Pork Chops with Maple Apple Cream Sauce

We had these roasted root veggies from the garden with our pork chops

We had these roasted root veggies from the garden with our pork chops

Fall is finally here in Colorado! That subtle shift in the air, that familiar crisp, coolness. I get fall fever pretty bad, wanting all that it brings, comfort food being at the top of the list. The garden is finally popping out the root vegetables that I planted from seed this spring. This was my first ever crop of carrots and beets! Very exciting for a nerdy gardener and cooking geek like myself.

I wanted to accompany our roasted root veggies with one of my sweetheart’s favorite foods, pork chops! Soon pork chops will be needing their own category on the blog! I did a twist on one of my old stand bys with the apples this time, creating an apple cream sauce. It is actually a pretty light sauce with the addition of apple juice to the cream, oh, and maple syrup of course! I found some fancy alder wood smoked sea salt at the grocery store that gives the most subtle, yet distinct smokiness. Here is what I did: (read more)

MelindaPork Chops with Maple Apple Cream Sauce

Scotch Eggs

A decadent treat for breakfast

A decadent treat for breakfast

Scotch Eggs are one of those classic dishes that I had always wanted to try. Partly because of the way they look, and because I am a fan of eggs any style for breakfast. This is most definitely not what your doctor would recommend, eggs swathed in breakfast sausage, breaded then deep fried. I hope Dr. Miller doesn’t see this post. I pan fried mine but you can use a deep fryer ¬†too. I would also recommend baking after deep frying to make sure the meat is cooked through. To accompany these we made biscuits and country gravy. (read more)

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Pork Loin Chops with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

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This luscious smokey sweet raspberry sauce was a spontaneous invention. Tom and I decided to make dinner an event with video instruction. Lights! Camera! Action! Check out our video and let me know what you think.

Ingredients for the marinade:

Juice and zest of half a lemon

1 tbsp. garlic paste (or finely minced garlic)

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 fresh rosemary sprigs

Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the sauce: (read more)

MelindaPork Loin Chops with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce