published Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Pork roast goes in slow cooker with barbecue sauce and a cola

Jane Henegar

Good morning, good readers. To whet your appetite, here are today's requests: Congo bars, ice cream recipes of any flavor for an old-fashioned ice cream freezer that makes at least a half-gallon, cream cheese ice cream, shrimp-stuffed deviled eggs and recipes using sun-dried tomatoes. The first requester described himself or herself "a longtime reader of your column." The second requester shall go unnamed. And the final request is a repeat.

First came two recipes from the generous last-name-less Barbara. She has had the broccoli salad recipe for "about 40 years; it came from a dear friend in Abingdon, Va."

Fresh Broccoli Salad

1 bunch fresh broccoli, chopped, stems peeled

1/2 cup chopped green salad olives

1/2 cup halved black olives

Dressing:

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 teaspoon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

Mix broccoli and olives in a bowl. In another bowl, whip dressing with a wire whisk, and add to broccoli-olive mixture. This tastes better if made at least 2 hours ahead so the green olives flavor the salad well.

The original recipe calls for hard-boiled eggs, so they may be added if the cook chooses.

The next recipe answers a request for a Green Goddess salad dressing that contains fresh dill; Barbara discovered it in her recipe file.

Green Goddess Dipping Sauce

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup firmly packed fresh parsley leaves

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 green onion, chopped

1 tablespoon firmly packed fresh dill leaves

1 tablespoon firmly packed fresh tarragon leaves

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Garnish: fresh dill sprig

Process first 11 ingredients in a food processor or blender 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape sides as needed. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving. Garnish, if desired, with dill sprig. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Rose Secrest supplied the sought-after bruschetta topping, and what a timely one it is for those with a garden.

Bruschetta Topping

4 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup basil, minced

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Fresh-ground black pepper, to taste

Aleppo, to taste (optional)

Combine and serve on favorite bread.

And what is Aleppo, you ask? It is a spice, Aleppo pepper, also known as Halaby pepper.

One of our favorite male cooks, a cousin, prepares his pulled-pork barbecue by cooking it in beer. An anonymous Exchanger sent this similar version, suitable for a slow cooker, clipped from a Southern Living magazine in 2006. The testers wrote that "this super-simple recipe delivers big flavor. Serve on buns with slaw or over hot toasted cornbread. Reduce the fat but not the flavor in this juicy cut of pork by preparing a day ahead. Cool the barbecue and refrigerate overnight. Remove and discard any solidified fat before reheating."

Slow-Cooker Barbecued Pork

1 (3- to 4-pound) shoulder pork roast

1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce

1 (12-ounce) can cola soft drink

Place pork roast in a 6-quart slow cooker; pour barbecue sauce and cola over roast. Cover and cook on high 8 hours or until meat is tender and spreads easily.

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