Danielle Smith, “The Extraordinary Mommy,” Shares Summer Entertaining Tips with Pork

Grilling with Pork

With summer entertaining in full swing, we are always looking for ideas that the kids will love as well as those that don't break the bank! To help us out we chatted with Danielle Smith aka The Extraordinary Mommy and author of Mom, Incorporated: A Guide to Business + Baby and the soon to be released, Social Media Engagement for Dummies who shared some delicious recipes and ideas about how to cook with pork as well as get the kids involved this summer.

During our chat, Danielle told me that pork is actually very economical for families with Porterhouse Pork Chop being 42% less expensive than beef (stat from the USDA. She also noted, "you can feed a family of 4 on less than $10 by eating pork." A delicious recipe that she shared was for a minted avocado salsa that is the perfect complement to a grilled pork dish. By purchasing the items at a farmers market, you can take advantage of nature's seasonal bounty. This also ensures peak of ripeness so that food will be full of flavor without needing lots of expensive “extras” to taste great.

She also mentioned that to make this recipe and others that she gets her kids involved so that they both get active in the kitchen and are more willing to try something that they make. She noted that her kids love avocados now after making the avocado salsa.

Another way to stay on top of entertaining over the summer as well as cooking in general is to plan ahead and decide on your menu for the upcoming week and creating a detailed shopping list allows you to save time and money at the grocery store. When you know exactly what you need, you won’t wander aimlessly adding unnecessary things to your cart.

New Pork Chart

Danielle also noted that pork now has a makeover of sorts to help consumers better understand the identity of various cuts. This includes new names like Pork Porterhouse Chop (Previous name: Loin Chop); Pork Ribeye Chop, Bone-In (Previous name: Rib Chop Center); Pork Ribeye Chop (Previous name: Rib Chop) and Pork New York Chop (Previous name: Top Loin Chop) to clear up confusion for consumers.


On this site, you can also discover some delicious recipes with some favorites being the Mediterranean Pasta SaladRoast Pork Shoulder Caribbean-Style and the Low And Slow Pulled Pork.

In addition to winning with pork in your grocery store, pork fans can win at home, too. Beginning June 7, log onto PorkBeInspired.com/PorkSocial and the Pork Be Inspired Facebook page to play Pork-Chinko. By simply answering trivia questions, players will unlock exclusive recipes, money-saving coupons and be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize.

Whether you are looking to cut out some calories or add a different food to your routine, pork is a great way to get the kids involved in the cooking as well as fun new way to grill this summer.

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