Posts Tagged ‘Pepper’

While rummaging through the freezer the other day looking for something to cook for Sunday night I found that I had some huge pork loin chops. And, I found bacon as well! What a great combination, pork and pork! This morning I headed out to the garden to grab some fresh rosemary as this herb works so well with pork. Here is a dinner that is not only easy to fix but tastes great too!  The aromas that fill the house are amazing!

4 pork loin chops
8 cloves of garlic, minced
8 sprigs of fresh rosemary
8 slices of thick cut peppered bacon
fresh cracked pepper

I get the pork ready for cooking early in the day so that the garlic flavor settles in to the meat. Take the garlic rub it into the all sides of the meat. Next lay a piece of rosemary over the meat.

Pork rubbed with garlic and rosemary laid on top

Take a piece of bacon and start to wrap around the chop adding another sprig of rosemary to the other side. Secure the bacon with a toothpick. Wrap a second piece of bacon around the meat as you did the first. When all are done, crack some fresh pepper on both sides of the meat.

Chops wrapped in bacon

Refrigerate until an hour before cooking.

Take the meat out one hour before cooking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn and continue cooking for another 20 – 25 minutes. Check the temperature on the pork. The internal temperature should be 145 degrees. When done, remove the chops from the oven and carefully remove the toothpicks and rosemary.

When done remove the toothpicks and rosemary carefully

Let the meat rest for 3 – 5 minutes before serving.

Dinner is served!

I served this tonight with steamed peas and a garlic and herb rice pilaf!  If you are inclined to make a gravy, use the pan drippings!

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It was back in 1983 that I bought my first collectible salt and pepper shakers. I actually got two sets that day. Today my collection tops over 300. What!?! You ask? Most are usable and I definitely use them! Most are old and there are some newer ones too! At Christmas, I usually get a new set!

What I like about collecting these is that when I host a dinner, I pick a set of shakers that match the personality of who will be sitting at a particular spot. Now, I have a friend who can burn water in the kitchen, so this set is always her place setter!


Who does not love “Maxine?”

Enjoy the photos of a part of my collection!

Main Part of the Collection

Do you see the Easter Shakers in the photo below?

See the Easter Shakers?

The set on the bottom right, glass, were dug out of a well by a friend in San Francisco!
The fellow in the top hat…

See the fellow in the top hat?

…his hat is one shaker and his head the other!
Everyone needs a little bit of kick ass, and here is one of mine!

Donkey with salt, pepper, oil and vinegar!

What do you collect?

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