Meckling farm site of pork promo The eighth annual National Eat Dinner Together Week was celebrated Oct. 5-11, and this year, the National Pork Board called upon the experts – pork producers themselves – to share their recipes to help families make the most of dinner time.
The Melville and Betty Larson Century Farm near Meckliing was the setting for a televised program Sept. 30 to help celebrate the special week.
The National Pork Board and Producers sponsored the event to encourage Americans to use dinnertime as an important forum to develop and nurture family relationships.
Pam Anderson, Darien, CT, was selected by the pork board to give the food presentation via satellite from the farm.
Anderson is the author of four cookbooks, has appeared on national television, and writes monthly on food presentation for USA Today.
Her husband, David, is a native of Yankton. They reside in Darien with their two children.
In 1996, America's Pork Producers and the National Pork Board first established National Eat Dinner Together Week. Today, National Eat Dinner Together Week remains a priority for the pork industry and a tradition among producers nationwide.
Recent research shows that more and more families recognize the importance of dining together. In the average week, nearly three quarters (72 percent) of all dinners are prepared and eaten at home.
"Whether your family lives on the farm like mine or in the city, the mealtime schedule is crunched with managing the household and business and work responsibilities," said Cheryl Tevis, mother of two children, pork producer and senior farm issues editor for Successful Farming magazine. "But I still feel strongly that dinner is a time to relax, reconnect and enjoy one another's company while sharing a meal. My family loves my recipe for Honey-Glazed Pork Chops, which is a perfect meal solution for busy moms like me."
To celebrate the ritual of shared mealtime, the National Pork Board created Farm Table to Family Table, a free recipe booklet filled with tried and true recipes straight from the experts. Producers from the more than 80,000 pork farms nationwide answered the call for recipes with their family-favorite pork dishes.
To order the free recipe booklet, and for hundreds of other meal ideas, go to www.otherwhitemeat.com and click on "Offers" on the menu bar. The recipe booklet also is available by sending a self-addressed mailing label to: Farm Table to Family Table Recipe Booklet, National Pork Board, P.O. Box 9114, Des Moines, IA 50306.