Happy First Day of Snow!

Love snow days!

Normally gray skies don't do it for me... Actually, I'm usually pretty blah on days when the sun's not shining.  Today though, I'm really enjoying it!  I'm hunkered down at my house with the space heater on, blankets on my lap, looking out at the snow, and just generally feeling pretty cozy.  I'm having a lazy, slow day and I'm enjoying every second of it.  I'm currently planning out dinner for my boyfriend and I for the night.  I'm thinking warming foods - baked brussels sprouts and red peppers with garlic and salt and pork chops.  I've never made pork chops before, so I'm scouring the internet for delicious, healthy recipes.  I'm curious to see how whatever I end up making tastes.  :)  Does anyone have any good pork recipes they can share?

Hope you're enjoying a slow, lazy snow day too.



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Jaimie Cura (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I like the first snowfall too and then after that, not so much! But I admit to breaking out the holiday music and movies today!
Andee November 07, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Marinate them in a little red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, olive oil and garlic. Let sit for as long as you can. Remove them from the marinade and dry them well with a paper towel. Combine a tablespoon each of salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and onion powder. Rub chops with spice rub and brown them on both sides over high heat with a little olive oil. Turn down the heat and cook them for about 10 minutes over medium. Take them off when still slightly pink in the middle, let the meat rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Megan Roscillo November 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Ha! Jaimie, I can deal with the snow, and sometimes even LOVE it, but the cold, nooo way! Hmm, can't do the holiday movies yet, BUT, I'm starting to get reallllly excited about Christmas shopping! I absolutely love the holidays and Christmas season. The lights, pretty colors, presents, trees, WRAPPING PAPER (I'm a wrapping paper lover, but boy do I dislike the actual wrapping of the presents, lol). I bought my first (and second) Christmas present a couple days ago. Can't wait for more!
Megan Roscillo November 07, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thanks Andee! That sounds awesome. I don't have most of those ingredients and can't run out, so I used fresh garlic, salt, red pepper flakes and pepper. They're on the stove right now and I'm nervous about them becoming too dry! I'll letcha know! :)
Jaimie Cura (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Dang girl, you're good! When it comes to holiday shopping, if it weren't for the last minute, I'd get nothing done! Hey, let me know how 'Adventures in Cooking' goes - love to see a pic of your culinary creation!
Megan Roscillo November 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Jaimie, I LOVE Christmas shopping! I tend to go nuts. After Christmas I'll letcha know what I got my for my bf, it's a surprise! :) I usually start it really early cuz I get so excited, but then tend to trail off and have to scramble. Oops! Oh, sorry I saw this too late to take a pic! It wouldn't have been too impressive anyway. It was good for the most part, but pork apparently isn't something I love. It was a little too dry for me, but I think if I'd had different ingredients, it would've come out better. One recipe called for apples and onions and I think those would've helped with the moisture. Another time maybe I'll try that again! I used salt, pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes and used Andee's cooking directions! Thanks Andee for helping out! :)
Andee November 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Megan, I tend to use very thick cut chops, so that helps! Also, getting the pan (I use cast Iron) really hot to seal in the juices makes a big difference.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Oh yeah, try the one with apples and onions - that sounds amazing! I have to start making a list now - maybe that will encourage me to start earlier!
Megan Roscillo November 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Jaimie, I'll try the apple one soon. One of my customers at Starbucks said that she normally has her Christmas shopping DONE by this time! She says she buys throughout the year when she sees something for the right person, and sometimes even wraps it right then! I'd need a spreadsheet to know what I bought for who and how much I've spent. Man oh man, that's organized! Andee, Oh okay. Is a cast iron pan really all it's cracked up to be? What's the difference between that and a normal, run-of-the-mill pan?
Jaimie Cura (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I never knew those kinds of people existed, Megan! I put them in the league of Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster - heard people talk about it but never saw 'em myself!
Megan Roscillo November 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM


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