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Marinated Pork Chops

Marinated Pork Chops

Marinated Pork Chops

I make these tasty chops all the time and my family never tires of them. The secret to these tender chops is overnight marinating. —Jean Neitzel, Beloit, Wisconsin

Sweet Mustard Chops

Sweet Mustard Chops

Sweet Mustard Chops

These pork chops are perfect for company because they marinate overnight in a special barbecue sauce. Then just pop them on the grill when you're ready to eat. They're fast and flavorful. —DeAnn Alleva, Columbus, Ohio

Pork Souvlakia

Pork Souvlakia

Pork Souvlakia

I'm a cook in a senior citizens' home where I don't get much of an opportunity to experiment with cooking. So whenever I get a chance, I head to my own kitchen and create new dishes like this.
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Herb-Marinated Pork Loin

Herb-Marinated Pork Loin

Herb-Marinated Pork Loin

I use pork quite often in many recipes, but this pork loin is a real favorite. The mildly seasoned marinade appeals to everyone who's ever sampled this tender meat.

Honey-and-Herb Grilled Pork Roast

Honey-and-Herb Grilled Pork Roast

Honey-and-Herb Grilled Pork Roast

I learned to cook from my grandmother and fondly recall canning fruits and vegetables with her each summer. Her memory lives on whenever I make satisfying meals such as this.

Cranberry Chicken for Two

Cranberry Chicken for Two

Cranberry Chicken for Two

IT'S EASY to cook chicken to serve any number of people and now that we are "two", we have chicken often. I made up this recipe myself because I love cranberries. This dish is tangy and tart...an interesting combination of flavors. -Angelina Lenhart, Concord, California

Chicken Church Casserole

Chicken Church Casserole

Chicken Church Casserole

Chicken Church Casserole is a stick-to-your-ribs dish that's a favorite at church luncheons, reports Charlotte Pizio of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Marinated Ostrich Steak

Marinated Ostrich Steak

Marinated Ostrich Steak

We raise ostriches on our farm on the eastern shore of Maryland, so we have an abundance of meat on hand to use for a variety of dishes. It's a lean meat that tastes similar to beef. My mother-in-law gave me this marinade recipe, and I've used it with a number of meats.

Holiday Ham with Pineapple

Holiday Ham with Pineapple

Holiday Ham with Pineapple

My husband and I have lots of family living in our area, so any gathering is bound to be big. This ham satisfies everyone and is often requested. One of my brothers-in-law will eat six slices of this ham before helping himself to anything else. We never have leftovers. -Sue Jackson-Tucker, Sunset, Utah

Homemade Marinated Pork Roast

Homemade Marinated Pork Roast

Homemade Marinated Pork Roast

Because almost all of the preparation is done ahead of time, this recipe is perfect for get-togethers. It's one of our family's favorite dishes.

Marinated Ribeyes

Marinated Ribeyes

Marinated Ribeyes

We have these tempting steaks weekly. Whenever I suggest a change in the recipe, my husband reminds me, "Don't fix it if it's not broken." If neighbors happen to drop by when I'm preparing steaks, I cut the meat into cubes and grill it on skewers with onions and mushrooms as appetizers. -Rosalie Usry, Flaxton, North Dakota
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