Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Timing Is....Pork Chops with Garlic Sauce


Recipes, like life, require perfect timing. A roast isn't a roast 'til it's roasted, so to speak. I guess the same can be said about blogging.  The best of intentions are no match for emergencies; and when a family member is sick there's nothing else that matters.

So I'm back at it, a new installment for this new blog about Cooking and Life. Today's recipe is designed for folks who are on the medication Warfarin (Coumadin) and have to be careful about their intake of Vitamin K.

The important thing to remember about this kind of diet is consistency. Don't stop eating things like spinach, just keep eating things at the same amount. That way your medicines will be effective.

All this may seem strange at first, I know. Jack came down with a blood clot in his leg and we've had to put him on Warfarin, so it's been a real learning experience.  It's important to remember during any therapy is that you're working in partnership with your body, not against it. The medicines and treatments, the food you eat, daily exercise and fresh air are all components of this partnership. 

A positive attitude goes a long way toward wellness, too.

One way to keep positive is to have a beautiful meal.

 PORK CHOPS WITH GARLIC SAUCE

2 Servings                                 Cooking Time 30 minutes
(Feel free to multiply this recipe! Everybody will want some!)

2 tsp.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil          2 Cloves Garlic (sliced thin)
4 Cloves Mashed Garlic (mash ahead of time, cover, refrigerate 'til ready to use)
Pork Chops & Garlic Sauce
1/4 cup White Wine or White Unsweetened Grape Juice
3/4/cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth             2 tsp  Unsalted Butter
fresh ground black pepper to taste                Spray Olive Oil (Pam, etc.)
Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning to taste         
2   4 oz. Pork Chops (boneless)

Heat a skillet, turn to medium flame add olive oil. When oil comes to fragrance, add sliced garlic. cook slowly for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low to keep garlic from turning brown.  Add mashed garlic, stir for another minute.  Add white wine, chicken stock, Mrs. Dash, pepper (if desired). Turn heat back to medium, let sauce simmer for about 20 minutes, or until garlic is soft.

While the garlic/wine/stock mixture is simmering, place a large (cast iron preferred) skillet in the oven and preheat to 425 F.

When garlic is soft, mash it while the sauce is still simmering. Then cook this sauce until it is reduced to about 1/3 cup. Lower flame under reduction to keep it warm only.

Spray the pre-heated skillet with spray oil, be careful...it will spatter!  Add pork chops and return pan to the oven. Cook first side for 7 - 8 minutes and turn. Cook for another 7 - 8 minutes.  Turn back to first side, add simmered garlic sauce, serve.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Consistency!  Consistency! Consistency!

Try this recipe. Let me know what you think!

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