Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Grilled Pork Chop with Pepper Jelly Glaze

Bone-in pork loin chops, first marinated in a brown sugar, vinegar and soy marinade, then grilled and brushed with a pepper jelly glaze to finish. Shown here with my chargrilled corn and grilled veggies.

Grilled Pork Chop with Pepper Jelly Glaze

Everybody around the country who gets snow in the winter waits for the summer ritual of opening up their patio grill, but we grill all year round in the Deep South and honestly, summers here are really our least favorite time for grilling. Oh we do it, but it's hotter than hot, and not super pleasant.

Now that I have a nice, shady covered patio with a ceiling fan though, it's made a huge difference, and I have sure been working my grills around here! I think I've grilled more this last year than I did in years at my old house. Grilling is fast, easy and doesn't heat up the kitchen - which is a bonus in this summer heat. I've even baked on my Traeger pellet grill instead of using my oven! But... for me, there is one issue.


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Frozen Watermelon Slush

Frozen chunks of watermelon stand in for ice cubes in this refreshing lemon-lime frozen watermelon slush.

Frozen Watermelon Slush

Here we go, another southerner whining about the heat, but frankly y'all, it's been unbearable for me this summer. Part of blogging on a full time basis, means that you work from home, and I tell ya, it's gets mighty comfortable here in more ways than one, air conditioning certainly being one of them.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bacon Gravy

A homestyle gravy, made with a flour roux, bacon drippings and broth or water here, or for a creamy version, use milk. Shown served over a baked pork tenderloin and rice.

Bacon Gravy

Sunday I made a pork tenderloin. You know the ones - the packages of pre-seasoned pork loins that you literally don't have to do a thing to except pop in the oven or on the grill? Yeah, that's the one. My mother in law picks them up on sale from Winn Dixie all the time and the Cajun happened to comment how good one was when we were over there one Sunday. Lo and behold, next thing I knew she was sending him home with a couple. I told y'all, she's like that!


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip Made Easy with Byron's

A hot pork BBQ dip, made easy with Pulled Pork BBQ from Byrons.

Hot BBQ Pulled Pork Dip

Summer means BBQ and one of the biggest BBQ holidays of the summer is just around the corner - Independence Day! It's one of my favorite holidays with time spent with friends and family and festivals galore along the Gulf Coast the entire weekend. For those of us who live here, it often means time spent on the boat out and on the barrier islands, followed by backyard cookouts with all of our favorite summertime foods and songs like Lee Greenwood's classic "God Bless the U.S.A.," droning in the background.

Everybody is all decked out in their favorite patriotic gear, the never-ending supply of red, white and blue foods and drinks streaming in, and, of course, after the sun sets, heading to the beach to watch the always fabulous Biloxi fireworks shows, shot over the Mississippi Sound from Deer Island and the endless designs of light left in the air by backyard sparklers (that even I still enjoy swinging) spun around by our children.


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