Caribbean Brine Pork Chops

We’ve had so much success with brined chops that I’ve been looking through a few other brines to try them out.  This was good, but too sweet for me.  If you like sweet with a nice hint of spice, you would probably really enjoy this.  I mean, I didn’t leave anything on the plate. 😉  We had this with our squash tossed with some of our dill and chives, and some corn we picked up.  Will be corn season in Virginia soon!! 🙂

 

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Cucumber and Black Eyed Pea Salad

This was a nice base salad with which you could do a lot…we liked it a lot.  I’ve had my eye on this for a while since I love black eyed peas, and am always looking for new ways to use them.  I thought this could use lots more flavor and added more lemon, pepper and salt,  Some herbs tossed in would be great too.  This would be nice for a BBQ or picnic side.  It was nice with grilled pork chops.

 

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Beef Jerky

So we bought a dehydrator.  Mostly to make jerky, because this is pretty much my favorite snack, and Shawn is a huge fan too.  Added bonus that we can dry the extras from the hopefully prolific garden this summer.  Anyway, I got the marinade from an old Alton Brown recipe, and followed it to the letter – it as awesome.  Next time I might add more soy sauce and less red pepper flakes, but overall it was delicious!  Our first attempt at jerky was a total winner.

 

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Beer Can Chicken

What can I say…this was easy and absolutely delicious.  We combined a few rubs to make the final product, but you can’t get much more low maintenance for a nice summer meal!  And bonus chicken stock tomorrow!  You can fine the recipe here, at my friend Missy’s site.

 

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Buffalo Bleu Cheese Burgers

Another in a series of burgers I did for fast freezer meals.  We really liked this one!  Would be great with some extra buffalo sauce and blue cheese on the top, and a side salad.

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Tomato Basil Burgers

This was another in our attempt to pack a lot of freezer meals for super busy nights – this one is really convenient because you don’t have to thaw them.  Just throw them on the grill, they may take a little longer.  It was pretty good, though dry.  Some light tomato sauce might be good with a light side.  The recipe originally called for beef, and I subbed the turkey.  Lamb might be pretty good with this was well.

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