Thursday, December 13, 2018

Spicy Jalapeno Crusted Fried Pork Chops

A good ol' country meal right here baby! Fresh corn on the cob, Italian or flat green bean snaps, cheesy bacon cornbread and spicy jalapeno crusted fried pork chops! OOOH man, slap yo'momma good!

The pork chops were super easy. If you are familiar with that nasty green bean casserole and the fried onions that go on top, French's makes them. Then did you know that they also make Fried Jalapenos!?! Yes they do! I love them, they are very versatile, great to top a salad, a burger, or crush up and coat chops like I've done here.
I took 1/3 cup of the fried jalapenos and crushed them up, mixed with 1/3 cup of flour and then dipped the chops in a beaten egg with milk. Dipped them in the dry mix and pan fried them. When I say pan fry, that means just a dab of oil in the bottom of the pan, not a deep fry. You could also bake them if you didn't want to fry them. Brown on one side, flip and repeat. Done. That simple. Serve with whatever sides you enjoy.
Easy peasy squeezy

Monday, December 10, 2018

No Bake Goodies - BWF

December... and 14 days until Christmas. HOW did this happen? This year has flown by, so much has happened and changed. But one thing remains. I'm "Jolly". My daddy was considered a jolly fella. He was a big kid, he loved sweets, and food in general, he loved to laugh, to make people laugh, he loved the holidays and did his level best to make them great for me. He would work endless, tirelessly, insane amount of hours just to make sure that I got what I needed and most of what I wanted.
So when we were discussing topics/themes for this months Blog With Friends post. I thought about him, which is nothing new, he is on my mind most days. But the theme, "Jolly" was chosen and I thought, yes that what I want to celebrate. A jolly season. To be a jolly soul. To live jolly.
That may seem odd to some but it came as natural as breathing to me.

One thing that I've done for 16 years, each Christmas, is make dozens and dozens of buckeyes. They were one of my Daddy's favorites. I mean, who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? Buckeyes seem to make even the biggest Grinch...jolly.
Since I can no longer enjoy chocolate or peanut butter, that means no buckeyes. A sad day in my house. The guys want me to make them anyway, for them. ugh...I might but I wanted to try to make something for me. A dessert/candy treat that was low oxalate and safe for my kidneys. Well, if I could take out the sugar, I did it. LOL that stuff is everywhere I look these days and trying to stay away from it is super hard. These tasty treats are no exception, they have sugar, they are rich but you only need 1 to satisfy a sweet craving let me tell ya.
A happy alternative to buckeyes. These biscoff cookie rounds, sweet bites, or whatever you want to call them, they are delicious and super easy to make.
1 cup Biscoff cookie spread
1 stick room temp butter, unsalted
1 cup powered sugar
Mix well. Shape into walnut size balls, chill and dip in white chocolate.
Simple , quick, easy, no chocolate and no peanut butter. Works for me.
Thank you for stopping by and try to be "jolly" this year, not just this holiday season, but all the time. We have so much to be thankful for. Why not be jolly?

So to you and yours... Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings or whatever works for you. Jolly Jingles folks!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lemon Meringue Cookies for National Cookie Day

Did you know that today is National Cookie Day? Baby let's throw a party, a cookie party! I love cookies but truthfully I just love sugar. I've always enjoyed a fresh baked cookie, still hot, burn-your-fingers-blow-on=it-so-you-can-eat-it cookie. Mmm So when my dear friend Karen from Baking In A Tornado told me she was doing a National Cookie Day post and asked if I wanted to join her, well I said YES SIRREE BOB YOU BET YOUR BRITCHES I DO! Actually I think I just said YES! But you get the point.

With this wonderful renal (kidney diet) now I am so limited on what goodies I can and can't have. I thought and thought about what kind of cookie I could make that I could also enjoy. Nothing chocolate, nothing with nuts, nothing with too much sugar...well dang. What was left?

Lemon! Lemon is my second favorite thing next to chocolate and now my favorite since chocolate has been given the no fly zone from the doctor. Yes, lemon was the ticket, but what kind of lemon cookie could I make that also wasn't filled with sugar. Let's be honest, lemon needs some sugar...think, think, think.

YES! I had it. Lemon Meringue Cookies, that's what I'd do and I had several weeks to perfect them. Well, I would have had I not procrastinated, gone on vacation and just gotten lazy. So yesterday here I was busting my tail after one in the afternoon trying to get at least ONE batch of these DAMN  darned cookies to come out right. I gave up at the third batch and said good enough. See they all tasted great and came out with the right consistency but were tan not pearly white. I think it's because I have a gas oven but nothing I can do about that and under normal circumstances I love the thing.

So...not pearly white but still delicious.
Lemon Meringue Cookies
Lemon curd for the filling (you can buy this or make your own)

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
Place the egg whites in your mixing bowl for at least thirty minutes so they come to room temperature. Add the vanilla and cream of tartar, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form and then gradually beat in sugar, 1 TBSP at a time on high until glossy white stiff peaks form.
Use a pastry bag or a zip top bag, fill with meringue and cut the tip off. Make 2 inch circles and build up the sides to form little cups. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 300 degrees or until set, turn off the oven and let sit for 1 hour.
NOTE: I have a gas oven and doing the above made them brown. Try 200 degrees for 20 minutes and turn the oven off. I think this result was better, less crunchy and more white in color.
After they have cooled fill in the center with lemon curd.

Simple and delicious. Now check out the other bloggers and their cookies, see links below.