Start a new tradition this holiday season. 

Every family and group of friends know what their traditions are when it is time. This year for the holidays as you plan those gatherings - start a new tradition. Below you will find a couple of recipes to get even the bah-est of humbugs to the table. 

Apple cider brined pork chops

  • Four New York Chops

    1/4 cup of honey 
    1/4 cup of Kosher salt
  • 1 to 2 Bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups of apple cider
Mix all of the brine ingredients together. Stir until it is all combined. Put half of brine in the bottom of a pan. Add pork chops and pour remaining brine over them. Marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Heat grill to medium heat. Remove pork chops from brine. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel. Add freshly ground pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn pork chops over and cook until done, about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of your pork chops. (Pork chops should have an internal temperature between 145 degrees F. (medium rare) and 160 degrees F. (medium).) Let rest for 3 minutes before serving.

Pork and apple stuffing bites 


1 pound ground pork
1 apple
1 stalk celery
2 cups dry stuffing
1 egg
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Peel and finely dice apple, and dice celery stalk finely. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined. 

Form mixture into ping pong sized balls, pressing firmly. Place on prepared baking pan, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Drizzle with your favorite gravy. 

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Celebrate Porksgiving this fall

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