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.

Salisbury Steaks

DSC_0958 (1600x1060)I remember seeing my Mom molding patties for these when I was just a tyke.  I asked her what she was making and she said “Bear Steaks”.  To this day that’s what I think of when I see them anywhere.  These are from  Ree Drummond’s recipe from her show The Pioneer Woman.

I looked at Wikipedia to see what they had, hoping to find out how it came to be named named as it is.  It seems to have been invented by  Dr. J. H. Salisbury (1823–1905).

Mmm…hot wings

Mrs J doesn’t care for the usual hot wing sauce so I fried these wings plain and made just enough sauce for mine.  She has no problem with my twice baked potatoes, though.  The Mexi-corn has become a favorite side for us both.

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Mmm…roasted chicken

With another iteration of the Mexi-corn dish, and some very nice roasted potatoes.

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The potatoes were tossed with olive oil, crushed garlic, thyme leaves, and rosemary, sprinkled with salt and pepper and roasted in a 400 oven.  I grated some parmesan on them when they were starting to brown.  Very tasty.

The corn is sweet corn from the local farmer’s market, sliced off the cob, and sauteed with olive oil and butter.  Diced red and green bell peppers along with a bit of diced red onion give it color, and some ground cumin plus some of that Tex-Mex ancho/chipotle seasoning, ground coarsely, give it a nice smokey flavor with little heat.  Mrs J eats it up so it isn’t a bit hot, though a few serranos or jalapenos would carry the dish far if you are headed that direction.