Pork Chops and Tacos

Bob Saves the Day!

I consider myself to be a frugal shopper (usually.) But sometimes, I get a little blinded by the savings and value of a sale, and I forget that I don’t actually like eating certain things.

A month or so ago, we were shopping at Aldi’s (love that store!) and they had a deal on end cut pork chops – on sale and marked down. I couldn’t resist the price! We broke up the package of 8 chops into 3 freezer bags, and cooked up one bag a few nights later. Well. I do enjoy pork, but usually as a roast or ribs. Chops not so much. Not because of the flavor, but because of the fat, gristle, and bone. I’m just never satisfied, and always vow to stick to boneless chops in the future.

Fast forward several weeks, as I peer into our chest freezer. There’s a lot of stuff in there, and it really needs to get eaten or tossed or otherwise cleared out. I’m poking around, and see the remaining 2 bags of chops, and I pull them out to defrost. “We really have to start eating up what’s in that freezer,” I tell my husband. Using wife-speak, I was trying to prepare him for some sub-par meals in the near future. I think I had some sort of unformed fantasy meal using a dutch oven, tomatoes, and magic – that something would click in my brain and I would come up with a super delicious dish I could make with these chops. Continue reading “Pork Chops and Tacos”

The Absolute Ultimate Extreme Pork Loin Roast

Tennessee Pork Loin

This amazing and uncomplicated pork loin roast has become a staple in our kitchen. Fancy enough for company, but easy enough for an everyday meal, we devour this at least once a month. A handful of simple ingredients turns into a uniquely delicious creation, using a rub and a glaze on the meat. This recipe is adapted from Steve Raichlen’s Barbeque U to be made in the oven, so us Ohioans can enjoy it year-round. It’s a little messy putting it together, but I usually throw down some waxed paper to catch the drips and it makes for an easy clean up. Please, please, please try this and let me know what you think!

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