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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

do you remember that childhood book Charlotte's Web by EB White? i read the book in 3rd grade. i loved it. almost as much as Harriet the Spy. i liked the idea that animals talked to each other, that they had friendships formed, a daily routine that they stuck to. who knew that a rat could be helpful, or that the goose was such a snob? most importantly, it was beyond amazing to me that a spider could spell better than me. all for a pig named Wilbur. during the weeks that my class read this book, me skipping ahead of the class most nights to see what happened next, i never put the correlation between Wilbur, the pig in the book, to the pork we usually ate for dinner. pork was a fairly routine protein at the dinner table growing up, it's cheap and easily assessable. it never clicked that, whoa the pig i'm hoping is saved in the book may also be the pig i'm chowing down on (thịt kho anyone?) oh the innocence and idealism of a child.

i've cooked with pork before but not much. yes, i've made some pretty awesome pork loin dishes this summer found here and here, but pork chops... they were on sale recently, i grabbed the container and on sunday, while Nuria lazed about nursing a hangover, i busted them out for a quick and easy supper. luckily, i had a few crisp apples to pair with the other white meat, along with leftover kale. it's the personification of Autumn. poor charlotte may have saved her Wilbur but the pig on my plate sunday nite was luscious, cooked just thru and the added sweetness of the apples brought it all home for me.

what childhood books do you recall reading that stays with you still... from just the storyline or what the characters ate?

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Honey Mustard Pork Chops
adapted from The Everything Cooking for Two Cookbook

2 TBL olive oil
2 center cut bone in pork chops
salt and pepper to taste
2 TBL butter
2 apples, cored and cut into wedges
enough Dijon mustard to coat the chops
3 TBL honey

preheat oven to 450F. heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet on a medium high. season pork with salt and pepper, and brown well, about 2 minutes per side. take out of pan, set aside.

wipe out pan and add the butter. heat on medium until it stops bubbling, and add the apples. season with salt and pepper, sauteeing for about minutes or until the apples soften slightly and brown. remove the apples from the pan and keep warm.

mix together the honey and mustard and rub on top of the pork chops. place the chops on a baking sheet and roast for 6 minutes. let rest for a few minutes and serve with the apples on top. (i don't like my food touching so mine was served side by side)

for the kale, i used this recipe.

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4 comments:

  1. Hi Lan,
    Oh wow, I love pork and this looks so good. I especially love the layer of fat that goes around the chops, mmmm. Let's see, I remember to Kill a Mockingbird as a childhood book that I read. I thought it was brilliant!

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  2. does this count? one of my first books was a sort of picture cookbook featuring Snoopy, and it had a "recipe" for freezing rootbeer ice cubes to serve with your root beer. I remember thinking that was just genius. Of course I was about 4 years old.

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  3. HW - to kill a mockingbird is one of my all time fave books, i read it in 5th grade and basically changed my literary life. i graduated to adult books that year.

    Justin - IT IS GENIUS! anything ice cube'd form is genius, your 4 year old self KNEW. :)

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  4. Hi Lan,
    Oh wow, I love pork and this looks so good. I especially love the layer of fat that goes around the chops, mmmm. Let's see, I remember to Kill a Mockingbird as a childhood book that I read. I thought it was brilliant!

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