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Dijon Mustard Crusted Pork Chops | Welcome Back Blog!

2 Aug

This blog post marks my renewed promise to begin blogging again when I cook meals that are blog worthy. I forgot how much fun it is to share my laughable attempts to cook a ‘good dinner’ … and to chronicle that via photography and this here little blog of mine. Do you KNOW how many people search for Julia Child garlic mashed potatoes and end up on my blog … oh, about 10-15 a day.  That’s 10-15 people who perhaps prior to my blog had never tasted such heaven in their mouths! So… I blog. And, I hope my posts bring laughter, creativity and an urge to try something out of the box!

 

Tonight my friends, one of my favorite {and simple} recipes: Dijon Mustard Crusted Pork Chops.  Now, you can use bone-in or bone-out but my personal favorite are bone-out, thick cut pork chops. Mmm, delish.  In my house, you have to disguise pork as something wonderful and amazing or the foodie bf may turn his nose.  So, rest assured knowing that this recipe may get a pork-loather into a pork-lover {ha, isn’t that clever}

 

You will need: A box of some kind of “shake n’ bake” style crumbs for pork. The ones I used tonight were Kraft brand, ‘extra crispy.’  A jar/bottle of Dijon mustard. Which, I’ve used everything from fancy Dijon to the spicy brown stuff to grey poupon. Just use what you have handy. Although, I don’t think I’d recommend yellow mustard. That could be disastrous. And of course you need the pork chops!!!

 

Disregard the directions on the box and follow me … tempting I know … Instead of using egg to make the shake n’ bake or ‘oven fry’ stick to the chops, coat your chops in a very good helping of mustard. Make sure you get all the sides too! Slather it on good and don’t be shy.  Then, just how you would imagine, plop the chop down in the crumbs and cover it well. Once you’ve done this with all the chops, lay them on a cookie sheet that you’ve sprayed with a bit of cooking oil.

 

So, after this:

 

 

This…

 

 

And this …

 

 

You end up with ….

 

 

Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes.  I’m afraid of pink pork {thanks, mom} so I cook mine longer, sometimes too long.  But, I’m sure you can judge the ‘doneness’ of your own pork.  Serve with whatever you’d like … tonight I made boiled red potatoes with salt and butter and some peas I found in the pantry because I was too lazy to shuck corn.  {Now, that’s a mental picture for those of you who know me … shucking corn!} Anyhow… here’s my finished product:

 

And, after dinner … she rested. Enjoy ya’ll!  {And welcome back to Emerging Domesticity}

Hello Hairy Visitor

17 Apr

 

Dear Blog,

I’ve missed you.

Love,

Emerging Domesticity!

 

It’s sad when it takes a posting on Facebook to realize that you haven’t touched your blog in weeks. I thought that I would be a great “multi-blogger” .. but, my goodness .. I don’t want to send junk out into the blogosphere, I gotta put some thought into it … and that, my friends, takes time! Not to mention, I haven’t cooked anything new in weeks…

So, yesterday was a beautiful day. Perfect for riding around with the top down, sunglasses on, singing at the top of my lungs – also good for early dinners sitting on a deck enjoying the marshside view. Yes, we went to a tourist trap, seafood restaurant where we succumbed to crab legs and Corona. We also ordered a “Captains Plate” where you got a sampling of different seafood – unfortunately – we found a little curly hair of a visitor on our food and had to send it back. YUCK! Way to spoil a nice dinner…. Needless to say, I may have to stick to cooking at home for a little while. At least then if we found a hair in our food – it would be mine! Ugh…

Well… Thats all for this post. Lets see what I can come up with for dinner tomorrow. You may see a great post outta that!

 

Scattered – Smothered – Covered, Amen!

30 Mar

This was my dinner last night… Just thought I’d share!

Dijon Mustard Pork Chops

12 Mar

Yes, I’ve been missing in action. And, I was terribly depressed this evening when I logged onto my blog stats and saw how low my numbers had fallen. Don’t run away yet … I’m just adjusting to a new blogging schedule where I have to find time for my personal blog and the blog I’m writing for my new job which hopefully will translate into $$!

Needless to say, I thought of you all when I cooked tonight. {Yes, I actually cooked!} Pork Chops were on sale at the grocery store … and being the thrifty person I am {ha} I decided tonight would be a great night for Dijon Mustard Chops! They are so simple, that you just may laugh at me!

You will need: Boneless Pork Chops {I prefer thick cut}, a jar of Dijon Mustard, and a package of plain Shake-n-Bake or something similar. All you are going to do is coat the pork chops in the mustard, roll them around in the crumbs, and bake at 450 for approx 20-25 minutes depending on thickness. Piece of Cake. May I repeat: Piece.of.Cake! I served mine with steamed asparagus and some mashed potatoes. And, it all worked out nicely. No, I didn’t take a picture .. because I just plain forgot… But, I’m sure you will forgive me. Not much to see .. just a tasty pork chop!

Hope you all are doing well. Spring is in the air. I can not wait for some warmer weather. I took a little walk on the beach the other day with the dog and let him run around and play in the water. It was so nice to be outside enjoying the afternoon without freezing my toosh off! …. I have a recipe for Seafood Gumbo that I really want to try this weekend. There are some ingredients that I’m not too sure of, and some that I haven’t cooked with before… so it should prove to be very interesting. I WILL take picture! Until then… Night, Ya’ll!

Momma Says “Red Meat and Chocolate!”

6 Mar

 

I may officially be turning into my mother. When we used to go on mini-vacations {every other month or so} our treat to each other would be red meat and chocolate… Tonight, that is exactly what I wanted! And, let me tell you, that is exactly what I got! Now, my mother and I differ on how we like our meat cooked. She will send a steak back if it even remotely “moo’s” at her … I on the other hand, like it to “moo” at me, I just don’t want it to run off the plate!

 

 

You’re viewing the best meal I’ve cooked in months!! Medium-Rare Filet {ok, the foodie bf grilled that for me}, creamed spinach, and garlic whipped potatoes. And, yes… I’m too lazy to wash wine glasses, so those are good ol’ juice glasses. Wine tastes the same no matter what glass it comes in!  And, further back is a nice basket of warm french bread. Who’s a good domestic goddess? Yes, that would be me! And, to top it all off .. I’ve got brownies baking in the oven with some Vanilla-Bean Ice Cream in the freezer waiting to be added to the bowl! Goodness… I deserve and award tonight! {ha ha}

 

Anyhow, I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. I have to tell you, it is so nice to relax and be lazy and enjoy this beautiful weather we are having right now. I can only hope that full-spring gets here soon, soon, soon! I’m ready to put the top down, put some big sunglasses on, turn the girly music up, and sing at the top of my lungs!! Night ya’ll

 

By the way … you can find recipes for the potatoes and spinach on my blog  HERE and HERE … Enjoy!

Broken Down Chicken Casserole

1 Mar

 

Oh, honey … I’m cooking!

 

Call me plain-Jane, I made Chicken Casserole again. Although, I did experiment with some new flavors tonight {just not by choice}… So, I made a pit-stop at the grocery store on the way home from work tonight and grabbed some frozen broccoli, fresh chicken, and a can of chicken broth. What’s better than a casserole when you have no idea what to make but need to cook something filling that piles all the meat and veggies into one big heap?? Casserole it is. Needless to say, when I got home, I had run out of pepper and cheddar cheese. Great. Just my lucky day. So the improv began. No pepper? Ahh… how about some Montreal Chicken Seasoning. No cheddar cheese? Ahh… how about some shredded swiss? And while we’re at it, lets add a bit more rice this time too… And what does this give you? One really really bland casserole. I swear it was like eating plain chicken and rice. Thankfully, I made a salad and heated up some frozen French dinner rolls to supplement said casserole. Ehhh… I can’t win when I try new things without a recipe. I NEED RECIPES. And, I need to follow them! Otherwise we end up with concoctions like Bland Chicken Casserole a-la Domestic Goddess. Blah!

 

Tomorrow is an uber busy day. I’ve got a list of to-do’s that stretches across this room … but you know I love that. Hope you all had a great day & a better dinner than me! In closing … my list:

  • Buy more cheddar cheese
  • Go to Petsmart – Dog needs wet food. {My dog eats half wet/half dry. And, it has to be mixed REALLY well or he will pick out the dry pieces and lay them on the floor. Spoiled}
  • After a week of sitting in the dryer, the dry clothes are probably ready to be folded and put away
  • Clean this computer screen
  • Random Fact: My first car died on the side of the interstate. My mom always told me if it ever died, to take out anything that had my name on it and leave it there. {It was old, old, old} So, thats exactly what I did and the next day I called a tow-truck and he paid ME $100 to keep it. Match made in heaven.

Social Media Bandwagon + Potassium

28 Feb

 

Warning: This post is not at all food related. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I ate a good meal. Shhh!

 

Well my friends, we meet again. I have nothing food related to speak of today, or for the last few days for that matter. I honestly couldn’t tell you when the last good meal I had was … Tonight, I fed foodie bf boxed macaroni and cheese with tuna in it. {Gotta get that protein somewhere!} That was about an hour ago, and I’m already hungry. But, I don’t seem to have the energy to go to the store and my brain is wildly consumed with Social Media. {Enter picture at right, lol} I feel like one of those 80’s drug commercials: “This is your brain. This is your brain on Social Media!” I’ve probably told you a  million times now, I’m overly excited about my new career because it lets me use my Marketing degree in ways I haven’t used it in years! {gosh, I sound old} So far this week, I’ve set up a Facebook Fan Page {137 followers so far!}, set up a Blog and wrote a few entries, wrote content pages for our new website {still about 5 weeks from launching}, set up a YouTube page and recorded a few videos, updated our profiles on pages like LinkedIn, set up a Twitter account and started “tweeting,” and last but not least .. worked a full 40 hour week. Someone tell me where in that week I was supposed to find time to COOK! {ha ha}

 

Anyhoo… things have been crazy, but that’s the way I love it. It makes me work harder and more efficient and it makes my days happy and brings nights of good sleep! However, in the meantime I think I need to buy some stock in McDonalds and Starbucks .. they seem to be fueling me these days.

 

Lastly, I got such a great response to my “List” post the other day that I thought I would leave you with a few items off my current list… Night Ya’ll

 

  • Buy bananas to help with leg cramps from wearing high-heels all day. {Potassium baby!}
  • Invest in better mascara remover.
  • Buy replacement disks for the dogs Pedi-Paw nail trimmer. {Yes, it works and he LOVES it!}
  • Is it possible to get a tan just from driving by the tanning bed, because I’ve decided I really don’t want skin cancer.
  • Organize contacts and addresses for mass mailing introducing our new business.
  • Find printer for said mass mailing.
  • Close eyes and dream for a professional chef to appear in my kitchen. {psh!}
  • Random Fact: I’m terrified of mascots. You know the kind you see at professional sporting events or carnivals. Hate them.

Carne Asada {Picture Tutorial}

21 Feb

 

It was almost warm today! And, nothing makes me happier than a sunny day! Last year, I really got into a Carne Asada kick… we were living near the beach, and almost every weekend during the summer we would marinade some beautiful meat, head to the beach for a few hours, and come home and cook some delicious Carne Asada & Cheese Dip, and drink a few Coronas! It really was the perfect plan for a summer weekend! We hadn’t cooked this meal in what seems like forever so, when I saw the sun out this morning … I knew it was the perfect time! {And, I hadn’t blogged about it yet… oh, ya the pictures!}

 

According to Wikipedia, Carne Asada literally means “roasted meat” … My definition? … Heaven! Let me show you why…

 

You will need:

{Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.com}

  • 2 pounds of Skirt Steak
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (I’m a garlic lover, I used approx 7-8 cloves)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 large handful of cilantro, finely chopped {There is great flavor in the stems – don’t be afraid to chop them too}
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

And, here’s what you do!

Lay the skirt steak out on a flat surface and season generously with salt and pepper. Rub it in with your hands. Let the meat sit while you make the marinade. To make the marinade, combine all the above ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

{are the striations on this skirt steak not the most beautiful things you have ever seen?}

 

Once you have completed the marinade, pour over the meat in a bowl or dish which you can cover.

 

 

Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. {Trust me, it’s worth it!} Meanwhile…. let’s talk about Cheese Dip {yes, please}

 

If I had known how easy cheese dip was to make, I would have made it years ago … {and, I’d be a heck of a lot larger than I am now!} This dip an amazing appetizer to this Carne Asada … and will hold you down until the meat is ready. Just grab a few Coronas and you’ll be alright! To make the cheese dip you will need:

 

  • Cajun Chef – Nacho Slices Jalapenos, minced {2-3 large spoonfuls}
  • 1/2 pound Ground Beef
  • Approx 1/2 pound of White American Cheese
  • Milk

The process is crazy simple – Set yourself up with a double boiler. If you don’t have one, get two pots {one smaller than the other} fill the bigger one half full with water, and float the other one inside it. You just don’t want to burn the cheese – and puting it directly on the burner will do that! … Cube the cheese, mince the jalapenos, and brown the ground beef.

Add the cheese and jalapenos. Add milk until the cheese cubes are about halfway covered.

Let cheese cook slowly until fully melted – then add meat. Cook a little bit longer on low, string occasionally. Serve with corn chips.

 

 

Now, back to the meat!!! After you let the meat marinade for 3-4 hours, prepare your grill {or if cooking inside, a large fry pan}. Remove the meat from the marinade and try to get excess off so it  does not burn. Grill meat for a few minutes on each side. Depending on thickness. This should only take a few minutes total. When done, remove from heat and let sit for approx 5 minutes.

 

 

To Serve: Warm some corn tortillas in a fry pan over medium/high heat for approx 20-30 seconds each side. Serve with chopped cilantro and onion. {Yes, in America you’d be piling on the sour cream and cheese, but think outside the box. This is how it is served at roadside stands, and it’s good – I promise}

 

 

I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we do! There is something about this meat that is so delicious. And, combined with the cheese dip and some good ‘ol Corona .. it is the perfect meal for a sunny day or summer afternoon! Keep your fingers crossed – warmer weather coming our way! Night ya’ll!

Pub-Grub: American Style

18 Feb

 

There is something to be said about great bar-food. And, different countries have different ideas as to what constitutes bar-food. I remember traveling to Ireland and before leaving the United States hearing many of my friends and family tell me that I couldn’t miss the “pub-grub.” Now, pub-grub is completely different that the bar-food we have in the states. In Ireland, Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, and Corned Beef Sandwiches fall into the pub-grub category. Tell me where in the States you can go and get Shepard’s Pie in a bar at 2am? I mean really, where? The bars there have so much more character and life to them. I loved stopping in  random, hole-in-the-wall type bars and enjoying the music, camaraderie, and FOOD!

 

In the States, every greasy concoction and fried nugget of golden greatness is considered bar-food. Think about it: wings, cheese sticks, onion rings, cheesy dips … fat, fat, fat, grease, grease, grease! Not that pub-grub in Ireland is any healthier … but you feel like your eating a yummy meal. {and you know it all goes great with Guinness!}

 

I have to admit, the reason I’m even ON this topic is because that is exactly what I made for dinner tonight. American bar-food. {gasp} We had some really great wings {the frozen kind because I’m really lazy} and some ah’mazing homemade Yukon Gold french fries. This domestic goddess even remembered she had celery left in the fridge from the stew I made a week ago, and cut it up into slivers to serve with the wings! {what a great domestic feat, not} All in all though, it was a pretty darn good meal. Quick, cheap, filling, and now I won’t have to go out to a bar for at least another six months… {ha ha}

 

 

Hope you all are looking forward to Friday as much as I am. And, I hope you’re all warming up … it’s been too cold for too long & I’m ready for the Spring/Summer! I’m sure you all can agree! … Until next time, Night Ya’ll

Monday Night Musings

15 Feb

 

Have you officially hit rock bottom when you eat a microwave-able miniature sausage biscuit for breakfast and a bologna sandwich for lunch? {By the way, I only know how to spell bologna because of the Oscar Mayer song we used to sing as kids!}

 

It seems the theme of my blog the last few weeks has been how to incorporate being busy and working full time with being a domestic goddess. Perhaps my definition of “domestic goddess” will change over time. I have so much going on right now that food and eating in general are just after thoughts to my day. Once I get home from work, change into sweats and finally sit down … all of a sudden my brain say “food!” and I grump’ily roll along.

 

I did eat a piece of the most amazing Carmel Cake the other day. I’d love to learn how to make it. The whole cake seemed to be dipped in a Carmel “frosting” that had a texture almost like a chocolate shell on an ice cream …{mmm, I need to roll of this couch to Dairy Queen!}  If anyone reading has a recipe or knows where I could find a great one, please let me know!

 

Lastly, I’m really excited because my mom found a cookbook from one of my favorite restaurants in our hometown. She’s mailing it to me because it has a recipe for Gumbo in it that I can not wait to make. I’ve been craving this gumbo so much that I seriously contemplated calling the restaurant to see if I could get them to ship me some. One time I even packed a whole cooler of it and drove it 4 1/2 hours home on ice! Now – that is LOVE!

 

Oh, and as a final thought – I had full intentions of baking cookies for Valentines Day that I was then going to ice to look like those little conversation hearts you get when you are in elementary school – yeah, didn’t get around to that either! ha ha {Story of my Life}

 

Night Ya’ll