Fortunately I managed to put dinner on the table without burning down the house! However, I cannot tell a lie or even a small one by omission..... I did burn the first batch of little Ramen noodles I put in the oven to "toast" for the Crunchy Salad. I overcame that setback pretty quickly by crushing up the other half of the package, popping them in the oven and setting the timer for half the time before - worked like a charm!
The pork chops got gone pretty quickly - I almost forgot to get a picture! There's just enough left for us to have for lunch tomorrow. They were very tender, even though they had been frozen and thawed. I have found that often makes chops tougher. I like the fact that they are baked rather than fried :) And the spices were just right, giving them a really nice flavor. When it comes to spices, I have to depend on the recipe to know what it's doing, because I don't cook enough to know if I should add or take out a particular spice.
This is not a recipe for the weight conscious.... it takes TWO sticks of butter! But I'm here to tell you, they were GOOD :) And although the recipe was not particularly easy, it wasn't too terribly complicated either. It was enough that I felt as though I had accomplished something when I was done. But it wasn't so hard that I would shy away from making them again.
With all that butter, I was glad to have my apron on - don't you love it's brightness?!?
No, it's not "loud" - it's just nice & bright!!!
The Crunchy Salad was really, really easy! The recipe called for pre-packaged slaw mix and broccoli slaw mix, and I diced up a small onion to add to them. All I had to mix up was the sauce that went over it - and to toast the noodles of course :) This side dish was not particularly to My Guy's liking, but I liked it very well and was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Both dishes would have made Miss Jennifer at the Red Rooster very proud!
All in all, I felt very happy with my little experiment, even though I made quite a mess and had a pan full of dishes to clean up. My husband says he's never met anyone who could destroy a kitchen as quickly and thoroughly as I can!!!
I'm already contemplating what my new recipe will be next week.......
Hugs & Blessings!