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Italian Pork Sausage Bake

As spring draws closer, we are still experiencing cold weather with unexpected jaunts of warm weather. My case in point is that last Thursday it was over 60ºF and on Friday it snowed. With this kind of unpredictable weather, we wanted to have a hearty, filling meal for the week.

This Italian Pork Sausage Bake hits the nail on the head. We love the simplicity, and that this goes from start to plate in less than an hour. Also, Kite Hill’s plant-based ricotta cheese is a shoe-in for the real thing. That said, enjoy your high-quality dairy if you like! However you choose to have this meal, we know you will enjoy it.

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulders are a great batch cooking option for protein. We’ve long been fans of pulled pork, and we even have a couple of different sauces for you to consider (option #1 and option #2). That said, good pulled pork hasn’t always been a quick process. Quite the contrary, it has been a half-day or more of slow stewing or roasting.

Now, with the magic of the Instant Pot (which, honestly, has always been around for years by way of pressure cooker), this can be done very quickly. We think you’ll love this preparation as well as how quickly it is assembled. Plus, you get to make a homemade rib rub, great for pork shoulder as well as ribs. You’ll thank us later.

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Pork Chop Suey

Chop Suey has been popularized in America through Americanized Chinese restaurants, although it has a history in Asia and the South Pacific as well. What I hadn’t realized is that Chop Suey roughly translates to “assorted pieces” (thanks, Wikipedia!). I’m always excited to find different cultural versions of “kitchen sink”-style meals. In the spirit of assorted pieces, I learned all of this and prepared this recipe when confronted with uncooked boneless pork ribs that had to be cooked or frozen—we didn’t even have to make a trip to the grocery store to put this together, in true Chop Suey fashion.

I enjoy the spirit of making something with what you have on hand. It’s not as intimidating as an episode of Chopped, but it’s empowering to know that even when a meal isn’t already prepared, you have the tools to make one in your refrigerator. I am sure you’re going to enjoy this recipe.

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Solyanka

We have had some pretty cold and dreary weather lately, and this kind of weather always causes me to crave soup. This weekend, Brent was eager to experiment with something new. Brent discovered Solyanka, a spicy and sour soup that originates from Russia but is also popular in Germany and former Eastern Block countries.

Solyanka is traditionally prepared in three different varieties: meat, fish, or mushroom. When Brent shared our recipe development with our friend Russ, who you might know as The Domestic Man, his first question was “Meat, fish, or mushroom?” As someone who specializes in recreating traditional recipes, it was no surprise to us that he was already familiar.

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Oven-Baked Beer-Brined Pork Ribs

Ribs are a summertime staple at our house, and I’d reckon yours. Standing outside in the warmth of the summer sun (perhaps drink in hand), the smell of charcoal and simmering ribs on the grill is as strong in my mind on a December morning as it is in the peak of July. If grilling isn’t a strong suit of yours, or you’re hoping to enjoy ribs even in the cold, this week’s recipe is right up your alley.

Making ribs in the oven is a great adventure—you get the benefit of setting a consistent temperature and your whole house smells like heaven! These ribs are no exception. One way to combat ribs drying out (on the grill or in the oven) is to brine them. Brine can be as simple and straightforward as salted water, or you can add some great flavors to the meat. Tenting or wrapping your ribs in foil is also an effective tool. For these, we did both, because who doesn’t love juicy ribs?

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