A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege and pleasure of doing a phone interview with none other than D.J. Tanner herself, Candace Cameron Bure! I used to watch Full House every single Friday night as a kid, and I always idolized Candace and wanted to be like her. And what’s weird is that people actually told me that I looked like her…and sometimes they still do. What do you think…is there a slight resemblance other than the fact that I’m not a celebrity?
I don’t know…I can sorta see it? I’d love to go back in time and tell my 12-year old self that 21 years later I’d get the chance to actually speak to D.J. Tanner. This may sound nuts, but I feel like I achieved some sort of childhood dream by getting to connect with her for 10 minutes. I did my best to sound as normal and collected as possible on the phone, but let’s be honest…I was totally starstruck! Full House forever baby!
Anyway, I got the chance to talk to Candace about how great the slow cooker is for busy moms. She’s educating people all about the benefits of the crock pot in honor of National Eat Together Week.
When I talked to her I felt like I was talking to one of my friends! I asked her about her three kids, Natasha, Lev, and Maks…and I asked her how she gets them all to sit around the dinner table…because that seems to be a huge challenge in my household.
She told me that mealtimes have gotten easier since her kids are now 12, 10, and 8, but the fact that she gets them involved in helping her cook is a plus as well. She also really values dinner time as family time, and by using the crock pot, she can spend more time connecting with her family than prepping meals in the kitchen. Sometimes she even sets the slow cooker the night before, and when she wakes up in the morning, dinner is done! All she has to do is reheat it when she gets home.
If you’d like to hear my entire interview, you can click the following link. It will take you to one other page, click it again, and it will play. Just ignore the awkward pause in the middle where I totally lost my train of thought!
You can hear more about why Candace loves her crock pot by viewing the video below…and I’ve also included her recipe for her famous pork carnitas tacos after the video. Enjoy!
Candace’s Carnitas Tacos
2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston butt), trimmed
1 carrot, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/4 cup dry red wine or chicken broth
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 cups thinly shredded red cabbage
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
Salt and pepper
12 7- to 8-inch corn tortillas, warmed
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
Combine carrot, onion and wine in slow cooker.
Sprinkle roast on all sides with chili powder, rubbing it into meat. Season on all sides with salt and add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until roast is falling-apart tender, about 6 hours.
Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer meat to a large bowl. Use two forks to shred meat into bite-sized pieces. Moisten/season with cooking juices to taste. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine cabbage and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Arrange 2 tortillas on each serving plate. Fill tortillas with pork, cabbage mixture, and avocado and serve. (Alternately, arrange pork, cabbage mixture and avocado on a platter and let guests make their own tacos.)
Cooking tip: For even more flavorful carnitas, brown roast on all sides in a lightly oiled skillet before sprinkling with chili powder.
Yield: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 6 hours
Nutritional Information per Serving:
Calories: 590 Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 95mg Sodium: 940mg Carbohydrates: 47g
Protein: 36g Fiber: 7g