Asian-Style Barbecue Pork Taco Recipe

Celebrate National Taco Day (also known as every night in our kitchen) with this delicious barbecue pork taco recipe from our friends at GE. This recipe makes about eight tacos, so adjust as needed.

Barbecue Pork Taco Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 8 Asian steamed buns

For the seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

For the coleslaw:

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the barbecue sauce:

  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Directions

  1. Season the pork tenderloin (on all sides) with the mixture of salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Place the tenderloin on a metal tray, and fold the thin end of the tenderloin under itself to cook evenly with the rest of the tenderloin. Cook your pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
  3. While the tenderloin is cooking, prepare your coleslaw by combining shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, sliced green onion, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil and salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl, tossing well.
  4. For the barbecue sauce, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce and toasted sesame oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Stir the mixture, microwave for 30 seconds, then stir again.
  5. When the pork tenderloin is done cooking, allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the tenderloin (about 16 slices), place in a shallow bowl and coat well with the barbecue sauce.
  6. To serve, heat the Asian steamed buns for 10 to 20 seconds. Split open the buns, spoon a couple slices of the barbecue sauce-coated pork tenderloin into each bun and garnish with  coleslaw to taste. Enjoy!

Taco Recipe Tips

Asian steamed buns can be found in the frozen section of an Asian market. Substitute with flour or corn tortillas if desired.

5 Tips for Keeping a Cool Refrigerator this Summer

You owe your refrigerator major props for keeping your food from spoiling and always having a cold one (beer, water, lemonade – whatever your preference) waiting for you at the end of a long day. To show your appreciation, take these steps to help your refrigerator keep its cool during the dog days of summer. Your energy bill will thank you.

1. Check the Seal

Make sure your refrigerator seal (gasket) is airtight. An easy way to do this is with the dollar bill test. Close a dollar bill (or just a sheet of paper if you don’t carry cash) in the fridge door. If the door holds the dollar securely in place, then the seal is tight. If the dollars falls out or can be removed easily, the seal is too loose.

Before replacing the gasket, look for any obstructions that may be causing the faulty seal. If that doesn’t do the trick, repair your refrigerator seal with Vaseline by applying a thin layer on the part of the seal that connects to your fridge or freezer.

2. Clean the Coils

Dust and dirt accumulates on your fridge coils over time, and rather quickly if you live with shedding pets. New refrigerators have self-cleaning condensers, but for older fridges, you need to remove the dirt yourself. You might have a vacuum attachment that will work on the coils, but if not, purchase a coil brush. Then clean your coils; your fridge will breathe a sigh of relief!

3. Stock the Fridge

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Photo via Thermador

I know it sounds counterintuitive; more food seems like more work. But that’s not true! It actually takes more energy to cool an empty fridge. Of course you don’t want to stock more than you can eat or load it up with groceries before taking a summer vacation.

Quick tip: Fill those empty spaces with pitchers of water. Then you’ll always have a cold, refreshing drink when you need it!

4. Set the Temperature

Make sure your fridge and freezer are set to the correct temperature – cool enough to keep your food safe, but not working harder than needed. The recommended temperature for a refrigerator ranges from 35 to 38 degrees. The ideal freezer temperature is between 0 and 5 degrees.

5. Change the Filter

Your filtered water won’t be very clean if it’s pulled through a dirty “filter.” Your fridge might have an indicator that tells you when to change the filter. Either way, your refrigerator water filter should be changed about twice a year (follow manufacturer guidelines for frequency). Change the filter if it’s time. Not only will you benefit from cleaner water, your ice maker will run more efficiently.

Featured image via Beko

What tips do you have to help your refrigerator keep its cool? Share them in the comments!

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Is Worth the Wait

Whether crunchy and perfect for dunking or ooey gooey fresh from the oven, the chocolate chip cookie remains a classic dessert choice, making it the perfect option for celebrating World Chocolate Day. This worth-the-wait chocolate chip cookie recipe from GE is a batch made in heaven!  Let’s bake!

Worth-the-Wait Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt (optional)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Directions

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  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well blended.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover the bowl of cookie dough with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for 24 to 72 hours. Again,it’s worth the wait!
  5. Drop the dough into 2-3 tablespoon-sized balls (about the size of a golf ball) onto the parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with a little bit of flaky sea salt if desired.
  6. Bake the cookies in a preheated 350-degree oven, one sheet at a time, until the bottoms and edges are golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Do you have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe out there? Share it with us at #cookwithwarners! Happy World Chocolate Day!

Kitchen Design Inspired by Rochester Market Square

Warners’ Stellian is excited to be a part of Rochester Minnesota’s fast-growing community. Recently partnering with Rochester Market Square, Warners’ Stellian provided the working kitchen appliances now featured in their completely functional kitchen vignettes.

A little bit about Rochester Market Square: it is a timeless blend of independent established businesses that have come together to bring the building, home remodeling, and interior design customer the convenience of one stop shopping with a rich visual experience.

Around every corner, you will find a wellspring of imaginative ways to add warmth and style with a wide array of vignettes that are sure to inspire you and will translate beautifully into your home.

A fantastic place for builders, remodelers & interior designers to see the latest in kitchen trends and find products that fit any style or budget. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop in and see the beautiful display of appliances in the Rochester Market Square!

Fisher & Paykel Top Load Laundry Delivers Efficiency and Ease

For all the blessings of front load laundry, quite rarely does a customer’s reasoning for purchasing one include the desire to bend over when removing laundry. In fact, studies have repeatedly shown that all other things equal, consumers would rather load laundry from the top. But don’t you have to buy front loaders if you want something that’s energy efficient and cleans great?

Not according to Fisher & Paykel, the New Zealand based manufacturer who has specialized in high efficiency top load laundry for over twenty years. With a manufacturing philosophy built around delivering reliable appliances to isolated sheep farmers, Fisher & Paykel laundry has one of the most innovatively engineered designs with less moving parts and components than anyone in the industry!

The Fisher & Paykel WL37T26DW2 high efficiency top loader employs Aquasmart technology which measures the weight of your load and measures water accordingly. Sudsy water sprays from the top of the wash tub which gravity then pulls through the fibers of your clothes, forcing dirt and grime out. This cleaning system replicates both the efficiency and mechanics of washing employed by most front loaders!

Not content with setting the standard for high efficiency top loaders, Fisher & Paykel introduced the world to the top loading dryer! The Fisher & Paykel top load dryer DG62TD1 (also available in electric) allows users to easily and ergonomically transfer clothes from washer to dryer with minimal bending. The self cleaning lint filter collects lint into a hopper which you remove and empty approximately every twenty loads.

Besides easing the backache that comes from loading front load laundry, high efficiency top load washers and dryers remedy the inconvenience resulting from facilities which require installing a left hinged front load washer to the right of a dryer. Without protruding doors, top load high efficiency laundry works well in tight spaces such as closets.

Even if your old washer is operating fine, switching to Fisher & Paykel high efficiency laundry can cut related energy costs more than third and water usage by more than half! That translates to less pollution and impact on  our environment, and just as importantly, $145 in utility savings each year! Check out what Fisher & Paykel laundry and Warners’ Stellian can do for you today!