Sunday, March 27, 2011

Today's Meal

Hello fellow foodies:

Today we held a small homage to the pig, and no I didnt eat him, but my family loved him up :) (glad to help, but not my thing).  So if you are a piggie-lover or -liker, here's a nice healthy choice for you:  baked boneless pork chops, green beans and mashed sweet potatoes.  Finish up with my sister's namesake: the Hayes Classic :)

Shopping List
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chop (I prefer boneless, but if you like the bone, go on)
Smoked Turkey Necks (if you want to try smoked ham or pork meat, go ahead, but heavier salt content)
Cool Whip
Cream Cheese, 6-8 oz packages
Frozen French Cut Green Beans
Canned or fresh sweet potatoes (one of the few veggies I buy canned)
Heavy Cream (if you dont want to, use skim milk {less fat but still yummy})
Graham Cracker pie crust
Lemon Estract
Yellow Food Coloring
Lemon Chalet Girl Scout Cookies (if you by chance dont have any, find the nearest Girl Scout or sustitute with lemon flavored sandwich cookies)

Jae P's food tip:  Some of the listed items should be in pantry stocked, but if not, start to accumulate the items you will use more and maintain a stocked pantry.  Money saving tip for you.

Baked Boneless Pork Chop

10-boneless, center cut pork chop
Ground Pepper
Ground Oregano
Ground Allspice
Ground Red Pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Season pork chops with other ingredients and let "marinate" for ten minutes. Add small amount of water to pan.  Bake in oven for 40-50 mins.  Let meat rest after you remove from oven at least ten minutes (this step will keep meat juicy).  Serve warm (preferably with veggies listed below).

Jae P's Green Beans

Frozen french cut green beans (you can use fresh green beans too, but you will have to cut them lengthwise at a diagonal to get the french cut style), 1lb bag, two or three bags
Smoked turkey necks, at least 3
Ground black pepper
Ground red pepper
Crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup sugar

Place smoked turkey necks in large pot, add at least 5 cups of water, bring to boil.  Add green beans to boiling water and seasonings.  Return vegetables to boil, then reduce to simmer.  Stir beans occasionally.  The green beans will be cooked throughly on low in 20 min.  (If beans are too sweet, reduce amount of sugar, if too salty, add a pinch more sugar to balance.)  Serve warm.

Pitts Kids' Mashed Sweet Potatoes

3 large cans of sweet potatoes
1 1/2 cup sugar
ground cinnamon
1 cup Heavy cream (or skim milk)

(can mix it up by adding ground or fresh ginger, nutmeg or orange zest)

Boil sweet potatoes in canning liquid until tender, approximately 10-15 min (if you used fresh sweet potatoes, will have to boil longer, approximately 25-30 min, make sure you cut sweet potatoes into cubes).  Drain the liquid and return potatoes to pan.  Mash the potatoes with a fork or masher.

Stir in the sugar and cinnamon until mixed.  Slowly stir in the cream, pausing every one-third cup to blend well. (if you want a thinner consistency, add more cream; if you want a thicker consistency, add less).  Serve warm.

Baked pork chop, green beans and mashed sweet potatoes

Jae P food tip:  If you can have dessert with dinner, HAVE dessert with dinner.  Makes dinner that much more fun, and who DOESNT like dessert?

Hayes Classic

2- 8 oz packages cream cheese
4 oz Cool Whip

Hayes Classic without fruit

1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Graham cracker pie crust

Cream the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla (if the cream cheese is not soft, place in microwave for 30 seconds, also start beating the cream cheese and sugar on low so sugar does not fly everywhere).  Fold in the Cool Whip and beat on low until combine.  Spread the mixture into the pie crust.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.  Serve with or without fresh fruit (if you use a frozen fruit blend, ensure that the fruit is thawed, the juices from the fruit mixed with the pie is delicious).

Well I hope you enjoy making and remixing our favorites.  I know my sister will enjoy remaking her namesake ALL the time (smiles).  Next time I will share my other sister's namesake: the Hamilton Delight!

From my heart and kitchen to yours... Happy cooking.