Monthly Archives: December 2012

Get Lucky in 2013 with New Year’s Day Pork Recipes

What do you want in 2013? More money? Better luck? The promise of longevity? Well, I can't promise those, but I can share some recipes that might boost your luck.

Many cultures believe that eating certain foods on New Year's Day will bring good health and prosperity in the new year. I'm pleased to say that pork is among those lucky foods. Indeed, because pigs root forward, they symbolize progress. Germans, in particular, believe that eating pork symbolizes future abundance. So, try one of these German-inspired pork recipes this New Year's Day and you may be thanking your lucky stars all year long.

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Pork Schnitzel (Photo, Elise Bauer)

Pork Schnitzel from Simply Recipes

German Kapusta Pork from Pork Be Inspired

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Sauerkraut from A Year of Slow Cooking

Homemade Andouille Sausage from Hunter, Angler, Gardner, Cook

Cooked greens, which resemble folded bills, signify prosperity in the new year. And everyone knows that greens taste better with bacon. Or ham. Or sausage. So, try one of these recipes to fatten your wallet in 2013:

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Southern Style Greens with Smoked Ham Hock (Photo, Susan Russo)

Southern Style Greens with Smoked Ham Hock from NPR's Kitchen Window (pictured above)

Hoppin' John with Bacon and Collard Greens from Not Eating Out in New York

Farfalle with Kale and Bacon from Iowa Girl Eats

Sausage, Tomato, and Kale Ragout  with Poached Eggs from Taste Food

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Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon (Photo, Nicole Hamaker)

Because black-eyed peas and lentils resemble coins, they represent good fortune and prosperity. Improve your luck by noshing on one of the following recipes:

Hoppin' John from The Pioneer Woman

Smoked Pork Belly with Lentils from Thursday Night SmackDown

Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon from Pinch My Salt (pictured above)

Lentil and Sausage Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Herbs from Kalyn's Kitchen

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Taiwanese Pork Noodles (Photo, Jaden Hair)

Long noodles symbolize longevity, that is, if you don't break them! So, start slurping!

Wonton Noodles from Rasa Malaysia

Singapore Noodles from No Recipes

Taiwanese Pork Noodles from Steamy Kitchen (pictured above)

Garlic, Ginger, Pork, and Noodles from My Gourmet Connection

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway: It’s a Wrap!

Red Christmas Stocking

From bacon candy to a collection of pig kitchen gadgets, we've been counting down the 12 Days of Pork and have reached the end of our giveaway.

What is your favorite item in our collection? Will you be the one to win the sweet year-long bacon club membership?

Here's your last chance to enter to win the ENTIRE collection of prizes which includes:

1. Bacon press

2. Waffle iron

3. $40 Amex card and $10 pork coupons

4. Bacon popcorn and popcorn bowl set

5. Cookie jar and pig-shaped cookie cutter

6. A set of pans

7. Bacon chocolate truffles

8. A shot glass

9. Collection of pig-themed kitchen gadgets

10. A year-long bacon club membership

11. An appetizer platter and plates

12. A Christmas stocking with bacon-themed treats

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet). Today is your last chance to earn entries, so get pinning and tweeting!

See full legal rules here.

Thank you so much for playing!

Check back soon to find out if you're the winner!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 12: Bacon Club!

Can you believe that today is the twelfth and final day of our first ever 12 Days of Pork Giveaway?

I think we saved the bacon best for last. Today's feature is a year-long bacon club!

Please tell us why you love bacon. Make it short, pithy, poetic, witty, whatever suits your fancy!

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This month, we're highlighting items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

Thank you so much for playing!

Check back soon to find out if you're the winner!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 11: Piggy Kitchen Gadgets

The number of kitchen gadgets available nowadays is dizzying. Personally, I like the basics: spatula, whisk, vegetable peeler. I can live without a temperature-controlled butter dish or condiment gun. But I wouldn't mind some perky, pink, piggy kitchen gadgets to make my time in the kitchen more playful.

Since we want you to have more fun cooking we're featuring a collection of pink piggy kitchen gadgets like a whisk, spatula, and tongs for our eleventh day of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway on PKS.com!

From December 13th to the 24th, we will highlight new items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

Check back tomorrow for the twelfth and final 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 10: Bacon Cocktails

What's a holiday party without some spirits? Sure, beer and wine are great, but you know what's better? Bacon vodka. And perhaps the best way to enjoy bacon vodka is with a Bacon Martini. Of course, there's more than one way to make a bacon martini. Check out BaconVodka.com where they've got a tangy Pickled Bacon Martini and a sweet Bacon Chocolate Martini adorned with a slice of chocolate-covered bacon!

If martinis aren't your cocktail of choice, you can make a bacon Bloody Mary or even serve a shot of whiskey or scotch with some bacon on the side.

So for a shot of fun, today we're featuring a shot glass as our tenth 12 Days of Pork Giveaway on PKS.com!

From December 13th to the 24th, we will highlight items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the eleventh 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 9: Bacon Candy

trufflesI don't get excited over Christmas candy. Seems to me just about every Christmas candy contains chocolate and peppermint, a flavor combo I can live happily without. And if it isn't peppermint and chocolate, it's Italian Toberlone. Blech. Does anyone even like Toberlone?

For truly jolly-making Christmas candy, I suggest going with chocolate and bacon. And since we at PKS.com love the way chocolate and bacon get along, Day 9 of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway features Vosges Chocolate Bacon Candy Truffles.

From December 13th to the 24th, we will highlight new items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the next 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 8: Family Recipes and a Set of Pans!

When I started blogging nearly six years ago, I shared stories and recipes about my Italian-American experiences. Since my husband I were living 3,000 miles away from our relatives, my blog was a way to stay connected, share memories, and let them know how much I treasured our family’s culinary traditions.

I’m not alone in cherishing family recipes. Professional chef and personal friend, Miguel Valdez, of The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar, in San Diego, feels similarly. And in today’s post, he shares one of his Mexican family’s most beloved recipes for chicarron. Simply put, chicarron are fried pork rinds. They’re relatively easy to make and are surprisingly tasty. They’d also make a unique addition to a holiday dinner party. Here is a link to his video.


Today is the eighth day of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway on PKS.com! Because we want to encourage you to keep your family recipes alive, we’ve got fabulous feature: A set of pans.

Stainless steel pots and pans

From December 13th to the 24th, we will highlight new items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish a new post each day, giving you a new chance to earn two more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the ninth 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 7: Christmas Cookies

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Of all my Christmas memories, the best ones involve baking Christmas cookies with my mom. It was not an undertaking for the faint of heart. Every December, we began buying unfathomable amounts of flour, sugar, butter and eggs, which would be transformed into holiday family favorites such as biscotti, pizzelles, and butter balls. Mom and I would spend days rolling and dipping and cutting and sprinkling while singing “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and “Frosty the Snowman” with Burl Ives. Once finished, the cookies would be assembled onto trays, tied with shiny ribbons, and given as presents to everyone we knew, including the mailman.

I'm sure I'm not alone in my love of baking Christmas cookies. So, tell me, what are your favorite Christmas cookies? Do you have certain cookies that get baked only during the holidays? Got any cookie baking tips? Please share them with us in the comment section below.

When it comes to unique cookies, it's hard to beat these Bacon Peanut Butter Cookies from Pork Be Inspired. That's right, best buds, bacon and peanut butter, are united in one amazing cookie. Hungry? Get the recipe here.

And thus, it's time to roll out the seventh prize of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway on PKS.com! And it's all about making cookies! Today's giveaway items include a cookie jar and a pig cookie cutter.

This month, we're highlighting 12 items here on PKS.com that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish new items daily, giving you a new chance to earn more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the next 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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12 Days of Pork Giveaway! Day 6: Popcorn (Plus Favorite Holiday Movies)

PopcornFor my husband and me, it doesn't feel like Christmas until we watch Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The 1954 classic has it all: Humor, romance, heart-tugging story lines, beautiful costumes, and a happy ending. No matter how many times we watch it, I still laugh, cry, and sing along like it's my first time. Sisters, sisters, there never were such devoted sisters. See what I mean? Just typing that sentence makes me start singing. Fortunately for you, you can't hear.

Of course, while watching White Christmas we must also eat popcorn, preferably one studded with bits of bacon. That's why we're giving away popcorn and popcorn accessories for you to use with your family while watching your favorite holiday movies.

So, tell me, what's your favorite holiday movie?

Because we love holiday movies with family, we're giving away a large popcorn bowl and popcorn as our next item of our 12 Days of Pork Giveaway on PKS.com!

Have you been following our gift guide posts? We're highlighting 12 items this month that we’re giving away as part of a grand pork holiday gift pack. (One winner will be selected at the end of our sweepstakes to win the ENTIRE collection of all 12 prizes!)

There are two ways to enter:

1. Pin the image highlighted in this post on Pinterest.

2. Retweet the #12DaysofPork tweet from @allaboutpork on Twitter to enter to win the entire gift pack.

This means you have two chances to enter per post (if you pin AND retweet).We’ll publish new items daily, giving you a new chance to earn more entries. You do NOT have to enter each day – it just increases your number of entries if you do.

See full legal rules here.

What item will we unveil next?

Check back tomorrow for the seventh 12 Days of Pork Holiday item, and thanks for playing!

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