Brining pork chops helps ensure they are juicy and flavorful every time. Using orange juice instead of water adds a sweet character to the chops. Be sure to plan ahead by starting the brine the day before.
In late-August and early-September we harvest our garden peppers, and we often have such an abundance that we need to find ways to preserve them. This peperonata recipe is a great way to use excess peppers. It tastes wonderful with the scallop recipe below, or you can freeze it and use in pastas or salads later in the year.
Arancini make great holiday hors d’oeuvres because you can make them days or even weeks in advance. The convenience of these rice balls is that you can pull them from your freezer, fry and serve. They also hold their heat well so you can fry them at home, take them to your party and simply re-crisp them in the oven.