Date and Apple Honey Bran Muffins

Whether for breakfast or snacking, Date and Apple Honey Bran Muffins answer the question, “What do I want to eat?”. They are full of good tasting and good-for-you ingredients like Medjool dates, apples, honey, toasted pecans and wheat bran.

Date and Apple Honey Bran Muffins | That's Some Good Cookin' When bran muffins first became all the rage as a weapon against cardio-vascular disease, they left a lot to be desired. The word “cardboard” comes to mind. In taste and in appearance, there was often little difference between bran muffins and ground up cardboard. The muffins were low fat/fat free, low sugar, low anything that would make them taste enjoyable. Sad.

But, what the heck, we ate them anyway because they were “good” for us. After all, we’d live forever; our bodies lean and healthy and our arteries clean as a whistle. We were amazingly determined people for a few years. Continue Reading

Smothered Burritos

Smothered Burritos | that's some good cookin'--burrito filled with seasoned ground beef, beans and rice, then topped with spicy sauce and lots of cheese

This is my third attempt at writing this post. Seriously.

In the first attempt I started out relating an interaction that I heard between a father and his four children in Costco recently. The father had the maturity of a 12 year old boy at scout camp. I scrapped that one after the third paragraph.

The second attempt involved a dove which crashed into my dining room window and went home to Jesus. I also included about how my grandsons Continue Reading

Roasted Butternut Squash, Onions, and Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Roasted Butternut Squash, Onions, and Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Something magical happens when vegetables get roasted in the oven. It’s as if the cooking fairy comes around, waves her little carrot wand, and turns common vegetables into food gold.

Food gold. That reminds me of something that I learned in nursing school–gold, or rather gold salts, are sometimes used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Gold salts reduce inflammation, which is the destructive force behind rheumatoid arthritis and some other autoimmune diseases. I suppose that gold salts could be true “food gold”. Just an interesting side note for you to share with someone during one of those uncomfortable lags in conversation. You could start out with something like, “Hey, how about those gold salts for rheumatoid arthritis!”Continue Reading

Ugly Enchiladas with the BEST Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Shredded Beef Enchiladas with the BEST Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Bah! I have seriously been working on this recipe for weeks. Here’s the low down:

  1. The first time I made it, I thought that I was so clever using a pressure cooker. Yea, umm, I was all set to post that one on the day of the Boston Marathon. The recipe was complete with great step-by-step photos using the pressure cooker and as I was preparing to take photos of the finished product, I learned about the bombings. Could my timing have been worse? Definitely could NOT post that one.
  2. The second time around, I decided to use the slow cooker. It worked great, but the photos of the finished product were disappointing.
  3. The next day as I was assembling some more enchiladas to make better “finished product” pictures, my daughter’s baby crisis started and I made the remaining enchiladas for her family, sans the photos.
  4. In light of everything that has happened in my life over the past week, it seemed ridiculous that I was stressing over posting ugly enchilada pictures. Let’s be honest, when you go to a Mexican restaurant, what does the food on your plate look like?????? Messy, ooey, gooey deliciousness, right? Say “yes”. You know it’s true.
  5. If you want to see prettier enchilada pictures, look at the pics on Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Enchiladas. The one above? It’s real life, baby; the way enchiladas really look when I make them for my family — every square inch covered in glory.

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Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}

Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}

Sometimes life comes together in simple, beautiful ways…not often, but sometimes. Times like when you walk outside and the sun is at a perfect angle and there is just a slight breeze and the warmth of the day is just right and the neighborhood is unaccountably quiet and you feel at complete peace. Or maybe like times when you walk into church one Sunday and you just know that God is happy because you can ‘feel’ the joy in the building and you find yourself truly loving the people around you, even the ones that are new to you. Or maybe even sometimes with making a simple dinner for your family, which they love, and which didn’t take any special effort on your part.

Mixing the church comment and the simple dinner comment in the same paragraph may seem odd, but when I made this particular dinner, I felt so peaceful. I think that the peace came because there was no frantic hurry involved with its preparation. For four whole hours I didn’t have to worry about dinner. It did help, I’ll admit, that I have two slow cookers, a very old one that I have had for many years and a relatively new one with a bell and whistle or two.

In one slow cooker I made Pork Chops with Dressing and Gravy and in the other slow cooker I made some delicious Savory Mashed Potatoes (recipe and how-to in tomorrow’s post). Just FYI, the cheesy mashed potatoes are really and truly done all in the slow cooker–a one pot wonder.

Before I go any further, you need to know that this recipe for the pork chops has cream of chicken soup in it. If you have a problem with using ‘cream of’ soups, then perhaps this is not a good recipe for you. Like I have already said, though, this recipe is simple, easy, and stress free. Sometimes stress-free = using cream of chicken soup in a recipe.

I do use Campbell’s Healthy Request brand of cream of chicken soup and I stand by it as the most flavorful brand of soup. I have tried other store brands of ‘cream of’ soups and they just don’t have what I am looking for in flavor and texture. The addition of the cream of chicken soup to this meal provides a no-fuss gravy. A box of stuffing mix and some fresh onions bring lots of flavor to the meal. Because of the nature of a slow cooker, the pork chops end up being fork tender.

Add a simple tossed salad with some of those delicious garden vegetables that are available at this time of year and the meal is complete. The pork chops provide your meat and bread, the savory mashed potatoes provide the starch/carb that makes us all so happy, and the salad brings fresh vegetables to round out the meal. Happiness on a dinner plate.

Update 1/23/14: A commentor, RGoss2010, used frozen pork chops to make this. Here are her changes: “I heated it (the slow cooker) for 2 hours on high, then turned it to low for 4 and a half hours. I did put a little olive oil in the crock pot first and used a paper towel to coat the sides and bottom with a thin layer to help later with cleaning. I also used a can full of chicken broth (instead of the water).”

Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}

Recipe by Terri @ that's some good cookin'

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops, 3/4-inch thick (I used bone-in chops)
  • 1 onion, cut into rings about 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 box stuffing or dressing mix (I used Stove-Top brand, pork flavored. Chicken flavored would also be great.)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (I used Campbell's Healthy Request Cream of Chicken soup)
  • 1 soup can water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted (optional, but recommended if your pork chops are very lean)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste or use seasoning salt, to taste
  • To Double Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy (not every ingredient gets doubled)
  • 8-9 pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick, bone-in
  • 2 medium onions, cut into rings a generous 1/4" thick
  • 2 packages (6-8 ounces depending on brand) stuffing mix
  • 3 cans (10 3/4 ounces) cream of chicken soup (I used Campbell's Healthy Request)
  • 1 1/2 soup cans water
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted, optional (I accidentally left this out and everything tasted great. If your pork chops are very lean, I think that it may be helpful to use the butter, but of course it is up to you.)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (or use seasoning salt)

Instructions

    Single Recipe Directions:
  1. Season each pork chop with salt and pepper. Place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Scatter the onion rings over the pork chops.
  3. Sprinkle the dry stuffing mix over the onions.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, one soup can full of water, and the melted butter. Pour over the dry stuffing mix.
  5. Cover. Cook on high for 4 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes and a side salad. Say, "Oh my goodness; this tastes amazing!"
  6. Directions for doubling recipe:
  7. Mix together the soup, water, and melted butter (if using). Set aside.
  8. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper or seasoning salt.
  9. Put 4 pork chops on the bottom of the crock. It's okay if they overlap.
  10. Layer half of the onion rings on top of the pork chops.
  11. Sprinkle one of the packages of stuffing mix over the onions.
  12. Pour half of the soup mixture over the stuffing.
  13. Place the remaining pork chops on top of the soup mixture.
  14. Layer in order on top of the pork chops: onions, stuffing, soup. NOTE: If things look a little too tall prior to adding the final layer of soup, use your hands to kind of press everything down somewhat and then pour the soup over it all. Things will cook down a bit, so not to worry.
  15. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours until hot and bubbly and pork chops are fork tender.

Notes

Update 1/23/14: A commentor, RGoss2010, made this recipe using frozen pork chops. Here are her changes: " I heated it (the slow cooker) for 2 hours on high, then turned it to low for 4 and a half hours. I did put a little olive oil in the crock pot first and used a paper towel to coat the sides and bottom with a thin layer to help later with cleaning. I also used a can full of chicken broth" (instead of the water)."

http://tsgcookin.com/2012/08/pork-chops-with-dressing-and-creamy/

Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}
 Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Then, place the chops in the bottom of the slow cooker crock.
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Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}
 Scatter the onion rings over the pork chops.
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Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}
 Sprinkle the dry stuffing mix over the onions.
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Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}
Mix the cream of chicken soup and the water. Pour over the dry stuffing mix.
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Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}
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Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}
 Put the lid on the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 4 hours.
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Pork Chops with Dressing and Creamy Gravy {Slow Cooker}
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