Pork Chops and Tacos

Bob Saves the Day!

I consider myself to be a frugal shopper (usually.) But sometimes, I get a little blinded by the savings and value of a sale, and I forget that I don’t actually like eating certain things.

A month or so ago, we were shopping at Aldi’s (love that store!) and they had a deal on end cut pork¬†chops – on sale and marked down. I couldn’t resist the price! We broke up the package of 8 chops into 3 freezer bags, and cooked up one bag a few nights later. Well. I do enjoy pork, but usually as a roast or ribs. Chops not so much. Not because of the flavor, but because of the fat, gristle, and bone. I’m just never satisfied, and always vow to stick to boneless chops in the future.

Fast forward several weeks, as I peer into our chest freezer. There’s a lot of stuff in there, and it really needs to get eaten or tossed or otherwise cleared out. I’m poking around, and see the remaining 2 bags of chops, and I pull them out to defrost. “We really have to start eating up what’s in that freezer,” I tell my husband. Using¬†wife-speak, I was trying to prepare him for some sub-par meals in the near future. I think I had some sort of unformed fantasy meal using a dutch oven, tomatoes, and magic – that something would click in my brain and I would come up with a super delicious dish I could make with these chops. Continue reading “Pork Chops and Tacos”

Oh My Gosh – It’s Paprikash!

Chicken Paprikash

Like many areas in the U.S., we have gotten a LOT of snow in the last 24 hours. It’s cold, the wind is blowing, and the snow is piling up. It’s a great day to be inside, eating comfort foods and feeling warm and cozy while looking out the window. It’s a great day for Chicken Paprikash!

This is another of those recipes from my childhood. We didn’t have it often (not sure why, since it’s pretty simple), but when we did, it always felt like a special occasion. My mom used to serve it with dumplings, which were loved by all and were awesome just on their own (yay, leftover dumplings!), but when trying to make them with gluten-free flour, they tended to disintegrate. So we substituted the dumplings with gluten free rice noodles, and never even missed the dumplings, because the chicken was THAT GOOD. Continue reading “Oh My Gosh – It’s Paprikash!”

Tastes Like Chicken!

Crockpot Sticky Chicken

I love using the crockpot for meals. When I get home on a weeknight, I want to be able to sit, eat, and relax with the family – not stand in front of the fridge trying to figure out what will be quick and tasty with a minimum of effort. I want semi-instant gratification. And after 6-8 hours in the slow cooker, that meal is pretty darn tender, tasty, and satisfying. And the clean-up is pretty quick and easy, too.

But, flip-side of that is: I get tired of stew-like dishes night after night. We pretty much have a kind of limited repertoire when it comes to slow-cooking, although hopefully that will change in time as I broaden my horizons for this blog. We do soups, stews, roasts, chicken breasts (which always seem dry to me), pulled pork…and that’s pretty much it. So we don’t use the crockpot as often as we could. Continue reading “Tastes Like Chicken!”