It was a hectic week last week. Early in the week I had to pick up my granddaughter from daycare, dentist visit, coffee with a friend, work and my regular day of babysitting on Thursday. I arrived at my daughter’s house at 7:30 am with pancake batter so my granddaughter could have freshly made pancakes for her breakfast.
After breakfast, my granddaughter wanted to go to the park with Nana, so we bundled up it was in the mid 30’s last week. We were the only ones at the park. She swung on the swings, we went down the slide and then on our return trip home, made a stop for a bag of freshly made apple cider donuts. Apparently the fresh air did her good, as she napped for two hours.
While she napped, I prepped dinner for her and I and her parents. I saw a recipe on the New York Times cooking app for pork chops in lemon-caper sauce. The recipe serves 4 and can be prepared in 35 minutes. During her nap, I prepared my ingredients so that while she was allowed to watch a bit of television, I was able to cook supper. You’ll need pork chops, dried thyme (I used fresh), butter, a small shallot, garlic, flour, dry white wine, chicken stock, capers, fresh parsley, lemon zest and juice.The prep of the ingredients consumed the most time. However, once done, they were set aside on the counter. I made smashed red skinned potatoes and had them sliced and in a pot ready to go.
When it was time to begin cooking, everything flowed together nicely. I seared the pork chops and then transferred those to a plate. Next it was time to make the sauce. I did find that for 3, or for that matter 4, pork chops, the recipe made a lot of sauce. Next time, I think I will cut that portion of the recipe in half. The recipe was delicious. My granddaughter had a few bites and some of the smashed potatoes. She was snacking just before dinner. When her daddy came home, apparently she was hungry. My son-in-law reheated her leftover pancake from breakfast. However, my granddaughter had other ideas, she wanted to swap her pancake for his supper. She chomped on the pork chop bone like a champ! She’s has quite a palate for a two year old! My daughter said she enjoyed it, but to be honest she said, she ate it cold the next day. I guess I’ll just have to make this again and get her husband’s opinion, but I enjoyed the pork.
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A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.