Food for Thought – August 20, 2013

As I write this, today we are celebrating my husband’s 89th birthday. Thanks to all who sent cards. His favorite meat is the pork chop, so I’ll give you a couple of pork chop recipes.

This first recipe is from Doris Heath of Franklin, NC.

Apple-Cherry Pork Chops

2 boneless pork loin chops (1/2-inch thick and 5 oz. each)

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1/8 tsp salt

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2/3 cup apple juice

1 small apple, sliced

2 Tbsp. dried cherries or cranberries

2 Tbsp chopped onion

1 tsp. cornstarch

1 Tbsp. cold water

Rub pork chops with thyme and salt. In a skillet, cook pork in oil 3-4 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Remove and keep warm.

In the same skillet, combine juice, apple, cherries and onion. Bring to boil. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into skillet. Bring to boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Spoon over pork chops.

Yield: 2 servings.

This recipe may be doubled.

The following recipe is from Campbell’s.

Pork Tenderloin with Peaches & Pecan Sauce

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 pork tenderloin (1 lb.) cut into 3/4-inch thick slices

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 green onions

1 can (10-3/4 oz.) Campbell’s Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup

1 can (15 oz.) sliced peaches in juice, drained, reserving juice

3 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp. honey

1/4 cup pecan halves, toasted ad broken in large pieces

Hot cooked rice

1) Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until well browned on both sides. Remove from skillet.

2) Add garlic and onion to skillet. Cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in soup, peach juice, soy sauce and honey. Heat to boil. Cook 5 minutes, or until soup mix is slightly reduced.

3) Return pork to skillet. Stir in peaches. Reduce heat to low. Cook until pork is cooked through. Stir in pecans. Serve pork and sauce with rice. Sprinkle with additional green onion, if desired.

My husband does not like regular rice, so I use yellow rice or mashed potatoes.

I leave you with this last thought from Psalms 9:2: “I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds.”

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Until next time,