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Mondays are best when started off with a big protein breakfast. It almost makes you forget it’s a Monday. Today I decided on a 2-egg omelet with some chopped sweet onion, cilantro, and chopped carrots. As if that wasn’t enough protein, I added a serving of 2% cottage cheese and a slice of toast with the best homemade apple butter I’ve ever had (it had cinnamon – maybe that’s why I liked it so much). This was the kind of breakfast you’d want to serve your honey on Valentine’s Day. Or, better yet, serve him breakfast every day this week. Hmmm.
I found the little jar of apple butter at a truck stop in Kansas. Those country cooks from that state know how to make jam and jelly. Recently, I posted about Holmes Made Fruit Spread Peach Habanero Dip that I made. Sweet and spicy with a bite to it.
After I cooked the omelet this morning, I decided to brown some pork chops and cook them in my slow cooker. The thought did occur to me that I could have pork chops with eggs. Imagine the loaded protein I would have had then. It has been quite a long time since I’ve used the crockpot. I chopped up a little sweet onion and seasoned the meat and cooked it for 7 hours.
The house smelled like comfort food all day. I needed that comfort on this particular day as I was going through books to get rid of. I have a large selection of books, and many of them are cookbooks. Lest I become a hoarder of books, I forced myself to organize the books into categories and make a separate pile of what I was willing to let go of. “Let it go,” I said to myself as I debated on which ones should have another home.
One hour before the pork chops would be ready, I added a cup of brown rice, one can of sweet peas (where I’m from we call them “English peas”), and carrots. One of the carrots was a tiny thing. I found it growing in my vegetable garden.
Look at how little the carrot is compared to the giant green onions I pulled up out of my square foot garden.
Imagine my excitement when I walked around the garden and noticed green vegetables. What is that, I wondered. Onions. LONG onions. There were so many and so big that I shared them with one of my neighbors. But that little carrot, half the size of my little finger, had to go in my crockpot meal.
While I enjoyed the steaming pork chops, rice, carrots, and peas, I talked to my honey on the phone, describing to him the delicious meal he was missing. The nice thing is that there is plenty to save for leftovers, so he didn’t get left out.
Cooking crockpot pork chops is like a new thing. It seems that way. I don’t remember how long it has been since I cooked in mine. But when your stove isn’t working (and mine isn’t that old), you come up with another plan. A crockpot, electric griddle, a microwave, and a toaster.
Come back Thursday to see what my next surprise meal will be. Will it be comfort food cooked in the crockpot, microwave, on the griddle, or the toaster (That would be an interesting meal – since it’s not a toaster oven.).
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