Foods from the Past: Pork Dinners

Pork might just be my favorite protein.  And that’s not just because pork belly is a contender for my favorite cut of meat.  I love pork because it comes in so many tasty forms.  You’ve got pork chops, pulled pork, baby back ribs, short ribs, pork belly, bacon (which is just cured belly), jowl meat, ham hocks, country ham, fat back, tenderloin, roasts, sausage, chicharones, ears, feet, and all kinds of other offal.  I guess that pigs aren’t unique in the sense that they offer different cuts of meat, but I believe that you can coax the widest range of flavors from the different cuts of pork.  Other than slight variations, beef kind of just tastes like beef.  That’s not a bad thing at all!  I just particularly appreciate the variety and interest that pork provides.  So in honor of the humble pig, here are two dinners featuring pork that I’ve made in the past year:

sausage hash with spinach, red peppers, onion, and okra

sausage hash with swiss chard, red peppers, onion, and okra

If you are interested in the source of my pork, I like to get sausage from The Rock Barn, Babes in the Wood, and Sausage Craft.  And I think Avery’s Branch Farms (where I own my cow share to get raw milk) has the best pork chops.

local pork chop and sauteed okra

local pork chop and sauteed okra

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