Chef Lane

Successful Chef Lane!

Scored a 10 on tonight’s dinner. I cooked pork chops and a kind of casserole thingy. All family members ate everything.

I started by sauteeing about half a cup of onions and half a cup of carrots in an obscene amount of butter, seasoned with salt, pepper, and thyme.

While that was working, I boiled the egg noodles for my casserole and seasoned my pork chops with salt, pepper and thyme.

When the noodles were finished, I drained them and tossed them in about a 1/2 tbs of olive oil. I poured my carrots and onions into the Le Creuset pot I used for the noodles, and added a can of diced tomatoes (with garlic and basil), 1/2 cup of sour cream, and a cup of shredded cheese. I added the noodles back in and stirred ’em up good.

That went into a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, the last 15 of which, it shared with half a loaf of garlic bread.

While the casserole was cooking, I pan fried the pork chops in the dregs from the sautee butter, over a medium heat. I had intended to put them in the oven after searing them in the pan, but decided halfway through to just go ahead with the frying.

I’m not good at guessing when meat is finished, so I usually use the cuts that are for Thor or me, and I slice those open to see how I’m doing. I try to leave B’s as intact as possible, since he likes his meat on the rare side. Pictured below is my chop.

B said it was very good, and even ate all the casserole dished out. Thor hasn’t been eating much lately, so we had nearly a whole chop leftover. I’ll use it to make pork fried rice tomorrow. Mmm. My dad didn’t cook often, but he could cook pork fried rice like a champ!

Wait…I don’t have any soy sauce. Weather permitting my trip to the grocery store, I will be cooking pork fried rice. Otherwise, we’ll be having Swedish meatballs.

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