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Home Town: Sumter, South Carolina, USA
Living In: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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Jul. 8, 2010 9:08 pm 
Chicken-Cornbread Stuffing beneath a Caramel Apple Pork Chop Another All Recipes recipe, changed a little from the original recipe. Caramel Apple Porkchops              4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops 3 teaspoons olive oil 2 tablespoons brown sugar salt and pepper to taste MORE
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Caramel Apple Pork Chops
Caramel Apple Pork Chops
About this Cook
I have delusions of culinary grandeur. I wanna be some sort of epic mix of Martha Stewart and Paula Deen and Betty White. I'm an ex-Southerner living in the Big City now - and as I lived in a small town in SC, Columbus is *huge*. I love my skyline. I'm pretty much a SAHM, because my mom is disabled and my (step)daughter is homeschooled. I plan on teaching her how to cook, if I can pry her away from the computer. I have a huge love for geeky things: the paranormal, video games, NETFLIX, the internet, role-playing, reading, writing. The holidays are coming up soon so I'm totally getting excited for that! :D
My favorite things to cook
There's something amazing about the union of butter and sugar. I love getting in the kitchen on a good day, and just spend the day making delicious things. And I admit: casseroles are glorious. I love pasta.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mmm. Cooking traditions. It makes me a sad panda that I didn't get all my grandmother's recipes written down, because she's gone now and I won't have that anymore. But we're starting new traditions with my family. I really love getting packages of Budding lunch meat and putting cream cheese between slices, rolling them up, and snacking all day on Christmas Eve. In years past we'd do full on dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas: Turkey, Sweet Potatoes (no marshmallows!), turkey rice, beet eggs, cornbread stuffing, chocolate and lemon pies. A few years ago I started doing our family turkeys, and I'm happy to say I'm the one who does them now. :D
My cooking triumphs
I just mentioned my Holiday Turkey, which is really good. The recipe was a birthday gift from a friend of mine in 2007, and I've made it every year since. I also consider being able to cook anything I want these days as a 'triumph'. Before I moved in with my husband, I was only allowed to cook certain things. Now I have free reign! It's excellent.
My cooking tragedies
I tried a peanut butter cookie from Epicurious once. I was expecting soft and chewy and delicious, not crumbly like shortbread :\
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Smothered Pork
Ladies and gentlemen, I am confused. When I made this recipe, it smelled great. The pork was fantastic – I wish I had more in the freezer it was so good. The sauce, however, left something to be desired. I’m just not sure what that something is. It’s a trifle .. well, it’s not bland. I just don’t know what it is. The dish didn’t get past the mushroom soup-beefy onion soup – gaahhhrlic - oniony-ness that seemed to overpower the pork. That’s probably my fault, since I strayed from the recipe. But my family and I – including my picky daughter – ate it up. But when it came to left overs, I couldn’t make myself eat it for a day or two. And then I was staaarrving for protein, and all of a sudden there was a ton of pork left over that was just begging to be consumed. This recipe isn’t one I’d purposefully set out to make ever again. It’s not for dinner parties. But if it’s the end of the month and money is scarce, and the ingredients are something you’ve got in your pantry, (and let’s face it, most of us do) it’s some good eating.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2010
Best Beef and Broccoli
Pardon the shabby photo. I took it while I was sitting in front of my desk, ravenous. I'm surprised there isn't a shot of a fork going in for the kill. I was that hungry. Alright. So I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter - save a few things. Instead of using fresh veggies, I used frozen and pre-chopped. I need to get out of this habit since whole fresh veggies are (presumably) cheaper, but I'm lazy. Really, really lazy. (I'm pretty sure I'll never be able to chop bell pepper so pretty.) Anyway! The cut of beef I used was on sale, so I didn't really care if it was 'round' or not. I cut it into strips. I doubled the broccoli soup, threw in some onions with the peppers along with a can of water chestnuts. Oh, and garlic. Minced garlic, since my hubby pretty much demands garlic in everything. Aside from the soup, I didn't double anything (except that the cut of meat was just over a pound, but that's really here nor there.) I did serve this over rice-a-roni, but it really doesn't need anything to go 'with' it. Definitely add some water chestnuts. It makes a 3.5 star dinner .... well, 4. It adds that UMPH! the recipe lacks.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 14, 2010
Caramel Apple Pork Chops
Deeeeelicious. Tender and juicy, with just a little bit of sweetness. I'm lazy, though, and didn't make any sort of caramel. I just mixed the apples with the brown sugar and some pumpkin pie spice (apple would be awesome too!) and dumped it on the chops once they were nicely brown. I think the secret here is controlling the heat and not allowing things to progress too far before you're ready. A slow oven (250 degrees) for 15-20 minutes and they came out perfect. I basted what little 'juice' that was this delicious marriage between brown sugar and the butter into and man, these were good! Really easy, too.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2010
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