Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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Tonight on "Cooking with Mark..."

Cooking show, eh? Good idea!

Tried to post this last night, but after getting most of it written, my laptop crashed. I suspect iJournal, but I'm not sure. So, trying again.

Last night's dinner planning started mid-afternoon, when I realized I could start defrosting meat from the freezer at a reasonable time. So I took out one of the boxes of Omaha Steaks boneless pork chops, and asked Denise if she wanted to join me. She did, and she dug up some recipes online. I don't believe in recipes except as a starting point, so we used one as a starting point.

Coated the pork chops with a mixture of matzah meal, ground black pepper, basil, and a little seasoned salt. Browned them in a pan in a little oil, a few minutes on each side, then set them aside. In the same pan, browned sliced onion and four cloves of chopped garlic in a little more oil. The onion Denise brought had not only sprouted, but was basically unusable, so we used the half onion I had left from last week's burger debacle.

Added a half bottle of beer, some brown sugar, large splash of soy sauce, couple dashes of Angostura bitters, dash of vanilla, and thyme. Stirred. This smelled good.

Returned the pork chops to the pan, covered, and simmered for 20 minutes, turning a couple of times. Nuked the remaining rice from Monday, and more of the frozen broccoli. Denise brought most of the necessary ingredients to make corn bread, and that was in the oven, in the meantime.

Should've had a little more liquid in the pan, as it cooked down to gloppy sludge. It was yummy gloppy sludge, mind you, and the onions caramelized nicely, but a little more liquid at the end would have come in handy.

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