Super easy and delicious! Shredded, juicy, tender pork carnitas from your pressure cooker!
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1 4 pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 3-in chunks
- 1 12 ounce beer, pilsner or lager
- 1/2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1-1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
Set Instant Pot to high saute setting.
Heat oil. Working in two batches, add pork and cook until evenly browned.
Stir in beer, orange juice, lime juice, garlic, oregano, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Select MANUAL setting; adjust pressure to HIGH; and set time for 30 minutes. When finished cooking, QUICK RELEASE according to manufacturer's directions.
Remove pork from the Instant Pot. Shred using two forks (or with a stand mixer and paddle tool). Season with salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
Optional: Preheat over to broil. Place pork onto a baking sheet and broil until crisp and crusted; about 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve immediately with tortillas, shredded cheese, salsa, and lime juice.
Jury Duty: Circumstantial Evidence versus Direct Evidence (Part 1)
Good morning! Reggie here for Thursday’s Talk to the Tail column.
Lots of you already know that my mom has been on jury duty this month. So, I thought it would be fun to do a little educational post today.
Who out there in Lula Bay Land knows the difference between “circumstantial evidence” and “direct evidence?” If you’re chosen for jury service, more than likely you’re almost certain to hear these terms – especially if you are chosen to serve as a juror on a criminal trial.
Here’s a great tale that depicts the types of evidence. Read along and see which type of evidence you believe is displayed.
Mom travels with the family dog, Bear, to the Pick of the Litter Thrift Store in Newport to drop off some donations. She’s brought along a yummy piece of pizza wrapped up that she places on the dashboard to eat after she drops off her things.
She arrives at the donation site, greets the attendant and gathers her items from the trunk of the car. Only Mom and the attendant are present – no one else is in the area. When Mom returns to the car, the pizza is no longer on the dashboard. She finds the wrapper and the plate on her car seat.
Mom is angry and tells Bear he shouldn’t have taken her pizza. Bear puts his paws up with a strong look of denial on his face. As in, “It wasn’t me, Mom.” Mom doesn’t believe him.
Circumstantial evidence: Mom believes Bear took her pizza because only the attendant and herself are present. There was no one else around who had access to the car or pizza. She is convinced that Bear ate her pizza.
Now, here is an example of direct evidence. Let’s say Mom has gathered her items in her arms and is handing them to the attendant. She turns towards the car and sees Bear move forward into her car seat, grab the pizza with his teeth and eat it in two bites. She directly witnessed him eating the pizza.
Another theory: let’s say we’re still using circumstantial evidence as our theory. Mom hasn’t directly seen Bear eat the pizza. What possible defenses could be utilized to prove Bear’s innocence?
Follow along here to see the legal defense my legal team and myself used in Bear’s case – and find out if he was found guilty by a jury of his peers.
To read the rest of the story, click here: Jury Duty: Evidence (Part 2)
Jury Duty: Evidence (Part 2)
If you missed Jury Duty: Evidence (Part 1) get caught up here: Jury Duty: Evidence (Part One)
Reggie here, from Law Offices of Reginald T. Kittola with Part 2 of the Jury Duty: Evidence story.
Here is successful legal defense strategy we utilized in Bear’s case. First of all, Bear refused to answer any questions until legal counsel was present. Smart dog, Bear. Once we were able to hear the actual events of what transpired, it was easy for us to successfully defend Bear.
Here’s what really happened: Bear didn’t eat the pizza. No, he sure didn’t. Mom had parked her car close to a large tree.
Our investigator visited the crime scene. And after careful observation, he discovered two ground squirrels living in the tree. It wasn’t the first time someone unsuspecting had parked under the squirrels’ tree with food in their car.
The squirrels decided they might as well take advantage of this frequent opportunity to easily acquire rations. So they became quite adept at scurrying down the tree, hopping into cars and stealing items of food.
And no one was the wiser. That is until we were the heroes and figured it out. Danged squirrels. Who knew?
Well, yeah, of course, Bear knew.
Moral of the story: always, always hire the best legal defense team you can — like us, Law Offices of Reginald T. Kittola.
That is all. Until next Thursday’s Talk to the Tail episode.
How Might Our World Be If We Could Love Others Like Our Pets Love?
Written by: Marsha Hettman, Lula Bay Girls
This wonderful cartoon was shared on Facebook this morning by the Beavercreek United Church of Christ to announce a special service featuring a “blessing of pets” today (Sunday, October 14) at 10:00 a.m.
We all want a dress that is relaxed and lets us move with ease. But no one wants a dress that looks like a sack. What if you could have a relaxed fit, with ease of movement, and it was also the perfect travel dress? Enter my favorite Lularoe travel dress: the Carly dress.
The Carly dress is a “swing” dress that flatters our good parts and is flowing and easy with the not-so-good parts. I call her the Queen of Blurring (she will blur/hide the less-than-desirable tummy, butt, and hips). And, she can look casual or dressy depending on the fabrics, prints, and accessories. I love the high-low hemline and short sleeves on the Carly dress.
The Carly was my first Lularoe dress and is still my favorite! She is my go-to-dress for travel. As many of you know, my handsome son (John), my beautiful daughter-in-law (Sanne), and my precious two-year-old granddaughter (Ida) live in Denmark. I am fortunate enough to visit them each year for several weeks. Denmark and its people are amazing, but the plane ride is brutal.
With my Carly, a pair of leggings, a scarf, and a Sarah cardigan, I am ready for almost anything. I am adequately layered in case the plane or airport is too warm or too cold. Okay, I might need a few other things — like a few glasses of wine, snacks, 3 to 4 in-flight movies, cell phone, charger, my IPAD, a good book (in case I forgot to put my charger in my carry-on!!! which I did once!), neck pillow, eye mask, compression socks, meditation music, and maybe a cute male steward. Did I mention, I cannot sleep on planes?? Except for my first trip to Denmark when I was bumped to FIRST CLASS!!! It pays to fly alone!
Oh, yeah, back to Miss Carly.
How to Style your Carly Dress
Here are a few of the many ways to style her:
- Tied up with a knot on one side or both sides
- Knotted in the front or the back
- Belted under the bust
- As a wrap dress
- Worn over leggings
- Paired with a Cassie skirt
- Topping a Julia dress
- Layer with a Lynnae (Lularoe’s new long-sleeved top)
But the best thing of all: no matter what you do to the Carly including sleeping in it (or trying to sleep in it on a plane), wadding it up in a suitcase or backpack, spilling food down the front, having baby spit-up on your shoulder, slamming it in a door, it will look fabulous with a couple of shakes and some smoothing with your hands or a quick rinse in a bathroom sink.
The founder of Lularoe, Deanne Stidham, named this dress The Carly after her daughter-in-law Carly. Is it any surprise that it is my favorite Lularoe travel dress?