I'm giving you fair warning people. Unfortunately this will be the last post for a little while, at least until we get to Oregon, hook up to internet service and most importantly, once we have a kitchen to cook in. From what I hear, the renovation's running a tad behind through no fault of the contractor I might add. He's been a true gem, and he's had a lot of unexpected issues to deal with. Buying a 40 year old house is kinda' like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna' get.
Because I won't be cooking for Big Guy for a while, I thought I'd make last night's dinner memorable for him so it included all the things near and dear to us - roasted brussels sprout, mashed potatoes, lovely nutty parsnip and more importantly fried pork chops with country gravy. You know the kind of gravy I mean, don't ya. The one that can be whipped up in mere minutes and tastes great with fried chicken, or smothering some nice flakey biscuits. In fact, if I'd had a pan to cook'em in, we would have had those biscuits too.
Anyway, I can't give you recipes for last night's dinner because it's all off the cuff, so I'll just tell you what I did, OK? The chops were lovely three quarter inch bone in beauties that I coated in flour seasoned with a little sage, thyme, marjoram and salt and pepper then fried in a hot pan in a smidge of butter. Ten minutes did the trick for the chops, then I kept them warm in the oven while I whipped up the gravy. A little more butter in the same pan, chopped onion sauteed until translucent, followed by a couple tablespoons of the seasoned flour made a nice thick roux. About a cup and a half of milk along with a package of chicken Flavor Boost (I know, I love the stuff so it's used a lot around here), a splash of water and a little more time on the element to bubble and dinner was ready.
Big Guy's comments "it was good comfort food...just the way we like it".
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