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Monday, October 16, 2017

Amazing Deals on Kansas Pork at Costco Wichita

Last week, the butchers at work ground, stuffed, and linked half a ton of pork into sausages for the King Wiener contest at Bloktoberfest. It was a veritable pig-apalooza, which seems fitting since October is National Pork Month. In fact, we should all be celebrating Porktoberfest!

Pork has always been a family favorite. My mother is from Okinawa, where pork is a staple protein. She prefers the stewed, braised pork dishes, but the thin-pounded crispy tonkatsu cutlet – similar to the German schnitzel – still tops my last meal wishlist. On the other side of the family, my Alabaman grandmother taught me the ways of spicy vinegar-sauced pulled pork BBQ when I was little. Add in Chinese char siu, European charcuterie, and Peter Brady's pork chops and applesauce and it's clear that pork holds a special place on our family table.

What I didn't grow up with, oddly, is the simple and delicious pork loin. This incredibly versatile and affordable cut is very lean and can be used for just about anything. Pork tenderloin is tender and mild in flavor, lending itself well to marinades and sauces. Even better, it can be cooked quickly – ready in just about 20 minutes on the grill and just a bit longer roasted in the oven. It makes a satisfying and nutritious weeknight supper without too much fuss.

Kansas Pork has worked with Kansas Corn, and the National Pork Board to offer some amazing  sale prices on pork at Costco in Wichita to celebrate Porktober! During the week of October 16-22, Wichita Costco shoppers will enjoy a instant redeemable coupon (IRC) good for $2.50 off per package of pork. With regular prices already very competitive on the twin packs of pork tenderloins, this is a remarkable value. If you have a Costco membership, it's time to stock up your freezer!

"If you cook it just right, it cuts like butter" - @HogFarmerMom Saucy Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin
4 pound pork loin center roast boneless, (untied), fat and silver skin trimmed
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 to 9 slices bacon
1 cup barbecue sauce purchased PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to plate and cool for 10 minutes. Wrap bacon slices vertically around pork roast; do not overlap bacon. Tie lengthwise and crosswise with kitchen string to hold bacon in place; tuck loose ends of bacon under string. Place on a rack in a roasting pan, tucked-bacon side down. Roast on rack for 15 minutes. Turn pork over and reduce temperature to 350ºF and roast for 15 minutes. Remove rack and return pork to pan, tucked-end side up. Roast, turning occasionally until bacon is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast reads 145ºF, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Skim fat from pan juices, leaving browned juices in pan.Add barbecue sauce and preferred ingredient (*see below) and bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring to loosen browned bits in pan; simmer 2 minutes.Remove strings, carve pork, and serve with sauce portions *Preferred Ingredient • Savory: Whisk 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard into the sauce. • Spicy: Stir in 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos chilies (nacho slices), drained and finely chopped, into the sauce. • Fruity: Stir one 8.25-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained, into the sauce. • Smoky: Stir in 1 or 2 minced canned chipotle chilies in adobo into the sauce. #eatpork #eater #huffposttaste #buzzfeast #buzzfeedtasty #tastingtable #forkyeah #carnivore #foodandwine #mycommontable #eeeeeats #yahoofood #bacon #foodgawker #meatcraft#f52grams #beautifulcuisines #thekitchn #buzzfeedfood
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Costco Wichita will feature pork tenderloin sampling on October 21st.

For other recipe ideas, be sure to check Pork Be Inspired and

Disclaimer: I have been lucky enough to work with the kind folks at Kansas Pork in the past and I probably will in the future, although I declined to be compensated for this post.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press on Netflix June 23

I never watched the footage of Hulk Hogan that is the linchpin of this documentary, but I have definitely witnessed the downward spiral of media trust in its aftermath. Gawker posted a lot of questionable content and salacious gossip, as its name might lead one to assume, but they also provoked mainstream media channels to ask tougher questions. I was sad to see them go, especially as the casualty of a rich dude's ego. Unpresidented…

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press debuts on Netflix June 23

When the online tabloid Gawker posted a surreptitiously filmed sex tape of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, it ignited a high stakes legal battle that pit privacy rights against the first amendment. The staggering verdict bankrupted Gawker and its founder Nick Denton, but also exposed a shadowy figure behind the scenes -- Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Nine years earlier Gawker had outed Thiel on its site and the furious billionaire had been waiting for his chance to destroy them.

The Florida trial happened against the backdrop of a contentious election. Thiel’s battle with Gawker, along with Sheldon Adelson’s secretive purchase of the Las Vegas Review–Journal and President Trump’s treatment of journalists, portend a sinister trend threatening a free press and has brought to light a potential threat to democracy. Are the very wealthy thwarting the First Amendment to silence critics? In an age of extreme inequality, how vulnerable is a free press that has lost most of its traditional sources of income? Perhaps most frightening, what could a billionaire with the executive branch at his command do to those who have angered him?

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press is directed and executive produced by Brian Knappenberger; produced by Luminant Media and SubLA; in association with The Filmmaker Fund and Field of Vision. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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