Thursday, January 09, 2014

Simple Pork Chop Recipes

Breaded Porkchop

Breaded Porkchop

Simple Pork Chop Recipes

Mushroom Garlic Pork Chops

If you’re looking for a simple yet flavorful pork chop recipe, try this one. It calls for only 5 ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes, so it’s guaranteed to be a winner on busy evenings. For a tasty alternative, use plain cream of mushroom soup instead and stir in 1 package of dry Ranch dressing mix at the end. This creates a yummy mushroom-ranch pork chop recipe. Serve it with rice pilaf and a green salad.

 

Mushroom Garlic Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 1 tbl spoon oil
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom and roasted garlic soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cooked egg noodles
  • optional: plain cream of mushroom soup and 1 package of dry Ranch dressing, and serve with rice pilaf

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet.
  2. Add four bone-in pork chops and cook until well browned on each side.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Stir 1 can cream of Campbell’s mushroom with roasted garlic soup and ½ cup milk into the skillet.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Return pork chops to the skillet; reduce heat to low.
  7. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chops are cooked through.
  8. Serve with hot cooked egg noodles.
  9. For a tasty alternative, use plain cream of mushroom soup instead and stir in 1 package of dry Ranch dressing mix at the end. This creates a yummy mushroom-ranch pork chop recipe. Serve it with rice-pilaf-recipe.
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Italian-style Breaded Pork Chops

While searching the web for a breaded pork chop recipe I found about 1000 recipes that looked good.  While they looked good , the ingredients were many and the directions confusing.  This recipe is easy, tasty and a winner in any situation.  This recipe goes well with a green salad, vegetables, and a light dessert such as vanilla pudding.

Italian Style Breaded Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmeasan cheee
  • 8 pork chops
  • salt, pepper
  • garlic powder to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 3 eggs and ¼ cup whole milk.
  2. In another bowl, combine 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs and ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
  3. Sprinkle 8 uncooked pork chops with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  4. Dip them in the egg mixture, then the bread crumbs.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Place oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Place 4 pork chops at a time in the large frying pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side. The pork chops will be only partially cooked at this time.
  8. Place the pork chops in a large baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle more parmesan cheese and parsley on top afterwards.
  10. This recipe goes well with a green salad, vegetables, and a light dessert such as vanilla pudding.
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Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops

For another option big on flavor but short on ingredients this recipe is a winner for anyone trying to create an easy yet elegant meal. heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season 4 bone-in pork chops with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, 6-8 minutes per side. Add ½ cup apricot preserves and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to the skillet and cook about 1-2 minutes more. Turn the pork once until the mixture coats all the pork chops evenly. These tangy, sweet chops are great served with red potato wedges, green beans, and rice or couscous! For more tasty recipes like this one, check out Real Simple!

Apricot Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tbl balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season 4 bone-in pork chops with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, 6-8 minutes per side.
  3. Add ½ cup apricot preserves and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to the skillet and cook about 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Turn the pork once until the mixture coats all the pork chops evenly.
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Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

For something a little fancier, try making pork chops with a simple yet delicious mustard sauce!

Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 tbl olive oil - divided
  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 chopped shallots
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbls heavy cream
  • 1 tbl Dijon mustard
  • Fresh tarragon for decoration

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Season 4 pork chops with ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper and brown in the skillet (2-3 minutes per side.)
  4. Place the pork chops on a baking sheet and bake 5-7 minutes or until roasted through.
  5. Add two chopped shallots and 1 more tablespoon olive oil to the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes or until tender.
  6. Add ¾ cup dry white wine to the skillet and simmer until reduced by half.
  7. Add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.
  8. Stir in 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.
  9. Top the pork chops with the sauce and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon.
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Author Bio:

Kendra Smith is a food blogger who enjoys trying and creating new recipes.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Rum

Rum

Do You Live a Spirited Life?
Many folks kind of go through the motions in their lives, moving from one obligation, commitment, or task to another without much thinking about it. Then, there are others who seem to look at life as more of an adventure. It’s no accident that often, these folks are people who love good food and drink

— and occasions to enjoy both. Among those good drinks are…you guessed it…spirits. And among those ‘spirits,’ one of the top favourites the world over is rum.

 

Rum

Rum

Rum’s Sweet Origins

If you’re looking for a simple ‘spirit,’  you can’t get simpler than rum: it’s basically sugar and water — or maybe more accurately, molasses and water — which is then fermented with a yeast mixture. Although the refined rum is a colorless liquid, additions of caramel (itself burnt sugar!), as well as myriad techniques of barrel-aging, give various rums their golden hues — and the longer the rum is fermented, the more full-bodied and richer it becomes.

 

Light vs. Darkness


The differences between light rums and darker rums happen in the distillation and filtering processes the various formulas go through. Light rum has almost no flavour in and of itself (similar to vodka);  if you love daiquiris, you enjoy the lightness of the white rum with lime juice. Dark rum mixed drinks, by contrast, are fuller-bodied and use mixers that have robust flavors in their own right. If you’re a rum-and-coke fan, you already know that classic sweet, strong flavor. There’s a similar flavor to planter’s punch — aptly named because this mixture of dark rum, lemon and lime juices, and grenadine syrup does, indeed, ‘pack a punch.’

From Jamaica to Northumberland – a fascinating ‘rum’ story told at www.alnwickrum.com.

An International Spirit

You’ll find that rums come from all over the world — from the Caribbean and South America to the United States, Australia, and beyond. It’s also an amusing fact of historical record that rum enjoyed a reputation as a medicinal in the 1700s, because of its calming effect on Caribbean pirates! By the middle of the eighteenth century, Grog (a mixture of 160-proof rum and water in equal parts) was part of the daily rations for the British Navy — and continued to play an important role in Navy lore until the twentieth century.

 

While most of us would readily identify the Caribbean as a source of rum, however, how many of us would think to look for a distillery in Holland — or a bottler in Scotland? How Jamaican and Guyanan blends found their way to temporary homes in these places (on their way to a permanent site in Northumberland) is a fascinating story told at alnwickrum.com. Yet another example of the international appeal — and reach — of this mellow, warming spirit.

 

Feeling Spirited from Aperitif to Dessert

Although we don’t dispense rum over the counter as a medicine nowadays, we still use it in ‘hot toddies,’ drinks composed of rum and various fruit juices, teas, and other flavourings, served hot as home remedies for colds and flu — and rice pudding, often flavoured with rum-soaked raisins, is a time-honored remedy for sensitive tummies. You might say we still believe, on some level, that rum’s ‘good for what ails you.’

 

Even if nothing ails you, though, you can enjoy rum from beginning to end of a meal. Rum plays a key role in many desserts the world over, among them the delicate Baba au Rhum, a French-influenced rum-infused cake served with a generous portion of rum-flavored whipped cream.

 

A spirited life, it seems, is both soothing and sweet — an unbeatable combination!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Gift Boxes for Your Favorite Crafters

Gift Boxes for Your Favorite Crafters

Organic cotton yarn

No matter the occasion, putting together gift boxes for your favorite crafters can be a great time. Not only do you get to spend hours in the craft store, browsing through all of the items for sale, but you get to see the excitement on the faces of the people that you love. If you’ve got a crafty friend on your gift-giving list, here are five great ideas that you can use:

 

Scrapbookers
We all have a friend or two that love to document important life events in a scrapbook. For the scrapbooker on your list, put together a gift box full of colorful papers, fun stamps and beautiful ephemera that they can add to their pages. Remember to keep your friend’s personality in mind when picking out items; these things will be used by your friend so make sure that you choose papers and items that suit their personality.

 
 Sewers
Don’t you find it amazing that someone can sit down at a sewing machine can create something wonderful? If you’ve got a sewer on your list, put together a box filled with threads, bobbins, needles and beautiful fabrics. If you know that your friend has been absolutely dying to make a particular project, buy the pieces they’ll need and create a project-in-a-box.

 
 Crocheters
The art of crochet is back and more popular than ever. If you know someone who is new to the craft, why not fill a box with funky new yarns that they can create masterpieces with? Buy a set of special crochet hooks or a book filled with amazing patterns for your friend. Not only will they appreciate the gift, but they may be so pleased that they make you a gift in return.

 
Painters
People who draw and paint are truly amazing. These artists can take a blank piece of paper and bring it to life with a few strokes of a brush. If you’ve got a painter in your life, fill a box with special brushes, a set of paints they’ve always wanted to try and special paper. If you aren’t quite sure what to buy, a gift card added to the box will ensure that they can grab the supplies that they need.

 
Candle Makers
Candle making is a hobby that many people enjoy. If you know a person that can make candles better than any bought in a store, put a few supplies in a box for the holidays. You can buy wax, scents, wax dyes, wicks and even candle holders for your loved one. There’s no doubt that they’ll turn the supplies inside the gift box into wonderfully scented works of art.

 

 

If you like to craft, putting together a gift box for your fellow crafters can be incredibly exciting. When putting gift boxes together, remember to keep your loved one’s personality in mind; after all, they’ll be the ones working with the materials that you give them. Most of all, have fun with it! Gift boxes can be a joy to put together when you’ve got a theme to work with.

 

 

LIsa Merritt writes for party blogs where you can find out more about Gift Boxes From Retail Packaging.

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