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The Taste of Now: Apple & Sage Pork Chops

Christmas is almost here and while I need to finish shopping I also need to pack. Spending the holidays with family is very important to me. Holidays always bring about food memories. One of those memories is watching my grandma use the apples we picked and cook them with pork chops. Since the weather is getting chilly we decided on pork chops for Sunday dinner.

We don’t usually post our Sunday dinners but we decided to try something new. Sunday dinners are a really big thing in my family. Even though I’m hours away from them my sister and I make sure that we keep the tradition going for Pumpkin and Snickerdoodle. This may become a weekly thing for us. We cut the recipe in half so it will make 4 servings.

Apples and pork chops go well together so we decided to combine them add a few other seasonings to the mix. This sweet and savory combination is will make your taste buds very happy. The aroma of the seasonings while cooking is amazing, if your windows are open you just might make your neighbor jealous.

Apple & Sage Pork chops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 tsp. rubbed sage                                               2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. crushed thyme leaves                                 1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp. paprika                                                      2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt                                                            4 pork chops, 1-inch thick ( about 1 1/4 lb.)
2 tbsp. olive oil                                                   1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 red apples, thinly sliced                                1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, all the spices and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Season both sides of pork chops with 1 1/2 tbsp. of seasoned mixture. ( You will use the rest later)
  3. In a large skillet, cook pork chops in hot oil on medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Remove pork chops from skillet.
  4. In the same skillet, add onions ; cook and stir 3 minutes, or until tender. Add apples; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining seasoned mixture until well blended. Return pork chops to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until desired doneness.

Note: You don’t have to use pork chops, you can try chicken too.

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Taste Test Tuesday: Harry and David Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix

Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. We hope your week is starting off great. Last week we talked about Pumpkin bread and butter. This week it’s more pumpkin for you. Another visit to our local Harry and David store landed us some Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix.



These pancakes were pretty good. You could take the all spice, nutmeg and the ginger in them. All you have to do is add water. We know some people have questions about how flavored pancake mixes really taste, well we can assure you that this one really tastes like Pumpkin Spice.

The bag says it makes 18 pancakes, but as you can see we made our pancakes pretty big. So instead 18 we made 8 large ones. Next time we’ll try for regular size pancakes and we are thinking of adding walnuts or pecans to the batter, and cream cheese butter on top.

To finish off breakfast we added some fluffy cheese eggs to the plate. You can’t go wrong with these fluffy pancakes, and they even taste good if you have to reheat them.

Kids love them too. That’s my pumpkin (my nephew, Antonio) enjoying his Harry and David Pumpkin Spiced pancakes.

Check your local Harry and David stores for this pancake mix. Unfortunately it is not located on their website just yet. It’s $6.95 for a 13oz. bag or 2 for $12.