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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce

Looong post,
funny story,
great recipe! 


I absolutely LOVE my
Fix It and Forget It Slowcooker cookbook!!!
I've actually had to purchase
a duplicate because I've worn out my orginal.
Crazy, I know.  But true.

Thing is... when I first started cooking for my family,
I didn't have a CLUE as to what I was doing!
I was the youngest of four and
at times, I was the youngest of as many as seven.
(Mixed marriages/families.)
By the time I was old enough to get in the kitchen
and have fun learning how to cook,
my mother just wanted to "get it done."
So I never learned how to cook.
And to make matters worse...
I was one of those... what would you call them...
"picky eaters."
There!  I said it.  I admit it. he he he

My mother always asked me
to at least TASTE what was placed before me.
She never made me eat it if
I didn't care for the flavor or texture.
I can't tell you how much I'm appreciative for this!
At one time, I had a step-father
who made me sit at the table until everything
on my plate was gone.... OR
I sat there at the dinner table until bedtime.
So I've been on both sides of feeding a picky eater.
I can testify to the fact that you can not FORCE
a child to eat anything... it's NOT HEALTHY.

Thanks to my mother, a trust was built
and I knew she wouldn't make me eat anything
that sometimes made me want to puke.
(Sorry to put it bluntly, he he he.)
Let's face it... there is no one on this planet
that enjoys every single thing that is put in their mouth.

Now as an adult, I thouroughly LOVE
at least TASTING new foods and recipes.
That is one reason I love to experiment so much.
I can honestly say
that using the method of
"at least taste it"
with picky eaters REALLY WORKS.
Both of my children were picky eaters as toddlers
and now as a teen and preteen, they pretty much
(remember I still have a "preteen" LOL)
...they pretty much will eat anything I place before them.
It makes my life soooooo much easier
as a cooking mom!

Oh yes... back to my "original" cookbook, he he he.
So I wore out my cookbook because
I would tear out pages of recipes
that we didn't like and I would save the ones we did.
How crazy is that?!

One day I will have to share my method
of cooking experimentation with you
and show you how
I stay organized with my recipes/cookbooks.
It was a learning process but one I've come to enjoy!

Bet you're wanting to know what's in
that photo above that is looking so yummy, huh?
(Actually, I would be amazed
if anyone actually reads this loooong post, he he he)
One of my family favs...
Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce

Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce

4-6 boneless thin pork chops
(I usually have mine cut to 3/4" thick.)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 C white cooking wine
1/4 C H2O
4 oz can mushrooms
2 TBsp quick cooking tapioca
2 tsp Worscestershire sauce
1 tsp beef bullion granules (I use the powder form.)
1/4 tsp minced garlic

Place chops in cooker.  Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chops.  Cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-1/2 to 5 hours.  Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.  Enjoy! 

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