A good deal at the grocery store on a large pork loin roast and some unexpected guests led me to come up with a great dinner on the fly. I served it two ways not only to provide options but also to extend it a little. Here’s what I did:
1 pork loin roast (note, this is not the thin, tenderloin)
Equal parts ground cumin, coriander and oregano (adjust the amount to the size of the roast)
1 onion, sliced
Chicken bouillon mixed in water (1 cube or tsp. per 1 cup of water) so that it reaches half way up the roast in the crockpot.
BBQ sauce of your choice
Cumin, coriander and oregano made for the perfect seasonings for a pork loin roast.
Pat the roast dry on all sides. Rub the seasoning blend all over it. Brown the roast on all sides in a large skillet and then put it in the crockpot with the fat side up!
Saute the onion slices in the same skillet just until beginning to soften. They will pick up residual seasonings. Place them on top of the roast in the crockpot.
Add the bouillon to the skillet and scrape up any wonderful stuck bits. Pour it all over the roast and onion.
Cover the crockpot and put it on high for approximately 5-6 hours. You’ll know it’s ready when you can easily stick a fork in the roast. Allow it to sit with the heat turned off for about 10 minutes.
Remove the pork to a bowl and start to shred it apart using two forks.
This is what the roast looked like when I started to cook it. Very beige, but full of potential.
Serve the seasoned pork as is for those who want it that way or let them ladle some BBQ sauce over their portion. You can eat the pork just that way with side dishes or put the meat in a bun for a pulled pork sandwich.
We served it with sweet potatoes and yellow cabbage that I sautéed with diced onion just until both were softened and starting to caramelize. This was my hot alternative to cole slaw which also goes great with pork.
Once the pork has had a chance to rest a bit (as all meat should after cooking is done), take two forks and shred it
This is the part two of a two-part series when thatsITmommy visited the dynamic DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, Calif.
Because I usually draw stick figures, it was comical taking a crack at sketching Mr. Peabody. As production designers, James says their job is to maintain the “genetic code” of “Peabody’s Improbable History,” which ran from 1959 – 1964 on both ABC and NBC. Jay Ward (producer/creator) and Ted Key (creator) were the brains behind the original segments that appeared during the extremely popular “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.”
While costumed as Leonardo da Vinci, animator Jason Spengal elaborated on how the 2D look transforms into 3D motion. Spengal says it’s imperative to create exaggerated features when producing animated caricatures. “Sometimes, we really stretch the character like crazy to see what sticks,” says Spengal. By showing step-by-step illustrations of a charismatic scene with the film’s animated Leonardo da Vinci (Stanley Tucci), I learned how designers often videotape one another performing dialogue to match a caricature’s facial and physical gestures. “Sherman is loose, soft and frantic, while Mr. Peabody is much more controlled,” the animator explains. Numerous designers also studied how the updated version of Mr. Peabody would appear more human. “We saw him (Mr. Peabody) as bipedal versus a quadruped to show his non-association as a dog. “We had both Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s glasses matching to show their connection,” Spengal emphasizes.
All questions were answered regarding why it takes more than a year to shoot animated films. On this project alone, there were 15 production departments reporting to Minkoff, according to producer Denise Cascino from the studio’s sister team, Pacific Data Images (PDI) located in Palo Alto, Calif. “Every single one of them needs feedback from Rob [Minkoff]. So, it’s from morning ‘til evening. It’s meeting after meeting,” Cascino explains. “And yet, most importantly, reserving time for story and development as well,” she says. Minkoff elaborates, “So, you’ll look at the character design. You’ll look at the animation. You’ll look at the way the layout is being done, the backgrounds.” He says, “So, it’s just a lot of individual meetings to get it done over a year and a half.”
Minkoff says, “Casting the voice is maybe the most critical single decision that you make in realizing the character.” He adds,” You could draw thousands of drawings and you can get the character to look a certain way. But it’s not until you find that voice that the character comes to life.” Ward agrees. “In an animated film, that appeal comes partly obviously from the animation, but it also has to come from the voice,” she says. “And something that Ty (Burrell as Mr. Peabody) specifically brought. I think, that we really needed in this character was this incredible warmth in his voice.”
During the press junket, I was also fortunate to meet the youth actors who portrayed Sherman, Max Charles (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) played the sassy Penny Peterson. Winter says playing an animated character is a no-brainer. “I’ve been doing animation for 12 years. So, for me, it’s kind of just second nature for me to change my voice,” the teenage actor says. However, Charles, a 10-year-old who began the role when he was 8, had difficulties with his character. “I had to make my voice a little bit higher than it normally is,” he says. Nevertheless, the youth says he enjoyed portraying Sherman.
At this behind-the-scenes excursion at DreamWorks, you could sense the honest enthusiasm of everyone associated with the “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” project. In fact, it’s refreshing to see an updated Mr. Peabody who’s still loveable and relatable to today’s families. I’m certain “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” will be another heartwarming blockbuster!
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” opens nationwide, March 7, 2014.
Time: 92 minutes
Visit the official website: www.mrpeabodyandsherman.com
Like Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Facebook: facebook.com/MrPeabodyandSherman
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter: #MrPeabody
Here’s a sneak peek at the film:
Penny Scott attended a press junket and screening of Mr. Peabody & Sherman for this article. She also received a goody bag for attending.
Beginning March 7, fans of Marvel’s Captain America can assemble at Disneyland to meet the soldier himself. Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage is the latest addition to the attraction, Innovations within Tomorrowland, at Disneyland Park in Anaheim. ThatsIT Mommy was invited to attend a media preview to share our experience with you!
The exhibit unveils just in time to support the upcoming film, “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” slated to hit theaters on April 4, 2014. Captain America is located on the second level of Innovations and adjacent to the Iron Man and Thor exhibits. Guests can learn about the serum transformation process of Captain America’s alter ego Steve Rogers. His pre- and post stats are also posted. “Skinny Steve” went from a petite 95 lbs to an impressive 240 lbs and also grew 10″ during his transformation! Also on display is Rogers’ military uniform and shields.
The meet-and-greet occurs behind the wall. When we met Captain America, he was extremely thoughtful and sensitive towards my daughter! She loved chatting with him. Teagan told Captain America that Wolverine was her dad’s favorite hero. Surprisingly, Captain America responded by telling Teagan that her dad was the real hero! He then asked her which subject was her favorite in school. Teagan excitedly told him Math was her favorite subject. Captain America was surprised by her answer. Then, he turned to me and said, “You are doing a good job mom!” I like this guy.
What I appreciate most about the characters at Disneyland is that they truly put every effort toward giving you a memorable experience. Disney guests spend a fair amount of time waiting in lines to get on rides, and meet their favorite characters. It totally makes the wait worthwhile when your beloved superhero, princess or other Disney character takes the time to say, “Hi”, sign autographs and pose for a photo. You leave with a smile and ready to hop right back in line for another fun moment!
Can’t make it to Disneyland anytime soon? Check out the new app, Captain America Experience. The free app lets you in the middle of all the action! Find any Captain America poster, point your phone and launch the experience. Take a look at this picture of my daughter. Captain America literally appears like he’s popping off the screen. This app requires iOS 7.0 and is compatible with Apple products.
* We were invited to a media preview at Disneyland to facilitate this review.
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