The day of almost

On New Year’s Day, the tradition in my family is to eat pork.  Usually pork and sauerkraut, but I was never a fan.  I had a couple boneless pork chops to thaw, so I decided to do some fried pork chops.  I found a recipe for Pork Schnitzel  that was similar to the breading I follow for regular fried chicken.  I found it in the Taste of Home cookbook.

Ingredients – I only have 4 pork chops instead of 6, but I still mixed the full recipe for the breading
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Breading!  Here’s where the almost starts.  I almost had enough bread crumbs and paprika
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I only used 4 tbsps of oil to fry
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Done!  Don’t they look delicious?
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A side of macaroni and cheese.  I used the recipe from here.  I almost had enough pasta.  I left out the broccoli and ham.  I almost enough pasta for it.  It was a little saucy, but gooooood.  I used colby jack for the cheese sauce.
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Here’s my dinner plated
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It was really good, but the extra seasonings didn’t really add too much to the final flavor of the chop.  I did trim off all of the fat before breading though.  I was glad I did, because it kind of…….cooked out (I was thinking of a much less appetizing word – lol).  I think the mac and cheese recipe will be my go to one.  I just need to get enough pasta to accommodate the sauce made.

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Ham, Broccoli and Cheese casserole

Pasta.  I love pasta in all forms.  I saw this recipe and wanted to try it.  The only problem is that I was supposed to have sausage pizza this weekend and I didn’t want two meals with sausage in a weekend.  I was planning on using gouda for the dish and I had a thought – replace the sausage with ham.  I love the combination of ham and gouda.  I first had the combo when I was in caribbean.  They have these pressed sandwiches at the airport made with ham and gouda.  OMG – they are the best!  I even bought an extra one so I could eat it on the plane back.  Yea, the other passengers were jealous. 🙂

Ingredients – I thought there were a lot of items, but there really aren’t comparing to other recipes.  See that milk?  I didn’t think I had enough, but I forgot to check before I started the dish.  Luckily, I had just barely enough.  I didn’t use shell pasta as in the original recipe.  Instead, I used corkscrew pasta – I saw it and wanted to use it and that was it 😉
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Ingredients 2 – yea, I forgot some, but I remembered to add them in!!
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Cooking ham
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Ham and broccoli
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Mixed up
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All sauced up.  I don’t have any pictures of making the sauce since it was quick and I didn’t feel safe to leave the stove while it was cooking.
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Topped with the second ingredients up there
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All baked up.  Stop licking the screen!  This is not a view and taste website!
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Plated on my dishes that always seem to match the food I am cooking.
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It tasted so good.  I was so happy with the results.  I am definitely make this again.  It was creamy, filling and just such a good comfort food.  In fact, my mother told me that she is making a ham this weekend and the first thing I thought was that I could make this!!  They always seem surprised that I actually cook.  I can’t think of a single thing I would change…..besides what I already did 😉  I made this into 8 servings, but they just didn’t seem big enough, so I made it into 7 instead.  Yea, I know, weird, but I just emptied one container into the others evenly to make 7