After being married for close to nineteen years (next week!) to my husband, I’ve gotten to know him and his tastes pretty well. I have to admit, he’s very polite when it comes to dinner time. He never complains, even if what I’m serving for dinner isn’t exactly what he was in the mood for. It doesn’t matter if we’re having cereal or a four course meal, he’ll eat it with a smile on his face. Although, with the cereal, he probably sneaks back into the pantry after dinner. And he’s very patient as I snap picture after picture of dinner, trying to get the right shot, before serving it up. I know that’s not a common problem in most households, but in our house, it’s a “thing”. He’s a trooper, and always has been, even before I started this blogging gig. Read more...(1054 words, 11 images, estimated 4:13 mins reading time)
Back when my husband and I were first married, I remember buying a cookbook that boasted “Four Ingredient Meals”. I made a few things out of it, and then, somehow, the book disappeared. I either threw it away out of frustration or sold it in a garage sale. I honestly can’t remember. What I do remember is the recipes I made from that cookbook were all so horrible, it was almost comical.
THIS four ingredient entrée, however, is worth keeping. It’s so simple, coming together in minutes, and was really, really tasty. Read more...(578 words, 9 images, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
Thursday nights have become increasingly busy around here, so I’ve now dubbed them Slow Cooker Thursdays. There’s no way I’m going to be able to cook a dinner in between shuttle stops, so I’m thankful I have a good number of tasty slow cooker meals in my back pocket. This one can now be added to the list.
I honestly can’t remember a time where I’ve cooked whole, bone-in pork chops in the slow cooker, and I was pretty happy with how they turned out. The pork was fall-off-the-bone tender, and had a ton of flavor from a delicious herb-garlic rub. It was topped with tomatoes, zucchini, and a speedy quick gravy that I made from the leftover juices after cooking. Read more...(729 words, 9 images, estimated 2:55 mins reading time)
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.
That’s it. Simple, and fresh. Read more...(576 words, 9 images, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
Before I get into the heart of this recipe, let me just state that this tomato-onion-garlic-basil concoction is delicious on pork chops. It would be delicious over chicken, or delicious over fish. It would be delicious served over sliced baguette as an appetizer, spread on a pizza, or delicious simply eaten out of the pan with a spoon (I’m guilty). If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s really good stuff.
And it is so simple and fresh, and perfect for a busy back to school weeknight. Read more...(637 words, 9 images, estimated 2:33 mins reading time)
Eating healthy in the New Year doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor. I’m right there with the masses trying to get my slightly-larger-than-I’d-like behind into gear now that the most fattening time of the year is over. I’m a firm believer in eating well as you’re eating less, though. I’m much more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan if the food I’m eating along the way tastes good. Feed me nothing but celery, and I’m likely to give up after a day or so…not to mention, I’ll be extremely grumpy, and nobody wants that. Read more...(735 words, 8 images, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)
My Grandma was a wonderful cook. It’s been sixteen years since she passed away, but I still remember Sunday dinners at her house like it was yesterday. I remember crowding in, knee to knee, around her tiny dining room table, with my parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We’d dive into course after delicious course, and the sounds of laughter and love would fill the house.
(She was Italian, and in case you haven’t heard, Italian people like to eat.) Read more...(654 words, 8 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
Oh, Peter Brady. Thanks to my deeply embedded (or “annoying”, if you’re talking to my husband) love of pop culture references and all things “sitcom”, I can’t think of pork chops and applesauce without thinking of you.
I agree with Peter. I think pork chops and applesauce are, indeed, “swell” in the crisp and cool days of fall. Right now, though, it’s July, and things are far from cool and crisp. I’m in Georgia, it’s 100+ degrees outside and I’m surrounded by peaches instead of apples. The heat is a little extreme, but being surrounded by peaches isn’t a bad thing. Read more...(906 words, 9 images, estimated 3:37 mins reading time)