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  • Pork Chops and Apples in the Crock Pot

    In my search to have dinner ready when we get home, I continue to find new crock pot recipes.  My latest find, is this Crock Pot Pork and Apples from Eat, Live, Run.  Her recipes are usually easy to follow and don't require a lot of ingredients.  These are two of my requirements when following recipes.  Sometimes less is more.

    The recipe called for Gala apples and luckily that's what I had in my fridge.  Crunchy, sweet and juicy.  That's what I like about them.  Great for snacking and cooking.  The recipe is straight forward: season pork chops with salt and pepper, add sliced apples and onions, add mustard and brown sugar.

    Cook on low for six hours.  Not much to it.  The flavor was pretty good.  I think next time I would cook them for less time.   The gravy/sauce was delicious over jasmine rice.

    And to round off the colors, we had some roasted kale.  Easiest side dish ever!  Wash and tear, dry and put on baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.  Broil for about 10 minutes.  Crunchy and tasty kale chips to the rescue.


    What's your favorite apple?

    Do you cook with apples?

  • New Year's Eve Traditions


    Does your family have special New Year's Eve traditions?  Living in Plant City, we get a lot of customer requests for black eye peas  for their New Year's Eve dinner.  That was a new one for me. Apparently, black eye peas must be eaten around midnight or during New Year's Day for good luck. Check out these links for different ways to prepare your black eye peas:





    Our other must have item is grapes.  We double up on grapes because those will all be gone come New Years Eve.  Eating the grapes at midnight is something we always did growing up.  Our dinner was always arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas), pernil (roasted pork), and guineitos en escabeche (pickled bananas).  Now that I have my own family, we usually spend New Year's Eve with friends that we don't see on a regular basis.  The menu is the least of our worries.  In fact, I think last year we ordered pizza!

    We've actually planned on cooking dinner this year.  The guys will be grilling.  We'll be bringing some of our favorite things from our market: :)

    The Market will be open on New Year's Eve from 9 am to 3 pm.  We'll be closed on New Year's Day and will reopen January 2nd at 9 am.  We hope you have a Happy New Year with your loved ones and Best Wishes for the New Year from our family to yours! Happy New Year!

  • World Famous Strawberry Shortcake is Back!

    As soon as we start planting our strawberry plants, the phones at the market start ringing.  People calling and emailing wanting to know when will we start serving our Strawberry Shortcake.  The disappointment in their voice is heartbreaking when we have to tell them "not yet".

    You see, enjoying our Strawberry Shortcake is sort of a big deal.  We only serve it from January to mid April while we have our very own locally grown fresh strawberries.  We wouldn't have it any other way.  You just can't make strawberry shortcake with frozen berries.  It's just not right! ;)

    This year we started serving our "World Famous" Strawberry Shortcake on December 21st, just in time for Christmas!  The recipe has been the same for over 30 years.  And while I can't share it, I will tell you what makes our Strawberry Shortcake the best!

    You can't go wrong when you use fresh ingredients.  The key to a great Strawberry Shortcake is the strawberries.  Growing our own berries gives us an advantage.  The berries you are eating in your Strawberry Shortcake were most likely picked that morning!  Easy as that!  Fresh berries grown right here in Plant City.  It doesn't get any better than that!

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