If there’s one thing I know about my mom, it’s that she has some very distinct “favorites” in life. Things that I know she loves without question. Babies, Southern cooking, Diet Coke, rum & Diet Coke, her plants, her small house, her Corvette, me (ha ha), her family, hot HOT peppers, onions and PEACH COBBLER!
Come catch a whiff of my apartment right now, and you might just have a new favorite, too. It smells like HEAVEN! I mean, I’m not sure what heaven smells like or if it even has a smell at all, but if it did, this is precisely how I might describe it.
So, back to my mom. Tomorrow is this woman’s birthday. She is definitely a remarkable lady. Not only did she have me, but she raised me and put up with me for 24 years and counting. She did a pretty good job, I think. So for her birthday, I wanted to thank her for all that she has done and for being the amazing lady she is by baking up one of her favorites—peach cobbler.
Sweet Peach Cobbler for Your Momma
Recipe Courtesy of Paula Deen
‘Greds You’ll Need:
- 4 cups of peaches, peeled & sliced
- 2 cups of sugar, divided
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 1/2 of cups of self-rising flour (you MUST use self-rising!)
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- Ground cinnamon, only if you like
1. Get the oven up to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix the peaches, 1 C sugar and 1/2 C water in a medium saucepan over high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit.
3. Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish (ya know, a Pyrex or another glass baking dish) and place in oven. Keep a close watch on this and remove when the butter has all melted.
4. While the butter is melting, combine flour, the other cup of sugar and milk. Stir slowly to avoid caking.
5. Once you remove the melted butter from the oven, place on counter and pour the flour/sugar/milk mixture (I guess you’d call it a batter) right on top of the melted butter. DO NOT MIX. I don’t care what it looks like. DO NOT MIX IT. Seriously, don’t do it!
6. Take those sweet peaches and slowly ladle them right over the batter, carefully pouring the syrup in, too.
7. Top the whole thing off with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon (if you like), and then pop this sucker into the oven for 35-45 minutes.
When Marcelo has a day off from work I don’t have usually have a big “Honey-Do” list for him. But I do gently “encourage” him to make dinner on these nights. I mean, it’s only fair! I can’t say he’s the most seasoned home chef, but give him a recipe and he can usually manage (Although he might require some help navigating the grocery aisles).
This past week I gave him a honey-do dinner assignment, and he picked this recipe, from Eatingwell.com. Pork chops are one of those dishes that always sound good, but we’re never sure how to prepare them just right. This recipe was simple and surprisingly delicious! We served it with a side of No Yolks egg noodles and steamed fresh veggies.
Here’s the scoop on how my honey got dinner done!
Creamy Pork Chops with Marsala Wine (not to be mistaken for Marsala cooking wine)
Stuff You Need:
- 1/2 cup Marsala
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch (fun stuff we can talk about more at a later date)
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 thin boneless pork loin chops* (see my note below)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 4 thin slices chopped prosciutto (you can also use bacon or thin-sliced ham)
- 1 onion, halved and sliced thin
- 3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried (we like dried, more budget-friendly)
- 3 teaspoons chopped fresh chives, divided (wouldn’t go dried with these)
- 1 cup low-fat milk (we used skim, worked perfectly)
Putting Together Dinner
1. Combine the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of the marsala wine in a bowl and set aside.
2. Put the flour in a flat dish. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and then dredge in the flour.
3. Heat olive oil in a nonstick skilled on medium-high heat. Reduce to medium and add the pork chops. Cook pork chops until browned on both sides (approx. 2 min each side), then transfer to plate.
4. Add the prosciutto to the pan and cook until browned. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Now add in the rest of the Marsala, the oregano and 1 1/2 teaspoons chives. Bring to boil and be sure to scrape all the yummy bits off the bottom and sides of pan.
5. Now add the milk and the cornstarch mixture that you set aside. Bring the heat down to simmering and cook until the sauce is thicker and reduced (about 5 minutes). Add the pork chops back in and coat both sides in sauce. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes.
Serve it Up
Serve the pork chops on egg noodles topped with extra sauce and a sprinkling of chopped chives (we forgot that part). Add a side of steamed veggies and enjoy!