Oven Baked Pork Chops

This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board, however, opinions expressed are my own.

Mentally, we should all start preparing ourselves for the new year. New me memes that will begin infiltrating our timelines soon enough. One thing that I’m not giving up in the new year, is pork. In fact, I’m committing to finding healthier ways to consume it and create with it in my kitchen. What I love about pork, are the various forms it comes in which just opens up the possibilities. From pork loin, to pork chops, you can have whatever you like and if getting what you truly want is in your resolutions, then look no further.

There’s nothing better than a good ole rub/marinade to get your chops juicy and golden with items you likely already have in your kitchen. Throw in some baked potatoes and you’ll be dining in no time. What I love about this recipe is that it’s low maintenance, super easy to make and delicious.

The Process

You can choose to make your own rub, or use ours. Allow your pork sit in the seasoning overnight in the freezer. This helps when you want to save some for another time. However, if you opt for a non-marinade, it’ll still have plenty of flavor. I left my chops in overnight for the added goodness. The next day, I pre-heated my oven to 400 degrees before baking.

Pork Chops

The potatoes you’ll want to cook at the same time so be sure to purchase small ones so that it all cooks in the same amount of time. I purchased red potatoes. Feel free to use white ones as well. I halved the potatoes and tossed them in the oven early to get them started. Give yourself enough time for them to cook thoroughly.

Red potatoes

Seasoned Red potatoes

After about 15 minutes, I added the pork chops and cooked them for about 15 minutes before I turned them over. If you have any rub left, this is a good time to add some more. Let the chops cook for another 15 minutes or until they are cooked through. I chose to serve this dish with a spring mix of greens and viola! I’m sure you’ll be drooling by now and happy the New Year version of yourself doesn’t have to give up everything you love. Let us know how the recipe turns out for you in the comments below.

Oven Baked Pork Chops

Oven Baked Pork Chops Ingredients

Oven Baked Pork Chops Directions



This post was sponsored by the National Pork Board, however, and opinions expressed are my own.

The holidays are quickly approaching and so is my need for wanting to try something new in the kitchen.

Pork Shoulder
A nice marbled pork shoulder or loin will add tons of flavor to your holiday chili. Photo by Mieshia Peterson

I remember being a young girl and shortly before holidays, the women would be preparing for the feast. This meant weeknight meals would be hard to come by because either someone was too tired or there wasn’t enough space.

With that in mind, I wanted to create a special dish that you could share with family in town days before your holiday dinner. This would be a loved dish for a holiday office party or gathering with friends too. Pork knows how to keep things easy and make things special. It’s juicy, tender and full of flavor. Chili is one of the easiest party dishes to whip up on the stove or in the crock pot. Plus, when the wind gets the blowing and snow starts falling, there’s nothing better than cozying up with a bowl of this comfort food. So, why not put pork in the chili? Not only will it taste good but your house will smell amazing as it cooks. When it’s finished pile on toppings like chips, cheese, avocado, yogurt or whatever chili ornaments that make your heart happy.

Green pepper, onions, garlic and kidney beans come together to give this traditional dish a delicious twist.

Whipping this up is a breeze, toss all the ingredients in a crock pot, put it on low and let the crock pot work it’s magic! If you make this hearty, flavorful chili let us know in the comments below and be sure to tag us and use #FoodBeforeLove in your pictures on Instagram.

Shredded Pork Chili
After a few hours, add your favorite toppings and enjoy! Photo by Mieshia Peterson

Shredded Pork Chili Ingredients

1 pork shoulder or pork loin

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon pepper

2 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 cup of beer

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 onion, diced

1/2 chopped green bell pepper

1 can of crushed tomatoes

2 cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed



Crumpled feta cheese

Tortilla chips


  1. Season the pork with salt, pepper, and onion powder. Place olive oil in a Dutch oven pot and add oil before adding the pork to brown it. (If making in a crock pot, feel free to skip this step and just put it in a crock pot for cooking.)
  2. Add the browned pork to your crock pot and pour in the cup of beer.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours and then shred the pork with forks.
  4. Around the 4 hour mark, add garlic, onions, peppers, crushed tomatoes, beans and remaining spices.
  5. Taste and add more seasoning if desired and then serve with your toppings of choice.
7up Ingredients

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 7UP®. The opinions and text are all mine.  

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The great thing about food and drinks, is that they can always bring you back to a time you want to remember. In particular, I wanted to be brought back to a summer luau. I knew partnering with 7UP would bring me only one sip away from the summer vibes I wanted to channel in my glass. I was also determined to create a cocktail that would be amazing all year round. Given its versatility, 7UP was what I needed to spruce up the drink I was getting ready to create.

It was a great opportunity to test out my idea before I hosted a few friends over the weekend. Lucky for me, I thought up something that can be served with or without the liqueur of your choice. It could also be created for parties of any size. Something that was for everyone, a Blueberry Smash. First order of business was to visit my local Stop & Shop for a 2 Liter of 7UP. You can, however, purchase it at Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle as well. In fact, there’s even a coupon in Savory Magazine. So make sure to check out Savory Magazine in the “New Flavors” edition until 3/30 to save $1.00 when you buy two 7UP 2-Liter bottles.

Brown Sugar

If the recipe is as perfect as I hoped it would be, I planned to make a punch for the group. So a 2 liter of 7UP was exactly what I needed, along with fresh blueberries, a lemon, and some dark brown sugar. The great thing about a Blueberry Smash is that you probably have most of the ingredients in your home already. It’s simple to make and even better to enjoy. There are no pre-made ingredients and it will easily wow your guest and their taste buds. I’m in the business of impressing guests.


The first thing you want to do is cover the bottom of your container with blueberries. The blueberries can be either frozen or fresh. I tried not to eat too many after washing them but it was hard not to, so don’t make the same mistake. You can decide to put one layer or two and you can base this on how much you want the flavors to come through.

Lemon 7up IngredientsNext, you’ll want to toss your brown sugar in and squeeze the juice of half a lemon in. It’s time to muddle the mixture. You can always use the back of a spoon if you don’t seem to have the right tools. You really just want to get the skins broken off the blueberries so don’t smash them up too much. You can muddle until the sugar melts, which won’t take too long.

Crushed Ice

Crush some ice and dump it into your container and then add the liqueur of your choice. I went with rum to pair my sweet with some smoke.

7up Ingredients

Lastly, pour the 7UP in and stir. The crisp 7UP flavors will bring the ingredients to life and make the drink something fun, and refreshing to taste.

Blueberry Smash

After all, there’s always #7Waysto7UP

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

This post was sponsored by the National Pork Board, however, and opinions expressed are my own.

We recently sat down with Celebrity Chef Richard Inagraham to discuss his new Taste of Now Initiative with the National Pork Board. In this interview, he shared pork recipes with us which got me thinking about Valentine’s day. I mean, what better day to try a pork recipe than a day focused around love. After all, cooking is an act of love. So I put together this Roasted Spicy Pomegranate Pork Loin meal for two.

Roasted Pork with Salad

What I love about the Roast Pork Loin that I purchased, was that it’s something you can enjoy any day of the week. The meat is so versatile and there are so many lean and healthy ways to make it. I was able to make this Roasted Spicy Pomegranate Pork Loin in under a hour and it was easy to serve a small group of people.

Molasses Substitute

I started with very simple ingredients but knew the flavors would pop. I couldn’t get my hands on molasses so I made a substitute. Using honey, brown sugar and granulated sugar, with water, I made my own ingredient that would pull together my marinade. You can do the same if you don’t particularly like the bitterness of molasses or you can just grab a bottle of your own and set it aside. It’s time to slice and dice.


I gathered Chipotle peppers, Garlic, Brown Sugar, Dry Mustard, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tomato Sauce, a Lemon and pomegranate juice. This was going to make the marinade for the pork and I couldn’t wait to see how everything was about to come together.


Lemon-garlic-olive oil

Heat was going to be necessary and I really want to pull the flavors out of the pork. So I chopped up 4 chipotle peppers which turned out to give it just the right amount of heat I was anticipating but didn’t burn my taste buds off.

Chipotle Peppers

Then you’ll want to mince the garlic before adding it to a hot pan.


The tomato sauce should be reduced over medium heat for a few minutes, then set aside to cool. You really just want to be more of a paste than a liquid. It’s time to get the party started.


Add two tablespoons of the oil to your pan and immediately tossed the garlic in. You want them to tenderize before you added the remaining ingredients.


Next up, add in the peppers but Don’t forget to add in your molasses or it’s substitute.


I heated this up over medium heat until it started to thicken. Give it some time.


Once that starts to sizzle, you can toss in your tomato sauce reduction, dry mustard, brown sugar and a cup of pomegranate juice.

Dry Mustard Brown Sugar Pomegranate

After about 7-10 minutes, I was at the consistency I needed but before I set it aside, I squeezed in half a lemon to cut the heat down some. You can reduce it as much as you want and if you enjoy the high heat, skip the lemon. After that, you can put it to the side and work on the pork.


The roasted pork loin I picked up was pretty thick in size so I knew I wanted to cook it through before smothering it in the marinade. To start, I cut the fat off the meat and ended up cutting it in half so that I could truly manage the chunk. This way, I knew it would cook all the way through. You can choose to slice your meat, or leave it as is. However, taking off the fat is a must.

Roasted Pork Loin with fat

Some people would just cook the pork as is especially since there’s already a marinade. But for me, there can never be enough seasoning. I had to add a touch of adobo and a few other spices around my kitchen.

Seasoned Pork

Once you’re ready, add some oil to a pan and start to cook the pork through. I covered the pan so all the juices would stay inside and come out evenly. Once it was pretty done, I placed the two pieces on a foil covered pan and poured my marinade over it. So Slather your pork pieces with your very own marinade and put it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. You can choose to re-pour and place it back in the oven for another 5 but I realized that would dry out the pork. So be sure to keep an eye on it. Once it’s ready, slice and serve!

Strawberry Goat Cheese Arugula Salad with a Balsamic Strawberry dressing

Because I made this for Valentine’s day, I wanted to pair the Roasted Spicy Pomegranate Pork Loin with something sexy but also light. I made a Fresh Berries, Goat Cheese, Arugula Salad with a homemade Strawberry Balsamic dressing. They were the perfect pair!

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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