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It’s Time to Meeta for a ‘Rita

pork rinds and margaritas

You know what they say, one Margarita isn’t enough, two margaritas are too much, three margaritas are not enough. Whoa, clink your glasses it’s National Margarita Day! We know you’ll celebrate responsibly, so here are a few recipes that complement this lime green monster.

1. Nachos anyway but loose – it’s the bacony crunch of pork rinds you love mixed with shredded beef and pulled pork. Try these two different recipes that use our Hot & Spicy pork rinds as a base instead of boring tortilla chips … nacho bad.

pork rind nachos

2. Bean there but haven’t done this – the secret ingredient in this Mexican BBQ Beans recipe? A handful of crushed Salt & Vinegar pork rinds mixed with the beans. This recipe will light a fire at any party!

3. It’s summer somewhere – turn down the thermostat, it’s time for a Hot Summer Salsa recipe that scoops all other salsas … especially when you scoop it up with our Original flavored pork rinds.

4. Skip the kitchen and pick up a bag of our Cheesy Jalapeño Curls – ok, you’ve tasted and loved all of the best pork rinds Southern Recipe has to offer, now let’s turn to a totally different snack. Our real cheese curls are oven baked with a burst of spicy jalapeño … there’s nothing like a little heat that tastes great with any flavor of margarita.

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Heart-to-Heart, Rind to Dine

valentines day and pork rinds

It’s right around the corner – the dreaded day made up of stress and anxiety. No, we’re not talking Tax Day, we’re talking about Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s for chocolates, roses and/or dinner reservations, we spend around $149 on average for this day. In fact, each year Americans shell out about $20 billion pouring on the “love” for their beloved valentines.

chocolate covered pork rindsThe origins of this heartfelt holiday date back to ancient Rome. From February 13 to 15 (and you thought one day was pressure filled), the Romans would celebrate the feast of Lupercalia to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. A bit more elaborate than a greeting card, wouldn’t you say?

Our advice? Keep your gifts simple and from the heart. And what could be more heartfelt than a case of their favorite Southern Recipe Pork Rinds? Salt & Vinegar pork rinds tell ’em you mesh well with their ornery side. Bar-B-Que pork rinds say you like the way they stay southern. Hot & Spicy pork rinds tell them … well, you get the idea.

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New Ways to Celebrate in the New Year

southern recipe bean dip

Don’t you just love food holidays? There’s no better way to celebrate each and every day than with our pork rinds. Not sure what holidays are worthy of your day off? Here’s a few to get you started for the new year.

January 9: National Bean Day – whoa, we have the perfect dipper for any bean you could think of! Refried beans with pork rind nachos, chickpea (that’s right, they’re beans) hummus, and franks and beans. Sound off for Bean Day!

January 11: National Hot Toddy Day– just what the heck is a Hot Toddy? Besides the bad nickname your friend Todd had in high school, who really wants this drink? Warm whiskey with honey, and lemon …. We say keep it simple and go for the whiskey straight up.

January 13: National Gluten-Free Day – if you’re gluten intolerant or you have a family member that is, are you in luck! Now you can offer them our pork rinds! Another tip to show ’em you care? Use pork rinds in recipes in place of flour in a 1 to 1 ratio for an easy gluten-free replacement.

southern classic recipesJanuary 22: National Southern Food Day – it’s no secret pork rinds have deep roots in the south, but believe it or not, our secret recipe was developed by a northerner!

January 29: National Corn Chip Day – anything they can do, we can do better! Besides, there’s no one out there who likes corn over the crunchy bacon taste of rinds. Celebrate with any variety of pork rinds and petition to have this holiday dissolved.

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New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Keep

Happy New Year

Now, we’re all for overachieving, but are we all a little tired of making the hopeful promise of a New Year’s Resolution only to have it come crashing down on February 1st? Here are a few tips to help you nail down your promise so you can feel accomplished throughout 2019.

1. Be Real … Really.

The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make it near impossible. For instance, resolving to never eat your favorite food again is setting you up for failure. Unless it means not eating potato chip ever again, then we say, good on ya!  Pork rinds are the better-for-you way to go.

2. Plan Ahead.

Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day.

3. Stick to it.

Experts say it takes about 21 days to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your life. Remember, it won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient! Don’t forget to reward yourself throughout the process. Like with an order of pork rinds.

4. Failure Sometimes Becomes an Option.

Obsessing over the occasional slip up won’t do you any good. Take one day at a time and look over the past successes and before you know it, you’ll be back on track.

Good news, if all fails and you totally bomb, there’s always 2020 to look forward to.

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Hamburger Day for the Holidays

Celebrate Burger Day with pork rinds

Fire up the grill it’s National Hamburger Day! What’s that you say, you’re only thinking about sugar plums dancing in your head? Nonsense. It’s time to be like Santa and bring to the world (hamburger) happiness! Plus, ’tis the season for a burger with a Christmas twist.

Holiday CranburgerSouthern Recipe Original Pork Rinds, spicy cranberry sauce, baby arugula, tomato and aïoli on a sesame seed bun.

Blue Ice Burger – Blue cheese, Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar Pork Rinds, lettuce, tomato, sweet onion and mayonnaise.

Cinnamon Apple Burger – Sautéed apples in butter and cinnamon, Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds (crushed and mixed in the meat) and Cheddar cheese.

Holiday Hawaiian Burger – Pineapple, cranberry sauce, Cheddar cheese, Southern Recipe Bar-B-Que Pork Rinds and lettuce.

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Sweet Tips on Keeping Your Holiday Eating in Check

Pork Rind TostadasBefore you overindulge by “trying” all the holiday candy and cookies at the office (hey, you need to make sure your coworkers did a good job baking), you may want to prepare by reducing your calorie intake now. Have no fear, before you loosen your belt, we have the solution to you next cookie-fest.

1. Ditch Added Sugar – foods like candy, soda and baked goods that contain lots of added sugars tend to be low in the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. Give up the candy now, so you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays nearly guilt-free.

2. Protein-Rich Pork Rind Breakfast – by eating pork rinds for breakfast, you’ll increase protein intake in the morning, which helps you avoid unhealthy snacking and improve appetite control throughout the day. May we suggest Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds as the new Breakfast of Champions?

3. Be A Smart Shopper – creating a shopping list and sticking to it is a great way to avoid buying unhealthy foods impulsively and leads to healthier eating as well as weight loss. Better yet, skip the chip impulse and pick up Southern Recipe Salt & Vinegar rinds. Pork rinds have half the fat of chips and more protein (see point #2).

4. Cut Back on Carbs – well, our pork rinds have zero carbs, so that’s an easy one. See what you can make with them on our recipe page!

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Give Thanks for These Recipes

Fast approaching is one of the most overindulgent holidays of the year … no, we’re not talking about Pork Rind Appreciation Day (although, we do love winning pork rinds). We’re talkin’ about Thanksgiving Day.

Hey, we’re all for unbuckling the belt after a more-than-generous dinner, but now it’s time to bring your pork rind roots into the meal with a twist on some classics.

Breakfast Pork Rind Casserole – let’s start out with a hardy breakfast. After all, we’ll start with eggs and end with the bird.

Breakfast Casserole with pork rinds

Cornbread Pork Rind Stuffing – spice up the traditional stuffing by adding crushed pork rinds into the breading mix at a ratio of 50/50.

Macaroni and Cheese – pork rinds add a bacon flavor without all that greasy mess

Pork rinds and Mac and cheese

Collard Greens – what would Thanksgiving be without greens? So tasty your guests will be  green with envy. Collard greens

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This Recipe Is “Nacho” Bad

Pork Rind NachosInternational Day of the Nacho has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo so why are we talkin’ about it? Well, nachos are probably our single favorite snack in the world (besides pork rinds, of course).  It’s probably why there’s an International Day of the Nacho on October 21.  While you may think of nachos as having sprung from that special day in May, the truth is that nachos are a 20th-century dish. It turns out, the golden nacho cheese wasn’t even invented until the 1970’s! Looking for a special way to celebrate? We have just the right nacho recipe to share today (or any day) – especially when you use Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds in place of the 3 corner chip.

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‘Holidays’ Go Better with Pork Rinds

pork rinds on holidays

After celebrating Independence Day, you probably think your holiday fun is done for the month. Ha, think again! We’ve scoured event calendars from around the world (ok, we actually just Googled “holidays in July”). But just like all of the pork rind lovers out there, we think quirky is much better than boring. Enjoy … and start celebrating today!

July 2: I Forgot Day – By definition, this day is not a day to remember. So, just what are you forgetting? Can you even remember?

July 5th: National Bikini Day – On July 5, 1946, the first Bikini was worn and modeled. Men, before you get your hopes up on seeing the latest and skimpiest Bikini, remember, the hairy guy down the street just may celebrate as well. And no one wants that.

July 14th: National Nude Day – see Bikini Day above, and just say no.

July 15th: Cow Appreciation Day – ok, now we’re talking. Try this Beefy Pork Rind Burger recipe with crushed Southern Recipe Pork Rinds mixed in. Mooove over boring!

July 20: Ugly Truck Day – if “ugly” means beautiful, then we’re all about it.

fried green tomatoes with pork rindsJuly 25th: Culinarians Day – heck that’s just a fancy way to say Cooks Day. Whip up these pork rind inspired recipes and you’ll be a culinarian pro. Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac & Three Cheeses with Pork Rind Crust and Fried Pork Chops with pork rind breading. Do we hear CHOPPED calling?

July 30th: Father-in-Law Day – yes, we know it may be hard, but it’s only one day. Break out the Southern Recipe Hot & Spicy Pork Rinds and watch a ball game together, it’ll be over before you know it.

 

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Make Your Memorial Day Memorable

memorial dayFor more than 150 years, Americans have gathered in late spring to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to our country. What began with dozens of informal commemorations has grown to become one of the nation’s most solemn and hallowed holidays.

Here are 4 things to do on Memorial Day to pay tribute to America’s heroes and celebrate the start of summer:

  1. Proud Parade

There just might not be a better place to spend the weekend than experiencing the country’s largest Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC. Arrive early with a bag of pork rinds to get a seat.

  1. Host a barbecue

After the parade, invite your family and friends over for the season’s first cookout. There’s nothing more exciting than firing up the grill (or the smell of lighter fluid and burning charcoal).

Looking to add something new to your grilling menu? Try one of our classic barbecue recipes that uses Southern Recipe Pork Rinds as the secret ingredient. Check out this Rind Covered Rib RecipeBeefy Pork Rind Burger Recipe or Moonshine Burger Recipe.

  1. Pay tribute

Pay tribute to those who have lost their lives fighting for our country by visiting a local veterans’ cemetery by placing flags and flowers to place on the graves.

  1. Thank a veteran

Organize your neighborhood kids to write thank you cards to veterans across the country — or better yet, send a care package to active troops (don’t forget the pork rinds).

At Southern Recipe, we believe Memorial Day should become something more than just the first cookout of the summer or watching the Indy 500. And although we love celebrating an extra day off, we are proud to honor all who have sacrificed so much for our country.

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