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!
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.
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.