Monday, October 29, 2007

A few of my favorite things...

No packages tied in string, but I thought I'd share some of my likes with everyone... in the food category that is...

To Drink-
  • Coffee. Always coffee. In it I like cream and sugar, sometimes I like Carolan's (Like Baileys but not as sweet and not as expensive), sometimes I like rye.
  • Tea. Earl Grey, Red Rose, Orange Spice and homemade Chai (One of these days I'll post Saravjeet's recipe for that... mmmmm.) I'm not big on all those sissy greens and whites though, they taste kinda like piss to me- at least how I think piss would taste if I ever had to taste it, which I hope I never do.
  • Water is good too
  • Beer
  • Carolan's and milk... mmmmmmm... I could drink that by the gallon.
  • Eggnog- I would give up food for chicken-milk, oh yeah, the chicken-milk!
To Eat-
  • Rice
  • Fish
  • Broccoli
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cheerios
  • Ritz Crackers with cream cheese
  • Cheese- I like cheddar, mozza, gouda, havarti, provolone, jack, oh I like pretty much any cheese, hard or soft- except any kind with the emmental process... makes me throw up.
  • Pie
  • Chicken
  • Since red meat doesn't agree with me, I generally avoid it, but I can put away my share of prime rib if it's there!
  • My ultimate weakness is CAKE. Yes, it is Kryptonite. I cannot resist it. mmmmm CAAAAKe......
Oh there's alot of stuff that I eat, and a surprising number of those things are things I didn't enjoy anyway. It's no wonder so many people are fat these days- we're programmed to stuff ourselves whether we're hungry or not- hmm, I guess we might have to explore that further sometime!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pork Chops and Perogies

Tonight's dinner... this is a 45 minutes meal... takes approximately 5-10 minutes of prep (assuming you can find what you need in the kitchen) and about 30-35 minutes to cook. Notice there are no vegetables... My hubby hates vegetables, although he will eat pretty much whatever I put in front of him, sometimes I just can't be bothered.

You will need
  • 4 medium sized boneless chops (1/2'' thick 3 '' across)
  • 1 pkg shake& bake (whatever flavor you like)
  • 15 Perogies (cheemo brand is best, you can throw them into the pan frozen)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • toppings of choice (Hubby likes bbq sauce and sour cream)
Heat your oven to 375 degrees, While oven is warming line baking sheet with foil BECAUSE WE HATE CLEANING! Coat both sides of chops with shake-n-bake (use a bag or pour the stuff on a plate) arrange on baking sheet and place on center rack in oven.

Look at the time- you will start the perogies in 20 minutes...

In a regular frying pan, heat 2 tbsp cooking oil and put perogies in... only do as many as will lay flat in the pan, they'll cook more evenly this way. The pan should be just under medium heat- enough to cook them through without burning the outsides. Turn perogies when they begin to brown.

Grate cheese and make ready your condiments.

At the 30 minute mark, check the chops; the coating should be crisping and the juices bubbling underneath. Cut into one, they should be somewhat juicy, but the juices should be clear and the meat should be white. If so you can turn off the oven and leave them in there to keep warm until your perogies are finished. If not , return to oven for an additional 15 minutes.

Once the perogies and chops are done, you can put grated cheese on the perogies and dig in!

Cleanup should be easy, just toss the foil that covered the baking sheet and put a little hot water in the frying pan so it's easier to wash out... and sic your hubby on the dishes at the end!

Like I said, no veggies. It's a quick and simple dinner, easily accompanied by frozen veggies or a salad (if you're the salad type ).

Cooking for more people- figure one medium- large chop per person, and about 6 perogies each. Veggies are 1/2 to 3/4 cup per person.

Showing off my new shiny kitchen...

So, we got new appliances, and I got some BEAUTIFUL new Kitchenaid pots and pans for Un-Christmas...

I spent most of yesterday baking to try out the new oven which bakes sooo evenly! I Love it!
Of course, I didn't take any pics of the baking... mmmm PIE! and banana bread, and apple crisp...
yep.. next time, I promise.