Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops

Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops

I really am not ready for summer to end – but I was a little consoled with this dish, Creamy Apple & Cider Pork Chops. Ya gotta love a recipe that tastes divine, looks great and is perfect for company but quick & easy enough to pull off on any old weeknight for family dinner! And it’s even better when it’s a dinner that’s so good you’ll want to lick your plate clean!

Apple & Cider Pork Chops with Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes & Simply Steamed Broccoli

Apple & Cider Pork Chops with Perfect Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes & Simply Steamed Broccoli

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St Louis Pork Steaks

St Louis Pork Steaks

I’m not sure if anyone ever told me how to make St Louis Pork Steaks. When you grow up in Iowa (I know I just blew my St. Louis Pork Steak street cred – Missouri is one state south and Iowa is a huge pork producer) or the Midwest, there are certain dishes you just know how to make.

St Louis Barbecue Pork Steaks

St Louis Barbecue Pork Steaks

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Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs Smoked, Oven, Instant Pot

If there’s one thing I love every now and then, it’s a really good spare rib. A good bark, great flavor, juicy, tender and a NOT fall off the bone rib! See, ribs should have a sweet spot where they have a beautiful “bite” but don’t slide off the bone and slap you on the chin! These Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs deliver on all points.

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs, Oven, Instant Pot or Smoked

Competition Barbecue Spare Ribs with Cheers Boston Baked Beans

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Ok, so Memorial Day Weekend is starting! And for a lot of people that means grill outs and barbecues. But what if you want luscious, succulent pulled pork but aren’t into barbecuing and smoking? Well, that’s when you need a little Instant Pot Pulled Pork in your life.

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

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Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion &; Cranberry Compote

Pork Tenderloin with a Caramelized Onion & Cranberry Compote

If you’re looking for a fun way to use up a bit of leftover Cranberry Sauce, this easy and fast Pork Tenderloin is it. Of course, you can make it anytime but it is perfect for after Thanksgiving when you *may* already have a little Cranberry Sauce on hand. Don’t we all usually have a little, or maybe even a lot? Pin this recipe for after the holiday!

Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion &; Cranberry Compote

Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion &; Cranberry Compote

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glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad

Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Peach Glazed Pork Tenderloin: Easy, quick & great for dinner or company.

Blogging is weird sometimes. Which I hope I can say if you follow me, and apologize for doing so you’re someone who just stopped by in like 10 years to look at this recipe. But I make food, take a pic or two (or like a hundred, hoping to get a good one) and put it out there. And it’s kind of like having someone over for dinner. “Will you like it?” I wonder. Oh the angst.

glazed pork tenderloin watermelon salad

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Watermelon Tomato Salad

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Pork Fried Rice

Better than Take-Out Pork Fried Rice.

Does it seem that time is just slipping by faster and faster or is it just me? I meant to post this for you as an option for leftovers from the Country Style Ribs in the Slow Cooker. I made that recipe months ago! At long last, here’s my favorite home-cooked better than take-out Pork Fried Rice. And I’m posting it right along with my newer Drunken Fried Rice, so you’ll have two options.

Pork Fried Rice from Leftover Pork Shoulder or any other type of pork you’d like to use

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Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow cooked to perfection, this fall off the bone, tender pork was featured in “Slow Cooker Redeemed” in the New York Times. “It results in a vaguely Vietnamese tangle of pulled pork that is best accompanied by a bright and crunchy slaw, and served on warm flour tortillas…” I made you wait for Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos, yesterday when I posted the Vaguely Vietnamese Slaw recipe, and I think these Tacos are worth that little delay.

Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Vaguely Vietnamese Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

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Fried Pork Wontons

Fried Pork Wontons

Pork Wontons: frying can be a mess but thee are worth the bother! Insanely good.

If there’s anything in the world better than a crispy, fried pork wonton, filled with a juicy, flavorful center, I don’t know what it is. They’re a play of contrasts in texture and flavor and they’re fun to eat, too. And I’m tellin’ ya, serve these to your family and friends and you’ll look like genius. Really. You’ll be elevated to superhero status!

Fried Pork Wontons

Fried Pork Wontons

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My Sister’s Spiedies

My sister has been suggesting Spiedies for my blog for years, and I’ve been promising to make them just as long! Better late than never! If you haven’t had a Spiedie, you’ve been missing out. Tender, highly marinated chunks of Chicken, Pork or Lamb, skewered and then served on Italian bread or Italian rolls.

Spiedies - these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

Spiedies – these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

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Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs - perfectly done, not falling off the bone tender

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

It IS possible to make great ribs in the slow cooker - one's that aren't cooked to death, limp soggy slap you on the chin when you try to take a bite ribs. These are succulent, juicy and have the perfect "bite!" And they taste great!

Does it seem you wait and wait and wait for Summer and all of a sudden it’s just too dang hot? And as we’ve all heard, “It’s not the heat it’s the humidity.” What exactly IS that supposed to mean, anyway? Don’t ever say that to me. I’ll be cranky when it’s too hot and give you a “look.” You know the kind of look I mean…the one that says “What in the H E double hockey sticks are you talking about?!”

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs - perfectly done, not falling off the bone tender

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs – perfectly done

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Sweet Bourbon Maple Chops

Not too long ago, I was eating at a restaurant and ordered a Bourbon Glazed Pork Chop. It was quite a workout, to say the least. Tough and dry.  I kind of think I might have looked/sounded a bit like this kitty, below. But I wasn’t saying Yum Yum – and I don’t know that this kitty is, either!

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