• Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Flavors,  Grilling,  Pork,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Spanish

    Spanish-Style Grilled Pork Loin

    Pork loin is always a  big hit in our house. It’s delicious, lean, healthy and lends itself to all types of savory flavors. When it’s cold outside I sear and then roast the pork, but as soon as Spring arrives I head out to the grill. Not only am I fascinated by the alchemy of the grill, I love not having dishes to wash, so I am always trying to figure out how to make our entire dinner outside. The tasty marinade bastes the pork and then transforms into a delicious sauce for your dinner…and a vinaigrette for a quick salad later in the week. Now that’s getting some serious…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Healthy Pulled Pork

    This recipe thunderbolt really happened by accident. I was trying to make pulled pork last minute and the grocery store was out of pork butt. Tragedy! I know, not a horrible thing, but what was I going to do? Well, I decided to grab a pork loin and see what I could do with it. Turns out the pork loin made a delicious and much healthier pulled pork. The one change, since it has so little fat, you really want the shredded pork to sit overnight in the braising liquid. So, this is a recipe you need to start 1 day before you want to eat it. Try my barbecue…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Easy Baked Ham

    Ham is always a big hit in our house! It’s so easy to cook and I can feed a lot of hungry kids. When I’m making a ham just for our family, I don’t bother with a glaze, but I’m including my favorite glaze recipe here as well. To make this recipe even simpler, I call for a spiral-cut ham, so you don’t need to spend a lot of time carving the ham. With this recipe I am hopeful you’re encouraged to make family Sunday dinner a tradition in your house. Print Easy Baked Ham Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 10-12   Behold the 2 ingredient recipe! Of course, you can make the…

  • Asian,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Spicy Honey Pulled Pork

    I LOVE pulled pork…it is so flavorful and a great option for feeding a crowd (or our family). Not enjoying any fat on my food, I shred it neurotically, so you’re only left with lean pork. And it freezes beautifully, so you can make a big batch and save some for a future meal. Usually I gravitate to Southern flavors, lots of brown sugar, cumin, celery seed. Sometimes I go out on a limb with still more cumin, but amp up the chipotle chili powder and the pork is ready for a Mexican-inspired meal. Inspired by a food article (I am constantly reading), I went in a totally different direction,…

  • Asian,  Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes

    Lemongrass Pork & Rice Bowl

    This pork manages to be elegant and delicious at the same time. Somehow I am always able to knock out a great pork tenderloin, but pork chops just never work out for me, so I am very loyal to this cut of pork. Luckily for me, pork tenderloin is a favorite in our house, and the leftovers are so yummy with more rice, in a salad, a lettuce wrap…I am a little fanatical about my dressings and this one is so good. The lemongrass (from a tube by the way) adds so much flavor, and then all of the fresh cilantro…I always make a double batch and store the extra…

  • Dinner,  Pork,  Recipes,  Soup,  Southern

    Black-Eyed Pea and Pork Chili

    This recipe was inspired by a chili article I read in Fine Cooking magazine. I have made sofrito for years, as a flavoring base in all types of soups, stews, braises and casseroles. But I have never ROASTED my sofrito as this article suggested, and WOW, it really intensified the flavors and made this delicious chili even better! One of the things I love about cooking – there is always a new skill, a new technique to learn and try. This is not a quick recipe, but on a cold weekend afternoon, I can’t think of anything more fun to do then make a big batch of this recipe. There…

  • Grilling,  Mexican,  Pork,  Recipes

    Mojo Pork Tenderloin

    I love pork tenderloin! Grilled or roasted – it always turns out yummy and juicy. Think of it as a blank canvas, much the same as a skinless, boneless chicken breast – you can add any flavor profile to it and create an interesting and delicious meal. This marinade is so easy and the pork tastes incredible. Pork tenderloin is a great option for a quick family meal, or double this recipe and you have a ideal main dish for a crowd. It’s much easier to move a few pork tenderloins around the grill instead of tons of chicken breasts. Try this pork as the centerpiece of a make-your-own taco…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Pork,  Recipes,  Southern

    Pulled Pork

    I have loved making pulled pork for years, and now with such a big family to feed, I love it even more! Over time I have experimented with so many techniques for cooking the pulled pork – grilling, smoking, searing –  but the one that works best for me, and is the most consistent and hands-off? Low and slow oven cooking. Tender and moist pork every time! Of course store bought condiments are fine, but if you are feeling particularly inspired, my barbecue sauce is sooo good with the pulled pork. http://gatherconnectempower.com/2016/07/classic-barbecue-sauce/ A new favorite is the chow chow sauce shown in the picture, find the recipe with my Southern Pork…

  • Dinner,  Flavors,  Pork,  Proteins,  Recipes,  Southern

    Southern Pork Tenderloin

    Pork tenderloin is such a great weeknight dinner solution, but this recipe is also interesting enough for company. The flavors in the rub give the tenderloin a subtle kick, but it’s mild enough for your kids to dig right in. All of the kids loved this dinner and I was left with just a few pieces after all of the older boys went back for seconds! The chow chow is a cinch to make, adds some grown-up interest to the meal and can be done ahead of time. The chow chow keeps great in the fridge and play the elevated and much more interesting mustard role in your fridge…enjoyed on…