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  • Pork Chops with Honey Mustard Gravy

    One of the reasons I'm a big Rachel Ray fan is her recipes consists of everyday pantry staples.  And this Pork Chops with Honey-Mustard Gravy is no different: honey, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and chicken stock.  For the complete recipe, click here.

    While I was preparing this, I thought it would be a good idea to season the pork chops with our Gator Hammock Gator Sprinkles.  That was a good idea, until my husband came around and asked if I tasted Gator Sprinkles before.  Oops.  I’d forgotten how hot it is!  A quick rinse of the pork chops was in order.  Luckily, I had some Everglades Seasoning to use instead!  Did you know both Gator Hammock and Everglades Seasoning products are made right here in Florida?  They are great for seasoning and tenderizing your meats.



    Have you ever tried Cubanelle peppers?  They are so bright that they almost look fake when I walk by them at the market. Cubanelles are a very mild sweet pepper with thinner flesh and longer shaped than a regular bell pepper.  Sometimes when they are picked early they have a bright green color.  If they are allowed to ripen, they will turn bright red.


    I brought one home and decided to brown it with the pork chops but instead of cooking them all the way through I removed them after a couple of minutes and added them to the salad.  It’s a good change on your typical green salad.


    I’m not sure what’s being going on with the apples this season, but they’ve been amazing.  Whether it’s a Gala, a Fuji or even a Golden Delicious, they’ve all been dripping with sugary sweet juice.  I thought it would be fun to add some apples to this dish.  I didn’t have the time to make fresh apple sauce, but adding a couple of really thin apple slices to the hot pork chops warmed them out perfectly.  To round out the meal, more thin apple slices were added to the salad.


    Have you ever tried/seen Cubanelle Peppers?

    What's your favorite recipe for Pork Chops?

  • Where do you buy your honey?

    Did you know we sell honey?  It is one of our best sellers!   People come to our market looking for honey all the time.  Whether our customers use it for cooking, medicinal purposes or just for their morning cup of tea, we go through a lot of honey!

    I'm not sure if you were aware of this, but this past April there was a lot of controversy right here in Florida over ultra-filtrated honey brought in from China and re-sold under store name brands at local stores.  Buyer beware!  This ultra-filtrated honey lacks all the nutritional benefits like pollen.  According to Food Safety News, 3/4 of the honey sold at U.S. grocery stores isn't honey!


    We normally carry two types of honey: Orange Blossom and Tupelo.  Orange Blossom, as the name implies, comes from Orange groves throughout central Florida.  Tupelo honey comes from the Tupelo tree which is mostly found around northwest Florida.   This summer we brought in Palmetto honey.  Palmetto honey comes from the blooms of the saw palmetto palm which grows throughout Florida.

    There's much debate as to whether how far "local" honey can still be called "local".   Most people say about 50 miles.  I've also heard the debate that because there are no mountains in Florida, all Florida honey is local.   My thoughts on this local debate is that anything from Florida should be considered local.


    We have a large variety of sizes available for sale.   We offer 8 oz, 16 oz and 32 oz in both the Tupelo and the Orange Blossom.  We also carry honey with the honey comb.  If you can't make it to our market, but would still like to taste of Florida honey, visit our website for more info.

    I must admit, I'm partial to the Tupelo honey.  It's a lot brighter in color than the Orange Blossom.  According to the Tupelo Beekeepers Association, Tupelo honey is the only honey that will not granulate and it's use is recommended by doctors for diabetic patients.  At our home, I use it to combat seasonal allergies.  Since making the move to Plant City from Boca Raton, my allergies have been a lot better ever since I started using our honey on  a regular basis.  I know this because I used to take Zyrtec every day in the spring.  I couldn't go a day without it or my eyes would start burning and my nose would start running.  This past spring was the first Orange Blossom season I did not need a Zyrtec.  :)

    When shopping for honey, make sure to look for raw, unfiltered or local labels on it.  These labels will ensure you get the most benefits from your purchase.

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