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Pulled Pork with Carmelized Onions

I was having a conversation with my sister earlier this week about food – yes, I know; big surprise right? We were discussing our favorite foods and without hesitation we both said “pork”.  I’m not sure which I enjoy more about pork, its flavor, juiciness or high degree of versatility, but I’d happily enjoy it if stranded on a desert island for any amount of time.  Lately, pulled pork has been my version of choice. And here’s a great recipe that calls for Diet Pepsi…not exactly typical I know, but it really does hit the mark, by lending a subtle sweet flavor that works beautifully with the savory ingredients.  Try this simple yet delicious recipe and I’m sure you’ll agree.

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Asian Marinated Pork Kabobs with Peanut Dipping Sauce

This is one of those recipes that I’ve been making for years. If you’ve never had satay it is quite an interesting culinary experience. You would never expect peanut butter and meat to go together and yet when you take that first bite, it’s as if they’ve been best friends for years.  Anyway, do give this a try if you’re feeling adventurous, or even if you’re a long- time lover of peanut sauce.  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Creamy Orzo with Smoky Bacon and Vegetables

The Easter weekend is fast approaching, and this year we will be away visiting my sister and her family instead of hosting them, as has been our tradition in recent years.  Whenever we go away for any length of time I scour the fridge to see what I might possibly be able to use as I hate the idea of food wasting away in the fridge with no one to eat it. I found a yellow pepper, bacon, and some scallions that looked as if they’d seen better days, so I decided to pull a casserole together. I always say it’s amazing what delectable creations you can concoct with a quick inventory of your fridge, pantry or freezer.  Admittedly there are many instances when it doesn’t work out as I’d hoped, but happily today wasn’t one of them! What really makes this dish is the smoky bacon paired up with the cheese as both give exceptional flavor to the pasta.  This is certainly suitable as a main dish, but it would also be great paired alongside a favorite pork or chicken dish.

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Asian Style Pork Loin w/Ginger Garlic Glaze and Orange Flavored Rice

This past weekend I had a craving for Chinese takeout. I was in the midst of deciding what I wanted to order when I remembered a pork loin I had in the freezer that I had purchased the week prior. I decided that instead of ordering takeout that I would try my hand at making my own Asian fare, using some traditional ingredients.  The recipe turned out to be exceptionally tasty except there was one small issue……  I unfortunately did not make enough of the glaze, leaving my husband rather disappointed! So my suggestion would be to double up on the ingredients for the glaze which should yield about 3 ½ to 4 cups in total.   

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Sausage & Potato Soup

This is a great dish that I’ve been making for years.  It’s one of those soups that when paired with a hunk of buttered bread, can be made into a meal.  It is creamy, incredibly flavorful and can be served informally or in your favorite china if you’re having an elegant dinner gathering.  Enjoy!

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