Sunday Dinner at Mom's
I was visiting my folks last week who live in Princeville IL-just outside of Peoria. She made this pork roast crusted with cumin, cayenne, and brown sugar and served it with a pineapple and black bean salsa. It was juicy and delicious and the salsa was spicy with jalapeno and sweet with the pineapple-my mom definitely knows how to rock a pork roast.
When we're in Peoria we find any excuse to visit the food carts outside the court house. There are about 8 or 9 of them-quite a selection for a city the size of Peoria. They have been there for several years, dating back to the 1980's. We visited the Korean stand for bulgogi-the Korean lady was amused I asked for kim chee-not available in Peoria yet. Apparently Peoria will eat bulgogi but not yet kim chee. We also visited a Lebanese stand for gyros and falafel-both excellent. There are also Thai, Mexican, Southern Soul from "Willies"-a Peoria institution (that cart had the longest lines waiting for grilled pork chop sandwiches) and a few others.
There are no food trucks in Peoria yet as they are all fighting on how to license them and the restaurants aren't happy because they are afraid of losing their lunch traffic to them. In any case the food carts are charming and tasty, so if you're ever in Peoria in the Spring or Summer check them out.