One of the reasons I always volunteer to help out an SRC orphan is to meet new foodie bloggers. And Shelley is definitely one to follow. She writes: "I love food and almost everything involved with it - preparing it, eating it, sharing it. I am a stay at home mom to two wonderful children and it is my goal to share this love of food and the appreciation of the process with them as they grow." Very cool. My own parenting goal in the culinary realm is similar: to grow conscientious, creative kids with fearless palates who can cook for themselves and all their friends!
Looking through Shelley's blog, there were so many recipes I wanted to try. And I love, love, love her step-by-step photos. She has 28 recipes tagged as 'sourdough'! I still steer clear of any recipes with sourdough; I guess if I could figure out what "sourdough starter" was, I might not be so intimidated.
I finally settled on her recipe for Sloppy Joes. Funny story...and my version...
I pack my kids' lunches...and mine...and my husband's. But I quickly realized that ordering hot lunch at school was something the boys wanted to do for the social (versus culinary) aspect. They felt that they were the only ones who never got to pick up a tray, wait in line, and get food from the cafeteria. While I am fully cognizant that my two are not the only ones whose moms pack their lunches everyday, I still agreed that once a month they could choose a hot lunch.
Back when Riley was in 2nd grade, he had never heard of - or had - a Sloppy Joe. But I told him that he would like it. It had meat and tomatoes, two of his favorites. And he did. He loved it!
The next month, while perusing the menu to make his selection he hollered, "Mommy, what's the name of the sandwich that I like? You know...'messy'?! Jack??!" Triumphantly he announced, "That's it: Messy Jacks!" We all laughed and it became a running family joke. But, until now, I had never made them at home. Thanks to Shelley's inspiration, I now have a recipe for...
C Mom Cook's Sloppy Joes
2 shallots, diced
freshly ground salt
1 t fresh squeezed lime juice
1 t blackstrap molasses
1 t raw honey
splash of Thai fish sauce
splash of soy sauce
splash of pear vinegar