Crispy Pork Chops

This recipe has become a family favorite around here! In fact it’s on the menu for tonight! They are easy, quick and delicious. Serve with mashed potatoes or potato wedges! Thank you Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) for your delightful recipe. I love you!

pork chops

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 8 pork breakfast chops
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter

How To:

  • Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops.
  • Combine the flour and some cayenne, salt and black pepper. Dredge each side of the pork chops in the flour mixture, and then set aside on a plate.
  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add the butter. When the butter is melted and the butter/oil mixture is hot, cook 3 pork chops at a time, 2 to 3 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook until the chops are golden brown on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes (make sure no pink juices remain). Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining pork chops.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Scones EVER!

scone

Often times scones can be dry and crumbly. Not these!! These are the best scones you’ll ever have. Great served with a real cup of British tea!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg

How To:

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.

In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.

Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles or you can use a biscuit cutter; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature

 

The Perfect Cup of Tea!

teaOne of my very favorite things to do is drink a cup of tea with friends and family! I have been drinking tea for decades. As a British born woman, I was raised on tea. I remember drinking tea, albeit weak and milky when I was a wee little one!

As an adult, and now American citizen, my tea drinking ways remain the same!

I have shared many cups of tea, with many friends, and boy if those cups could speak! We have laughed in our tea; cried in our tea, talked about boys with our tea; spilled our tea; had tea in the hot tub while sharing girly secrets; had tea while watching movies during sleep overs; I even made tea on an all girls camping trip, complete with china cups!

Tetley tea is my favorite, although it has to be British Blend.  It is essential for a cup of tea to have a splash of milk and a teaspoon of sugar. Tea can never be made in the microwave! Microwave tea is an unpardonable sin!!

I can not count the number of people I have converted to my tea drinking ways, since moving to the United States over twenty-five years ago! So I thought I’d see if I can get a few of you to join me also! Here is the correct way to make a cup of tea.

What you need:

  • Boiling water either from a stove top or electric kettle.
  • A teapot
  • A tea cozy (not required, but keeps the pot hot)
  • Teabags
  • A teacup (preferably something light and not too muggish!)
  • A dash of milk (not cream)
  • A teaspoon of sugar

How to:

Boil the water until it is rolling. Pour a little water into the pot, swirl and dump out. This warms the pot and keeps your tea nice and hot.

Place teabags into pot and fill with boiling water. Stir slightly. If you have a cozy, place it over the pot now.

Allow the tea to sit for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile pour a little milk into the bottom of your cup and add your sugar.

Stir the tea in the pot and pour directly into your cup.

Stir to dissolve the sugar.

Sip, relax and enjoy!

 

 

Creamy Garlic Chicken

I’ve always said church ladies are the best cooks! It’s all of the potlucks we have! This recipe was given to me by a special lady when we lived in Alaska. It is a once and a while indulgent dish, and so worth the calories! Just do a few extra jumping jacks!

fettuccine_alfredo_420Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1C butter
  • 6 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 32oz sour cream
  • 3C shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1T flour
  • 1T dried marjoram
  • 1t dried basil
  • 1t dried oregano

How to:

Melt one stick of butter in a deep skillet and add three cloves of garlic. Cook for a minute until fragrant.

Add the chicken to the pan and cook until browned. Take out the chicken and set aside. Add the rest of the butter and garlic to the pan.

In a separate bowl combine the sour cream, cheese, and flour. Once combined add to the melted butter and garlic mixture. Add herbs and chicken and let it simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve over hot fettuccini noodles.

Strawberry Muffins

strawberry muffins

These muffins were the result of a strawberry picking trip the kids and I did last year! They are so, so, so GOOD!

INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries

Topping
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

HOW TO:
Put the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400°F. Line a 12 -18 muffin tin with paper or foil baking cups.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and whisk to blend.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Lightly stir the sour cream mixture into the dry ingredients with a spatula until the batter just comes together; do not overmix. Gently stir in the strawberries. The batter will be thick.

Divide the batter among the muffin cups, using the back of a spoon or a small spatula to settle the batter into the cups. The batter should mound a bit higher than the tops of the cups.

For the topping: In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Sprinkle a generous 1/2 tsp. of the cinnamon-sugar mixture over each muffin.

Bake the muffins until they’re golden brown, spring back most of the way when gently pressed, and a pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes.

Quick and Easy Stromboli

stromboli

If your family is anything like mine then pizza night is a weekly occurrence! If you are pinching pennies or want something a little different, this is a great option! It’s a fun activity for you to do as a family, the kids love adding their own fillings.

Ingredients:

pizza dough
(I get mine from the grocery store deli. One ball make one large Stromboli or two individual size)
pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
pizza toppings of your choice (if doing veggies cook them up to release some of the liquid before stuffing your dough)
How To:
Roll dough out relatively thin. Spread a very thin layer of pizza sauce over the dough (I make my own, but store bought works good too) sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the dough leaving about a 1/4″ around the edges. Layer your pepperoni or whatever else you like for toppings (I find simple is best) Carefully roll it up from the long end. Tuck the ends under and pinch the seam that runs down the middle. Cut small air holes about 2″ apart along the top. Brush with olive oil sprinkle with a LITTLE garlic salt (optional). Put on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for approx 20mins until the Stromboli is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling out!! Let it sit for about 5 minutes before cutting it.
ENJOY!