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Before becoming a Realtor many, many years ago, I was in the restaurant business, mostly in management but I love to cook and create new recipes. Here’s a couple of my summer favorites that meet 2 of my main criteria for cooking; quick and easy.

Pulled BBQ pork, serves 4

You can fix this one in your crock pot or slow cooker.


  • 2 pound Boston Butt Roast or boneless ribs work well also
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 a 14 ounce can of beef broth (you can freeze the other half for later use)
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • To give it an interesting flavor save a couple of Tablespoons of brewed coffee and toss it in


  • Put the roast or ribs in your crock pot or slow cooker, pour beef broth and optional coffee over.
  • Cook on low setting for 6-8 hours or until meat is fork tender (separates easily with fork)
  • Remove to cutting board and pull apart with two forks or you can chop with a large knife like an 8 inch french cooks knife.
  • Serve with BBQ sauce on the side or poured over. You can also mix BBQ sauce with meat in advance and pop in the oven for about 10 minutes but most people like to add their own sauce.

Serve with cole slaw and BBQ fixins’ like baked beans, potato salad, or chips.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp, serves 4 (I got this one from All Recipes.com which is a great source of awesome dishes.


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons and 1-3/4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/4 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • skewers


  1. in a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.
  2. Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque or pink.

Bon Appetit!

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