Mary’s Marinating Stick Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is now over. The winner is Kimberly L. Congrats!

I love products that make my life easier. Who doesn’t? I am a person who never remembers to pull dinner out the day before or anything like that. Marinate? Never happens here, because I never plan ahead that far. That is why when I heard about Mary’s Marinating Stick, I knew I had to try it out.

Mary’s Marinating Sticks are made from high grade 304 stainless steel.  What you do is take your favorite aromatics (onions, garlic, celery, carrots, etc) and cut them up.  You open one of these marinating sticks and place the cut up aromatics inside and then close and secure the clasp.  You then insert the closed marinating stick into your piece of meat (Make sure you leave the ring outside so you can more easily be able to pull it out when done).  You then cook like you normally would.  After cooking, let your meat rest for around 10 minutes and then pull the stick out.  That’s it!  Oh yeah, and these marinating sticks are dishwasher safe!

My family loved this.  I loved it because I was able to make flavorful dinners and not have to plan too far ahead.  I do recommend that you use fresh ingredients in this because they dried ones (like the minced garlic and minced onion you can get in a bottle) didn’t flavor quite as well.  However, the fresh ingredients gave us a much more flavorful dinner.  What happened that I didn’t expect was how tender using this marinating stick will make the meat.  You literally could cut some of the roasts we made with a butter knife.  They were also extremely juicy.

Mary’s Marinating Sticks are a product we will be using for years to come.  A pair of these sticks will marinate a roast up to 10 lbs., a leg of lamb up to 10 lbs, and/or a turkey up 18 lbs.  You can also use these on pork, fish, and pretty much anything else you can think of.  They even include some recipes with the marinating sticks that you can try!  With Father’s Day coming up, this would make the perfect gift!

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Italian Style Pork Chops

Now, I have been slacking with my recipes on here, but I am hoping to get my butt into gear and get some more easy to make recipes for you all.  These pork chops are both good and easy to make.  I have to thank Kraft Foods for the recipe (even though I have made some changes to it).



Italian Style Pork Chops
  • 4 pork chops
  • 1 16 oz pkg frozen vegetables
  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • ¼ cup ranch dressing
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup shredded park skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat a skillet sprayed with cooking oil. Add you pork chops and vegetables. Cook for about 2 minutes or until the bottoms of the pork chops are browned. Turn the pork chops over.
  2. Sprinkle with oregano and drizzle with the dressing. Now, cover everything with the diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Before serving, sprinkle with cheese.

Talking Turkey

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here already!  That being said — I am cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I am all about finding all the help I can get.  While looking for some ideas and recipes, I can across Better Homes and Gardens and found that they have a lot of helpful information.  They have an excellent tasty recipe section that has cranberry sauces, holiday salads, spice-rubbed turkey, turkey stuffings, and even a wine guide just to name a few.  They also have a lot of crafts and decorating ideas. You can make the Wheat Centerpiece, Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids, Thanksgiving Day Cards, Tic-Tac-Toe, and the Wild Turkey.  We can’t forget the Turkey Roasting Guide which is what I really need.  Best of all, its free!  The roasting guide helps you figure out defrosting and cooking instructions for your turkey, as well as chicken, beef, pork, and other large cuts of meat. You can even select the time you want to serve your meal and get a personalized cooking schedule.

If you are looking for some great ideas for Thanksgiving, make sure you check out Better Homes and Gardens.  I know I am glad I did!