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Mmm… Pork Chops

One of my fave comfort foods is a pork chop browned in a  skillet and then simmered in mushroom soup.  The soup makes the perfect gravy for mashed potatoes.  Good on wild rice, too.

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We haven’t featured one of these in a while – found a packet of pastrami tucked away in the freezer so I put together reubens.  We like the thousand island as a dip.

A Really Sloppy Sloppy Joe

Sautéed Spinach with Bacon

I owe you guys not only a puppy update, but also a real recipe thread. We got hit by a cold snap this week and for whatever reason, it just zapped me of all my energy to do anything extra. I worried a lot about the ducks, since I had to keep them cooped while it was sub-twenties. And of course the dogs (along with me) had cabin fever. We did get a good walk in today. I still have to walk them separately, Scout is not ready for that just yet.

This next week promises to be much warmer. Good thing, because I am ready to start cleaning my bed and get ready for gardening.

I was sitting on the couch just now, with the dogs snuggled up, watching the sunset. I am still amazed at the beautiful view I have…thanks to some awesome tree trimmers. That helps tide me over until spring finally arrives.

Cute duck story – I have a box of corn flakes, mostly for them, and I toss a few out for treats. The other day I decided to have a bowl for lunch. When I sat down at the table, there were the ducks, sitting on the steps, looking in the window. I have no idea how they heard me…they were happily playing across the yard before that. Silly ducks.

Pictured above is my quick dinner of BBQ chicken, cast iron cornbread (I cheat and use Krusteaz after a friend recommended it) and spinach with bacon. I’m not big on cooked spinach, but a friend loves it and never had it with bacon, so I had to make it.

Spinach with Bacon

  • 4 strips of thick sliced bacon, sliced into small pieces
  • 10 oz of fresh spinach, washed and dried
  • water
  • salt, pepper and vinegar

skillet

Add bacon to cold skillet and cook on medium heat. Fry until bacon is crisp (your desired texture, I like it still a bit chewy). Add the spinach, toss with bacon grease, add about 1/4 cup of water to create steam and cover. Cook until spinach is slightly limp. Remove lid and toss with salt, pepper and dash of vinegar (I like malt vinegar, but balsamic, white or red wine vinegar works well, too).

Serve immediately.



 

Roasted Chicken and Pear Crisp

This is such an easy dinner. Season bone-in chicken thighs with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. I gently pull up the skin and sprinkle spices underneath and replace the skin. I brush a bit of olive oil over them and then place them on top of halved potatoes and zucchini, also brushed with a bit of olive oil. Roast at 375 degrees.

Pear Crisp is delicious. It is my basic Apple Crisp recipe (here), added some walnuts and yum!



 

Pork Tenderloin Braised In Milk

It doesn’t look like much but the pork turned out so tender you could cut it with a quick glance.  I had no idea cooking in milk was a thing until I saw the recipe in the NY Times food section.  I had a tenderloin and a jug of milk, handy so I gave it a go.  The milk curdled right away but I hung in there with the recipe and strained out the onions and the milk solids.  They were tasty, the recipe suggested they be served on the side but I ended up adding them back to the gravy and running the stick blender to make them into a thick sauce,  Kitchen Bouquet darkened the sauce quite nicely.The first dinner we had was forgettable – sides of a rice pilaf because I had run out of my preferred wild rice mix and some canned corn.  It was better today with the fried potatoes – and much prettier!

Even Better the Next Day

That tortilla soup with sour cream and pico garnishes and buttermilk cornbread.

Pumpernickle

I was thinking that the potato soup we had the other day really needed a more suitable bread than the everyday white loaf that we had with it.  Pumpernickel came to mind but I’m lazy so it would be more correct to say bread machine pumpernickel came to mind.  Google brought this one to my attention. I didn’t have quite a third cup of molasses but I made do.  Having none, I left out the instant coffee powder.  I suppose I could have subbed coffee for the water in the recipe.  This is one of the simplest pumpernickel recipes I’ve come across and it turned out very well.A side benefit to having pumpernickel bread on hand is that it is among the very best late night TV watching snack foods when paired with a nice dill dip.  When baked in a round loaf it is one of the finest party dishes – just hollow out the loaf, cube the bread you remove, and fill the hole with dip.

Pan Biscuits and Chicken with Veggies in Gravy

This has all the parts of a biscuit crust pot pie but I can’t call it that.  I was going to go with the chicken in gravy over noodles but changed my mind about the noodles and made these pan biscuits.  I found a small bag of frozen mixed vegetables and tossed that into the saucepan with the chicken and gravy.  The gravy was made with a chicken fat/flour roux, chicken stock, and milk.