Hello everyone! I’m Alice and I blog over at Hip Foodie Mom, a fresh food blog, featuring recipes using local, seasonal and organic ingredients. You’ll find a little bit of everything from vegetarian to meat dishes to Asian food but one thing remains constant: my use of fresh, quality ingredients.
Growing up in a Korean-American household with two parents who were always in the kitchen cooking meant that we spent a lot of family time around the dinner table. Our table was always filled with lots of food because my parents loved feeding us and giving my brother, sister and I a lot of variety when it came to meal time. Some families connect and bond over outdoor activities, sports or little league. My family connected over food, cooking, entertaining and serving food to others. This is why our house was like grand central station and was always filled with friends, food and good company.
We grew up eating everything from mac and cheese to Korean food to Japanese food and my adventurous father was always introducing us to new foods when we were kids. And since we are Korean, we were always grilling up galbi or bulgogi a few times a month.
Nothing says summer more to me than grilling and I always associate July 4th with grilling foods and spending time with family and friends so when I was asked to guest post here and select a recipe, I immediately headed to the grilling section on Better Homes and Gardens and as soon as I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it. We’re always grilling burgers, hot dogs and chicken but I like to mix it up a little and my family and I love pork so these Lemon-Sage Pork Chops on a Stick were calling my name. Not only are these grilled to perfection and deliciously flavorful but I love that they are on a stick! How fun is that?! And they are perfect for any July 4th party or gathering. Serve these with grilled vegetables and a salad and you’ve got yourself a terrific summer meal.
I’m also a huge salsa lover and love topping and dipping my foods so naturally, I had to find a fabulous salsa to pair with these pork chops. When I saw this Hot Pineapple Salsa recipe, I knew this was the one! The only things I did differently was: I used black beans and I left everything raw and uncooked and just mixed everything up. I also added some chopped red cabbage for more color. This salsa was so delicious! I even ate more salsa with tortilla chips after I ate my pork chop. . I absolutely loved the crushed pineapple with the black beans and red onions. . I could seriously eat this everyday this summer!
So, here’s to summer grilling and spending time with your family and friends! Wishing everyone a fantastic July 4th holiday! Whether you are grilling, attending a picnic with friends or watching your local fireworks show, let’s take some time on Friday to give thanks for our freedom and wave that red, white and blue!
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