Brined Pork Loin Recipe

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 I love pork loin. I have been cooking it for years. I have never brined though, so taking this on was a challenge for me and a learning experience. I had to read up on how to make a brine and what to do with it. I learned a lot during this process. I was a bit afraid. Had I not only never brined anything, I had never eaten anything that had been brined (as far as I know). I didn’t quite know what to expect. I had heard of brining turkeys for Thanksgiving, but never a pork chop or …

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Easy Pork Spare Ribs – Oven Edition

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There is nothing like celebrating a holiday like Presidents’ Day with a cookout! If you are like me and in a place where the last thing you want to do it go outside (brr it is cold in Chicago right now), then bring the flavors of a backyard BBQ indoors! Happy Presidents’ Day today!! Enjoy! Easy Pork Spare Ribs - Oven Edition

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Peanut Butter Bacon Brownies

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Who doesn’t want to show someone they love them through a delicious treat? Valentine’s Day is coming up, and here is the most amazing treat you can make for your Valentine! Three years ago I had a vision for these brownies to incorporate 2 things I love — bacon and peanut butter. I had been too lazy and, honestly, completely forgot I envisioned about this until I was going through my phone notes app the other day. So with this blog, I knew it was time to finally develop this recipe. My co-workers didn’t mind a couple of days of different versions …

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My Trip to the Polish Sausage Shop

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I feel so lucky to live in a city like Chicago where the cultures are so diverse, yet so prominent in each of the neighborhoods. When I was talking with some friends about doing this blog and basing it around pork, they quickly suggested going to a Polish sausage shop in their neighborhood. They frequent it and highly recommended the quality and the great prices. Of course, with recommendations like that, I was on board! I told them they needed to take me and show me this gem! We planned on a day and made it happen. Continue reading