Saturday, November 1, 2014
Cook It Up Cookbook Challenge - October Edition
I'm hooking up with Beth Fish Reads for Weekend Cooking and Cook It Up: A Cookbook Challenge hosted by Trish Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity
This month was crazy somehow. J was out of town through part of it, we were out of town, I had surgery, Paul had a handful of evening soccer games, Emma was very rarely home, and the Tornado had a couple of evening school events. Needless to say that didn't make for much time to cook dinner. When I was searching around my cookbook stash at the beginning of the month I knew I was going to need to a book that could deliver on quick - both in terms of prep and cleanup. When I came to a couple of battered old cookbooks with those plastic comb bindings I knew I had found exactly what I needed!
Now the 1 I ended using this month, Trim and Terrific American Classics was published in 1996 and is now out of print. Given then age of the book you'd expect a lot of really dated ingredients but apparently Holly was into fresh ingredients before fresh was cool because everything is easy to find and there's not a can of cream of mushroom soup to be found!
Here's the recipe for the Smothered Pork Chops we had the other night:
1 onion, finely chopped (I used about half but really should have listened and used the whole onion)
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 boneless pork chops
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon browning and seasoning sauce (never heard of this but found it by the Worcestershire sauce)
In a skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, saute the onion and garlic over medium heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the pork chops and brown on both sides. Add the water and bring to a simmer. Dissolve the flour in the chicken broth and stir into the skillet. Add the browning sauce to give the gravy a nice color. Cook, covered, over low heat for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender - My pork chops were thin so it was more like 25 to 30 minutes
Makes 6 servings Calories per serving 192
I'm scared of gravy but this was everything a gravy should be - smooth, thick, flavorful, and amazing over mashed potatoes. While this may not be the most impressive dish it was tasty and filling without being to heavy.
In addition to her regular healthy recipes she has books tailored to diabetic diets, those going through cancer treatment and even arthritis. Her freezer friendly book offers tons of great family friendly recipes with instructions for cooking immediately or for freezing/thawing later. She has a number of recipes you can try at her website - Holly Clegg. If you're looking for healthy yet family friendly she's definitely one to check out!