Ever since my kids saw the Lego Movie (we could discuss this for days, people), they think Taco Tuesday is all that and a bag of chips. And ever since I saw these ridiculously cute Oreo tacos on Pinterest, I agree. I mean, are you kidding me with these?Read More
I’ve previously mentioned my obsession with magazines. I’ve also previously mentioned my admiration of Martha Stewart. So it goes without saying that I have a backlog of Martha recipes that I pull out in a pinch. Except when I can’t find them. Anywhere.
This may have happened to me recently when I found myself at the grocery store completely uninspired and staring at the produce section. I had decided on swordfish for supper and could not for the life of me think of a side. Can we interrupt this blog post for a minute so that I can point out that there was no meal plan? None. I believe this was day three or four in a row that I found myself in the grocery with absolutely no plan for supper. Isn’t that why you started this darn blog in the first place? To be more organized and spend less time in the grocery store and less time thinking about dinner? Why, yes. Yes it is. This would be what we call a complete fail.Read More
It's been over two weeks since my last food review. People are probably going to think that I don't cook anymore. The truth? I'm cooking all the time but can't seem to get photos of my food that make any sense at all. Am I in a photography rut? Should I just throw my hands in the air and give up? Or maybe rename the blog to something like "susie makes supper without proof"?Read More
Saturday night was the first night that I cooked a full meal in over a week. Really and truly. I’m sure you think I've forgotten to write food reviews on this supposed food blog but in truth, I've forgotten to cook.Read More
Confession time. I can’t see and I did not cook this meal. In fact, I’m not sure that I will be cooking much for the next week. I had a little surgery on my right eyeball on Thursday. Let’s just say it was a tad more involved than I thought it would be. I’m actually squinting out of one eye with my glasses on to type this. And I look like someone punched me in the face. No joke.Read More
This old Southern Living slow-cooker recipe is a standby in our house. We use it on busy weeknights or Saturdays when we know we are going to be skiing or at a tournament or something. This Saturday, we knew that we were going to be busy prepping for Thanksgiving. Or in my case, watching the LSU game.
The recipe calls for bone-in pork chops and I highly recommend that you use them. I’ve tried it without and let’s just agree to learn from my mistake. The bone and the fat that comes with this cut makes a difference in the flavor. When done, the pork will fall off the bone easily, so you won’t have to worry about those pesky bones in the end. Also, don’t be afraid of the size of this recipe if you have a small family (or just two). We never have leftovers, but I hear reports from others that this freezes really well once cooked. You are doing the work anyway so throw a couple extra pork chops in for a later meal.
Because this is a crock-pot recipe, the prep is pretty simple. Dump a bag of frozen black-eyed peas in your slow cooker. I also dump a bag of frozen green beans. My aunt uses white beans when she makes this recipe and says it is great. You do have to season and brown the meat before throwing it in. If you are adding extra chops (or just want a little extra flavor), double the seasoning mixture and rub it on rather than sprinkling it on. This does make the meat more flavorful.
Once your meat is browned and in your crock-pot, sauté your onion in the pork leftovers (add a little olive oil if you have lean pork chops), then add a bit of chicken stock to pick up the sticky stuff on the bottom of the pan. The recipe calls for condensed chicken stock, but I think that’s a holdover in southern cooking like garlic cheese roll that no one else actually uses. Just use regular chicken broth. It’s fine. Dump those onions and the entire can of stock into your pot on top of the beans and chops. Do add a bit more salt and pepper to the mix, maybe even some creole seasoning if you have it. Now, go watch the game or go to work or whatever it is you do.
We serve this with brown or white rice (depending on when I remember that the rice needs to be made). Dig deep when serving to get all those beans out. My boys would tell you to add a little hot sauce. I think creole seasoning does the trick, but that’s just me. I didn’t even make a salad to go with this last night. What a slug.
Oh, and tonight, we are having steak with baked potatoes and broccoli. The birthday kids didn't want to pick anything for dinner nor do they want to pick cakes. We are having brownie sundaes. More on the celebration later.
I, for one, am about to check out of college football for the rest of the season. While I am glad that Stanford won on Thursday, I am not impressed with the results of last night’s LSU/Bama game. Can someone please (Auburn? Will it be you?) beat Alabama? People, don't bother with Roll Tide and Go Ducks comments. I'm entitled to my own football opinion. We can still be friends. Geaux Tigers.
Moving on. One excellent thing about summer is the tomatoes. I know I have mentioned this before (I am, in fact, losing my mind and can’t keep track of what I say anymore. Anyone else experiencing this?), but when I have a lot of tomatoes in the garden, I throw them in the blender then set the puree on the stove for a couple eight hours to cook. Throw it in the freezer once cooled and you have yourself some tasty sauce. It is like eating summer in winter.
Roast yourself a red pepper. Or keep it simple and just sauté it in a pan. Sauté a little sausage with your pepper This time, I used chicken sausage with sundried tomatoes, but any type of Italian style sausage will do, even vegan sausage works well with this. Throw your sausage and pepper into your sauce and when you are ready to eat, toss it with pasta. My son picked out whole-wheat shells for tonight’s meal. Any past a shape that takes up the sauce is perfect. Shave a little parmesan over the top and dinner is done. Delish.
Oh, and how about adding a kitchen sink salad? I love that.