from the archives: sweet and spicy pork chops.

last night i made my signature pork chops. they are so good. spicy. sweet. moist and amazingly tasty. i decided then and there that these have to be shared with all of you. as i was writing my witty and humorous post to all of you in me head i realized that i had written about these beauties before. back at the beginning of the summer of 2009 i decided to start a blog in conjunction with starting my baking business. it chronicled our summer that year, the rise of our success at the farmer's market, the eventual decision to open a gourmet food shop out of said success, the growth and comedy styling's of our kids and the opening & running of our bakery. i sold the blog with our bakery as i had turned it into the website for the joint. the bakery is still running but they have let the blog go and i thought it was a shame because as it was filled with so many wonderful recipes as well as memories. so to right this wrong i have decided to dip into the archives and share these with you along with the thoughts, hopes and dreams of that times as well.  hope you enjoy. xoxo.

on saturday's at the market my stall is across from gelderman farms. they are pig farmers here in the valley and sell all kinds of wonderful pork products. i got some beautiful chops from them today, jazzed them up with my recipe and oh yummy yummy yummy!!!we haven't had a lot of pork around here lately because of the husband's health and we have been craving them for a while. the chops were delicious. spicy, sweet, tender, white and juicy. just how we like them!

i marinated it earlier in the day {although all you need is 5 minutes for this recipe} and the husband grilled them. he mentioned a beer in hand would have made the whole experience a lot better!! {i'm still wondering why he didn't?} served with steamed asparagus and a side summer salad it was the perfect weekend dinner!

sweet and spicy pork chops
adapted from rachael ray.
*this can be used on pork roasts and tenderloins as well.

4 pork chops - standard size
3 tablespoons of montreal steak spice
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander
3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
**if you have a lime on hand the zest and juice of a lime adds something special to this.

add all ingredients to a baking pan big enough to hold the chops. mix together to form a paste like mix. add the chops. coat on one side with mix then flip to oat the other side. let sit for at least 5 minutes - longer if you wish. heat up the grill and toss them on!! depending on the thickness of your chops you are looking at about 15 to 20 minutes.

these can also be baked at 735 for about 35 minutes, depending on your oven. i always check them after 25 minutes to make sure. enjoy!!

**update: we enjoyed these last night with steamed brown rice and steamed broccoli but a coleslaw with toasted sesame dressing would have rounded these out quite nicely. these are perfect to serve all year round!!

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