh parsley
- 1 6 ounce bag baby spinach, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 4 heads roasted garlic
- 1 cup oil*
Cook pork and roast garlic to have ready for assembling salad. For pork, I simply cook in crock pot until fork tender. Remove from drippings when done, shred with fork and cut up big pieces with scissors to bite size.
To roast garlic: *Cut tops from 4 heads of garlic. Place in small baking dish. Pour oil over garlic. Roast at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool and squeeze cloves into salad, along with the oil.
To make salad: Fold pork into orzo. Add remaining ingredients, stirring until well blended. Serve immediately or refrigerate to serve later. Best if removed from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.
Note: The orzo can be cooked 1–2 days ahead. Cook al dente, and toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Refrigerate in airtight container until ready to make salad.
|April 10, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under asparagus, breakfast, Carolina Country, casseroles, Easter, eggs, gluten free, low carb, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, sensational sides|
This light and velvety asparagus casserole will be a favorite with the cheese lovers in your crowd for Easter brunch, or anytime. Other vegetables can be substituted or added, and have fun trying other cheeses too. You can even add in diced ham or bacon. Use this recipe as a base and spiff up to make it your own.
|April 8, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under appetizers, Carolina Country, cook & eat nekkid, dressings, garden goodness, published, sensational sides, wendy's signature recipes|
Spring has us thinking peas and carrots! But not just any peas and carrots. We’re hungry for crispy fritters, with a zesty Greek twist.
|April 7, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under baking (she said in terror), Carolina Country, Easter, pie please, plums, published, sweet treats, wendy's signature recipes|
Sometimes, a simple pie is all that’s needed to round out Easter lunch or a spring supper… or just to enjoy all by itself. Like this Spiced Cream Plum Pie. Not a plum fan? You can sub other fruits like summer peaches with the same tasty outcome!
|April 1, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under Carolina Country, cook & eat nekkid, garden goodness, here piggy piggy!, Mt. Olive Pickles, nuts, published, salads, slaws and such|
Ready for something traditional with a nontraditional twist? Impress your table of Easter guests with this eye-catching ham salad. Or jazz up your leftover ham and skip the boring ham sandwich!
|January 28, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under blueberries, breakfast, buttermilk, Carolina Country, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, sauces & syrups|
Everyone will enjoy these wholesome nutty pancakes with bright lemon flavor… great for a winter’s morn breakfast, brunch or supper too! Serve the blueberry syrup warmed alongside the pancakes. And don’t forget to add my Chicken Breakfast Sausage patties too!
|January 27, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under appetizers, Carolina Country, cheesy, fun food, Italian, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, party foods, published|
Fondue… bread bowl pizza fondue! Try these fun ways to enjoy a simple supper or for a crowd at your next gathering. Get creative with fondue and dippers… here are a couple of favorites. Which do you like? Bread Bowl Pepperoni or Hawaiian Pizza Fondue?
|January 20, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under breakfast, Carolina Country, cheesy, country ham, gravy, here piggy piggy!, published|
Surprise your friends with a twist on eggs benedict… country ham and egg on top of buttery cheese pierogies drizzled with red eye “hollandaise!”
|January 17, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under breakfast, Carolina Country, gluten free, here chickie!, low carb, published, skillet cookery, wendy's signature recipes|
Pull out your cast iron skillet for this one to get a nice little “crunch” on the patties. Making sausage to suit your own taste is really easy to do, and making a big batch at the time is too since you can freeze and take out a few patties as needed. You can make this recipe with ground pork, but we love the moistness from using ground chicken. And if you like maple sausage, make some with a hint of syrup drizzled in also. This makes a great “breakfast for supper!”
|January 4, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under barbecue or is it BBQ?, bbq sauces, Carolina Country, cornbread & hushpuppies, gravy, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, wendy's signature recipes|
How do you make eastern NC BBQ sauce better? Turn it into gravy… Eastern NC BBQ Sauce Gravy!
Warm up from the inside out with this creamy, “winter white” soup. Or serve it chilled! Roasting the produce adds another layer of flavor, and even turnip-haters will find those root veggies tasty. Serve with cornbread and cracklins.