Thursday, January 21, 2016

Apple Pie Pork Chops

Tonight I created a delicious pork chop recipe that I am definitely going to make again.  Who doesn't love applesauce with their pork chops?  I wanted that same idea but I cooked it all together.  I poured a jar of homemade apple pie filling over the top of my pork chops. I only had 3 pork chops so I used a 9x9 pan.  I had enough pie filling that I could have covered up to 6 pork chops in a larger pan. We ate the "baked apples" instead of applesauce.  We also had some home canned green beans.

The house smelled amazing while the pork chops were cooking.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

As the new year begins I would like to consistently try new recipes.  I am constantly adding more and more recipes to my Pinterest board so I going to make a point this year to try at least one new recipe a month and then share my experiences with all of you.

This month I tried Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup from 365 Days of Slow Cooking.  I found it on Pinterest.

I ended up having some friends over for dinner so I was a bit nervous about trying something new.  Much to my surprise this recipe was a hit.  I made a few changes to the recipe and next time I will make a few more.  My husband and I ended up eating it all week.  We had several dinners and lunches.

This is what I did that was different from what was on the recipe.

I added 2 quarts of stewed tomatoes that I canned instead of the 2 cans of diced tomatoes.  I did not dice my vegetables small enough so when I pureed them in the blender after cooking them in the crockpot all day they.  I did not sautee them first.  I also used 2 quarts of homemade chicken broth that I canned last spring.

I used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour for my roux. I had never done this before and it made a nice thick roux.  I then whisked in one cup of the soup from the crockpot and then added 3 additional cups.  I then decided to add it all back into the sauce pot instead of back into the crockpot.  I added the parmesan cheese and the I used 1% milk instead of the half and half.  I was afraid that my soup might not be very thick but it ended up being fine. 

I also used the recommendation to puree the soup in the blender.  I should have done it a little longer because my soup had small chunks of vegetables. It tasted fine but it changed the texture.  Next time I will definitely puree it longer and try to thicken the soup a bit more.

We had cornbread with the soup for dinner.  I made some grilled cheese sandwiches to go with the soup when we ate it the next night for dinner.  I also think the soup would be great topped with some seasoned croutons.

I am excited to try this with fresh garden tomatoes next fall! I may even roast them first and throw in a few fresh bell peppers. 
Fresh garden tomatoes & peppers from 2015 season