I love all of my regular readers. They are patient, they come back to me after I treat them carelessly, and they make me feel like anything I do is really just fine. In a hard, cold world, it is a beautiful thing to find a community of people all over the country who can pop into my “comment” area and fill my heart with warmth previously derived only from puppies, babies and pancakes with real butter and Grade B maple syrup.
I do not play favorites, my mother taught me long ago that “comparisons are odious.” I do, however, have to say that my heart skips a beat when I get a comment from Robert. He came to me last spring with a silver-tongued (keyed?) suggestion about what I should do with a crystal bowl I had received as an award. He won the contest I was running, and stuck around to make pithy remarks, guide me in the paths of righteousness as I became a community activist, and send me the perfect pictures to accompany some of my posts. Alas, he and I are both happily married to other people (who we have actually met) but he is the perfect cyber admirer, and I thank my lucky stars that he found my blog.
Recently, I posted about the fact that my life had changed in ways that made it difficult for me to plan and prepare the kind of high-toned meals that once characterized my kitchen and this blog. I referred to the fact that I had made pork chops in the crock pot, and Robert asked for the recipe. It is not a fancy recipe, but it is reliable and good. Kind of like Robert. Here it is:
Chicken Fried Chops
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
6 pork loin chops (3/4 inch thick), trimmed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (10.75 ounce) can
condensed cream of chicken
1/3 cup water
1. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt, mustard and garlic powder; dredge pork chops.
2. In a skillet, brown chops on both sides in oil. Place in a slow cooker. Combine soup and water; pour over chops. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. If desired, thicken pan juices and serve with the chops.