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Road Food Discovery at Home 
 
Oct. 12, 2010 5:44 am 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2010 11:55 am

Nancy and I recently took a motorcycle trip down to Queen Wilhelmina State Park in southern Arkansas. As we try to do on all our trips, we tried to find those little nuggets of local deliciousness. We found one such place, Alice Irene's near Republic, Missouri. Just off the local, two-lane highway, Alice Irene's was a quintessential small town southern restaurant. We stepped in to have a look and Nancy was hooked by a plateful of catfish, one of her favorites.

As catfish is for Nancy, pork is to me. So, when I saw the smoked pork chop with apples and onions, I knew what I would have. It was as good as it sounded, smoky, sweet with a little something I wasn't sure of. So, of course I asked Alice, who was working the cash register.

I told her I loved the dish, but knew there was something in there more than the apples, onion and brown sugar, I just couldn't figure out what. Alice, who appeared to be well into her 80s, looked at me and gave me the coy little smile.

"Ginger," she whispered. "It's fresh ginger."

Ahh, and so it was.

When we got home, I set out to come up with my own version. Instead of smoked chops, I used a pork loin liberally crusted with my All-Around Spice Rub and pumped up the flavor of my apple mixture with some sweet Maderia wine.

I love the combination of apples and pork anyway, but this was like any other pork and apple dish I've had on steroids.The ginger enhanced every flavor and the pork was kept moist and flavorful. Every bite was a combination of spicy, sweet and savory. And you can really enjoy each one at only 273 calories with 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber per serving!

Let's eat!

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Oct. 12, 2010 11:55 am
The pork pic above has my mouth watering! Thanks for sharing this.
 
 
 
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I love food! But I let that love get the best of me and my weight ballooned to more than 300 pounds. My wife and I joined Weight Watchers and, over a three-year period, I lost 100 pounds. However, I refused to give up on the foods I love, from Alfredo to cheeseburgers. I set out to find ways to eat almost anything I wanted, but to prepare it in a healthy way. Now, I'm sharing my love of food and cooking with others interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
 
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