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”

Note To Self…

Post-Thanksgiving Tips

This will be our third year of hosting Thanksgiving. The first year we did it was also the first year we knew about my husband’s gluten-intolerance, so I really had my work cut out for me. I wanted to make all of our traditional dishes, but that wasn’t always do-able, so I tried new recipes and modified old recipes. I did a LOT of research on all things turkey-feast-related. From how to make stuffing from scratch (using GF bread cubes), to how many potatoes we would need, and picking just the right desserts. Pretty much everything went well, portions and leftovers were just about right. Year one was a great success, considering. Continue reading “Note To Self…”

Rice, Rice, Baby!

Rice Pudding

I love foods that take me back in time and remind me of when I was a kid. Rice pudding is one of those things, and it’s a recipe I often forget about, as I think many people do. I was picking through my stack of recipes trying to decide what to make next, and found my trusty old rice pudding recipe. I knew this was the one to share next!

This is a great recipe for a number of reasons: cost, time, effort – and the ingredients are things most people have on hand. It includes cooked rice, milk, sugar, an egg, a touch of butter and vanilla. Plain ingredients that add up to a beautiful and cozy feel-good treat. The rice can be leftover or made fresh, and the cooking is done on the stove top. Some people prefer the baked version, but I like this one best. I think the texture is better, plus I can eat it sooner. Valid point, right? Continue reading “Rice, Rice, Baby!”