Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter - Chew Nibble Nosh

This, my friends, is a really, really tasty meal.

And the beauty of it is, it’s so simple to throw together for a quick weeknight meal, but definitely impressive enough to serve to guests.  The flavors are spectacular, it’s beautiful on the plate, and that maple-sage butter melting over the pork and apples?  Holy smokes.

I started by making that very special butter.  I combined some softened butter with some chopped, fresh sage, salt, pepper, and a good drizzle of maple syrup.

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That’s it. Simple, and fresh.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut & Apples AND a Hamilton Beach Stay-or-Go Slow Cooker Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut and Apples - Chew Nibble Nosh

If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I love a good meal that I can make in my slow cooker.  In fact, Fall is my favorite time of year to put one to good use.  Days are shorter, kids are busier, and the convenience of having dinner ready to go when we walk in the door after all of our running around makes life just a little bit easier. So, when Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their new Programmable Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker, of course I said yes!

Slow Baked Spiced Farro Pudding with Apples and Candied Chestnuts – Cooking with McCormick Gourmet

Slow Baked Spiced Farro Pudding with Apples and Candied Chestnuts - Chew Nibble NoshHave you ever watched any of those food competition shows on TV where cooks are given a mysterious combination of ingredients that they have to turn into a culinary masterpiece?  I love those shows!  I’ll be completely honest and also add that those shows make me a nervous wreck.  As a cook, I like to be in control.  I’m a little Type-A in the kitchen, I’m not gonna lie.  Not having any control over what ingredients I’m handed to cook with, and having to make something spectacular out of them is pretty intimidating.

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Apples

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Apples - Chew Nibble Nosh

Mmmm…pork, sauerkraut, and apples.  There’s something about it all together that just warms the soul, and this slow cooker version is perfect for a busy, chilly fall night.

I started by browning up a 1 1/2 pound pork loin roast on the stove top.  I’d sprinkled it with some salt, pepper, and dried thyme beforehand, and made sure to brown it up well on all sides.

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In my slow cooker, I mixed together two pounds of drained, rinsed sauerkraut, a red onion that I’d sliced thinly, an apple that I’d chopped, and some caraway seed.

Caramel Apple Cookies

Caramel apples are one of the sweetest treats of fall.  Messy, chewy, crisp, delicious…I love them.  I’ve had caramel apples on the brain lately, but haven’t gotten around to making any yet this year.  I’ll get to it before apple season ends.  I’ve promised my kids!

“Spooky” Apple Dumplings

OK, so these aren’t truly spooky in the creepy, Halloween sense of the word.  They are spooky in the, “How does that work?  Why does that work?” kind of way.  Seemingly mild-mannered ingredients, a simple recipe, and then…a strange kick in the pants.  You’ll see what I mean in a minute.

  A couple of weeks ago, I visited my daughter Avery’s classroom and read a story to the kids.  Her class had been talking about apples and Johnny Appleseed all week, and I decided to read a sweet little book called The Apple Pie Tree to them.  In the story, a family watches through the seasons as their backyard apple tree works to bring them delicious fall apples for their apple pie. This led to a discussion with the kids, and Avery’s teacher, about our favorite apple recipes.

Chicken Potpie with Green Apples and Cheddar Biscuits

It’s always nice to have a few recipes on hand that can be made ahead and frozen, or split into more than one meal to either save for a rainy day or to share with someone else.  The other night, I brought dinner to some friends of ours, and this was what I chose to bring.  I’m hoping they liked it as much as our family did!  It’s one of our favorite comfort food meals, and works for us because it’s grown up enough for the “sophisticated” taste buds in the house, but still friendly enough for the kids.

Apple Broccoli Slaw

This post is for my husband.  I made this broccoli slaw for a Halloween party we went to last weekend.  Ever since then, I’ve been hearing at least once a day, “So, when are you going to post that slaw?”  Last night, after I made dinner (see last night’s post here) and said I was heading to the computer to post on the blog, the first thing out of this mouth was, “You know, you haven’t blogged about that slaw yet.”  So, this is for Aaron.  I hope he approves and that it’s been worth the wait!