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Foodie Friday: Simple Rosemary Pork Chops

For me pork chops is my backup meat in the same way that chicken is for most people. It’s always delicious no matter how we eat it and the varieties to make them are endless. So the other night I had a casserole side dish planned and decided to pair it with pork chops. I’ve kind of been in a rut lately and decided to try this recipe I had booked marked.

Simple Rosemary-Rubbed Pork Chops
from The Kitchn

4 pork loin chops (about 1/2 pound each)
1 – 2 teaspoons olive oil for the pan
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin

Combine rosemary, brown sugar, salt, pepper and cumin in a small bowl. Rub mixture all over chops. Let spices penetrate meat for a few minutes before cooking. If there’s time, cover and put in refrigerator for a few hours before cooking.

If chops have been refrigerated, remove from refrigerator and let the chill dissipate for 10-15 minutes. Cook on an oiled, pre-heated (medium-high) grill-pan or skillet, oiled grill about 5 minutes on each side.

A nice, thick 1-inch chop will be done (medium-rare) in about 12 minutes, so about six minutes per side, or when an instant-read thermometer registers 145°.*

Tent with foil, and let rest a few minutes before serving as the chop will continue to cook for a few minutes after you remove it from the grill.

Serve with pan juices, mustard or a nice chutney.

The sweetness of the brown sugar and the savory flavor of rosemary will make your mouth water. This is my new go-to porkchop meal.


The other night I had these fabulous marinated mushrooms on an anti-pasto platter. Side note: I’ve become obsessed with anti-pasto plates lately. I don’t know why, but I’m drawn to their cheesy, specialty meat-y goodness. I discovered blacked eyed pea hummus from one in New Orleans and the other night I was introduced to marinated mushrooms.

After asking what they were marinated in, I immediately emailed myself and Allyn to make a note to search recipes as soon as we were free. I’ve found a similar sounding recipe and this weekend I have big plans to do some serious marinating.

Along the same theme perserved items have been sounding so good to me lately. My weekend plans also include big batches of brandied peaches (can we say Christmas gifts?!). But I’m also thinking about what else can I pickle, perserve, or marinate?

So tell me, what is your favorite preserved item?

Wasted Wednesday: Innis and Gunn

Summer time, especially in the South, is the ideal time for lolling. With temps in the low 100’s this week, I’m trying to use my body and my brain as little as possible. It’s not pretty.

While we do still drinks plenty of cocktails, the ease of beer in the summer can’t be beat. There’s nothing like coming home (in a car with no AC), changing into comfy clothes, and grabbing a cold beer out of the fridge.

We drink plenty of Corona with lime, but our new favorite splurge is Innis and Gunn.

Innis and Gunn is a Scottish beer, and there are several types based on what type of barrels they age them in. Whiskey, rum, beer casks and more are all used and all delicious. My favorite is the oak barrel aged original. It has a sweet and creamy flavor that I absolutely adore.

While these might not be the cheapest beers, or even the easiest to find, they are, quite possibly, the most delicious I’ve found.



Things We Love: Wickles Pickles

I am, and have been my entire life, a die hard dill pickle girl. I find bread and butter pickles absolutely revolting.

This weekend though, I made a massive batch of Pioneer Woman’s Macaroni Salad (with homemade mayonnaise. Oh yeah) and she said to find a sweet and spicy pickle to add to it. I was a little skeptical, but decided to keep my trust in PW, so I went to the store and started looking. Many of the commentors on her recipe mentioned Wickles Pickles, so when I saw a jar, I decided to give them a try.

Hello, new favorite pickle! Sweet, spicy, crunchy… it’s pickle nirvana. It’s also the perfect addition to any sort of salad. If you ever find a jar, grab 7! Hoard them, holding them tightly.

If Josh is lucky, I’ll let him have a few.

Here’s a link to help you find some of your own!

Foodie Friday: Lady Peas

In my dad’s family there is one thing more precious than the family silver. Lady peas. Seriously. My grandmother recently moved out of her house and we had to go through all her posessions. The frozen bags of lady peas were the most sought after item.

These tiny peas of deliciousness are in season and if you can find them at your local markets, buy some.

I prepare them by washing them and then boiling them with season salt and a slice of bacon. They don’t take very long (20-30 minutes) and are the perfect simple side during the summer. Serve with grilled meat and fresh veggies.

Book Worm: Blood, Bones, and Butter

One of my awesome presents that I received this year for my birthday was this book from my sweet sister Lucy:

Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton. She has been wanting to read it for a while, but hasn’t gotten to it yet. What she didn’t know is that it has been on my Amazon wish list for a while, so I was insanely excited to get it.

This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read, and her love of food (and incredible writing) has made me savor each and every page.

This book is not always pretty. She is no Julia Child, and her life has been, at times, brutal, and the book is very honest about that. It is incredible to see how she has overcome so much and how she allowed her true love of food, real food, to lead her out.

I can’t recommend this book enough.

Anyone else read anything they loved lately?!


Foodie Friday: Link Love

Some weeks fly by in the blink of an eye.

Between Rachel being on her awesome vacation, me taking time off of work for my birthday (yay!), and a total computer crash, it has definitely gone by oh so quickly.

Today I thought I’d list some of my current favorite food blogs. As Josh and I have been trying to eat healthier and more seasonally, these are a few of the blogs that I keep going back to.

A Cozy Kitchen

101 Cookbooks

The Kitchn

Vegan Yum-yum

Eat, Live, Run

Smitten Kitchen

Edible Perspective

I’m sure I’m leaving a few out, but I do love these!

Anyone else have some favorite cooking blogs? I’m always on the hunt for new recipes.