WEEK #16 APRIL 15th, 2024

Dear Customers,

Of all the things that stand out on the calendar for this week, and in particular, this day, Tax Day is about the only thing that shows up as notable.  As Americans, we all know that our taxes are vital for operating this town, this state and this country.  It doesn’t make parting with them much easier!

What causes all the ruckus is when we read how those in charge of those taxes often spend them with little regard to how dear those funds are to us, the people responsible for providing them!  I’m always flummoxed when I read about the government spending or committing trillions of dollars to a particular project.  I can’t remember who said, “a trillion here and a trillion there – pretty soon you’re talking about ‘real’ money!”

Mid-April is also famous for getting “out-of-doors” and preparing for the warm months at hand.  Mowing, raking lawn debris, weeding and preparing flower beds or gardens is an important (and enjoyable) task after the long, albeit relatively mild, winter.  And, if you haven’t already, firing up the Weber or Traeger as the case may be is also long overdue.  Cooking outside is a time-honored tradition, and it doesn’t matter how nice your kitchen may be outfitted, grilling just often seems to taste better for some reason.

Speaking of cooking outside, consider this recipe for Beer-Grilled Pork Chops!

4 bone-in pork chops – ¾” thick ¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
1 cup beer.  


Directions:  SERVES 4

  1. Place chops in a self-sealing plastic bag; add remaining ingredients and seal bag. Gently massage bag to evenly distribute marinade ingredients. Refrigerate 4-24 hrs.
  2. Remove chops from marinade and discard marinade; place on grill at medium hot heat, cover grill and grill 8-9 min., turning once, or until the thermometer inserted reads 145°F, followed by a 3-min. rest time.