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weather coming and pork chops

Weather is coming in here.  I am enjoying it because I will be back in Houston soon.  It is supposed to be raining today and in the 20s tonight.  So far the rain is damp but not buckets which is very nice.  

Yesterday was an interesting day.  The truck had a bad bearing in the right front and spent most of the day at the shop, Singleton's Automotive in Canton, NC.  If you ever need a mechnic in that part of the world, go there!  I am supposed to go back and visit if we are ever back in the area.

With the weather coming in, I really wanted comfort food.  Pork chops and rice.  I grew up with (and so did my Beloved) pork chops cooked in Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup.  That really is not an option any more.  I created my own.

Pork Chops and Mushrooms

Note:  Ingredients are per pork chop.  You do not have to increase one to one if you increase the number of pork chops unless you wish or you REALLY like mushrooms.  Like my Beloved does.

1 pork chop We go the thick cut and no bone

olive oil

6 crimini mushrooms, minced

2 shitake mushrooms, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 small onion, minced

1 to 2 cups hempmilk or other milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat.  Add the olive oil and heat.  Add the onions and saute until brown.  Add the mushrooms.  Saute until brown. Add the garlic.  Add the pork chop and brown on one side.  Salt with a 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  When brown, turn the chop to the other side and brown.  Sprinkle with the rest of the salt and pepper.

When brown, add the milk.  Bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cover.  Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the pork chop is cooked through.  You can do this in a preheated 350 degree oven too.  Just make sure all the pans and lids are ovenproof.

The gravy will have browned up from the juices of the pork chop and the pan leavings.  Depending on the milk you are using, it may thicken as well.

I served the pork chop and mushrooms with rice.  This is my plate.  My Beloved's plate had many more mushrooms on it.  He likes the fungus.

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