Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pinning and Winning - Recipes

Like everyone else, Pinterest has consumed my evenings! I could spend all night looking for house ideas, recipes, fashion inspiration, etc. Here are two recipes I found on Pinterest and made. I recommend them both!

For a 4th of July party I made Red, White and Blue sangria. I think it was the star shaped pineapple that reeled me in. It was super easy to make and was DELISH!

Red, White and Blue Sangria

  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple, cut into star shapes
  • 2 bottles dry white wine
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refridgerator for at least four hours.

This past Sunday we decided to make grilled pork chops. I had Pinned this recipe from the website, A Spicy Perspective for Firecracker Pork Chops with Pineapple Kiwi Salsa a while back and thought it would be the perfect meal to grill on a summer night. It was easy to make and it was delicious.


For the Pork Chops:
  • 4 boneless pork chops, 3/4 – 1 inch thick (1-1.5 lbs)
  • 4 Cups soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. mesquite liquid smoke
  • 1 Tb. sriracha hot sauce
  • 3 Tb. honey
For the Salsa:
  • 1 cup fresh diced pineapple
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced kiwi (about 4)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 Tb. chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sriracha hot sauce
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Pour the soy sauce, liquid smoke, hot sauce and honey in a large zip bag. Shake to mix, then add the pork chops. Marinate for at least thirty minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  3. For the pineapple salsa, mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Once the grill is hot, grill the pork chops for 3-4 minutes per side. You want the pork chops to be slightly pink or just barely cook through, but not dry.
  5. Cover the chops with foil and allow them to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve warm with fresh salsa piled over the top.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 8 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4

I hope you all enjoy!

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