French toast is one of those easy, but comforting breakfasts that’s no fuss to whip up but feels luxurious on a leisurely weekend morning. For a fun fall twist to this classic dish, add pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg to the milk mixture. Continue reading “Pumpkin French Toast in October”
It’s pumpkin spice season, y’all! I mean, fall. Bring on the granny smith apples, the bright orange pumpkins and multi-colored gourds, the cooler weather, football season and pumpkin spice everything. Lattes, coffee creamer, candles…oh my.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, yet one I rarely get to enjoy. It’s one of the reasons I love Saturdays so much. Continue reading “The Morning Meal: A Weekend Luxury”
I love the tradition of carving pumpkins in October, and roasting the pumpkin seeds afterwards is just icing on the cake. Crunchy and a great snack with a seasonal beer, using the seeds is a special little take away from the festive and fun activity.
Eat the seeds alone or sprinkle on top of a salad for added texture. You can also toss them into homemade granola, garnish your soup with them or even use them in baking! Check out these 21 Delicious Things to Do with Pumpkin Seeds from BuzzFeed Life. You can also learn what’s new and beneficial about pumpkin seeds by visiting the World’s Healthiest Foods website.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
Place pumpkin seeds in a colander and rinse off all pulp. Pat seeds dry with paper towels, then place them on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle seeds with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil. Use your hands to toss the seeds around until they’re evenly coated. Roast in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Best enjoyed with a festive beer.
Do you have a favorite way to enjoy pumpkin seeds? I’d love to hear about it!
At the start of each new season, there are a few dishes I anticipate cooking greatly. My Apple-Pecan Honey Stuffed Pork Chops in White Wine are at the top of the list in the fall. Apples, onions, pecans and nutmeg exemplify autumn in this comforting, home-cooked meal. It starts on the stove top and finishes in the oven. Special enough for company and simple enough for a weeknight, these tender, juicy pork chops put chicken and beef to shame. It ought to be a crime to eat this good!
Let’s get cookin’! Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3-4 thick cut pork chops
- Salt, pepper and nutmeg seasonings
- 1-2 Tbs honey
- 1 medium granny smith apple
- 1 small Vidalia onion
- 1/2 cup pecans
- Unsalted butter
- White wine of your choice, I used Pinot Grigio
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Start by dicing a granny smith apple, an onion and your pecans. Be sure to dice them up small, keeping them the same size for even cooking. A smaller dice will also make your pork chops easier to stuff.
Melt a tablespoon of unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the diced apples, onions and pecans, season with salt and pepper and dot with butter. Cook for a few minutes, then drizzle in some honey for a touch of sweetness.
You’ll need a small, sharp pairing knife to make the incision. Cut them right down the middle, keeping the back and sides of the pork chop intact but making a large enough incision to create a good size pocket. Don’t be scared. Own it!
By this time, your stuffing will be ready. With a large serving spoon, fill each pork chop to the brim. Pack the stuffing in there, getting down in the crevices. Don’t overfill them, but make sure each one is plump. If you put too much stuffing in the pork chops, it’ll just fall out during cooking. You want them to hold as much as possible. Just remember, deep pockets do the trick. You can use toothpicks to secure them, but I find they just get in the way.
In the same pan (easier clean up and building flavors – winning), melt another tablespoon or two of unsalted butter. Gently lay your stuffed pork chops in the pan and brown on each side for 3-4 minutes until the outsides are golden brown and caramelized. When you flip them, handle with care. You will lose a little stuffing, but don’t fret. Before transferring to the oven, hit the pan with a good splash of white wine and inhale. 😉
Finish cooking the pork chops in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. I find it much easier to finish a thick cut of meat in the oven than on the stove top. The meat cooks evenly and you don’t have to worry about one side getting darker than the other or constant flipping. Plus, you’re not standing over the stove and you can take a moment to sip some wine or devote your attention to side dishes.
They taste phenomenal–warm flavors of nutmeg and pork compliment tart apples in every sweet and savory bite. Don’t forget to drizzle the chops with the pan juices. Having one of these on your plate is like having your own little gift. You’re also getting fruit, protein and vegetables all in one little package. What’s not to love?
Feel free to change-up the stuffing. Rosemary is awesome with pork. Don’t like pecans? Use walnuts. Even if pork is not in your diet, chicken is always an alternative. The idea is to have fun and experiment with flavors. Enjoy!
What are your favorite fall meals?
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