Pork Chops, Rubbed the Right Way

Pork chops are another easy supper.  My favorite way to make them is with McCormick’s Grill Mates Pork Rub.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is for two pork chops; my son and I just each one chop each. The preparation of the chops is very easy.

Ingredients

2 pork chops

2 tsp. canola oil

McCormick’s Grill Mates Pork Rub (to taste)

1/4 cup flour

1 tbsp. canola oil

1/4 cup water

Directions

Take the pork chops and pour 1 tsp. canola oil on the top of both chops; rub the oil into the meat. Then, turn them over and pour the another teaspoon onto the chops and rub that in.

My son loves this pork rub, so for his chop, I will take 1 tbsp. of the rub and massage the rub into one side of the chop. Another 1 tbsp. of rub goes on the other side of the chop. For my chop, I just use maybe 1 tsp. of rub for each side of my chop. Depending on how spicy you like your chops, you can add more or less.

For this meal, I tried something different and dipped the chops in flour after rubbing the seasoning in.

Pour in the 1 tbsp. canola oil into a medium-sized skillet. Turn on medium high and when the oil starts to shimmer, add the chops. Cook on one side for 4 minutes or until the chops are browned; flip them and let the other sides get nice and browned (4 more minutes).

Pour in 1/4 cup water, turn the heat to medium and cover. Let the chops cook for ten minutes; flip them and cook for another ten minutes. Uncover and turn the heat up to medium high again and let the chops sizzle and the water evaporate.

Always, always, always use a meat thermometer! Pork chops should register at 180 degrees F. What I like to do is check their temp and if they’re not quite at 180 F but they’re within five degrees, is remove from heat and cover with foil for five minutes. Meat continues to cook after its removed from the heat source. Before serving, check with meat thermometer again and make sure it’s 180 F.

Your temperatures may vary with your own meat thermometer, thickness of the chops and how hot your stove is. I have a brand new stove and I’m still learning to watch temperatures and when meat is at the proper serving temperature.pork chop plate 1-14-15I didn’t like the way the breading worked on the chops. When I added the water, the breading pretty much fell apart. Next time, I won’t bread them and will just use the rub!

 

Quick Breakfast Treats

I love breakfast. If possible, I’d have breakfast three times a day. Here are a few of my little creations – very quick to make and very delicious!

Bagel with cream cheese, topped with strawberries:strawberry cream cheese bagelBagel with cream cheese, topped with blueberries:blueberry cream cheese bagelRicotta cheese with strawberries:ricotta with strawberriesStrawberries:  slice up the strawberries, tuck about 1/2 cup in a plastic quart bag; add a teaspoon of sugar. After all of the strawberries are sliced and sugared in their plastic quart bags, place all of the bags into a one gallon freezer bag and place into freezer. When you want to eat strawberries the next morning, simply take out a quart bag and put it into the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, they’ll be juicy and sweet and ready to eat.

Blueberries:  tuck about 1/2 cup of blueberries into plastic quart bags; take all of the quart bags and place them into a gallon size plastic bag. Tuck the bag into the freezer. Thaw the same as the strawberries. Something I like to do is eat the blueberries frozen. There’s something about the way they crackle and split open when you eat them frozen on top of a bagel. Yum!

A1 Roast

Last night for supper, I made a roast.  Thank goodness for a slow cooker!  I used Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners for the first time and really love the way they made clean-up so quick and easy!

My teen son loves to eat this particular roast.  Here’s the recipe from A1 and then I’ll tell you what I did differently.

Ingredients
1/2 cup A.1. Original Sauce
1/2 cup  water
1 pkg. (0.9 oz.)onion-mushroom soup mix
1 boneless beef chuck eye roast (2-1/2 lb.)
1 lb. red potatoes
1 lb. baby carrots
1 onion, thickly sliced

OK, here’s what I used:

Ingredients
1 cup A1 sauce
1/2 cup water
1 boneless rump roast (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 large russet potato

Directions
Insert the slow cooker liner into the slow cooker, leaving the edges out of the cooker.  Add the roast.  Mix the water and A1 sauce together and pour over the roast.  Sprinkle with onion powder.  Cook on HIGH for about 7 hours.

Peel and dice the potato.  Open the slow cooker lid and carefully remove the roast.  Slowly put the diced potatoes into the slow cooker.  Place roast on top and cook on HIGH for another 45 minutes.

Remove roast and let it sit for five minutes, covered in foil.  Remove potatoes when the roast is ready.  Serve with a veggie of your choice.
A1 roast January 4

Hamburger Helper Chili Mac

I can be a lazy cook. Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing much, and on those nights, I tear open a box of Hamburger Helper and grab a pound of hamburger from the fridge.

I was lazy tonight and made Hamburger Helper Chili Mac.

It was pretty good.  My husband used to love Hamburger Helper and my teen son loves it, so once in a while I let the laziness pour over me and I make something simple.  OH, and I added one can of drained corn, so that my meal was pretty much a one-pan meal.HH chili mac

Blueberry Pancakes

I love blueberry pancakes!  This morning I made up a batch of pancakes; my teen didn’t want any, so there’s a bit of batter in the fridge for later 🙂

I used the recipe on the box of Bisquick, except that I cut the recipe since in half because I was the only one eating pancakes.

Ingredients

1 cup of Bisquick

1 egg, beaten

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup blueberries (mine were frozen and I didn’t thaw them first)

Directions

Mix together the Bisquick, egg and milk.  I mix it up good, but leave a few little lumps.  Add the blueberries and mix a bit more.

On preheated, greased skillet, pour out 1/4 cup of batter – this is what I used to make three pancakes. When the tops of the pancakes are all bubbly and turn them over.  Let them cook until the other side is browned.

Enjoy with butter and syrup.

blueberry pancakes

 

 

New Year’s Day Waffles

We made waffles for supper on New Year’s Day.  I love having breakfast for supper…it’s a nice change from the regular meat and potatoes that we usually eat.

I used the recipe that came with my son’s Oster Flip Belgian Waffle Maker.

Here’s the recipe for Classic Waffles:

Ingredients
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp. cornmeal (optional), I didn’t add this
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 large eggs, separated
2 tbsp. white sugar
1 3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick of butter)

Directions

In large bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, cornmeal (if you chose to use it), baking powder and salt.  Blend thoroughly, then set bowl aside.

In mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.  Set bowl aside.

In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk and vanilla.

Use a spatula to stir milk mixture into flour mixture; blend until dry ingredients are moistened – there will be lumps. Stir in melted butter.  Fold in beaten egg whites until combined.

Pour batter into hot, greased waffle maker and bake.  I found out that 1 cup will fill the waffle maker without spilling.  Also, I turn the waffle maker up to almost the highest heat; this makes the waffles crispier and browner.  This waffle iron has a little light on top that turns red when it’s on and then green when it’s ready for the batter.  Once you pour the batter in, the green light will turn off – that’s when it’s time to flip the waffle maker.  There’s a light on this side, too.  It will turn green when your waffle is ready to remove.

wafflesMy son made bacon, and I used my Keurig Mini for the first time and had hot chocolate.

Keurig hot chocolate

 

Waffles, Anyone?

My son received a Belgian waffle maker for Christmas. It came with a booklet and four recipes. He used one recipe when he tried out the waffle maker and they turned out alright, but they weren’t as good as we had hoped.

I’m looking forward to new recipes and of course I’ll be checking out AllRecipes, and I wanted to know if you, readers, have favorite waffle recipes that you’d like to share.  Please use the comments section to leave links.

Thanks!

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