The National Pork Board is spotlighting the 12th annual National Eat Dinner Together Week Sept. 16-22 by encouraging families to enjoy dinner together. This year, NPB calls on the “Too Hot Tamales,” Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, celebrity chefs and restaurant owners to provide weeknight pork recipes that are simple, require few ingredients and are sure to satisfy.

“Spending time in the kitchen has always been a passion for me but gathering the family for a meal and some quality time can be a challenge,” says Milliken.  “The dinner table is a place for us to connect with each other, so even though we’re all pressed for time, finding ways to make that happen is important.  That’s why we want to help give families ideas that make it possible to be together for dinner.”

Milliken and Feniger created two recipes that are deliciously simple to help get families cooking.  Their Plum Pepper Pork recipe makes enough for two meals and the leftovers can be used in a flavorful Curried Pork and Apple Salad. “Eating meals that taste great and are healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice hours in the kitchen. Some of my favorite dishes are the easiest ones to make,” says Feniger.

Recipe Makeover Contest

Beginning Sept. 16 (through Oct. 13), home cooks can visit to enter their family’s favorite, yet demanding pork recipe, along with a short description of why they should be chosen for a “recipe makeover.” The winner will have their demanding dish simplified by the “Too Hot Tamales,” and also receive a $1,500 gift certificate for Dream Dinners (meal assembly franchise), and a $1,000 gift certificate for family cooking classes, along with pork certificates, personalized aprons and chef hats for the entire family. The grand prize winner’s original recipe and makeover recipe will be featured on is a Web resource packed with new offerings for busy home cooks. A new “Click ‘n’ Cook” web recipe tool can be added to your desktop for help finding a pork recipe using ingredients already in your kitchen. The site also offers recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, a “Cook Once, Eat Twice” meal planning tool, meal management tips, mealtime activity ideas, printable placemats and the chance to create a personalized, online family cookbook you can share with family and friends.

Source: NPB