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Pork Chops and Potatoes

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By the looks of things, you would think that the only stuff I ever try from Pinterest is the recipes, but really it’s just because my family seems to think they need to eat Every. Single. Day. Throw in the fact that I actually don’t like to cook and I suck at meal planning and, well, I just have to use other people’s ideas. So the other day I decided I wanted to make this recipe because we had pork chops, but I didn’t want mashed potatoes. I eventually settled on these potatoes. Now, as a disclaimer, when I “repinned” the potatoes from somebody else, they had different directions in the caption than the actual directions from the original website. So I deleted that little bit of whatnot ¬†and *mostly* followed the actual directions. PSA – It’s a good idea to click through a pin to make sure the caption is accurate if you’re repinning.

THE RESULT

I pretty much followed the pork chop recipe except for the fact that I hadn’t planned ahead, so I threw the chops in frozen and had to separate them once they thawed. It was super easy and quite delicious, though with how long I left them in, the meat was falling off the bones (yay!), and we were fishing a bit of bone out of our gravy. Methinks boneless pork chops would be a good idea.

For the potatoes, I used red potatoes, only did one cookie sheet worth and seasoned them with garlic and parmesan instead of thyme because of the meat we were having. Oh, and I used bacon fat because I was fresh out of duck fat (who that is normal keeps duck fat on hand?!) They were pretty good – if you’re just making one pan like me, don’t bother with moving them back and forth from top to bottom. Just throw them in the oven and pull them out to mix/flip a couple times.

THE VERDICT

They’re both recipes I would try again. In fact, the husband-man even complimented me on the pork chops, which is kind of a big deal because most of the time he just silently suffers through the things I make. :P

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Chicken Cream Cheese Crockpot Stuff

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I recently pinned this “easiest meal ever” and thought I’d try it out since I happened to have everything on hand. Except “1 can of Rotel.” I didn’t even know what that was and had to click on the picture to enlarge it so I could read the can. Turns out it’s a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies. (PSA – If you’re going to post a recipe to the internets, please list the actual ingredients and not just the brand.) Anyhow, I didn’t have a can of “Rotel” but I did have diced tomatoes and I did have green chilies, so in they all went.

THE RESULT

After throwing it all in, it occured to me that there wasn’t much to add flavor, so I added some garlic powder and cumin because it seemed like a good idea.

WHAT I LEARNED

*I prefer food with a bit of flavor.

THE VERDICT

It was…okay. Not gross, but not delicious. My picky eater ate it after much persuasion and bribing. My not-so-picky eater had about 2 bites and decided she was full. My ought-to-be-a-food-critic husband said he thinks it would be better if the chicken went into the crockpot already having had some seasoning (which would mean you’d have to plan ahead enough to have thawed it). I agree. I think perhaps browning the chicken first with some onion and garlic and a bit of salt and cumin could do wonders for this recipe. I have to say though, that it was a bit better the next day. As is, I’d give it about a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1-10. (Yes, that’s actually how we are at my house when we try a new recipe – “So, what do you think?” “Maybe a 5.” “Yeah, me too.”)