Thursday, January 26, 2012

Taking Time for Mom Thursdays

We're back for another Taking Time for Mom Thursday. I just put the finishing touches on a guest post for The Steady Hand Blog that will appear tomorrow. I'm one of those moms who enjoys her time in the kitchen and I love trying new recipes. My mother-in-law is kind enough to share her Greek recipes, but like me, she seasons to taste, so when asked for one of her recipes it usually looks like "a dash of this, a sprinkle of that."

Cooking and baking for your family can be relaxing if you enjoy it. Even if you don't like spending time in the kitchen, when you have a new recipe to try it at least makes cooking fun. Here is my mother-in-law's recipe for pork chops. If you try it, I would love to hear what you think.


4 - 6 bone-in pork chops
Olive oil
1 Clove of garlic, minced
Lemon juice

Step 1: Saute chops in large pan on the stove in olive oil and butter. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic while browning.

Step 2: Sprinkle with lemon juice and cover tightly. Allow to cook on low until done. See recommended temperatures from the USDA here.

Like I said, "a dash of this, a sprinkle of that." When I make this, I use 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter to saute the chops. I use very little salt because pork is salty anyway. I probably add a 1/2 teaspoon of oregano. I am liberal with the lemon juice and my husband usually adds more once they are cooked because much of it burns off. It's important to keep the chops covered tightly so they retain moisture.

I serve this with rice and green beans. I make rice at the beginning of the week in  my steamer and then just reheat what I need during the week. I use the microwave to steam the green beans, then add a touch of butter and salt.


Rebecca Camarena said...

Great recipe, but won't get anyone in my house to eat pork chops. They're all so picky. Maybe, I should tell them its chicken. haha!

Cheryl said...

Don't laugh, Becky. That's how I got my girls to eat pork for years.

Mayra Calvani said...

Mm... sounds delicious. I'll have to try this one. Do you think the same recipe goes with lamb chops?

Kate Dolan said...

You make it sound so easy! I really don't like to cook most of the time so any recipe sounds like work rather than fun. But we've had more time for family meals lately and that's been nice, so maybe I need to get over my denial about the need to cook dinner and actually PLAN some meals like the one you shared. Thanks!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by Mayra and Kate. I think this recipe would work well for lamb chops, Mayra. I'm fairly certain the Greeks use a similar recipe for Easter lambs, which they serve with mint.

Kate, I never thought I would be one to season to taste, but I've been cooking/baking since I was 12. Over time I've become more adventurous. I've made a few things that have bombed over the years, but overall I've done well. I think it helps when you enjoy it, but even if yu simply tolerate cooking a good recipe is worth it. My MIL is a fabulous cook, and she says she isn't even as good a cook as her MIL was. I can only imagine what "Fi" used to make.

Mayra Calvani said...

I came back to check your response. I think I'm cooking lamb chops tomorrow. I'll have to get the ingredients. I'm out of oregano. I'll let you know how they turn out!