Friday, October 29, 2010

This is a long post, you may want to go pee first, I'll wait

I'm using you, yes I am, You cute little red dutch oven. 

Remember when I bought her? 
I found a recipe for pork chops in a dutch oven a while back but I can't remember where, so feel free to take the credit.
Also, I'm wearing my yellow apron so you know I'm in serious cooking mode.  Yes, I stand around all day in this corner of my kitchen in my apron with a stupid look on my face.

Slice up a whole large yellow onion.  I put it on my favorite turquoise plate for your viewing pleasure.

Pour the olive oil in your dutch oven and then drop 1/2 of the onion in.  Sprinkle the onions with paprika, pepper and then the herb rub.  I do know that the original author of this recipe bought her rub in a jar but I made my own.
Arrange the pork chops on top of the onions.  Sprinkle the chops with more herb rub.  Place the rest of the onions on top of the pork chops.

Now....this is where I'm going to ask you to NOT freak out.  Ready?  Put bacon slices on top of the onions.  Yes, I said bacon!  Do you not remember who I'm married to?  Bacon is a staple, must be served at least three times a week.
  Sprinkle the top with black pepper and paprika.  Bake covered in the dutch oven at 300 degrees for about 1 hour and 25 minutes for thick chops and 1 hour for thin chops.

Dutch Oven Pork Chops
4 pork chops
Olive oil
1 large yellow onion sliced in rings
 Herb rub to taste*
Coarsely ground pepper to taste
4 hickory smoked bacon slices
Cover bottom of dutch oven with olive oil, about 1/4 cup. Place 1/2 of onion slices over oil.
Sprinkle onions with paprika, herb rub and pepper.
Arrange pork chops on top of this. Sprinkle chops with more of the herb rub.
Place the rest of the onion rings over seasoned chops. Place bacon slices over onions and sprinkle top generously with paprika and pepper.
Bake covered in a 300 degree oven for about 1 hour and 25 minutes for thick chops and 1 hour for thin ones.
*To make the herb rub I just use equal parts, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, sage and basil.

Moving right along:

Right now, I'm reading this.
So far, I'm enjoying it.

Moving further along:

We're going camping this weekend.
That means, you guessed it, MORE BACON!
I've been making this recipe I found on Mommy's Kitchen for a while now.  I'm not allowed to go camping with our friends unless I bring it.
It's so yummy.  Crisp, sweet and Spicy.  I make it ahead of time at home, wrap in foil and then throw on the grill to heat it up when we get there.  It's also good cold.  Best snack ever!

1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, 8 slices
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper together in a Ziplock bag. Add bacon and shake. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack and lay bacon on the rack. Pat any remaining spice mixture on the bacon. Put the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake until crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven to a serving dish and let cool slightly before serving.

*Note: If using thick cut peppered bacon, omit the pepper in this recipe.

Keep going, just a little further.

This is a little bit creepy.  You know how they have those lights at the dermatologist's office where it shows all the damage the sun has done on your face?  Did you know that if you edit your pictures and use the "adjust exposure" and completely decrease your highlights it does the same thing?
This picture is over-exposed but you get the "picture".  See how I did that?  Picture.  Ha Ha
Now here I am with the highlights totally decreased
Can you see all my age spots?  Crazy!

Last thing, I promise.

I'll be gone this weekend and won't be blogging so everyone have a safe, Happy Halloween!

That pic looks like me before all that dad-blamed sun damage.



Kris said...

Hey Holly. I love it when bloggers do a linky party. I get to find some new wonderful blogs!! Today I found yours!!! I am nut for aprons too. And I am an avid cook. Love my Dutch Ovens. I will be back to visit. Have a fun camping trip!!

rainbowcreek said...

We have a lot in common I see. That is MY red dutch oven and MY favorite Fiestaware plate lady. And who doesn't add bacon to their pork chops? Enjoyed your post and we will definitely be trying the pork chop recipe!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Mmm... looks delicious! I think I may have to try that bacon recipe!

BTW - did you know you don't have your blogger profile linked to your comments??? It took me a little Google searching to find you! If you go into your Profile - you can change your display name to be whatever you want and then you can just use that profile to post comments! It will be easier for people to find you and comment back! :)

Corners of My Life said...

I am making a similar recipe this weekend with one added ingredient ~ 1/4 cup plain yellow cornmeal. I love your idea of shaking it in a ziploc bag.
Cornmeal-and-Brown Sugar-Crusted Bacon:

Laraine Eddington said...

Pig candy. The name alone makes it a classic!