The Launch of Where Whole Food and Slow Food Meet: Island Jerk Pulled Pork (+ GIVEAWAY!)

It’s here! Get your FREE copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours, or purchase a print copy and help a very important cause!

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours

I am so excited about today!

I have been waiting for this day to come for months! If you follow me on Facebook, last week I finally announced what I have been up to these last few months. I have been co-editing this gorgeous cookbook with my pal Christine from Cook the Story.

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours includes 36 exclusive slow cooker recipes from over 30 of our favorite food bloggers! Not only does this book include delicious recipes, but we have also added tips and ideas to get the most out of slow cooking.

A big thank you to these amazing food bloggers for contributing each of these recipes to this amazing cookbook!

Broccoli and Cheese Potato Soup from Big Bear’s Wife
Chicken, Potato and Barley Stew from Magnolia Days
Autumn Apple Chicken Sandwiches from Chocolate & Carrots
Pumpkin, Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup from An Edible Mosaic
Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli from Food Faith Fitness
Chicken Burrito Bowls from Two Healthy Kitchens
Chinese Beef and Broccoli from Very Culinary
Barbacoa Tacos from My Baking Heart
Balsamic Orange Roast Beef from a farmgirl’s dabbles
Cuban Seafood Stew from The Kitchen Prep
Pork Meatballs in Marinara Sauce from Savvy Eats
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic from Around My Family Table
Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner from Cook the Story
Cuban Black Bean Soup from Food n’ Focus
Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas from Brooklyn Farm Girl
Sweet and Spicy Carnitas from Cravings of a Lunatic
Pork Tenderloin Florentine from All Day I Dream About Food
Thai Pork with Vermicelli Salad from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Mango Chicken from Stetted
Creamy Buffalo Chicken from Mother Thyme
Spiced Lentil Stew from Je suis alimentageuse
Harvest Chili from WonkyWonderful
Whole Tuscan Chicken from The Little Kitchen
Vegetarian Pumpkin White Chili from Kitchen Treaty
Sweet Italian Sausage and Peppers from Sweet Remedy
Chicken Cacciatore from Poet in the Pantry
Lentil, Sausage and Kale Stew from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Italian Beef Sandwiches from Yummy Healthy Easy
Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili from Nutmeg Nanny

From Food For Fiesta to Take Out Night favorites, Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet includes easy and affordable slow cooker recipe for you to enjoy each night of the week!

Slow Cooker Island Jerk Pulled Pork

New! MT Newsletter
Are you ready for the best part? The book is FREE for simply subscribing to the NEW Mother Thyme Newsletter! MT is finally doing a weekly newsletter that will be filled with the latest recipes on MT along with cooking tips, ideas and exclusive recipes and giveaways for newsletter subscribers.

Once you subscribe to the newsletter, you will receive this beautiful ebook in your Welcome email. It’s as easy as that! Click HERE to subscribe today!

September is Hunger Action Month
We are also thrilled to be offering print copies of this book available on Amazon. All the proceeds go to a very important cause, hunger.

46 million people in the United States deal with hunger issues, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. We’ve been mobilized and we’re hoping to mobilize others.

We wanted to help in a BIG way, so here’s what we’ve done. All of the proceeds from the print copy of the book are going to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Buy it HERE!

In addition, Feeding America food banks from across the country are giving the ebook version as a free gift to their donors. If you make a donation you will be given the ebook as a free gift. Donate right now and get your free ebook by clicking HERE.

I am truly honored to be part of the cookbook and to help bring awareness to this important cause.

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: healthy slow cooker dinners from our kitchens to yours

Our sponsors
To help get the word out about hunger in America and our cookbook, some generous sponsors have jumped on board.

Together, San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce are making some big contributions to help end hunger. They are each contributing food to their local food banks AND they are giving $5 for every print copy of the book that we sell up to $600 each. That’s in addition to the proceeds from the book that are already going to the food bank! You get a book and you get to help end hunger in America in a big big way.

These sponsors, along with Hamilton Beach, have put together some amazing giveaways to help you get excited about this book! Each blogger listed above is giving away 2 copies of the cookbook plus many of them are giving away a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget® Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker!

And there is more! Along with the giveaways galore of cookbooks and slow cookers, Christine and I are also giving away one prize of free carrots for a year from Grimmway Farms, one prize of free greens for a year from San Miguel and a potato prize pack from Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce including 40 pounds of potatoes and 1 Bamboo Bowl, 1 cutting board, 1 pepper mill, 1 measuring spoon set, 1 recipe booklet, 1 about potatoes booklet!

Click on the entry form below for your chance to win this amazing giveaway and make sure you visit the blogs above for more even more chances to WIN!

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Join us!
Come chat with us on Twitter! To help get the word out about hunger and how our book is helping, we’re having a bunch of twitter parties. Print copies of the cookbook will be given away at all of them and some will have extra prizes as well. There will even be yet another slow cooker given away at one of these parties!

Save the date! Our main twitter party is September 18 at 9pm Eastern. Follow #slowNwholeCookbook 

We will also be joining Courntey Crozier, a former contestant from The Biggest Loser, for her weekly #justcrunchem twitter parties on September 11th, September 18th and September 25th from 8-9pm Eastern.

Slow Cooker Island Jerk Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Month
To celebrate the launch of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet, most of the recipes featured on MT this month will be slow cooker recipes! Slow cooking is a quick and easy way to prepare dinner. It is truly set it and forget it!

To kick of slow cooker month and the launch of the cookbook, I am excited to feature the Island Jerk Pulled Pork recipe from our cookbook. The recipe was created by Jill Holland, the Chef Instructor for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Sous Chef of Catering for Good. This recipe is so easy to make and is full of flavor! Wait until you try this, along with all the other amazing recipes in Where Whole Food and Slow Food Meet!


Island Jerk Pulled Pork

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon sweet or hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 3lb. boneless pork butt
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 810 hamburger buns, sliced open
  • BBQ sauce
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. In a small bowl combine onion powder, garlic powder, cloves, ginger, allspice, thyme, dry mustard, salt, paprika, cumin, sugar, black pepper and cayenne.  Use fingers to rub spices together to ensure that ginger is dispersed throughout.  Rub spice mixture all over pork.
  2. Put the pork in the slow cooker fat side up.  Pour apple cider over pork and add bay leaf.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.  Remove pork from slow cooker.  Use two forks to shred meat.  Skim fat off liquid in slow cooker.  Drizzle a few tablespoons of the remaining liquid over the meat and mix to combine.
  4. Serve on a bun as-is or slathered with your favorite BBQ sauce and sprinkled with fresh cilantro.

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Acknowledgments and Thank you!
I would like to thank my partner in crime, Christine from Cook the Story for working on this book with me. If it wasn’t for her, this book wouldn’t have happened.
Melinda and the entire staff from FullTilt Marketing. We couldn’t have done this without you!
Our sponsors, Grimmway Farms, San Miguel, Old Oak Farms by RPE and Hamilton Beach. Thank you all for your support and generous donations!
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
And of course our talented food bloggers that not only contributed recipes to the book but that have taken so much time to help bring this book to life!  Thank you!


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  1. Congratulations, Jennifer, on a job well done! Thanks so much for including me in this great project, I’m happy to be part of such a great cause. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jeanette! We are so happy to have included you in the book. I can’t wait to try your recipe from the book too! I have been looking at it in the book for months and have been dying to try it. It looks delish! 🙂

  2. Your dish looks fantastic! That drip…oh my. Thank you so much for doing this, and for including us in the project. It is our pleasure to support such a worthy cause.

    Keep it green,

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at San Miguel Produce / Cut ‘N Clean Greens / Jade Asian Greens

  3. My family has been working with our church family collecting a pantry and donating food items, time, services and money to our local food bank. It’s been a wonderful experience. It’s very humbling and also a great learning and teaching tool…not just for the kids, but the adults too! Sometimes we forget and take for granted how blessed we are with such a simple thing as a hot meal yet so many people don’t have that necessity on a regular basis.

  4. Thanks..I will also help spread the word for your area..I also help food banks here in South Florida area! 🙂 Just a heads up I tried to follow the link to like Grimmway Farms..that link is broke for me..soooo..I went to facebook and there are two Grimmway, wasn’t able to like as not sure which one? 🙂 Thanks again.

  5. ok..I figured out which is the correct farm..but, link was still not showing for me (broke?) therefore, I submitted as I did like them???

  6. We leave bags of canned food at the fire department in our neighborhood and they distribute it. I wish they could handle fresh food, but they can’t.

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