I can’t talk about what’s going on with Brian’s job situation right now. It’s depressing. And besides, there’s nothing new to report anyway.
Instead I would like to take a break from all that and post a couple of recipes.
The other night Katie asked me if I would start teaching her how to cook, so I figured that 7 is a good age to start learning.
We happened to be having one of Brian’s favorites that night. One of my favorites too.
This meal was actually a lot larger than we normally eat, but I had some stuff in the pantry that I wanted to use up, so we went all out.
The pork chop recipe was actually given to me by my sweet mamaw. And it is so yummy!
The mac & cheese recipe came from a 1956 cookbook and let me just tell you that I know that there are a million and one baked mac & cheese recipes out there, but this is the only one for us. It is so creamy and delicious! You should try it, you won’t be disappointed.
Here is the recipe for the chops and potatoes:
Pork Chops & Scalloped Potatoes
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1 1/4 t. salt
1 1/4 t. pepper
1 can chicken broth
6 boneless pork chops
2 T. oil
6 C. thinly sliced potatoes
1 med. onion, sliced
paprika & parsley
Melt butter in small saucepan. Stir in salt, pepper, flour & broth. Cook & stir constantly until boiling. Cook & stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Brown chops in oil. Grease 9 x 13 baking dish. Layer in potatoes & onions. Pour gravy on top, then add chops.
Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 30 minutes. Top with paprika & parsley.
Baked Mac & Cheese
2 C. dry macaroni
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. white pepper (I use black)
2 C. milk
1/2 lb. shredded sharp cheddar cheese or velveeta
1/2 T. dry minced onion
1 1/2 T. butter
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1/4 t. paprika
Boil pasta in salted water until just tender. Drain & set aside.
In med. saucepan melt butter over low heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.
Slowly whisk in milk. Cook & stir over medium heat until thickened.
Stir in salt, pepper, onion & cheese. Cook til cheese is melted.
Mix cheese sauce into pasta and pour into square baking dish.
Melt butter and stir in bread crumbs & paprika. Sprinkle onto macaroni.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until bubbly.
Yum! And yes, that is my plate. Normally my plate doesn’t look like this, but on this particular night, I had to indulge!