Archives for July 2011

Recipe: Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Slow Cooker Kahlua Pork

Ahhh, Polynesia!  Wish we were there.  Instead, we tried making Kalua Pork in our crockpot with a recipe from Favorite Family Recipes.  The recipe is really simple and you leave it all day in your crockpot, so you can have it ready when you come home from a long day of work or errand-running, or you can just enjoy your day knowing you have dinner already in the pot!  I love a good crockpot recipe for all those reasons, so I was excited to try this out.

We were in and out of the house during the day and enjoyed the smell of the salty & smoky pork wafting through the house.  When the time came, I shredded the pork and we served it up as sandwiches on buns.  The flavor was good, but not quite like the real thing (of course, I didn’t have the ti leaves to use…we used banana peels as one of the recipe comments suggested).  I would have liked it even better with a stronger flavor.

Maybe next time I will try my Oven Kalua Pork recipe from my A Taste of Aloha cookbook…it uses more salt and you rub the liquid smoke into the pork, which might make a stronger flavor.  Also, that cookbook suggests banana, taro, or spinach leaves as alternatives to ti leaves.  Of course, I could just try my recipe for the real deal – a whole pig cooked in a hole in backyard, but I don’t know what the neighbors would think of that .  (Actually I have great neighbors…they’d probably love it!)

Kalua Pork from Favorite Family Recipes
3-4 lb. pork roast
1-2 T. Kosher salt
1/3 c. liquid smoke
1 c. water
4 washed ti leaves (optional)

  1. Line the bottom of the crockpot with two ti leaves (optional).  Rub pork generously with salt, pour on liquid smoke, then place in crockpot.  Add water.
  2. Fit remaining ti leaves around outside edge of crockpot (optional).  Cover & cook on low 8-10 hours or until you can easily shred the pork.  Do not drain off liquid.  Serve as is or on buns.

Note:  Mine took closer to 10 hours.  If you don’t have Kosher salt, use another coarse salt.  Usually a pork shoulder cut like the pork butt or picnic roast is the best to use for a pulled pork recipe.

Average Fork Rating:  3.6
Mr. Diner:  3
Mrs. Diner:  3
Amazing Diner:  4
Sweet Diner:  4
Little Diner:  4

New Sweet Tomatoes & Souplantation Coupons

Sweet Tomatoes

Photo by Zeusandhera.

I love Sweet Tomatoes…especially during the summer!  Just wish there was one closer to my house!  They’ve just released their latest batch of coupons…including Buy 1 Get 1 Free Breakfast (with purchase of two drinks), $9.99 for 2 lunches M-Th, Free Kids Meal with purchase of an adult meal, and $19.99 for 2 Adults & 2 Kids for lunch or dinner.  Varying expiration dates though Aug. 7.  Get them here.

Eat Out Review: Coneys Custard

Coneys Frozen Custard

These days are just right for frozen treats!  After a sweaty morning at the park, we needed food & refreshment so we stopped by Coneys Custard in Orem.  It was about 1:30 pm (a late lunch) so I was surprised there were so many people there…and there was a line of about ten people at one point while we were eating.  The dining area has counter-height tables with chairs and table-height booths around the edges and is decorated in fun orange and royal blue.

We stepped up to the counter to place our order.  In addition to frozen custard, they have gourmet hot dogs and burgers.  You order at the counter, then a server brings it to your table.  We ordered everything at once, but requested to have our frozen custard after we ate our food.

It was just my two youngest diners who were with me this time and the both ordered the Kid’s Corn Dog ($1.50 each), which was served up hot and fresh.  I was intrigued by the gourmet dogs and ordered the Sonoran Dog, a 100% beef Nathan’s Famous dog topped with all sorts of things:  caramelized onions, bacon, pinto beans, melted cheese, salsa, guacamole, cilantro cream sauce, & cilantro.  That’s a lot of toppings!  It was fantastic, but huge!  For the first two bites, I actually tried to pick it up to eat it, but didn’t succeed in getting both a bite of the hot dog and the toppings together in one bite.  (I did succeed in making a mess of my hands and face, however.)  So I surrendered and ate it with a fork and knife.  The combination of everything on there was a good one and I would recommend it to anyone who finds all those toppings appealing.  We all shared an order of fries, which were cut thickly and fried up just right – nice and crisp on the outside with a soft potato center.  Their fry sauce is thick and sticks nicely to the fries.

Coneys Sonoran Dog2

We really enjoyed our food and then requested our Strawberry Cyclone to share.  It is large and after eating our hot dogs, we just barely made a dent in our frozen custard.  It was delicious, though!  The custard was really smooth and creamy.  The strawberry topping was similar to a canned strawberry ice cream topping, with little pieces of strawberries in it.  I would have preferred fresh strawberries, but at least it wasn’t artificial strawberry flavoring!

Coneys Strawberry Cyclone

Custard is like ice cream, but with eggs added in, which gives it a richer flavor.  Coneys has a freezing barrel that rapidly freezes the custard, resulting in smaller ice crystals and less air making a smoother, creamier ice cream.  Coneys typically has vanilla and chocolate custard, along with a flavor-of-the-day (that day it was Mango…go here for their flavor schedule).  Over two dozen toppings are also available and can also be mixed in like there were in our Cyclone.

We enjoyed both our food and frozen custard and would love to go back!  I may have to try their burgers next time; they were named one of the 75 Best Burgers in Utah by Salt Lake Magazine in 2010 under the Classic Burgers category.  Speaking of awards, Coneys also recently earned the 2011 Best of State award in the Specialty Foods category.  If you really love Coneys, you can sign up for the Coneys Club to receive special offers.  They also have a location in American Fork.

Entrée Price:  $
Average Fork Rating:  4
Mrs. Diner:  4
Sweet Diner:  4
Little Diner:  4

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Arby’s Free Fries & Drink with Angus Cool Deli Purchase


Photo by rob_rob2001.

Get free small fries & a small drink when you buy an Angus Cool Deli Sandwich or Wrap with coupon.  Sign up here for the coupon.  Expires Aug. 4.

Denny’s Tour of America: B1G1 Free Coupon for Utah Today!

Denny’s has been choosing one state a day to receive a coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 Free Tour of America entrée.  Today (July 29) it’s Utah’s turn.  Go here today to print a coupon good only at Utah locations.  Expires Aug. 3.

What’s on the Tour of America menu? 

  • Pacific Northwest Iced Coffee
  • Hawaiian Tropical Smoothie
  • Florida Orange Milk Shake
  • Hawaiian Tropical Pancakes Breakfast
  • Hawaiian Tropical Pancakes Puppies
  • Georgia Peach French Toast
  • Philly Cheesesteak Omelette
  • California Cobb Salad
  • Midwestern Meat & Potatoes Sandwich
  • Southern Shrimp & Grits

25% Off at Kostizi Through Sunday–No Minimum!

Kostizi is going through some changes and will not be offering The Daily Doro (specials) anymore.  This weekend is their final sale with 25% off everything with no minimum purchase when you use the code INSANE.  I’ve used them to get my Beyond Glaze certificates (see our review here).  The only downside is that they have a $1 order processing fee per order, not per certificate even though my orders have always been ones your print at home.  Go here to see all dining deals available.  There are a lot of great dining offers available, but here are some especially great ones (all prices listed after INSANE code, but before $1 processing fee):

Munchkin Radio’s Christmas in July Tomorrow

Munchkin Radio is a free online radio station for kids.  Tomorrow, July 30, they are sponsoring their 2nd Annual Christmas in July celebration at The District in South Jordan.  They have Christmas music playing right now and will have Santa Claus visiting as well as fun activities, prizes, and an ice-cream eating contest.  The highlight of their celebration, though, is their canned food drive with freebies!  Bring canned goods (not expired) to donate to the Utah Food Bank to get a whole bunch of freebies (see below).  Their website is not the best to navigate; I like their Facebook page better.

They also have a Birthday Club for kids with freebies, but I’m waiting till the next diner’s birthday to see how it works out.  I’ll let you know.

Participating Merchant Schedule – Updated
Each offer is one per person present.  You must donate at each retailer for their offer.

  • Marble Slab (12pm-4pm) 1 can = One FREE child’s size Ice Cream
  • Chick-fil-A
    • (6:30am-10:30am) 1 can = 3 count mini’s (plus a party & pictures with the Santa Cow from 9:00-10:30)
    • (3:00pm-6:00pm) 1 can = 8 count Chicken Nuggets
  • Megaplex 20 (1:00pm-4:00pm)
    • 1 can = 1 FREE popcorn voucher
    • 3 cans = One FREE bounceback movie ticket to see “Cars 2” on Aug. 1-3 only while supplies last
  • Ryan’s Diamonds (12pm-4pm) 1 can = 1 entry to win a Diamond Pendant valued at over $500.00
  • Canyon Bicycles (12pm-4pm) 1 can = 1 entry to win a kids bicycle valued between $170.00-$190.00
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (12pm-4pm) 1 can = 1 Small Size Chocolate Covered Banana
  • Wild Rose Restaurant (12-4) 1 can = 1 FREE appetizer voucher
  • Hair Elegance (12-4)
    • 2 cans = Free Brow Waxing voucher good 8/1-8/4
    • 2 cans = FREE kids polish voucher, good 8/1-8/4
    • 6 cans = One FREE haircut and style, (men, women or kids) voucher, good 8/3 & 8/4
  • Red Robin
    • (11-1) 3 cans = Lunch & Pictures with Santa and Free Kids Meal with adult meal purchase (limit 2 per table) Bring your camera – no photographer available.
    • (11-1)  1 can = Picture with Santa (bring your camera – no purchase necessary)
    • (11-4) 1 can = Free kids meal voucher for return visit
  • Rumrz Bar & Grill (12-4) 1 can = 1 kids meal
  • Downeast Basics (12-4) 1 can = 20% off voucher good for 7/30-8/31
  • Cookie Cutters (12-4) 1 can = $2.00 off kids haircut
  • White Elegance
    • 1 can = 10% off one item (you can use one can for each item you buy)
    • 1 can plus a $50 purchase = 50% off a Clearance item
  • Sizzler – they are opening soon & may have an offer, so bring an extra can or two

Ruby Tuesday Free Garden Bar Add-On

Ruby Tuesday is offering coupons for a free Garden Bar (salad bar) add-on with entrée purchase to the first 100,000 when you “like” them on Facebook.  Coupon will arrive in the mail.  Go here to get started.  There were over 73,000 coupons still available when I checked.  In Utah, our Ruby Tuesday location is next to the outlets in Park City.  Use your Tanger Outlet 20% off coupons that came in the mail, then go over and get a meal at Ruby Tuesday!

Dining Deals for Today

  • Mimi’s Café“Like” them on Facebook for a coupon for 2 free muffins with any purchase good through Aug. 2.  Of course, you can always just print the same coupon here with the same expiration date.
  • Star of India (Salt Lake City) – Get a $20 gift certificate for $10 at Living Social through Sunday.  Expires Oct. 29.  Sign up for a new account here (referral link).
  • Whistle Wok (American Fork) – Get a 2-pack of $10 certificates ($20 total) for $9 at Deal Dragon when you use the code SOUTH10.  Certificates expires one year from purchase.  Remember – you can only use one of these at a time.

Date Night! Dinner & a Movie from Screamin’ Daily Deals

Here’s a super easy date night deal!  Screamin’ Daily Deals is offering 2 movie tickets (Cinemark, CineArts, Century, or Tinseltown Theatres) and a $25 certificate for $15.  Available through Sunday.  No expiration!  Open a new Screamin’ Daily Deals account here (referral link).

Movie tickets will arrive in the mail within 2-3 weeks.  The certificate can be used at participating restaurants.  Go here to see where you can use it in your area.

This may or may not be a good deal, depending on how much movie tickets are in your area and what restaurants are available in your area, so be sure to check.  My area only has one participating restaurant.