kjpepper: (The House)
Mr. Alfred Browne is well pleased. Two of his daughters are home to entertain him, he very much enjoyed the brunch of cheese/pepper/tomato omelettes, country bacon, home fries and fresh strawberries (sort of continuing the theme of the weekend on my own, lol), and both his cell and the home phone has been ringing off the hook as his children, grandchildren, siblings, lady friends and extended family have called to pay their tributes, lol. I got many effusive compliments on the brunch, so I am well pleased, especially since for a bit it looked like the potatoes were going to be failcakes.

Goddamn it, somehow I still haven't gotten the memo that I am no longer cooking for four people who tend to have third helpings. I'm constantly overestimating how much ingredients I need, and this morning was annoyed because I bought and cut up five gigantic potatoes for the home fries when I really only needed two medium sized ones. Ah well, Dad will have plenty of leftovers for the week.

Am now trying to summon the will to go out and get a car charger for the Preciousssss for the trip tomorrow. I honestly would rather sleep, and Ruthy says I should do it tomorrow on my way to pick up the car, but I know what I'm like, if I leave it, it won't happen. Problem is it's Sunday, and if I'm going all the way to J&R, I gotta leave soon - they close at 6:30. 'Course, the drive from White Plains is only two and a half hours, chances are I might not even need the charger, and once the battery dies, I'll be well within the range of 99.3. Hmm. you know, maybe I'll just skip it - I did have the iPod + iTrip going during the hour and a half I was cooking and only used up a third of the battery... yeah you know what, never mind, lol. I shouldn't spend that kind of money anyway.

You know, with that decided and Dad thoroughly spoiled, I think I'm going to go have a nap. You can really tell you're tired when after three mugs of coffee you still feel like warmed over death through the caffeine buzz...
kjpepper: (om nom nom)
So I have definitively put paid to Dad's conviction that I can't cook. Yes, he's been under this misconception for a while now. Granted I've been kind of too lazy to disprove him, plus I knew once I started up, he'd start expecting 5 course meals every night, and well, no.

Anyway, early this week he was all "Andee... I'm in the mood for pork chops. Can you make those?"

Granted I'd never tried before, but I was willing to give it a go. A girl's got to expand her dead thing repertoire.
3-5 medium-large pork chops (bone optional)
3 cloves garlic
black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons butter or olive oil
1 cup apple juice
1 large cooking apple (I used a golden delicious - seems like the sweeter the better)

Core and dice the apple. put the pieces aside.
Mince the garlic. Mix 1/2 of it up with the apple and divide into as many portions as you have chops. Rub the other half into chops.
Coat skillet with oil/butter. drop in as much apples and garlic as you can fit chops into skillet. Add black pepper. Sauté over high heat until apples are evenly brown.
Turn down heat slightly. add apple juice. Push apples to one side and add chops. Pile cooked apples on top of chops. Brown for two minutes, scrape off apples, flip chops over, pile apples back on, brown for two more minutes. Turn down heat to medium low and cover. Cook chops for five minutes. scrape cooked apples off, flip chops, put apples back, cook for five more minutes. Remove from heat and move chops and apples to plates.

Serve with rice and veggies. Pan juices are very nice over basmati rice.

I think next time I will take [livejournal.com profile] captainlove's suggestion and add some light wine to the mix as well. If anyone does this before I do, feel free to tell me how it comes out.

Dad is now going to be complaining to everyone that will listen that I'd been holding out on him, lol. My sisters are all going to be like "*rolleyes* We TOLD you, Dad." Well, he'd been telling/complaining to everyone that I couldn't cook. It finally needled me in the pride, and we all know what fabulous things I will achieve out of sheer spite. Anyway, the above was quite delicious, and because I haven't yet adjusted down from cooking for 4+ to cooking for two, there are plenty of leftovers. :P

Once again, like everything else, I need to cook more. I actually had a good time this evening in the kitchen with iPod+iTrip playing through the kitchen radio singing like a bird and forcing the stove to do my bidding. And now back to punching pinholes into paper....

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