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This Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe Satisfies All of Your Summer Taco Needs

This dish requires very little introduction. Tacos? Always. Carnitas? Yes, please. Done in under an hour? Duh. Plus the Instant Pot version beats out slow-cooking it. The appealing beauty of pressure cooking via the Instant Pot is that you can decide you want carnitas at 5pm and eat by 6pm! For me, that’s 100 percent worth it. But alas, I need not convince you to buy an Instant Pot; you most likely own one already if you’re taking a gander at this 35-minute gem of a recipe.

Recipe Notes: There’s a lot of wiggle room in this recipe if you feel like experimenting a little. Add some dried Mexican oregano, ground cumin, and/or pickled jalapeño juice; this recipe’s resilient. Serve the carnitas with your favorite taco setup or over steamed white rice and black beans for a taco bowl. It’s so easy, you’ll be making this dish all summer long.

(Recipe and photos via Ashley Bare / Brit + Co)

Tacos? Always. Carnitas? Yes, please.

This Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe Satisfies All of Your Summer Taco Needs

This dish requires very little introduction. Tacos? Always. Carnitas? Yes, please. Done in under an hour? Duh. Plus the Instant Pot version beats out slow-cooking it. The appealing beauty of pressure cooking via the Instant Pot is that you can decide you want carnitas at 5pm and eat by 6pm! For me, that’s 100 percent worth it. But alas, I need not convince you to buy an Instant Pot; you most likely own one already if you’re taking a gander at this 35-minute gem of a recipe.

Recipe Notes: There’s a lot of wiggle room in this recipe if you feel like experimenting a little. Add some dried Mexican oregano, ground cumin, and/or pickled jalapeño juice; this recipe’s resilient. Serve the carnitas with your favorite taco setup or over steamed white rice and black beans for a taco bowl. It’s so easy, you’ll be making this dish all summer long.

(Recipe and photos via Ashley Bare / Brit + Co)

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-out pork butt/shoulder, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half
  • 1/2 sweet onion, skin-on
  • 1/2 orange, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Lawry’s garlic salt
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 beer (IPA is our choice)

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sear the pork butt for a few minutes on each side. Place pork in Instant Pot when browned. Repeat with the remaining pork.

Place all the other ingredients on top of the pork in the Instant Pot, secure lid, and double check that the vent (on the lid) is in the sealed position.

Choose the Meat/Stew setting (or Manual for 35 minutes on high pressure), and let cook.

Once it is finished, either let the pressure come down on its own (usually takes about 15 minutes) or carefully release the pressure by turning the vent (on the lid) to the venting position.

Shred the pork and other ingredients (in the pot) using two forks. If eating the skin of cooked oranges turns you off, remove the oranges before shredding.

Though the pork is ready to serve at this point, for a bonus, sear it. Press Cancel button on your Instant Pot, then select Sauté. Cook for 10-15 minutes, allowing the liquid to reduce and concentrate in flavor a bit. This step is optional but nice to do if you have the extra time.

Serve shredded pork with your favorite taco toppings. We used corn tortillas, avocado, watermelon radish, cilantro, and lime.

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Raising children can be tough, especially if you've never done it before. Friends and family can be a great support system but it's nice to be able to hang out with other moms who share your interests and parenting style. This was the motivation Peanut, the social networking app designed to help moms find their tribe. Since it's launch, Peanut has become a premier destination for moms and moms-to-be to foster relationships through motherhood.

Today, the app deemed "Tinder for Moms" unveils a new platform, Trying to Conceive (TTC), a space for women on their journey to conceive. Peanut TTC is the first digital community that offers women on assisted fertility journeys and considering alternatives to pregnancy, a community of support through shared experience. The app also offers a space for women who have experienced miscarriage or infant loss.

The CDC reports that 1 in 8 couples in the U.S. experience infertility, and although advances in medicine and technology can increase the chances of conception, they don't address the overlooked emotional and mental toll that comes with the process — anxiety, loneliness, and depression. These issues fueled the Founder and CEO of Peanut, Michelle Kennedy, to develop Peanut TTC.

Founder and CEO of the Peanut App

Brit + Co: How have you seen the conversation and connection surrounding motherhood change since the birth of the Peanut app?

Michelle Kennedy: With any relationship, including those we have with apps and tech, there is always an initial trust-building period. For moms, and new moms especially, this is crucial. They're asking questions about their children, nothing could be more precious. Beyond that, there is a vulnerability as a new mom that I can't quite put into words. It's an incredibly scary and lonely moment in your life. And when we don't know or understand something, we tend to hide. However, as Peanut has grown, we've seen the opposite than one might expect when it comes to connection and vulnerability. The bigger the community, the more intimate conversations amongst women have become. Women have full trust in each other, and in the app — because of how we build it, and because of how we protect our community. They share everything. They help each other in times of need. They laugh together. They meet up and they build lifelong relationships. At Peanut we have been able to scale with intimacy, and that is a major accomplishment of the women on the app.

B + C: Do you use the app yourself?

MK: I can say with full confidence, that I have used Peanut every day since its inception — save for the birth of my children. And even then, there's a fair chance I was in-app for a moment or two. I love watching our community grow. I am a part of that community. I laugh and cry alongside these women. Sometimes I check in during a 4 am feed, and just reading comments and threads from other women gives me a sense of calm. I built something that I would use. It only makes sense that I use it.

Peanut TTC App Screenshot

B+C: Why did you decide to expand with TTC?

MK: Very much like Peanut, Peanut TTC was born from a real need. We know moms need support and comfort and community. They want to be able to chat in trusted environments. Women going through fertility journeys need that equally, if not more. For both the most patent reasons and for the emotional battles of TTC that are kept in the shadows or shrouded by the science of it all. Primarily, it's just not easy to find another woman who is on a TTC journey -- it's not as obvious. There are no visual signals for a woman who has experienced loss or who is trying for a baby. A mother may even have a child by her side, and yet is struggling to conceive baby #2.

B + C: What problems do you see or experience associated with motherhood? What stigmas still need to be broken?

MK: Oh, where does one start? As I am a working mother, I can speak on that specifically. There is this idea that motherhood distracts you, makes you less employable — we see this all the time. Women are replaced during maternity leave. They are scared to reveal pregnancies to employers. Job security is a major concern. There are so many backward notions about this, but these fears are also built on the notion that raising children is solely a woman's job. No one ever asks a new dad how he's going to work and manage a newborn. No one ever asks a father-to-be if he's going to come back to work after the baby is born. Why? We all know why. And it's a detriment to modern motherhood.

B+C: What are your hopes surrounding women and the conversation of motherhood in the future? What does that community look like?

MK: This digital community is the signal — the lighthouse, if you will, for women who feel alone. It's the heart behind the science. All are invited into this compassionate and community-driven space. These women comfort each other. Share. And ultimately, no matter where their journey takes them, they take care of each other. Additionally, the more we speak about our experiences, the less isolating they become. Peanut TCC shines a light on what is often a silent struggle.

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Wedding styles run the gamut from modern to traditional to our very favorite: the earthy and ethereal boho. Think whimsical flowers, woodsy decor, and a creative edge from aisle to style. Not just a summer trend, boho is perfect year-round. That's why we were so excited to team up with All Who Wander to share their collection of 17 gorgeous wedding dresses designed for the modern-day bohemian (AKA us in a nutshell).

We love a little free spirit vibe mixed in with our wedding bliss — something new, something blue, and something totally unique. Here's a peek with four All Who Wander dresses styled for every season, because finding your perfect dress is the next best thing to finding your favorite person, right? Congrats btw!

Winter

It takes a bold woman to book a winter wedding but the benefits are pretty amazing: more venue options, cheaper rates, no humidity, and stunning winter scenery, to name a few. The voluminous Joey gown has these 3D floral elements that almost float down the tulle like snow.

Check out the crosshatch on the tulle — so pretty!

For that wintery vibe (really this dress goes with any season) we paired it with a faux fur shawl and a bouquet with wintery waxflower, matthiola, and pine cones.

Makeup artist Stephanie Cardenas went bold with darker lips in cool tones. "We tend to have less color in our skin in winter months," says Cardenas. "Lips are the real showcase here so deep cheek contour and matte makeup are a great contrast. A nice highlight on the cheekbone can go a long way," she adds.

Joey Gown

Essense of Australia

Emery gown

Essense of Australia

Skye gown

Essense of Australia

Harlo gown

Essense of Australia

Spring

Spring weddings are all about the blooms, from head to table. The floral and sheer lace panels throughout the Skye gown's skirt gives it beautiful drape and an airy feel for warmer days.

It was also so comfortable to wear. The built-in cups in the bodice gave it really nice shape without having to worry about what bra to wear.

For makeup, Cardenas went with a fun, bright lip (go for matte to keep it from straying from your lip) and loose boho waves for hair. Oh and that flower crown? Made from a $5 bouquet!

Here's a simple how-to for the crown.

You'll need:

  • paddle wire
  • floral stem wire
  • wire cutters
  • floral shears
  • two bouquets of your choice
  1. Measure paddle wire around your head, leaving 2 or 3 inches for closure.
  2. Clip with wire cutters and twist ends together to close.
  3. Trim 3-inch stems of blooms.
  4. Use floral stem wire to wrap each stem around the crown.
  5. Wear and feel like a bridal queen!

Summer

Midsummer Night's Dream theme, anyone? Really, who can resist a woodsy backdrop against bright flowers and a dreamy dress? Yes, please! We paired the modern simplicity of the Emery gown with a simple baby's breath crown (so easy to make) and a colorful bouquet of ranunculus, calla lilies, mums, and snapdragons. Yellow shoes topped off the look!

The Emery gown's plunging neckline and keyhole back adds a dash of sexy without having to go sleeveless if that's not your thing. And the lace bodice adds really nice character on the minimal gown. A beach wedding would be sweet for this one too!

Fall

The Harlo gown was a favorite at the B + C office. Fringe and soft sequins give it beautiful texture and sheen but also a really fun edgy vibe. With a dress like this you can really play. We paired it with a fun rancher hat and beautiful orange sunflowers.

And look at how it swings!

Here's a close-up of the Harlo's lace detail, swoon...

So what do you think? Have a better idea of what you'll want to wear down the aisle? All Who Wander has many more designs (find a retailer near you here) for the adventurous bride, no matter what kind of wedding you're planning any time of year. Makes us want to do it all over again!

Author + Creative Direction: Theresa Gonzalez

Photographer: Kurt Andre

Stylist: Kayla Haykin

Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Cardenas

Models: Irina (Winter), Lauren (Spring), Anala (Summer), Malia (Fall)

B+C Studios in partnership with All Who Wander

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