Pork Chops with Ginger Caper Sauce, the update

Things start going fast when there's no waiting for drying time for plaster… Or floor boards. We (I got to help) finished papering the second wall, Then mon mari spent the rest of the week finishing ceiling trim (to small to photo) and staining floor boards….. Which then had to rest for 72 hours. (Thus … Continue reading…

Pork Loin Braised with Bay Leaves; how much meat?

Last week I wrote about counting  calories. Very good idea. But unless you’re buying prepared food that lists the calories (and contains enough salt to float a ship) how do you know how many calories are in stuff? Well, you can look everything up in a book or online…. And this is a good site … Continue reading…

Braised Pork with Leek Sauce; The Stove is Coming!!!

Braised Pork with Leeks Exciting news…. Well, at least, for us. Our stove (as in wood-burning, heat-providing, cast iron stove) is coming soon! We're ready for it!  It will sit on the unfinished terre cotta tiles.  Mon mari did a concrete base, then laid the tiles.  The original fireplace was just cut out of the … Continue reading…

Swiss Steak, sort of; Who’s smarter: Pavlov? Or Pavlov’s Dog

Swiss-Style Pork Chops Who was the brains of this duo? Pavlov? Or Pavlov's dog? Did Pavlov train his dog to do meaningless tasks in exchange for treats? Or did Pavlov's dog train his master to give treats in exchange for a few minutes effort? Sometime, between 2 and 5 every morning, there comes a 'thwack' … Continue reading…

Braised Pork with Onions and Apples; and True Confessions

Go directly to recipe I was a scrawny, scaredy, weakling as a child; flunked first year swimming twice because I was scared to put my face in the water (well, it was the 'Muddy Mississippi', can you blame me?) and always last choice on the softball team (the bat was sooooo heavy). When I started … Continue reading…