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Pork: Belly, Cake, Camp and a Giveaway!

Today, I bring you news from the world of delicious pigs:

pork belly ready for braisingfinished pork belly

Thanks to support from the Pork Board's Be Inspired campaign, we have been playing with pork. On Friday night, braised pork belly was the center of our meal. We served it over local root vegetables with mashed potatoes and homegrown green beans. This is a truly decadent preparation!

sausage cake Saturday's It Couldn't Be dinner included pork sausage as the fat component in a spice cake. I realized when serving it the next day to my family that perhaps the inspiration for making a cake from raw meat was to avoid dairy; the crazy creation was lactose free!

baconcamplogoAre you a fellow pork lover? On August 27, join me at Bacon Camp 2011. I'll be there as one of the judges for the bacon cooking contest. For $10 you can purchase one of the few remaining tickets to taste bacon creations, view bacon art, and enjoy bacon-related discussions.

pork board giveaway

And finally, the giveaway! The Pork Board wants you to also Be Inspired by pork. One of you will win the fun stuff pictured above in the "Be Inspired with Pork" kit, including:

  • $25 gift card to a local retailer to purchase pork
  • 11” Square Grill Pan
  • 16-Jar Revolving Spice Rack
  • Pork Be Inspired Cutting Board
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Copy of "How to Cook Like a Top Chef"

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment about a pork dish you want to make at home by Monday August 8, 2011 at 8 pm. I will use random.org to pick a winner. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a Pork Board Be Inspired kit in exchange for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.