Pork Chops with Cider, Horseradish Glaze

Pork Chops with Cider, Horseradish Glaze

I was shocked that Lyn choose bone in pan fried pork chops for her free meal this week. I always loved the taste of pan fried pork chops and the added treat of a bone to munch on it was like a dessert for me. Maybe she had too many of these growing up but being a nice Jewish kid pork did not make it to our table that often, we were reformed reformed Jews. There is something about pork and winter that go together.

Ingredients

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forgot to leave out the horseradish for picture it is shy

Serves 2-4

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup hard or pressed apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly grated or prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

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Chops:

  • 4 bone-in loin pork chops, 1/2-inch thick, about 1 1/2 pounds total, at room temperature
  • Table salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

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Garnish

  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill

1. Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside.

2. Trim any excess fat from around chops until you only have about 1/8 inch of fat. Pat chops dry with a paper towel and generously season them with salt and pepper.

3. Heat oil in a heavy, 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until oil starts to smoke. Add pork chops to the skillet and cook them until they are well-browned, about 3 minutes. Turn chops and cook 1 minute longer, then transfer them to a plate and pour off any fat in skillet.

4. Pour glaze into the skillet and bring it to a simmer. Cook until mixture thickens enough that your spatula leaves a trail when scraped across the pan, 2 to 4 minutes.

5. Return chops and any juices to the skillet; turn to coat both sides with glaze. Continue to cook over medium-high heat until the center of the chops registers 140 on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.

6. Serve chops with glaze drizzled over them and sprinkled with dill.

Recipe adapted from “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” by Deb Perelman.

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Best-Ever Hot Cocoa Mix

Best-Ever Hot Cocoa Mix

 I remember coming in from a long day of building snow forts to my mother’s smile and warm cup of hot chocolate with that cover of marshmallow “Fluff” that stuck to your nose. We are on our third or fourth straight day of waking up to zero or subzero temps although they say we may get above the teens this afternoon, not counting the wind chill that is. Yesterday Deb and Nicole decided that a cup would be just the right thing. So Nicole and I grabbed our coats and braved the elements. I just like the walking and the company part.  This morning waiting for me in email a message from Cook’s Country this recipe sounds perfect for home or office.

February/March 2007

Why this recipe works: We wanted a recipe for hot cocoa that was creamy, rich, and big on chocolate flavor. Nonfat dry milk lent our Hot Cocoa Mix recipe a sweet dairy flavor, especially when we reconstituted the mix with hot milk instead of hot water. Confectioners’ sugar worked best in our recipe because it dissolved quickly, and cornstarch helped thicken the hot cocoa. And for complex chocolate flavor and a soft, creamy texture, we used a combination of white chocolate and cocoa powder.
 Drinking chocolate (not hot cocoa) at a cafe i...

Makes about 20 servings

Total time:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients in large bowl. Working in two batches, pulse ingredients in food processor until chocolate is finely ground. Store in airtight container for up to 3 months. To make hot cocoa, stir 1/3 cup of this mix into 1 cup of hot milk. Top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows.
Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup good quality balsamic vinegar – I used my 18 year old
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Trader Joe’s Dijon – for that extra kick
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

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How:

Combine the first 8 ingredients together in a small saucepan, and stir until all ingredients are incorporated. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by 1/3, about 15-20 minutes.

Recipe based on Giada DeLaurentiis

Crawfish Boil- suck-dat-head pinch-dat-tail

Crawfish Boil- suck-dat-head pinch-dat-tail

 

While with 20th Century Fox I was transfer to New Orleans and remember the first time everyone said Steve we are going suck-dat-head pinch-dat-tail for lunch this afternoon you in? Sure why not, well they came in with a huge bag and a pile of newspapers. Spread out the news papers and dumped the bag. I watched in amazement not quite sure what to do, being a Yankee and all. They laughed and gave me a quick lesson and I was soon diving in wolfing them down. I got to tell you the suckin dat head part not my favorite but I tried.

I just grab some crab boil pack and boil them up following the instructions but here is a great recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2009.

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Prep Time:1 hr 30 min — Cook Time:23 min — Serves:10 to 12 servings.

 

 Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole allspice
  • 5 gallons water
  • 1 pound kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 6 bay leaves, crumbled
  • 10 pounds live crawfish
  • 3 pounds small red potatoes, cut in 1/2, if larger than 2-inches in diameter
  • 8 ears corn, halved
  • 2 heads garlic, unpeeled, but separated
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces

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How:

Place the peppercorns, coriander, clove, and allspice into a spice grinder and grind for 10 to 15 seconds.

Fill a 40-quart pot with 5 gallons of water and add the freshly ground spices, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, thyme, oregano, dry mustard, dill weed, and bay leaves. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, approximately 40 minutes.

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Rinse the crawfish thoroughly in the bag in which they arrived to remove excess dirt and mud. Put the crawfish in a large container and fill with cool water. Stir to remove dirt from the crawfish. Transfer small batches of crawfish to a colander and rinse under cool running water. Pick out any debris or dead crawfish. Once all crawfish have been rinsed, discard dirty water, and return the crawfish to the container. Repeat this process 6 to 8 times, or until the water is clear.

Once the seasoned water comes to a boil, add the potatoes, corn, garlic, and sausage. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

Add the crawfish, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the pot to sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Drain well and serve immediately.

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Are Crawfish considered seafood?

Answer:

Sliders and Crispy Brussel Sprouts and oven Baked Fries

Sliders and Crispy Brussel Sprouts and oven Baked Fries

I had these dinner rolls in the freezer left over from a recent holiday. We don’t eat much bread these days and did not want it to get freezer burned so I decided they were perfect for sliders.

Ingredients

  • Ground beef
  • Lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes halved
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Small Dinner rolls
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Baking potato

How:

Potatoes and Brussel sprouts – Prepare separately but you can cook together

Slice potatoes to about ¼ in width. Microwave for about 1-2 minutes

Slice Brussel sprouts in half

Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle desired spices and herbs toss to coat well

Roast at 400-450 for 20-35 minutes or until done.

Sliders

Form patties and cook to desired doneness (grill, broiler, pan fried you pick)

Add cheese if you want to melt

Place on roll top with lettuce, tomatoes and condiment

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 Who invented Sliders? From Google answer

In the 1940s, Walter Anderson formed White Castle and made sure it’s image was as pure and clean as possible.

He also wanted his burgers to be as low cost as possible so he made them small and came up with his own streamlined and efficient cooking process that is still unique in the business today.

The small 5 cent burger that he came up with is what is now affectionately known as a Slider and has become its very own sub-category of burger. White Castle sells its own original burgers under the trademark Slyders, these will always be known as the first and the best.

Pan Seared Sea Scallops with roasted veggies

Pan Seared Sea Scallops with roasted veggies

I think that I mentioned before that Lyn gets to pick a meal a week that is off her strict diet. She picked Pan Seared Seas Scallops. I had never made sea scallops had used bay in stir fry, I could tell you about someone making Szechuan scallops for their as it turned out to be in-laws and forgetting if they had put in the pepper and added again, boy was that spicy, but I won’t. Anyway….

Ingredients

  • ½ pound sea scallops (about 4)
  • 1 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar – we have 18 year old, so sweet so good

How:

Turn on exhaust fan

Heat pan on high until hot

Tipping away from you add oil

Add scallops cook for about 2 minutes

Add butter and flip the scallops cook for about 2 minutes

Remove from pan and serve on bed of roasted veggies we had eggplant, zucchini, red pepper and tomatoes drizzle with some balsamic vinegar.

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Sear for 2 minutes

Flip and add butter for another 2 minutes

Flip and add butter for another 2 minutes

Roasted eggplant, zucchini, carrots and baby roma tomatoes

Plate up

Plate up

Scallops

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Bay scallops and sea scallops are closely related members of the same family of shellfish. Both make extremely good eating. Gourmets particularly prize bay scallops, which are much smaller than sea scallops, for their tenderness and the sweetness of their flavor. Because they are smaller, bay scallops require considerably shorter cooking times and benefit from gentler methods, while sea scallops stand up to fiercer heat. In both cases, overcooking renders them tough. Bay scallops are in short supply because of the degradation of their habitat by pollution. Vendors offer both types packed either “wet” or “dry.” Choose dry ones if possible—they are in their natural state. Wet scallops have been soaked in phosphates, which affects their flavor and causes them to absorb water which they give up in cooking.

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Scallops are two-shelled marine mollusks that actively swim through the water, propelling themselves by opening and shutting their shells. The large round white muscle that they use to do this—sweet-flavored and naturally very low in fat—is the part that we eat (in Europe the delicately flavored orange roe is also highly prized). Unlike clams or mussels, scallops are unable to shut their shells completely, and cannot survive out of water. Harvesters therefore normally shuck them as soon as they are caught and place the meat on ice.

Spicy Oven-Baked Fish and Sweet Potato Chips

Spicy Oven-Baked Fish and Sweet Potato Chips

Lyn got to choose 2 of her meals that are not from her strict diet this week, she reached her half way goal and that is what they do for you at that point. Let you taste real food as she calls it. Heck, it is working, every week she losses a pound or more and that is the good way it stays off. Now I like her just the way she is but get a Yes Dear look if I say something. Anyway she chose Pan Seared Sea Scallops but whole foods also had Haddock on sale and while surfing the net she found this recipe. As I am not that adventurous when it comes to fish, Haddock should be fish and chips, swordfish and tuna steaks should be grilled, salmon well there are a lot of ways that my palate  has been introduced to  so when she showed me this recipe I said why not give it a try on Sunday. It was our pregame meal which turned out to be disappointing, the game not the meal this was light, flaky and just right.

Spicy Oven-Baked Fish and Sweet Potato Chips

From BHG.com

Makes: 4 servings

Prep 20 minutes Bake 425° 20 minutes to 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen white fish fillets, about 1/2-inch thick
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, cut into ¼ to ½ inch sticks
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning or seafood seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Lemon wedges and fresh parsley (optional)
  • We added homemade Tatar sauce

How:

  1. Cut fish into 3 x 2-inch pieces. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Cover and chill until needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil; lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. For chips, pat potatoes dry with paper towels; place sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Add olive oil, Old Bay seasoning, 1/2 tsp. chili powder and 1/2 tsp. salt. Toss to coat. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on one half of the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, for fish, place milk in a shallow dish. Place flour in another shallow dish. In a third shallow dish combine bread crumbs, 2 tsp. chili powder, paprika, 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Add melted butter; stir until combined.
  5. Dip fish pieces in milk; coat with flour. Dip again in the milk, then in the bread crumb mixture. Remove baking sheet from oven. Using a spatula, carefully turn potatoes over. Place fish on the other half of the hot baking sheet; return to oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more or until potatoes are golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve fish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley, if desired.
Cut fish, prepare milk flour and bread crumbs

Cut fish, prepare milk flour and bread crumbs. Place the sweet potato fries in oven on 1/2 cookie sheet.

ready to cook 2

Dip in Milk, Flour back to Flour and then coat with bread crumbs

add the fish

Add the fish to the other half of cookie sheet and return to oven.

done

20-25 minutes until fries are golden brown and fish flakes with fork

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Serve it up

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