Tuesday, March 30, 2010

You lose some, you win some...

A few of you have noticed my picture and winning recipe in April's Better Homes and Gardens. Thank you so much for your kind comments. The honest to goodness truth is that I lose far more recipe contests than I win. I'm always very honored to be a finalist, a runner up, a red ribbon girl, an also ran. There's some stiff and impressive competition out there. But once in a while, I take home the prize. And that makes me smile and blush for a minute or two. I think you'll really love this recipe. It's cheap and easy, and it's just about time to fire up your grills, anyway. If you're looking for something a little non-traditional for Easter, this would be grand, although I'd leave out the grilled peaches until they're in season.
I also did a little Q and A about cooking with Better Homes and Gardens. If you're interested, follow this link.
Vanilla Peach Pork Chops with Green Onion Slaw
Estimated Cost: $10.00 for four servings
4 nonenhanced boneless pork loin chops, cut 3/4 to 1 inch thick (about 1 lb.)
1 cup water
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
Green Onion Slaw
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 cup thin, bite-size strips green onion
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup snipped fresh cilantro
1 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
1/4 cup lime juice
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 large peaches or nectarines, halved and pitted
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. peach preserves
1 Tbsp. horseradish mustard
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Fresh cilantro sprigs
1. Place pork chops in large plastic bag set in deep bowl. For bring, in small bowl combine water, salt, sugar, and 2 tsp. vanilla. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Add to chops in bag. Seal bag; turn to coat. Refrigerated 6 to 24 hours.
2. In large bowl combine cabbage, green onion, raisins, snipped cilantro, and jalapeño pepper. In small bowl whisk together lime juice, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, and the honey. Add to cabbage mixture; toss to coat. Cover and chill 30 minutes before serving.
3. Pat brown sugar onto cut sides of peach halves. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. In small bowl combine preserves, mustard, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Drain chops, discarding brine. Pat chops dry with paper towels. Spread preserves mixture on both sides of chops.
4. For charcoal grill, grill peaches and chops on rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill peaches 4 to 6 minutes or until lightly browned and just tender, turning once halfway through grilling. Grill chops 7 to 9 minutes or until slightly pink in the center (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Add peach halves and chops to grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)
5. Serve chops with slaw and sliced peaches. Garnish with cilantro sprigs. Makes 4 servings.
6. *Hot chile peppers contain volatile oils. Avoid direct contact and wear plastic or rubber gloves. If bare skin touches the chile peppers, wash well with soap and water.
UP NEXT: I finally perfected my pound cake, after dozens of attempts. It is soooo unbelievably yummy. I'm waiting till I have 400 followers to post. (A little incentive to sign up today!) In the meantime, I'm hoping to post some chocolate covered fudge Easter Eggs. I'm so busy I could skip a night's sleep and still be buried, so wish me luck!


gigi said...

You rock, Prudy!
Can't wait to try this recipe and Congrat's my friend :)

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

You little smartie pants. No, I guess you would be you little-chef's-hat-smartie pants. I am SO impressed. And it looks and sounds delicious. Wow, I've never even known anyone who entered a contest! Good for you.

Alexis said...

Congrats! Hope you won a fabulous prize :) Can't wait until peaches are in season here.

Seth and Julie said...

Congrats on another big win! I read your interview and now I want to know how to make homemade bagels and tortillas. I have had zero success with tortillas and warm tortillas are my favorite.

Also, that picture on the interview is gorgeous!

The JR said...

Good going. At least you are entering which you have to enter to win!

Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Prudy said...

My bagels and tortillas aren't always pretty, but they are yummy. I'll have to get a tutorial going soon. Thanks for the congrats!

Roger said...

You are amazing!! I'm follower # 371!! Woo hoo!!

Prudy said...

You have to email me. I don't even know anything about your new baby. Pink? Blue? How are you?

Catherine said...

Congratulations! I loved the interview. The recipe looks great and you look beautiful! What a great picture!

Unknown said...

great interview. What a cool magazine to be featured in. I love BHG.
In teh interview you said you make ketchup I wsa just htinking htis morning that i want to try doing that. Would you mind sharing how you do that?

Unknown said...

Sorry about all the typos. I'm not paying attention this morning I guess!

Prudy said...

I'd love to share how to make ketchup. I usually wait till the summertime when you get some nice fat red fresh tomatoes for pennies. I'll plan on sharing in August.

Kerstin said...

That's amazing - congrats!! They look very tasty and I enjoyed the interview too!

Kristi @ Creative Kristi said...

What happened to the Lemon Tea Cake that was supposed to be up next? :( I've been waiting since I'm hosting a baby shower in 2 weeks & that would be perfect!!
Congrats on winning & being featured! Can't wait for the pound cake recipe either!! :) I need that one for my petit fours!

Prudy said...

Email me at prudencepenny@aol.com
and I'll send you the recipe. I didn't end up making it since I had a sudden urge to tweak my pound cake. The lemon tea cake would be perfect for a baby shower, so I really want to send that to you!

SF Stookyman said...

i just sent another tweet telling everyone to follow your blog. we really need to get you on twitter because more people need to know about this fabulous little blog.

i guess i would have to actually open my better homes and gardens to see that you have a recipe there this month:). it's still in its plastic waiting for me to have time.

way to go! you are such an inspiration. i've been meaning to talk to you about a contest involving paula deen and cream cheese. i'll send an email. xoxo

MindyW said...

Hey Prudy, I am a new "Follower", but have been following your blog for a while - LOVE IT! You really seem to just know what is delicious and do-able for a mom on a budget that likes food! I always check your blog when I have a new idea for dinner and find something to guide me. Thanks and congrats on the win!

The Blonde Duck said...

Congrats! Have a wonderful Easter!

Prudy said...

Mindy W, Welcome! Thanks for your kind words.

Katrina said...

Congrats on the win!

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