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Fried Maple Pork Chops

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Maple syrup and pork chops are such a beautiful combination of sweet and savory. This recipe combines southern charm cooking with rich maple flavor! 

How about a little mayple syrup trivia? The U.S. production of maple syrup in 2013 totaled nearly 3.25 million gallons according to the USDA. But, don't start chanting "USA! USA! USA" quite yet if you a United States based maple syrup fanatic. Canada is the world leader in production of maple syrup and related products. In 2012 Canada produced 7.9 million gallons of maple syrup products.

So, where does your state stand in the production of maple syrup? You're probably out of the running if you live in the south or out west. According to the USDA Vermont led the nation processed 40 percent of U.S. production in 2013, New York and Maine followed Vermont with and additional 18 and 14 percent of the U.S. maple syrup production. Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Connecticut also produced maple syrup.

Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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