Monday, January 10, 2011

Chocolate Cholate Cookies

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3.9 oz package instant chocolate pudding mix
1-2 cups of mix-ins (white or semi-sweet chocolate chips)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl often. Add the vanilla and pudding mix. Slowly add the dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in your choice of mix-ins. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Don’t over bake.

Pork Chops & Apples

Recipe From: Martha Stewart
4-6 boneless pork chops
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large onion (sliced)
2 to 3 green apples (cored and sliced)
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp brown sugar

Trim the chops of excess fat. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a skillet over high heat, and then swirl in the olive oil. Lay in the pork chops and don't move them for a few minutes, to assure a good golden sear forms. Turn and brown well on the second side for a total of about 10 minutes. Transfer the chops to a warm plate.

Swirl the butter into the pan. Add the onion and apples. Saute until the onion slices are lightly caramelized and the apples have begun to soften, about 8 minutes. Stir in the broth and sprinkle with sugar. Return chops to the pan.

Cook until the pork is tender, about 15 more minutes (depending on the size of the chops), turning halfway through and covering the chops with the apple mixture. If the apple mixture needs a little thickening, transfer the chops to the warm plate again and simmer the mixture on high for a few minutes to reduce. Serve the chops over mashed potatoes with a large spoonful of the apple-onion mixture over the top.