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”

She Sells Sea Salt by the Sea Shore

Salted Caramel Brownies

Not gonna lie – this is one of my most favorite treats yet! I knew it was going to be good, how could it not? Brownies, caramel, salt…yesss! But I was surprised with just how much better than “good” these were! Like, we ate the whole pan, and I’m going to make more tomorrow. We were even scraping the parchment paper to get all the little bits of caramel off it. Ho-lee-cow!

This recipe is a little bit of a cheat. You start with an 8×8 pan of brownies. Homemade, box mix, whatever. I used a box mix of gluten-free brownies from Aldi’s (yay, Aldi’s!) which are really, really good – better than many of the glutinous brownie mixes I’ve had over the years! The brand name is Live G-Free, and they  have a number of GF products in their stores. And every single one that I have tried has been good – not just “good for a gluten-free _______,” but really tasty all on it’s own. Their bread is the shining star – I can’t even tell that it’s gluten-free, and believe me when I tell you that making tasty gluten-free bread is grabbing the brass ring! Continue reading “She Sells Sea Salt by the Sea Shore”

So Two Nuts Walk Into A Bar….

Pecan Pie Bars

Until about 5 or 6 years ago, I was never a big fan of pecan pie. I loved the flavor, but the filling was too sweet for me to really enjoy it. Over the years, I played around with the recipe a bit. Before we went gluten-free, I discovered the perfect proportions necessary to make a buttery, rich filling that had more flavor, less sweetness. I loved that pie, and I usually ate most of it myself. I haven’t made it since, mostly because I stink at making GF pie crusts. Really, I stink at making all pie crusts, and I used to buy the rolled up ones at Aldi’s, which I thought were quite tasty. But I have found that gluten-free pie dough is really sticky and falls apart, and I don’t possess the most basic pie-crust-making-skills, so I fail miserably at the gluten-free version. Whole Foods has GF pre-formed crusts which are good, but they’re pretty expensive, and the store is a good 25-minute drive from our house. So we don’t do much pie-making in this house. Continue reading “So Two Nuts Walk Into A Bar….”