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by Caitlin Saniga

Pork chops with olive tapenade

Joel’s fridge is usually well stocked with two things: pork chops and bags of salad greens. Not too shabby for a bachelor. I don’t tend to keep much meat in my kitchen, so it’s been a fun challenge for both of us to come up with new and interesting ways to serve the pork he has. (He even wowed me one night with a tangy Dijon-glazed pork chop sliced over a pretty salad. I’ll have to get his notes on that one and share it.) For this recipe, I tenderized and pan-fried the pork chops and served them with hefty spoonfuls of olive tapenade. Salad greens with roasted red peppers and balsamic dressing rounded out the plate.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Lemon-thyme roasted chicken

I cooked the chicken, but I let Joel carve it. I’ll never forget the way he pulled apart that bird, sampling as he went. “This is just perfect,” he couldn’t stop saying.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Balsamic pork kebabs with smoky peach sauce

Marinating the pork in vinegar makes it extra tender. But the star of this dish is the smoky peach sauce. Don’t be afraid of black char when you’re grilling the peaches. It adds flavor!


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by Caitlin Saniga

My burger fixins were Bibb lettuce, Roma tomatoes and red onion. No mustard or ketchup necessary — these burgers were juicy and flavorful enough. A dill pickle on the side never killed anyone, either.

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup beer (I used Yeungling.)
  • 4 burger buns
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • burger fixins (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, spinach, apple slices … whatever ya want)

I found this beautiful Bibb lettuce — roots and all — at Fresh Market (my favorite specialty foods store) in Roanoke.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Or plug in an electric kitchen grill.

A. My friend Eddie puts mustard on errrrythang. B. He grew weary from watching me cook and take a million pictures of his burger. So he quickly annihilated it when I handed it over.

Mix the ground beef, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl. Mix in the beer until absorbed by the meat mixture (It will seem like the beer won’t absorb at first. Keep mashing). Form into patties.

Cook on the preheated grill until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for well done, or about 5 minutes total in an electric kitchen grill. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees.

Sprinkle about 1/4 cup of cheese on the insides of each burger bun. Place buns on grill (with the lid covering) or under a broiler for about 1 minute, or until cheese melts.

Assemble burgers with your desired fixins.

Makes 4.

Recipe adapted from: AllRecipes.com

Photo: Caitlin Saniga

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by Caitlin Saniga

If you have leftovers, cut the pork into bite-size pieces. Make a burrito with the pork, bean salad, some shredded cheese and sliced tomatoes.

  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper or chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin
  • 2 15.5-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1  jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the chipotle pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander, 1 tablespoon of the oil, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Place the pork on a rimmed baking sheet and coat with the spice mixture. Roast until the internal temperature of the pork registers 145 degrees, 40 to 50 minutes. Let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss together the beans, avocado, cilantro, scallions, chili pepper, lime juice, the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand while the pork roasts.

Serve the pork with the bean salad and lime wedges.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe: Real Simple

Photo: Caitlin Saniga

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